Matte Black Dyna-Glo Heavy Duty Charcoal Grill Smoker

We are thrilled to share: Consumer Reports has rated a Dyna-Glo the 

BEST Charcoal Grill for smoking

Dyna-Glo Extra-Large Heavy-Duty Charcoal Grill - DGN576DNC-D

An excerpt from Paul Hope’s article in Consumer’s report as syndicated on Yahoo:

"This barrel-style Dyna-Glo charcoal grill makes smoking a cinch. Sure, you can add smoke to any charcoal grill by tossing wood onto the lit coals. But this model has a dedicated door for accessing the coal bed during cooking. That means if you want more smoke midcook, like when you’re making multiple batches of the same thing, you can simply open the flap and add wood chips or chunks. It also has an adjustable coal bed, so you can keep whatever you’re smoking far from the heat by lowering the coals. These two unique attributes help this model earn a rating of Excellent for convenience."

Dyna-Glo X-Large Heavy-Duty Charcoal Grill 

 

Detail of charcoal in grill
Dyna-G lo Grill lid with temperature reading and  logo

Consumer Reports feature

More from an excerpt of the article:

Get great barbecue flavor from all kinds of grills—charcoal, kamado, pellet, and yes, even gas

By Paul Hope

You don’t need to buy a separate smoker to make mouthwatering barbecue. A great grill that’s great at indirect cooking can perform double-duty—grilling brats and burgers and slow-smoking a beef brisket or pork shoulder.

Some grills are inherently better-suited to the task of smoking, though.

With charcoal and kamado grills, you can add wood chips or chunks into the charcoal at any point to create plumes of flavorful wood smoke. And pellet grills impart smoke almost by default because the wood pellets they use for fuel also add flavor. Gas models don’t have an advantage here, but they can still get the job done.

“Grill manufacturers have noted that over the past decade, there’s been a lot of interest in smoking foods in the backyard, so they’ve added features like smoker boxes for wood chips to their gas grills to make them more adept at smoking,” says Mark Allwood, CR’s market analyst for grills. At the same time, they’re also branching out by adding pellet, charcoal, and kamado grills to their lineups in order to capture more of the barbecue market.

Here, we’ve highlighted five of the best grills from our tests for smoking, including gas, charcoal, kamado, and pellet grills. For gas and pellet grills, that means the model earns top scores for indirect cooking and temperature range—so it’s capable of holding the low, steady temperature needed for smoking. For charcoal and kamado grills, it means the grill has thoughtful features that make it easy to control the temperatures or add wood.

Best Charcoal Grill for Smoking

Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D

CR’s take: This barrel-style Dyna-Glo charcoal grill makes smoking a cinch. Sure, you can add smoke to any charcoal grill by tossing wood onto the lit coals. But this model has a dedicated door for accessing the coal bed during cooking. That means if you want more smoke midcook, like when you’re making multiple batches of the same thing, you can simply open the flap and add wood chips or chunks. It also has an adjustable coal bed, so you can keep whatever you’re smoking far from the heat by lowering the coals. These two unique attributes help this model earn a rating of Excellent for convenience.