Brinkmann Gourmet Charcoal, Smoke’N Grill Charcoal, Cook’n Ca’Jun II, and Sportsman Charcoal. These are similar cheapo “bullet” water smoker, and you get what you pay for. In fact they are known as the ECB on the internet. That’s El Cheapo Brinkmann.
Made of lightweight enameled or stainless steel, their biggest problem is that they lack airflow control. There are no flues or vents. This makes temperature control almost impossible, and good cooking depends entirely on temperature control. We emphatically do not recommend it.
Brinkmann Smoke N’ Pit Charcoal Grill and Smoker. Known as the SNPP on the net, this is a simple cheap offset firebox pit guaranteed to look cool and give you so many problems you might give up smoking forever. Before buying an offset smoker, please please read about it.
It comes with a swingout firebox door for easy loading of charcoal and wood, and two more grates than the Brinkmann Pitmaster; one is a lower grate for the firebox and the other grate is for the smoker chamber. The grate in the firebox makes temperature control easier, and the grate in the smoker chamber is nice if you want to put a second row of ribs on. They are also handy if you want to put charcoal in the long chamber. There are three position levels for the upper grate, too. If you pick up some spare grates, it is possible to get three shelves of ribs on this baby.
There is also a heat shield for the firebox that should extend the life of the firebox. Before buying an offset smoker, readeverything. For current pricing and direct ordering from Amazon.com, click here.
Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Edition. There was a time when the Brinkmann name appeared on line of serious smokers that were made so solid they came with a 75-year limited warranty! The Cimarron, Longhorn and Southfork smokers were built with tight tolerances and made with 1/4 inch steel. Turns out they were actually made for Brinkmann by the same folks who started Oklahoma Joe Smokers. If you want to get your smoke on with one of those classic 1/4 inch pits, scroll down this page to our review of Horizon Smokers. The OKJs are back in Oklahoma with a new name and the same serious heavy-duty offsets.
Alas, the new Brinkmann Trailblazer is but a shadow of the great smokers of yore. The basic design is similar to the Oklahoma Joe, Cimarron, and Longhorn, but quality, construction and, fittingly, the price have been drastically reduced. The warranty drops from 75 years to 1 year. Still, it’s a step up from most Cheap Offset Smokers. For about a hundred bucks more than Char-Griller or Smoke ‘N Pit you basically get an all-around upgrade. Better wheels, handles and shelves; everything is a bit more sturdy. The chimney vents out of the side instead of the top for better air flow and a warming rack is built onto the firebox for sauces and sides. Regardless, we still do not recommend offset smokers.