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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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Bradley Original Electric Smoker

By Meathead Goldwyn

Manufacturer: Bradley Technologies Canada, Inc.

Bradley Technologies specializes in meat & food smoking products. Their claim to fame is a line of electric smokers that uses compressed sawdust discs called bisquettes to generate smoke. They also offer smoking accessories, cures, rubs, seasonings, sauce, books, videos and apparel.

Bradley Original Electric Smoker

The Bradley Original Electric Smoker is the only smoker they make without a digital thermostat. It consists of a front loading cabinet with a patented "smoke generator" on the side. The smoke generator burns proprietary wood "bisquettes," puck like disks of compressed sawdust, and blows the smoke into the cabinet which has a cooking element. Like pellets, bisquettes are efficient energy sources and generate flavorful smoke. They are made from either apple, alder, hickory, cherry, mesquite, pecan, or a house blend. Bisquettes cost about 40¢ each and burn for 20 minutes.

The Bradley has a 500 watt cooking element, 125 watt smoking element. The cooking element looks fragile and we fear it could easily break if a shelf loaded with food were to slip from one's hand. The exterior of the cabinet is 31" high x 15" deep x 24" wide (plus another 13" for the smoke generator) and the interior is 15.25" wide x 11.5" deep x 25.5" high. It weighs 57 pounds including the smoke generator.

It comes with four racks, a cookbook, user guide, built-in thermometer (but no thermostat). The thermometer is highly inaccurate. Lack of thermostatic control makes use of a digital thermometer essential, although you will need to adjust the temp manually as necessary. The exterior is steel with a melted black epoxy powder coating and aluminum interior. The Bradley has won awards and has a devoted following. Here is one rave from Epinions.com: "This cooks the wood to a charcoal and not an ash. When the wood is cooked to a charcoal the smoke is released but the tars and resins stay in the wood. When you cook to an ash the tars and resins are released. This is what traditionally gave smoked foods a bitter taste. With my Bradley I only get a clean smoked flavor. It is better, NOT bitter. The smoker heats to 300°F so we cook everything in it." This is a popular misconception that is often cited by users of electric smokers. Most smoke flavor comes from gases released from wood when subjected to high heat. What's left behind is charcoal: a fuel that burns relatively clean. Read The Zen of Wood. Many electric smokers simply don't generate enough heat to burn the charcoal.

We've heard complaints about the bisquettes sticking the feed tube. And one must ask, what if they go out of biz? Where do we get bisquettes then? On the plus side, Bradley has an active user forum and their staff are there to help.

The burnt bisquettes fall into the drip pan, so you cannot use drippings in a sauce. To collect drips you need to put a pan on the bottom shelf which reduces your cooking space. Additionally, the smoke generator and the column of bisquettes need to be protected from rain and snow.

The Bradley Smoke Generator can be purchased separately from the cabinet and can be used to turn an old refrigerator or a wooden shack into a smokehouse. It comes with blueprints so you can build your own.

Price: 

$429 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

Primary Function: 

Smoker

Fuel: 

Electric

Primary Capacity: 

572 square inches ( about 28 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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