Monday, February 8, 2010

New smoker!

My girlfriend really takes care of me! For my birthday Sue bought me a new smoker. I had thought of building one (still might build a cold smoker) and I was disillusioned at a lot of the prices I saw on some of the smokers I saw online.

This one is a very nice compromise between size and cost. It was $189.00, at Sears of all places. I hadn't been looking at Sears before I stumbled across this one. It has 4 shelves, shelves large enough to handle a half of a pork belly, or at least a medium sized turkey. It is large enough to handle 95% of my smoking needs so I am REALLY happy about it.

"Some assembly required" means that I spent 2 hours assembling it. However, it was so much fun it didn't bother me at all (I was watching the Super Bowl while I was doing it anyway!)

Here is what it looks like

And with the door open

So look out! I will be smoking a lot of things now. My pork loins have been curing in the refrigerator for about 5 days now, so I will smoke those first, tomorrow. Then my pork butt will be finished curing in a few days and I will be doing a much longer smoking with that one.

The only thing I can foresee doing with this smoker is building a block stand for it, to make it more easily accessible. I might add a gasket to the door to make it tigher also, but I don't know yet.

Can you tell I am excited?!?!? Well, I am. Sue knows how to take care of me; nothing says love like a new smoker...


  1. Congrats on the smoker and your birthday. It looks like a real dandy! We made your pastrami here at Tramp's Camp for Christmas gifts. We smoked it in our Traeger Pellet Grill. It turned out great and garnered many compliments. Thanks for the post!

  2. You're welcome Tramps! Glad the Pastrami turned out!

  3. Marty, I just started reading your blog today (found it through the fb canning group). I love the many subjects that you have covered! I have considered buying this same smoker, but have been curious about the gas versus charcoal. I have a charcoal smoker, but like the idea of having gas since it will take less babysitting. Would you recommend buying one?

  4. I bought the gas one (from Sears) because of less 'babysitting' too. I have no regrets at all, I love it!