I had heard through the grapevine that this was a great little unit. I sampled a turkey that was cooked in this unit a few months back and I could not believe how flavoursome & juicy it was with still having such a deliciously crispy skin.
I wondered to myself 'how could this be?'
From that point on I had to do a Char Broil Tru Infrared review for myself and see if this little beauty could make such great food.
The Char Broil Big Easy Smoker is a smoker, roaster, and grill all in one. I really do love this unit, however I couldn’t include it in my top picks as it’s not really strictly just a smoker.
I love how they have managed to pack in so many great features and cooking styles in a such a small unit.
It is a really great little unit for people who don't have much space at home but love having the versatility to cook many different ways without sacrificing great tasting results.
If you want the 3-in-1 experience of a smoker, roaster, and grill, then this model will not disappoint you!
I tested it out and put it through its paces to see what the big easy had to offer, and if I could actually re create the delicious turkey I had sampled.. and I'll tell you what, I was not disappointed.
Lets start by checking out the main features of the Char Broil Big Easy 3 in 1.
Unfortunately, in today's world, not everyone has big open spaces, large deck areas or a man cave.
Sometimes all we have is a little patio out the front or a small balcony out the back.
The Char Broil Big Easy is perfect for those of you who love the great flavors of bbq but don't quite have space for a 4 burner, smoker or fire pit.
The Big Easy is small, versatile and best of all delivers great tender and juicy results.
This unit only took an hour to assemble and get it going for the first time. It came with a very detailed Char Broil Big Easy Smoker manual and the directions are very easy to follow.
It shouldn't take you longer than a half hour or so. As per the instructions I would also advise you to season before use. This is essential to this unit and nearly every other grill unit out there.
Overall this is a really easy unit to use. Once you have loaded up your wood chips and pre heated, place your selected meat inside the cage or on the grill and your off.
The unit The wood chip tray is fairly small and according to the manual you only get 45 mins of smoke out of them. Realistically this is more like 30 minutes. It is a little frustrating to change the wood chip mid smoke and it is usually best to just proceed without a second (3rd or 4th) load.
You don't get the most incredibly smokey flavour for this reason, however, with the right seasoning and preperation you can still come away with a great moist result.
Fore more on how to use this unit see the Char Broil guide.
It is easy to clean everything is removable. If you have any troubles check out my guide, how to use an electric smoker.
The Char-Broil Big Easy Tru-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill is a good product in terms of producing quality food. I found it one of the best rated electric smokers I have tested.
This unit is especially for people who are short on space and don’t want to be restricted & have the options to smoke, grill or roast.
Overall it is a fast cooking unit that gives you a lot of flavour and a surprisingly delicious tender and juicy meats when smoking.
One of my favourite things to cook in this unit is pizza. Once you have used it a few times and seasoned it well you can get a really incredible tasting pizza. As it is a smaller unit that runs fairly hot you can get a crispy pizza in no tie at all. Just remember to get a pizza stone.
This is a great smoker and may have made top 3 if it had an overall larger grill area and was a dedicated smoker.
When do I use the mesh lid?
The mesh lid is best used towards the end of the cook to help crisp up your meats skin.
Can i use this smoker in my garage?
It is safe to use inside your garage, however, do be sure you have plenty of ventilation.
Do you recommend any similar sized electric smoker?
I would recommend checking out the Old Smokey Electric Smoker. It is similar in size and easy to move around.
Can I cook French fries and other deep fried style foods?
Yes, you can use this cooker as a healthy alternative to deep frying a whole range of foods.
Can I use sawdust instead of wood chips?
No, sawdust is to fine and burns to fast and will not produce much smoke. Wood chips or chunks are definitely the way to go.
Can I convert the Char Broil Big Easy into natural gas?
No, I recommend only using 20lb propane tanks with this unit
Still Hungry For More?
You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!
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