I am new here and I hope you guys can help me out.
I am wanting to buy a smoker. I do not know what is best to buy. I have about $700 to spend on a smoker. I currently have a charcoal grill with a smoker box on the side. I have successfully smoked some very good ribs and butts in this smoker but it does not hold heat very well and takes a lot of work and attention to successfully get the job done.
My goal to is to buy something that will produce good smoked meats and lessen the amount of work (I know good smoked meats take time so I don't mean time when I say work) it takes to get the job done.
I have looked at propane and electric box smokers. These range from $130 to $2400. If I went this route I would want to know what type, elec. or propane, produced the best tasting meat. Also am I going to loose any flavor going from charcoal heat source to propane or elec. heat source? I also do not like that I would have to actually pull a grate out and turn the meat or mop the meat.
I have looked at and Egg and these run as high as $1500 (smoker ready) but I am not really convinced this is the best item to buy for smoking. I don't have anything definitive to back my opinion up just an educated guess. I think having my heat source in the same area as my meat will make it hard to keep my temp around 120 Either way to buy an Egg with the money I currently have I would not have the space to smoke very much meat at one time.
I have also considered buying a more quality smoker that is the same type I already have. I like having a grill and my smoker box attached. I like being ale to turn or mop my meat without removing it from the box. If there are types of metal smokers with the fire box attached to the side that are made of material that retain heat better which in turn makes my job easier keeping the heat at a more constant temp I would like to know about it.
I don't want to spend $300-$700 and regret it later. If there are other types that I may have not discovered that will fit into my budget I am all ears. I appreciate any advice you may have.
Edited by soonerprices - 4/24/11 at 8:31pm