The Char-Broil Simple Smoker is built for small spaces and offers great smoked meats for individuals or families. It offers SmartChef, which helps to make cooking a piece of cake. The price is right for those just getting into the smoking lifestyle, and the device won’t take up too much space while cooking or when storing.
App with Recipes and Monitoring
The app that comes with the Simple offers lots of help for those new to this style of cooking. It explains how to cook individual meat cuts, as well as the temperature each should be at. You can also stop cooking from within the app, so you don’t even need to be nearby. However, starting the app does require pushing a button on the physical cooker, which ensures those around know the smoker is going to be used.
Style and Design
This smoker is tiny, coming in at a bit shy of two feet in height, including the domed lid. The design is barrel-shaped and inside is a stainless-steel chamber where the meat is cooked. It has enough space to make up to a 16-pound turkey, or you can use the included half shelves to cook smaller cuts like chicken or burgers. You can even use the top shelf to smoke vegetables, if you like.
The instructions with the smoker explain the proper way to do so, but it can be a bit of work. One way to make things easier is to rub down the sides of the chamber with oil before cooking. There is also a self-cleaning option that heats up the inside, making the food burn up and become easier to knock out.
While the device doesn’t come with a cover, you may want to pick one up if you are going to leave the Simple outside when not in use. That said, it only weighs about 30 pounds so moving it from inside to outside when using it isn’t too much of a struggle. The smoker even has handles to make that more convenient. As the entire smoker is electric, it may be worth going the extra mile to ensure it is kept safe.
|Inexpensive compared to other brands||Capacity is fairly small|
|Side loading bin for wood chips||No trays, meat cooks in a basket|
|Wi-Fi capability for easy monitoring||Harder to clean than some options|
|Streamlined design is classic|
|Perfect for beginners and intermediate cooks|
For someone who only wants to dabble in smoking foods, this option is an excellent one. It also makes a great starter device for a beginner or intermediate cook. However, it may not be enough for the master smokers out there. That said, it does offer many great features, such as the smartphone app, Wi-Fi capability, grease trap, and holder for wood chips. You will also often find this model on sale, making it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to enjoy a bargain.