My Detailed Review of the Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker

by The Smoke Expert on March 7, 2014

If you’re looking for a mouth watering, finger-licking plate of smoked fish, jerky and meat, think no further than Big Chief Front Load Smoker. The smoker is a product of Smokehouse that prepares your meat giving it a perfect smoky flavour and an amazingly tender texture right at the comfort of your home. What’s more, the smoker is lightweight, easy to use and very cost effective

I was lucky enough to test this out with a couple of friends over the weekend and had a really good experience smoking different types of meats so thought it’d be best if I share my experience in the form of a detailed review.

Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker – Brief History

Big Chief Front Load was initially introduced by Luhr Jensen, a company that was founded in 1968 and was popular for manufacturing superior fishing baits and fishing accessories. The smoker was designed to be lightweight and was reasonably priced to ensure that it met its primary use which was to enable anglers smoke up the fish from the fishing lodge.

Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker Review

Not long after its introduction, it was discovered that the smoker was ideal for smoking meat as well. Today, the smoker is put in the market by Smokehouse products but it has retained its two original features, which are the secret behind its ever-rising popularity.

When Big Chief smokers were first introduced many years back in the Pacific Northwest, they were known as Luhr Jensen smokers. They were originally created for smoking meat and fish, a traditional food preserving methods commonly employed by Europeans. The smokers are not made for traditional southern grilling – they are perfect for adding flavour to your meat but they are not ideal for cooking big chunks of meat. Nonetheless, the Big Chief Front Load Smoker can be used to prepare reasonable sizes of meat such as a rack of ribs.

The Smoking Process

The Big Chief Front Load Smoker primary use is cooking dried meat and smoking fish. However, it can also be used for preparing rack of ribs as well as reasonable cuts of meat. It is big enough to hold meat or fish weighing up to 50 pounds in one go.

All you need to do is initially prepare your meat while pre heating the smoker. Be sure to remember to add wood chips to the smoker’s wood drawer before loading the meat. To load the meat, start by removing the front of the smoker and placing the meat in it.

Leave the meat to smoke for about 30 minutes before removing it. Remove the meat and wrap it in a foil.

Place the wrapped meat in the oven to complete the cooking process. Once ready, you can enjoy your scrumptious and full-of-flavour smoked meat.

The easy to use smoker does not require assembly. It is an aluminium box that comprises 5 chrome plated removable grates and a wood chips bag. It also comes with a free recipe booklet. It is handy and ideal for taking on a fishing trip but find out if your fishing lodge has a source of electrical power before hand to avoid disappointments.

One of the best things that I liked about this electric smoker is that it works extremely well for cold smoking purposes as well. The smoker’s box is made using a single sheet of aluminium thus making it almost impossible to maintain the 450 watts heating on a cold day. One would expect the smoker to perform very poorly on cold days but contrary to expectations, its performance in the cold is exceptional. During the cold temperatures, the smoker turns to a cold smoker and makes outstanding cold smoked fish.

Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker

Facts about the Big Chief Front Load Smoker

  • The smoker is 24.5″ high, 12″ deep and 18″ wide.
  • It is capable of smoking up to 50 pounds of meat or fish.
  • It is easy to use and comes with free instruction and recipe pamphlets.
  • The smoker comes with a bag of smokehouse natural wood chips.
  • The smoker comes ready to use, it does not require any assembly.
  • It is vented for proper dehydration
  • The Smoker uses a 120 volt, 250-watt electrical heating factor that functions at 165 degrees. It can also be used with a 110 V domestic current.
  • It has a three wires plugs and a cord all of wires which, are fixed to the smoker’s body.
  • The unit is made of a durable, pressed aluminium box.
  • The smoker has five side chrome plated grills as well.
  • The smoker is comes with 2 years guarantee.
  • Lastly, it is designed to keep temperatures.


The Smokehouse Products Big Chief Front Load Smoker is extremely useful and very economical which makes it a definite a bargain. Some consumers find it slightly complicated than some other straightforward versions of smokers available in the market but without a doubt it is one of the best performing smokers in the market. 

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