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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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