The Bottom Line
There was a time when any smoker worth cooking barbecue on was a horizontal offset smoker just like this one. Since then a lot of things have changed. It seems like a month doesn't go by that I don't hear about some new type of BBQ smoker. If you are looking for a classic, this smoker is a great choice. Built on years of experience and out of heavy steel, this smoker is ideal for the backyard BBQ cook who wants to go old school.
This is a charcoal (or hardwood) burning BBQ pit. Solid construction and good engineering make it about as efficient as you can make an offset.
- Heavy, solid construction
- Well built doors and dampers reduce smoke leakage
- Offset smokers are not the most efficient designs
- There can be a sizable delay between order and delivery
- 880 square inches of primary smoking area with 1340 square inches total cooking area
- Separate grilling space in the firebox allows for simultaneous grilling and smoking
- Classic vertical, offset smoker design
- Heavy gauge construction with durable high temperature enamel black paint
- Counterbalanced smoking chamber lid
- Dual damper airflow design
- Framed steel mess cooking grates
- Two 20-inch steel wheels
- Front mounted work table with side and bottom storage space
- Made in the USA by Horizon BBQ Smokers
Guide Review - Horizon BBQ Smokers 20-Inch RD Special Marshal Backyard Smoker
Once upon a time, there was a little company that made great BBQ pits by the name of Oklahoma Joe's. These smokers were famous and the people who owned them wouldn't give them up for anything. Well, then came business problems and after a few dealings, Oklahoma Joe's was owned by Char-Broil and then off the market.
Well, that didn't last for long. The same factory that built the legendary Oklahoma Joe's is now building the Horizon BBQ Smokers. Made from the same designs, with the same materials, by the same people.
The Horizon 20-Inch Special Marshal is just that, a classic style horizontal offset smoker that is going to run you around $2,000USD. The solid construction is heavy and durable (made from 1/4-inch steel pipe). The engineering and craftsmanship means that the doors don't leak smoke like many offset smokers and the damper and stack design gives you good airflow and temperature control. These are all the things you would expect from a good quality smoker. This traditional charcoal smoker will have you building and tending the fire and smoking the old-fashioned way. The superior design of this unit will make that job easier than it would be on many of the less expensive (more mass market) offset smokers.
This Horizon Smoker has lots and lots of space for the backyard cook who wants to make barbecue for the family or small gatherings or maybe the neighborhood. This smoker has plenty of smoking space and grilling space since you can grill directly over the flame in the firebox.
If you are serious about barbecue and believe that this is the smoker for you I suggest that you order it with the built in Sliding Convection Plate.
This accessory helps create a more even temperature in the smoking chamber. One the main problems with the offset smoker is that they tend to run hotter on the firebox side than the smoke stack side. This means that if you are smoking a lot of meat you will have to more that meat around to get it cooked evenly. The optional sliding convection plate helps reduce this problem.