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Digital Thermometers:
Stop Guessing!

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Gold BBQ AwardA good digital thermometer is why I never serve dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. You can get a professional grade fast and precise splashproof thermometer like the Thermopop (above) for about $24. The Thermapen (below), the Ferrari of instant reads, is about $96. Thermapen is the one you see all the TV chefs and all the top competition pitmasters using.

Click to read more about types of thermometer and our ratings and reviews.

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GrillGrates Take You To
The Infrared Zone

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Gold BBQ AwardGrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, produce great grill marks, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, smolder wood right below the meat, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. Every gas grill and pellet smoker needs them.

Click here to read more about what makes these grates so special and how they compare to other cooking surfaces.

The Smokenator:
A Necessity For All Weber Kettles

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Gold BBQ Award If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the amazing Smokenator and Hovergrill. The Smokenator turns your grill into a first class smoker, and the Hovergrill can add capacity or be used to create steakhouse steaks.

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The Pit Barrel Cooker

pit barrel c ooker bbqAbsolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world.

This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier (and that's because smoke and heat go up, not sideways).

Gold BBQ AwardBest of all, it is only $269 delivered to your door!

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them.

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Best. Tongs. Ever.

Gold BBQ AwardMade of rugged 1/8" thick aluminum, 20" long, with four serious rivets, mine show zero signs of weakness after years of abuse. I use them on meats, hot charcoal, burning logs, and with the mechanical advantage that the scissor design creates, I can easily pick up a whole packer brisket. Click here to read more.

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The Best Steakhouse Knives

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Smokin Tex Residential BBQ Smoker Model 1400

By Meathead Goldwyn

Manufacturer: Smokin Tex

Smokin Tex was founded in 1999, by barbecue restaurateur, Jim Smith in Dallas, TX. They manufacture several residential electric smokers, two large commercial models and sell a variety of accessories, BBQ tools and related products.

Smokin Tex Residential BBQ Smoker Model 1400

The Smokin Tex Residential BBQ Smoker Model 1400 is essentially a clone of the Cookshack Smokette Original Model SM009. The SmokinTex has a slightly larger capacity, slightly more wattage, four wheels instead of two, five racks instead of three, it comes with rib hooks and a storage cover, and it is a bit cheaper. Why? Cookshacks are made in Oklahoma from heavy duty materials while the Smokin Tex units are made in China from cheaper materials. The Cookshack uses heavier steel, better welds, better thermostat, better insulation, and a better latch.

We've heard both rants and raves about Smokin Tex support and service on internet message boards. So we gave them a test and sent some tech questions to their sales department via email during the Christmas rush. We got prompt responses, so maybe the problems have been solved.

The SmokinTex 1400 is front loading with stainless steel inside and out. Outside dimensions are a compact 17.5" wide x 21" deep x 29" high and it weighs 93 pounds boxed. Interior dimensions are 15" wide x 15" deep x 20" high. All sides are insulated except the bottom. There are five adjustable rack positions and it comes with three standard stainless steel 14.5" x 14.5" racks, a stainless drip pan, some wood chunks, and a cookbook with instructions.

The thermostatically controlled 700 watt 10 amp heating element allows for temperatures from 100°F to 250°F according to the manufacturer. Although this is typical for electric smokers, we'd like to see it go higher for some foods, like turkey, but 225-250°F is fine for ribs and brisket. You can cold smoke with a $50 optional heat baffle that goes on the lower shelf. It comes with a 30 day unconditional guarantee and two years on the heating element. For water smoking you can put a water pan on the bottom rack.

This is a nice smoker, but the 14.5" shelves are not big enough for most slabs of ribs. You will have to cut them in half or hang them with rib hooks. The good news is that the rib hooks allow you to cook six St. Louis cut slabs at a time. The bad news is that the rub and fat drips off when they are hung. We prefer to lie them down so they drip on each other.

As with the Cookshack Smokette, we do not like the fact that there is a drain hole in the bottom and that the drip pan goes under the unit, where the dogs and wasps can get in it, and where it can drip on the deck when you remove the pan. We're also not keen on the 1" hole in the center of the top that serves as a chimney. Snow or rain could get in, and you can't leave a cutting board or tray on the top. Move it to the back where it's out of the way. Also,we fear the dial on the top might let rain get into the wiring.

Price: 

$595 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

Where To Buy (Buying from these suppliers supports this website): 

Amazon

Primary Function: 

Smoker

Fuel: 

Electric

Primary Capacity: 

630 square inches ( about 31 burgers )

Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA

No

Review Method: 

Looked Closely At It

We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer,  owners, and other reliable sources.


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