Without the addition of smoke, in some way or another, you simply cant achieve the flavor found in traditional barbecue. A smoker is a very broad term and there are many different types of Smokers and there are even grills that can be viewed as such. While, there is a clear difference between high heat grilling and low and slow cooking techniques, one fact remains, smoke is essential to achieve that desired result in flavor. While some smokers feature an electronic control system and a heating element to control the burn rate of the fuel, others rely solely on that fuel inside of an offset burner box using an indirect cooking method. There are smokers offering a single cooking surface while others feature a tiered rack system in a vertical design to smoke enough meat for a small army. However many people you would like to serve, there are plenty of options when considering which type of smoker is right for you or your family.