The 7 Best Gas Smokers of 2020

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"Great for anyone who loves smoking large quantities of food."
"Four 14-inch square removable stainless steel shelves."
"Two adjustable smoking racks and adjustable heat control."
"The double doors offer access to the food without opening the entire front."
"No need to make a choice between a gas-fired smoker or cooking over charcoal."
"Enough space to smoke dinner for a crowd on two racks."
"This bullet-shaped smoker uses infrared technology for even cooking."

Smoked foods are delicious, and propane smokers make the process easy and convenient. All you need is the smoker, some wood chips, and a propane tank to do your smoking in the backyard or on your patio since you don’t need to worry about having an electric outlet nearby. Dedicated gas smokers free up your grill to handle burgers and steaks, while some propane smokers can also grill, so you’ll save space on your patio with less equipment to find room for. No matter which you choose, it won’t be long before you’re smoking ribs, chickens, fish, and more. Here, the best gas smokers to buy for your backyard. 

Best Large Capacity: Masterbuilt MB20051316 40" ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

Great for anyone who loves smoking large quantities of food, this smoker has four chrome-plated smoking racks and plenty of space for ribs, brisket, and chickens. There’s even space for six whole turkeys for big parties or for cooking ahead. Smoking is easy to manage since this has a temperature control sensor that makes sure the correct temperature is maintained, with no need for manual adjustments. There’s a fuel level gauge that makes it simple to check how much propane is left, so you can plan when to swap in a new tank. A safety valve shuts off the burner if the flame goes out, so there’s no need to worry about propane buildup.

Best Mid-Sized: Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36" Propane Smoker

With four 14-inch square removable stainless steel shelves and nearly 5.5 square feet of oven space, this smoker has plenty of space for ribs, ham, and more, while it has a compact footprint that takes less space on your patio. The vent is located on the back of the smoker, so you can use the top of the smoker as a handy table to hold tools, sauces, or plates.

The 40-inch hose and regulator give you enough length to place the propane tank in a convenient spot, and the combination porcelain-enameled water and wood tray makes smoking even more convenient. A thermometer on the front door makes it easy to monitor the internal temperature.

The gas supply is adjustable, so you can control the amount of heat produced, and the rear vent can be opened and closed to control both the heat and the amount of smoke that leaves the oven. The door stays tightly sealed with a simple twist of the handle.

Best Compact: Camp Chef Smoke Vault 18 in. Propane Gas Smoker

This is a compact smoker with big-smoker features, so it’s not just for small spaces. This has two adjustable smoking racks and adjustable heat control for precise smoking with the 18,000 BTU burner, while the three damper valves (one on top and one on each side) let you fine-tune the temperature and smoke. The integrated temperature gauge lets you check the internal temperature and reads from 50 to 550 degrees, so you know when your adjustments are perfect.

When you’re not smoking your own pastrami or bacon, this can also be used for baking bread, pies, and more. The included jerky smoking rack will have you making your own beef, chicken, or turkey jerky in no time. Snap ignition lights the fire easily.

The removable porcelain base tray, removable water pan, and heavy gauge wood chip tray make cleaning easy when cooking is done. This is also available in a 24-inch size. A smoker cover is available separately.

Best Double-Door: Dyna-Glo 36" Vertical LP Gas Smoker

The heavy cast iron burner smoker helps distribute the cooking heat, so food cooks more evenly, while the double doors offer access to the food without opening the entire front and losing heat. Air dampers on the top and sides make it easy to adjust heat and smoke as the food cooks.

This has a total of 784 square inches of cooking space on the four adjustable chrome-plated racks and can handle up to 100 pounds of food. There’s plenty of cooking power, with a 15,000 BTU burner. The wood chip box has handy side handles that make it easy to remove to refill and clean.​​​

The large control dial makes it easy to use, while the decorative temperature gauge looks good while still being perfectly functional. The black stainless steel frame has a powder-coated surface and high-heat paint that will look good for years to come.

Best Dual Fuel: Masterbuilt MDS 230S Dual Fuel Smoker

No need to make a choice between the ease of a gas-fired smoker or the flavor of cooking over charcoal since this smoker can handle it all. A patented flame disk bowl holds charcoal for gas-free cooking sessions, or you can choose gas for super-simple heat regulation. The two-door design separates the cooking area from the wood and charcoal, so the bottom door can be opened to add fuel or wood without disrupting the cooking area above. This smoker has four chrome-plated cooking racks that offer enough space for up to eight chickens or two turkeys, so it’s great for cooking for parties. Three different dampers control heat and smoke for perfect results, while the built-in temperature gauge monitors the cooking temperature.

Best Portable: Masterbuilt Patio-2-Portable Propane Smoker

Small but powerful, the John McLemore Signature Series Smoker can travel with you to smoke fish as you catch them at the lake or it can go with you to the neighbor’s backyard barbecue. It’s just as handy at home, with enough space to smoke dinner for a crowd on two racks. When you’re done cooking, the wood tray removes for easy ash disposal and the legs fold up for easy transportation and compact storage.

Like its larger cousins, this grill has push-button ignition and a built-in thermometer, so you can monitor the smoking temperature without opening the door. It has a single 5,000 BTU burner, a regulator knob to adjust the flame, and an air damper to fine-tune the temperature and amount of smoke.

Best with Infrared: Char-Broil 14101550 The Big Easy Smoker Roaster & Grill

Infrared technology has become more popular for cooking, and particularly for grilling, because it produces high heat quickly for searing and lasting high heat for faster cooking. It can also reduce flare-up because there’s no open flame. This bullet-shaped smoker uses infrared technology for even cooking, and it can be used for roasting, grilling, and smoking.

When roasting, it can handle up to 25 pounds of food or a 21-pound turkey, and it will produce the same crisp skin of a fried turkey, but without the mess of oil. For grilling, it has 180 square inches of space so it’s perfect for burgers for the family. The smoker box is easy to access from the outside, so it’s a snap to add wood during long smoking sessions for perfect smoking. Two side handles make this easier to move, whether it’s to the perfect space in the yard, or whether it’s traveling to a tailgate party.

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