The Gateway Drum Smoker Story

Gateway Drum Smokers
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Uniquely engineered for quality performance, Gateway Drum Smokers is the acclaimed premier brand of drum smokers on the market. Pioneering a new vision of barbecue, a Gateway Drum Smoker® offers an innovative solution to overnight pit-tending by slashing long cooking hours, while simultaneously providing moister, more flavorful results in half the time. Manufactured right here in the USA, Gateway Drum Smokers possess fuel efficiency that is second to none, and its user-friendly, light and portable design adds a versatile edge to every cook. Designed for the revolutionary HOT & FAST approach, but crafted to embrace the traditional Low & Slow cooking method, Gateway Drum Smokers serves up supreme performance on a backyard budget. Up your game, lower your cost, and produce mouth-watering, Grand Champion results every time.

Gateway Drum Smoker® is a registered trademark and design is currently patent-pending. The concept stemmed from the historical ugly drum smoker, or 'uds' barrel and has moved to a level far beyond an 'uds'. Streamlined seams for an air tight chamber and colorful smooth barrel look are just two subtle benefits in a list of many.

Two things that seem to be issues for any bbq enthusiast wanting to compete is overnight pit-tending, and the cost of expensive/heavy pits that may need towing etc. Gateway Drum Smokers solves these problems! Created in 2012 in Washington, Missouri, Gateway Drum Smokers hit the KCBS barbecue trail with a few teams competing such as Shake 'n Bake BBQ and B&B BBQ. As these two teams gained wins, the popularity of Gateway Drum Smokers began to spread like wildfire especially after claiming 1st Place Ribs at the 2012 American Royal!


As popularity grows, so does the infamous INSANE CAN POSSE! The Posse was created to unite all those sharing a love for Gateway Drum Smokers! Made up of elite BBQ teams such as Gettin' Basted, Gilly's BBQ, Iowa Smokey D's, Shake 'n Bake BBQ, and many, many more; there is now hundreds of teams and individuals making up the Insane Can Posse and if you haven't seen the famous ICP shirts at a competition, you are sure to soon!

Major accomplishments stem from:

Word Food Championships, OVERALL Champion 2015
World Food Championships, Barbecue Champion 2015
American Royal Invitational Grand Champion 2015
2015 KCBS Team of the Year - Chicken
2015 KCBS Team of the Year - RIbs
1st Place Ribs, American Royal 2012
1st Place Chicken, Jack Daniels Invitational
1st Place Brisket - 180 score, American Royal 2014
Reserve Grand Champion, Sam's Club National Tour Championship