5 Reasons to Buy a Traeger BBQ Smoker for Dad

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I know, I know. A Traeger electric meat smoker may sound like just another toy for Dad that will get tucked away in some forgotten corner of the garage – like that exercise machine he swore he’d use. A Traeger smoker is different, though. My wife bought me one a couple of years ago and I still use it regularly, whether I’m cooking a family dinner or entertaining. Read my review and five reasons a Traeger Electric Smoker is the perfect gift for Dad for Father's Day or any time of year.

5 Reasons to Buy a Traeger Smoker for Dad

1. Dad will be proud to cook with his Traeger electric smoker.

The Traeger smoker operates like a slow cooker but makes meals that any dad would be proud to serve. Seriously, no man is going to boast about anything that came out of a slow cooker. There’s nothing manly about tossing a bunch of ingredients into a pot, turning it on, and letting it set all day. Where’s the sweat and workmanship in that? There isn’t any. Besides, most of what slow cookers produce are casseroles. And most of us men equate those to quiche… just saying. Instead, a Traeger produces smoked meat!

My Treager electric smoker hard at work cooking a family dinner.

My Treager electric smoker hard at work cooking a family dinner. (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

2. A Traeger smoker reproduces restaurant quality BBQ at home for a fraction of the cost.

Whether you’re Texas proud and claim beef brisket as the official meat of barbecue, Alabama faithful and prefer smoked chicken with a white sauce, or Carolina smart and know true BBQ comes from a pig, a Traeger doesn’t BBQ discriminate. From brisket and pork to chicken and even seafood, I’ve cooked it all on my Traeger. And, to my credit, most people don’t even put sauce on my smoked meat. It comes off the smoker moist, tender, and with just the right amount of smoke.

A tasty beef brisket smoking on my Traeger

A tasty beef brisket smoking on my Traeger (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

3. A Traeger smoker is easy to use.

I will admit that some may claim a Traeger smoker is not real BBQ because it’s electric and uses pellets instead of wood. They call it cheating. To a point, they are correct. But who has the time to sit around and monitor a real smoker all day? You'd need to constantly monitor temperatures and add more wood as necessary. With a Traeger, you pretty much set it and forget it. Simply add more pellets occasionally – maybe two or three times for an eight-hour cooking cycle. The cooking system maintains a steady temperature while you tend to other things.

Also, since it is electric, a Traeger smoker is safe to use almost anywhere, from traditional backyards to townhouses where space is limited. Traeger even makes a Tailgater version to take with you on college or NFL game days.

A beer can chicken hot off the Traeger!

A beer can chicken hot off the Traeger! (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

4. Dad can use it while he’s outside doing other things.

I store my Traeger home smoker in the back of the garage. When it’s time to use it, I pull it around to the driveway where it safely smokes my meat outside while I do other chores like wax the car, trim the hedges, or pick weeds. Every couple of hours, I check to see if it needs more wood pellets. Or I spray the meat with cider if I’m cooking something that tends to dry out.

For example, last weekend I smoked a beer can chicken for an 1.5 hours while I cleaned out the garage. To prepare the chicken, I opened a can of beer and drank a third of it (because why be wasteful). I filled the freshly emptied portion with barbecue sauce and sat a chicken on top of the can. I then doused the chicken with a BBQ rub and let it sit on the medium setting. I also sliced up three potatoes and an onion, wrapped them in foil with olive, salt, and pepper, and smoked a side of potatoes.

Treager smokers are for more than just meat, they also make great side dishes like these smoked potatoes!

Treager smokers are for more than just meat, they also make great side dishes like these smoked potatoes! (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

5. A Traeger is great for entertaining!

Football game watch parties are all the more delicious now that I have a Traeger. In fact, I take pride in waking up early, pouring a strong cup of coffee, and firing up my smoker to slow cook a pork shoulder for eight hours before the Panthers’ kick-off. I normally pull the meat off as our guests arrive. There’s a showmanship of pulling apart the pork in front of your buddies and snacking on the bark before adding the meat to the buffet. Oh, and the five-pound brisket I smoked last Father's Day? There weren’t any leftovers.

As you can see, a Traeger Electric Smoker is not only a gift for Dad, but it’s also a gift for the entire family. Read reviews and get yours from Amazon now!

What meal will your family enjoy most on a Traeger? Leave a comment below!

About Bryan Richards, The Hungry Travel Daddy

Bryan M. Richards began his blog, TheWanderingGourmand.com, to document his culinary adventures with his wife around the world (and around the kitchen). During the first eight years of their marriage, they followed their taste buds across five continents, 20 countries, and 71 cities and drank plenty of beer along the way. Then Deacon was born, and they’re learning how to incorporate their son into their culinary adventures. Currently, Bryan balances his role as stay-at-home dad to a toddler with his novel writing and freelance gigs covering craft beer, food, and travel. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Follow his adventures on Facebook and Instagram as @BRichWrites.


  1. robin rue says:

    My husband would love me for life if I bought him one of these. He’d use it every single day!

  2. Thank you! I just found my husband’s Father’s Day gift. He loves to grill, and the one he has now has seen better days. He’s also been talking about a smoker for about a year now. WOOT!

  3. Hands up I would love something like this for our backyard, I’m not sure my Dad would be too happy if I brought him one and said now cook for us though.

  4. Oh my goodness, I am betting a traeger smoker would go down really great here as a gift this Father’s Day. I will look into the option of getting one for Dad, he loves to BBQ for the family during our summer months!

  5. These are great reasons! I know it would open up a lot of delicious meal possibilities for us. It would be a lot of fun to use too.

  6. My brother in law has one of these smokers. He likes to use it for family meals!

  7. Oh man, I want one! But I need to buy a house first! I would love to have one of these as part of my cooking tools! Thanks!

  8. This smoker looks right up my husbands ally! He loves to grill and smoke things especially when we entertain our friends. I know just what to get him for Father’s Day!

  9. Jeanine says:

    How neat. i don’t think we’ve ever considered a smoker. I think my husband would really enjoy it as he loves to grill and entertain..

  10. I like that it’s not as bulky as most grills and it would be a lovely gift for dad! I sure love that it’s convenient to use and it has all the features that you want your grill to have too.

  11. I can think of a million reasons to get it for mom too, haha! If we get it for dad, I reap the benefits too lol!

  12. My husband has been looking for a new smoker. I am glad I ran into this, it looks legit!

  13. My husband has a Traeger Smoker that we bought a few years ago and he loves it! He’s made an amazing smoked turkey for Thanksgiving as well!

  14. My husband would LOVE one of those. He loves to grill out. If it were up to him every meal would made outdoors.

  15. Our Family World says:

    I would love to have this smoker. I would be giddy with happiness grilling my favorite fish or other seafood. Pork belly and/or beef brisket is my second favorite to grill or cook in that smoker. I’m checking this out.

  16. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    If we had a Traeger Smoker, I won’t be seeing my husband until right before winter comes around. LOL. Oh he will love this. I am sure my sons would love it too. They may want to use it to cook food for when their friends come over. Yay. Less work for me. They can prepare their own food!

  17. Brianne says:

    My dad would absolutely flip over this! He loves anything BBQ!

  18. Hey Bryan, did you end up with the portable Traeger smoker built for tailgating? Curious to hear how you’re liking the smaller model. Have you felt limited by the grill size in any way?

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