How to Use a Brinkmann Smoker? (4 Easy-to-Follow Steps)

Gabriel Woods
Published by Gabriel Woods
Last Updated On: December 4, 2023

If you're looking for a way to add flavor to your food when doing some outdoor cooking, consider the Brinkmann Smoke' N Grill charcoal smoker.

I love to smoke meat and have spent time in front of many brands of smokers, including the Brinkmann. Let me use my experience to show you how you should use this smoker.

Quick Summary

  • Using a Brinkmann Smoke'N Grill involves setting it up, curing it before the first use, smoking your food, and cleaning after use.
  • The Brinkmann Smoke'N Grill is a vertical smoker.
  • Regular cleaning and reapplication of vegetable oil after use extends the smoker's lifespan.
  • If you’re interested in buying a vertical smoker, check out our roundup of the best pellet vertical smokers.

4 Steps to Using a Brinkmann Smoker

1. Setting up

A closed Brinkmann smoker

Setting up the Brinkmann Smoke ’N Grill is simple, requiring only household tools. Just remove it from the box and set it up according to the instructions.

I recommend you put it together on a level surface so that it doesn't tip over when you're using it.

You will attach the legs, rack supports and handles first. Then, add the hinges and the door. Next, insert the charcoal pan, the water pan, and grill racks. Finally, put the heat indicator and the dome lid handle on.

2. Curing

Before using your smoker grill for the first time, you need to cure it.

This will help remove any manufacturing chemicals and oils that may be on the surface. It also makes the grill less likely to rust.

To do this, first, remove the water pan. Then, coat the entire inside surface of the smoker (except for the charcoal pan) with vegetable oil.

Add charcoal briquettes to the pan and heat the smoker grill to the "ideal" level on the temperature indicator. Leave it at this heat for two hours, then turn it off and allow it to cool completely. You're now ready to use your smoker.

3. Smoking

Ribs being cooked and smoked on a grill

Now that your smoker is all set up and cured, it's time to smoke. You'll need about 8-10 pounds of charcoal for 5-6 hours of smoking time.

Add coal to the pan and use a charcoal starter or lighter fluid in a chimney starter. They should burn until all the starter is gone and they have a lighter layer of ash on the surface.

Then, add 3-4 wood chunks that have been wrapped in heavy-duty aluminum foil or soaked in water for 20 minutes to the top of the hot coals.

Next, fill the water pan to within an inch of the rim and set it in the smoker. Then, put the food items you're smoking on the cooking grills and close the door.

Dry smokers cook faster than water smokers, so you do not want to let the water pan become empty. Fill it back up when it gets low.

“There’s grilling, and there’s barbecue. Grilling is when people say, ‘We’re going to turn up the heat, make it really hot and sear a steak, sear a burger, cook a chicken.’ Barbecue is going low and slow.”
- Guy Fieri,

Monitor the temperature inside the grill and add more coal or wood chunks as needed to maintain the ideal heat level for smoking.

You should check the status of your wood and coals every 2-3 hours. You may need to add wood chips to the fire for more smoke.

Read More: Water Pan for a Smoker

4. Cleaning

Cleaning up after using your charcoal smoker is essential for maintaining its longevity:

  1. With the door open, remove all the food and ashes from the inside.
  2. Use a sponge or brush to clean the grilling racks.
  3. Empty the water and charcoal pans and wash them with soapy water.
  4. Wipe down the entire inside surface of the smoker and lid with a damp cloth.

Be sure to allow the grill to cool completely before attempting any cleaning tasks.

After cleaning the grill, reapply a light coating of vegetable oil to prevent corrosion. The only part of the grill where this does not apply is the charcoal pan.

Read More: How to Clean a Smoker?


What Temperature Does a Brinkmann Smoke’ N Grill Cook At?

A Brinkmann Smoke' N Grill cooks at a temperature between 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit. Most meats smoke well at that low temperature.

Can I Use Any Kind of Wood for My Smoker?

You can use any kind of wood for your smoker, but the Brinkmann Corporation recommends wood that produces a good flavor, such as mesquite, cherry, apple, pecan, or hickory [1]. You can use most nut or fruit tree woods but should avoid resinous woods like pine [2].

Does Brinkmann Have a Probe?

Brinkmann water charcoal smokers have a probe mounted to the dome lid of the grill. However, it will only give you a sense of the appliance's temp and not of the meat within it. Thus, I recommend you get a separate meat thermometer for better smoking accuracy.

Can I Use a Brinkmann Smoker as a Grill?

Yes, you can use a Brinkmann smoker as a grill. However, it can be hard to get it to high heat for searing applications. It is best to use it as a smoker and grill for lower-temperature items.


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Gabriel Woods
Chef/Food Editor
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management, Major in Culinary Entrepreneurship Summa Cum Laude. With a deep passion for the culinary arts and a keen business acumen, Gabrielle is set to embark on a journey that promises to leave a lasting impact on the world of the culinary industry. Growing up in a family where food created memories and bonds, she sustained an interest in cooking and baking. She earned her Culinary Entrepreneurship degree with a summa cum laude distinction from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. Gabrielle then served as an assistant private chef – she helped clients achieve specific fitness goals by prepping protein-based meals and healthy side dishes. At Carnivore Style, Gabrielle has honed her strategic leadership by analyzing the trends in meat consumption preferences. This guides our team in producing engaging content, such as recipes featuring popular cuts or cooking techniques. She envisions a community where individuals follow their culinary dreams, making every delectable dish with love and soul for people to relish. In her free time, Gabrielle loves to travel to new places, study their culture, and dine at diverse restaurants and cafes.
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