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Char Broil Offset Smoker American Gourmet Deluxe Grill Reviews

Positive Reviews

SmokingDave

First time using offset grill

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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....   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...
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bigred7469

Char Broil Offset Smoker

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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

Negative Reviews

jwg299

Dissappointed

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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!
lordkemo

Cheaply Built

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Pros: Cheap and large for the price.

Cons: Hard to control temp. Went through a ton of wood. Paint rusted during the first year.

This was the first Offset smoker i bought.  It was fun for the first year, but the paint chipped and rusted after the first year of use.  It basiclly became un-useable.  I decided to get a Weber Performer and a Masterbuilt Vertical Smoker to replace this.

More Reviews

RJMadigan

Char Broil Offset Smoker

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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.
Face

Love It

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Pros: Cooks very well. Doesn't dry out the meat. Great smoke flavor.

Cons: Keeping heat consistent.

This is by far a great offset smoker. I love the fact i can put logs in it to maintain a consistent smoke flavor and not worry about little chips. I don't mind that i have to check the temp often because it's what i choose to get (offset). I also have a vertical master built smoker and it's doesn't give the same flavor or the desired color to the food as does the offset smoker. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I'm very happy with this purchase. I got mine at Walmart for $159.00. I have tried some many of Jeff Phillips different recipes and all of them have came out the bomb. 
PacMan

Sturdy, heavy gauge metal. Good beginners' smoker for the price.

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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...
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Midnight Bulls

Char Broil offset

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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...
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HiTechRedNeck

Works, but there's better...

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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...
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jthneo

Love it

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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...
John1916

First Smoker

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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...
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DrunkenSkull

Its great! Never had a problem with it. Holds up to the elements just fine. Only repainted it once so far and the price was right!

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Pros: Holds a big amount of food, is easy to use, clean, and is light weight. easy to get used to and manipulate for temp and smokeage

Cons: after 2 years I had to replace handles( which I made custom) and legs rusted out. (not a hard fix if you have a little extra time and metal exp.)

I was working as a sanitation engineer (garbage man) when I found this smoker. Never had one but was interested. Took it home and started a new passion for bbq that has taken me and my family for a culinary journey that is indescribable. It is a great product and VERY user friendly. If you see one of these that has sadly been put to pasture,, take it home, get some grill paint, wire brush, some wood,and some meat and take your next bbq meal to the limit of excellence. I would  buy a brand new one if I had'nt found the one that I resqued from the scrap yard. Definately worth it!  Great smoker!!
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