Several years ago, I received a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker to review after tweeting our 10-year-old Masterbuilt propane gas smoker died.
I was trying to find the best electric smoker out there. After doing some research I decided to look at Masterbuilt Electric Smokers and was excited to get one to test .
Why is Masterbuilt Electric Smoker the best electric smoker?
● You don’t need to worry about it running out of propane in the middle of cooking with an electric smoker.
● It is simple to get a correct and steady temperature with the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker using its push-button digital time temperature and time control panel.
● The thermostat on your electric smoker shows the temperature so you don’t have to guess. And the built-in meat probe of Masterbuilt displays the internal temperature of the food that you’re smoking.
● Masterbuilt Electric Smokers are”oven style” electric smokers with a door and racks that easily slide out. It’s so much easier to remove food using a type of gas smoker than from this sort of smoker.
● I believe electric smokers tend to be safer because gasoline smokers have an open flame. Every time we used the propane gas smoker, I was sure we were going to burn the deck down. And I did not like having an open fire around the children and dog.
● The Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker has a window so you can see how you are cooking is going without opening the door and letting all that great smoke out. (Not all Masterbuilt Electric Smokers have windows.)
Placing the 1/4 cup of wood smoker pellets at the side loader was simple to do, too. (You want to put in pellets every four hours or so.) I enjoyed not having to soak chips, which helped cut down homework time.
I loved that I could look through the window to check on the ribs. (Worth paying the extra money for the window in my opinion!)
It was easy to remove the ribs when I had to wrap them.
Getting an electric smoker stand makes cooking with your electric smoker even easier! It’s not necessary to stoop down to get ribs off that bottom rack or getting on your knees.
The true test of this Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker (besides cooking — the ribs were FANTASTIC) was cleanup. The manual says not to use any cleaning products on the smoker interior.
Instead, I sprayed, and filled a bottle with water and vinegar down the unit and inside the door.
I washed them in warm soapy water from the kitchen sink and removed water pan and the racks.
You may want to spray the racks a high heat grilling cooking spray to make cleanup even easier.
Pellets and other electric smoker accessories
After doing some research, my husband, Paul, learned that before using it, you must season your smoker. That means to make sure to purchase some wood pellets (not chips) when you purchase your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.
I ordered BBQrs Delight Wood Smoking Pellets Super Smoker Variety Value Pack. It contains the pellets of one pound bags of Pecan, Hickory, Mesquite, Cherry, Apple and Jack Daniel.
If you already know you like to smoke with a particular type of wood, you might choose to buy larger bags of wood pellets for the best price for example 20 pound bags of Camp Chef Bag of Premium Hardwood Hickory Pellets for Smoker.
I also ordered an Unicook Heavy Duty Square Electric Smoker Cover for my smoker. A cover will prolong your electric smoker’s life.
Do not forget additional long grilling tongs and heat resistant silicone gloves, too! (I use AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves, which makes it much easier to remove larger foods such as racks of ribs and turkeys from your electric smoker.)
Masterbuilt Electric Smokers — which one to pick?
Since originally writing this post in 2010, a number of new Masterbuilt Electric Smokers have come on the market.
Masterbuilt 20070910 30″ Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller — no window, Terrific price
Masterbuilt 20075315 Front Controller 40″ Electric Smoker with Viewing Window and RF Remote Control — if you smoke large amounts of food, look into getting a Masterbuilt 40″ Electric Smoker
Check the reviews of Masterbuilt electric smokers so that you can determine which one is ideal for your needs.
A meeting with Masterbuilt
Throughout his study, Paul read that there were some issues with the electric models in regards to getting power that is sufficient and smoke. Consumers were having problems with the heating element too. So I requested a short email interview with Masterbuilt to answer those questions.
: From the online reviews of the Masterbuilt electric smoker, I’ve noticed that people have a difficult time getting enough smoke. What are your best tips for getting”great smoke”?
Masterbuilt: You will achieve best results by not soaking your chips at the electric smoker.
TMC: I’m seeing online complaints about the heating element failing after a year of use. Is it true that there’s no replacement part for it in version? If you’ve got a unit with a heating element, what should you do?
Masterbuilt: We have redesigned the smoker in 2010 to permit the heating element to be replaced, if need be. For customers with versions that are older, we will need to work with the client to replace element and the box.
TMC: What type of warranty does the smoker have?
TMC: I’ve read that some people have issues with the unit getting enough power and that you shouldn’t use an extension cable with the electric smoker – is that correct?
Masterbuilt: Yes, when you use an extension cable, clients may see a drop in amps. Our recommendation is to not use an extension cord to achieve best outcomes. However, if an extension cord is needed, it is best to utilize a heavy duty cord with a 14 gauge minimum.
TMC: Maintenance — what are the most effective ways to keep your Masterbuilt electric smoker functioning at tip top shape, from storage?
Masterbuilt: Make sure to clean the unit after each use. Additionally, it’s important to store the unit in a dry area or use an Unicook Heavy Duty Square Electric Smoker Cover to protect your unit.
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