Looking to buy an electric smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by cansmoke, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. I'm looking to buy an electric unit.  I have found temperature control to be a bigger issue on my charcoal smoker as well as limited to time to monitor the unit.

    I'm looking for recommendations.
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Like Al said, LOTS of MasterBuilt users on this site.  A few of my friends use them and they cook/smoke really well!
  4. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

    Last edited: Jul 22, 2016
  5. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    I did the shift (or expansion) recently from charcoal and wood to electric and went with the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker (MES)Blue Tooth gen 2.5. Me, my family, friends, neighbors, AND coworkers are extremely happy with it. Depending on your financial situation and amount you cook I recommend spending the extra 100 dollars for the bigger 40". . . Hence my neighbors and coworkers enjoyment!
  6. westby

    westby Smoking Fanatic

    A pellet grill/smoker would fit your needs as well.  Consider looking into them.
  7. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've owned a Masterbuilt 30" electric digital smoker for over 3 years. I only use wood pellets in the A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker which was designed for the Generation 1 model. Very happy with my setup.I'll  put the "Q" that comes out of my smoker up against any chain BBQ restaurant and I bet mine comes out on top.
  8. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Just to keep your options up to date look at Smokin-it smokers. All stainless steel inside and out with a decent following on this forum. Like most purchases budget, reliability, warranty and ease of use are important factors.
  9. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    This is the best combo if you want easy and forget it 
  10. I've purchased a MasterBuilt Electric 30" digital unit.  Tomorrow is the first run & am going with ribs.
  11. tom02

    tom02 Fire Starter

    I would def listen to these guy's. I bought a mes40 couple of monthes ago and i didnt get the amazen tube. I will be ordering it on monday. The chip tray is way to small they burn up in 20-30 mins. Ive been putting small chunks in the ash pan but that usally only buys you an hour. Other than that awesome product. Good luck!!
  12. Congrats on the new smoker, good luck with the ribs and good smokin.
  13. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Congrats on the new smoker! Have fun!
  14. kevin pitzer

    kevin pitzer Fire Starter

    Congrats and enjoy.  When I had my electric I found out that the hickory can be a lot stronger than when using with charcoal.  I would go light with hickory and add apple.  Apply wood about every 30-40 min for no more than 2 1/2 hrs or they will be too tasting.

    Good Luck
  15. 3 hours with Whiskey wood chips aT 250f.  Nice amount of smoke and bark.

    We did "baked" taters and WOW!
  16. bauchjw

    bauchjw Master of the Pit

    Glad it's working out! Make sure you take some pictures next time! We love q view!
  17. gregor

    gregor Smoke Blower

    Just bought the model 2D, it arrived today.  Very impressed with the build quality and I can't wait to get started smoking with it.
  18. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    They are very solid and a lot of value for the dollar.
  19. I am really enjoying my MES.  My daughter graduated from high school and we had a family barbeque for her.  Smoked pork burgers with sausages on the grill with tater salad.  I think i may have "sold" one MES as one family member very impressed.

    I've done both pork and beef ribs, burgers, brisket and pork chops.
  20. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Congratulations to your daughter on the graduation,

    and to you on the new smoker.

    May you have many tasty and happy smokes with it

    and your family.


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