by Forest W.
(Scott AFB, IL)
I'm looking at purchasing a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. They are sold at Lowes, Cabelas, and Bass Pro. Have you heard any reviews on these or have any knowledge on them. They run 169.99 for the analog and 199.99 for the digital. Is one better than the other. The digital looks more appealing for purchase with have a larger capacity, digital thermostat and timer.
where is the smoke?
The recipes direct you to cook @ a temp of 225 degrees. If you keep the temp at 225 degrees,, the wood chips never smoke. If you turn the control to high,, you will be cooking at a temp much hotter than the 225.
Smoking like a pro
Chill out, help has arrived. Don't soak your wood, your just wasting time. I'm a plumber and use my torch. I fill the box full, and shake it down so more wood touches the bottom of pan. Meanwhile I have my smoker cranked to 450. I quickly open door and insert the pork laiden racks and close the door.
At this point you can leave it cranked because it won't go over 250 for an half hour or so. The meat is taking in all the heat. Now I grab my wood tray with channel locks, and torch the whole bottom of the wood tray until its smoking, and on fire. I open door quickly and put it in box. The flame dies out do to not enough oxygen, and smokes like crazy.
You can leave the heat cranked for a good thirty minutes before temperature rises. Just watch it, and see accordingly. Repeat in 2 hours. Don't waste time soaking. Duhhhh. After new chips installed, keep temp up so element stays on, just don't go over 250. See ya.
I marveled at that very same smoker. After reading the reviews I
could not bring myself to buy it. The most common problem was the
element going out and customers being told that the model was
discontinued and they would not be able to buy a replacement element.
I bought the Smoke Hollow 30" Electric Smoker from Gander Mountain and I am very pleased with it.
It is about the same price, and I got free shipping.
Do your research and compare the two.
I have the digital model. Got it at Lowes for 199, not on sale. It is great, have used it 3 times so far. Other reviews I've read indicate you need to keep it out of the elements. I keep mine covered under a carport when not in use.
As far as cooking , it holds temperature well and has a good seal on the door. So far have smoked chicken, ribs, pork loin and sausage, all have been great. Doing a brisket and 3 whole chickens today.