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Surprise Mom This Mother’s Day With The Smoker Or Grill Of Her Dreams

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This Mother’s Day, why settle for the same old bouquet of flowers when you can surprise her with a gift that keeps on giving — a smoker or grill!

The days of dad ruling over the grill are long gone, as is apparent by the numerous high-profile female pitmasters ruling the airwaves, cookbook aisle, and competition BBQ circuit. Leaders in the space include Melissa Cookston, Amy Mills Tunnicliffe, Robin Medlin Lindars, Danielle “Diva Q” Bennett, Elizabeth Karmel, and many others.

And why should mom’s culinary creations be limited to the kitchen when the addition of live fire and smoke allows her to take food to new levels of flavor? But when it comes to selecting the perfect smoker or grill for her, the sheer number of brands, models, and price points can make it impossible to make a decision.

Fortunately, has on its team Max Good, the only person in the world whose sole job is to do hands-on reviews of the latest smokers and grills. Max has delved into his various platinum or gold medal reviews and selected options priced under $400 in the charcoal grill, gas grill, smoker, and pellet cooker categories.


Weber Original Kettle Premium 22"

Weber Kettle Premium Original 22″

You can’t go wrong with the original Weber kettle, a charcoal grill that is built to last from one generation to the next. Check out our full platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $219.00 (plus free shipping) here.

Slow 'N Sear Kettle Grill

SNS Grills Slow ‘N Sear Kettle

The Slow ‘N Sear Kettle Grill is mighty nice, but very similar to the Weber Performer, which is not a bad thing. If you’re in the market for a new charcoal kettle grill, read our review because this one may be for you. It’s definitely worth consideration. Read our full gold medal review here and purchase it for approximately $334.49 here.


Char-Griller Grillin' Pro gas grill

Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro Gas Grill

Low-cost gas grills are the instrument of choice for most cooks because they are so easy to use, and this model delivers a lot of bang for the buck. Check out our full platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $252.60 (plus free shipping) here.


Masterbuilt ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

Masterbuilt ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

Masterbuilt offers groundbreaking thermostatic control on a gas smoker at an affordable price. Check out our full platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $399.99 (plus free shipping) here.


Green Mountain Grills TREK

Green Mountain Grills TREK

While this grill is widely used for tailgating or for apartment patios, it is also great for anyone interested in a high-quality, entry-level pellet cooker. Check out our full platinum medal review here and purchase for approximately $389.00 here.

Published On: 4/27/2022 Last Modified: 5/3/2022

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Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
Click here for our review on this unique smoker

The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

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Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

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With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
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Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
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Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

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The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

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Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

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