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Char Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Deluxe Grill

88% Positive Reviews
Rated #5 in Direct Flow


I am just getting started, really.  During my seasoning, it seemed to hold its temperature much better than my horizontal smoker ever did.  It has been seasoning now for over three hours, and it is still maintaining a temp of around 260F.  


**Added October 30, 2010**

Smoked my first meat this weekend.  I smoked a Pork Loin.  It came out very moist and delicious!  




But, the temperature control is rather tasking.  I had to baby sit the smoker more often than I wanted to, in order to maintain optimal temps.  I am kinda hoping the weather played a big part of it, because it was in the low 30's when I started, and in the 50's as the day ended.  I ended up going through allot of wood and charcoal chunks.


The side access door to the firebox got so hot it burned the paint off and warped the door, so now I would be needing to fabricate a door to replace that one.


Pros: It holds alot.

Cons: charcoal / wood grates are too thin and the one in my firebox has bent into an almost "U" shape

my Char Broil has gotten quite a workout.  I've had it now 2 years and it's still going strong. I've done turkey, Bosten butts, ribs, and have had great results. Heat control is I found is ther hardest thing.  I have built a bafle out of sheet metal inside the smoker to try and make the heat more even though out the entire smoker.  Before I did this I could have a 75 degree defrence from one end to the other.  Now I only avg. 25 degrees.  I too had the grates where the charcoal/wood bend into a U.  I have had to take it out and step on it to get it back to shape some what.  It is a very sturdy, well built smoker. Should handle any backyard smoking needs


Pros: heavy steel, helps keep the lid semi-sealed. Multi vents make temp control easier. Handy warming "shelf" on firebox.

Cons: charcoal / wood grates are too thin and the one in my firebox has bent into an almost "U" shape.

my Char Broil has gotten quite a workout since I've had it. I've done Thanksgiving turkey, whole pork shoulder, ribs, and beef brisket and had fantastic results. Heat control is fairly easy once you get the hang of the vents.  I can "bank" my firebox at 9:00 p.m. and at 7:00 a.m. still have 175*F or better in the smoking side. Overall, a sturdy, well built smoker. Should handle any backyard smoking needs.


Pros: Heavy gauge metal holds heat in. Versatile: Can smoke, grill, and barbecue.

Cons: No baffle between firebox opening and cooking chamber. Wood rack flimsy.

This was the first smoker I ever bought... and I bought it without knowing what smoking was.  I bought it because it was large enough to grill for the party I was going to throw and of a decent price for a good charcoal grill.  When I read the manual, it mentioned one can use this to smoke meat.  More research, experimenting with different hardwoods and recipes later and I was hooked.  


However, in my experience with this smoker, heat from the fire moves unrestricted from the fire box to the cooking chamber (more of an indirect grilling than smoking).  In order to smoke meat, I had to stuff everything I was smoking in the end of the cooking chamber opposite the firebox so the meat was not overdone.  This reduced the amount of cooking space available when smoking.  I've lived with this for the past 10 years, but recently discovered the art of welding.  I took a piece of 1/8" steel plate, cut to the appropriate dimensions so it could be removable (I still want to use this for grilling) and would leave a space for smoke to travel to the opposite side of the cooking chamber, welded a short riser on one end to block the fire box opening, and voila, now I have a smoker with a reverse-flow style baffle that is removable.  I welded some 1" tall sides to the remaining three edges and now it will capture drippings to dispose of later.  I eventually want to add a chimney to the cooking chamber near the fire box for true reverse-flow, but, for the time being, I've at least doubled my smoking capacity.


If you're an experienced smoker, you already have a rig (or two, or more) that would put this to shame.  However, all in all, the Char Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Deluxe Grill is a great bargain for the first time smoker and for someone who wants the versatility of having a charcoal grill to have some grilled steaks on Saturday after smoking some pork shoulder for the party thrown the day before.


Pros: Large cooking surface

Cons: Thin metal, flimsy

I had other smokers of this style and they were better.

I ordered this 1 from Home Depot and didn't actually see it until i got it.

Thin sheet metal which does a poor job holding heat.

I mainly smoke ribs, brisket and pork shoulders but you have to work twice as hard with this grill

I'm going to sell it on craigslist for 100 just to get rid of it!


Pros: Large cooking area

Cons: needed mods

Found on being tossed out disassembled the unit and found various modification on the Internet. Took the most made modifications and applied them when reassembling.  Made a diffuser plate with various size hole to spread heat and smoke evenly, extended smoke stack downward to within 1 inch of frill surface, made a charcoal basket for fire box. Added a drain pipe and valve for cleaning. Used RVT high temp gasket to seal all non food areas closed off space around chimney with JB Weld. made the smoking chamber fairly air tight using green egg gasket material. Got an even 235° F across the entire grill once I adjusted the lower damper on the fire box,(almost closed and smoke stack wide open) 


Pros: Cheap

Cons: Cheap

I've had this smoker for about 4 years.  I actually bought one and used it until I moved then bought another because it was fairly cheap and I didn't want to be without a smoker.

The good thing about this smoker is that you can pretty much make it what you want it to be.  There are a million mods you can do to this smoker to improve on things such as heat control, smoke leakage, cleanup, etc...  But that's just it, you have to do a lot of work to make this a good smoker, because out of the box, it's just a pain in the neck.

I was very new to smoking when I got my first one and didn't know smoking from shinola.  I started cooking in it right away and until 'fixing' it, couldn't keep the temperature from fluxuating from a full on too hot to no heat and back again.

My food always ended up in the kitchen oven for finishing up because I was afraid of food poisoning.

If you buy this, buy it with the intention of working on it to make it work right.  Don't buy it expecting good food right out of the box.


Just got this back in May for my B-Day & have been using it e every weekend. So far a brisket, ribs, a roast and of course chickens...


Pros: Plenty of room, nice even heat after cheap and simple mod

Cons: Can't think of any

I posted a thread about this with pictures, but wanted to get a review in here.  This smoker is amazing!!!  I have a Charbroil grill which has been great for the last four years which is why I went with a Charbroil smoker.  After a few easy and inexpensive mods this smoker has been wonderful. As far as room goes, I have plenty to do multiple butts, and briskets at the same time.   I didn't install the warming rack because frankly what's the point...more room for smoking.  If you are ok with using charcoal and wood chunks, I use about a chimney's worth of charcoal and two or three wood chunks every hour to an hour and a half.  I have a Maverick E-732 dual probe digital thermometer so I don't have to stand next to the smoker all day.  My heat is incredibly even, and all my results have been fantastic.  Please feel free to message me with any questions. 

Char Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Deluxe Grill

The Char Broil American Gourmet Deluxe Offset Smoker represents a great option for the smoker enthusiast with the space to cook for large groups and get togethers. The offset fire box allows for classic indirect cooking thgough the transmission of smoke, flavor, and low heat, through the cooking chamber. The cooking chamber is covered by a 670 sq. in. porcelain wire cooking grate and 355 sq. in chrome wire swingaway rack. There is a simple door for easy ash removal as well as a convenient front shelf. As with all grills, we recommend keeping the firebox clean to help avoid flare up as well as using a grill cover to protect your invesent.

BindingLawn & Patio
FeatureConvenient front shelf and wire bottom shelf
Height41.3 inches
Length28.3 inches
Weight105 pounds
Width58.3 inches
LabelChar Broil
List Price$169.99
ManufacturerChar Broil
Package Quantity1
Product GroupLawn & Patio
PublisherChar Broil
StudioChar Broil
TitleChar Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Deluxe Grill
Release Date2010-01-17
Material Typesteel
Material Type Set Elementsteel
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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