The Bottom Line
As of the end of 2015, the Brinkmann Corporation has filed for bankruptcy. Support and availability of parts in now up to the store you purchased your grill at. For a comparable product, see my list of the Best Smokers under $400.
Once a classic of barbecue, this new version of the Brinkmann Smoke'N Pit pales in comparison to its previous self. Gone is the heavy metal construction and in its place is a thin, lightweight offset smoker that is difficult to control and while less than $200USD, not worth the price.
There are many better smokers on the market than this one and they are easier to control, efficient with their fuel, and able to produce just as much great barbecue. This may look like a classic smoker, but it is, in fact, a seriously dumbed down version.
- Large capacity
- Inexpensive for the size
- 1,238 square inches of total smoking space
- Traditional offset smoker with vents on the smoke stack and firebox
- Adjustable coal grate in the cooking chamber
- Can be used as an offset smoker or a barrel type charcoal grill
- Porcelain coated steel wire cooking grates
- Made in China by the Brinkmann Corporation exclusively for Home Depot
Guide Review - Brinkmann Smoke'N Pit Model# 810-3045-S
The Brinkmann Smoke'N Pit was once a legend of barbecue. That offset smoker introduced tens of thousands of people to low and slow barbecue and was one of the most talked about, modified and used smokers ten years ago.
That grill doesn't exist anymore, except in name with this Home Depot exclusive product. After Brinkmann outsourced manufacturing to China and shaved 100 pounds of metal (more than half the weight of the original smoker), this lightweight smoker is has lost most everything that made the original a classic.
Offset smokers were once a mainstay of the barbecue world. The large cooking chamber provides ample space for smoking lots of barbecue and by loading that area with charcoal, it turns into a traditional barrel style grill. Versatile and, with a little practice, easily controllable, this style of smoker was about all you could find a couple of decades ago. Back in those days, Brinkmann was a proper Texas company, making a wide range of products and some excellent smokers, including gigantic rigs for catering and competitions. Now, Brinkmann is a great outsourcer and this product, like all their smokers and grills, is made in China. Because of the shipping expense, the Smoke'N Pit went from 175 pounds to 75 pounds and found its place on the floor of Home Depot stores.
With so many people taking to barbecue in the past decade, and many of them demanding better temperature control and ease of use, the offset smoker has become less of a popular product. It also hasn't helped the reputation of this once great style of smoker, when a product like this goes from being a good product to just another mass-market import.