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The Best Luxury Smokers for 2019

by Burning Brisket
Best Luxury Smokers

If you’re in the market for the best of the best when it comes to smokers, you’ll find your match here. These high-end smokers are investments that’ll pay you back time after time as you whip up some of the finest barbecue you’ve ever laid eyes on. Whether it’s premium materials, wizard gadgetry, or, an array of extras, these luxury smokers work hard for every dollar. So, take your pick and prepare to have the neighbours queueing around the block as soon as they smell your ribs. 

Best High-End Luxury Smoker:

Kalamazoo Smoker Cabinet

The handmade Kalamazoo Smoker Cabinet is an eye-wateringly high-end unit that really takes smoking to the next level. This electric-powered system is designed to manage heat and smoke output automatically and can run for up to 16 hours at optimum smoking temperature from only one 7lb load of charcoal. Beautifully hand-crafted in Michigan from 304 grade stainless steel, this freestanding cabinet would be the centerpiece of any backyard or outdoor kitchen.

At around $19,000, you’ve got to have a bulging wallet to fire up this bad boy. But, fear not! If this one’s out of the ballpark we’ve plenty more affordable, top-end smokers to recommend. 

Stats for the Kalamazoo Gourmet Smoker Cabinet

Fuel type: Charcoal

Barbecue material: 304 stainless steel

Grate material: 304 stainless steel

Cooking capacity: 3.86 cubic feet

Model: Freestanding Smoker Cabinet

Assembled size (in): 42(H) x 44(W) x 32(D)

Weight: Not specified

Warranty: 2 years

Pros of the Kalamazoo Gourmet Freestanding Smoker Cabinet:

  • Great looking cabinet smoker
  • Extremely efficient in charcoal usage which minimizes cost
  • Works as a freestanding unit, or, can easily be integrated into an outdoor kitchen setup
  • Large capacity to feed a crowd or make leftovers
  • The top of the cabinet doubles as a porcelain worktop
  • Temperature is precisely controlled via a computer-led blower
  • Runs off a standard power cord
  • Made from high-quality 304 grade stainless steel with upgrade available to marine grade steel if desired

Cons of the Kalamazoo Gourmet Freestanding Smoker Cabinet:

  • Would be nice to have a longer warranty on a smoker of this value

Best Luxury Kamado Smoker:

Caliber Pro Kamado Grill

The folk at Caliber have taken the traditional kamado shape and given it a luxury rework worthy of the price tag. For fans of a kamado grill looking for a premium grilling experience, the Caliber Pro Kamado is the way to go. 

There are some ingenious little tricks in this charcoal smoker that make for a great cooking experience. There’s the patent-pending flue-way design which re-circulates heat within the grill for a consistent cook. You’ve also got the dual layer 304 stainless steel construction that’s got ultra-efficient ceramic insulation sandwiched within. This holds the heat like a self-cleaning oven to increase efficiency and is estimated to use 40% less charcoal than the average ceramic kamado on the market. So, you’ll basically make your money back the more you smoke. That’s the kinda maths we like!

The air vents are remarkably precise, allowing you to make the minute temperature adjustments required to perfect your grilling, smoking or baking. All this, and the Caliber Pro weights less than half a traditional kamado grill, making it super convenient for wheeling in and out of the garage each weekend. And trust us, you’ll be using it each weekend. 

Another patent-pending feature is the rotisserie system which comes built-in. It’s perfectly designed to cook a chicken in only one hour and collects the juices for basting and/or gravy making while minimizing flare-ups.

Size is no problem with 315 square inches of cooking space, but if you’ve got a big brood or you’re super popular you can add-on the Step Up Grill Rack Accessory and enjoy almost 500 square inches to cook on. The large temperature gauge is a nice touch, and all the components from the gasket, to the heavy-duty casters and the side shelves are well-made. There’s no denying, this baby is built to last. 

Stats for the Caliber Pro Kamado

Fuel type: Charcoal

Barbecue material: Dual layered 304 stainless steel with ceramic insulation set in between

Grate material: 304 stainless steel

Cooking capacity: 315 sq. in. as standard, 495 sq. in. with Step Up accessory (sold separately)

Model: Caliber Pro Kamado

Assembled size (in): 25.2″ W x 46″ H x 27.5″ D (with cart)

Weight: 75lbs

Warranty: Lifetime on racks and body, 5 years on powder coated parts, 1 year on gasket and wood components

Pros of the Caliber Pro Kamado:

  • Triple layered ceramic and stainless steel construction is far better at holding heat than pure ceramic kamados
  • One of the most efficient fuel usage kamado’s on the market
  • Stainless steel won’t crack unlike ceramic versions
  • Lighter weight makes it easier to move and possible to take tailgating
  • Patent-pending flue-way design does a great job at recirculating heat for an even cook
  • Suitable for grilling, smoking, baking and searing
  • Quality air vents which make it possible to make fine adjustments for a perfect result
  • Comes standard with a rotisserie for roasting chicken without any flare ups
  • Decent cooking capacity with the ability to expand it with Step Up Rack Accessory
  • Quality stainless steel gasket creates an excellent seal for minimal heat and smoke loss
  • Can be built into an outdoor kitchen or remain freestanding on the quality cart
  • Comes in a range of colors including basic stainless steel
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to clean with regular oven cleaner
  • Great warranty

Cons of the Caliber Pro Kamado:

  • None – we love it and seriously don’t know how it could get any better

Best Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Smoker and Grill:

Smoke-N-Hot Grills Outdoor Cooking Center

In terms of the sheer variety of things you can cook, the Smoke-N-Hot Grills Outdoor Cooking Center is the best luxury grill if you love to experiment. With the option to smoke, grill, convection bake or roast as much or as little food as you like, you won’t know where to begin.

This smoker is powered by pellets, and you’ve got a rear mounted hopper that can hold enough to have you smoking the next 50 hours away. The convenience continues with automated digital control allowing you to set your temperature before getting on with the finer things in life. You’ve even got an inbuilt meat probe included as standard. The ingenious vaporizer dome and double-layer steel body have been designed to make the most of that heat and those cooking juices so you know you’re going to be getting incredible results come dinnertime.

Prepare to loosen your belt, this whopper has a stunning 1460 square inches to cook on. That’s 400 wings, guys. 400 wings. When the feast is over, cleaning up will no longer be a drama thanks to the stainless-steel construction, dishwasher safe cooking grids and grease pans. You’ve also got side shelves and a full cover provided with every Cooking Center.

Stats for the Smoke-N-Hot Grills Outdoor Cooking Center

Fuel type: Pellet

Barbecue material: 304 stainless steel

Grate material: 304 stainless steel

Cooking capacity: 1,460 sq. in.

Pellet hopper capacity: 23lbs

Temperature range: 180-650°F

Model: 7180

Dimensions: 25″ W x 56″ H x 36″ D

Weight: 219lbs

Warranty: 5 years on all parts, except for 2 years on electrical parts

Pros of the Smoke-N-Hot Grills Outdoor Cooking Center:

  • Full 304 grade stainless steel construction to prevent it from rusting or burning out
  • Digital temperature control – simply set and let it do the rest
  • Large pellet hopper to smoke for more than 50 hours without having to touch a thing
  • Wide temperature range which lets you smoke low-and-slow or direct grill at high heat
  • Dome shape is designed to vaporize juices as it cooks
  • Comes with a built-in meat probe thermometer
  • Large cooking capacity spread over 4 removable racks for flexibility and maximum use of space
  • Package price includes a cover to keep this smoker in great condition
  • Good warranty
  • Easy to set up
  • Doesn’t take up much space due to it’s vertical design

Cons of the Smoke-N-Hot Outdoor Cooking Center:

  • None that we know of – it’s a great grill and smoker for a good price

Best Innovative Luxury Smoker:

KBQ C-60 BBQ Smoker Pit

If you’ve always wanted to smoke over a traditional wood fire but never had the patience to master the old-style “stick burners” this top of the line smoker has your name on it. They are designed and made by a veteran US Navy Submariner, so you can bet he knows his way around a piece of metal.

But, the KBQ BBQ Smoker Pit wins our tick of approval as the most innovative luxury smoker because of its trademarked, inverted flame technology. What this does is the firebox which sits on top of the smoker, pulls heat and smoke from underneath the fire, instead of on top. It then passes through the fire, burning the heavy smoke and dangerous gases to send clean, thin blue smoke and heat into the thermostatically controlled cooking chamber. This means that even the most inexperienced of people can create total, real wood smoked perfection that’s free from any nasty creosote flavor.

As for the smoking box itself, it’s hand-made from 18-gauge 430 stainless steel so it’s strong and rust-resistant. Inside there’s four adjustable stainless steel racks to give you 960 square inches of cooking space. You can also swap out the racks for catering steam pans which is handy to keep food warm.

Keep in mind that the KBQ C-60 Pit isn’t a set and forget smoker. You will need a supply of logs a little smaller than a common brick. Then you simply feed them into the firebox every 30 minutes or so. Yes, it means you need to be nearby. But, keeping wood in the box is your only job, and, for your trouble, you’ll get some of the finest smoking action money can buy. Your results will be truly unbeatable!

Stats for the Karubecue C-60 Pit Smoker

Fuel type: Charocal and wood logs

Barbecue material: 18-gauge 430 stainless steel

Grate material: Stainless steel

Cooking capacity: 960 sq. in.

Model: C-60

Dimensions: 41.7(H) x 25.6(W) x 19.3(D)

Weight: 92lbs

Warranty: 2 years

Pros of the Karubecue C-60 BBQ Smoker Pit:

  • Winner of numerous awards for most innovative smoker
  • Hand-crafted from quality stainless steel for superior rust-resistance
  • Unique firebox design that creates blue smoke that’s absolutely perfect for smoking and free from creosote that damages flavor
  • Only smoker that truly makes it easy to create competition-level real wood fired smoked meats
  • Creates consistently great results every single time
  • Dual fans circulate heat and smoke for an even cook
  • High convection means brisket bark and crispy skinned chicken requires no effort
  • Large cooking capacity with removable racks for complete flexibility
  • Small footprint
  • Easy to assemble
  • Reasonably easy to throw on the back of a truck for use on the go
  • Competition approved – why not?!?

Cons of the Karubecue C-60 BBQ Smoker Pit:

  • It’s NOT a set and forget smoker – you will need to add more wood every 30 minutes
  • It uses an open flame so must be treated like a campfire – set up somewhere safe, keep kids and pets away from it and keep an eye on it at all times
  • Open flame means that it’s not great to use in windy and/or rainy conditions
  • You need to get logs that are bigger than a Red Bull can but smaller than a standard brick
  • Must be plugged in to run as electrical components are core
  • It is a dedicated smoker, you cannot grill on it and runs best at a low-and-slow temperature

Best Luxury Offset Smoker:

The Good One Generation 3 Marshall Smoker

The Generation 3 Marshall Smoker from The Good One is our pick for offset smoking on a luxury budget. And, as they should be at this price, the materials and make really speak for themselves. 11-gauge steel to lock in heat, an internal damper to distribute heat and smoke evenly and banish those dreaded hot-spots, and twist-style air vents that make temperature adjustment stress a thing of the past.  

You’re investing in a huge 2849 square inches to grill on, including some space directly over the flames for your burgers or steaks. And, when the time comes to clear up and go to bed, the front drain plug will be your new best friend.  

It’s fair to say that because it’s a traditional offset smoker, The Marshall comes with a bit of a learning curve. But, once you’ve mastered those spinner vents you’ll be planning your next cook-out before the embers of the last one have died out.

Specs for The Good One Marshall Generation 3 Smoker

Fuel type: Charcoal and wood

Barbecue material: Painted 11-gauge steel

Grate material: Expanded steel

Cooking capacity: 2,849 sq in

Model: The Marshall Generation III

Assembled size (in): 55(H) x 38(W) x 46(D)

Weight: 497lbs

Warranty: 10 years

Pros of The Marshall Gen III from The Good One:

  • Heavy duty, large offset smoker for true barbecue
  • Made from thick 11-gauge steel with 14-gauge lid to hold heat without warping
  • 2,124 square inches of smoking space spread over 4 racks
  • Can be used to simultaneously grill on the 609 square inches of grilling space in the firebox
  • ‘Spinner’ air vents that allow for precise control of airflow, heat and smoke
  • Internal damper to allow greater control over heat and smoke flow from firebox
  • Large wheels with casters to make it easy to move
  • Removable drip pan
  • Removable ash pan
  • Suitable for competitions or even light commercial use
  • Great warranty

Cons of The Marshall Gen III from The Good One:

  • Offset smokers do require a bit of practice to get good at using
  • Very heavy which indicates good quality but makes it harder to move
  • Powder coated paint may flake if you run it too hot. But, this can easily be repaired by sanding and respraying
  • The design means you really need to have access to both sides of the unit to open the cooking chamber and firebox doors

Best Luxury Pellet Smoker:

Memphis Grills Pro Wood Fired Pellet Smoker and Grill

If you’re in the market for a set and forget smoker that’s easy to use, good quality to last for years to come and is powerful enough to grill too, check out the Pro Smoke and Grill from Memphis Grills. We LOVE this smoker and can’t get enough of it because every single inch of this baby has been perfectly designed to make getting incredible smoked results simple.

Double layered, high-quality stainless steel insulates the cooking space of the Memphis Grills Pro while dual fans circulate the heat inside. This, coupled with an oven grade gasket, form an even and efficient cooking environment that can run on it’s own for up to 62 hours without having to add more wood pellets. Simply download the WiFi-enabled app for complete control of your cook right from your smart phone.

But, if you don’t have the time to wait for a brisket to smoke, simply add the perforated insert that’s included as standard, and grill directly over the pellet fire for all the convenience of gas cooking but with that delicious wood fired smokiness.

The Memphis Grills Pro simply gives you all the features you need to get incredible barbecue results at home without any fuss. And, it’s all wrapped up in a sleek looking design that’s perfect for any outdoor space.

Stats for the Memphis Pro Freestanding Pellet Grill and Smoker

Barbecue material: Double walled stainless steel (#430 model available or #340 upgrade for coastal areas)

Grate material: #340 stainless steel

Cooking capacity: 4,230 cubic inches

Pellet hopper capacity: 18lbs

Heat Range: Up to 600°F

Fuel type: Wood pellet

Model: VG0001S4 (#430 stainless steel) and VG000S2 (#340 stainless steel)

Assembled size (in): 47(H) x 57(W) x 29(D)

Weight: 213lbs

Warranty: 30 days on meat probe, 3 years on electronics, 7 years on remaining parts

Pros of the Memphis Pro Pellet Smoker and Grill:

  • 100% stainless steel design eliminates flaking paint, rust and burn spots
  • Well-insulated, double walled design with an oven-grade gasket and dual convection fans for even and efficient heat and smoke circulation
  • Large pellet hopper so you can cook for up to 62 hours without having to add more fuel
  • Dual pellet hopper design makes it easy to experiment with different mixes of smoky flavor
  • Comes with a perforated insert so you can grill directly over the pellet fire for a quick, smoky meal
  • WiFi enabled for complete control from your smart phone
  • Comes with a meat probe for accurate internal temperature monitoring
  • Plenty of closed in storage space in the cart to keep pellets and utensils
  • Also available in a model without the cart so that you can install into an outdoor kitchen
  • Great warranty

Cons of the Memphis Pro Pellet Grill and Smoker:

  • Some complaints about that the WiFi app is hard to use. But, upgrades should make this better all the time

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