Brinkmann 810-7080-k Electric Gourmet Grill and Smoker Review

So you've picked the Brinkmann Gourmet Electric over other gas and charcoal grills, and we are here to help you make the most out of your new baby.

The Good, the Bad, and the Tasty

As I count the days till Thanksgiving, I wonder how many can't wait to be slaying their turkey recipe. My little perfectionist self is used to doing test runs a few weeks before the real feast. It helps if your husband loves busting out the grill more than you do.

Now, you're here because you've bought or been dying to get an electric grill in time for the holidays. So let's talk about the most important thing. When all's said and done, it's the quality of the cook that will count. And we've always had great ribs, chicken, brisket, and more since hubby got us the Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Grill and Smoker.

This is my first grill and his third. We adore it because it doesn't take up much space and works fine for when we just want to chill, watch Netflix, and have a fancy dinner date at home later. For its price, this electric smoker fits right into our fast-paced urban lifestyle as a starting couple.

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Pros & Cons

Things to consider when looking at the Brinkmann 810-7080-K Electric Gourmet Grill and Smoker

A white scale in a green circle balancing the pros and cons of the product reviewed

Pros

  • The unit contains a heating element that runs around 220-250 degrees Fahrenheit, making it easy for you to reach the desired temp for smoking.
  • There are two chrome-plated steel grills that can hold up to 50 lbs of food, so it's perfect for preparing meat dishes for intimate dinners.
  • One of the few electric grills that let you use lava rocks to boost the heat, this Brinkmann product helps cut down cooking time.

Cons

  • The lid vent opening is missing so you have to be resourceful and create your own way of venting.
  • The Brinkmann Electric Smoker works for any season and isn't complicated to use, though avid grillers may take some time to get used to it.

Features & Benefits

1500-watt Heating Element

Here's a confession: I love eating out. Working in the bank, I cannot always treat myself and my better half to a nice, home-cooked meal at night. But when I can, mostly during weekends, I put my barbecue gloves on and rely on the electric smoker for the rest. I'm impressed with the way it keeps the temp to 230 degrees. The heating element makes this possible. Plus, the lava rocks for a proper boost. I don't have to prep charcoal, wait on it until my eyes pop out. Oh my goodness, I am an impatient girl and the smoker is ready before I can yell "Dinner!" to my hungry husband.

Of course, the desired temp depends on the food you're cooking. I've done beef brisket, bacon, pork shoulders, and sausages, and the result has always been fantastic. It takes practice and, yes, patience to be a master smoker, no matter the brand or model you're using. Not that I consider myself a pro already, but I feel fortunate that this Brinkmann beauty is my first smoker ever. It has tapped into my domesticated side, which often hides, and inspire my inner carnivore to try experimenting. Another upside: I get to bond with my husband when we're both in the mood to slow cook meat on lazy Saturdays.


Double Chrome-plated Cooking Grills

Since I became obsessed with this grill, I've extended the fanfare to couple friends in the city. My best friend and her husband are constant guests in our occasional dine and wine parties. Nothing complicated. We just invite fewer than 10 people over, sometimes to watch football or play tabletop games together. Hubby and I can cook four slabs of ribs in one go. We take turns in monitoring the temp, but we are mostly confident that the cook will turn out amazing. Sometimes our guests would wander into the back of the house tracing the source of the irresistible scent.

Sometimes, they would volunteer to place the smoker box inside. (Tip: use a tong to arrange the smoker box neatly on top of the lava rocks.) Actually, one of them has the same grill at home. Having seen ours and been surprised by its capacity, he finally bought one. At first, he was hesitant because of the chrome-plated cooking grills. But then, a little research helped him understand that this type of grill allows for real searing. Also, he lives alone but he eats for two people. It's a huge plus for him that he can toss in a 9-pounder in there and have a week's worth of meals covered.


Affordable Smoker

For all the wonders that I've done with it, sometimes I can't believe hubby bought this for less than a hundred bucks. I didn't even season the first-ever ribs I put in it, but it turned out great. I even smoked mackerel and salmon in this thing. I particularly like the tenderness and flavor of the chicken and turkey. I hope this grill finds it way into your home by the time you complete your Thanksgiving menu. It's indeed a bargain for us. Right now, a lot of units are on sale. You'll get a good deal if you know where to look.

I'm a bit sad because we will no longer see Brickmann craft another electric smoker like this. (Disclosure: the brand filed for bankruptcy in late 2015). But I'm glad that I managed to send one to my dad last December. It's a cool gift to give your old man. At the same time, it won't hurt your pocket. Our unit is still working, and I don't see it failing anytime soon. I know that avid grillers can sometimes find it a bit challenging to negotiate. But my husband is proof that you can make it work for you if you give it enough time.


Lava Rocks

So, earlier I mentioned that this is one of the grills that still let you use lava rocks. I feel old school saying that. It's a marvelous add-on because of the ability of these rocks to store up heat. Using it cuts down waiting time. I get nice and moist brisket after nine hours. They also prevent flare-ups and catch the drippings. And then they will burn themselves clean so you won't have to worry about the mess they will leave. You can buy lava rocks for cheap if you ever need them again after you've used up the ones that come with the unit.

Now, if you also want to recreate the goodness of flavored meat made by traditional smokehouses, just throw in wood chips on top of the rocks. We used to wrap hickory chips, soaked in the water for 30 minutes to an hour, in aluminum foil. But my husband once saw this smoker box with holes on the top portion while watching YouTube. So, we're into that now. We've also tried apple, which is really good. You can use whatever wood you prefer to add flavor. But the lava rocks already produce a sweet aroma that will definitely bring you on your knees.

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Summary

The Brinkmann electric grill and smoker is a winner in my book. Aside from being affordable, it gives you the value that you paid for. Its heating element, boosted by the lava rocks, cuts down cooking time for often impatient, busy bees like me. At the same time, it produces the same wondrous results that come with more sophisticated, high-end units. The double chrome-plated grills work for this model. As a first-time user back then, I didn't know how it fared with competition. But now, I can truly say that it is on a par with the best models within its price range.

It is my sincerest hope that by reading my first-hand story, you have found some answers and clarifications regarding the product. Also, as with any product, there are downsides. I do hope I was able to address them or provide you with alternative steps to solving them. My husband, who has been a griller since he's in his 20s, did a lot of research before buying this. So I commend you for taking the time to read this review. He and I have been happy campers with our Brinkmann electric smoker. So see this as our way of passing the happiness around. Happy smoking!


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