A Meat Lover’s Guide on How to Choose a Meat Smoker for Home


Choosing a meat smoker is easy if you know what you want. However, many smoking enthusiasts don’t always consider this before buying a meat smoker.

By doing this, they end up with something that is either too involved or doesn’t produce the results they want. Whether you’re learning how to smoke meat or you have years of experience, we can help you find the right smoker.

In this article, we discuss each type of meat smoker and how each one can enhance your smoked meat recipes. Continue reading to find out more.

What to Consider When Choosing a Meat Smoker

Before you can choose a meat smoker, you need to consider what you want to achieve with it, beyond smoked meat. The most important considerations are size, fuel type, and ease of use.


You may have a list of the best meats to smoke, but make sure you choose a meat smoker that has the capacity for it. If you have a large family, a small smoker is not the right choice for you because you can only fit so much meat in it. 

Fuel Type

There are 4 main types of fuel for meat smokers, wood chunks, wood chips, pellets, and charcoal. Whichever type you choose, the flavors will enhance any of your smoked meat recipes. While charcoal produces a smokey flavor, the other types of fuel offer different flavors as well depending on the type of wood used.

For example, if you want mahogany smoked meats, all you have to do is buy mahogany wood chips or chunks. Keep in mind, the type of fuel you can use depends on the type of smoker you choose. 

Ease of Use

Whether you’re just learning how to smoke meats or you’re a seasoned expert, part of choosing the right meat smoker is deciding how involved you want to be in the process. Some smokers are as easy as set-it-and-forget-it. Others require frequent monitoring.

Good insulation is important in any smoker for even cooking because it allows for good temperature maintenance. The same can be said about good airflow. The better these features, the easier your smoking experience.

Types of Smokers

After deciding what features are important to you, you can start deciding which type of smoker to get. There are four main types of smokers: electric, pellet, charcoal, and gas. 

Electric Smokers

These are best for people wanting to set-it-and-forget-it. All you have to do is set the temperature and put in your fuel source, depending on the model. They’re the most similar to an oven.

Pellet Smokers

These meat smokers are also easy to use. They manage fuel and heat as well as regulate airflow. Some even have pre-programmed settings you can utilize. Check out this guide to finding the best vertical pellet smoker.

Charcoal Smokers

These smokers require a bit more patience when learning how to smoke meat. These require constant monitoring to maintain heat and smoke levels. However, with charcoal as a fuel source, it offers some of the smokiest flavors.

Gas Smokers

Gas meat smokers are good at generating stable heat. It’s also easier to maintain temperature than wood or charcoal smokers. You do have to monitor the internal temperature of your meat more closely. 

Find the Right Meat Smoker for You

Finding the right meat smoker for you is as easy as asking yourself what you want to achieve with it. Whether you want something low-maintenance or something that requires more involvement, there are options for you. Once you decide what you want, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the best meats to smoke.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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