Thursday, July 26, 2007

Weber 2820 Smokey Mountain Cooker/Smoker

This is one of my favorite rigs. The Weber 2820 Smokey Mountain Cooker/Smoker is an excellent choice if you're just getting into barbeque.

This is a very forgiving smoker. You can easily adjust the temperature with the vents. Once you've got a fire stabilized and the vents set, it will pretty much stay within your range by about 20 degrees. There's plenty of room with two racks, but be careful when using the bottom rack as it's closer to the fire and you'll get higher temps.

It's light enough that I can throw it in the back of my truck and take it anywhere. I've seen people using them while tailgating at Carolina Hurricanes games, although frankly it would be too hot to put away and I wouldn't want to leave it outside while I went in to watch the game.

It comes with a cover, but it's stainless steel. Mine spends most of its time uncovered, and there's not a bit of rust on it.

Many people fill the drip pan with water. That works to stabilize the heat, but it will also boil away the water and create steam, which limits the ability of the meat to take smoke. Instead, fill the drip pan with sand, and put a sheet of tinfoil over the sand.

It doesn't come with a thermometer, but since you're a pro you have wireless remote thermometer, don't you?

I can literally load my WSM with charcoal in the morning, get the temperature right, and come back in the afternoon to a perfect briskette, pork butt, ribs, turkey -- anything that requires a long, slow cook with smoke.

And it's an Amazon Prime deal, so if you're a member, you get the shipping for free.

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