Which Food Smoker?

Which Food Smoker is best for me?

DID YOU KNOW?

You can hot smoke food on any BBQ with a lid, so try it out before buying a dedicated smoker. All need is a bag of wood chips which can be placed directly on the fire or make a pouch out of aluminium foil with 6 little holes on one side for the smoke to escape through. Place on the fire with holes facing up. A handful of wood chips will produce a rich flow of smoke for about 20 minutes. If you are using a BBQ then remember to use less charcoal briquettes and to have them on the opposite side to the food to reduce heat as we are cooking for much longer at around 250 degrees F.

DID YOU KNOW?

Although food smokers are specially designed to smoke food, they can also be used to BBQ (Grill), Roast Water Smoke and steam food.

DID YOU KNOW?

Smoking food is easy and requires less hands on time than traditional barbecuing grilling, this is because once your fire is ready the smoker does the rest and your meat won't burn as it is not directly above the fire. It is quite common for some of the smoking to be done overnight due to the amount of time it takes.

DID YOU KNOW?

Hot smoking requires you to make a fire using charcoal briquettes and then to place wood chips on the fire, preferably in a container so they smoulder rather than flame. Many people new to food smoking think you only need smoke - hot smoking does require heat so we are cooking and adding smoke flavour at the same time. Smoking food with just smoke is cold smoking / curing and is quite a different process. You can use our Cold Smoke Generator to cold smoke any type of food.


Which BBQ Smoker is right for me?

If you are new to food smoking then consider a Vertical Smoker, not only good for smoking they can be be used as a BBQ, roaster or water smoker as well. These vertical smokers have enough cooking capacity to cook for both family and friends. The cooking capacity is around 6 medium sized chickens which is 3 on each grill shelf. The  ProQ Ranger is smaller and will do 4 chickens whilst the ProQ Excel 20 will easily fit 8 chickens. The most popular meats are pork shoulder (pulled pork) and brisket which is the tastiest beef cut, but tough until hot smoked for 16 hours. Don't be put off by the extended cooking time because on the Frontier hot smoker you will only need to relight the fire once as it will burnt for up to 10 hours on one basket full of charcoal briquettes.