If you don’t have one at home, you can make a smoker out of a stainless steel box (sold in hardware stores), filled with apple-, cherry- or maple-tree chips drenched – in water or in whisky, apple or another juice – and placed on your barbecue using it to cook your food at a low temperature over indirect heat.
Diehards on the hunt for a genuine smoker should budget between $200 and $400 for a beginner machine, though some models can cost thousands of dollars. When compared to barbecues, smokers are superior for letting the smoke tenderize meat, while staying away from the open flame and the heat.
According to experts, wood or charcoal smokers provide better results in terms of smokiness, surpassing electric or propane-powered equipment. “Homestyle smokers are for very attentive enthusiasts only. You can’t go play a round of golf while something is smoking at home,” asserts Alarie. And what’s the secret to great home-smoker results? Nothing other than patience!