Smoking meat has grown in popularity in recent years. Nearly everyone knows at least one person who enjoys showing off their juicy brisket or delicious pulled pork. But what about fish?
Smoking is a great-tasting option for those who enjoy fishing or just like the taste of fish and want to step up their game in how they cook it.
We have researched and found some of the best fish smokers out there for preparing fish so deliciously that even the brisket person you know will be asking your secret.
Best Smokers For Fish
- Weber 18-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker
- Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker
- Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker
- Camp Chef XXL Vertical Pellet Smoker
- Cuisinart COS-330 Electric Smoker
- Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill and Smoker
- Char-Broil Standard Digital Electric Smoker
Weber 18-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker
Webber has been known as a workhorse in the grilling and smoking world since 1952. The 18-inch Smokey Mountain Cooker provides 481 square inches of cooking space for those who went out when the first were biting well.
The tall design of the Smokey Mountain Cooker provides the option of either smoking your fish flat on the rack or hanging them – which is a popular method for smoking all kinds of fish. The cooker’s porcelain-enameled lid and center section help maintain consistent heat and smoking.
The smoker is fueled with charcoal and uses dampers to control temperature. The lid thermometer allows for easy monitoring of cooking temperature.
Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker
Pellet smokers are great for providing a great-tasting wood-smoked flavor with minimal babysitting. Z GRILLS has many options available, but we are showcasing the ZPG-7002B 2020 Upgrade.
This Z GRILLS boasts 700 square inches of cooking space, a one-button start-up, and a stainless steel construction designed to last. This smoker can easily handle temperatures from 180 to 450 degrees.
If you are looking for something easy to start, this is it. Load up the hopper with pellets, put in your fish, fire it up, and trust the digital temperature control to ensure your fish comes out tasting great.
Dyna-Glo DGO1176BDC-D Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker
This Dyna-Glow Offset Charcoal Smoker is equipped with an offset smoker box designed to cook your fish with indirect heat for maximum flavor and even cooking.
The large box allows you to use charcoal as your primary fuel while including a specific wood to achieve your favorite smoke flavor.
The vertically-aligned smoker provides more than 1100 square inches of cooking space, featuring six adjustable grates allowing you to smoke multiple types of fish simultaneously, either laying flat or hanging.
The smoker uses its smokestack and dampers to adjust airflow and regulate temperature.
Ensure you read the directions well while putting this smoker together and before use. A notable item being its recommended to season and heat the smoker before you do your first cook.
Camp Chef XXL Vertical Pellet Smoker
The Camp Chef XXL lives up to its name with more than 2400 square inches of smoking space.
This is the smoker you want if you plan on cooking up many large catches and you enjoy the ease and taste of pellet smoking.
You can smoke your fish hanging and lying flat at the same time in this behemoth. Take advantage of the digital temperature control and Camp Chef’s Smart Smoke Technology to ensure great-tasting smoked fish with minimal effort and supervision. The XXL includes Wi-Fi, so you can monitor your cook on your phone from anywhere.
The XXL’s ability to smoke as low as 150 degrees is a plus for smoking fish as lower temperatures often produce a better taste.
Cuisinart COS-330 Electric Smoker
Say hello to the first electric smoker on our list. The Cuisinart COS-330 is a great compact smoker featuring 548 square inches of cooking space and the ease of smoking your fish to perfection without the need for logs of wood, pellets, or charcoal.
Three racks allow you to smoke a variety of fish and meat at the same time. The electric heating element ensures you achieve the exact temperature you want, while you can fine-tune your flavor by adding your select combo of wood chips in the tray below your food.
Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill and Smoker
The Camp Chef Woodwind provides about a third of the cooking capacity as the XXL, but do not let its more modest 811 square inches fool you – this smoker comes stacked and ready to party.
The Woodwind is a true smoker/grill combo. A single knob allows you to switch between direct and indirect flame so you can either full-on grill or add a nice sear to your smoked fish.
This is one of Camp Chef’s most high-tech smokers featuring a PID controller for maximum temperature control. It also boasts Wi-Fi and a smartphone app that allows you to control nearly every aspect of your cook other than catching your fish from the palm of your hand.
Char-Broil Standard Digital Electric Smoker
It does not get much easier than this. The Char-Broil Standard Digital Electric Smoker is perfect for those who need something that can start up and forget until it is time to eat.
This compact smoker weighs less than 50 pounds, yet still boasts more than 700 square inches of cooking space on four adjustable racks. There is no assembly involved with this smoker, and the easy-to-set and read temperature control make cooking a breeze.
Some reviewers ding this electric smoker due to maxing out around 275 degrees, but since fish does best at lower temperatures we do not find this an issue.
If you are looking for a smoker that smokes your fish to perfection with nearly no effort, check out this Char-Broil.
Smoking your own fish is a rewarding experience. It does not matter if you caught the fish yourself or purchased it from the grocery store, if you are looking for a fun and uncommon way to prepare them that will leave you and anyone else lucky enough to eat with you begging for more get to smoking all those delicious fish you catch on your next trip!