The TailGator smoker was manufactured for backyard and sports fans who enjoy quality BBQ but have limited space for large traditional smokers. With its integrated design, the TailGator can be used as a standalone product or joined in conjunction with our TailGator series of products like sinks, grills, flag poles, and optional trailer hitch kit. Designed after our full size PitViper Series, these smokers include dual wall insulated frames and three removable shelves. The insulated design and internal water/juice reservoir capitalizes on internal chamber temperatures reducing the need for large scale heat sources. Built to last these smokers will provide years of smoking bliss.
Why did we create the Tailgator Series of BBQ smokers?
For years we searched, tried and experimented with numerous commercial smokers. Most of the products lacked certain elements or failed to maintain heat over extended cooking times. The biggest issue was quality. Most of the higher end commercial restaurant BBQ Smokers literally started falling apart after 12-16 months of use. As a manufacturing facility located in Dallas, TX we used our experience in designs, metal selections and fabrication to build a BBQ pit that will last decades.
Frame and Box Design:
Tailgator BBQ Smokers are designed for years of use with minimum maintenance and repair. Featuring 16 gauge mild steel double insulated walls, our smokers hold temperatures better and utilize less heat to maintain cooking temperatures. Another advantage double insulated walls provide is limiting external environmental conditions like rain or temperature fluctuations. This design also reduces the heat typically felt on the outside of other single wall design smokers.
Water Trap: Integrated within each Tailgator BBQ smoker is a 16 gauge 304 stainless steel water trap. This pan can be filled with water or other juices to help keep meats moist, but can also be used to reduce internal temperature if the fire box exceeds your cooking temperature. The water trap also includes a drain for easy removal of excess liquids and can also be equipped with an external fill switch to add water during cooking.
Cooking Surface: Depending on the model purchase most Tailgator series BBQ smokers have a number of removable cooking trays and one additional open slot. These trays can be configured or removed depending on the meat being smoked or an additional tray can also be purchased.
Vertical Smoke Cookers: All Black Iron BBQ smokers utilize vertical design fire boxes. These designs allow for the heat to be directly located beneath the water pan, and let the heat and smoke slowly rise around the cooking area and meats. Due to the internal design and insulation the smokers require less materials to maintain temperatures allowing the cook more time to focus on other duties.
The internal design of the fire box contains 3 key sections.
1. Elevated Wood Rack: Located below the water pan and above the charcoals, the direct heat provides a direct heat to smoke the wood vs traditional boxes using wood and charcoal together.
2. Charcoal Pan: The charcoal pan sits above the ash pan and easily slides out of the fire box for initial and additional addition of charcoal.
3. Ash Pan: The ash pan sits directly below the charcoal pan and provides an easy way to collect and remove ash from the fire box.