Hi, all! I'm new to smoking and I'm thinking of buying my first smoker. I'm restricted to electric smokers because I live in an apartment and gas/charcoal aren't permitted.
Realistically, I'm just smoking/cooking for myself, maybe couple weekends a month. At most, I might be cooking for couple friends in my apartment. I'm most likely going to smoke steak (reversed seared steak looks really cool), prime rib, ribs, and maybe shrimp/scallops.
I'm planning to buy an iGrill2 (or Mavericks) and use it in conjunction with my smoker. I don't think I really need the smart/Bluetooth smokers because of that.
I'm thinking of buying the Masterbuilt 30" Digital Electric Smoker because it has really solid reviews on Amazon and it's pretty affordable.
I've been watching Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke and he has been using the Bradley Digital 4-Rack Smoker. The convenience of automatically loading the bisquettes is pretty cool.
From what I've been reading on the forums here, the Bradley doesn't seem to be a preferred smoker. Any thoughts and guidance on Masterbuilt vs Bradley? Here are the pros and cons that I can think of:
* Pros of Masterbuilt 30" Digital Electric Smoker: Affordable, I can use any wood
* Cons of Masterbuilt 30" Digital Electric Smoker: Smoke generator isn't automatic
* Pros of Bradley Digital Smoker: Pretty cool automatic smoke generator
* Cons of Bradley Digital Smoker: It's expensive. If you have to spray/mop your meat on an hourly basis, does the automatic smoke generator really makes a difference because you can throw more wood chips in the Masterbuilt when you have to spray/mop your meat?