Modify a Cheap Smoker for Peak Performance

Modify a Cheap Smoker for Peak Performance

Faith Durand
Jul 22, 2012

Ever dreamed of smoking ribs or brisket right in your own back yard? You may think it's out of your reach — buying a smoker may sound intimidating and pricey. But it's not! Even a cheap smoker can give you great results. Timothy of Charles & Hudson recently modified a cheap smoker for better performance — here's a peek at what he did!

Timothy took a $40 Brinkmann smoker (one of the cheapest you can buy) and with nothing more than a drill, made some mods to get this thing cooking.

Here's a quick recap. He drilled holes and vented the top and bottom better, and installed a thermostat. And he installed feet on the bottom of the smoker. The result? That fabulously smoked meat up there. Ugly, but delicious — see all that bark? Yum!

Read more: How To Modify Your Brinkmann Smoker for Peak Performance

Do you have a smoker? Did you build it yourself, or modify it from a cheap model like Timothy? Any advice to share?

Related: Outside Cooking: Build a Smoker

(Images: Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson)

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