Best Grills for Smoking
Get great barbecue flavor from all kinds of grills—charcoal, kamado, pellet, and yes, even gas
You don’t need to buy a separate smoker to get mouth-watering, tender, wood-smoked barbecue. A grill that’s great at indirect cooking can perform double-duty—grilling brats and burgers and slow-smoking a beef brisket or pork shoulder.
Some grills are inherently better-suited to the task of smoking, though.
With charcoal and kamado grills, you can add wood chips or chunks into the charcoal at any point to create plumes of flavorful wood smoke. And pellet grills impart smoke almost by default, as the wood pellets they use for fuel also add flavor. Gas models don’t have an advantage here, but they can still get the job done.
“Grill manufacturers have noted that over the past decade, there’s been a lot of interest in smoking foods in the backyard, so they’ve added features like smoker boxes for wood chips to their gas grills to make them more adept at smoking,” says Mark Allwood, CR’s market analyst for grills. At the same time, they're also branching out by adding pellet, charcoal, and kamado grills to their lineups in order to capture more of the barbecue market.