Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 28
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 2 out of 5Â by BozD Product arrived damaged
Smoker arrived with Door not opening properly. I had to bend some metal near the door hinge to get the door to open all the way. Once I fixed the door and used the smoker, it seemed to work nice.
May 20, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by HammerheadRealty Not so great
Looks nice and I really like the amount of food you can put in it. However it takes forever to get to temp. This is the 3rd time I have used in it the last couple of weeks and it will not get to the selected temp. I have had a 3 small hams in it for 8.5 hours and the temp inside will not get above 210 degrees. It has been approx 87 degrees most of the day and the door was shut for 5 hours before checking the meat.....Just won't heat up. Finally had to bring the hams inside and finish them in the oven
August 30, 2014