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Char Broil Big Easy Review (Updated August 2018)

The Char Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared is a smoker, roaster, and grill all in one. We do love this unit however, we couldn’t include it in our top 3 as it’s not really a strictly a smoker.

We love that they have managed to pack in some many great features in a such a small unit. It is really helpful for people without much space but still, love top tasting food.

If you want the 3-in-1 experience of a smoker, roaster, and grill, then this model will 100% not disappoint! ​I tested it out to see what the big easy had to offer.

 ​Why I Like It: ​Compact Do-It-All

Key Features

Good Grilling Space
We were able to grill over 25lbs of meat on the Big Easy, it was surprisingly large space and nothing felt cramped about it.

Infrared Heating System
The main feature of this all in one grill is its infrared heating system. Your food is heated via the inner wall which radiates natural infrared heat. We found that the infrared system keeps the meat juicy and succulent.

Wood chip Tray
When you smoke with the Big Easy have the option to add wood chips. The wood trip tray holds up to a whopping half a pound of chips. We found that this gave our brisket a similar flavor to when we use our charcoal smoker.

No Air Dampers or Water Pans Needed
Due to the infrared heating technology, there is no need for a water pan. This means less clean up and maintenance required. This meant I had more time to enjoy meals with my family at end of a cook.

What I Liked

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    No water pan required
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    Easy to clean
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    Infrared heating system
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    Woodchip tray

What I Didn't Like

  • Though there is no digital temperature display, the knob does accurately indicate the temperature

Ease of Use

This unit only took an hour to assemble and get it going for the first time. It came with a very detailed user manual and the directions are very easy to follow.

We also like that it is easy to clean everything is removable. If you have any troubles check out my guide, how to use an electric smoker.

Final Thoughts

The Char Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker, Roaster, and Grill is a good product in terms of producing quality, smoked 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.

This is a great smoker and may have made top 3 if it had larger grill space and were a dedicated smoker.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 reccomend 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.

Charlies ​Tasty Tips

​You may have already noticed but I really enjoy cooking  beef and pork so I have included two of my favorites recipes, brisket & bacon jerky! 

​1. How to Make Brisket
​2. How to Make Jerky in the Smoker

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You will more often than not find me in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped to a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped to my spatula. Not to long ago I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough.. and neither can my family!

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