Char-Broil's Simple Smoker With SmartChef Technology is an updated version of their Big Easy Electric Smoker. After testing Big Easy we were not impressed. Construction was flimsy and, as with most electric smokers, it didn't produce good smoke. Click here to read our Review of The Big Easy.
This new Simple Smoker has Char-Broil's "Smart Technology", a programmable digital controller with an integrated meat probe that displays cook temp and internal meat temp. If you wish, it will alert you when food is cooked to your desired doneness, then drop the cooking temp to hold it and stay warm until you're ready to dine. 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, no two hunks of meat are exactly the same. Poking and guessing is the leading cause of under and overcooked meat. To learn more click here.
We haven't tested this new model yet, but like the Big Easy, it should make a decent roaster if you don't need BBQ smoke in the food. The advantage here is that heat can surround the meat as opposed to an indoor oven when the meat usually sits in a roasting pan and the bottom does not cook properly unless you flip the bird or roast. Plus you get the convenience of wireless control and monitoring. See Below.
It takes up only a small footprint, but the same can be said of the other cabinet style, front loading propane smokers, and they all work better. Including the ones by Char-Broil.
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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.