When you go to choose a barbecue smoker, you need to know what you are looking at. After all, there are so many different models on the market that you could end up comparing the wrong things.
Let us look at a few features that will help you get the most out of your barbecue smoker, in terms of reliability and performance. While there are plenty of smokers on the market, some are definitely better than others are. Take a good look at feature lists before you buy, and make sure you remember to comparison shop.
Stainless Steel Grates
Stainless steel is worth it when it comes to a barbecue smoker. It will make your equipment cost more to start with, but you will be happy you went with this option when you discover that these grates do not rust, that food doesn’t stick to them as much as it does ordinary steel, and that contamination from rust isn’t a problem. No one likes his or her barbecue to taste like iron.
Double tiered racks give you more cooking surface to work with, great for doubling up your capacity. Most of us cook a lot at once, after all, to have some delicious barbecue for later. Look for models with full width sliding grates that can be easily removed for access and cleaning. Unless you only work with tiny quantities, that extra tier is really worthwhile.
If you are going to be traveling with your smoker, you will need quality latches on the door, unless you want to arrive at the event or competition with a smoker covered in bungee straps. Look for smokers that have good, strong latches that will tightly close the door and keep it closed, even while you are driving.
A Warming Box
This will help you keep dishes that are done early warm while you’re cooking longer ones, suck as ribs, and is also an excellent way to cook vegetable sides to go with your meat. Warming boxes with multiple shelves can even do both jobs at once, and some can be upgraded to live smoke chambers, giving you even more space.
Removable Ash Pans
If the ash pan can easily be removed, cleanup gets a lot easier, and the fire burns better, too. Fires that do not have an ash pan will choke on their own ashes in time.
Choosing the correct barbecue smoker is an important part of ending up with that perfect taste. Look for one with lots of practical features to help you avoid hassles down the line. It is better to pay a little more now than to end up with a smoker you hate trying to use later. Look for one that will meet your needs and you will have a great time producing top of the line food.
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