The Brinkmann seemingly everything you need: lots of space, a powerful element, and a great price.
So what’s the catch – if any? Please read on as we take a closer look at this value-oriented grill smoker.
The Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker and Grill – as far as a smoker – is a solid model that is fairly inexpensive given its large 50-pound capacity. And with its 1,500 watt heating element, the Brinkmann should have no trouble getting a full load of meat up to proper serving temperatures.
Like most of the more budget-friendly options, this is a single-walled smoker that may jump around a bit in terms of temperature. Nevertheless the element is powerful enough to reach ideal smoking temperatures ~225F and keep them there, even in the face of a cold weather.
This vertical smoker is fitted with two sturdy chrome-plated steel smoking grates, and has a coated steel water pan. The top door hinges upwards, a nice touch. The handles are wooden.
This smoker is backed by a 1-year limited warranty. See Product Manual.
Smoking Capacity and Dimensions
As I mentioned earlier, you really have to love the Brinkman’s generous 50-pound capacity. Despite this capacity, this is not an overly bulky item, at 21 inches in diameter, 36 inches in height, and 30 pounds at weight.
Consensus of Users
With a rating of 4 out of 5.0 stars, it’s clear that people like the Brinkmann – and they do. Users are very happy with the performance and value, and most characterize it as a great entry-level model. However, what detracted from an otherwise 5 star record are various quality issues primarily. For example, several complained of flimsy materials; poor painting/flaking paint; the hard to use small side door; being cramped for long cuts (like rib racks), etc.
In total, these complaints were relatively few, but seem to underscore that this electric smoker is indeed an entry level model.
Price & Value
Let’s face it, one of the main reasons why you are likely to be lured by the Brinkmann is its price tag, which is currently just a hair over $100. At this price, many of the complaints above seem very petty. So it’s a CookShack, but hey, this model comes with everything you need to learn how to electric smoke – and very well at that.
If you can’t get off the $100 mark, then the Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker and Grill is one of the best choices you’ve got. Unlike many others in this price range, it has a generous capacity and a strong heating element that can accommodate that capacity. The only big sacrifice, and it’s significant, is durability. This unit does have a record of various construction quality issues, which may not be relevant for those seeking to smoke infrequently; however, for those doing a lot of smoking, I suspect the Brinkmann may give up after a couple seasons. In such case I’d hold out a bit longer for an Old Smokey Electric Smoker.