The Best BBQ Smokers for this Season
June 07, 2024

If you love the smoky flavour of traditional barbecues, it may be time to crank up the intensity and get a smoker. These amazing pieces of kit will take your barbecue game to the next level and give both the satisfaction of hands-on al fresco cooking and incredible flavour. Our experts at Robert Dyas have hand-picked our best BBQ smokers to help you choose the ideal one this summer.

What is a Smoker BBQ?

A BBQ smoker is designed to accommodate larger cuts of meat and give maximum smoky flavour. Unlike a traditional grill, which the meat sits on top of, a smoker has an enclosed cavity that traps the smoke, imparting the intense flavour. Charcoal or BBQ smoker wood chips are used to create the smoke, with the latter sometimes infused with different flavours, such as apple, to give an authentic fruity flavour and intensify the taste of the meat.

The Best BBQ Smokers for this Season

For seasoned and beginner BBQ smoker lovers, we have an array of incredible smokers for this BBQ season. Whether hosting a summer garden party or eating al fresco, each offers unique features so read on to see which would best suit you.

Ninja Woodfire Pro Connect XL Electric BBQ Grill & Smoker

The Ninja Woodfire Pros XL is a classic grill BBQ and smoker in one. Powered by electricity and flavoured by burning real wood pellets – a starter pack of which is included – it evenly circulates heat and smoke around the food for the perfect results. With this amazing smoker, you can monitor cooking time, control temperatures, access cooking charts and even receive real-time alerts on your phone. It has 7-in-1 functions: BBQ grill, smoke, air fry, bake, roast, reheat and dehydrate, making it a worthy investment for keen al fresco cooks.

Outsunny Combo Smoker BBQ Grill

If you’re looking for the best BBQ with a smoker on a smaller budget, this Outsunny Combo may be for you. It features a charcoal grill and an offset smoker on the side for those cuts you want to infuse with smoky flavour. Three shelves make cooking for large groups even easier as you’ll have plenty of space for all those extra plates and foods.

Big Horn Pellet Smoker BBQ

The Big Horn Pellet Smoker BBQ is another top choice, using wood pellets instead of gas or charcoal for that authentic smoky taste. It allows for smoking, grilling, roasting and baking, giving you a great choice of cooking methods for a broad range of foods – perfect if you have a crowd coming over and need versatility. Its classic black design gives it a traditional feel that suits any garden aesthetic, making it stylish as well as highly effective. Built with sturdy steel construction and durable porcelain grills, this barbecue is designed to be a long-lasting addition to your outdoor space.

Outsunny Charcoal Grill Cast Iron BBQ Cooking Smoker

Ideal for those looking for a charcoal BBQ smoker, this Outsunny BBQ smoker cooker is made to last – and deliver results. Crafted from premium materials including cast iron, high-temperature enamel and premium chrome wire mesh, it reaches up to 450°C to cook your food properly, evenly and quickly. Its attractive pebbled design gives it a striking and standout look which will make an instant impact among friends and family. Guests will be impressed for sure by both the smoker and the food.

Add a Smoky Flavour to Any BBQ with a Smoker Box

If you already have a barbecue and want to try a smoker, this Norfolk Grills BBQ Smoker Box is a great way to try it out. Simply add flavoured or unflavoured wood chips or pellets and place the box over the fire. It’s great for creating extra-smokey meat, cheese and fish.

How to Use a Smoker BBQ

Love the idea of a BBQ smoker but not sure how to use one? Our experts have listed out their step-by-step instructions below to ensure your barbecue efforts are not wasted and the whole family can enjoy smoky, tender meats. 

1. Fuel it up and insert the wood chips or pellets, such as these Ninja Woodfire Pellets or Weber Wood Pellets, into the smoking chamber. These options are infused with flavours like maple and cherry to give foods extra flavour during the smoking process for mouth-watering results. 

2. Start your fire. Once it’s been going for half an hour, turn the air vents almost closed to let the fire die down and encourage smouldering. 

3. Aim for a temperature between 82°C and 135°C, depending on what you’re cooking. Fish should be cooked at a lower heat than meat, and large meat joints can take a much higher heat. Smaller cuts, such as kebabs, can cook at lower temperatures and for less time. Check our BBQ cooking times guide for the perfect results. 

4. Place the meat or other foods on the racks. Check on the meat only once or twice during the cooking process as every time you open the chamber you’ll let that precious heat escape. Rotate the cut with tongs, adding marinade before turning it for extra flavour, and replace any fuel or wood pellets if necessary. 

5. Remove the meat when cooked through and it’ll be deliciously tender with an unrivalled smoky flavour. Just remember it’s better to undercook than overcook as you can always put it back in if it’s not quite done.

All this talk of barbecued delicacies making you hungry? We have some of the best BBQ smokers UK wide, so start your search for the best BBQ smoker cooker and get ready to grill up the tastiest al fresco feast in town.