ProQ Barbecues and Smokers and Cold Smoking – ProQ BBQs & Smokers Online
At ProQ we design and build our products with 3 things in mind: versatility, quality and ease of use. By using these guiding principles, our barbecues are packed full of innovative features, making them hugely popular with both beginners and seasoned BBQ professionals around the world.
From a small kettle grill for the beach to a full height double stack smoker for brisket, our original modular design gives you the flexibility to cook in so many different styles. By adding or removing stackers, you can grill, roast, and smoke hot’n fast, or low’n slow with ease. The cooking chamber can also be used for cold smoking a range of foods.
ProQ BBQ Smokers are the ultimate outdoor home ovens and extremely versatile - allowing you to Smoke, Grill & Roast over charcoal. Our 4th generation BBQ smokers require very little assembly, so you can be set up and smoking within minutes. They are built to last too - at ProQ we use premium and durable materials, so your smoker will be protected from corrosion for years to come.
HOW IS A ProQ DIFFERENT TO OTHER BBQ SMOKERS?
The modular design of our smokers is what sets us apart from most other BBQ Smokers. The ProQ can be used as a normal charcoal BBQ, an outdoor oven AND a BBQ Smoker. Many other brands of BBQ Smokers, such as the Weber Smoky Mountain, are purely smokers – meaning you will also need to buy an extra kettle BBQ or a gas grill if you want to do sizzling direct heat BBQ searing and grilling.
Our 4th generation ProQ smokers require very little assembly, so you can be set up and smoking within minutes. They are built to last too - high quality porcelain, stainless steel, aluminium and cool-touch silicone help to protect your smoker from corrosion for years to come.
GREAT DESIGN DELIVERS GREAT RESULTS
The secret to a good BBQ smoker design revolves around a few key principles:
In-Direct Heat - the ability to protect your food from the harsh direct heat of the lit fuel (be it charcoal or wood).
Consistent Cooking Temperature - it is essential that a BBQ Smoker has the capability of maintaining stable cooking temperatures. For Low'n Slow, ideally between 95°C - 120°C (200°F - 250°F).
Efficient Use of Fuel – as the name suggests, Low’n Slow BBQ cooking takes a long time. A good BBQ Smoker will be specially designed so that your charcoal will last a long time, whilst maintaining enough heat required for cooking. Beware of cheap charcoal, it often creates too much smoke or burns out very quickly. The importance of good quality charcoal is vital. We recommend that you choose restaurant grade charcoal such as our Premium Cocoshell Briquettes.
Ability to Control Airflow - The air-flow needs to be just right in a smoker – enough air to keep your fuel burning evenly and consistently for a long time, without the need to keep refilling your charcoal basket. Too much air – the BBQ Smoker will to burn out too quickly (and create too much heat). Too little air – will create acrid smoke and ultimately extinguish your fire resulting in uncooked food!
Built to Last - to achieve authentic BBQ, your smoker will often need to be sat outside for up to 16 hours for some of the classic longer BBQ cooks or when cold smoking. This means that good BBQ Smokers need to be designed to withstand the elements. ProQ Smokers are made using premium rust resistant components that can withstand even the harshest conditions (we are based in Cornwall, so they get tested to the limit!).
CAN I USE A NORMAL BBQ FOR BBQ SMOKING?
It is very difficult, some say impossible, to achieve authentic hot smoked, Low’n Slow style food on a normal kettle BBQ or gas grill – they are simply not designed for this purpose. That is where BBQ Smokers enter the scene. Although many BBQ smokers will look and perform differently, they are all designed to achieve this specific style of BBQ cookery.
BBQ Smokers come in all shapes and sizes and are known by several different names: water smokers, bullet smokers, vertical smokers, barrel smokers, stick burners, off-set smokers. Smokers are traditionally powered by charcoal or wood but gas electric pellet smokers are also available.
GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR ProQ BBQ
If you are interested in getting into authentic American style BBQ, then a BBQ smoker is a vital tool for the job. It is great fun, hugely rewarding and the food tastes amazing. Just choose your recipe and your flavour smoking wood and you’re ready to go. The joy of using a good BBQ smoker, is that it can be left unattended (in a safe place!) for several hours – so you can get on with the rest of your day excitedly anticipating the delicious, smoky, succulent and tender meal that awaits! Yum!
Check out our detailed guides on getting started with BBQ Smoking.
THE ART OF COLD SMOKING
Interested in learning the art of cold smoking food and capturing those unmistakably mellow, rich and aromatic flavours? Well you’ve come to right place! At ProQ we are passionate about cold smoking. Find out more about this ancient food preserving method and how easy it is to get started at home.
GETTING STARTED WITH COLD SMOKING FOOD
Making your own smoked cheese is a great way to start your journey into cold smoking. It is a really simple process and the results will make you wonder why you’ve never tried it before. It is great fun experimenting with different cheeses, different smoking woods and the length of time you choose to smoke your cheese for. Once you have mastered cheese, why not try making your own home cured smoked salmon or smoked bacon – you’ll never buy shop bought again!
WHY CHOOSE A ProQ COLD SMOKER?
Our patented range of ProQ Cold Smoke Generators are designed for smoking food at home – it is great fun, affordable and much easier than you might think!
Released in 2010, the generators are made from high quality stainless steel and are used by top chefs, foodies, fishermen and hunters around the world. The larger Artisan model is perfect for semi-commercial use or for those customers wanting to smoke food in larger quantities.
Once you’ve made your own smoked salmon, you’ll never buy shop bought salmon again!
We recommend that you use genuine ProQ Smoking Wood Dust in your cold smoke generator. Our sustainably sourced dust is milled to a specific grade designed to work perfectly in our cold smokers - so you get a long, consistent smoldering burn every time.