Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Review

by Grillster

Looking for a new smoker grill? Check out my review of the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

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In this article I want to tell you the best way to get the most flavourful cooked meat. Find out how you too can get juicy, tender barbecue for your next get together. 

How It Began


Last year we were on the hunt for a new barbecue as our old one finally bit the dust. This was due to my husband deciding to pressure wash it because it needed to be cleaned. Once he started to spray the grill, it actually started to disintegrate before his very eyes. 

Because we needed a new grill, our search lead us to the Weber Genesis E320 and we are very happy with our choice. 

Once my husband got busy trying out some of the recipes in his BBQ cookbook that he got for Father's Day he started experimenting with smoking his meat. (If you have every had smoked meat you know how delicious it is.)

 Because Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we were hosting the family this year, we decided that we wanted to cook our turkey by smoking it so we decided to buy one.

 

My husband did try smoking a roast on our new Weber Genesis grill however found that it really didn't work as planned. This is because once you add your smoker chips to one side of the grill, there really isn't enough room to handle larger cuts of meat such as roasts or turkeys. As my husband decided that smoking his meat was a new hobby, I was off in search of a smoker type of grill that could handle what he wanted to cook.  

 

After searching online for hours I discovered that one product kept cropping up in many of the reviews - the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. Now I know from just buying Weber's Genesis E320 that they sell a solid product so knew that it would be a good investment.

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Best Price

 Off I went in search a smoker grill to our local big box store and couldn't believe the price they wanted. I knew from searching on the internet that I could pick one up cheaper by buying online. We also learned the hard way from buying our Weber Genesis that the actually box didn't fit in the back of our vehicle so we had to have it  delivered. I knew the Smokey Mountain Cooker would come in a large box so we thought that if we had to get it delivered anyway we might as well order online.

 Anyway, I did find it much cheaper online. Loads cheaper than the local big box store.

 

I ended up buying the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker 18.5" smoker and ended up with free shipping which was a bonus. Some may want to get the 22.5" Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker as it is a little bit bigger though we are happy with our 18.5" smoker grill.

Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18-1/2-Inch Smoker

A quality barbecue cooker with two cooking sections that will allow you to cook a great amount of food at the same time. It will provide your friends and family with amazing ...

$349.00  $299.00
Weber 731001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 22.5-Inch Smoker

Weber, 22-1/2', Black, Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker, Includes Thermometer, Improved Heat Resistant Nylon Handle, Porcelain On Steel Smoker Has 2 Heavy, Bright Nickel Plated ...

Only $399.00

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker - Review

Basically buying the Weber smoker solved the problem of getting large cuts of meat smoked properly. Now we start smoking our meat earlier while leaving the Weber Genesis free to use for cooking our veggies for supper.

While some might think it strange to have two grills back on our deck we are extremely happy with both Weber grills. The smoker grill is very easy to set up and is very easy to use. 

 

Once you get your charcoal lit  and heated up in the base of the bullet shaped grill, you can assemble the middle which has your water basin. Once that is securely placed on the bottom you can then add the top grill half. Once it is all assembled you are good to go.

 

The Weber smokey mountain comes with its own build in thermometer which we have found to be quite accurate so unless you already own an external temperature gauge you probably don't need to buy one. It also has vents on the top which allows you control the internal temperature for optimum cooking.

 

Don't be afraid to experiment with different types of wood as you will get different flavours with each type. You could try apple, pecan, walnut, cherry, maple - you name it you could try it. Each will put a little different spin on the different cuts of meat.

 

All in all, we are extremely happy with our purchase. With its sturdy American made metal construction and 10 year limited warranty - we plan on smoking for years to come. If you're in the market for a smoker - then this is it! Whether you are an experienced smoker or a newbie - it is worth the price. 

 

Ratings?

 

We are very happy with our grill and would have to give it 5 stars - we haven't found anything to complain about yet!

Best Grill Accessories For Your Smoker Grill

Don't Forget To Buy These!

Behind ever pro grill smoker, there stands some necessary grill accessories! When it comes to using  your Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, it is important to have a chimney starter to help heat up your coals as well as having the right grilling tools to flip and clean your grill.

Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter

Weber's chimney starter makes starting your charcoal a snap. It also cuts down the amount of time it takes for the coals to get ready. Just load up our extra large cannister ...

$14.99  $13.99

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Weber 7452 Premium Kettle Cover, Fits 18-1/2-Inch Charcoal Grills

Full length, heavy-duty vinyl cover to protect your 18-1/2-inch kettle.

Only $22.99

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Weber Style 6445 Professional-Grade Stainless-Steel 3-Piece Barbeque Tool Set

The right way to round out the griller's toolbox. This 3-piece stainless steel set includes a spatula, chef's tongs, and a barbecue fork. Dishwasher safe. Made of stainless ...

Only $34.99

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Weber 6448 Style Heavy-Duty Grill Brush

Weber Style Accessories, Heavy Duty Grill Brush, Stainless Steel Handle With Silicone Handle Grips, Contains 2 Removable Heads, Stainless Steel Bristles & Scouring Pad.

Only $34.99

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Weber 6406 Rib Rack

Maximize grill space by standing up slabs of ribs and chicken. Dishwasher safe, nickel-plated steel. Use on 18-1/2-inch kettles or larger and all Weber gas grills.

Only $17.59

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Weber 7403 Char-Basket Charcoal Briquet Holders

Made of durable aluminized steel, these holders allow for convenient indirect cooking. Fits 22-1/2-inch Bar-B-Kettle, One-Touch and Master-Touch charcoal grills. One pair

$14.99  $12.99

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Best Wood Chips To Use In Your Smoker

When it comes to smoking your food, probably the most important ingredient you need is wood chips. Each different type of wood imparts a different flavor into your meat and not all woods are good to use for each different type of meat. Here are the most popular wood chip flavors and what they are best used to flavor:

  • Cherry adds a mild, fruity smoked flavour and is best for pork, chicken and fish
  • Pecan is a popular wood that is gives a pungent flavor and is best used for pork or chicken
  • Mesquite wood chips impart a more delicate flavour and are best used for fish, chicken and veggies
  • Hickory is a more traditional wood used for smoking that gives a great flavour to beef, ribs and pork
  • Apple wood chips add a nice fruity smoke which is best suited for chicken and pork

When you order your Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, don't forget to order a variety of different flavored wood chips.

 

Weber 17005 Apple Wood Chunks, 5-Pound

Wood chunks are great for adding wood smoke flavor to foods, or they can be the perfect alternative to charcoal briquettes as a heat source for grilling. Apple wood gives a ...

$14.72  $6.99

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Weber 17056 Hickory Wood Chunks, 5-Pound

Wood chunks are great for adding wood smoke flavor to foods, or they can be the perfect alternative to charcoal briquettes as a heat source for grilling. Hickory wood gives a ...

$14.98  $6.98

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Weber 17106 Mesquite Wood Chunks, 5-Pound

Wood chunks are great for adding wood smoke flavor to foods, or they can be the perfect alternative to charcoal briquettes as a heat source for grilling. Mesquite wood gives a ...

$9.59  $6.99

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Weber 17003 Pecan Wood Chunks, 5-Pound

Wood chunks are great for adding wood smoke flavor to foods, or they can be the perfect alternative to charcoal briquettes as a heat source for grilling. Pecan wood gives a ...

$17.87  $6.99

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Weber 17007 Cherry Wood Chunks, 5-Pound

Wood chunks are great for adding wood smoke flavor to foods, or they can be the perfect alternative to charcoal briquettes as a heat source for grilling. Cherry wood gives a ...

$16.99  $6.99

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Updated: 11/15/2011, Grillster
 
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