Updated August 08, 2020 by Chris Gillespie

The 10 Best Smoker Boxes

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in July of 2020. You can add an authentic smoky flavor to your food without the need for expensive equipment if you use one of these handy smoker boxes. They are ideal for use on a home barbecue, and due to their compact size, they are portable enough to be taken on picnics or camping trips. We selected a variety of models capable of using any of the various fuels you can use to create smoke. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best smoker box on Amazon.

10. Outset Q177

9. Pizzacraft PC0411

8. Mag Backyard Grill

7. OutdoorChef Aroma

6. Hairy Cold Smoke Generator

5. Steven Raichlen Smoke Pucks

4. Grill Gods Grilling Set

3. Tizze Smoker Tube

2. DKS Cooker Box

1. Broil King 60190

Special Honors

Kalamazoo started out as a sheet metal fabrication shop based in Michigan, where they perfected the flawless “dairy standard” of stainless steel welding. In 1996 the company introduced a stainless-steel line of grills under The Kalamazoo Grill brand. In 2005, the company became what it is today — Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. Take a look at their website to discover what is considered the world's best grill. kalamazoogourmet.com

Editor's Notes

August 07, 2020:

Throughout Europe and the Americas, smoking food has been a means of preservation for thousands of years, with techniques and processes being passed down through generations. Nowadays it's more about adding flavor and tenderizing, and with modern food smoking technology readily available it is gaining popularity, however, buying a dedicated smoker can be costly. With these smoker boxes, you can add that smoky flavor using just your regular barbecue or gas grill. Choosing the best smoker depends on several factors, namely, the type of barbeque you own, the food you want to cook, and the fuel you will use. Wood chips are the most common choice, as they are available in a variety of flavors, such as apple, hickory, and mesquite, and are best used for red meat. Wood pellets are a good alternative as they burn for longer, meaning fewer refills. Some food needs to be cold smoked, such as fish and sausages, and in this case, sawdust is the best choice as it doesn't generate much heat.

If you use a charcoal barbecue you can place the smoker box directly on the coals to get the heat going straight away. The Outset Q177 is made from cast iron and is the most durable option in this ranking and will not warp. The Grill Gods Grilling Set and the Broil King 60190 are also heavy-duty and are made from thick-gauge stainless steel, the latter of which has two chambers so liquid can also be added to increase moisture. The Tizze Smoker Tube is especially good for use with pellets as it is made from a finely perforated mesh, and can produce smoke for around four hours per refill. If you're looking for a truly portable option, then the Steven Raichlen Smoke Pucks are only three inches in diameter and can be placed directly next to the food to concentrate the smoke on one area, and can be used with both chips and pellets. For cold smoking, most designs seem to be very similar and are notable since they don't have a lid. The one we picked out is the Hairy Cold Smoke Generator. It is well made and won't corrode, and can be used on all types of grills.


Chris Gillespie
Last updated on August 08, 2020 by Chris Gillespie

Starting his career in the building industry, Chris built and managed a plumbing and heating company in northern England. After 13 years, seeking a more fulfilling lifestyle, he moved to southeast Asia, eventually settling in Vietnam, where he teaches writing and comprehension at a number of international universities. Drawing on his previous experience, and his passion for kitesurfing and windsurfing, Chris is knowledgeable in all things water related both recreationally and within the construction industry.


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