Stumbled across this site while do some research on electric smokers. Read through some threads and was impressed by the level of knowledge and courtesy of the community members. So I joined.
I'm relatively new to BBQ smoking. I have done pork ribs on several occasions using my Weber BBQ. I used the indirect heat method and cooked the ribs low and slow for 6 hours with a makeshift smoke pouch on the burner. Turned out real well. My family really enjoyed the flavors smoking brought to the meat. My 6 and 1 year old are picky eaters and I never seen them eat as much as they did when I cooked these ribs. Now I'm hooked on smoking my BBQ meats and cooking them low and slow.
I have decided to purchase an electric smoker so I can free up my BBQ when smoking meats for long periods.
I've done some research and narrowed it down to 2 machines:
Masterbuilt 30-inch Electric Digital Stainless Steel Smokehouse with RF remote
Bradley 4-Rack Digital Food Smoker
I have read quite a bit of negative reviews when it comes to the Masterbuilt smoker. Here are some of the issues people have had on fairly new machines:
- Tripping breaker in home
- Controller Breaker
- Heating Element breaking
- Temperature Probe not accurate
This is the negative points I have come across for the Bradley smoker:
- Custom wood biscuits only supplied by manufacturer and are more costly
- Internal temperature not accurate (off by 20-24 degrees)
With that said, what product would you recommend and why? I'm ready to pull the trigger on a purchase, but would like to hear some honest feedback from experienced users before firing.
Other questions I have (if you got time):
1) I read that you should use an AMNPS with a Masterbuilt. Does this mean you use the AMNPS to provide smoke instead of the machine's built-in burner, or do you use both? What size should I get to fit the 30-inch.
2) Is there another product I should consider (within the same price range) that might be a better option?
Thanks in advance for any help/advice.