There are number of ways to smoke good barbecue in the backyard, whether it’s by buying a traditional smoker, a luxury one costing thousands, or simply by setting up your backyard grill with the 2-zone setup needed to smoke meats over indirect heat. When budget is a factor, that final option is the most practical. If that’s your case, then look at the A-Maze-N Pellet Smoker.
Here’s how it goes; firing up the grill with a 2-zone setup and tossing a tray of wood chips in there is a quick and cheap way to smoke meat, but it takes precision and attention-to-detail. It’s also not the most reliable way to get smoke, which flavors the meat properly and is kind of the whole point of smoking. The wood-chip-in-a-tray trick just doesn’t always burn and create enough smoke.
The A-Maze-N makes it a bit easier. No, it’s not actually a pellet smoker; it’s essentially just a stainless-steel basket – a but a stainless steel basket is designed and engineered to hold hours worth of wood pellets.
Wood pellets burn cleaner and more consistently than wood chips, and are thus a preferred choice. Use the right pellets, and they’ll burn smoothly for hours – needing a refill much less often than wood chips might; A-MAZE-N says you can get up to 12 hours of smoke with a single fill of their own pellets. Moisture and type of wood used to make the pellets all make a difference.
Use it for meats, ribs, sausages, cheeses – anything you’d like to smoke. The stainless-steel is resistant to rust and corrosion, and at less than a pound, it’s light enough to bring camping or to the beach for delicious smoking all year long. It ain’t rocket science, and you’ll still need to know how to hit 225F on your grill – but it sure does help get good smoke all day long.