Why Gas Smokers?
Gas smokers heat up quicker and more efficiently than any other kind of meat smoker. They are also still easy to you, requiring very little hands on time so you can do what is most important to you. Gas smokers, while not the cheapest type of smoker, are also not the most expensive, falling somewhere in the middle range of smokers. Some people feel that gas smokers take away from the true spirit of barbeque, when men tended over wood chips and hot coals all day, so if you are someone who lives and dies authentic barbeque, you may not want to invest in a gas smoker. If you are looking for convenience and good quality meat, a gas smoker can be an excellent investment.
Masterbuilt 7 in 1 Smoker
This is the mother of all meat smokers. The Masterbuilt M7P 7 in 1 Smoker allows you to cook your meat and food seven different ways. You can use your Masterbuilt for propane cooking and grilling. Or maybe you have a recipe that calls for charcoal grilling, the Masterbuilt can do that too. You can boil or steam your food, deep fry a turkey or use your Masterbuilt for campfire style cooking. Anyway you can imagine it, the Masterbuilt can do it. And of course your Masterbuilt 7 in 1 can smoke meat to perfection. This model utilizes every square inch of its capacity, giving you the most functional type of smoker/griller without the huge proportions some smoker and grills usually have. And the Masterbuilt 7 in 1 only weighs 40 pounds, allowing you to transport it to any backyard party. The handles on the Masterbuilt make it easy to transport and stay cool to the touch even after hours and hours of smoking and grilling.
The Masterbuilt is easy to switch gears with. Just remove layer by layer and the same machine will work totally new tricks for you. While the Masterbuilt 7 in 1 does not have an ignition switch, you can easily use a butane lighter stick to turn this model on. This smoker/griller consistently gets five star ratings and raving customer reviews. If you like to cook a lot of meat, in a lot of different ways, the Masterbuilt 7 in 1 is your best buy.
Bradley Propane Smoker
The Bradley Propane Smoker is one of the best portable propane smokers on the market. It has 4 racks of storage space allowing you to hot smoke, cold smoke, and roast your meat in style but only weighs 20 pounds allowing you to take your smoker anywhere. Because it is lightweight and portable there is no limit to where you can go with this smoking machine. There are of course, adjustable smoke and power setting allowing you to individualize your meats to your perfect flavor every time.
This propane smoker uses a one pound tank of propane and four AA batteries to run. You can cook your meat up to 300 degrees. The temperature is incredibly easy to control. Because of the small size, this propane model is perfect if you are only smoking meat for a few people, or you travel a lot. You can take this with you on a hunting or camping trip without any hassle, you can pack it up in your RV and see the country. And all the parts disassemble quickly and easily, allowing you to throw them in your dishwasher when you are done. The clean up is quick and you don’t have to spend time scrubbing down the racks.
Like all other Bradley models, you will need to use the Bradley Flavor Briquettes that allow you to have maximum flavor with no aftertaste in your meat and fish. You are able to have both a hot and cold smoke setting so you can cure your hams and smoke your fishes. You can even smoke cheese in this machine. Because the thermometer is adjustable up to 300 degrees, your smoker can double as a meat roaster as well. Overall, customers seem very satisfied with the Bradley Propane Smoker and have given it high reviews and high star ratings.
Outdoor Leisure Gas Smoker
This is an excellent model if you plan to cook meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods outside. The Outdoor Leisure Smoke Hollow Smoker is easily assembled with simple step by step instructions. The two non-heat handles make this gas smoker easy to transport, even after you have been smoking your food for hours. The Outdoor Leisure Gas Smoker weighs in at just under 60 pounds, making it still transportable enough that you can bring it to your friends and neighbors for any backyard get together. With three cooking grids in this model you will have plenty of room to smoke all your favorite foods and they are chrome plated making clean up a breeze. The magnetic latching door ensures your food stays enclosed in a controlled temperature setting for even smoking. The Outdoor Leisure Gas Smoker can use any sort of hardwood wood chips to produce flavorful meat every single time. You can even smoke a 15 pound turkey in this smoker at the rate of 45 minutes per pound. The cast brass burner can stand up to the high temperatures you may want to be cooking your meat at. This model features a push-button igniter to make starting your smoking as easy as possible and the porcelain-coated wood chip box and water pan are easy to clean up in the end. The Outdoor Leisure Gas Smoker will have you looking for excuses to throw a smoked meat barbeque.
No matter what gas meat smoker you are looking at, there is one for you. Gas smokers are reasonably priced and you can get a lot of bang for your buck. They are more transportable than your average electric smoker, and less expensive as well. Gas smokers also use wood chips to create that authentically smoked flavor in your meats, fish, and other foods. No matter what kind of gas smoker you are looking for, there will be one that fits your needs.
Additional Information About Gas Smokers
Gas smokers are available in both propane and natural gas models. They are easy to use with relatively little tending, and more portable than electric models. (You can take your gas smoker with you on your fishing trip even if you’re miles off the grid!)
Gas maintains a constant, even temperature. The biggest problem propane users report is running out of gas in the middle of a smoking session. Most users advise keeping a backup tank of propane.
Most smokers incorporate electric igniters, which light at the push of a button. The most important maintenance task is to keep the unit clean, and make sure burners are not clogged.
Leading manufacturers include Bradley, Brinkmann, Weber, and Masterbuilt. You can find gas smokers priced starting below a hundred dollars up to several hundred dollars, depending on size and features. Many users report that thermometers on propane gas smokers are unreliable, and recommend using a separate thermometer for accurate readings.
While charcoal- and wood-fired smokers offer the top in traditional quality smoke flavor, their operation is very high-maintenance, and temperatures may be difficult to control. Electric smokers offer set-it-and-forget-it convenience, but may be somewhat inferior in flavor.
A gas smoker offers the best of both worlds: greater convenience, less tending, more control, while still producing a quality product. For this reason, many restaurants choose natural gas smokers for the best in barbecue flavor and ease of control.
A gas smoker may be the perfect solution to your barbecuing needs.