The Bottom Line
The Good One Marshall, their second largest is the perfect serious smoker for competitions, tailgating, and catering. With well over 2,000 square inches of smoking space and a highly efficient design, this unit can handle a lot of food, and I mean a lot. Like all Good One smokers, the Marshall is a near perfect combination of traditional construction and innovative features. The Marshall is 500-pounds of smoker that can hold up to 8 briskets at once and will set you back about $2,300USD.
The heavy construction helps make up for the lack of insulation.
- Excellent temperature control
- Heavy, solid construction
- Efficient fuel consumption and complete fire shut down
- Allows for simultaneous grilling and smoking
- Large capacity smoker
- Very heavy unit
- Not insulated
- 2378 square inches of smoking space on four racks
- 471 square inches of grilling space
- Separate grilling space allows for simultaneous grilling and smoking
- 11 gauge steel body with 14 gauge steel lids
- Precision control "spinner" air vents
- Two 10-inch wheels and two heavy duty casters
- Removable ash tray
- Removable drip pan
- Internal damper separates firebox (grilling chamber) from smoker box
- Large wheels make the unit easy to move
- Made in the United States by Good-One Manufacturing
Guide Review - The Good One Marshall Generation 3
Chris Marks and his Three Little Pigs barbecue team are one of the top teams in competition barbecue (8 time grand champion of the American Royal BBQ Competition) and The Good One is the smoker he used.
On a fundamental level, this is a back offset smoker that has been the subject of a great deal of innovation. It has excellent temperature control, solid and heavy construction, and is very durable.
The large smoking chamber sits in the front and the firebox (which doubles as a direct grilling area) sits in the back.
This does mean that all sides of the unit need to be accessible to operate, that that isn't unusual in a smoker like this. The firebox runs parallel to the cooking chamber and smoke and heat enter through a slot between the two chambers. There is a vent that closes this slot so they can be completely separated during cooking. This is a great feature when it comes time to refuel the smoker since heat can be trapped inside the cooking chamber and ash and sparks cannot enter.
Temperature is controlled by what they call spinner vents. These are bolt mounted vents that dial down to close. Once you have the hang of these you find that this smoker has better temperature control than most and wind is not as much of a factor. The marshall has three intact and two output vents. The tight fitting vents and seams means that this unit can be easily shut down. In fact, because the firebox can be isolated, the fire can be dampened quickly.
Recently improvements include a paint that is a higher quality powder coating for better durability and appearance. The slid out ash pan has been replaced with a drop in design to reduce the external openings and improve the airflow even more.
At around $2,300USD this isn't an inexpensive smoker and given its capacity, this unit is meant to make a lot of barbecue. For those looking for something smaller, I would recommend The Good One Open Range which sells for about half the price of this one. For those who need to produce a lot of barbecue, are considering barbecue competitions or catering, I would recommend this unit.