Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker – Review

Char-Broil Big Easy Smoker is an innovative method for tender food and juice preparation. It utilizes infrared technology and that is why it distributes heat evenly. It is revolutionary, because it is quite different from other grills in the market. It works differently from similar products. The heating system is through infrared heat and not by heating the air around the food.

Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker – REVIEW

Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker has up to 15 temperature settings from where users can adjust to the most favorable temperature for the food they want to cook. The temperature could often be set between 125-525 degrees. This unit is unique, because your hands would never be exposed to pellets or charcoals or to anything that would mess up your hands after using it. The device also uses electricity; it could be plugged to one hundred and twenty volts inside your home or even outside your home, if you want to use it for outdoor purpose. Moreover, you can add flavoring chips if you desire it, but this is optional. You can roast, cook, and smoke with the device.

A revolutionary meat smoker

The system is considered revolutionary because of the different grilling methods it uses. The system shields items you are cooking from the source of heat. The implication of this is that airflow is not permitted in the system while you are cooking with it. Hot air is prevented from your item when you are cooking with the system.


The cooking utensil is portable. It is sized 24 x 24 x 36. This means that it would be easily transported from one place to another. The size notwithstanding, the smoker could cook large quantities of meat at least about sixteen pounds of turkey. Apart from that, it could also cook small quantities of food. Many homeowners love this unique product because of its portability and the fact that it does not take enough space in a home. This makes it the ideal for many homeowners across the world.

Anything you are cooking with Char Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker is bound to be perfect because of the auto shut off feature available in the system. This system is self-regulatory. This makes it easier for internal thermometer to regulate the food you are preparing. The internal setting of the system programs the cooking progress. Whenever the device reaches the maximum temperature you set for it, it would shut off; thereby protecting the thing, you are cooking inside it. The issue of guesswork is done away with when you are using this great product.

Moreover, if you want a rich barbecue flavor for your food, you can put wood chips to it. You can prepare your food according to your personalized sauces and rubs. Anybody can prepare personalized food using the grill.


Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker is considered great because of the unique features. Because of the size, it is portable; we have seen that it is space friendly; this means that it occupies only a small portion in a home. In other words, if you are having a problem with space, you use this device in your home. It is fitted with TRU infrared system, which simply locks in your food making it to retain your cherished flavor and moisture. Moreover, the cooking process is systematic, because the issue of guesswork is completely removed as the meat thermometer inside it probes and controls the cooking process. There is a variable temperature control, which means that you can easily adjust your cooking to the most suitable temperature. We have seen that the product is also electrically powered and it is fitted with a smoker box, this makes extra flavoring possible. It is equally fitted with a rotary ignition and a grease collection tray. This keeps the inside clean as it prevents grease from messing up the inside.

Infrared temperature control

The major thing that makes it attractive to users is its infrared temperature control mechanism. This is a revolutionary technology used by the device to cook food. Foods produced from the system taste better and differently because of the heating method. It would look as if it was deep-fried. You would hardly get any other grill that works in this wonderful way. Because of the infrared technology, meat grilled from the system is always crispy, delicious, tender, and juicy. Because of the technology deployed in food preparation, you would not notice any hot air coming out of the system. The auto shut temperatures is a guarantee that the food would be cooked to perfection, as it would never go beyond the temperature you set for it.

Ease of use

The device is simple and very easy to use because it is not difficult to assemble the parts. You do not need to be a technological guru to use the device and assemble the parts. The manufacturers provided easy to use instructions, which would guide the users assembling the system and the effective use of the device. Manufacturers produced picture-directing users on how to install and use the product. Because of the ease of assembly, it may not take more than thirty minutes for you to set the device and have it working in your home.

First time use

For first time use, you have to spray oil on its basket and grate as well as its inside. Coat the system and leave it on a high temperature to enable the oils inside it to burn off. This is an important procedure, because it ensures that the oil and lubricants that were used during its manufacturing process were completely dried before you start to use it. It will prevent rusting in the future.

Unique design

Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker is designed in such a way that it could cook different quantities of food. Its portable design means that you can travel with it anywhere you want to use it. It is the best grill, which you can use for chickens, pork shoulders, as well as large turkeys and so on.

Wood Chip Option

If you want an extra flavor for your meat, Wood Chip option is available for that. This acts as smoker for your meat and food. It is fitted with a door where you can put extra chip to flavor your meat. It uses infrared technology to dry out the meat. If you have the product, you would never worry about temperature fluctuations. You will get perfect meat with the device.


If you are looking for the perfect grill, Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker is the perfect product for you. You can use this device to do many things such as cooking, roasting, and smoking of your meat. You can do all these things with ease, because there is enough information provided for you on how best to do all these things. You do not restrict yourself to your grill while you cook because everything has been programmed to work with you. You can go about other things while you grill your food. You would never have to worry about temperature flaring up while you are using it and you would never have to worry about your meat burning.

It is quite different from conventional gas grills because it does not use convective heating method and hot air, as you can see in other conventional gas grills. This means that it does not destroy vegetables and meats like conventional grills. It utilizes radiant and a natural heat and preserves your food in the process. Unlike other grills, it restricts the flow of hot air when in use. Moreover, the product is simple to clean after use. You can detach the drum with ease and have it washed. Because of the operating manual, which you get when you get the product, it is simple to assemble and dismantle the product when you want to clean it.

Although it is a great outdoor smoker, it is better not to use it in an unprotected area because a strong wind can put off the flame and make the smoke box woody than expected.


The product is durable which means that it could last you for several years. You can use it frequently for many years without any fault. This is a great product, which every household should purchase.

Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker is a perfect product, which is the best for people who want to achieve perfect cooking. You have several advantages you can derive from this revolutionary product. Make a decision to buy your own today for easy and perfect roasting, smoking, and grilling. It is the best brand you can find in the market today.

  • A meat thermometer powers it.
  • The device is structured using smoker box.
  • It has a front door application, which is easily accessible.
  • It has flexible handle.
  • Has a unique control system.

  • The primary basket looks weak when compared to other parts of the device.

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Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker, Roaster, and Grill

The Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared smoker, roaster, and grill takes the next step forward from our successful and award winning Big Easy by expanding on the cooking function and capability. Just like ...

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I was asked this Thanksgiving if I wanted to deep fry a turkey. Well, of course I said yes! So I went to a local store and was going to buy a deep fryer and a ton of oil, and set it up. When I got there, I saw the deep fryer, and a smaller version of this Char-Broil unit on display. For the cost of the deep fryer and oil, I could buy the smaller unit. Now, I knew it wasn't a deep fryer, but I was intrigued by the "infrared grill". So instead of buying either, I went home to do some research. I talked to a friend of mine, and we thought the Char-Broil infrared grill sounded good, but wouldn't it be better if we could add smoke to it? And that's what led me to find this unit, the Char-Broil Big Easy Infrared Smoker, Roaster and Grill.Now, obviously this unit does not deep fry. It's a roaster, smoker and grill. So if you have your heart set on deep frying something large, you should go and do that. Myself, I was concerned. One, because the oil needed was going to cost about $20/use, and then I have to dispose of all that oil somewhere. What a waste! Second, any splash-over could result in a major fire. I was hoping to cook the turkey on the deck, but thought that was probably a bad idea, so I'd have to go and do it on the back lawn. Depending on the weather, that might not be a lot of fun.I bought the Big Easy, assembled it in less than an hour (directions were easy and straightforward, and it went together fine). I seasoned it. And then I tried a 7.5 lb chicken in it, just to get a sense of what it could do. Wow!! We figured it would take 10-15 minutes per pound to cook. So I put it in and checked it an hour later. The chicken was done - actually past-done - as the coldest part of the chicken was already 173 degrees. It took only 7-8 minutes per pound.Read more ›
November 25, 2011
I purchased THE BIG EASY® SMOKER, ROASTER & GRILL late last year. I have used this item quite a bit since and it works well and doesn't consume a lot of propane like my full size grill does. I have however had some significant issues with this item that CharBroil did not resolve to my satisfaction. On purchasing this grill I read the instructions fully and assembled the grill. I seasoned the grill with cooking oil as recommended to protect the grill as described. I used the grill several times as an infa-red roaster for some ribs, roasts and such. It worked very well. I then put the grill grate on it and used it as a grill most of the summer. After every time that I cooked with it I allowed time afterwards with the flame on to burn all remaining food or grease off the grill. I recently removed the grill grate and found everything that was underneath to be extremely rusty, to the point of almost falling apart. I was very dismayed in my finding and today called CharBroil to discuss the matter with their customer service. I initially spoke with a customer service representative who was very nice and responsive but when he looked into the warranty coverage found that my grill was only covered for 90 days. What a disappointment! A $200.00 grill one season old that was falling apart due to rust not covered by warranty! I asked to speak with a supervisor and was put through to a supervisor that offered to replace my severely rusted basket, half racks, smoker basket, and inner drum, at a discounted rate of roughly $35. I was told that the parts would have normally been a bit over $100. I placed the order but did convey to the supervisor my disappointment at having to pay anything at all.Read more ›
September 9, 2010
Added after over 2 years use:This has stood up very well to weather and still works flawlessly. (It is kept outside, but always covered.) The optional rib hooks work very well. I can cook 4 short racks of ribs at a time. Great flavor and no burning. The BBQ sauce added near the end of the cook time caramelizes very evenly. They accidentally sent me a rack for chicken legs, so I tried it, and it makes great legs in quantity. Still love this thing.Original review:This BBQ is really built fairly well.I've cooked three turkeys, and they all turned out wonderfully. It's easy to load, and looks fairly nice. I have found that when cooking a turkey, it is a good idea to cover the top of the bird, and the wing tips with aluminum foil and remove during the last half hour of cooking. The skin in both these areas will dry out otherwise, but it really doesn't affect the meat, just the appearance a bit. The drawer which catches the drippings is very useful, and allows you to make very good gravy. The whole thing is easy to clean with the insides made of stainless. I have treated these parts as if they were cast iron, and the patina they take on is easy to clean, and they really look pretty good too. I suspect complaints about uneven cooking may be due to starting with a partially frozen turkey, or the specific cooker may be defective. I've seen no such problems.I did order an additional rack, two more half-racks and rib hooks. Shipping was quick, and I would rate the quality as very good.Cons: The only weakness I see is with the main basket, which seems like it could be sturdier. Wind will blow the flame out if it is strong enough, so use it in a sheltered area, especially in low heat.Read more ›
December 9, 2010
Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker – Review
Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker is the best roasting and grilling device, which have many advantages. If you are looking for a grill that would offer you a perfect cooking, you should go for this device. It has fantastic features that make it the choice of many people. It has a multipurpose use.
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Bottom Line

Char-Broil Big Easy TRU Infrared Smoker is the best roasting and grilling device, which have many advantages. If you are looking for a grill that would offer you a perfect cooking, you should go for this device. It has fantastic features that make it the choice of many people. It has a multipurpose use.

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