Worth the $ invested. My husband and nephew have produced some yummy food in this smoker. It's been 5 months and going and all of us are enjoying top notch smoked foods. Yes, a couple of bisquettes are wasted at the end of smoke cycle. However, if you search bubba pucks on the internet, in particular the Bradley Smoker forums, you will find all kinds of helpful items and tips for using the Bradley smoker to its fullest ability. Also, you will want to search out "frogmats". Yes, that is correct. They are heat resistant food safe mats to place on the racks for delicate foods such as fish and cheese. They are somewhat pricey... but so worth the money!!! I found the best prices for these at Sograte BBQ and Brew. The down side to this smoker? Hmmm - you might just tire of smoked products within the first month of ownership and use... because you will want to smoke EVERYTHING at once!!! We had smoked homemade sausage (many types and flavors), cheese, ribs, meatloaf (yummy) and even eggs. That was all within a few weeks of receiving the smoker. Also as a side note, if your wondering whether to buy the cold smoker attachment here is our experience with smoked cheese. During the cooler months of spring there was no problem smoking cheese with the Bradley smoker itself. However, now that the summer heat has kicked in we've found the cold smoker invaluable for smoking cheese. The cheese melts too quickly unless we use the cold smoker attachment. Which flavor bisquettes to use? We've really enjoyed Jim Beam, mesquite and hickory for pretty much anything. Maple for pork products and Apple and Cherry in particular for cheese.
I wanted to get my husband a smoker for Christmas. I had no clue as to what brand to purchase. I had looked at several stores and tried to figure out exactly what to expect and what the employees feedback was to prior customer purchases. I then came home and researched different models and brands to check reviews and/or warranties. I choose a Bradley smoker with the digital thermometer based on warranties and some of the employee comments from the stores I visited. My husband was very excited on Christmas, but I still wasn't quite sure about the product. Until.......the taste test and cooking experience. This smoker has exceeded my expectations....he has smoked more meat and fish than I ever expected. Salmon is our ultimate favorite. I look forward to saying "honey what should we smoke tonight for supper" instead of "what do I need to cook tonight for supper". I will have to pat my back on this purchase with no regrets!!!!!
This is a top shelf smoker. Not only is it a beautiful unit that looks commercial/professional quality; but it also produces unbelievable smoked meats. I love it
I brought this smoker for my husband to replace his older Bradley smoker which he loves but was needing some minor work (it's 12 years old). My husband loves the digital controls of this smoker, however, his only complaint in using this twice in 2 weeks, is that the timer only allows it to go to like 9 hrs. If you truly smoke brisket etc. you know that you have to smoke for 18-22 hrs - so all he did was reset the timer. He is going to take the digital control unit off and not leave it attached to the unit while it's in our outdoor kitchen area to prolong the life of it and not expose to the elements (even though it was covered) Happy BBQ'ing!
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