Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 29
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by SteveM So Far, So Good
I'm a South Carolinian so BBQ is a religion. For years I've used a huge offset smoker which requires nearly constant attention for the 12-14 hours that a pork shoulder or beef brisket needs, plus uses $20-30 worth of wood. So I finally pulled the plug and bought a digital smoker.
So far I've only used the Bradley twice so I can't comment on its longevity. The construction seems adequate in this price range. It's not the same quality as a top tier American-made smoker but it was, after all, only about 35% of the cost of one of those. (Bradley is a Canadian company but their smokers are made in China).
As other reviews have indicated, it's ridiculously easy to use. I started a pork shoulder when I went to bed, refilled the water pan which catches ash from the wood pucks and fat from the meat when I got up, and it turned out to be one of the best I'd ever done. Then I did my first smoked turkey for Thanksgiving and it was outstanding. Cleanup is a breez--I just emptied the water pan and threw the drip tray on my gas grill for about 15 minutes to burn off any remaining grease.
As some other reviews have noted, the temperature does tend to vacillate but no more than would happen with a wood or charcoal fired smoker. I used a probe thermometer to monitor the temperature and it generally stayed within 15 degrees of what I'd set.
Later I plan to get the cold smoking attachment.
A couple of things are worth nothing. The instruction manual says that it is not be left in the rain so unless you have it under something, buy the cover. Second, I wish that it was shorter and wider. The trays will hold a pork butt but racks of ribs, packer cut briskets, or whole pork shoulders will have be to cut in two and rotated for even cooking. It's a minor thing, but a nuisance.
All in all, it was excellent for the relatively low cost. Now the only test is whether it holds up over the years. It's so easy that I suspect I'll be smoking a lot more often than the 2 or 3 times a year that I fired up my offset smoker.
November 23, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Snoopy Love it
Had it 2 weeks and smoked close to 30 lbs of stuff, everything has been great. Easy to use, has some temp swing issues but nothing to bad. Just finished some jerky on it tonight.
July 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by LegendLake Very handy with excellent results
Perfect smoker for me and I'm a rib snob. Anyone can cook fall off the bone ribs if they cook them long enough, but this makes fall off the bone ribs with great flavor and that outer smoke bark that is to die for. Had propane model with wood chips and gave up - too much fuss to keep smoke and consistent temp. Electric temp control and "biscuit" feeder make it great to start at noon, go out and play on the lake, and have amazing ribs by 6 with great flavor.
Labor day I learned that 12 racks is too much for it to handle but it does 6 racks like a champ.
Standard shipping came as expected within the week.
October 9, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by Iowa Works, with a Little Work
Used this smoker twice- the first time out of the box it worked great. The second time, however, there was no smoke being produced. After some internet searching, we tightened some wires in the smoker attachment and it worked fine. Hopefully it continues to work.
December 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by bowfishinsc Great product, easy to set up and use.
This is a great product. Very easy to set up and to use. I like having the option to cold smoke as well...it is great for cheeses. Have had the smoker for 2 weeks and have already smoked several different cheeses, beef brisket, thick cut pork chops, chicken breasts, and the most delicious ribeye steaks I have ever had in my life.
July 24, 2011