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Smokers Less Than $500

Ready to get serious about making barbecue at home? These entry-level smokers are your best bets.

By Published Feb. 1, 2022

What You Need To Know

You can smoke food really well on a charcoal or gas grill, but if you love barbecue and make it often, there are a few reasons to invest in a dedicated smoker. Most good smokers can maintain lower temperatures than a grill can—from 225 to 250 degrees, the low-and-slow temperature range barbecue experts recommend for turning tough cuts of meat tender without drying them out. (On gril...