Summer is just around the corner and with those long balmy days about to beckon us back into the warm rays of the sun, thoughts begin to turn to outdoor gatherings with family and friends. With this in mind what could be better than fabulous a spread of healthy home-smoked dishes and sides to really get everyone to shake off those winter blues.
For those looking to purchase a barbecue smoker the choice can be dizzying. There are simply so many makes and models on the market. However, here are some tips and hints to help you make the right choice.
Firstly decide what type of smoker you would prefer. There are a number of different types on the market – all with different characteristics. Firstly there is the electric barbecue smoker. This type is great because it is easy to get ready for the task at hand, maintains a constant temperature without supervision and can be used in any weather. The charcoal smoker provides the greatest depth of flavor to your meats – but requires supervision. The propane smoker is another ‘no hassle’ option that allows an even temperature to be maintained. However, always have that spare propane tank at hand – running out will ruin your smoking experience.
The key to finding the smoker that is right for you is to plan out exactly when and how you will be using it – and just how much you are willing to pay. There are smokers that can also act as rotisseries, do you need a digital readout? Perhaps you want a portable unit that will be great for a camping trip.
The sheer number and variety of barbecue smokers out there can be confusing to the buyer – but it also means that you will be able to find the perfect smoker for your individual lifestyle.