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Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker 300 Series Review

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Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker

We do not like or recommend cheap offset smokers like American Gourmet. Yes, the sticker price is low, the big horizontal drum looks like your BBQ dream come true, and if you don’t mind spending time and money for parts, (not to mention ruined meat), you may eventually get one to work OK. But they are a nightmare for a novice and by the time you add your hours and out of pocket expenses to the cheap price tag, you may end up feeling penny wise and dollar foolish. We have a detailed explanation of why you shouldn’t buy a cheap offset smoker, in a nutshell they are hard to use and don’t produce the best results.

American Gourmet models are low on our lowly COS list. Some other brands in this price range offer features like an adjustable height charcoal tray*, slide out ash drawer or heavy duty wheels. AGs are stripped down to the bare essentials. They have porcelain coated wire cooking grates, a small door on the side of the firebox to scoop out ash, two plastic wheels, one side shelf and an inaccurate bi-metal thermometer. *Char-Broil also offers a larger deluxe version that does have an adjustable height coal grate.

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Product Information:

  • Model:
    American Gourmet Offset Smoker 300 Series
  • Item Price:
    $ 110.00
    *Price Subject To Change
  • Where to buy (buying from this supplier supports this website):
  • Made in USA:
  • 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.
  • Primary Function:
    Grill, Smoker, Combination Grill and Smoker
  • Fuel:
    Charcoal, Logs, More Than One Fuel
  • Primary Capacity:
    288 square inches
    Small (about 14 burgers)
  • Secondary Capacity:
    132 square inches

Published On: 12/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

  • Max Good,’s Full-Time Grill Tester - Max Good is's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame and is the world's only full-time reviewer of outdoor cooking equipment including smokers, grills, pizza ovens, griddles, and more.


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