Gateway Drum Smokers
On top of being one of the most versatile cookers around, Gateway Drum Smokers are capable of doing some heavy-duty smoking. These 55-gallon drum smokers can hold up to four pork butts or one large brisket per grate, and they can even handle 12-16 rib racks with the optional Rib Hanger Kit. Such food usually calls for longer cook times, which is why Gateway designed its removable fire basket to fit about 10 pounds of lump charcoal for up to 14 hours of smoking. To monitor your internal temperature — which can reach 500 degrees Fahrenheit but should be stopped at 450 to avoid exterior paint damage — simply check the handy, center-mounted thermometer.
Gateway Drum Smokers are competition-grade cookers loved among cookout champions and BBQ enthusiasts alike, and it’s not hard to see why. No matter what you’re cooking in your Gateway smoker, you can expect tender and juicy results every time. Somewhere between 250-325 degrees is the sweet spot for maximum vaporization, but if you prefer to cook hot and fast, 300 degrees is the optimal temperature for searing and baking. Fortunately, finding that exact temperature is quick and easy with Gateway’s dual adjustable air intake pipes and top exhaust line.
These smokers are also highly durable and portable. Gateway smokers are delivered fully assembled to save you time and ensure they stand up to all elements and seasons, while the included caster wheels can be attached for convenient mobility. Keep in mind that seasoning is recommended before first use and after deep cleanings. Just use cooking spray to coat the inside of the lid and walls of your smoker, then heat at 300 degrees for one hour to sterilize and help seal in flavor.
Personalized to Your Taste
Not all outdoor kitchens are created equal, so Gateway offers its 55-gallon drum smokers in six different colors. Once you find the model that best fits your space, you can further personalize it with magnetic or vinyl logos! The customization doesn’t stop there — we have a selection of Gateway Drum Smoker accessories to complete your cooker’s look and take your grilling game to the next level.
Among them is a heat diffuser plate that’ll regulate the temperature across all three levels of the smoker and even help you bake in it. Gateway smokers come with a 21½-inch, plated-steel cooking grate that offers 462 square inches of cooking space, but you can reach as many as 1,386 square inches with additional grates on the other two levels. If you’re into low-and-slow smoking, we’ll let you in on a little secret: You can infuse your food with huge levels of moisture just by adding your own water pan to the lowest grate level of your 55-gallon drum smoker!