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Newb to smokers. narrowed it to 2, but still open to ideas, opinions welcome

post #1 of 4
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Looking through the literal mountains of info and opinions available on the internet - I've come down to what (I think) are 2 good choices - although I'm still open to suggestions

 

Here's my decision guide:

 

The family likes ribs - we tend to eat them about once a month or more in the summer.  (and probably will moreso if I can get a smoker working decently at -20) so thinking a wider smoker

 

Family is 3 people - so it doesn't need to be a gigantic one.  but from time to time I make stuff for up to a dozen people when we entertain

 

The smoker will be left (relatively) unattended for periods of 4 hours or so, so I'm thinking propane.  I've already got a 100# cylinder for the grill, so I should be able to share it with the smoker.

 

Budget $300

 

based on reviews, and what I have read so far - It's looking like either the masterbuilt xl or the smoke vault 24.

 

anyone care to put it to a vote/suggestions?

post #2 of 4

Welcome SmokerNewb!

 

Ever considered making your own UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker)?  Inexpensive to build, simple tools required, and you can cook a ton of food on multiple layers or a single meal of a few chicken pieces.

 

My brother in law made one for about $80 and LOVES it.  My smoker cost tons more, and his can hold more food than mine.

 

You can build it in a weekend and be eating Sunday dinner from it, the same weekend.

 

HMMM, now I gotta find a food grade barrel. . . . 

 

Whatever you eventually decide on GOOD LUCK, and enjoy!

post #3 of 4

Since you are going propane, look at the Smoke Hollow 44 from Sams Club.  It's $279.99 + shipping as I don't think they have them in stores this year. 

 

Lots of space.  Don't have to cut rib racks to make them fit.   Can use it as an additional oven if/when needed.

 

 

If you want to go "unattended", then pick up an AMNTS tube smoker from Todd over at Amazen Products as well as whatever flavor pellets you like.    I use Hickory, Apple, Oak and Pittmasters, all depending on my mood that day.

 

http://www.amazenproducts.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=AMNTS

 

 

I just did a 14lb Top Round roast for Easter.  Threw it in the smoker, fired up a 12" tube of Pittmasters and left it alone for close to 4 hours.    Turned out perfectly and everyone loved it.   Beautiful color, nice smokey flavor.  Perfect.

 

The size is great because there's plenty of room for LOTS of meat if/when needed.   That said, proteins aren't the only thing you can smoke, so the space comes in handy even for smaller get togethers.

 

 

For example: 

 

 

 

Here's 16 Small sirloin tip roasts

 

 

 

 

 

Here's 6 or so racks of ribs, a pan of Dutch's Wicked beans, 12 ears of corn and some tri colored peppers

 

post #4 of 4

the Masterbuilt Two Door Propane Smoker works great for me 3 ppl in my family to plus it holds enough to feed more the 12 ppl got mine for 150 at amazon

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/products/masterbuilt-two-door-propane-smoker

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