In the old days, smoking meat was a long and tiresome process. You had to set up a smoking chamber with racks close to the ceiling, then light your fruitwood and let it die down to just the right temperature. The embers had to be cold enough not to cook, but warm enough not to die out. Smoking a cut of meat could take hours or even days.
Throughout the process, you had to keep feeding the embers without stoking a new flame, because then the meat would grill instead of smoking. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier now. All you need is a good BBQ smoker. They regulate their temperature and can be fuelled by charcoal pellets or fruitwood briquettes.
The Weber Smoker series has a distinct cylindrical shape that offers plenty of room for smoke to circulate freely. It comes in three sizes: 37cm, 47cm, and 57cm. These portable units are supported by three legs and can sit comfortably on a small balcony. They each come with a cookbook to guide you if you’re new to smoked meat.
Smokey Mountain Cookers blend style and function. Their gleaming black bodies are offset with steel grey doors and accents. The door is a front-opening variety that makes it easy to load your cuts of meat. To feed the smoking embers, the smokers have air vents that are rust resistant. This matters, because the smoker contains a water pan to keep your meat moist.
The water pan, lid, and bowl are all made of porcelain enamel, which is easy to clean and resistant to corrosion. To make temperature control easier, a thermometer is built into the lid of the smoker. You can cook on two levels inside the smoker, thanks to its dual grills. When the BBQ is not in use, you can use its vinyl cover to protect it from dust.
Because Weber smokers are intended to be portable, they have easy-grip handles at the top of the lid. The handles are made of nylon reinforced with glass. They have insulating properties that prevent burns. Each Weber smoker comes with a 10-year warranty so you’re assured of quality, and you can get help, repairs, or parts in case of damage.
The most popular model is the 47cm Smokey Mountain Weber. It’s the median size and price, and can BBQ a good-sized portion, but is still compact enough to be carried around on picnics and camp-outs. The price for Weber smokers ranges from roughly $400 to about $1,000. They all have the same features, so their key differentiator is size.
Here at Home Heating & BBQ, we stock the whole series of Smokey Mountain Cookers. Our team is ready to guide you as you pick the best one. We can also offer helpful tips on the best kind of fruitwood for your culinary delight.
To experience our range of Weber smokers for yourself, visit our showrooms or call Home Heating & BBQ today on 02 9838 1300.