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14 Best Offset Smokers in Oct (2021). Beginners to professionals.

When it comes to choosing the best offset smoker there is no one right answer .

I have seen people being happy with low budget smokers. As well as pissed off with high-end smokers.

While I was starting I was looking for a low budget smoker.  I was a student at the time. Thus I had no extra bucks to have a high-end one.

While I was starting I was looking for a low budget smoker.  I was a student at the time. Thus I had no extra bucks to have a high-end one.


Choices
Best Overall
Best Budget
Best Vertical
Product
Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn
Royal Gourmet Deluxe (Updated)
Dyna-Glo Signature Series
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Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn Reverse Flow Smoker
Royal Gourmet CD2030AN 30-Inch Charcoal Grill, Deluxe BBQ Smoker Picnic Camping Patio Backyard Cooking, Black
Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill
Size
35.5 x 64.25 x 55.5 inches
58.7 x 27.6 x 50.4 inches
45.5 x 24.9 x 58.8 inches
Weight
226 Pounds
82 Pounds
124.3 Pounds
Cooking Space
1,060 sq inches
764 Square Inches
1382 sq. inches
No of grates
4
2
5
Delivery
Choices
Best Overall
Product
Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn
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Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn Reverse Flow Smoker
Size
35.5 x 64.25 x 55.5 inches
Weight
226 Pounds
Cooking Space
1,060 sq inches
No of grates
4
Delivery
Where to Buy
Choices
Best Budget
Product
Royal Gourmet Deluxe (Updated)
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Royal Gourmet CD2030AN 30-Inch Charcoal Grill, Deluxe BBQ Smoker Picnic Camping Patio Backyard Cooking, Black
Size
58.7 x 27.6 x 50.4 inches
Weight
82 Pounds
Cooking Space
764 Square Inches
No of grates
2
Delivery
Where to Buy
Choices
Best Vertical
Product
Dyna-Glo Signature Series
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Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill
Size
45.5 x 24.9 x 58.8 inches
Weight
124.3 Pounds
Cooking Space
1382 sq. inches
No of grates
5
Delivery
Where to Buy

Finally I purchased one at a pretty low price. I struggled a lot in the beginning.

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#1 Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn (Best Overall)

Best Charcoal offset smoker
Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn Reverse Flow Smoker
  • 1,060 total Square inch cooking surface- 751 Square inches in the main chamber, 309 Square inches in the firebox chamber
  • Reverse-flow smoker employs a Series of 4 baffles to guide heat and smoke through the main chamber delivering an even and delicious result
  • Removable baffles and optional smokestack locations for a customizable setup. Number of Grates: 4
  • Firebox chamber features large stainless Steel fuel basket and clean-out door for easy ash removal
  • Heavy-gauge all-steel construction, porcelain-coated cooking grates and multiple dampers for easy heat and smoke control

Specifications :

  • Brand: Oklahoma Joe’s
  • Model Name: 17202053
  • Color:  Black
  • Material: Heavy-gauge steel
  • Item Weight: 226 Pounds
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 35.5 x 64.25 x 55.5 inches
  • Number of Grates: 4
  • Firebox chamber features: large stainless Steel fuel basket

This is by far the best offset smoker, especially in the entry-level category.

It doesn’t have the best smoking and heat leakage protection. It also does not have the best wall thickness. Yet it is being loved by many people because of simplicity and effectiveness. That’s why Char-Broil bought Oklahoma Joe’s in the first place.

People have been doing modifications to this model to make it even better. Honesty is still better even without modifications. The results are quite impressive.

This model is everywhere. It also stands out because of what it gives at this price and its reverse flow design. It has a smaller version of it called Oklahoma joe’s highland.

There are few sections of people who have issues with this brand. But comparing this with expensive offset smokers doesn’t make sense.

Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn Reverse Flow Smoker
  • 1,060 total Square inch cooking surface- 751 Square inches in the main chamber, 309 Square inches in the firebox chamber
  • Reverse-flow smoker employs a Series of 4 baffles to guide heat and smoke through the main chamber delivering an even and delicious result
  • Removable baffles and optional smokestack locations for a customizable setup. Number of Grates: 4
  • Firebox chamber features large stainless Steel fuel basket and clean-out door for easy ash removal
  • Heavy-gauge all-steel construction, porcelain-coated cooking grates and multiple dampers for easy heat and smoke control

The truth is people are already loving it.  So, if you need an excellent deal in  an awesome budget then get Oklahoma joe’s Longhorn reverse flow smoker.

Pros :

  • It produces clean smoke.
  • Temp is  consistent from left to right sides.
  • Large cooking space.
  • Provides more  smoke and heat to the chamber.
  • Clean-out door for easy ash removal.
  • Heavy-gauge all-steel construction.
  • Porcelain-coated cooking grates.
  • Many  dampers for easy heat and smoke control.
  • Mods help with temperature control to maintain fuel efficiency.
  • Good smoker for the money.

Cons:

  • The paint peeled right off of the firebox the first couple of cooks.
  • It does leak smoke.

Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Reverse Flow review video


#2 Char-Griller Grand Champ Xd Series (Competition)

Best offset smoker for competition level
Char Griller Grand Champ Image
Char Griller Grand Offset Smoker Champ Xd Image

Specifications :

  • Dimensions : 72.13’’ x 57.00’’ x 34.62 ‘’
  • Assembly required: Yes
  • Materials used: Grill Material, Painted Steel
  • Wheels: Yes
  • Fuel Type: Charcoal, Wood.
  • Primary cooking space (sq. in): 775
  • Weight: 263.01 lb
  • Secondary Cooking Space (sq in.): 425
  • Total Cooking Space (sq. in): 1200

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I can’t be more excited about this smoker. Char-Griller grand champ(offset smoker) is a huge upgrade to their previous model (Char-Griller competition pro). Char-Grill has made it big this time.This is the best offset smoker in my list if you are looking for a competition level smoker.

Few things like a removable ashtray which means you can clean the ashes easily.

Easy cool handle. This won’t hurt your hands while opening the lids.

Slide-out expanded metal cooking racks to cook more items.

You can keep your extras with Premium perforated front shelf and bottom shelf. It also has extra-large side dampers and few of its cool features.

It also has a very thick (14 gauge steel) cooking chamber. This means that you save more heat and smoke.

What I liked about this smoker is that the company listened to the customer’s feedback well. They have made it so much easier for the competitions now. Such an impressive move.

For example, It is taller than most of its peers. This means you don’t have to always bend while Smoking or Grilling. I would prefer this for I care about my spinal to not get hurt.

Also, the company has worked well on the thermometer holes.  Now it is quite fit for measuring two sides of the cooking grates.

Few people have complained about the user manuals not being correct. As a result, they seemed to have heated the smoker to 400 degrees which damaged the paint. Be careful with that.

For me, this is a great buy if you are planning to upgrade for competition. It is portable, well though, sturdy and best at the price point.

Pros :

  • Easy ready holes for thermometers to check the grate temperatures. Good for competition.
  • Already sealed.
  • Easy flexible strong table.

Cons:

  • The bottomless basket does not help much.

Based on Budget


#3 Royal Gourmet (Budget)

Best budget / Best small size offset smoker
Royal Gourmet CD2030AN 30-Inch Charcoal Grill, Deluxe BBQ Smoker Picnic Camping Patio Backyard Cooking, Black
  • Spacious Cooking Space: 511 sq. in. porcelain-enameled steel wire cooking grates and 253 sq. in. chrome-plated steel wire warming rack give a total of 764 square inches cooking area. Extra large cooking surface caters for big parties or events.
  • Easy Adjustable Charcoal Pan: Height-adjustable charcoal pan with an easy-to-handle crank handle fine-tunes temperature control and cooks food efficiently. It can hold charcoal up to 3.4 kg/7.5 lb.
  • Front Charcoal Door Access: Tend charcoal without opening the upper lid to ensure minimum heat loss.
  • Convenient Heat Control: Slide the side damper open and raise or lower temperature with the use of lid-mounted stack which delivers increased heat control.
  • Temperature Gauge: The lid-mounted temperature gauge indicates temperature change instantly.

Specifications :

  • Brand: Royal Gourmet
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: LxWxH 55.1 x 27.2 x 48.4 inches
  • Weight: 54.2 Pounds

When we are dealing with offset smokers we need to be very careful with cheap smokers.

Cheap smokers can be a pain to handle.

But, I can’t deny the fact that some smokers are power-packed with features at a low price. This is good especially if you don’t want to spend much on this.

Royal Gourmet is well received by many in the smoker community as a good option in a cheap smoker category. This is not for pro-level or competition level.

You can use this with or without smoke chips. It is a combination of charcoal grill and smoker.

The firebox is not that big. But with this price range, it is very good.

Good thing is that you can buy it with or without assembly. Good for lazy people like me.

It has a Porcelain-Coated cooking grate. That’s not bad when it comes to even heat distribution.

Easy ash cleaning plates and easy to use temperature gauges. This is almost a very common feature.

The company has power-packed important features like a temperature gauge, cleaning plates etc.

Only case I would avoid this, in case I am planning to do a competition level cooking. It’s not very sturdy. But again I can’t complain at this price.

Finally, I listed this because it is the best offset smoker with power pack features on a very small budget.

Pros :

  • Easy to tend charcoal without removing entire grates.
  • Adjustable fire grate in the main chamber.
  • Portable.
  • Cold handles that do hurt.
  • The grilling grates are very easy to clean.
  • Pretty good heat distribution and retention.
  • The price point is affordable.

Cons:

  • Wheels are quite small.
  • Small firebox.
  • Not good for competitions.
  • The high heat can affect the lifting tray if not careful.
  • The heat resistant paint is not rust-resistant or cooked off.
  • The offset cooker lid paint can flake off after continuous usage.

#4 Lone Star Grillz (Mid Range)

Best mid-range offset smoker
Lone Star Grillz Image
Lone Start Grillz Offset Smoker Image

Specifications :

  • Dimensions : 69″ length x 34″ width x 63″ height
  • 2 sliding/pull-out food trays framed with an angle in the main chamber
  • 1 22″ x 22″ sliding/pull-out food tray framed with an angle in the firebox (adjustable)
  • Fully flanged doors to keep your heat inside the main chamber
  • Heat deflector
  • Adjustable tuning plates to keep the temperature even from one side to the other
  • 1 Tel-Tru stainless steel temperature gauge
  • Stainless steel cool-touch handles
  • 2 industrial heavy-duty 5″ wheels and 2 heavy-duty 5″ swivel wheels for easy mobility (cart models only)
  • 24″ x 36″ lower log rack is framed in 2″ x 2″ x 1/8″ angle can be used for your wood or anything you want
  • 1 1/4″ drain with steel cap
  • 10″ x 30″ table
  • The firebox is ready for propane log starter
  • Painted with three coats of high heat paint
  • Adjustable 5″ smokestack
  • Total cooking area: 1910 sq/in.
  • Weight: 850 lbs
  • Bottom grate: 32″ x 23″
  • Top grate: 32″ x 18″
  • Fire box grate: 21″ x 23″

Coming to this smoker it is heavily built at a mid-price. Apart from being tough Lone Star Grillz offset smoker also boasts around some cool features.

For example, it has extra grates in the firebox chambers. Now that means you can grill just above the firebox chamber. But, I have found few people telling it not to be very useful. For me, it’s a matter of choice.

The cooking area is very well refined. For this smoker to have water holding in the chamber can be a great add on.

So what I like about it is that it can be easily upgraded as per my need during buy. Suppose many people chose to have a bigger firebox to increase its capacity.

It is an awesome feeling to have your smoker as per your exact need.

Since it is tough built it also means that this is going to be heavy. If you want something very light and portable, this is not for you.

Finally, I would suggest this if you don’t want to compromise on built quality as well as the price.

Pros :

  • Very sturdy and well built.
  • Cold handles to open the firebox chamber, cooking chamber and all possible places.
  • Dual temp gauges.
  • Tuning plates that can help adjust the temp difference between the sides of the grates.

Cons:

  • Very Heavy.


#5 Double Door Grizzly Smoker (High End)

Best expensive offset smoker
Double Door Grizzly Smoker
Double Dorr Grizzly Offset Smoker

Specifications :

  • 36″ diameter x 72″ long horizontal cooking chamber
  • 36″ diameter x 24″ long firebox for longer cooking times and fuel efficiency
  • Fully welded construction and heavy-duty hinged lids
  • Side firebox door for easy ash removal and damper control
  • Oversized Smokestack with damper control
  • Burns wood, charcoal or a combination of both fuel sources
  • Grease drain and hook to make clean up hassle-free and to prevent flare-ups
  • 20″ wagon style wheels for easy maneuvering
  • Chrome spring handles last for years and stays cool during smoker use
  • Warming plate on top of the firebox
  • Cooking chamber door over-sized Counterweights for easier lifting

Double Door Grizzly smoker by Horizon is by far the most expensive impressive design smokers in my list. Horizon smokers have a great history in the making of smokers.

It’s simply very large with 4,200 square inches cooking space. This means that you can easily feed 100’s of people. Isn’t it awesome?

But the truth only a handful of people can afford this.  I wish I had one. But surely this will be in my list of future goals.

It has awesome space for wood storage under the cooking chamber. For me, the look itself is enough to impress a lot of folks.

What I love about horizon smokers is that they use only new structural steel ¼’’. This is a great strength.

And they offer a lifetime warranty against burnout. That’s how confident they are with their products.

The sad thing is this smoker is not affordable to all . But again that is why it is here in the list. If you are out for a big buy you can’t miss this monster with the quality and quantity.

Pros :

  • Can easily cook for a small family or feed 100’s of people.
  • The double damper system makes it easy to regulate your temperature.
  • Standard clean out tool for easy ash removal.
  • Superb quality.
  • Lifetime warranty against burnout.

Cons:

  • Not easily affordable.
  • Very Heavy.
  • Requires more space.

Based on Cooking Chamber type



#6 Dyna-Glo Signature Series (Vertical)

Best vertical offset smoker
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Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill
  • Features five chrome-plated cooking grates and a total cooking space of 1382 square inches
  • Heavy-Gauge Steel Body Construction. The temperature gauge features a smoke zone which indicates the ideal temperatures for infusing the perfect amount for smoking flavor. Also, the cool to touch handles, allow you to access fuel and food safely.
  • Cool-touch spring lid grip provides safer access to food
  • Stainless temperature gauge with "Smoke Zone" indicates the ideal temperature for infusing smoke flavor
  • Oversized steel wheels for mobility before and after use

Specifications :

  • Brand: Dyna-Glo
  • Power Source: Charcoal
  • Color: Black
  • Material: Steel
  • Item Weight 124.3 Pounds
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 45.5 x 24.9 x 58.8 inches
  • fuel type Charcoal

Dyna Glo has always impressed people with its range of vertical smokers. I feel they have impressive designs.

Vertical doesn’t mean you can’t cook big sized meat. You can easily remove or adjust the grating plate as per your need.

It has good cooking space,  ideal temperature, cool-touch handles. Also provides steel wheels for mobility.

It comes with a temperature gauge. This indicates the ideal temperatures for inducing the smoking flavor.

You can stack up to 5 layers in the cooking chamber. Big or small you can fit in by adjusting the plates. It provides many holes to adjust the cooking grates.

The Best thing about this smoker is that it utilizes heat and smoker well. This is simply because of its brilliant design.

One thing I observed about this smoker. You can’t benefit much unless you modify it a bit. Smoke and heat leak more in comparison to other smokers.

Yet, with few gaskets and some adjustments, this smoker is a real deal. It has been the talk of the town among most of my friends.

Pros :

  • Easy to maintain a good temperature
  • Excellent design
  • Moderate temperature variation.
  • Portable

Cons:

  • May need some modification to perform at its peak.
  • Cleaning up ashes sometimes may not be very easy.
  • Big size meats can be difficult to handle at once especially wide cookings.


#7 Meadow Creek TS120P (Reverse Flow)

Best horizontal / Best reverse flow offset smoker
Meadow Creek Offset Smoker Image
Meadow Creek Offset Smoker Image

Specifications :

  • Overall Dimensions: 90″l x 49″w x 75″h
  • Top Grate Dimensions: 20″ x 48″
  • Bottom Grate Dimensions: 22″ x 48″
  • Optional Warming Box Grate Dimensions: 11½” x 17½”
  • Metal Thickness on Tank: 3/16″ Plate
  • Metal Thickness on Firebox: ¼” Plate
  • Net Weight: 830 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 1,225 lbs.
  • Shipping Dimensions: 105″l x 64″w x 85″h
  • 2 Stainless Steel Slide-Out Grates
  • Ash Slide-Out Pan
  • Charcoal Grate in Firebox
  • Built-In Water Pan
  • Ball Valve Drain
  • All Stainless Steel Handles
  • Cool-to-the-Touch Handles on
  • Slide Vents
  • Thermometer on Smoker
  • 1 Expanded Metal Exterior Shelf
  • 18″ Tires
  • 8″ Heavy-Duty Locking Casters
  • 1 Smoker Door
  • Heat Baffles on Fire Box to
  • Protect Wheels

Reverse flow offset smokers have always been impressive. There are cheaper options for these smokers. But, if we want to feel the difference we need something really good.

Meadow Creek is one of the best in the market when it comes to experience and quality.

I was a bit confused to pick from their list as almost all their products were flawless.

It has stainless steel, durable metal, Cold handles,  cooking chamber locks. It also has enough cooking space ( two cooking racks).

Utilizing reverse flow design means a lot of energy-saving. To explain, I can say this smoker utilizes forward-moving heat and smoker. While it also utilizes the returning heat and smoke in the cooking chamber. This makes it a better design.

Something to talk about this smoker is you don’t have to worry about quality degrading. High temperature won’t cause any problem. They are one of the best in the market.

Cooking grates are not designed to fix or stick to its place. This might be helpful for some and not so for others. A thing to keep in mind.

I would say if you have the budget and you are looking to experience the best in reverse flow offset smoking you can’t go wrong with this.

If you are on a tight budget  Oklahoma Longhorn is the next option according to me.

Pros :

  • Good design and built quality.
  • Durable.
  • Good cooking space.

Cons:

  • Heavy.

Based on Purpose.



#8 Old Country BBQ Pits All-American Brazos (Heavy Duty)

Best heavy-duty offset smoker
Old Country BBQ pit Offset Smoker Image
Old Country BBQ pit Offset Smoker Image

Specifications :

  • Main Grate 18 X 35.5 in
  • Fire Box 17.75 X 16.5 in
  • Large cooking surface accommodates large cuts of meat; Folding front table
  • Uses wood or coal
  • The large side door makes cleaning the firebox easy and mess-free
  • Pull-out expanded metal cooking grates
  • Hot Plate 9.5 X 13.5 in
  • Upper Grate 7.75 X 35.75 in
  • Welded heavy-duty steel construction provides durability
  • Stay-cool stainless-steel handles for safety
  • Assembly Required Flag: No
  • Product height (in.): 54
  • Fuel type: Charcoal/Wood
  • Assembly Required: No
  • Product weight (lb.): 399
  • Manufacturer warranty – general: Lifetime limited
  • Product depth (in.): 24
  • Product width (in.): 72

Let me put it this way. There are a lot of smokers out there with modern designs and custom made designs. But, the tradition has always inspired a lot of individuals.

This smoker is tough and is purely a traditional design smoker.

You can easily fit briskets, beef ribs, pork ribs, pork loins, pork shoulders, whole chickens. The metal is thick and it surely will last long.

What I like about this smoker is that it’s good to build quality. Among traditional offset smokers, this one impressed me a lot.

What I  missed on this smoker is a cold handle. It’s not a primary issue. But, it would have been a boost. So you need to be careful while handling heated areas.

Few people have faced rusting issues in the weld areas. This is rare. I have not found this to be consistent. Yet, it is an important factor to consider before buying.

This is not a pro-level smoker. I can say that if you are looking for an entry-level good quality traditional smoker you can rely on this smoker.

Pros :

  • Good quality construction.
  • Good Welding.
  • The 1/4″ steel will probably last long.
  • Ashtray. Easy cleaning.

Cons:

  • Could have been cheaper.
  • Very heavy.
  • Does not come with a thermometer.
  • Hot handles.


#9 Lang 84” Series (Commercial)

Best commercial offset smoker
Lang 84 series offset smoker image
Lang 84″ series offset smoker image

Specifications :

  • Differs with specific models . To know more click here

Lang smokers have always been common for commercial uses. With the size and quality, it is one of the most used and loved smokers.

The lower range of the Lang models is even used in many competitions.

This is a reverse flow-based model. It has removable and sliding racks to change the cooking space.

Another good thing about this smoker is they are comfortable to use. This model supports wood, pellets and charcoal.

Is it very much focused on large volume cooking and has 22 cubic ft. cooking capacity.

Often it is best utilized in competitions and for commercial use.

For me, the brand Lang smokers have always been among the top. Especially when it comes to large and commercial smokers.

They have a variety of options in this series, you can pick the best suited for your needs.

Pros :

  • Very high-quality smokers, durable.
  • Best for commercial use.

Cons:

  • Not designed for individual use.


#10 Lang 108” (Large)

Best large offset smoker
Lang 108 series Offset Smoker Image
Lang 108″ series Offset Smoker Image

Specifications :

  • Differs with specific models . To know more click here

These series from Lang have the largest capacity in their product ranges.

Best fit in the outdoor kitchens of a restaurant. Also if you are someone who is into the travelling catering business. This is good as it has a portable design with large capacity.

Most people prefer this even in professional level competitions. Lang in this series has many options to consider. You can go to their website and select the one that best fits your needs.

I can rely on these smokers. They have been selling these commercial-grade smoker cookers to professional chefs, resorts. They also have a  good name in catering businesses, restaurants.

People love their outdoor cooking facilities, and concession trailer businesses.

They have a long history in this business.

If you are in search of a very large offset smoker you can contact Lang smokers. These smokers are big.

Pros :

  • The best in the market for commercial-grade smokers.
  • Good for professional use and competitions.

Cons:

  • Not for individual use.


#11 Lang 48” (Patio)

Best patio offset smoker
Lang 48 Patio Offset Smoker Image
Lang 48″ Patio Offset Smoker Image

Specifications :

  • Differs with specific models . To know more click here

Lang has worked in this series specially focussed on the “small” backyard. But it seems to work very well for patio use. You can also simply hook it up to a truck with a trailer cart.

These are smaller models from Lang which you can keep at home or in travel.

This smoker works on the original reverse flow design. It’s exceptional when it comes to quality. Lang smoker has always played it well.

It has such awesome tires and wheels that can take you up to any places for heavy-duty.

One thing the company has been claiming is that this model is the most in-demand for competitions.

I can tell you that it is a great buy. Especially if you are looking for pro-level competitions.  Or you need some patio focused offset smoker.

Pros :

  • Good for competitions as well.
  • Well designed for the backyard.
  • Portable.

Cons:

  • Not the best for individual use.

Based on Fuel Type



#12 Ivation Automatic (Electric)

Best offset electric/pellet smoker
Ivation Automatic Wood Pellet Smoker & Grill | All-in-1 Electric Offset BBQ Smoker w/ Digital LCD Precise Temperature Control, Built in Meat Probe, Flame Tamer, Utensil Rack & Grease Bucket
  • WOOD-FIRED FLAVOR WITHOUT THE HASSLE | All-in-1 Digital Pellet Grill & Smoker Provides Amazing Flavor, Reliable Temperature Control, Automatic Convenience & Consistent Performance for All Your Outdoor Cooking Tasks! | Grill, Smoke, Roast, Bake, Braise & Barbecue a Wide Range of Foods Using All-Natural BBQ Pellets
  • 711 SQUARE INCHES OF COOKING SPACE | Spacious Interior Chamber Features [2] Separate Cooking Grates for Preparing Everything from Burgers, Hot Dogs & Steaks to Whole Chickens, Racks of Ribs & Brisket | Integrated Flame Tamer Prevents Pesky Flare-Ups, While Built-In Folding Drop Shelf Provides Plenty of Room for Food Prep
  • EASY-READ DIGITAL LCD DASHBOARD | Onboard System Includes a Screen Displaying Real-Time Grill Temperature, Current Programmed Setting & Meat Probe Temperature for Effortless Monitoring & Automatic Ease | Simple Control Knob Allows You to Set a Precise Grilling Range or Choose from [4] Preset Smoke Levels
  • SUPERIOR HEAT & SMOKE DISPERSION | Grill Combines the Reliability of Convection-Style Cooking with the Authentic Smokiness of a Wood/Charcoal Smoker | Handy Features Include Indented Grill Lid for Improved Flavor, Grease Bucket for Catching Fall-Off, [3] S-Hooks for Utensil Storage & Stainless Steel Wheels for Easy Portability
  • BONUS MEAT PROBE & COVER INCLUDED | Everything You Need to Barbecue Like a Pro! | Internal Meat Thermometer Connects to the Digital Dashboard for Meticulous Monitoring—Just Toggle Back & Forth to Check Cooking Temperature & Test Food Doneness | Set Also Includes a Grill Cover for All-Weather Protection

Specifications :

  • Brand: Ivation
  • Power Source:  Wood_pellet, Charcoal
  • Material: Stainless_steel
  • Item Dimensions : 28.9 x 21.9 x 23.7 inches

I have a colleague who was debating with other fellows.  The topic was automatic offset smoker over charcoal offset smoker. He said why to worry about waiting for long hours when we have an option to automate.

For me, it is all about passion for the making process.

Anyways this smoker exactly does that. It is electric and automatic. I can’t say it is fully offset. Offset has always been best with charcoal and woods. This looks more like a pellet smoker to me.

I am impressed by the number of people loving it. I can say this would make life easier as.

It has reliable temperature control and consistency in cooking.

It also has enough space around 711 square inches. Separate cooking grates. Which means you can easily cook different food items from burgers to Whole chicken, Racks of ribs etc.

You can also track the real-time temperature. This is great if you are not an expert to know by seeing from outside.

With this model, you can get a meat probe or thermometer. This is good as you may need to buy it anyway if you want to properly smoke the meat. 

The good thing about this is you don’t need to check it always as in the case of other offset smokers which can be very tough.

I am not sure if the sensors get damaged this smoker can mess up a celebration. Anyways this is rare.

I would suggest it only to those people who do not want to waste long hours in other offset smokers.  In that case, this is an awesome smoker.

Pros :

  • Comes with a cover.
  • Very easy to use.

Cons:

  • No Ashtray in the firebox.
  • For some, it may be difficult to assemble as it has more steps.

Based on your Preference



#13 Yoder FRONTIERSMAN 30 SERIES (Custom Made)

Best custom build offset smoker
Yoder Frontiersman Custom Offset Smoker series Image
Yoder Frontiersman Custom Offset Smoker series Image

Specifications : (Varies on your requirements. Flexible.)

  • Propane Log Lighter
  • Pot Warmer
  • Stay Cool Handles
  • Grease Drain
  • Offset Firebox
  • Log Grate
  • Door Counter Weight
  • Temperature Gauges
  • 15″ Tires and Wheels
  • Slide Out Table Top
  • New Style Swinging Door Probe Port

Yoder smokers are quite a big name when it comes to custom smokers. They take your requirements seriously.

Many people even consider putting their logo in this model. Trust me it looks cool. You can customize almost everything. The wheels, the firebox etc.

The only thing which I don’t like is the ease of getting smokers. These are mostly sold through dealers. I would have preferred if it had a more flexible option.

I would recommend it to people in need of industry-grade quality offset smokers. At the same time wants to customize it as per need this smoker is what you should not miss out.

Pros :

  • Handle for an easy move.
  • Proper locks in the lids.
  • Cool looks.
  • customized logos.
  • Cool Handles.
  • Very thick sheets used.
  • Very large cooking space.
  • Extra compartment to keep things.

Cons:

  • Portable but need to be careful as the gap is very less.

#14 Oklahoma Joe’s Reverse Highland (Beginners)

Best offset smoker for beginners
Oklahoma Joe's Highland Reverse Flow Smoker
  • 900 total Square inch cooking surface- 619 Square inches in main chamber, 281 Square inches in firebox chamber
  • Reverse-flow smoker employs a Series of 4 baffles to guide heat and smoke through the main chamber delivering an even and delicious result
  • Removable baffles and optional smokestack locations for a customizable setup
  • Firebox chamber features large stainless Steel fuel basket and clean-out door for easy ash removal
  • Heavy-gauge all-steel construction, porcelain-coated cooking grates and multiple dampers for easy heat and smoke control

Specifications :

  • Brand: Char-Broil
  • Fuel type: Charcoal, Wood.
  • Color: Black
  • Material used: Steel
  • Weight: 176 Pounds
  • Dimensions LxWxH: 39 x 20.9 x 23 inches

We also have a comprehensive guide on different offset smokers for beginners. Feel free to checkout if you are interested.

This model comes both with or without reverse flow.

Oklahoma Joe’s Highland smoker is one of the best offset smokers for a decent price . It differs with another model Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn by size. Longhorn Model is bigger in size than Highland and also the cost is more.

It has top and bottom racks. These can easily cook  4 racks of ribs,2 briskets, or 10 chickens at once. Almost 81 pounds easily fits.

One thing I have observed. It does not have very thick metal. But it is still better than most in its price category. Thus comes to smoke retention.

You can use woods and charcoal as a fuel to this smoker. It also has an easy shelf to keep extra items.

What I also like is that you can have a buying option with or without expert assembly . This is great for beginners who have no clue about assembly.

With some few modifications, this smoker can easily beat most smokers at this range. As a suggestion, always use a charcoal basket to avoid the skins of the smoker peeling out due to heat. In case you want you can check our latest in-depth guide to modify Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Offset Smoker.

Also, check their customer service before you buy.  I have some friends who have had bad experiences with them. For me, I never had any issue.

Also if you have more budget you might get better deals below. But at this range, I could not find a better one for a beginner. 

You can take this for a great learning experience and then upgrade. I am impressed.

Pros:

  • Consistent temperature throughout the cooking chamber.
  • Few modifications are enough to make it beat most high-cost smokers.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Easy to control the temperature.
  • Best in the price range.

Cons:

  • The reverse flow baffles can be difficult to clean.
  • Bubbles and paint damage can happen if not careful.
  • For tall people, the handle may not be very comfortable.
  • The legs are not very flexible to move around especially if it gets old.

FAQ

Who makes the best offset smoker ?

Yoder, Lang, Horizon, Meadow creek makes some of the best offset smokers. But,  Oklahoma joe, Royal Gourmet, Dyna Glo produces some finest budget smokers.

Are offset smokers any good?

Yes. It can produce great taste especially good for slow cooking. The good thing about an offset smoker is you don’t need to open the cooking chamber to put charcoal or wood. This is great because you will save a lot of heat and smoke. This can be a great hobby as well.

Which is a better offset or reverse flow smoker?

Reverse flow is better than normal offset smoker. Or we can say better than traditional offset smokers. This is because of the heat and smoke flow in the cooking chamber. Then turns back towards the fireplace exiting through the chimney. This doubles the use of smoke and heat.

Why use an offset smoker?

It is best for slow cooking. It also can be a great hobby.  It is a good smoker with traditional designs and value. It can produce the most authentic taste. Yet, this also depends on the experience of the people smoking it.

What is the best fuel for a smoker? Should I use wood or charcoal in my smoker?

Gasket on a firebox photo.

Charcoal, wood, Pellet. It depends on the type of smoker. Use charcoal for heat and wood for smoke. You need to understand that the wood would become ash again. So it’s a balance of this that would make a great smoking experience. You should be knowing fire management very well before smoking.

Which meat to try first time using offset smoker?

Ribs and chicken are the place to start.
If you don’t like ribs and chicken, you can try Chuck roast.
It is an intermediate way to brisket. It is not expensive and can be done in 4 -6 hours. Results can be awesome.

What style of wood is best for offset smoker?

Image of Offset Smoker wood TYpes

Hickory , Pecan and cherry.
Harder wood pecan and Hickory for brisket or whole pork shoulders or larger cuts of meat.
Cherry for ribs and chicken.

If charcoal is your heat source go for cherry of 2 or 3 inches in size with or without bark. Bark can give different flavours.
If Wood as heat source, go for 10-11 inches wood splits.

Here is a link to buy from amazon.

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