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Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18.5-Inch Smoker
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Weber Smoker 721001 Ease of Use:  starstarstarstarstar Editor Rating:   starstarstarstarstar
Price:  starstarstarstarno star Customer Rating: starstarstarstarstar
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We rated the Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker #1 in our 2011 Round Up. This smoker is ideal for both the seasoned pro and the beginner. We had great success with our smoker whether we were cooking chickens or baby-back ribs, the meat came out perfect every time. The Smokey Mountain took next to no time to build, only 30 minutes and Read More...

Most family barbecues are limited to ho-hum burgers, dogs and chicken prepared on an archaic open-flame grill. Those seeking to take their grilling to the next level have discovered the wonders of a bbq smoker. Whereas traditional grilling entails relatively rapid cooking over an open flame, smoking allows for the coveted “low and slow” methodology resulting in the ultimate tenderness and flavors within your meats. Even the toughest cuts of beef like brisket can made as tender as a filet when subjected to low-intensity radiant heat over an extended period of time.

The magic of smoking relates both to the low intensity of the heat source along with the flavors which are unique to each variety of wood chips. Bbq smokers ensure that these flavors do not escape by functioning with the lid closed. This is compared to a traditional grill which allows much of it to drift up into the air — this certainly provides for a nice aroma around your neighborhood, but it only serves to detract from the tastiness of your final product.

In addition to commonly smoked meats like ribs, brisket and pork, a bbq smoker can bring out a new side in your favorite vegetables including squash, corn and zucchini. Some types of fish are also ideal for a bbq smoker — not only can you compete with your local rib joint, but you can also produce smoked salmon which would be the envy of your favorite deli.

Getting a new bbq smoker into your backyard is much easier than you might imagine — the highest rated models can actually be bought online. These include bbq smoker grills from renowned manufacturers including Weber, Brinkmann, Bradley and Masterbuilt. A few easy clicks of your mouse can convert your next cook-out from boring burgers to fall-off-the-bone ribs which will make you the celebrity chef of your neighborhood.

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Masterbuilt 20070106 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker (Black)
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Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Ease of Use:  starstarstarstarstar Editor Rating:   starstarstarstarhalf star
Price:  starstarstarstarstar Customer Rating: starstarstarhalf starno star
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We rated the Masterbuilt 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker our #2 Smoker of 2011. The Smokehouse Smoker is a great smoker for beginners, but not for professionals or people who have smoked in the past. Our main reason for rating this smoker #2 is based heavily on Read More...

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Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker
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Weber Smoker 731001 Ease of Use:  starstarstarstarstar Editor Rating:   starstarstarstarno star
Price:  starstarstarstarno star Customer Rating: starstarstarstarhalf star
Durability:  starstarstarstarstar

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We rated the Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker #3 in our 2011 Round Up. This smoker is great for either the professional or novice. We had it assembled and ready for service in about 30 minutes. We then Read More...