Grills and Smokers

To be suitable for making barbecue, a grill or smoker must be able to maintain an even temperature over an extended period and allow the cook to control the heat and smoke levels. Here are a few of our favorites:

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1. The Hasty-Bake Suburban Model 414 ($800) is a combination charcoal grill-smoker that offers maximum control. An adjustable firebox places the heat up to 15 inches from the meat; a ventless hood sustains a constant temperature; and a side-loading firebox means easy access to the fuel. Brenda Weaver
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2. The Primo Oval ($700), a Japanese-style ceramic grill, offers superb insulation and heat retention, which translates to even cooking with minimum fuel. A heat deflector can be placed over the coals to transition from direct to indirect heat.
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3. Another great option is the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker ($349), with a built-in thermometer for optimum temperature control and a water pan that helps maintain a moist environment. The large charcoal area can accommodate enough fuel to keep the Cooker lit for five hours at time. Brenda Weaver
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4. The design of Weber’s One Touch Silver Kettle Grill ($99), a backyard icon, allows heat to circulate evenly around the meat. Vents located on the top and the underside enable management of both temperature and smoke circulation. Brenda Weaver
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5. For those with no outdoor space, the Camerons Stovetop Smoker ($55) is a compact, affordable item that can be used on a stove top, over a campfire, or even on a hot plate. It’s a simple stainless steel box fitted with a grill rack and a slide-on lid that seals in the smoke. Brenda Weaver
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6. The Bradley 4-Rack Digital Smoker ($499) is a user-friendly electric smoker in which smoke and heat are regulated by turning dials. When it comes to barbecue, it doesn’t get easier than that. Brenda Weaver