About Us

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Our Mission

At SeriouslySmoked, our mission is to pass our extensive knowledge, learned from years of talking with the best pitmasters, grillers, and smokers in the country, onto you. We have a passion for meat and believe the only right way to barbecue is the way you like it. 

Our goal is to bring you closer to living the good life by making those evenings of sitting around a grill with a fire crackling, crickets chirping, and meat sizzling a reality. Through our extensive research, we aim to ensure that you don’t have to deal with brands who are advertising falsehoods. Instead, you can focus on finding what you want, rather than worrying you’ll overpay for something that won’t get the job done. 

Our Content

We provide accurate information to our readers on a variety of subjects, including guides on gear, grilling safety, and grilling techniques. Seriously Smoked also seeks to inspire visitors to our site to look at barbecuing in a new light. 

We share innovative recipes to encourage expanding your grilling repertoire and offer advice for transforming your outdoor living space into an entertainer’s paradise. When you’re stuck for fresh ideas on sauces or rubs, the Seriously Smoked team has you covered with resources for sauces that are tested and reviewed by experts. 

Grilling doesn’t just have to be about meat - if you’re a pizza lover instead of a steak connoisseur, we know all about that as well. Our team provides insight on pizza ovens for your backyard, in addition to recommendations for the hottest grilling accessories you’ll want each season. 

Our Top Product Reviews

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SeriouslySmoked shares our picks for the best grills of the propane gas and charcoal variety. We also recommend what we’ve determined to be the best smokers. Whether your preference is charcoal, propane, pellet, or electric, there’s something here for everyone.

We understand that making decisions about grills and smokers for your home can be challenging, which is why our team also puts together brand comparisons. We make it easy to compare reviews, features, and potential drawbacks associated with each brand by doing the work for you.

The ultimate goal for us is to provide you with access to resources that share our wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience in the world of grilling. We’ve done the research and the testing so that you don’t have to. At SeriouslySmoked, if we can help you step up your grilling game while spending more time in your backyard with friends and family, we’ve done our job. 

Our Team

The SeriouslySmoked team is composed of passionate grill masters, cooks, and researchers who bring decades of experience to the table. Our combined knowledge of the best grills, smokers, and recipes provides you with a wealth of information to assess which products are best for you.

Chet Daly, Owner

Chet Daly

The backbone of our team and the genius behind SeriouslySmoked’s creation is Chet Daly. A Kentucky Native, Chet has over 30 years of grilling experience and has spent much of that time traveling across the Southern states searching for the best barbecue. This led him to conversations with some of the most skilled Pitmasters in the country, fueling his passion and broadening his knowledge on the subject. 

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He discovered that each state has its unique take on barbecue and how to prepare it best. This is the origin of the Seriously Smoked philosophy that the best barbecue is made by you, exactly how you like it. 

Chet, now retired, spends most of his time these days experimenting with recipes for sauces and meats on the grill. His ability to turn his passion into a profession comes through in the detailed analysis of each product you’ll find featured on the Seriously Smoked website. 

He strives to help customers get closer to living the good life by putting in the work himself to identify the hottest products on the market. In simplifying the selection process for other grillers, he shares his love of the craft. 

Our Experts

Chet was meticulous in his search for the right people to join his review and testing team. Seriously Smoked is composed of men and women who share Chet’s passion for grilling. Our team has years of experience with grills, smokers, and crafting the perfect barbecue recipes. 

We know the products we recommend matter to you. This is why our team does extensive research on products to ensure they meet Seriously Smoked’s exacting standards for excellence, quality, and value. Once we get our hands on these products, we put them through rigorous testing, ensuring each item is durable and worth our readers’ hard-earned money.

If we don’t like a product, we don’t recommend it to you. Just because a trusted brand says it’s a fantastic product doesn’t mean it lives up to our expectations. You can trust our team to make sure every item Seriously Smoked offers can take your grilling game to the next level.

Jim Bob

Jim B.

Product Tester, Contributor

Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him. To him, grilling is more than just a way to cookit’s a way of life, and his travels have taken him far and wide, around the country and beyond to find the best there is in grilling and techniques. Every product he reviews is painstakingly looked over and tested using his extensive knowledge of the craft and personal experience. He currently lives in Tennessee, though never stays in one place for long.

Annabelle

Annabelle Watson

Recipe Developer, Contributor

Annabelle is an experienced food writer and editor. She focuses on common sense, easy to replicate recipes formulated to help keep things fresh and exciting while fitting into her day to day life as a wife and mother. All her recipes are well tested in the home long before they make their way to you:guaranteed crowd pleasers for every occasion, from a simple home dinner to fun and fast entertaining ideas.She currently resides in New York, with her husband and two adorable children (who often double as her helpers!).

Doug Stephen

Doug Stephen 

Editor, Contributor

Doug is a hardcore barbeque enthusiast and connoisseur who does his best to keep thing shipshape on the site. While he spends most of his time on editing and research, he sometimes moonlights as a product tester for particularly interesting things he comes across that make barbequing easier and more fun. Everything he writes about is vetted and given a thorough chance to prove itself (or the opposite) in his hands. Kentucky born, he now lives with his wife and youngest child.

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