Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker Review

The Brinkmann Gourmet Smoker and Grill 810-7080 blends two great appliances into one. Don’t be fooled by its compact size, this little device can smoke up to fifty pounds! On the days when you feel like doing a little grilling instead, the Brinkmann easily converts into a waist high grill.

Electricity for Simplicity

When smoking, it’s easy to achieve and maintain temperature with this machine. All you have to do is plug it in and it will do the rest for you. Trying to maintain an even temperature with charcoal smokers can be so tedious and frustrating. The electric smoker takes all of those frustrations away by using a simple, trusted, and fool-proof method of temperature control. Believe it or not, you can, actually, walk away from the unit and let it do what it does best.

Value for Your Money

The Brinkmann Smoker and Grill is one of the lowest priced smokers around. Happy customers say that you can’t get a better deal for under a hundred dollars. You may well find that there are no other deals in the price range. Most smokers for home use run in the hundreds of dollars! In fact, many units that are comparable to this one cost hundreds more. If you are new to smoking and looking to test the waters, this machine is a way to get your feet wet without breaking the bank.

Forget the Bells and Whistles

This Brinkmann smoker is designed as an entry level smoker. It gives you the opportunity to try your hand at it without great expense so don’t expect any bells and whistles here. The basics are what you get. There are no external controls to change the temperature.

The device must simply be allowed to do its thing without any intervention from you in the temperature department.

You must also trust that the unit is doing it’s job because the external thermometer does not show true temperature. It will just let you know if the heat is in the ballpark. For greater control of the process, it is always a good idea to invest in a better thermometer.

A Run Down of the Pros

Reviewers are most often impressed with the price. There is little else on the market today that will allow you to get into the art of smoking at home for this price. In fact, many people shell out hundreds of dollars for their home smokers, only to come away unimpressed.

Purchasers have many good things to say about the flavour of product that comes out of this smoking unit. There are many long-term users who can’t imagine being without it and the food that it produces. Many “old-school” types swear that this is all you need to make smokin’ good smoked food.

Reviewers also tend to be impressed with the ease of use and ease of cleaning.

Many folks also praise the portability of this device. Weighting only 31 pounds, this unit can be brought virtually anywhere as long as there is an electric power source for it to function. Some fans even go so far as to take it camping with them!

A Run Down of the Cons

Good isn’t always good enough and there are some common complaints in regards to this smoker.

The most common complaint is that the smoker tends to leak smoke through the lid and door due to parts not fitting together as well as expected.

In cooler temperatures people mention struggling to get the unit to the higher temperature range. There is frustration in dealing with the resulting longer cook times.

As people become more experienced with smoking they find themselves wishing that they had options to regulate the temperature and to, actually, get a true reading of the interior temperature.


There are three color variations of this unit: red, black and green. However if you like to have the green color then you will have to go with Brinkmann 852-7080-E Charcoal Gourmet Grill because the electric version does not have that color.

In addition, if you often place your smokers outside then you can also buy your smokers with covers included. A cover will often set you back $20 or $30 further.

Parting Thoughts

The Brinkmann Smoker and Grill has a long list of die-hard fans. There is a lot of love for this little unit despite the fact that it’s an entry level smoker. There are many, many fans who would rather modify their Brinkmann’s to deal with its unique quirks than buying anything else. In fact, people are so fond of their Brinkmann’s that they happily share their modifications on the internet in the hopes of converting the doubters.

With such staunch support, there seems to be an abundance of value for your money with the Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker, especially when it comes with such a low price.

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