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I recently purchased a new charcoal smoker to play with, which inspired me to nominate the Top Charcoal Smokers under $300. When deciding what smoker to buy, there are a ton to choose from. You have propane smokers, pellet smokers, and charcoal smokers. You also have larger offset smokers that wood logs in addition to charcoal. People often ask my opinion on what smoker they should start with and there are a bunch of factors that play into that decision. The size of the smoker, the cost of the smoker, the quality of BBQ produced, and is the smoker easy to work with and learn? In this guide we are going to focus on charcoal smokers, because of the quality BBQ they produce.
After starting with a cheap electric smoker, and then trying a propane smoker, I have settled on charcoal smokers for my everyday use. They just put out a better product. The flavor and bark developed in charcoal smokers is more authentic and robust than propane and pellet smokers and smoke flavor produced from the constant burning of charcoal is unmatched.
I typically use a chunk or two of apple, cherry, or oak for a little extra smoke and flavor, but the charcoal does most of the heavy lifting. Luckily, you can find an awesome charcoal smoker for under $300 that you can use for a life time…. or until you buy another. If you are like me, you are always looking for the next smoker to add to your patio weaponry.
If you are looking for a great charcoal smoker for a great price, any of the following charcoal smokers will help you smoke awesome BBQ for your family and friends. Lets examine the pros and cons of some high quality charcoal smokers that will take you to the promise land…. with out clearing your saving account.