Hankering for true smokehouse flavor? You’ve arrived my friend, the Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18-Inch Charcoal Smoker in the solid Black color, is a premium charcoal smoker, featuring 2, plated-steel grates for cooking, and 481 square inches of prime retail, culinary space. A water pan and built-in thermometer allows for stress-free heat monitoring, and a spring-loaded latch on the handy, no rust aluminum door gives easy access to the charcoal chamber. Sounds minor, but this last detail is a real gem in the smoker world. Those in the BBQ meat smoker world know a thing or two because they “smoked” a thing or two … actually many different types of meat and they always come back home to this one.
George Stephen is the man behind the Weber grill, and he lived and breathed T.I.P.S. It starts with Tradition, grills fabricated to exceed customer expectations and done so with a family/friends experience in mind. Second is Innovation, a Weber trademark from the kettle to heat dampers, and electronic temperature modules. Performance is in line with tradition, a Weber trademark that always scores at the top. Lastly, Service, a Weber calling card. You won’t find a better customer and dealer service center, hands down.
Features upon features
The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is a hotbed of features that will leave you thanking everyone from your neighbor to the dog down the street that you pulled the trigger on this smoker. The built-in thermometer, perhaps rather pedestrian in the features world, is anything but. Super durable, it is one of the best on the market, and a chef’s best friend. The water pan is porcelain-enameled, ladies and gentlemen. Sound fancy, you bet! Plus it adds much needed steam to the whole process so your precious cuts stay tender and moist. Lastly, the grates are as heavy-duty (steel) as they come, and provide lots of room to either roast or smoke ribs simultaneously.
Features and Specifications
- Generous cooking space – 481 square inches
- Industry best 10-year limited warranty
- Aesthetically pleasing porcelain-enameled steel design
- Excellent smokehouse flavor
- Bowl/lid individual vents
- Capable of handling a get-together to a large family gathering
- Weber customer service
- Top of the line features
- Made in America
- Questionable aluminum
- Too big for causal use
Customer Reviews and Scores
The Weber Smokey Mountain 18-Inch Charcoal Smoker received rave reviews for the most part. One gentleman was head over heels, stating, “My BBQ team Slap Yo Daddy BBQ from Diamond Bar, California, has been competing using these smokers which I bought off Amazon with free Prime shipping. They work flawlessly and are easy to use and clean up. Our WSMs regularly allow us to win Grand Championships even when we go up against other smokers costing over $15,000.”
It doesn’t get any better than that, BBQ championships and besting $15,000 smokers! Pretty impressive, but that didn’t keep another reviewer from lamenting that, “…the 14 inch uses less fuel and will cost less per use in the long run (for example if you smoke 2 butts in the 18 versus its capacity of 4). You need to use more fuel because of the bigger space to heat up.”
A similar refrain was heard elsewhere, namely the 18 inch being too much smoker for your average weekend warrior. An issue with the aluminum also came up with this woman, “The REAL issue for the smoker, and why I didn’t give this 5 stars it the door. Cheap aluminum. The fit is horrible. Almost falls off.
I feel like this was buying a Rolls Royce and getting in and seeing that the entire dash is plastic.”
This was an isolated comment, so it might be safe to assume she just received a clunker. All-in-all this Weber smoker scored very high with 4.8 stars out of 5 from close to 5,106 customer reviews and 96% of those reviewers scored it a 5-star! That is darn high in our book! Click to see the current price for this Weber smoker.
This Weber Charcoal Smoker is a fine piece of culinary machinery. The only critique that more than one reviewer had was it was too big and powerful for small get-togethers. Yet the price-tag is quite accessible so even if it’s too big, go for it, you can always cook for more folks, and having less food at the end of the day would be the real bummer.