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Smokin-It Model 2 Electric Smoker

91% Positive Reviews
Rated #7 in Cabinet Style


Pros: Nice construction, all stainless, holds temperature, EXCELLENT insulation, easy to operate, affordable

Cons: No damper controls-leading to a heavy, choked smoke, built in China

Now, I will write this review by saying I'm very biased against electric units and do not like them for anything but cold smoking (cheese and fish in particular)-even though the Smokin-it can do BBQ easily. However, I still managed to purchase a Smokin-it #2. At the time when I purchased mine, the digital controls were not available.


The Smokin-it is basically a rip-off of a rip-off. You can debate that as much as you want, but it's true. The Cookshack smoker was the first that I had witnessed in an all stainless configuration and their design was replicated by Smokin-Tex. Smokin-it replicated the Smokin-Tex design with (undoubtedly) the goal of selling units at a cheaper price by offshoring the work to China. (Not a fan of companies that do this and stab the American pubic in the back by the way, but alas, I purchased the unit)


With that being said, the Smokin-it is a very well built unit. The construction is excellent for the price and it will absolutely destroy the MES units as far as built quality is concerned. Everything from the racks, to the firebox, to the drip pan is well constructed. THIS THING IS WELL INSULATED!!! My unit on numerous occasions has held temperatures when the outside air is -10F! So as far as those factors, this unit is absolutely fantastic and can't be beat for the money.


My biggest concern with the unit however (and I have used mine for a LONG time) is the lack of damper controls. So what you end up with is something called the "burp" when smoking with this unit. The "burp" is caused by your wood source demanding oxygen inside the cook chamber and not having enough-so as a result the burning wood attempts to draw it's oxygen from the exhaust hole in the top of the unit. The manufacturer most likely does not add a damper because they want to protect the electronics/burner in the unit from extreme temperature fluctuations.  This problem is well documented on the "smokin-it" forums.


There are a few solutions. 1-You can ramp up the temperature of your smoker slowly and this will extend the burn time of your wood source causing a less oxygen demanding fire 2-You can wrap your wood pieces or chips in aluminum foil and poke a few holes around them-this serves the purpose of choking oxygen at the source of the fire.


Either way you look at it, you cannot and WILL NOT get optimal smoke flow/quality with this unit. Those who cook on them are used to it. You only need anywhere from 2-5oz of wood depending on what you're cooking and regardless of what kind of wood or how much you ALWAYS END UP WITH THICK, WHITE SMOKE-NOT THE THIN, BLUE SMOKE needed for optimal BBQ. Sure, you can cook some good tasting BBQ but anyone with oxygen controls to their fire will have the upper hand over this unit.


So, in summary....


Will this unit cook some good tasting food? Yes


Will this unit put out competition quality BBQ? No way, not by a long shot.


I would say that a person should invest in this unit if they are cold smoking, and cold smoking only (and then you're going to need extra accessories). 


Pros: Set it- forget it. Fast prep time. So easy to operate.

Cons: Wished I could have afforded the #3!

I just purchased the long awaited Smokin It model #2.  Steve was great to deal with and gave me a great deal.  I like to save $$$ whenever I can- and I got a scratch and dent unit.  It did not have any scratches nor any dents!  But Steve was not happy withy the way the top surface was on the unit- so he knocked off $50. I also drove the 2 hour drive myself here in Michigan to pick up the unit and saved the shipping costs.  Steve also threw in a long cover for free that fits over the cart and unit.  AND he gave me several bags of wood that will last me quite a while only using 2-3 oz for each smoke! After selling my old Brinkman Smoke King stick burner for $100- that I had to feed it wood and/or charcoal every 2-3 hours,, play the guessing game as to how much wood to add and hope the temp would regulate- my new Smokin It Smoker is incredible.  So I am now the proud owner of an awesome Smokin It Model 2, cart, cover and 2 rib racks- all for the incredible price of only $475.00!!! Best bargain going! 



Pros: Insulation, Construction, Materials, Ease of Use, Wood Consumption, Flavor, Power Usage

Cons: It's Not Fire

I love my smokin-it #2. I've had it for just about a month and have smoked about 40+lbs of meat through it so far. Everything has been great, with the exception of a brisket that I left while I was working on a car. Repairs took longer than expected and well, I over cooked it. No fault to the smoker, unless you want to fault it for being efficient and cooking it right.


The smokin-it units don't require a lot of wood to get a good smokey flavor. They get to temp within about 20 minutes and sometimes I've turned it down after the initial warm up. (I've only used it in the winter so far) The construction of this unit is top notch, it's not built like a big box store unit, it's built with simplicity and strength. The all stainless steel construction coupled by a compression fit door, slide out drip tray and top vent which works great for getting your digital thermometers inside with out compromising a seal.


This being an electric smoker you can set it and forget it, it cooks perfectly without needing to be monitored. Which is great. But that's it's only flaw to me. It's not fire. You can't replace the flavor the actual fire gives meat. Again I can't blame an electric smoker for not being a charcoal or wood smoker, but there is definitely a difference.


The Smokin-it #2 is certainly my go to default smoker. It always gives me consistently good results, uses less wood, so far cooks great in freezing weather, and doesn't need monitoring every hour (like my charcoal smoker if i could ever get it up to temp in freezing weather). The Smokin-it looks great and fits in with my stainless out door kitchen.


In Conclusion, the Smokin-it #2 is by far one of, if not, the best smoker in it's class in this price range. I'm really blown away with all the people that would drop so much money on a MES unit when they could get a Smokin-it unit that would out perform and out last the MES hands down. (Granted there is no window, Which I'm not sure you need anyway, but maybe I'm biased) Between the top notch quality, all stainless steel insulated construction, efficient wood consumption, exceptional customer service and ease of use, I'm not sure why you would want anything else.


Pros: Very simple and great quality

Overall I love this smoker. It is very well put together and looks great. Holds temperature well


Pros: Ease of use and assembly, variable temp control


Ordered the model 2 via Amazon, it arrived a few days later before the earliest expected shipping date. Set up was easy, just remove packaging and screw in casters. It came with some hickory and instructions for seasoning. 


Thus far I have smoked some pork belly and my first brisket (after a few days of gleaning tips from the forums) and the results have been nothing short of delicious.


Will follow up when I have some more time with the model 2.


Pros: Same Specs as Master BBQ Smoker

Cons: Cost $80 More Than the Master BBQ Smoker

This is a nice unit.  The Smokin-It Model 2 is the same unit as the Master BBQ Smoker AND the Master BBQ Smoker is around $80 Less..  The Master BBQ Smoker can be found at many retailers including My Rubberneck found here http://www.myrubberneck.com/masterbbq.html


Pros: Built like a tank, well insulated, accurate thermostat

Cons: None so far

Coming from a cheap electric bullet smoker with no thermostat, this was a huge step up. Built like a tank, stainless construction, easy and inexpensive replacement parts if anything should break. Although I didn't get an extra temperature probe for checking the smoker temp in time for testing the interior temp, by weight and time the thermostat seems to be pretty accurate. I'll be able to test min/max temps soon to see how it fluctuates and what the average interior temp holds to.


I like the fact that you put a few chunks in the firebox at the start and leave it be, no adding additional wood through the process. The three chunks I used for my first pork butt lasted for a good long time and there was nothing but some ashes to dump at the end.


It comes with nice sturdy dishwasher safe stainless racks, they look like they should hold up for good long time. I also got a seafood rack which is also stainless and has a finer mesh to keep things from slipping through.


I also opted for the stand which raises the smoker to a comfortable level and has the bonus of folding side tables on each side and a bottom shelf. The wheels on the stand are larger and more durable than the standard wheels on the Model 2 as well, looks like the same wheels as the larger Model 3 comes with.


Putting the stand together was a little more involved than the smoker itself, where all you need to do is screw in the wheels. Lots of screws, nuts, and washers, and it didn't come with any extras so don't lose anything! Took about 45 minutes to an hour to assemble with minimal tools required. Definitely a worthwhile option.


All in all, I'm very happy with the way it looks and performs, a worthwhile investment.




Pros: Very high quality, great design, ease of use, great customer service.

Cons: I've used my new smoker only one time. No cons at this point.

I ordered this smoker last Saturday, and it showed up on Wednesday. That's great service. As another member mentioned, the Smokin-It was double-boxed. Once I got through all the cardboard and screwed the casters into the base of the smoker, I was well on my way to seasoning my new smoker. I placed a digital thermometer probe down into the chimney while seasoning the smoker in hopes of seeing how accurate my smoker's thermostat might be. I must admit, I'm not real sure if my thermometer is accurate...but it stayed fairly true to the temp. setting on the Smokin-It smoker. Temps did spike a couple times. I had the thermostat set to 225. At one time it actually hit 300 according to my thermometer. Maybe that's normal. In all fairness to Smokin-It, I may have a flakey thermometer. ??


The pork butt that I smoked yesterday turned out absolutely perfect. Can't wait to try other recipes. I've ordered 4 "smoking" books from Amazon, and they should be here soon.


One question I have to others. The Smokin-It smoker looks nearly identical to the Smokin-Tex and the Cookshack. Obviously all three were built by the same manufacturer. Does anyone know where they're actually built? My smoker says absolutely nothing on it as to where it was made.


The Smokin-It also seems to be the least expensive of all 3. As mentioned, I paid $399.00 right from the seller's web site. He's also running a special right now along with a free cover for the #2. 


One of my other hobbies is woodworking. I'm about half way done building a nice rolling cart for my Smokin-It #2. Not too sure if I can post photos anywhere here...but I'll try once I've completed this project.


Happy smoking everyone, Gramps. (Dale)


Pros: Easy to use and clean, solid temps, extremely well made, good value, great customer service.

Cons: Expensive, could only pay with PayPal.

To get the bad part out of the way, after researching like mad trying to make sure I got the best product for the money, I finally decided to buy the Smokin-It Model 2 for it's ease of use and quality based on other reviews.  Unfortunately, it cost about $200.00 more than I was planning to spend and I became rather frustrated trying to order from the site because it wouldn't take any of my credit cards.  I texted the owner on a Sunday night but didn't expect an answer so I tried PayPal as a last resort and it worked.  After that I did get a response and was promised that the order would go out Monday night.  Instead, he must have decided to have it ready for shipment Monday morning because I received the smoker on Tuesday and had my first smoke on Wednesday.


Everything was in perfect order and the only assembly was screwing in the coasters - even I can handle that.  I seasoned it with a couple pieces of the included hickory and then used apple wood for my first smoke.  The other reviews aren't kidding when they say you don't need to use much.  I oversmoked things a bit using three decent sized chunks for the whole smoke.  I was stunned after having used an electric Brinkmann for a couple of years and all the wood it consumed.  Regardless, the reviews on the food, over-smoked and all, were fantastic and it was by far the easiest smoke I've ever done.


Well worth the cost for those who think smoking should be more fun than work.


Pros: Price, construction, simplicity, temp control

Cons: Door is a bit hard to shut

I must have gone back and forth a hundred times deciding what smoker to get. I am glad that I settled on the Smokin-it #2 for its build quality, simplicity and functionality. The hardest part of setting it up was figuring the best way to get it out of the box. Speaking of which, when my unit was delivered, the box looked a bit beat up. I was concerned about the smoker inside, but it was double boxed and well packed. The smoker was undamaged.


Once out of the box I screwed on the casters and noticed that one screw was out of place on the back panel. I saw that it had gone through one layer of the stainless, but bottomed on the second. I took the opportunity to pull of the back cover (simple Phillip head screws, no rivets) and took a peek inside. It was well built and I don't think I will be having any issues with the wiring. I put it all back together and the screw went right in place.


Like other similar units the rack holders simply hang in place allowing them to be taken out for cleaning. That is a great feature. It also has a slide in drip tray at the bottom of the unit. I think after this first use, I might put a shallow square pan in there for even easier clean up. Using tinfoil on the smoke box and the bottom make for 45 second clean ups.


I smoked beef ribs for 7 hours and I only used a few ounces of woord. That is amazing. Also, it was in the 30's and the unit is well enough insulated that I saw the power light on only occasionally. Saves wood and power; how can you lose?


I was very pleased with the owner of the company, personally answering my email questions. While the unit is not built in the USA (would be nice if it was), I was happy to support a small US business.


I don't have a ton of experience with dedicated smokers, but I am very happy with my choice and would recommend it to others. If any one has any questions about it, I would be happy to answer them.

Smokin-It Model 2 Electric Smoker

The "SMOKIN-IT" Model #2 all stainless steel electric smoker. This electric, stainless steel smoker was designed for ease of use and portability. Every "SMOKIN-IT" Model #2 smoker comes with heavy duty casters, 4 standard grilling racks, 1 seafood rack, 1 drip pan, smoke box and a thermostat for temperature controlfrom 100 to 250 degrees. The model# 2 Smoker is fully assembled and ready to go. Also included is a one pound bag of Hickory wood blocks so you can start using your new BBQ Electric Smoker immediately.

FeatureCasters and 5 removable shelves included
LabelSmokin-It LLC
ManufacturerSmokin-It LLC
Product GroupLawn & Patio
PublisherSmokin-It LLC
StudioSmokin-It LLC
TitleSmokin-It Model 2 Electric Smoker
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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