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I purchased this smoker after doing my homework for a couple of months and I made the right choice. It is a very heavy smoker which is good for smoking because it will hold heat better then lighter models. I also love the fact that I can take a rack out and put in in the firebox and also use it as a grill. Last weekend I was smoking butts and ribs and at the same time grilled steaks and wings on the same rig. I would recommend this product to anyone that is tired of cheaper smoker that rust out ... and doesn't hold heat well. Great product! And also great customer service at my local Academy helping me getting it loaded up! Thank you!!
Just got mine for Christmas and I have to say I am blown away by its performance and overall build quality!! It is a custom looking setup and its the first I have ever seen like this. Great heat & smoke distribution and lots of cooking space (I can fit about three full briskets in the smoker!). I might make a few minor mods but nothing too major. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an upgrade from the basic smokers on the market without killing the bank account.
Well down here in the East Coast ! Philadelphia we would never find such a Smoker if this caliper . I received my smoker last week . This Sunday did my first 2 Pork Butts . I'm 100% satisfied with the out come I feel like a Pro on it after using smaller smokers . You can't ever go wrong with the Brazo . I recommend it to Seasoned smokers and New Smoker . Thank you Academy for the experience in Coustomer Svc and getting my grill to me from Alanta GA hub . This Smoker is a tank 400lb trust me had ... to rent a All terrain Fork Lift that extended to get it up on my deck . The quality And love that went I to this design of grill is Awsome well worth every Dollar Spent . I totally recommend this Grill
This is a five star pit for the price, size, materials, and what you get compared to other smokers for same price. I will give the workmanship a 4. Also, it was hard to find pics online of it, so I posted a few here for all to see better. I have been wanting the Brazos for years now. After owning "bolt together" smokers for decades, the all welded 485lb beast better known as the Brazos is impressive. Gotta love 1/4" steel, pull out grates, large baffle, grate level smoke stack, fire box grill, ... flanged doors, cool touch handles, etc. Received Brazos Smoker from delivery. It took about 10-14 days from order to delivery. It is a great pit, but mine came with a few minor issues like broken welds on main cooking grate in one corner of frame, broken weld on bolt that holds latch on firebox door, and a few small to medium deep scratches down to steel on the firebox and cooking chambers. I assume all issues are due to shipping. The welds will be fixed by my neighbor who has welding machine and buying high temp for scratches. Overall great pit! Cannot recommend this pit enough to whomever is needing a great heavy duty smoker that'll last a century. Once the steel gets hot, it will stay hot for hours. Love this smoker, hands down the best smoker for the price.
We have owned our grill for almost 2 years. My husband loves it. The capacity is phenomenal. We have experienced no issue with the distance between the fire box and the smoker. The only problem we had was trying to find a cover to protect it from the weather. We ended up having to get a tarp and wrap it. It's not pretty but it works. We also had an issue with one of the thermometers however Academy Sports replaced it at no cost. We are extremely pleased with our purchase and look forward to ... having the grill for many years to come.
I bought my pit a year ago at the Academy in west Katy (i10@99). Had to rent out a uhaul motorcycle trailer to move it due to its weight. As soon as I got it home I installed the thermometers, lit a fire, and then installed some Tunning plates, pits this size will need Tunning plates you can't get even cooking with pits of this length without them. Within a weeks time I loaded up 4 briskets in the main chamber and 12 racks of St Louis ribs cooked them over night served in the evening for friends ... and family and have loved it ever since. I used it 2-3 times a week, clealing the ash out of the box while I cook and then immediately afterwards, a pit of this quality you need to keep clean. Get a brush and a metal pan keep it clean while you cook and afterwards and it'll last you a very long time. I also purchased a drain ball valve since it's not included. I can't say enough nice things about my pit, I love it and will be looking to purchase another pit soon. Thanks.
I have had this unit for 4 years and it held up ok. The unit was easy to use and great value, however 3 months in the built in thermo.. broke.. 1 year in the wood tray started to rust away... 2 years in the ignighter section fell apart.... 3 years in the knob broke for the temp and finally it decided to go up in a blaze of glory today when the regulator decided to fail open full. Never smoke with this unit unattended.
Before I used the master built electric 40", got tired of replacing them. Went with the XL GAS MB smoker required more effort to watch the temp. Cooked 3 Boston butts and they turned out moist and so tender in 7 hrs really impressed. I'm happier with the gas rather than the elect. And less to go wrong with the unit.
I bought this Saturday after my firebox on my cheap smoker had rusted out. I was very impressed for the first go around, and felt like it contained heat extremely well and was very easy to operate. Performed great on a pork butt, chicken wings, and ribs. Going to do a brisket next, now that its seasoned. Easily kept it at 215-230 for the first 7 hours and started tinkering with ventilation after adding too many pieces of wood and had a flare up due to user error. It quickly choked back down ... to a comfortable temperature range.
This is one well made smoker like the thought of a stand up one but never would have guessed I would be this impressed. 1st it built really well it doesn't leak much from the door which is really surprising, 2nd the fire box is big enough and so easy to operate and once again tight seal I didn't even see and smoke come from it
Absolutely love this smoker. Assembly was easy, took about 45 minutes. Listened to the suggestions others had on their reviews like using a larger cast iron pan and using wood chunks instead of chips. Glass on the door a plus to monitor the meat. Temperature gauge fairly accurate. Smoker is so simple to use, monitor, and food turns out great!
I got this smoker for Christmas. Looked online at several makes and models of smokers and decided this was the most economical. I have been smoking meat on a Master Forge charcoal grill and, despite reviews complaining of smoke leaking around the lid and poor craftsmanship, I enjoyed smoking indirectly on mine (still have it and use for grilling). The only problem was there wasn't enough room when cooking for a larger crowd, so I was looking for something bigger. My youngest son and I put it ... together in a little less than an hour. This included laying out all the parts, reading over all the instructions first (not very manly, I know), and then stopping for some general father/son talk. One thing I noticed on some older reviews was how people turned the unit upside down as a part of the assembly and the doors fell off. I guess they've added Step 1A because it reads, "Remove the doors..." I used a Craftsman cordless drill with the clutch set on 10 and made fairly quick work out of assembly. After assembly, I seasoned the smoker per the intructions. Because of other reviews I had read, I went ahead and bought an oven thermometer. This particular model had a small wood chip tray. Others beng reviewed showed a round chip PAN. This is where some had placed a round skillet to hold wood chunks (one guy suggested lava rock and placing wood chunks on top). All of this was done to combat flare ups. However, with this model, the chip tray didn't flare up. Smoke lasted about 30-40 minutes and I could easily add chips (Get a pair of heat resistant gloves-- much better for doing this). Unless you remove the water pan, I'm not sure there is enough room to put a skillet in order to use wood chunks. There was some smoke leaking around the door, but it really didn't amount to much. The flow of smoke from the bottom through the top vent was extremely sufficient. I've never cooked with gas before -- grill or smoker, so I wasn't real sure what to expect. The outside temp and wind play a much bigger role in this unit than what I was accustomed to on the charcoal grill/smoker. I was able to put up a small piece of plywood to keep wind from blowing directly into bottom vent. Top temperature I got to was 275 with outside temp at 45+/-. This was fine since I only wanted 225 for smoking Boston butts. I cooked ribs a few days prior with a warmer outside temp (65 +/-) and initially ran the cooker up to 350. When assembled, I could get it up to 400 degrees with outside temp of 75. All that said, the temperature was easy to control and it held steady at 225 and 250 depending on what I needed at the time. You can't put meat in this unit, turn on the burners, and walk away. You'll need to check on it for adding wood chips, checking cooking temps, ...etc. There have been reviews upset about having to tend to this. This is not a commercial smoker. It's a metal box with a door, a window, and a propane burner at the bottom. It is not a commercial cooker. If you don't want to spend some time during the cook, you should probably just go buy your bbq and ribs from your local BBQ restaurant. The is a great smoker for the money!
I bought this 6 months ago and its been great but every time I smoke meat in it the meat starts to scream like its been brought back to life. Please fix
Im so glad i got this model. Perfect size!! Easy to transport.
Picked up this smoker fully assembled 3 days ago & seasoned the smoker the next day. Loaded up some char-broil lump charcoal into the firebox and smoked some ribs & chicken the next day. Temperatures remained constant at 225 degrees for well over 3 hours and all sides of my meat took in the pecan smoke flavor. Not that heavy either to load into the back of my pickup also. My meat came out very juicy but with am amazing outside bark from the smoke.
Really good smoker. Only problem, ribs and brisket need to be cut to fit inside the tube. Cooks, and holds temp. well.
Bought this smoker for Memorial Day Weekend I am new to smoking meats I have used it 2 times and everything turned out great, smoked pork and beef ribs and turkey legs. Great smoke taste. Excellent product and very good price from Academy Sports
I bought this to do some holiday cooking. the meat turned out great. the smoker is very easy to manage & maintain throughout the cooking process. It arrived a few days earlier than expected which was great! I would recommend this product to anyone!