Hey all - found the forum whilist searching for information on the dreaded "which smoker to buy"
Hopefully I can find some info on the site!
I wouldn't exactly call myself a newb to the outdoor cooking scene...I've spent many happy hours cooking that days catch way out back in the boundary waters. At home most of my cooking has tended to be open flame as well... sometimes on larger flames than others (not intentionally!)
Through recent events, I'm moving into more entertaining and family oriented stuff. If any of you are married, and have either one child or no children, and have extended families with a horde of excitable little monkeys... and you happen to be the one with the largest/nicest backyard - you'll understand instantly how you get volunteered to host the gatherings along with the absolute necessity of keeping the party outside as much as possible! lol.
nah - it's not as bad as it sounds, but things to get lively from time to time.
At any rate - one can only take so much of the typical brats/burgers/steaks. Life needs variety! Over the past couple years I've been doing more and more slow cooking of large cuts of meat on the grill - and running into the typical difficulties maintaining low/even temps with them especially on windy days.
I've had great success with prime rib, pork roast, and whole birds - but combining them with a good set of ribs or bbq gets tricky. Time to shake things up a bit
With the season turning to spring/summer here, the family is literally dying to get back outside. Enter the thought of a smoker A big pile of pulled bbq pork is foremost on my mind for starters this year.
So - here I am in search of the quintessential fist and most dreaded question every forum faces
Which xxxxx do I get?
So far I've researched the pro's and cons of what I can think of and have the primers.
Budget: $350 max
sized to fit at least a medium turkey, although 99% of it's duty will be feeding 3 people.
I can handle basic mods as I understand most budget smokers need a little coaxing to get the best out of them - but I simply don't have the time to fab up complex things. So it's gotta be 90%+ perfect out of the box, simple fixes to bring it up to par
Hope that narrows down the list a bit
Right now I''m looking at something like the Smoke Vault 18 or 24" and the Masterbuilt GS30d