Weber makes superior charcoal smokers, and the Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker is no exception. This model has just about everything, including enough room to simultaneously cook two entire meats (like a whole chicken or turkey, and a whole ham), its own thermometer, drip pan, and fine porcelain enamel casing.
The design makes smoking food a simple matter of keeping the coals hot, adding water and regulating the temperature. The cylinder based shape of the cooker creates 481 square inches of cooking space and includes a nylon cool handle allows you to pop the lid to check on the fish or meat while avoiding getting a burn.
When the portability of the cooker is achieved with sturdy legs and no-wobble casters that can roll the machine away when not in use. The device excels in delivering moist meats through use of a 2 gallon water pan, that can be easily refilled through a access door on the side of the unit. This makes the Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain cooker a "water smoker" that will smoke and moisten the food for the best case possible. The four adjustable vents on each side help maintain the right temperature required to smoke without burning the meat, and the charcoal grating has been upgraded to keep pieces from falling through.
This particular model of Weber smoker is 43 pounds, but accordingly delivers heavyweight results (given its great set of features) to provide smokehouse flavor and really well cooked meats without sacrificing convenience. It's a slow barbecue cooker that enables you to make smoked ribs, beef brisket, and other delights without much hassle at all. This is where a cooking extravaganza can now take off. The large size and versatility of the smoker permits one to now cook a variety of meats simultaneously with minimum complications. Chicken and turkey cooked together should work exceptionally well, as should ribs and beef in combination.
The size factor also allows one to choose between using charcoal or wood to heat the grill, which opens up a lot of experimentation with various flavors. As a famous chef would say, "kick it up a notch" by tossing in some cider or wine either directly on the meats, or in the water pan to produce a different taste sensation. Because the foundation of steamed meats with perfect smokehouse flavor is virtually built into the foods cooked on the smoker, this permits wide latitude in trying out variations with aromas and condiments.
While the Weber 721001 smoker is almost idiot proof, it still does require one to make some choices as to where and when to use it. For many who enjoy cooking outdoors, it's ideal for camping trips or other wide open spaces. One also should choose whether you want to purely smoked meats or to grill them, since there are some differences in each process. Weber provides a cooking book with suggested recipes and meat combinations. Even if you're not camping and already know how to handle a slow barbecue grill, you will truly enjoy the ease at which cooking can soar with a Smokey Mountain smoker.
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