Char-Broil The Big Easy Electric Smoker Review

A combination smoker, roaster and grill from industry leaders Char-Broil, the Big Easy TRU infrared is our best value choice.

Once you’ve gotten used to its particular quirks, it functions as a good smoker, a roaster that could easily replace your indoor oven, and a grill.

With an innovative design that deals with everything, this could easily be the centerpiece for your barbeques for years to come. That’s why out of all of the outdoor meat smokers we’re looking at today, this is our best value choice.

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Review

First, a disclaimer. This smoker and grill has a higher minimum temperature than a lot of other products we’re looking at today, to the point that I considered not including it in our list because unless you’re used to working with it, you can’t just set it low and leave it for hours like you would with other smokers. It’s not a ‘true’ smoker in that regard.

But it’s such a great piece of kit that I couldn’t not include it.

Most obviously, this is a true multifunction system, working as a smoker (sort of,) a roaster and a grill, with every single aspect coming out working well. It’s powerful, being propane driven and running up to a scorching 450F. In fact, that heat can be an issue until you get used to it as it can leave your meat running a little dry.

Because it’s a bullet design with a top mounted grill, it’s entirely possible to cook multiple batches of meat at once. For example, you could easily have a joint in the lower basket, ribs hanging on the handy upper basket rim and burgers on the grill.

It’s got front mounted temperature controls that make setting it a cinch, as easy as twisting a dial, and it comes with a meat thermometer, which a lot of cheaper models don’t.

It’s also deceptively small, just over waist height and light enough that one person can easily move it, even though it doesn’t have wheels.

I know, it isn’t a true smoker, but as a hybrid unit, especially one that’s as cheap as this one, this is a great choice, especially if you’re unsure how much you’ll use it. Even if you don’t, you’ve got everything else it does to carry you along, and if you do use the smoking function, you have absolutely everything you need to impress the neighbours at the local cookout this year.

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The Good

  • So simple to use. Easy front control dial. No water pan.
  • Multifunctional. It’s a smoker, roaster, and a grill
  • 25lb food weight capacity
  • Easy to assemble, break down and maintain

The Bad

  • Not a true smoker. Higher minimum temperature than some other options
Features & Specs
  • Size: 36″ x 24″ x 18″
  • Cooking space: 180 sq. in.
  • Temperature range: 250- 450F (121-232C)
  • No. of cooking racks: 2
  • Weight: 58lbs (26kg)
  • Accessories: Meat thermometer, grease collection tray, double stacked roasting basket

The Char-Broil The Big Easy Electric Smoker can be found on Amazon

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