The Masterbuilt brand is value oriented, and gives you bang for your buck. It works well if maintained and cared for. It’s a perfect beginner smoker brand, so expect decent results. Masterbuilt has been around since 1974 and now manufactures in China.
This smoker is about 20 x 17 x 33 inches. It’s large enough to fit two turkeys and is suitable for cooking for multiple people. It’s priced well and if you are patient enough, you can get one for around $100-150. It can handle probably anything you could think of. The fully-insulated design means that you can use even in colder months or climates.
There is no worry about a fuel source, as it’s all electric and plugs right in. With no charcoal or propane fuel source, using this smoker is easy. It’s perfect for a first smoker or even someone experienced looking to entertain a group. A top mounted vent allows you to vent or seal in the smoke. It’s simple and easy to use.
Since this smoker is electric, it has a digital control panel – this takes the guesswork out of temperature management. Adjust it precisely from one-hundred, upwards to two-hundred and seventy-five Fahrenheit.
The digital control panel is a big plus over charcoal or analog based setups. You can set up to twenty-four hour timing with an automatic shut off. This means that with some early planning, you can set a turn off time for your convenience. It’s very easy to use and set it.
The side loading tray makes adding wood chips more efficient. You don’t need to unseal the main chamber and lose smoke time/temperature. It has a small loading tray; you just need to add some chips and twist the tray sideways to drop them into the main burning chamber.
This makes adding woodchip fuel safe, simple and easy.
The interior of the chamber will give you plenty of room for just about whatever you can think of. Four large racks with adjustable placement can cook large amounts of food – two turkeys, twenty-four burgers, sixty-four sausages, or six chickens.
A water bowl allows you to use a liquid to steam flavor and catch drippings. The very bottom is an easy to clean catch plate that slides and is simple to remove, making clean up much easier.
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This smoker is a great first smoker at a value-based price. It will last long if well-maintained and cleaned and will produce pretty good results. It’s a popular choice for its well-rounded appeal, price and simplicity and it’s large enough to entertain with.