To Both Ambusher and Harleysmoker93, I really enjoyed your posts, pics and comments about your new PCC smokers.
Like the both of you were, I have been in the market for some time looking for a new smoker to upgrade from the 36 Meadow Creek that I currently have. I do have a few questions for the both of you and would greatly appreciate hearing back from you.
I have been trying to do my do diligence looking for a great new smoker over the past year and found myself somewhat up in the air and having a difficult time in making a decision.
Having said that, as I believe that you have both stated, the product quality and reputation/client references are certainly very important things to consider when looking for a new smoker.
I am a member of a large church smoking team and have had the opportunity to participate on several outings smoking chicken, butts, turkeys, and ribs in sizeable quantities. The two smokers that I have used were a Lang model 60 Deluxe and a Lang 108 Deluxe. I was very impressed with the ease of use, maintaining consistent temperatures, not having to use a ton of wood and most of all, the quality of the food that we smoked.
What I didn't like is the quality of the workmanship of the smoker.
I had other people telling me to a look at Klose, ABS, Cadillac, Myron Mixon and others which I have done. I spent time looking extensively at their websites reviewing products and reading all their client reviews. I will say that Cadillac smokers had some 60+ clients with outstanding reviews and their product construction quality is very strong. I have even spoken to clients of Cadillac, Lang and Myron Mixon smokers including several who do "Q" competition.
I am looking for a smoker for personal use which will involve smoking for groups of 30+ on occasion . I have been looking at smokers in the 48" length in size and believe that that will fit the bill. The smoker will be in my backyard and I have no need for one on a trailer.
I will say that I was intrigued with the rotisserie smokers from Cadillac and liked the feature of not having to turn over any products during the smoking process as well as their full length fire box to help maintain even temperatures in the smoker and help mitigate hot spots within.
Additionally, I found out recently from a friend that a great deal of some of the top BBQ restaurants around the country use rotisserie smokers from Southern Pride Smokers. I checked out all the restaurants listed on their site as clients and I have been to many of them over the years in Florida, North Carolina and most certainly Tennessee. One BBQ restaurant that I am very familiar with is named Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ in Winter Park, FL where I have gone upteen times over the past 15 years. My wife and I recently went there and I had the opportunity to speak with the manager who told me that they cook all their "Q" on a Southern Pride rotisserie smoker and they have two of their largest commercial units. That said a lot to me and in particular that rotisserie smokers have been around a long time and are getting more popular. Cadillac of course only makes rotisserie smokers but they have now come out with a new commercial version to compete with Southern Pride I am sure. Myron Mixon has recently introduced commercial rotisserie smokers as well that have his H2o feature for water.
Ok, now that I have blabbed along with all of the above, I would like to hear what you guys think and why you chose what you did.