Bradley Smoker Reviews

Bradley Smoker Reviews

Bradley, also known as Bradley Smokers, is a family company and one of the most recognizable names in the outdoor smokers’ industry. The company was founded in the 1970s, and that is one interesting story.

Once upon a time, there were two men; one knew how to catch salmon but he had no idea how to smoke it. Funny enough, he became the founder of Bradley’s electric smokers. How did this happen you may wonder? Well, one day he met a master smoker who wanted desperately to learn how to catch salmon. Bradley’s founder gave him some tips and got some great smoker recipes in return.

Back in the day, the entire smoking process was much more difficult. That is what motivated the founder of Bradley to come up with smoker designs that will make the entire process easy and enjoyable.

People behind Bradley smokers know that the most important part of the entire smoking process is controlling the smoke. That is why the company makes sure that its products are characterized by outstanding performance.

There are only three models of electric smokers that Bradley manufactures and we’ll cover below (almost) everything there is to know about them! If you already own one of these smokers and are looking for ways to get more for your money, check out our article on Bradley Smoker replacement parts & accessories.

Bradley BS916 Review

Bradley BS916 is also known as the Bradley Smart Smoker. Not only is this smoker the most innovative one from Bradley, but it is also one of the most high-tech smokers available on the market.

Bradley BS916 smoker

The smoker arrives packed in a huge box which might intimidate you at first. But, don’t worry! Assembling the Bradley Smart Smoker is easy. There are only three parts: the main cooking chamber, the smoker box, and feeding tube, and a few accessories (cables, cooking racks). All of the parts simply slide and lock together, so you won’t spend much time assembling the smoker.

One of the features that users love about the Bradley Smart Smoker is its attached smoking box that holds the wood chips. This feature is very useful as it allows you to add the chips without opening the smoker and compromising the temperature and smoke. Once the smoker detects that it is running low on chips, it automatically drops the correct amount.

Speaking of wood chips, the manufacturer also makes their Bradley bisquettes which are shaped like small hockey pucks. The bisquettes are made of hardwood sawdust and the wood shavings burn slowly to produce a clean, consistent smoke without producing ash, which makes food taste like soot. Since the bisquettes aren’t soaked first, they also don’t steam. Steaming just delays the cooking process because wet wood chips will steam in order to dry before they can start smoldering properly and producing flavorful smoke.

But, the feature that makes this model stand out from the competitors is Bluetooth, which allows you to monitor and control the smoker without having to approach it. Of course, besides the Bluetooth and the compatible app, you can control every part of this smoker with a touchscreen display that is located right below the wood chips box. The touchscreen is super easy to use and it was designed to allow the users to easily keep track of all the settings. The screen is brightly lit, so you won’t have any problems using it in very sunny or low light conditions.

Just like all the other electric smokers, this one also allows you to set it and forget it. So, to get your perfectly smoked food, all you need to do is select the desired temperature and time on your phone or the panel. Once the time runs out, the smoker will automatically turn itself off. Your food will never burn again, even if you leave your home. Also, the smoker allows you to choose how much smoke you want.

Cleaning the Bradley Smart Smoker is as easy as using it. All the cooking trays are dishwasher safe and so is the water pan and drip tray. When it comes to the inside of the smoker, you can just wipe it down with a damp towel. But, there is no need to clean the inside of the smoker too much. Just like cast iron, smokers get better with use. And, the more smoke and fat accumulates on the inside walls, the more seasoned your food will be!

Features

Extraordinary Cooking Capabilities

When it comes to cooking capabilities, this smoker really shines. It comes with separate elements for heating and smoke, meaning that you can cold smoke some foods such as cheese. Even though you may not need this option it still is a useful feature.

The smoker can reach a maximum temperature of 280°F which melts fat and cooks perfectly moist meat. In most conditions, the cooking capabilities of this smoker are as good as those of the best smokers on the market. However, when temperatures get low in the winter, the heating element might struggle with reaching optimal temperatures.

Bluetooth Compatibility

What makes the Bradley Smart Smoker so advanced is the touchscreen control center which can be synchronized with your smartphone. This feature is called the iSmoke® Technology and it uses Bluetooth to connect your smartphone to the smoker.

The Bluetooth technology allows you to check the real-time progress of your cooking and even adjust the smoker with just a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. This feature is very handy when it’s raining outside or when you just want to sit back and relax without having to get up every five minutes to check on your smoker.

Huge Cooking Space

Besides the great cooking capabilities and the advanced Bluetooth feature, Bradley Smart Smoker comes with plenty of space inside. You get six racks (and the smoker has a 10-rack capacity) and 780 square inches of cooking space.

This capacity is perfect for those who like to smoke large cuts of meat. For example, you’ll fit two whole turkeys without any difficulty. But, for some larger cuts, you may need to remove some racks, reducing the total cooking area but still having enough to add some smaller cuts as well.

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PROs:

  • Comes with color-coded temperature probes that allow you to check temperatures in two locations inside
  • Large cooking area of 780 square inches
  • Made of sturdy, quality materials
  • Bluetooth Compatible Smart Technology that allows precise control from a phone/tablet
  • Two heating elements allow two smoking options – regular smoking and cold smoking as well

CONs:

  • Sometimes produces too much smoke
  • May have trouble reaching higher temperatures in cold weather

Bradley BTDS108P Digital 6 Rack Smoker

For all those searching for a quality smoker, there are several features you should pay attention to – the cooking space, the temperature ranges, the versatility of the smoker, and the list goes on. However, the beauty of owning a Bradley Smoker is that it comes with all the desirable features a pitmaster is looking for.

Bradley BTDS108P Digital 6 Rack Smoker

Just like the previous model, this one is also easy to assemble, pretty straightforward to use, and you can just set it and forget it, and still get high-quality smokey flavors every time. Let’s not forget that cleaning this smoker is fast and easy.

As you already figured out from the title, this digital smoker comes with six racks, but you can also go for a smaller four-rack version. Besides the smoker, you will also get a cookbook and a user guide.

The Bradley 6 Rack smoker features a 500-watt cooking element and a 125-watt smoking element. The exterior of the cabinet is 39″ high x 14″ deep x 17″ wide (plus another 13″ for the smoke generator) and the interior is 15″ wide x 11.5″ deep x 33″ high. The unit weighs 67 pounds with the smoke generator attached.

The overall design of the Bradley 6 Rack digital smoker is very clean and luxurious, both inside and out. The exterior is made of steel with epoxy powder coating and the interior is stainless steel, ensuring that this unit will last. The smoker features a vertical, slimmer design without appearing too small or cramped. Even though this model comes with a huge cooking space, its size is very functional in most spaces.

What makes Bradley smokers stand out is the “smoke generator” mounted on the side of the unit. Just like with the previous model, the smoke generator burns the Bradley bisquettes and then blows smoke into the cabinet which has an electric cooking element. Each bisquette can burn for about 20 minutes, making it a very efficient energy source, considering its cost of 40¢ each. You can choose different flavors such as apple, alder, cherry, hickory, mesquite, pecan, or a blend.

The digital controller has smoke generator functions on the left and temperature functions on the right. It takes about 20 minutes for the heating element to warm up before you can press the “Wood” button and start feeding the bisquettes into the burner. The temperatures are set just like on your kitchen oven. Independent timers are integrated for both the smoke and oven functions.

Features

Large Cooking Capacity

Just like the Bradley Smart Smoker, this model comes with a large cooking space as well. To be more precise, you will get 781 square inches of space for smoking your favorite foods. This is more than enough room to feed a large gathering. Also, if you love smoking larger cuts of meat, this smoker will meet all your needs.

You can use all six racks at once, just keep in mind that there are a few spots within the smoker that are slightly hotter than others. This won’t give you any trouble when cooking food, but you should give the smoker a test run before serving friends and family.

Versatile Cooking Device

This smoker also comes with two separate heating components – heat for smoking and oven or convection heat.

Thanks to this, you will be able to cook with or without heat and with or without smoke. So, Bradley 6 Rack Smoker can be used as a slow cooker, oven, cold smoker, or dehydrator and it is perfect not just for meats but also for fish, vegetables, and cheese.

Heavy-Duty Door That Traps Heat

Bradley 6 Rack Digital Smoker features a heavy-duty magnetic door that traps in heat beautifully.

There are a few obvious reasons why you should get a smoker with a tightly-sealed door that traps in heat. First of all, trapped heat means that all your food will be cooked evenly. Then, there will be minimal heat transferring to the exterior of the smoker, making it safe especially for children and pets. Last but not least, the ability to retain heat also means that the smoker can work well in all weather.

Bradley Smoker BTDS108P 990223 Bradley Digital 6 Rack Smoker, 11.50" L x 33" H x 15" W, Silver
  • Made of highest quality material
  • Manufacturer: Bradley Smoker
  • Bradley digital 6 rack smoker.Rack Area:858sq
  • Ash catcher is easy to remove for quick, hassle-free cleanup
  • Exterior dimensions-17 W x 14 D x 39 H inches. Interior dimensions-15 W x 11.5 D x 33 H inches

PROs:

  • A set-and-forget smoker that cooks food evenly
  • The construction of the smoker is durable and of high quality
  • The automatic feeder saves you from opening the door and losing heat
  • A versatile smoker that can be used as a smoker, an oven, or a cold smoker to cook meat, vegetables, and cheese
  • The smoker can work for up to eight hours without any smoke or heat loss

CONs:

  • You can only use Bradley bisquettes to fuel the smoker
  • The unit is pricey

Bradley BS611 Electric Smoker

Bradley BS611 Electric Smoker is also known as the Bradley Original Electric Smoker. When the company just started, they sold only one model and the Bradley Original mimics look of that first design. Featuring a classic look and simple controls, this is an excellent smoker for those just starting.

Bradley BS611 Electric Smoker

This model comes with features similar to the previous two Bradley smokers, including a control box on the side and a large smoking box. However, since the Bradley BS611 is supposed to mimic the original Bradley smoker, it doesn’t come with digital controls but with convenient knobs. One knob functions as a switch and allows you to turn the smoker on and off. The other knob is used for temperature control and it lets you choose between a low, medium, or high-temperature setting.

The Bradley Original Smoker is thermostatically controlled and you can use it to both hot- and cold-smoke your food. The minimum temperature setting is close to room temperature, whereas the maximum is 250°F. This temperature range allows you to use the unit as a slow cooker, oven, and, of course, a smoker.

The smoker features an insulated chamber which does a great job of locking in the heat and keeping the heat and smoke from escaping. This means that you can use this smoker both on hot and cold days. The inside is made of stainless-steel parts that retain the heat for even cooking and are also very easy to clean. The smoker comes with four racks, but you can remove each one to make room for some bigger cuts.

Just like the other models, the Bradley Original Smoker takes smoking foods to a whole new level with more versatility and control which results in consistent smoke flavor and perfectly cooked food every time.

Features

Excellent Temperature Control

Even though it doesn’t have digital temperature controls, this unit still thrives in its temperature-controlling abilities. The unit is well-insulated and this ensures that the heat stays trapped inside and all of your food gets cooked evenly.

Thanks to the high accuracy and good consistency, an exceptional meal is guaranteed every single time. This makes the unit excellent for beginners since they won’t have to worry about maintaining the ideal temperature for cooking. The Bradley Original will do everything on its own!

Reliable Set-and-Forget Option

Just like the previous two models, this one also features the set-it-and-forget-it option. All you’ll have to do to get perfectly-smoked food is load it into the smoker (and you’ll be able to load plenty of food into this large smoker), set the desired temperature, smoke level, and timer, and that’s it.

 The smoker will do everything on its own, and your intervention won’t be needed at all. It will take the smoker less than three hours to perfectly slow-cook your food and infuse it with that perfect smoky flavor.

Predictable & Practical

What makes this smoker so predictable is that you will get the same result – evenly cooked food – every time you use it. As we already mentioned, it may take the smoker some time to cook your food, but, after all, that is the point of low and slow cooking.

The smoker comes with an attractive yet very durable exterior and stainless-steel interior. It features four racks that are enough to cook food for any sized party. Each rack can easily accommodate two full racks of ribs, shoulders of pork, briskets, and whole chickens. And, despite the generous load capacity, the smoker is still compact and as big as a medium-sized fridge.

Bradley Smoker BS611 Electric Smoker, One Size, Black
  • Stainless steel interior
  • Rack supports keep racks from tipping over when pulled out
  • Heat control moved to smoke generator which will eliminate moisture damage to switch
  • Inside dimensions-19 inch above drip tray

Accessories

Bradley Smoker Bisquettes

We mentioned the Bradley smoker bisquettes so many times, but we didn’t give you too many details. As you could conclude, bisquettes are the energy source of Bradley smokers and they are used to generate flavorful smoke. They are quite affordable, each bisquette costs about 40 cents and can burn for 20 minutes. The only downside is that you can only use Bradley’s bisquettes.

You can buy either and 48- or 120-pack of bisquettes and you get to choose from 12 different flavors. The most popular options are apple, cherry, hickory, maple, mesquite but you can also go for whiskey oak or special blend.

Bradley Weather-Resistant Smoker Covers

Even though all Bradley smokers are made of quality materials and built to last, you should still protect them properly. Bradley sells smoker covers which will allow you to properly store your smoker and also protect it from dirt, debris, and wet weather. After all, Bradley smokers are electric smokers and you should make sure to protect all the electric parts properly. The smoker covers are made in two sizes – four-rack and six-rack.

BRADLEY SMOKER 4 Rack Smoker Cover - Grey
  • weather resistant design.
  • extend life of smoker by protecting from the elements.
  • fits four rack smoker.
  • durable.
  • long life cover.

Bradley Smoker Wrap up

Bradley is a brand with a special line of smokers. The company may manufacture different models that come with different features, but all Bradley smokers have the same qualities – they are built to last, they are easy to use, and they cook food perfectly every time. You can choose from four-rack or six-rack models, and both are large enough to feed a large group of people. In addition, the smokers are well-insulated so they maintain a consistent temperature and smoke amount throughout cooking.

Users also love the Bluetooth feature of some Bradley smokers, which truly does take your smoking game to the next level. Whether you are just starting out with smoking or you’re already an experienced cook, Bradley smokers will fulfill all your needs!

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