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Bradley Digital 4- Rack Smoker

70% Positive Reviews
Rated #3 in Auto-Feed

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Pros: Good for small cooking&smoking.adjustable self feed biskets,good adjustable smoke vent,Bisket burrner nice gets nice and hot.

Cons: have to perheat too long,electronic temp not that great.

I do like this smoker and have done ribs,fish and corn beef but'. You need to preheat in advance to get up to cooking temp befor turning on smoker. I found that if I set the oven temp and then the burrner with out any biskets on it the temp will come up a bit quicker. Haven't got the temp over 200F.and perfer using an external temp. probe. I like to get things warm and the turn down the temp for the rest of my smoke. Yes a larger bowel is better so you dont' have to open and close the door too many times and lose heat. The biskets can be a little pricey and one drops evey 20 minutes.I have a gas grill with a smoker and ceramic elements that is good but I'm a bit lazy when it comes to constant monitoring of the wood chips. So will see how it works out.

Posted

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Had multiple issues with mine. Heating element, thermostat. Takes a long time to get up to temp.

I usually pull meat out and finish with it with my Big Green Egg.

Posted

Pros: I didn't need that $350 anyways

Cons: Horrible Customer Service, poorly made product

I bought a Bradley Original smoker and it broke after during the third use. The hopper kept feeding discs into the smoker. The problem is a known issue on the manufacturer website and they refused to return or refund my item. Their customer service is absolutely horrible. Stay away from Bradley Smokers.

Posted

Pros: Electric, so dont have to worry about fire or charcoal staying lit. Automatic wood feeder. Cleans very easy

Cons: Hard to reach over 200 temp in cold weather.

I purchased this from Cabela's when they had a law enforcment discount. it was my first smoker, so I wanted something that was easy to use while learning to smoke. Was pretty easy, set the temp, load however many wood briquettes you want, and start. I've had good success after some trial and error. Mostly all I have done is deer roast and some fresh venison and have my friends give me pretty good reviews. Cleanup is very easy also, remove the trays, and the catch pan on the bottom, throw in the dish washer and thats it. My only issue that I can think of is when temperature outside falls below 50 (which is rare in South Louisiana) , its hard to get temps to stabilize over 200.

Posted

Pros: Easy to set up and use. No more constant feeding wood to my smoker

Cons: A portable stand would be nice.

I have owned and used two propane tank 250 & 500 gal. smokers, and a hand built stone smoker.  And, I have cooked more brisket, chicken and sausage than I can count.  However, my Bradley smoker produces as good as if not a better product than any of the traditional smokers I have owned and used.  My briskets are smoked in less time, (I use to smoke briskets for at least 16-18 hours) use less wood, and don't require my constant attention.  They have a dark, smokey, and salty bark that permeates deep into the meat. Additionally, I can mix up the wood to add extra flavor and character to the meat.  

Posted

Pros: Easy clean up

Cons: Cheaply made

Oops I goofed. This review is for the Original Bradley

 

Ok, I'm sitting here while I'm acutally smoking a butt so I'll pass on my thoughts & experiences. Having an electric smoker certainly has its advantages. I've had this Brad for almsot 2 1/2 years. My 1st year had me replacing my heating element & having the bottom plastic replaced. They just end up cracking & when water sloshes around when changing out, it gets in those cracks & you're gonna end up having a problem, which I did. I use a bigger water pan which helps for the duration of a smoke. As with other smokers, cold weather is not a friend, so getting to your desired temp can be a struggle. Some guys add a second heating element. I also use a P.I.D. to keep a constant temp & I have the smoker in it's own little house. What I really, REALLY hate is the mess of the of the bisquettes, you end up having all this saw dust, not to mention the price of 'em. I do believe its only a matter of time until something else fails, such as the heating element again, or the door gaskets.I hate the burnt smell of the smoke process. I already have a Char Broil duel smoker & a UDS that I built. I have a Masterbuilt 2 door propane being delivered later this week, so I do have my addictions & options. There are better electric smokers out there & even if you have to pay more for what you want, it'll be worth it in the long run.

Posted

Pros: Solid built, great smoke

Cons: Briquettes expensive, Burn unit is unreliable,

Overall I love this unit. The setup was simple and the instructions were well written. The only problem I had upon initial setup was the heat element for the wood would not heat up. Calling Bradley revealed that this is a common issue and they have remove the cover from the digital unit and reseat the electrical connections. This was not comfort inspiring when I had to do this. I have since had to do it a couple of more times when starting the smoker. I think Bradley would be well served to do a little better QC on these units or use tighter connectors.

 

The digital temp gauge on the unit is usually 10-20 degrees off but the this seems to be normal for most units with included temperature gauges. I thought this one might be a little different since it was a "Digital" unit. I bought a remote digital thermometer to begin with because of this site before I even used the unit so there was no real guesswork from day 1. I have learned that I start the box with 20 minutes extra on the time for it to come up to temperature.  You can also delay the unit from beginning to smoke for up 20 minutes by the placement of the fuel on the Smoke generator burn unit. The controls for the "Smoke Generator" and Oven controls are easy to use and work well. It is a set and forget type of deal here.

 

In the end this unit creates great smoke and great smoked Meat and vegetables(JimmyJ Candy Tomatoes). I have successfully done Brisket, Chicken, Turkey and Tomatoes with no real work on my end which is why I like the unit. Once it's running it is set and forget except to check the water bowl!

 

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Posted

Pros: auto feed

My only concern is that the bottom gasket is coming off already even though I have kept it covered when not in use.


 

I have only used it 3 times since I just purchased it. It has been great. I now have smokin fever.

Bradley Digital 4- Rack Smoker
Description:

The Bradley 4-rack Digital Smoker includes all the features of the Original Bradley Smoker, along with the benefits of digital technology. Temperature, time, and smoke are now completely controllable so you can decide how much smoke you want, how long your food is going to be smoked for, and at what temperature. Perfect for entertaining, creating gourmet foods in your own home, or just enjoying the flavor that smoking brings, the new Bradley Digital Smokers offer an easier and better way to automatically roast, smoke and barbecue in the outdoors. The exterior is Powder Epoxy Steel and the interior is Polished Stainless Steel Internal Cooking Vol : 2288 cu in Internal Heater: 500 watt cooking element / 125 watt smoking element Power: - 110 V 50 - 60 Hz , - 5.5 Amps (240 Volt Model coming mid 2006) ETL & CE Listed Max Temperature: Controllable up to 320F. Min Temp: subject to ambient Digital Controls : Temperature, Time, Smoke

Details:
DetailValue
BindingLawn & Patio
BrandBradley
EAN0689796990216
Feature9 different flavors of hardwoods
Height34 inches
Length18 inches
Weight43 pounds
Width20 inches
LabelBradley Smoker
List Price$499.00
ManufacturerBradley Smoker
ModelBTDS76P
MPNBTDS76P
Package Quantity1
Product GroupLawn & Patio
Product Type NameABIS_LAWN_AND_GARDEN
PublisherBradley Smoker
StudioBradley Smoker
TitleBradley Digital 4- Rack Smoker
UPC689796990216
Release Date2006-05-01
Material Typestainless-steel
Material Type Set Elementstainless-steel
WarrantyVaries
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