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Review : Brinkmann 852-7080-7 Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill

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Review : Brinkmann 852-7080-7 Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill

The Brinkmann 852-7080-7 Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill in my opinion is one of the best charcoal smokers on the market for the price. This smoker is relatively inexpensive (priced at around 75 bucks), and you can produce some amazing barbecue with it.

The Brinkmann 852-7080-7 Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill is a classic smoker design that has been around for years. It’s the perfect starter smoker for a beginner or occasional smoker because you’ll get some
excellent results with very little know how or effort.

Review : Brinkmann 852-7080-7 Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill

Brinkmann 852-7080-7

 

I started out on these charcoal smokers over 30 years ago, and in fact I still use one. I’ve perfected my technique on these so well, I figure why go to the expense of a high dollar smoker when I can get perfect results from my Brinkmann.

Brinkmann makes three vertical water smokers that look very similar:

 

I prefer and recommend the Brinkmann 852-7080-7  over the Brinkmann 810-5301-6 and 810-7080-K .

The 852 has less airflow due to being semi-sealed at the bottom by the coal pan.

The 810-5301-6 is open at the bottom, with the coal pan resting on brackets similar to the water pan. The more open design of the 810-5301-6 tends to make it harder to maintain an even temperature. Wind has a greater effect on the 810-5301-6 as well. A windy day can drastically change your temps, and timing on the 810-5301-6. The 810-7080-K electric smoker performs well, but I’d rather cook with charcoal or wood.

I have owned all three models and have had better more consistent results with the 852.
All three models do however perform very well.

 

Here is why I recommend Brinkmann smokers:
  • Results and Performance – Easy to use, maintains steady temperature, Easy to master, and the results are fantastic
  • The Price – These charcoal smokers are relatively inexpensive (well under $100)
  • Good Size Capacity – Two steel cooking grates give you plenty of room for large briskets, turkeys etc.

 

Review : Brinkmann 852-7080-7 Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill

 

 

Al three of these charcoal smokers are a vertical water smoker design:
a vertical chamber with a fire in the bottom, food on the top and a pan of water in the middle. The water helps maintain a steady temperature. The reason is the water cant get hotter than approximately the 212 degrees F  – waters boiling point. The water also helps prevent the meat from drying out by adding moisture to the cooking process.

 

 

 

Although I recommend this smoker, it does have some shortcomings:
  • No Adjustable Air Vents – An air vent would be nice, but since the design is not air tight, it tends to offset the need for a vent.
  • The Construction – By no means flimsy, but not heavy duty. The construction is more than adequate for the purpose.
Review : Brinkmann 852-7080-7 Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

 

 

 

 

A similar design is the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. It’s a vertical water smoker and is known as the WSM. Available in two sizes: 18.5 inch for around $350USD, and the 22.5 inch which sells around $500USD. Weber smokers: great quality, same cooking technique, and more durable, but at a higher price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for using Brinkmann smokers:
  • Use Charcoal Briquettes – Briquettes typically burn longer than hardwood lump charcoal, and maintain a more even temperature.
  • Don’t Over-Smoke! – A few chunks of your favorite wood every so often will do. Remember: you’re slow cooking with charcoal and adding wood for smokey flavor. You’re not cold smoking a ham for preservation. Too much smoke can be overpowering and make the meat taste bitter. Experiment a few times to find that smokey sweet spot. Until then I recommend going a bit lighter on the smoke.
  • Empty Ashes from Coal Pan – After each use be sure to empty the ashes. The coal pan can be a rust point if left full of ash and not kept dry.
  • Empty and Clean Water Pan – After each use be sure to empty and clean the water pan. The water pan has a ceramic coating that helps prevent rust, but can still succumb if not kept clean and dry.

Review : Brinkmann 852-7080-7 Gourmet Charcoal Smoker and Grill

 

 

With very little effort you’ll be making some awesome BBQ with your Brinkmann smoker!

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