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Horizon BBQ Smoker 16-Inch Backyard Classic

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Horizon BBQ Smoker 16-Inch Backyard Classic

Horizon BBQ Smoker 16-Inch Backyard Classic

Horizon BBQ Smokers

The Bottom Line

There was a time when any smoker worth cooking barbecue on was a horizontal offset smoker just like this one. Since then a lot of things have changed. It seems like a month doesn't go by that I don't hear about some new type of BBQ smoker. If you are looking for a classic, this smoker (or the larger 20-inch) is a great choice. Built on years of experience and out of heavy steel, this smoker is idea for the backyard BBQ cook who wants to go old school. This is a charcoal (or hardwood) burning BBQ pit. Solid construction and good engineering make it about as efficient as you can make an offset.


  • Heavy, solid construction
  • Well built doors and dampers reduce smoke leakage


  • Offset smokers are not the most efficient designs
  • Reported service problems


  • 660 square inches of total cooking area with 450 square in the cooking chamber
  • Separate grilling space in the firebox allows for simultaneous grilling and smoking
  • Classic vertical, offset smoker design
  • Heavy gauge construction with durable high temperature enamel black paint
  • Dual damper airflow design
  • Two chrome cooking grates in the smoking chamber and one in the firebox
  • Two 16-inch steel wheels
  • Front mounted work table with side and bottom storage space
  • Made in the USA by Horizon BBQ Smokers

Guide Review - Horizon BBQ Smoker 16-Inch Backyard Classic

Once upon a time there was a little company that made great BBQ pits by the name of Oklahoma Joe's. This smokers were famous and the people who owned them would give them up for anything. Well, then came business and after a few business dealings Oklahoma Joe's was owned by Char-Broil and then off the market. Well, that didn't last for long. The same factory that built the legendary Oklahoma Joe's is now building the Horizon BBQ Smokers. Made from the same designs, with the same materials, by the same people.

The Horizon 16-Inch Classic, is just that, a classic style horizontal offset smoker that is going to run you around $800USD. The solid construction is heavy and durable. The engineering and craftsmanship means that the doors don't leak smoke like many offset smokers and the damper and stack design gives you good airflow and temperature control. These are all the things you would expect from a good quality smoker. This traditional charcoal smoker will have you building and tending fire and smoking the old fashioned way. The superior design of this unit will make that job easier than it would be on many of the less expensive (more mass market) offset smokers.

The Horizon 16-Inch Smoker is the perfect size for the backyard cook who wants to make barbecue for the family or small gatherings. This smoker won't feed and army, but it will take care of most people's needs. If you need more space I suggest you upgrade to the 20-Inch version.

If you are serious about barbecue and believe that this is the smoker for you I suggest that you order it with the built in Sliding Convection Plate. This accessory helps create a more even temperature in the smoking chamber. On the the main problems with offset smokers is that they run hotter on the firebox side than the smoke stack side. This means that if you are smoking a lot of meat you will have to more that meat around to get it cooked evenly. The Convection Plate helps reduce this problem.

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