The two most popular models under Brinkmann Charcoal Smoker series have gained a positive reputation amongst outdoor grilling lovers. They are the Brinkmann Gourmet and the Brinkmann Smoke’n Grill charcoal cookers.
The two are pretty similar in both construction and smoking features. The Gourmet charcoal line is a little better in quality with some minor improvements, but it comes at much higher price. So the Smoke N Grill is still more widely chosen by budget conscious buyers.
Brinkmann charcoal smokers are best described as perfect entry level smokers which introduce versatile functionalities all in one single charcoal-grill-smoker combined slow cooker. Their focus are in ease of use and very affordable prices, if not say almost the cheapest, in the outdoors cooking niche.
Below you’ll find reviews of two best selling Brinkman Charcoal Smoker models, for electric bbq smokers, go to Brinkman Electric Smoker review page.
Brinkmann Smoke’n Grill Charcoal Smoker
- Cheap and excellent entry level smoker: if you are bargain hunter, you can get one of this sturdy Brinkmann charcoal smoker for just under $50. While the newest model comes a little over $50, it is still an absolutely great value for so many features you’ll in one single charcoal grill smoker unit
- Large smoking capacity: compared to smoker’s total dimension – it really cooks a lot of food – up to 50 lbs
- Cool wooden handles: that eliminate any accidental handling burns.
- Multi-features all in one versatile unit: not only can you perform grilling and smoking in traditional way, the Brinkman Smoke N Grill is a double grill charcoal smoker that also cooks with slow water smoke to get more tender and moist seafood or veggie dishes.
- Easy to assemble and clean: though the parts are slightly big and unwieldy for the kitchen sink, both electric and charcoal Smoke N Grill smokers dismantle easily for cleaning.
- Equipped with heat indicator: to help you take the smoking art into the next level with more control on cooking temperatures.
- Durable coals pan: with water and charcoal pans made of porcelain-coated steel.
- Design colors: comes in black and stainless steel glossy finish
- Difficult to maintain heat: as there no grates to keep ashes and the bowl that holds the charcoal is too shallow, eventually the coals will suffocate in their own ashes and quickly loose hot temperature. The solution to the problem if you decide to buy this Brinkmann charcoal smoker is to punch some small holes on the sides of the pan to allow more airflow and the same time separate ashes from the coals by adding an extra grate down the bottom.
- Inaccurate temperature reading: while having a heat censor does make this charcoal grill smoker appealing for its low price, the reality is that they don’t work that well, and you end up installing your own thermometer.
Brinkmann Gourmet Charcoal Smoker & Grill
This model’s features are very similar to the review above, except for a few little improvements that fix some of the problems encountered with Smoke’n Grill series:
- Access to an extra-large charcoal pan: by having the smoker body lifted of the base,thus improving on temperature retention.
- Variety of colors: available in black, dark green and red finishes.
- Some come vinyl bag cover: for better storage and prolong the life of the grill, especially if you keep it outdoor most of the time.
Overall, if you want more durable and longer lasting charcoal grill smoker and still under $100, go for the Gourmet charcoal smoker line. For a similar version that provides extra level of versatility, the Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker would make an excellent choice for your family. This “go green” grill gives you the chance to get away with having to burn any coals or deal with left over ashes.