How is the unit overall?
What’s the source of energy for your smoker? Well, if you’ll be buying a pellet grill and smoker, at least you’ll be confident that you’ll be using wood pellets. But other types of smokers require separate energy sources such as charcoal gas or electricity.
If you want a smoker purposely for outdoors, you need a unit that can efficiently utilize any available source, including a campfire. For a smoker unit that will primarily be used indoors, you can go for those that utilize gas or electricity.
An energy-efficient smoker is a pocket-friendly unit and a good value for money. Go for a unit that, for example, utilizes less charcoal to cook a lot of food. Some of the features that would make a smoker be energy-efficient include double insulated walls, which don’t lose a lot of heat during the cooking.
Some smokers only need a small amount of charcoal, pellets, or any other source of energy to ensure they cook a lot of food without requiring more.
The cooking surface is the area where you place your food during the smoking. While some units come with a generously large cooking surface others come with only a small area. For that, you have to choose depending on your cooking needs.
For instance, if you’ll be cooking food enough for you and your family or friends, you might require a smoker with at least 300 square inches of cooking surface. However, if you want something small for you and your loved one, a unit with 200 square inches or less is good to go!
Go for smokers that come with precise temp control features like a digital control panel and meat probe or thermometer. With such features, there will be no guesswork in your cooking. That will enable you to get superior smoking results without messing up.
The best portable smokers come with temperatures ranging from 55-degree F to 400-degree F and above. That allows you to enjoy cooking and smoking food all at the same time. Different smokers come with different temperature ranges, so choose depending on your cooking needs.
Yes, you want a smoker but it won’t harm anyone if you got a unit that can give you more than just smoking. Some units allow you to cook food in different ways. For example, you can smoke, grill, bake, braise, barbeque, and roast all in the same unit. If that’s the versatility you want, then you can just go for it.