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Old 06-09-2015, 11:41 AM
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Question Smoker Boxes for BBQ Grills - Are They Worth It?

Hey there,

Customizing a new BBQ Grill and I was wondering if a smoker box is worthwhile or not?

Getting a Rotisserie for sure but not sure about the smoker.....

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Get it.
Waltz outside and toss more chips on.
Easy and you don't have to baby sit.
You don't have to smell like a camp fire anymore.
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Are you not adding carcinogens ?
WTF??? you don't like smoked meat, don't eat it. good grief.
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I have used a pellet powered smoke generator for the last 4 or 5 years. A Maze N products is the brand. Simple, easy, and works great
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Are you not adding carcinogens ?
We call it bark. Yummy tasty bark.

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Smoker boxes are great. I would highly recommend one made out of cast iron. They are more expensive but perform far better than the cheap ones. They make the wood smoke for longer and not burn up quickly. Give it a try. You won't regret it.
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I use mine. (Stainless steel one bought at HD) I had a cast iron one that I used often and it eventually rusted out.

Recommended. Makes the back yard smell nice also.
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Originally Posted by Capt. Block View Post
Smoker boxes are great. I would highly recommend one made out of cast iron. They are more expensive but perform far better than the cheap ones. They make the wood smoke for longer and not burn up quickly. Give it a try. You won't regret it.
Agreed! I have a cast iron model. I cover the vent slots with foil, then poke some holes in it to control the smoke and burn rate.
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Originally Posted by Capt. Block View Post
Smoker boxes are great. I would highly recommend one made out of cast iron. They are more expensive but perform far better than the cheap ones. They make the wood smoke for longer and not burn up quickly. Give it a try. You won't regret it.
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Originally Posted by Ermoalfa View Post
Hey there,

Customizing a new BBQ Grill and I was wondering if a smoker box is worthwhile or not?

Getting a Rotisserie for sure but not sure about the smoker.....

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Is this a gas/propane grill you are building?
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Rotisserie is a smart move. We use ours all the time.
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Is this a gas/propane grill you are building?
This is for home, on our screened in patio.

This one:

http://www.wholesalepatiostore.com/S...ART-STL26.html
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My buddy has one of these which I borrowed for a cookout. Hit the chicken over the grill to get the grill flavor then put it up in the smoker for a few hours. Best chicken I ever had.
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My buddy has one of these which I borrowed for a cookout. Hit the chicken over the grill to get the grill flavor then put it up in the smoker for a few hours. Best chicken I ever had.
Hitting the chicken on the grill is both disgustingly perverse and may potentially result in serious burns around the groin area....

Wouldn't recommend that, the fact that it tasted good after you did that is a whole other dimension of vile.
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Originally Posted by Ermoalfa View Post
Hitting the chicken on the grill is both disgustingly perverse and may potentially result in serious burns around the groin area....

Wouldn't recommend that, the fact that it tasted good after you did that is a whole other dimension of vile.
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
My buddy has one of these which I borrowed for a cookout. Hit the chicken over the grill to get the grill flavor then put it up in the smoker for a few hours. Best chicken I ever had.
Thats what I smoke with... called a Bandera clone. They cook well but use a ton of fuel and require constant attention.

A smoke box on a gas grill will give OK flavor, but most gas grills will not allow for low and slow cooking at 225-275. And that's what pulled pork, brisket and ribs need to break down the meat and make it tender.

And Garrett has a valid point - traditional smokers use wood completely engulfed in flames - this burns off the bad stuff and allows the good smoke to penetrate the food. Smoker boxes = smoldering wood, bad smoke and off flavors.

Smoldering wood smoke isn't good for you, and its not what you get from BBQ houses or commercially smoked meat. Basically, the "bark" from a smoldering fire is creosote and ash - actually bad stuff for you.

So no, I wouldn't get one added to a gas grill.
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Originally Posted by Ermoalfa View Post
This is for home, on our screened in patio.

This one:

http://www.wholesalepatiostore.com/S...ART-STL26.html
When gas/propane burns it creates water vapor that acts as a protective barrier between the meat and your smoke. You'll get some smoke flavor, but won't have as great results.

I actually made this terracotta pot smoker when I only had access to a gas grill. The results were astounding.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/a...x-recipe-video
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
Are you not adding carcinogens ?
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Old 06-10-2015, 11:50 AM
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Having a smoker box is worth it. My family and I smoke meat all the time. When we first got our new BBQ we did not buy the box with it. A week later we were back at the store and walking out the door with a smoker box in hand.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
WTF??? you don't like smoked meat, don't eat it. good grief.
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WTF back to you; all I did was ask a f#@king question for gwad sake.
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