Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker

Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker
3.7 stars – based on 5 reviews
char broil offset smoker american Gourmet

The traditional but stylish Charbroil American Gourmet Offset Smoker has some pretty impressive features for an entry level BBQ smoker.

With an attractive price and a reasonable quality design, plenty of people have chosen this as their first smoker.

The long straight barrel design creates a modern looking edge to a tried and tested design and the lid comes with a built in thermometer.

This combination grill, BBQ and smoker is a great all-rounder. It could be used as a direct grill with the lid up - although you can't adjust the height of food from the charcoal - so I wouldn't necessarily use it for that myself.

As a barbecue for indirect grilling with the lid down, or using the firebox as a smoker - get a smoker box and wood chips for the smoke.

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Main Features of the Char-Broil American Gourmet

The great thing about this offset smoker is the fact it offers a good range of practical features. Its main features include:

  • Offset firebox
  • Adjustable fire grate
  • Two wheels
  • Clean out door
  • Cool touch handles
  • 670 square inch primary cooking space
  • 355 square inch secondary cooking space
  • Exterior bottom and front shelves
  • Built in multiple adjustable dampers

The offset firebox is the most obvious feature on this grill. Helping you to create delicious, smoked food, the small barrel design compartment sits just below the main grill, attached at the side.

The primary cooking area has porcelain coated grates. The secondary cooking area makes use of chrome plated grates. Both of these materials should help to give the grill a durable, high quality design.

Some grills come with a disadvantage of not having enough space. This definitely isn’t a problem that the 700 series suffers from. There’s a grand total of 1280 square inches of cooking space available.

There’s a very useful front shelf, as well as a bottom wire shelf for storing charcoal, etc. The front shelf is another unique feature as many grills have their shelves at the sides. The front location allows easy access and is much more convenient.

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One of the focuses of this grill is safety. The cool touch handles and two wheel design helps to make this really safe to use. The handles make it impossible to burn yourself as you check on the food.

The two wheels make it fairly easy to move when the BBQ isn’t in use, but at 110lbs it is quite heavy.

Other Char-Broil Offset Smokers

Charbroil make a series of these basic offset smokers in varying sizes and all available through Amazon:

  1. The 300 Model 12201570 - 288 sq in cooking area
  2. The 430 Model 13201595 - 426 sq in cooking area plus 288 sq in secondary
  3. The 700 model 12201571 - 670 sq in cooking area plus 355 sq in secondary
  4. The 1280 model 13201776 - 670 sq in cooking area

What buyers are saying

One good way of finding out whether a particular grill is worth investing in is by looking at online reviews. You can also view testimonials that are usually found on the manufacturer websites.

One reviewer has stated how good this grill is in terms of the amount of wood needed to fuel the BBQ:    

“I have an older unit much like this one that I recently purchased, but I would go through firewood at a ridiculous pace. So when I cooked on this exact unit that my brother in law had, I fell in love with it. I use much less wood and do a lot more grilling and smoking”

You can view this review as well as others via the Amazon.com website.

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Verdict on The Char-Broil American Gourmet Offset Smoker

I have had one of these offset smokers in the past and my opinion is that as an entry level smoker for people who cook for 4 to 8 people it is fine. The materials are cheaper than with other more expensive smokers that are made to last a lifetime - but for $200 that's what you can expect.

So, if you're looking for your first smoker to spend a summer having a go and learning a new skill, this will do you nicely for a few years.

I would definitely get a cover for it to use in between cooking sessions and keep it in a garage if possible over winter - and give it a good clean before you do. If you do this, there is no reason why it should last a few seasons.

The Good

  • Great entry level smoker
  • All the features of a much more expensive offset smoker
  • Tried and tested offset smoker design

The Bad

  • Cheap materials
  • Some complaints paint peeling and rust quickly becoming a problem

Where to Buy

Check out the Amazon.com bestseller list for smokers

Amazon is a good place to buy one of these smokers - have it delivered direct to your door:

  • 300 Model 12201570
  • 430 Model 13201595
  • 700 model 12201571

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