When looking for a smoker that really imparts a true smokey flavor to beef and chicken, you may want to consider a charcoal smoker.
Many of the new charcoal smokers are just as efficient (if not better) than many of their electric or gas counterparts; and they are actually a little cheaper to use.
This week we review the Brinkmann 810-5305-6 Charcoal BBQ Smoker and Grill; an affordable and attractive charcoal smoker that does a remarkable job of smoking meat, fish, and chicken.
The Brinkmann 810-5305-6 Charcoal Smoker Features
The Brinkman 810-5305-6 Charcoal BBQ Smoker and Grill comes with…
- An attractive stainless steel exterior
- 2 chrome plated steel cooking grills
- An embedded thermometer in the domed lid
- Front hinged door for adding charcoal or water during the cooking process
- Porcelain coated steel water and charcoal pans
- A one year factory warranty
This Brinkmann BBQ Smoker and Grill is an exceptional value. We bought ours online for $150 and the shipping was included in the purchase price.
We received the smoker within three days, and assembly was complete in about 40 minutes. The instructions were pretty easy to follow, and once put together, we had a solid, stable smoker.
If you have a smaller patio or deck, then this is the smoker for you. It is a vertical smoker, and measures 17 x 17 x 32; so you can still operate this smoker and enjoy the summer afternoon on even the smallest of decks.
And it is a great looking smoker as well. The stainless steel design is not something you find in charcoal smokers or grills; and while the stainless exterior doesn’t add anything to its capabilities as a smoker; it does look nice on the deck.
The Brinkmann 810-5305-6 Smokes Quite Well
And it smokes as well as it looks. Just because it is a little less expensive than its competitors, don’t think this is a second rate smoker.
The two chrome plated cooking grills can accommodate up to 50 pounds of food, the side door allows you refill the water bowl and add charcoal in the midst of operation, and it is a tightly constructed unit; very little smoke leaks out of the domed lid while cooking.
And it really imparts the flavor of the smoking charcoal you choose. We have tested this with both apple flavored charcoal for fish and mesquite for beef; and both times the food came out moist and tender with a real smokehouse flavor from the charcoal.
The Brinkmann 810-5305-6 has an added thermometer built into the domed lid, and wooden handles all around.
We liked the wooden side handles on the Brinkmann charcoal smoker; and wonder why these are not on other charcoal smokers we have tried.
They make moving the smoker around the deck very easy without getting dirty; but make sure that the smoker is cool before you do so, as the wooden handles do get a little warm to the touch when the smoker is in operation.
The Brinkmann 810-5305-6 Charcoal Smoker Has Some Faults
Some the things we didn’t like about this smoker were very minor.
There are no temperature degree readings on the included thermometer; it merely indicates “Cold/Ideal/Hot” rather than the actual temperature in degrees (which we prefer).
And the water pan is situated well inside the smoker; so if you are refilling the water pan, you need to use caution to insure that you actually hit the water pan and don’t accidentally extinguish your charcoal.
But both the water and charcoal pans are easy to access via the handy side door if you do need to add charcoal or water while in operation. There is no need to remove any food or cooking grates to do so like we have seen with other charcoal smokers.
In summation, I’d say this is a great smoker for the money.
The Brinkmann charcoal smoker is one of the least expensive smokers available; but it smokes food just as efficiently if not better than its more expensive counterparts.
It looks sassy on the deck, doesn’t take up much space, is very portable, can handle up to 50 pounds of food at one time, and makes great smoked beef and chicken.
For the price, the Brinkmann 810-5305-6 charcoal smoker is hard to beat.