Bar-Be-Quick Smoker & Grill - £29 @ ASDA George
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Bar-Be-Quick Smoker & Grill - £29 @ ASDA George

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Found 19th Feb
This dual-level charcoal grill and combined smoker from Bar-Be-Quick offers you 4 great cooking methods in one stylish package. You’ll be able to smoke, barbecue grill, steam and roast, making it perfect for classic American barbecue cooking.

• Black finish
• 4 cooking methods, Smokes, Steams, Grills and Roasts
• Temperature Gauge
• Converts into a smaller unit

You can even convert it to a smaller unit to take with you camping or to an event, with 3 carry handles meaning it’s as portable as it is stylish.
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I love the look of this. Roll on summer!!
Don't think these are very good as smokers
darn, I was only interested in it as a smoker.
At that price worth a look!!
So long as you plug the gaps with gasket tape, will be fine as a smoker
Any vapers?
Smoking is so '70s
They are terrible, no temp control for low and slow cooking, you have to heavily modify and drill holes in the fire basket as well as gasket tape and silicone to stop leakage, they are also cheap thin metal. Ok for a cold smoking unit if you buy or make a cold smoke generator.
hotrodhellkat17 m ago

They are terrible, no temp control for low and slow cooking, you have to …They are terrible, no temp control for low and slow cooking, you have to heavily modify and drill holes in the fire basket as well as gasket tape and silicone to stop leakage, they are also cheap thin metal. Ok for a cold smoking unit if you buy or make a cold smoke generator.



nbgrobbo25 m ago

So long as you plug the gaps with gasket tape, will be fine as a smoker



You can't plug the gaps. These sort of smokers are open at the bottom. The fire bowl sits on tabs with a big gap all the way round which would be too big to seal. So you can't control the air, which means you can't control the temperature, which means they are, pretty much, completely useless for smoking anything.

I would recommend saving your money and putting it towards something that might actually work.
UDS
This will last one summer before it rusts away, and as above it'll be useless as a smoker due to inability to set temperature.

Wait for a sub £150 Weber deal if on a budget, will save you money in long run, and actually work. Plus it'll do far more than this.
jaydeeuk13 m ago

This will last one summer before it rusts away, and as above it'll be …This will last one summer before it rusts away, and as above it'll be useless as a smoker due to inability to set temperature.Wait for a sub £150 Weber deal if on a budget, will save you money in long run, and actually work. Plus it'll do far more than this.


Agree
Bought a weber kettle last year to use for smoking and general grilling, works perfectly, though a fair amount more money.
Need a Smokey Mountain or Pro Q Ranger/Frontier really for back yard controlled smoking. Those two are pretty similar but bit more for your money with Pro Q and smallest one has more sections.. great fun - be prepared to shell out a whole lot more on temp probes, wood chips, timer, tools, mitts, decent lumpwood or briquettes (not petrol station junk with binding additives!). Smoking wipes a day out in the best way possible!
Edited by: "Merlin001" 19th Feb
A Weber is currently out of budget, but for a n00b, what do you think to this one TecTake 3in1
jkd1 h, 14 m ago

Bought a weber kettle last year to use for smoking and general grilling, …Bought a weber kettle last year to use for smoking and general grilling, works perfectly, though a fair amount more money.


Can’t go wrong with a Weber Kettle & there’s plenty of Weber videos on YouTube giving you tips for smoking / slow roasting for a perfect bbq, Expensive but you get what you pay for! 🍖
LOL_is_stupid9 m ago

A Weber is currently out of budget, but for a n00b, what do you think to …A Weber is currently out of budget, but for a n00b, what do you think to this one TecTake 3in1


That's pretty much the same as this one - namely open at the bottom. I think it would also be a waste of money - source: had one very similar years ago.
VDisillusioned15 m ago

That's pretty much the same as this one - namely open at the bottom. I …That's pretty much the same as this one - namely open at the bottom. I think it would also be a waste of money - source: had one very similar years ago.


Cheers - will remove from the Amazon Wish List

BrummyGeeza23 m ago

Can’t go wrong with a Weber Kettle & there’s plenty of Weber videos on You …Can’t go wrong with a Weber Kettle & there’s plenty of Weber videos on YouTube giving you tips for smoking / slow roasting for a perfect bbq, Expensive but you get what you pay for! 🍖


I have a Weber 57" Kettle Original Kettle (not the skinny version). Didn't realise that could be used for smoking too
LOL_is_stupid46 m ago

Cheers - will remove from the Amazon Wish List I have a Weber 57" …Cheers - will remove from the Amazon Wish List I have a Weber 57" Kettle Original Kettle (not the skinny version). Didn't realise that could be used for smoking too


Yup, very effectively. I've smoked everything from pork shoulder to full 9-hour beef brisket in one. Just need a decent digital thermometer, a couple of waterpans (foil disposable are fine) and some practice. Amazingribs.com has a load of great articles and recipes!
The guys above are right. Its a terrible smoker. Its also know as the ECB (el cheapo brinkman). There is a website to support the amounts of mods that actually make this useable. The recommendations above to use a Weber Kettle whilst not trivial will definitely be suitable for shorter smokes. Spend the extra £70+ to get a deep kettle (not the shallow one). It will last 10-20 years. The Brinkman starts rusting after the first cook and is dead in under 2 seasons
LOL_is_stupid1 h, 45 m ago

Cheers - will remove from the Amazon Wish List I have a Weber 57" …Cheers - will remove from the Amazon Wish List I have a Weber 57" Kettle Original Kettle (not the skinny version). Didn't realise that could be used for smoking too


I have certainly heard people have used Weber kettles for smoking with claimed good results.

If you wanted a more traditional smoker you could try one of these. I bought one last year after reading glowing reviews. I used it few times with great results but I would be a little wary recommending it too much because unlike most cheap smokers it's really good at long low and slow cooks. So much so that it's a bugger to get up to the temperatures you want when quick smoking things like chicken etc. A few holes in the firepan helped but it was still a pain to get temps up much over 100c. People reckon the problem is lack of airflow into the firepan, but I think it is poor venting in the lid meaning that it doesn't draw hot gasses up. It's quite annoying because otherwise it works almost perfectly. I'm looking forward to tinkering with it in the spring to try and fix the problem, but when you start beggaring about having to tune things up, said things start feeling less of a bargain.
VDisillusioned1 h, 18 m ago

I have certainly heard people have used Weber kettles for smoking with …I have certainly heard people have used Weber kettles for smoking with claimed good results.If you wanted a more traditional smoker you could try one of these. I bought one last year after reading glowing reviews. I used it few times with great results but I would be a little wary recommending it too much because unlike most cheap smokers it's really good at long low and slow cooks. So much so that it's a bugger to get up to the temperatures you want when quick smoking things like chicken etc. A few holes in the firepan helped but it was still a pain to get temps up much over 100c. People reckon the problem is lack of airflow into the firepan, but I think it is poor venting in the lid meaning that it doesn't draw hot gasses up. It's quite annoying because otherwise it works almost perfectly. I'm looking forward to tinkering with it in the spring to try and fix the problem, but when you start beggaring about having to tune things up, said things start feeling less of a bargain.


Exactly the same here! I bought that last year and it was great. Looking forward to this season, however rarely got it above 100c. Would love to here how you get on!
Save up and get a weber smokey mountain, i have 3 kettles, a pro q frontier elite an offset and uds. The wsm is better by far, though weber kettles set up snake method work great for smaller capacity cooks, dont bother an ecb, you'll only upgrade and regret not spending the money on a wireless thermometer or thermapen.
JoseChupachup6 h, 41 m ago

Exactly the same here! I bought that last year and it was great. Looking …Exactly the same here! I bought that last year and it was great. Looking forward to this season, however rarely got it above 100c. Would love to here how you get on!


Are you removing the water pan when trying to get the heat up?
Absolute garbage.
If you've any interest in smoking, I'd really recommend saving up and buying a Weber Smokey mountain which holds temp, and will probably last 20 years.

See my video here on smoking chicken and ribs in the WSM
wakeywarrior1 h, 17 m ago

Absolute garbage.If you've any interest in smoking, I'd really recommend …Absolute garbage.If you've any interest in smoking, I'd really recommend saving up and buying a Weber Smokey mountain which holds temp, and will probably last 20 years.See my video here on smoking chicken and ribs in the WSM [Video]


Agreed. I've had a Weber Smokey Mountain for 15 years and it's still as good as new (the body of it, not the grills - but they get replaced every 5 years or so). Smokes chickens in around 4 hours with no intervention and pork shoulders for 18 hours fairly easily. I recommend the website The Virtual Weber Bullet for anyone with an interest in smoking food.
Pandamansays41 m ago

Agreed. I've had a Weber Smokey Mountain for 15 years and it's still as …Agreed. I've had a Weber Smokey Mountain for 15 years and it's still as good as new (the body of it, not the grills - but they get replaced every 5 years or so). Smokes chickens in around 4 hours with no intervention and pork shoulders for 18 hours fairly easily. I recommend the website The Virtual Weber Bullet for anyone with an interest in smoking food.


18hrs! I bet the neighbours love the smell coming from your garden :
Can't even see it on their site!?
hotrodhellkat18 h, 48 m ago

They are terrible, no temp control for low and slow cooking, you have to …They are terrible, no temp control for low and slow cooking, you have to heavily modify and drill holes in the fire basket as well as gasket tape and silicone to stop leakage, they are also cheap thin metal. Ok for a cold smoking unit if you buy or make a cold smoke generator.


The cardboard box it comes in will be just as good for cold smoking, so long as it doesn't rain!
Merlin00121 h, 21 m ago

Need a Smokey Mountain or Pro Q Ranger/Frontier really for back yard …Need a Smokey Mountain or Pro Q Ranger/Frontier really for back yard controlled smoking. Those two are pretty similar but bit more for your money with Pro Q and smallest one has more sections.. great fun - be prepared to shell out a whole lot more on temp probes, wood chips, timer, tools, mitts, decent lumpwood or briquettes (not petrol station junk with binding additives!). Smoking wipes a day out in the best way possible!



That’s what I found when I got my smokey mountain, immediately spent another £100. Could easily blow another £500 tomorrow
winstonmanc3 h, 55 m ago

The cardboard box it comes in will be just as good for cold smoking, so …The cardboard box it comes in will be just as good for cold smoking, so long as it doesn't rain!


Yeah have used one before as well as my dedicated cold smoking cabinet and uds, just offering an alternative use for it as its not fit for hot smoking!
Edited by: "hotrodhellkat" 20th Feb
hotrodhellkat6 h, 3 m ago

Yeah have used one before as well as my dedicated cold smoking cabinet and …Yeah have used one before as well as my dedicated cold smoking cabinet and uds, just offering an alternative use for it as its not fit for hot smoking!



How could you use one of these as a cold smoker if it's not sealed?
WSM's are great, I have 3! but its not essential. If you want to spend less then go for the ProQ series, made in Britannia down on the coast by chap called Ian Mckend, its about £100 more expensive than a weber kettle but a solid smoker. The WSM is another £100 on top of that. My view is that it depends on your wallet, if you can get the ProQ or the WSM you will get better more consitent results. However the smokers above can be modded, you can use the clay saucer method and a few other tricks to increase cook times and maintain temps. The reality is that smoking is not really a cheap sport so if you scrimp on the kit you will largely ruin big expensive cuts of meat. For a cook you typically need 5-10kg of charcoal (depending on the size of your smoker), if you are smoking a brisket (£60-150) or a pork shoulder (£50) or 2-3 beef racks of ribs (£50-70) which means you are looking down the barrel of £50-£150/cook. Of course you can do 3kg of wings which is about £20 but you should consider that when you think about the kit in respect of the meat that you are cooking
VDisillusioned14 h, 32 m ago

How could you use one of these as a cold smoker if it's not sealed?


You need air flow for cold smoking, stale smoke is acrid, ventilation is a plus as long as your cold smoker is continually pumping out fresh smoke filling the chamber
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