As we all know, smokers are excellent for a variety of reasons. From the mouth-watering goodness of a smoked rib eye to the delectable taste of smoked cheese, we all know the wonderful taste and smell that smoking can bring us.
What it Means to You
Everyone has their preferences and there is more than one variety of smokers to choose. There are trailer mounted ones, side by sides, dome shaped, the list goes on. So, we feel there are certain qualities that we can all agree on.
The overall size matters to most people, since we do not all have big outdoor kitchens and room for a hundred guests. So we will assume that we are all dealing with a limited amount of space, on a small patio, with a handful of close friends and family. We found that the ideal size is somewhere around 750 square inches. It allows for easier movement and fits well on most patios. There are a number of models that fit into that range.
Hey, That’s Not Too Heavy
There are some real monsters out there. But who wants to push those big 150 lbs beasts around on a rough surface? Not us! We all agreed that the best weight of an electric smoker is no more than 60 lbs. It is manageable by women and men both, and it won’t crush grandma if it falls over.
Where Do I Put This?
How frustrating it can be when there simply are not enough racks for all the tasty goodness. Everyone wants to do it all at one time, instead of stretching the food out across many hours. Our ideal number of racks has to be four. Three racks just did not cut the mustard.
The Electric Bill
There are electric units big and small, but one thing they all have in common is that they all draw a lot of electricity. However, to get the job done right you do need plenty of wattage. We had to bite the bullet and choose. We found that all of the best models for this year had a common wattage of 1200. Although there are much more efficient ones available, they were also quite small and too limited for us.
What are You Doing with that Probe?
Much like raccoons, we like shiny things. And, let’s face it, there is nothing better than a meat probe. Do they all come with a shiny meat probe? No. But, we found it very handy and important to the quality of the finished product when they did. The best electric smoker always comes with a meat stick.
Just how big is this patio of yours that you need a remote control? Even though there are some models that come with remote controls, we do not consider them to be necessary. Although, it is nice when there is a remote control.
Even though we are all different, almost all of us agreed on the above features when picking out our favorite smoker.