While the purist in me prefers charcoal and hardwood for smoking meats my crazy busy schedule doesn't really allow me to monitor the temp and fire for hours on end.
Wouldn't it be great to put on a brisket at 5:00am and have a nicely done smoked brisket for supper all done while I'm away working in downtown Houston.
To that end I'm considering an electric (digital) self feeding smoker. On the table right now are Bradley (burns pucks) or Trager (burns pellets). Both units are "set and forget" each feeds more fuel as needed throughout the day to maintain temperature.
Anyone have experience with this kind of thing? Could you recommend one over the other? Is there a better solution out there? Perhaps propane fired? I'm still trying to sort out options at this point. Budget is around $400.