By: Max Good
On October 8, 2015, Brinkmann filed for Chapter 11 under the US bankruptcy code.
Cheap Offset Smokers like this Brinkmann can ruin your day, party and marriage. Don’t buy them! We have a lengthy dissertation explaining why. In short: they are hard to use and don’t produce the best BBQ results. This Brinkmann model is exactly the same as Char-Broil’s American Gourmet Deluxe, with bigger wheels and a slightly different bottom storage shelf. We suspect they are made at the same Chinese factory Char-Broil uses.
For design and construction, Smoke ‘N Pit, like American Gourmet, is about as cheap as it gets. At least Brinkmann has decent wheels, an asset when moving these big horizontal drums. They have porcelain coated wire cooking grates, chrome plated warming rack, a small door on the side of the firebox to scoop out ash, a front work shelf and an inaccurate bi-metal thermometer.
On October 8, 2015, Brinkmann filed for Chapter 11 under the US bankruptcy code. As of November 30th, 2015 they are no longer selling products, not accepting returns or exchanges, and not honoring warranties. It appears one of their biggest client, Home Depot, stopped ordering and that pushed them over the edge.
Brinkmann is known for super low priced cookers, made for frugal people. Quality and price are close to value brands like Masterbuilt, Char-Griller and Master Forge, but Brinkmann is a small step above and sometimes offers interesting and useful value added features. Brinkmann is one of the largest BBQ manufacturers in the United States, angling for the market of price driven rival, Char-Broil, but lacking that company’s focus and innovation. They have a thousand and one models and some have merit considering the price, but many of their products are more of the same cost driven stuff with a different logo on the lid.
Brinkmann is widely distributed online and at brick and mortar outlets, including big box stores.
Published On: 12/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021
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