Smoking your favorite foods can really be enjoyable, fulfilling and not to mention a sure way to get the most eats for your buck. I have found that I can purchase meat, fruit and veggies and a pretty good price locally, smoke them for several hours and have plenty of meals or snacks to last a week or two. Of course, if my neighbors catch wind of my smoking, that’ll leave me with a little less which is all good by me. It is a sure way to make friends …LOL! Over the years, it seems like no matter which fuel I use I will always get complimented, however my charcoal smoking seems to be the winner (most of the time). If I am smoking indoors due to cold weather, I will fire up the liquid propane or electric smokers. Summertime though, I usually go with my best charcoal smoker only because I can use wood pellets, briquettes or flavored wood for additional aroma and have plenty of free circulating air. The trick though is to watch the temperature on charcoal smokers as these are less controllable than the electric smokers. Check out our top-rated charcoal smokers below and be sure, so you find what you really need, to read the contents in the table then the full review for each product. Take a good look at each smoker and then decide which is ideal for you. We listed only brands that we like and will serve you well. These include Weber, Masterbuilt, Char-Broil and couple others that did well in 2023. Click BRAND name in table to get to a brief introduction about the product then click through again for the full review. Enjoy!
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Top Charcoal Smokers Comparison Table
|Weber 18" 721001||Ch||18" high, 481 Sq. in. cooking space, Porcelain-enabled steel, built-in thermometer||10 Year||4.7/5||$$$|
|Char-Broil 18202078||Ch||44" high, Combo offset smoker, BBQ & Charcoal grill, 477Sq. in. cooking space + 140 Sq. in. Firebox cooking space||1 Year||3.4/5||$|
|Broil King 923610||Ch||Vertical, 44" high, 770 Sq. in. total cooking space, 4 adjustable 5mm SS grids, Ace-Temp thermometer||5/2 Year||4.1/5||$$$$|
|Masterbuilt 32" 20060416||Ch||32" high, 395 Sq. in. cooking space, Two porcelain-coated racks, Front-access door||90 Day||4.1/5||$|
|Dyno-Glo DGSS681VCS-D||Ch||Signature Series, 44" high, 681 total Sq. in. cooking space, Constructed of Heavy-gauge steel||1 Year||5/5||$$|
Another spectacular product from no other than Weber. This Weber Charcoal Smoker model #721001 got really impressive ratings and reviews with 88% of satisfied customers giving it a 5-Star rating. I used this model few times when cooking out with friends and it really is a joy to cook with. Once you try it you’ll know why. Standing at about 41 inches tall with dual 18 inch nickel-plated grates, this unit will smoke a full slab of ribs and a roast at the same time with its high capacity 481 square inch cooking space. Features include a built-in thermometer, a porcelain -enameled water pan and plenty of space for your charcoal. To get the full review and to learn about T.I.P.S., … Click here >>>
If you are looking for a decent smoker that you will use several times a year, spend less than a hundred dollars for a unit and you are not an expert (yet), then this char-Broil Smoker may just be the one for you. At a price point of just over $100, you cannot expect too much of course, but if you are just starting out and want to get your feet wet with this type of cooking, then it will suffice. One cool thing about this smoker is that it is also a grill. The barrel thing you see on the left side is what they call the “offset” smoker, for classic indirect cooking via transmission of low heat, flavor and smoke. Now you can grill up something quickly or smoke your favorite meats in a few to several hours for that rich smoky flavor . Get the full review for this Char-Broil Charcoal Smoker by clicking here >>>
In the market for a vertical tall standing smoker with over 700 square inches of cooking space? Then you don’t want to pass up the Broil King Vertical Charcoal Smoker model #923610 pictured to the left. We’ve heard good things about this smoker like you don’t need a lot of charcoal to make this work, ease of heat control and convenience of assembly. Some like the fact that it is Made in Canada with true craftsmanship and that they can cook at low temperatures for extended periods of time perfectly. This smoker scored 4.0 stars out of 5, with the majority of the ratings going to 4 & 5 stars at time writing. To get more information on this Broil King Vertical Charcoal Smoker and full review … click here >>>
Ever get the urge to pack up and go to a local outdoor event, lake or perhaps a friends house to smoke up your top choice meat? Yeah, all the time, however moving the common smoker around is a good experience and can be a real pain in the you-know-what! Fear not my friends … there is a way around this. The Masterbuilt model 20060416 Charcoal Bullet Smoker is the answer. Weighing in at about 15 lbs. this charcoal smoker can be toted around to most places such as the beach, camp grounds, lake or the park. Even though this smoker is smaller than most – people have said they have smoked a whole chicken or roast in this unit. Happy customers at one popular online retailer rate it 4.1 stars out of 5. What will you rate it at? To find out read more about this Masterbuilt Charcoal Smoker >>>
We don’t have too many Dyna-Glo products on our review site, but this unit we wanted to list here on our Best Charcoal Smokers page since it did get great reviews and we do like it. First off, it is a heavy duty unit apparently made well and is durable, says several purchasers. It can be rolled around with ease since it only weighs about 73 pounds, which is not too heavy considering its size and material. You’ll get with this one about 681 square inches of cooking space, 3 chrome-plated steel cooking grates with each at 17″ in diameter, and a pretty good ash & charcoal management system which some liked. There is a thermometer installed on the door, a high capacity water bowl help with regulating temperature and minimizing evaporation, and nice large wheels to help roll this bad boy around. There are also meat hooks inside at top of chamber for your sausage or whatever you like to hang. Read more about the Dyna-Glo Signature Series Vertical Smoker >>>