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Smokers are one of the most popular kitchen appliances for cooking enthusiasts worldwide, both amateur and professional. No matter what your culinary background, it’s hard to disagree that there’s nothing quite like smoky food. Whether you’re talking chicken, meat, fish, or more, that barbecue flavor is indeed a delicacy.
So, what happens when you’re opening a restaurant and looking for just the right smoker to do the trick?
You needn’t look any further than commercial-grade smokers — which we’ll be reviewing and breaking down in this extended post.
Commercial smokers are larger and more powerful smokers that are designed specifically for restaurants or other large businesses. Which commercial smoker you buy heavily depends on a lot of factors related to your business: size, consistency of usage, number of grates, etc. Before you make this large investment, make absolutely sure that the burner you’re thinking about buying is the right one for your business.
How exactly do you do this? By consulting guides like this, of course!
Without any further ado, here are the top five best commercial barbecue smokers on the market right now, designed to perform any and all of your heavy-duty tasks.
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When it comes to commercial smokers, the Dyna-Glo Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker is pretty hard to beat. It has four cooking grates made of chrome-plated steel that offer a total of 732 square inches in cooking space, a digital thermostat with a control panel display to set and monitor cooking time and temperatures, and removable rib racks and sausage hooks. Its integrated meat thermometer makes it easy to track internal temperature so you don’t have to disrupt the cooking process to check your food. Plus, door latches create a perfect seal to help minimize smoke and heat loss. This model’s 1000-watt burner is powerful enough to use in cold climates which makes it perfect to use year-round.
Next up, we’ve got the Masterbuilt Front Controller Electric Smoker. This smoker gives you 730 square inches of cooking space with four chrome-coated racks and 800-watt heating elements with full-foam insulation. Its blue LED display makes it easy to read temperatures and cooking time in direct sunlight and remote controls are designed to monitor temperature, time, internal light, and overall meat temperature. This model has a front access drip pan and smoother system for loading wood chips as well as a side to top air damper. Its handle and rear wheels make the process of moving incredibly easy.
Here’s the model that AmazingRibs.com has called its “Favorite Backyard Smoker.” This KBQ model has one of the most innovative smoker designs out there and is known for producing food of impeccable quality. It’s cited by three James Beard Foundation Award winners and is most notably the Winner of Hearth & Home's Vesta Award for Innovation. This particular smoker uses a real wood fire which distinguishes it heavily from its counterparts. Its firebox makes thin blue smoke automatically and the entire machine is made from laser-cut stainless steel. This KBQ model is nothing short of astounding and therefore deserves a spot on our list.
The Bradley Smoker is another phenomenally constructed model. It has a stainless steel interior with automatic bisquette advancement and can smoke for up to eight hours without adding bisquettes. The bisquette burner is actually separate from the oven element which makes everything easier to keep track of and control. There are four removable racks and a large cooking space — again, perfect for your restaurant or small business. I particularly like the design of this one. You can tell it’s very well made and its ease of use is a massive bonus.
Last but not least, we have this Amazon’s Choice Smoky Mountain 25” Electric Smoker-Black-OPP from Landmann. This machine is just as powerful as the rest, with a useful 3-in-1 combination tray and a non-insulated cooking chamber. It’s a decent size, too, measuring exactly 26 inches in height. This grill is very highly rated and reviewed which is unsurprising given its sleek and sensible built.
Keep in mind that electric smokers need to be plugged into the wall to operate whereas gas smokers are powered by propane and charcoal smokers by lit charcoal. The key to making the right choice for your business is knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your cooking area. Maybe one produces more flavor than the other; maybe one is easier to store than the other. The choice is up to you!
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