By: Max Good
Char-Broil’s Digital Electric Smoker With SmartChef Technology is an insulated, double walled, steel cabinet smoker with a couple neat features. Foremost is Char-Broil’s SmartChef Techology which enables you to monitor and control this smoker from CB’s SmartChef App on your smartphone. The programmable digital controller with an integrated meat probe may be accessed while standing at the unit or remotely from anywhere with your smartphone. You can pop a hunk ‘o meat in before going to bed or rushing off to work and easily keep an eye on cooking progress. If it’s going too slow, goose the cooking temp a bit. If the food’s ready and you aren’t, just drop cooking temp down to hold it until serving time. If you wish, it will alert you when food is cooked to your desired doneness, and then automatically drop the cooking temp to hold.
Users can choose to cook for a set time (BAD), or to a designated internal meat temp (GOOD). Always cook by internal temp measured with an accurate digital thermometer. SmartChef’s integrated meat probe makes this a no brainer. Poking and guessing is the leading cause of under and overcooked meat. To learn more click here.
The door clamps shut. There are four removable racks that can slide into several slots for adjustable height. They provide a total cook surface of 725 square inches. A large smoke box holds four cups of wood chips said to smoke for up to 6.5 hours at 225°. A water pan is also included and there is a convenient slide out grease tray at the bottom. Runs on a standard 120v outlet.
2017 is the second season for this smoker. Many buyers have angrily complained on line about connectivity issues, but most of the negative reviews are older and it appears Char-Broil is addressing technical and service complaints while buyers are getting more accustomed to WiFi technology. Although it Char-Broil had a rocky roll out with this model, we’re testing more products with apps and learning connectivity problems are not unusual, particularly if your router is in the basement or second floor, or if you have older equipment or an older home with thick dense walls. We were able to fix this problem by moving our WiFi cookers closer to our router. Other solutions are using access points or WiFi boosters.
Electric smokers are not our first choice. They excel at fish and things like smoked peppers, sausage, nuts, bacon, and cheese, but we believe the flavor is inferior to charcoal, gas, or pellet smokers for most other BBQ meats such as pork ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and beef brisket. Click here to learn more about electric smokers. Be that as it may, CB’s SmartChef electric smoker is about as easy to use as it gets and can be an appealing choice for someone who just wants to push a couple buttons then control and monitor from a smartphone.
Char-Broil is an innovator in the popular gas grill arena with clever designs, low to midrange prices, and excellent customer service. For several years they have focused on infrared cooking. Starting in 2012 all new IR models were dubbed “Tru-Infrared”. These grills are made with stainless steel tube burners that work in conjunction with a radiant surface to bring heat close to the food. The radiant surface shields food from direct flame and reduces hot dry convection heat rising from the burners.
As one of the biggest BBQ manufacturers in the world, Char-Broil offers a clear, low cost alternative to Weber and surpasses many other price driven manufacturers with their infrared gas grill design innovation and focused marketing. Also in 2012, Char-Broil introduced Saber, a new, very high quality line of gas grills that goes head to head with Weber’s Summit series in the premium grill space. They offer charcoal grills, smokers, fryers and a variety of accessories and tools.
Char-Broil is owned by The W.C. Bradley Company headquartered in Columbus, GA. Roots of W.C. Bradley go back before the Civil War to The Columbus Iron Works. The first Char-Broil grill was made and sold in the USA in 1948. Now all Char-Broil grills are manufactured in China and distributed around the globe.
Published On: 7/5/2017 Last Modified: 2/25/2021
These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.
A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs
The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
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.
The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!
The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.
The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.
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
Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.