This is my review on the Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5 inch smoker. This smoker has totally changed the way I look at long cooks. I mean any cook over 6 hours. If I were doing a brisket previously, I would get up at 5am to start the cook. With this Weber Smokey Mountain, I do it a whole different way. Now I will start my brisket (for example) at 8PM, go to bed, and wake up to an almost completely done brisket. I have used this smoker with and without water. If you add water, you will probably cut about 4 hours off of the max time the smoker will go. I have gone 11 hours at 225 without water. When I added water, it began needing more charcoal around 7 hours or so. I have also found that charcoal will extend your cook more so than lump charcoal.
I love this Weber Smokey Mountain, and highly recommend it to anyone looking into smokers. The Weber Smokey Mountain is especially good for beginners to smoking, or those not accustomed to using offset smokers. Using the Weber Smokey Mountain almost feels like cheating. In a way, I almost don’t feel like I am BBQing. This wont generally give you the strong smoke flavor that an offset will give you, but it will give you lots more than the electric or pellet smokers. The price new on the 18.5 inch is around $300. I got mine used on craigslist for $50. They are widely available on craigslist.org for anywhere between $50 on the low end to $250 on the high end. If you are considering one, stop considering and start buying.
After using my WSM on several cooks, I’m extremely impressed
My First Brisket Cook : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlhb-XJPO_8
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For the last couple of decades the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker (WSM) has revolutionized backyard barbecue by making the smoking of meats and pretty much anything easier and more reliable. While relying on a real fire and good smoke production, this smoker has been one of the most popular of its type, generating fan sites on the internet and barbecue groups dedicated to its use. Simply put, this is the best charcoal powered vertical water smoker on the market.
•Superior airflow design holds even, constant temperatures
•Multiple vents allow you to compensate for wind
•Sealed design lets you shut this smoker down, saving charcoal for next time
•Front access door is a little flimsy
The Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker has been a mainstay of barbecue since it was introduced. Easy to use, able to maintain temperatures for many, many hours, and capable of producing great barbecue the Weber Smokey Mountain has been a regular on the barbecue competition circuit and so popular it has fan pages on the internet. Weber’s slight modifications to this unit in no way affect how it cooks, but gives you the features most requested. The lid mounted thermometer, larger, more intuitive front door handle and bottom heat shield make this a better WSM for the same price (lists for $349 but can be found for $299).
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One of the things that make this a great smoker is the durability of the construction. I know people who travel the competition circuit with these smokers and unload, smoke and pack them up once or twice a week and you wouldn’t think they had seen any more action than sitting covered on your patio.
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How To Cook On Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM)