When looking for a smoker, there are three things that I always consider:
Ease of use
But there is one more factor that can’t be overlooked –>price.
There are a lot of great smokers out there for $800+, but finding a reliable smoker at under $300, not so easy.
My very first smoker was an offset barrel smoker that I picked up for less than $200. It always required so much babysitting and yielded inconsistent results, so I never went back to that price point again. I just assumed to get a good smoke I needed to fork out more cash.
When Barrel House Cooker (BHC) contacted me and asked me to try their vertical cooker, which is priced at $249, I was excited but skeptical. I immediately wondered if it could compete with my pellet and ceramic cookers.
I put this bad boy through the ringer, smoking brisket, whole chickens, ribs, pork butt and Cornish hens. It passed every test I put it through, making it a choice smoker at this price point.
Footprint and Portability
Before we get to what it can do and how it works, it’s important to point out the footprint and portability of this cooker. The drum is 35 inches tall and only 14 1/2 inches wide, so it can fit on the smallest of patios – even an apartment balcony.
It’s a lot easier to transport than my bigger smokers. The coal base separates from the drum, so it compacts down to 27 inches tall, which will fit in the backseat of most cars. It weighs in at just over 30 pounds, also adding to its portability. You could pack up two or three of these cookers and hang tough at a BBQ competition with the big dogs and their giant pits.