Our Weber 18.5 inch bullet smoker is and will always be our first love. Fondly refered to as R2D2 in our house, this baby is the best investment for a beginner interested in smoking. Seriously, I know the big offset box smokers look really badass, but this one is much better suited for the average person, both in ease of use and size. Trust me, when they smell those wonderful clouds of smoke and the aroma of BBQ pork coming off this baby, you wont care that you didn’t get the one that makes you look cool.
The inside of the smoker features two levels for maximum meat cooking and a water pan below. A water pan is great for the novice because it keep the meat moist, and also helps R2D2 maintain a stable temperature.
The exterior breaks down into three parts for easy access to all levels, and there is a door on the front for adding more charcoal or running the cords for your probe thermometers. The Weber brand uses better metal than many other bullet smokers, which will help you keep your temp up on those windy days.
Also similar in looks to this the ceramic Big Green Egg cooker. This thing is the Le Creuset of smokers, with a price tag to match. Amazingly high quality if you are prepared to pay for it. People that own them swear by them, in the same way that we will always recommend a Weber.
There is our baby, proudly displayed in the back yard as a monument to our first adventure in to BBQ! If you are considering an investment in a smoker, I can not suggest anything other than an 18.5 in Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.