Smokey Mountain Smoker 721001 Overview

The Smokey Mountain Smoker 721001 by Weber is updated version of the Weber 2820 with the addition of some important features. Overall, the smoker provides a spacious interior, which makes it possible to cook a whole turkey and an entire ham at the same time. The nice thing is that even with the interior space, the 721001 Smokey Mountain Smoker is very useful for smaller meals and you can cook a rack of ribs, brisket, or chicken.

I find that the Smokey Mountain Smoker keeps even heat, and burns the same fuel for hours. The temperature is easy to control and maintain consistent heat. The adjustable vents at the bottom make it easy to adjust airflow (this is an important feature that a lot of cheaper smokers don’t have).

The Smokey Mountain Smoker 721001 is made of porcelain-enameled premium-grade steel. Included with the smoker ares two heavy, nickel-plated cooking grates that measure 18-1/2 inches in diameter. This diameter offers plenty of room for larger birds. A porcelain-enameled steel water pan adds steam to the cooking process, so meats stay moist. I find that the individual vents on the bowl and lid offer very good air-flow control for tender meats and longer-burning charcoal. Lastly, the heat-resistant nylon handle on the lid stays cool to the touch.

The Smokey Mountain charcoal smoker measures approximately 19″ x 19″ x 41″ . Weber offers a 10-year warranty on this unit, which is pretty solid in my opinion.

Note, the 721001 is the 18.5″ inch model, which seems to me to be big enough for most of us. If you need something larger, Weber makes the 731001 22.5″ Smokey Mountain Smoker. The 731001 is what you need if you’re going to be cooking under commercial conditions.

The Smokey Mountain Smoker 72001 by Weber is Good For…

  • The first-time smoker. The quality that is built in to this unit helps ensure you get great results the first time. The great thing about this is that an enjoyable first time will lead to more use and a lot of great meals!
  • The professional, and competitive smoker. There is nothing about this unit that I can find which would make it undesirable for even the most experienced smoker. I know of one professional who took 5th in his first competition using this smoker. This unit has been reported to compete with the smokers costing thousands of dollars.
  • Anyone who loves great BBQ meats and seafood. This smoker takes BBQ cooking to “the next level.”

Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain SmokerLet’s Look at The Features of the 721001 Smokey Mountain Smoker

  • It offers two cooking sections that will allow you to cook a great amount of food at the same time.
  • The cooking system is built with 2 heavy-duty, plated-steel, cooking grates.
  • The smoker features two 18.5 inch diameter cooking areas with approx. 684 sq. inch cooking area
  • A heavy-duty cover included, which I appreciate (our Arizona sun does bad things to grills without a cover)
  • Also comes with a cookbook from Weber cookbook, which is a nice feature for those new to cooking with a smoker.
  • The 721001 is built with a No-rust aluminum vent No-rust aluminum fuel door
  • Built-in lid thermometer – this is one of the new features included on this model (the previous 2820 model didn’t have this.
  • You can get the Smokey Mountain Smoker on sale at Amazon through this link.

The Pros:

  • Made with high quality material. Very durable.
  • Cook large birds or smaller meats (even burgers).
  • The adjustable air vents and built-in thermometer make it a breeze to control cooking temperature.
  • A LOT of online resources to help you get the most out of the smokers. Find videos, recipes and a virtual online community of smokers.

The Cons:

  • There are cheaper smokers for less than $299 – but I think this one is definitely worth the price.
  • Surprisingly, I really don’t have any knocks on it.

What Current Owners Think About It…

B. M. S. says…

Superb 5 Stars Great first smoker for a novice! I have been grilling for years, but this is my first smoker. And I can’t express how satisfied I am with this product. The smoker was simple and easy to use. Following some starting tips from the Virtual Weber Bullet web site, I loaded the Smokey Mountain Cooker up and turned out some excellent pulled pork and turkey drumsticks. A little more practice, and I’ll be ready to try my hand at beef brisket.

If you’re considering buying a smoker, you can’t go wrong with this one. Setup only took about 20 minutes and it was even easier to use. Cleanup of the cooking services and water bowl was just as easy. Properly used, you can easily keep the smoker going for more then 10hrs for long smokes.

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Harry S. says…

Superb 5 Stars Over 10 Grand Championships on this smoker and counting! My BBQ team Slap Yo Daddy BBQ from Diamond Bar, California, has been competing using two of these smokers which I bought off Amazon with free Prime shipping. They work flawlessly and are easy to use and clean up. Our Weber Smokey Mountains regularly allow us to win Grand Championships even when we go up against other smokers costing over $15,000.

When you cook meat you plan to eat, take a tip from me and don’t use any water in the pan. When I cook, I just cover the water pan with foil top and bottom. I foil it twice so I can remove the second layer after the cook and refoil it. That way, I don’t have to clean my pan. It works just as well, AFTER YOU SEASON YOUR WSM, when you cook without water in the pan. Dry heat allows the crust to form faster on the meat (called the bark). Once the crust forms on the meat, you can introduce moisture. I just spray water with a regular spray bottle to encourage bark formation after the initial crusting (Maillard reaction) has begun. To test for properly formed bark, use your finger nail and scrape the meat surface. If the crust has formed, it will not come off when you gently scrape it with your fingernail. If the crust comes off, the bark has not set (still wet) so don’t spray until it sets. Let it cook longer and check back in 15 mins. You’ll get much better results this way. We’ve won many awards with this technique….

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S. I. says…

Superb 5 Stars Great Smoker- even for Newbies! After in-depth research, I purchased this smoker. I have always been the “grill master” in my family, but have never owned a smoker. After using the Weber website and a few other websites dedicated to smoker cooking, I was able to successfully smoke 2 whole chickens the first time! The chickens were moist and had the most delicious, delicate, smoky favor!

I was so confident in my skills that a few weeks later I had a BBQ at my house and smoked 15 lbs of chicken, 4 slabs of ribs, and 2 pork shoulders! I received rave reviews for my meat at the BBQ the next day! If you’re in the market for a smoker- this is it! It’s great for everyone- experienced or newbie- it’s worth the money 2x over!!!

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J. M. says…

Superb 5 Stars Smoky is great! I could not afford the best smokers out there, like The Great One, which runs about $1,100 for the home model. So I asked some of the best pit masters around here in NC what they would recommend for someone on a budget and they all said to buy a Weber Smokey Mountain cooker. I also bought the book Low and Slow at the same time from Amazon, which tells you exactly how to cook all kinds of food on this exact cooker. My son, who criticizes all food, said the ribs I made were the best he has ever had. Not only does it cook fantastic, its easy to use (light the fire, fill the water bowl and come back 2 hours later for chicken or 5 hours later for ribs; just flip them half way through). And clean up is a snap (because it cooks with smoke/heat instead of direct fire and uses a water bowl everything wipes clean easily).

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Dave Says…

Superb 5 Stars Love my Smokey Mountain! I’m not new to smoking – I’ve been using a no-name offset smoker for years, and have been getting decent results. The problem is that I always have to babysit the thing, checking it every 10 minutes to make sure the temps are where they should be. No more! After waiting and waiting, I finally decided to go for the Smokey Mountain, and I’m so glad I did. This thing is incredible. It’s truly a “set it and forget it” setup. I fired it up today to smoke a couple of chickens, and once it came up to temperature (about 225 F), it was rock-solid all the way through the cook. Incredible. I walked away, let it run and 1.5 hours later I had 2 delicious smoked chickens ready to eat. I can’t say enough about this smoker, but I’m now officially a Weber disciple.

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