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Texas Original Pits warrants this barbecue unit against burn through in the main cooking chamber for 10 years from the manufactured date or from the purchase date with proof of purchase. All other components not specified are warrantied for 6 months from the manufactured date or purchase date with proof of purchase. The Texas Original Pits (TOP) product must be registered with the Company within 30 days of purchase for the warranty to be valid. Labor not included.

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Customer Reviews (4)

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Santa Clarita Ca
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0


I have been using a offset smoker for 30 yrs, it was sad to see "that old bucket" (name I gave my old smoker) go, it looked so sad next to the trash cans. Till I got back in the yard and saw what the BBQ Guys put in its place Texas original BBQ Luling loaded. Just now I'm cookin paint, and getting to 200deg and holding between 200-250 deg is so much easier. I am a little upset the BBQ Guys didn't talk me into it yrs ago. Love it so far, if your lookin for a new one yourself, I'd say check out BBQ Guys and Texas Original BBQpits. Good family, good food, N great times!


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★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0


First the only slight blemish to the whole experience. Was the dust and dirt on the inside. Guys for the price you could have air hose cleaned the dust and dirt out. That being said, I LOVE THIS SMOKER!!! I spent 2 hours and 3 and 1/2 cans of canola spray curing the smoker on Monday the 13th, 2022. I smoked to large racks of rib's on the 17th. SMOKED TO PERFECTION! This smoker is very very efficient. I used less fuel than in a MUCH smaller smoker. The heavy metal build allows for wood to be added, leaving the cooking chamber closed and the offset open to burn off all that bad smoke. Try that in a cheap smoker and it'll take you 40 minutes to get back up to a stable temp! Not in this baby! Held 220 and 215 respectively on both gauges while allowing me to quick burn off the bad smoke! AWESOME! I am a backyard smoker and this was worth every penny!


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Verified Purchaser
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 5.0

I hope not! This smoker is made to be an heirloom.

I love this smoker so much more than I thought that I would! It's handmade, and has the beauty marks to prove it! I can't believe that I own it!!! Gorgeous!!!


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Jeremy in Minnesota
★★★★★ ★★★★★ 2.0

Cheap paint.

I have owned for less than one year and fire box is already rusting. I emailed the company and they said it's not covered by the warranty. I would not recommend this product. There are plenty of other options in this price range that won't rust.


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The Skinny:
  • Proudly American-made and hand-welded with ¼-inch thick steel
  • Awesome heat and smoke retention with even heating throughout
  • Included cooking grate turns firebox into a strong charcoal grill
  • Clear considerations to consistency and convenience
  • 10-year manufacturer warranty

Here at BBQGuys, we love stories — and Texas Original Pits has a great one. At first, they didn’t have anything to do with smoking and backyard barbecues, but the 2007 global recession sent the former manufacturing company spiraling when demand for industrial steel equipment in the Texas oil fields decreased. One clever business pivot later, the factory was overhauled into a facility for producing cleverly designed offset BBQ smokers. To this day, each smoker is still handcrafted by American workers in Houston, Texas — which brings us to their flagship, the Texas Original Pits Luling offset smoker.

Frankly, it’s a beast. We knew that going in, so we dove straight for the fully-featured “Loaded” Luling model for this review. Tested by our own capable Grill Master Randy, he found it an astounding smoker with remarkable construction and excellent grilling performance. Even among Premium class smokers, we found one fantastic surprise after another. Incredible features? Check. Outstanding operation? Check. Virtually bulletproof design? Check. This is the smoker that strikes fear into the heart of other smokers. We’re not saying that if we set it up in an empty parking lot and hit it head-on with a truck, Texas Original Pits Luling Loaded would roll away unscathed on those majestic wheels. But, worst-case scenario, the term “mutually assured destruction" does come to mind.


Next to other offset models, Texas Original Pits Luling’s hand-welded construction and thick steel make it feel practically built like a tank.
  • After mere minutes alone with the Texas Original Pits Luling offset smoker, a background in industrial manufacturing becomes clearly evident. Around every last corner on this indomitable smoker is one more sign of impeccable construction. For instance, the cooking chamber barrel, chimney, and firebox are built with ¼-inch thick, construction-grade steel — this ensures not only incredible heat retention, but keeping that heat even and steady. Grill Master Randy was surprised to find that the deflector plate measures practically only a hair’s width thinner. He even clocked the main hinges in at 13mm, which really imparts a lot of confidence into swinging that beefy lid.

    But it doesn’t stop there. All Luling models are completely hand-welded. Maybe the best example of this level of excellence is the flanged hood, which runs the entire length of the main cooking chamber hood. That impressive touch creates a seal to limit smoke and heat from leaking straight out of the chamber. It’s rare to see this sort of thoughtful consideration on a Premium class grill, or really any grill at this price point. It adds a functional yet aesthetically pleasing element to the solid design.

  • measuring thickness of smoker baffle plate

We did mention surprises around every corner, and here’s another one: Texas Original Pits stands by these hard-as-nails smokers with an outstanding guarantee. Due in part to the sturdy, hand-welded composition, the main chamber is warrantied against burn-through by the manufacturer for a full 10 years. Does stellar construction backed by an ironclad warranty make this machine unstoppable? Well, if a time-traveling robot from a dystopian future stumbled out from an alley — and it was built out of this smoker — it would accomplish whatever it wanted to do in about 10 minutes.


The Luling Loaded offset smoker is a real powerhouse. It’s big, it’s beefy, and obsessed with heat — making it, retaining it, and keeping it even.
  • Thoughtful design doesn’t stop with its durability, as a lot of consideration was clearly funneled into the Luling Loaded smoker’s cooking operation. Grill Master Randy measured the top rack at 35 ½ inches wide by 14 inches deep, whereas the bottom rack is 5 inches deeper. The hood runs tall, too: Luling Loaded’s main chamber stretches 9 inches from base grid level to lid apex. Want to smoke an entire turkey? Keep an entire family reunion fed? This smoker’s up to the task. Even adding fuel or scraping ash is a breeze with the barrel’s large access door and abundant gulf below the cooking grates.

    Not to mention the ample smoking box. This separate compartment offers direct flame cooking over a cooking grid measuring 19 inches by 18 inches. Picture roughly half a dozen flame-licked steaks at a time; you’ll get the right idea. If you’re not interested in that bonus, you’re still not missing out! For smoking sessions alone, pop the firebox open and enjoy overhead access to adding charcoal or wood. Bear in mind that basic thermodynamics will cost you more heat than simply using the access door — wait, did we not mention the door? Oh, silly us. Clearly going for broke, Texas Original Pits slapped a generously large access door on the side of the barrel for loading up fuel, scraping out ash, and funneling your flames all the delicious oxygen they could want.

  • Smoking ribs on the Luling offset smoker

Standout among this offset smoker’s performance-enhancing touches is the baffle plate. It guides smoke and heat channel further down the barrel of the smoking chamber, lessening hot spots before releasing directly below your meat — and provides a perfect storm of true convection cooking and extremely even heating. “Extremely” is a big word there, so we’ll clarify: when Grill Master Randy loaded up the cooking chamber with 5 thermocouples and pumped the heat, he found only 17 degrees Fahrenheit of variation from the average. That’s practically unheard of on a live-fire smoker, earning Luling Loaded top marks from our impressed expert.


It checks all our boxes. We invite you to find a design flaw in the Luling Loaded, because we just can’t.
  • Texas Original Pits really pulled out all the stops to make the Luling’s fully-loaded model one of the most cleverly crafted offset smokers on the market. It rolls on a pair of 12 ¾-inch wagon wheels while averaging about 100 pounds lighter than comparatively sized offset smokers; this makes the hefty smoker surprisingly mobile. Speaking of wheeled legs, the pair stands slightly taller than their wheelless counterparts for a reason — the imbalance grants the main chamber a slight pitch which, in turn, lures grease toward the drain. This grease drain is 2 inches long and half as wide, ensuring that sludgy runoff and large pieces of debris won’t clog as they fall into the hanging pail below.

    Getting in and out of the smoker is a snap. The Loaded Luling balances its heavy-duty lid with a hefty counterweight that promotes a confident glide. Meanwhile, the lid’s spring handle is fashioned from chrome and remains cool to the touch during use. Of course, the idea is to keep that lid closed whenever possible, so a steel port for remote thermometers is tucked away on the barrel’s side (no more crimped wires or damaged sensors through the lid). Parched? The smoker will even hold your crisp beer for you — the included grate shelf is happy to free your hands from plates, tools, or refreshments. If you love longer smokes and cheaper fuel costs (honestly, who doesn’t?), the dual airflow dampers and that fantastic access door offer fine control over temperatures for some serious fuel efficiency.

  • Grilling steaks over direct heat on a smoker

But for the killer feature, Grill Master Randy really can’t understate how much he loves the inclusion of optional direct heat charcoal grilling in that ample firebox. Steaks for the whole family? A plate of burgers? Luling Loaded won’t even break a sweat. Turning this smoker into a fully-featured charcoal grill on a dime is something that frankly can’t be oversold. Throw in the built-in pot warmer to heat up sides and warm sauces, and you’ll probably find yourself unwilling to return to anything else.

Note: As a reminder, the base model lacks most features of the loaded model, such as the counterweight, second smoker rack, firebox’s charcoal grate, probe ports, baffle plate.

Overall Rating

4.6 out of5

Questions & Answers (6)

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The sidewalk that leads to my backyard is roughly 26.5 - 27 inches wide. Is this wide enough to accommodate the wheels of the Luling 20x42x22 Single Lid Offset Smoker w/Counter Weight. Second question: Does the lower grate of the cooking chamber slide out as well? I'm seeing pictures on line where it appears the lower level grates slides out along with pictures where the lower grate consist of two grates that appear to not slide out.
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Hi, Bobby. Outside edge to outside edge the wheels are 25" apart. I was able to get this size over grass into my backyard by rolling over two pieces of thicker plywood: roll on top of one piece, put the next one in front of the wheels, pull the grill forward onto it, and rotate the piece you'd left behind to be in front of the wheels again. It takes a while but if you're worried about it falling off the concrete it's definitely a safer way to go. The two main grates won't slide out of the cooking chamber without lifting them while that upper grate can be pulled directly forwards and out of the pit.

Asked by BobbyAnswered by Logan

I have a 33" (clear) gate entrance to my backyard; will this fit? Thank you, Steve Hurt Claremont, California
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Hi, Steve. You will need to assemble it in place. The shipping carton is 34 high, 24 wide, 74 deep. Assembled, the front shelves on the Luling will make it too wide for your gate.

Asked by SteveAnswered by Wesley

Usage: I do not have access to a lot of hardwood. How well does the Luling offset smokers work with charcoal briquettes?
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Hi Richard. This smoker works great with charcoal, it even includes a charcoal grate for the cooking chamber! You can also use it with lump charcoal.

Asked by RichardAnswered by Ryan

I've been cooking on various smokers now for over 5 years. I love it. Just now really checking out the Offset Smokers and based on my rather limited experience I love them. I can appreciate all the advantages this design provides. My next smoker will definitely be an Offset Smoker. I do have a couple of questions. How long of a smoke can you get with one load of fuel? Thinking Brisket. And do you recommend using say three 12" long split logs (oak or mesquite) in the firebox for fuel (w/o extra wood chips) and will that perhaps lengthen the cook time for a single fuel load? Thanks Greg
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Hey Greg! Most offset cooks use split wood! A 10-hour cook requires about 15-18 pieces of wood. You will need 3-4 split logs about 16”-18” long. These logs need to burn for at least an hour to burn down to a bed of hot red coals. After an hour of burning the logs in the fire box, add two additional logs to the firebox and let burn for about 15-20 minutes. Now, your ready to start cooking. You will need to add 1-2 logs per hour during the cook.

Asked by GregAnswered by James

Does it require assembly?
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Hi Bob. This smoker comes mostly assembled. All you need to do is place the cooking grates and any other accessories that may have been included.

Asked by BobAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert

What are the dimensions of the offset firebox? is there any sort of baffle between firebox and main chamber?
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Hi Stuart. The fire box is 20" in diameter and 22" wide. There is no baffle between the firebox and the cooking chamber, but this model does come with a heavy duty heat deflector plate that sits next to the firebox in the cooking chamber.

Asked by StuartAnswered by Joey, BBQGuys Expert


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