The Best Smokers in Australia for 2022

There are several different types of smokers, each with its own pros and cons.

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The best smoker for you depends on how much time and money you want to invest in smoking meat at home.

In this blog post, we will explain the different types of smokers and help you choose which type is best for your needs.

But first, our picks for the best smokers currently on the market in Australia:

Our top pick: Weber 37cm Smokey Mountain Cooker

Our pick for the best smoker in Australia is the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. This is the ideal choice for anyone looking to consistently cook delicious, succulent smoked meat.

It features two tiers of chrome-plated cooking grills and has ample space for large groups.

It’s built with heavy-grade steel and porcelain enamel, with a built-in commercial-grade thermometer and easy-to-clean vents for temperature control.

The Weber Smokey Mountain also works with charcoal or wood, so you can choose the fuel source that works best for you.

The premium vinyl cooker cover included with this smoker is great for protecting your investment from the elements while it’s not in use.

Upgrade pick: Traeger Pro Series 575

If you’re looking for a smoker that can do it all, the Traeger Pro Series 575 is the one for you.

This premium smoker is equipped with a Pro D2 Controller, which lets you monitor your grill, change temperatures, and even smoke levels anytime you want, all from your phone.

You can adjust the two-tier grate system for max cooking space, or just use it as a traditional smoker with just one level of grates. The porcelain-coated grill grates make for easier cleaning. The Direct Drive pellet feed provides more precision and quicker warm-up so you can get started smoking sooner.

With an integrated Meat Probe, you can check temperatures without lifting the lid and know when your food is perfectly cooked so it doesn’t dry out or overcook while still retaining all of its smokey flavour.

Best Value: Charmate Lawson Junior Charcoal Smoker & BBQ

This is an affordable, versatile option for those who want to smoke and grill at home.

It comes with two large chrome-plated cooking racks, so you can cook several pieces of meat at once. The lid-mounted thermostat allows you to maintain the perfect temperature for smoking or grilling.

The adjustable vent lets you control the airflow, which is important for keeping your meat from drying out, while a water pan is included for retaining moisture.

The Charmate Lawson Jr charcoal smoker has a portable design that makes it easy to move around in your backyard or on your deck, so you can enjoy delicious smoked meats anywhere.

This smoker/grill combo will work great with any type of meat including chicken breasts, ribs or brisket slices.

Also great: GMG Ledge Prime Plus WiFi Smoker

The GMG Ledge Prime Smoker is a premium pellet smoker with all the features you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or just getting started on your smoking journey, this smoker has what you need to take your barbecue to the next level.

The interior grill light makes it easy to check on your food without opening the door and letting heat escape. The rotisserie-enabled mounting means that you can easily add an electric rotisserie motor so you can cook a small hog with ease.

The stronger reinforced grates are designed to withstand years of use without bending or warping, giving you peace of mind when cooking for large crowds or family gatherings.

With its 12V direct power design, the GMG Ledge features superior temperature control, better pellet fuel economy and faster start-ups. Its micro-adjustment capability and variable-speed fan provide more consistent grill temperatures.

Finally, GMG Smart Control allows you to control and monitor your smoker from your phone so you can keep an eye on it and make adjustments even when away from home.

Most portable: Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill and Smoker

If you’re looking for a portable charcoal BBQ that’s easy to take with you and doesn’t weigh a ton, look no further. The Weber Go-Anywhere is the perfect grill and smoker for those who love hibachi-style cooking but want something that’s a little less bulky than traditional hibachis.

It has 1040 cm² cooking grill space, which means you can cook up enough food for plenty of people at once.

The legs swivel to lock the lid for easy carrying, and there are no-rust aluminium vents and porcelain enamelled bowl and lid so your grill can handle many adventures away from home.

Smoker buying guide

Whether you’re smoking ribs or brisket, the process will give your meat an added depth of flavour that’s hard to replicate in other ways.

Before you choose a smoker, consider the different types available and which best suits your cooking style:

Charcoal (or briquette) smokers

Charcoal smokers are the traditional choice for most barbecue and smoking enthusiasts.

They’re also the only option if you want to achieve a crust on your meat and will give your barbecue that authentic smoked flavour.

However, they do have some disadvantages: they require more attention than other types of smokers, and it can be difficult to control the temperature inside them.

Lastly, charcoal smokers can be tricky to light, especially for beginners.

Gas smokers

Gas smokers are fast, easy to use and clean. They have a wide temperature range that gives you good control over your cooking temperature.

Propane gas can last for a long time, which is convenient for people who want to grill or smoke meat often. You don’t need to worry about running out of charcoal or wood chips with this type of smoker.

While people certainly achieve a great smokey taste on gas smokers, it’s generally accepted that it’s not to the same standard as charcoal smokers.

However, if you want to enjoy smoked meat without worrying too much about what’s going on inside your smoker, then this one is for you.

Electric smokers

Like the gas varieties, electric smokers are super simple and they don’t require you to monitor the temperature or add fuel or wood chips. The only thing you have to do is set it up, put your food inside it and turn it on.

They can be left unattended for hours at a time without needing any supervision. This makes them ideal if you want something that doesn’t require much involvement.

Since electric smokers are powered by electricity, you don’t have to worry about running out of gas or propane as long as there is an outlet available nearby.

However, since these types require power outlets, this means they need to be close to a power outlet or extension cord.

Like the gas smokers, the main disadvantage of an electric smoker is they don’t achieve the same smokey flavour in the meat as charcoal or pellets.

Wood pellet smokers

Wood pellet smokers are a relatively new option for those who want to smoke their food with ease.

Unlike traditional charcoal smokers, these smokers use small wood pellets for fuel, which can be loaded into the smoker and used as needed.

They also usually include a thermostat that allows you to control the temperature of your smoker.

That said, these models are slightly more expensive than other types of smokers.

Offset smoker

Offset smokers are the best type of smoker for you if you’re planning to cook large cuts of meat or have a big family that needs feeding.

Because they’re made to use wood fuel, they can be heated up much faster than charcoal, making it easier to get your food on the table in time for dinner.

Offset smokers are also considered to deliver some of the best flavours of any smoking method.

Things to consider when choosing a smoker

Aside from the type of smoker, here are some other things to keep in mind when making your decision:

  • Size of the smoker: The first thing to consider when choosing a smoker is the size. If you’re cooking for a large group, it’s best to get a bigger smoker that can hold more meat at one time.
  • Dedicated smoker vs BBQ smoker: You’ll need to decide whether you want to commit to a dedicated smoker or whether you can get away with a smoker BBQ combo which will also allow you top grill meat and other food.
  • Features: Built-in temperature control is a great feature, especially for beginners. Other accessories include grill trays, covers, and gloves.
  • Price: It’s important that you can afford your new cooker! Prices vary greatly depending on what features it includes.

Smokers vs BBQs

Smokers have a lot in common with BBQs, but there are some key differences:

Smokers uses an indirect cooking method. They use smoke to add additional layers of flavour to the meat being cooked; whereas a BBQ uses direct flame for its heat source, relying on spices and marinades for flavour enhancement instead.

FAQ

What is the best type of smoker for beginners?

A pellet smoker is a good middle ground that allows you to get the best of both worlds: easy operation, and smokey flavour.
Pellet smokers are incredibly popular with beginners because they’re able to achieve the same results as charcoal smokers but are easier to use. But keep in mind they are also more expensive.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY, and is always up for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking delicious meals from fresh produce picked from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.