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Char-Broil Simple Smoker review: Better than any barbecue (but the app sucks)

Michael Brown | Feb. 5, 2016
It doesn’t entirely live up to its promise to take the guesswork out of smoking your food, but the results are delectable nonetheless.

Is it really worth 300 (smoked) clams?

You can buy a relatively fancy grill for $300, but I’d warrant that the food you cook on it wouldn’t taste as good as what comes out of the Simple Smoker. I have a built-in, five-burner gas grill, and I honestly don’t know how much use I’d get out of it if I also had one of these on my patio—except that the barbecue is under a roof with a powerful fan overhead, so I can grill rain or shine. 

I would also guess that the smoker would last longer than a $300 grill if properly cared for, since none of its components are exposed to a flame and most of its internals are fabricated from stainless steel. If you like the taste of smoked meats, and you can tolerate Char-Broil’s crappy companion app, I recommend it.


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