If you enjoy grilling you probably have some appreciation or outright love the delicious scent of smoke that lightly perfumes your BBQ meals.
You also probably understand how different Maple and Hickory can make your smoked meals taste.
However, sometimes we don’t have time to take out your smoker and light up an entire load of charcoal to start a long smoking session. Maybe you just want to subtly flavor a meat cut and not give it the entire treatment.
Whatever might be your reason, smoker attachments are the solution that will add some extra life into your next grilled masterpiece and they cost a lot less than a completely new smoker, especially if you already have a grill.
My favorite smoker attachment is currently the HOMEASY Pellet Smoker Tube since it’s not only easy to use and of high quality, but it’s also pretty affordable and the smoke lasts up to 5 hours, which is all the time I need when smoking on a grill. On top of that, once it’s lit you don’t need an additional heat source.
However, before it used to be the A-MAZE-N Pellet smoker due to its size and the fact that it comes prefilled with high quality BBQ pellets. My favorite detail was the fact that it can smoke for as long as 11 hours. Pretty amazing for an attachment.
Paul’s Q has a video on how to use a pellet smoke tube in his Youtube video:
Best Smoke tubes
To give you a quick run-through of both attachments, check out the products below:
HOMEASY Pellet Smoker Tube
An affordable smoking tube and smoke last up to 5 hours. Once lit, no other heat source is required.
A-MAZE-N AMNPS5x8-PMC Maze 8″ L x 5″ W Pellet Smoker
The smoking maze can produce smoke up to 11 hours. Needs an additional heat source.
To get a detailed review of both of this and an additional runner up, continue reading since I will go into detail on their benefits and disadvantages and what made me choose the HOMEASY Pellet Smoker Tube as permanent favorite.
Also check out this review from the Cooking with Jack show:
What are Smoker Attachments?
Smoker attachments can come in different shapes and sizes. They’re usually made out of high-quality stainless steel. They’re the perfect way to get some extra smoke when using your grill. It’s worth noting that they work on gas, electric and charcoal grills so there are no limits to them.
They’re basically hollow cylinders (in the case of the tubes) and have several small holes drilled into them which makes them look like a very thick tube burner on a gas grill. The mazes resemble a grate with sides in order to hold the pellets in place.
How to use a Smoker Attachment?
- Unpackage the attachment and make sure you wash it with warm water and soap. Then rinse it well and let it dry completely before you use it.
- If your smoker attachment has a lid or cover on one end, remove it and fill it all the way with your preferred assortment of wood pellets, chips or shavings.
- Before you turn on your grill, move the cooking grids and position the attachment on the sear plates. Then put the cooking grids back in place.
- Light the barbecue and preheat the grill to the needed temperature.
- These work best for cooks that last 30 minutes or more. Proceed to grill the food as you normally wood but try to keep the lid closed as long as possible for the best smoky flavor.
As I mentioned before, these attachments can work nicely on any grill so you can even take them on the go. However, if you plan on smoking food that will take a bit longer you will need two attachments if you’re using the tubes so once the chips are spent, the other ones start burning. Take this into consideration when analyzing this review.
Now let’s get into the particular aspects of each attachment and their features.
HOMEASY Pellet Smoker Tube
This smoker attachment is my favorite for a number of reasons. The main one, as I mentioned before is the fact that once you light it up, it doesn’t require any other heat source. On top of that, it can produce smoke for five hours which works perfectly for hot and cold smoking.
That’s another plus for this attachment, you can get clean smoke at 225° F or more, and you can also produce cold smoke under 100° F which works amazingly on fish, cheese and nuts. So it’s a simple way to add an amazing smoked flavor to any meal.
Since it’s made out of stainless steel, it’s durable, lightweight, heat-resistant and anti-corrosive. It is safe for repeated use and will never break, bend nor rust. Their marketing states its built to last for unlimited uses and so far that has been true for me. I haven’t had any issues with the build quality and neither have my relatives who I’ve gifted one to.
A good smoker aficionado makes sure his tools are clean as well and this attachment is small, light and portable which makes it extremely easy to clean up after each use. And the compact size means it’s easy to transport from your home to any BBQ party or event.
It’s shaped like a hexagon rather than a circle which keeps in place so it doesn’t roll around the grill or falls off. It’s 12” long so it holds a good amount of pellets and has 2 caps at the ends. One end is closed and the other one is open so you can easily fill and refill but also keep the inside the tube while you light them.
How to use the HOMEASY Pellet Smoker Tube:
- Hold it vertically and fill it up with your preferred wood pellets. Make sure you leave about an inch empty at the top of the tube.
- Using a propane torch on the lowest setting, light the pellets through the open side for about 15 to 30 seconds until you see a small flame appear.
- Wait for the pellets to burn well for about 5 to 10 minutes and then blow out the flame.
- Place the smoker tube inside the grill and let it generate smoke for your meal, just make sure it has adequate ventilation.
The first time you use it, make sure you let the tube burn in the grill or smoker for at least 30 minutes at 275° F to make any residual manufacturing oils are gone. It’s also worth noting that this particular set doesn’t include the pellets so you can get your own according to your preferences.
Also read: make your first meal a smoked meatloaf meal
Carpathen Pellet Smoker Tube 12″
This Carpathen Tube smoker is a runner up in the smoker tube category which is why I decided to include it in this review. It’s a kit featuring smoking guides with recipes and tips, a meat temperature chart, a marinade, rubs and BBQ sauces guide, user guide and a bag for storage, aside from the smoker itself.
As they state, this smoke generator makes the process of smoking easy and accessible to anyone and everyone. It’s small in size but you will still get 5 hours of thin smoke to infuse your smoked meals with flavor.
Since it’s an attachment, it can be used in any grill or smoker without major modifications. These are especially useful for owners of electric or gas grills who are aware of how hard it can be to get a pronounced smoke flavor compared to charcoal smokers.
This is a high-quality stainless steel pellet tube smoker which means it’s built to last. However, they have a change and/or return policy with no questions asked. So you know you’re backed by fantastic customer service that is ready to solve your problems.
A-MAZE-N AMNPS5x8-PMC Maze 8″ L x 5″ W Pellet Smoker
This fantastic smoker attachment is also made of stainless steel but due to its shape it can burn up to 12 hours. You can use either BBQ wood pellets of sawdust, but this particular kit already comes with its own pellets. It also doesn’t have any additional binders, oils or fillers so you can definitely start smoking your meals right away.
This is the perfect smoker accessory to take on a camping trip and pair it with your electric smoker (though it works in any smoker) due to its compact size. On top of that, it includes a 2lb bag of Pitmaster’s Choice pellets so you’re all set.
Before I bought this for my Masterbuilt Electric Smoker that we’ve reviewed before, I had to keep adding in chips every 40 to 50 minutes. With this attachment I was able to smoke an entire pork shoulder with only 2 rows and it didn’t even burn through.
When I decide to use this one, I place it on the bars at the very bottom of the smoker and cover it with the drip pan so drips don’t fall on the attachment. I’ve done multiple meat cuts and the smoke flavor has been extremely pleasing so far.
Some people might find this easier to use than the tube shaped smokers. However, the biggest advantage for this attachment is that it’s perfect for cold smoking since it doesn’t generate any heat with the smoke.
You will simply need to fill the tray lines with your favorite pellets, light them with a torch through the whole you can see on the side. Once it’s lit, the others will follow in a domino effect as it goes around the pattern of the three lines in the tray. Just make sure you follow the included instructions and you will always enjoy the results.
It really is that easy. Now get yourself some of these essential supplies and your good to go for your first smoker adventure.