I am a newbie to smoking, and while I love the taste of meat done over charcoal, I have been thinking about getting an electric smoker. I have 3 kids who are all involved in sports or activities of some kind, and I don't always have time to babysit a charcoal smoker. So I was looking for advice on whether for a more set-it-and-leave-it smoke, if an electric or propane smoker is better, and what things to consider when looking for one.
I haven't really started seriously looking yet, so I don't have a set budget or brand name in mind, I just know I don't want to spend a huge amount of money on it. I don't need anything on a trailer, and I will generally be smoking just for our family of 5. Any features to look for would also be helpful. I appreciate any advice I can get.