Top 10 Best Smoker GRILLS
for December 2023

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When it comes to barbecue, there's no beating a grill on a charcoal grill, but gas grills have come a long way from the days when they could only be used as side tables. Today, gas grills are even more powerful than charcoal grills, offering more temperature control and grilling space, while many models now feature infrared grills that deliver even, consistent heat.

When testing gas grills, our testers evaluate the grill's performance, such as its grilling space, temperature control and ease of use. We also look at safety features, such as whether grills are CSA certified, and how well the grills clean.

Our top picks for gas grills are the Weber Spirit II E-310, Char-Broil Smart-Fire Grill, and Weber Spirit II E-310 Liquid Propane. Each of these grills offers a great grilling experience, with even heating, plenty of grilling space, and temperature control.

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Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill

Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Offset Vertical Charcoal Smoker & Grill

by Dyna-Glo

Heavy-Gauge Steel Body Construction. The temperature gauge features a smoke zone which indicates the ideal temperatures for infusing the perfect amount for smoking flavor. Also, the cool to touch handles, allow you to access fuel and food safely.

The Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill is an impressive piece of equipment. It boasts 1,382 square inches of cooking space, which is enough to feed a crowd, and its heavy-duty wheels make it easy to move around before and after use. The smoker's five chrome-plated cooking grates allow you to cook up to 50 pounds of meat at a time. The grill's 12,000 BTU burner produces plenty of heat for grilling, and the smoker's seven adjustable smoke settings make it easy to precisely control the smoke levels. Extra-wide steel doors make access to the smoker's cooking area easy, while the grill's removable ash drawer and ceramic smoker plate are easy to clean. The Dyna-Glo Signature Series DGSS1382VCS-D Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill also features a cool-touch spring lid grip, which makes it easy to open the smoker's lid, even after it's been cooking for hours.

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Z GRILLS ZPG-450A 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker 6 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control, 450 Sq in Bronze

Z GRILLS ZPG-450A 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & 6 Smoker in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control

by Z Grills

Designed for Small Families, yet Big on Flavor: Perfectly sized for small households, the 450A features 452 sq. in of cooking space while infusing big flavors into your food.

The Z Grills ZPG-450A pellet grill was our favorite grill among the simplest and easiest to use. It has the wide temperature range (180-450 F) and 8-in-1 versatility of a true pellet grill, but it's much easier to use than some of its competitors. It's easy to light, and the temperature is easy to set and track. The Z Grills ZPG-450A is also the only one we tested that provides an ash removal lever, so it's much easier to clean your grill. The Z Grills ZPG-450A is also the only grill we tested that has an auto-ignite feature, so all you have to do is flip a switch and the grill fires right up. The grill is also the only one we tested with a couple of shelves (one for meat and one for wood chips), so it's much more versatile than many of its competitors. The auto-ignite feature is also convenient, but it's important to note that you have to turn it off each time you start the grill. We found that it was easiest to turn it off and on again using the meat shelf. The auto-ignite feature also does not work well with wood chips, and we found that we needed to manually light the grill whenever we wanted to smoke anything. The auto-ignite feature also doesn't work well with higher-heat cooking, such as searing steaks, so we found that we had to light the grill manually and turn it off whenever we wanted to sear something.

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Traeger Grills Pro Series 22 Electric Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker, Bronze

Traeger Grills Pro Series 22 Wood Electric Pellet Grill and Smoker

by Traeger Pellet Grills

Never use gas or charcoal again: cooking with wood just tastes better. Traeger created the original wood-pellet grill as the ultimate way to achieve wood-fired taste. Rugged all-terrain wheels easily conquer any backyard terrain.

If you've used any wood pellet grill before, it's essentially a scaled-down version of one. Most grills only do one job--grilling--but the Traeger Pro Series 22 can do six. Its 22,000-BTU infrared burner, combined with its dual wood-fired convection ovens, lets you grill, bake, roast, braise, smoke, and BBQ food to juicy perfection. It can easily hold a family of 4, and it produces a lot of heat (and a lot of smoke), so it's perfect for big events, parties, or tailgates. The Pro Series 22 is also more portable than most wood pellet grills, thanks to its wheels and handle, and it comes with everything you need to start cooking right away, including pellets, a cooking rack, and a recipe book. The 22-inch black ceramic lid and base are nicely finished, and they look classy enough to serve food on. The handle is big and easy-to-grip, and the tank for the pellets is easy to lift and pour. The design resembles an oven more than a grill, and the shelves aren't adjustable, so you'll have to cook meat on a rack or directly on the grates. It's also not as easy to clean as some other grills, so you'll need to clean it after every use.

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Traeger Grills Pro Series 34 Electric Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker, Bronze

Traeger Grills Pro Series 34 Wood Electric Pellet Grill and Smoker

by Traeger Pellet Grills

Sturdy and Durable: Powerful steel construction and durable powder coat finish, easy to clean porcelain grill grates and all-terrain wheels

The Traeger Pro Series 34 electric wood pellet grill and smoker is an excellent choice for those in the market for a grill that's versatile, easy to use, and packed with features. The grill's spacious 884 sq. in. grilling area can accommodate 8 chickens, 7 racks of ribs, or 40 burgers, and it features six cooking modes for versatility. The grill heats up quickly, reaches 660 degrees in about 30 minutes, and can maintain that heat for up to 10 hours. The grill's front-loading design makes cleanup easy, and the temperature gauge and digital controls make cooking a breeze. The grill's pellet hopper can hold up to 22 lbs. of pellets, and the auger feeds the pellets into the firepot, ensuring that the pellets are heated evenly. The Pro Series 34 also comes with a digital meat thermometer and a meat probe, a grease tray, and wood chunks. The grill's removable ash tray makes cleanup easy, and the wood flavor is delicious. The grill also comes with a tool set, a grill cover, and a wheeled stand, which makes it easy to transport. The grill's large, removable side tables make grilling and smoking food easy. Overall, the Traeger Pro Series 34 is a great grill for both backyard chefs and competition barbecue teams.

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Z Grills ZPG-7002E 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker, 8 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Controls, 700 sq in Sliver

Z Grills ZPG-7002E 2020 Upgrade Pellet Wood Grill & Smoker

by Z Grills

FOR FAMILIES AND PARTIES - Features 700 sq inches of wide cooking space that allows you to place all at once and cook efficiently, 180 to 450 F Adjustable temperature range gives you great flexibility for different food

The Z Grills ZPG-7002E 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker does just about everything a griller could want. It produces delicious, smoky flavor, it's easy to use, and it's made to last. The ZPG-7002E's 700 square inches of cooking space make it perfect for midsize parties. The grill comes with four cooking plates, so you can either grill or smoke whatever you like. The 20-pound hopper holds enough wood pellets to cook for up to 24 hours, so you won't have to worry about having to load it up constantly. The ZPG-7002E's cook temperature controller makes getting the temperature just right simple. The controller offers seven preset temperatures, and you can adjust the temperature in 10-degree intervals. The ZPG-7002E's auger has a rotary dial that lets you adjust the rotational speed of the auger. The auger is responsible for moving wood pellets from the hopper to the grill, and a higher auger speed means faster cooking times. A lower auger speed means less heat, longer cooking times, and more consistent heat. You can adjust the auger speed to whichever setting produces the best results for your dish. The ZPG-7002E comes with adjustable air controls, which allow you to adjust the air intake and exhaust. The air controls give you control over the amount of smoke produced, and allow you to use less pellets when cooking food that doesn't require as much smoke.

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Royal Gourmet CC1830R 30-Inch Barrel Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker, 811 Square Inches Cooking Area in Total for Outdoor Garden Patio and Backyard Cooking, Black

Royal Gourmet CC1830R 30-Inch Barrel Grill Charcoal with Offset Smoker

by Royal Gourmet Corp

Ample Storage Space: Side table offers more space for placing seasoning and preparing; 3 hooks on the side table help place accessories neatly; the bottom shelf provides additional storage space for large grilling tools.

The Royal Gourmet CC1830R 30-Inch Barrel Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker is an excellent choice for large gatherings, with the ability to accommodate up to 18 chicken breasts. The offset smoker, which can easily hold 12 lb. of charcoal, is a welcome addition to the charcoal grill, and it allows the chef to grill or smoke small side dishes while the main meal is cooking. The 30-inch cooking area is large enough to cook for 6-8 people, and the lid is adjustable, so the center portion can grill and the sides can smoke. The Royal Gourmet CC1830R 30-Inch Barrel Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker has all of the features you need for outdoor parties, including porcelain-enameled steel wire cooking grates, a Chrome-plated warming rack, side charcoal access door, and an adjustable air damper. It has a 2-year warranty, and it's reasonably priced.

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Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Smoker, 700sq in 8-1 BBQ Grill, Auto Temperature Control Pellet Smoker(Cover, Oil Collector Included)-ZPG-7002B

Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Smoker

Accuracy(PID Controller )--Most stay within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if its 10 degrees or 110 degrees outside; Temperature and Auto Pellet Feed Control System with PID CONTROLLER. The new upgrade digital control board auto ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180F to 450F.

This grill has a ton of features, including 8 different cooking functions, so it can handle just about any cooking task. The smoker function is especially well done, allowing you to smoke fish, meat, or poultry at low heat. We smoked about a dozen chicken breasts and 11 large chicken wings, and the meat stayed moist and flavorful for hours. The grill is large, so you can easily cook for a crowd. The sear feature works well, though it's not quite as powerful as some dedicated grilling stoves. The grill is versatile; you can grill, smoke, roast, braise, barbecue, or sear, and you can cook for up to 20 hours per 20 lbs. of pellets. The grill has wheels and is lightweight, so it's easy to transport. The lid locks in place, so your food won't fly out when you remove the lid. The 8-in-1 function is made easier thanks to the the Barbecue mode, which lets you set the temperature manually, rather than using one of the preset settings, and the convenient control dial. The grill is surprisingly quiet; we were hardly aware that it was on. The 7.2-cubic-foot cooking area is large enough for 8-10 steaks, or 8-10 burgers. The grill has five adjustable legs, and the lid can tilt up 90 degrees, so you can reach food on the rack. The handle is insulated, so it's comfortable to hold. The grill has a removable drip pan, a drain plug, and an oil collector, so you can empty the grease and oil out without spilling it on your floors or counters. The side shelves have plenty of space to store your food trays. The nonstick surface is a great feature, and it's easy to clean. The grill is easy to assemble. The manual is well-written, and the grill has sturdy construction. The grill's controls are easy to use. The grill has a one-year warranty, and it comes with a one-year guarantee on parts.

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Z GRILLS Pellet Grill & Smoker 8 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control, 573 sq.in. Cooking Capacity, Bronze

Z GRILLS Pellet Grill & Smoker 8 1 in BBQ Grill Auto Temperature Control

ACCURACY(PID Controller )Most stay within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if its 10 degrees or 110 degrees outside; Temperature and Auto Pellet Feed Control System with PID CONTROLLER. The new upgrade digital control board auto ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180F to 450F.

This 8-in-1 pellet grill and smoker offers excellent cooking versatility, and it's easy to use, too. The smoker section does a good job of smoking, and you can even smoke food for up to 22 hours using wood pellets. The grill section, on the other hand, offers superb sear marks, and it's able to cook food at very high temperatures. The Z Grills 573 sq.in. cooking capacity is comparable to much larger grills, and it's more than enough to feed eight people. The built-in temperature gauge is easy to use, and the temperature can be set between 170 and 750 degrees. The grill has 12 cooking zones that are 3 inches square, and the grill and smoker sections are connected by a movable shelf, so you can cook two different items simultaneously. The grill and smoker sections are connected by a movable shelf, so you can cook two different items simultaneously. The grill and smoker sections have removable drip trays, which are easy to wash. The smoker section also has two side dampers, which can be used to control the smoke output. The grill and smoker sections come with 10 grilling and smoking pellets, and there's enough fuel in them to cook for up to 10 hours. The pellet grill has a safety lock to prevent children or pets from accidentally turning on the grill or opening the lid, and the grill and smoker sections are engineered with stainless steel and infrared burners, so they're easy to clean. Overall, this is a good choice for anyone who wants a grill and smoker that can smoke, grill, roast, braise, barbecue and char-grill.

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PK Grills Charcoal BBQ Smoker Combo Portable Aluminum Outdoor Cooking Barbecue Camping, Tailgating, Park Grilling, GSB-X Original PKTX, Graphite, Medium, Black

PK Grills Charcoal BBQ Smoker Combo Aluminum Portable Outdoor Cooking Barbecue Camping

by PK Grills

CAST ALUMINUM CONSTRUCTION - Aluminum grills are rust-proof, durable, lightweight, and conduct heat 4x more efficiently than steel charcoal grills.

The PK Grills BBQ Smoker Combo Portable Charcoal Outdoor Cooking Barbecue Camping, Tailgating, Park Grilling, GSB-X Original PKTX, Graphite, Medium, Black is a perfect grill for people who want to maximize their backyard space. This grill features everything anyone needs to cook food for a crowd, from a barbecue to a pizza party, in a compact design that can easily be carried to a picnic or camping trip. The PK Grills Charcoal BBQ Smoker Combo Portable Aluminum Outdoor Cooking Barbecue Camping, Tailgating, Park Grilling, GSB-X Original PKTX, Graphite, Medium, Black is big, heavy, and awkward to lug around, so most people will want to keep this thing in storage. The smoker has cool-touch handles, so it's safe to put in your trunk or back seat until you want to use it. The grill's lid has a latch, but it's difficult for people to use one-handed. And the grill has a couple of sharp corners, so someone's hand or foot could get caught.

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Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill 8 in 1 BBQ Smoker for Outdoor Cooking, 552 sq.in Bronze (ZPG-550C)

Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill 8 1 in BBQ Smoker for Outdoor Cooking

by Z GRILLS

EASY TO USE AND CLEAN:Super easy cooking even for beginners: Electronic auto-start ignition, Digital Auto temperature Control & Real-time LED temperature display.Special Designed Waste Oil Collector to assist you with safe and easy cleanup. Stainless Steel Built: High resistance to corrosion means a longer lasting grill, with a sleek and polished finish.

The Z Grills is an affordable, versatile, and easy to use wood pellet grill. Although it's small, the Z Grills has a large number of features, including a digital temperature controller, a convection heating system, a front storage shelf, and a rear shelf. The controller allows you to adjust the temperature from 180 F to 500 F, which is fairly wide, and the 7-inch main grill is large enough to cook burgers and hot dogs. The Z Grills is compact enough to fit on an apartment patio or a balcony, and it's also portable enough to take camping or boating. The grill's design is simple, and it's inexpensive, so it's a good choice for beginners or anyone who wants a simple, versatile grill. The Z Grills comes with a one-year warranty.

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