Masterbuilt Electric Smoker #1 Review

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Pushbutton digital control panel

Great insulation

Easy to clean


You need to tilt it to get the grease out

Masterbuilt Electric Smoker #1 Review

Masterbuilt is known for producing some of the cheaper smokers on the market, but fortunately they don’t cut any corners in order to do that. They might not look fancy, but you can rest easy knowing that you are going to be in good hands and able to smoke all of your meets without worrying about anything other than having to wait to actually eat the delicious meats your cooking up.

Before you look at any other model, you have to understand what makes this model so important and so great for almost all of your home smoking needs. Granted, if you are going to be smoking for a restaurant you’ll have to have a larger model, but for most people, the thought of having an incredibly large and bulky unit is something that they want to avoid at all costs. When you have the choice between a ton model and a 50lb one, it is easy to see which is the best option for a home smoker.

That is why Masterbuilt worked so hard to create a model that not only weighs very little, but is incredibly compact for the kind of space that it provides. You will be able to cook using 30 inches of space that can effectively smoke all of the meats that you need without having to find a special place for it and set it somewhere on its own where you’ll have to hope you never need the space for anything else.

Other than space, however, there are plenty of other things that you need to think about, although they aren’t all good. For the most part, though, it is all positive.

What We Like

There is an almost endless supply of positive things about this smoker, but in particular, the following should be some of the most important things you consider as part of your decision making process:

Pushbutton Operation

One of the goals of Masterbuilt was to make this as easy to use as a grill, compared to some of the more complicated models that other companies produce. With the pushbutton digital control panel, you can control everything from  a single place and get to smoking without worrying. You can change the temperature from 100 to 275 degrees and even use the control panel to set the timer with automatic shutoff, ensuring that you never have to worry about overcooked and dry meats. If you want easy, turnkey operation, this is the best option for you, but it performs well enough to be at home in any professional cook’s home as well.

Efficient Smoking

Having a smoker that works efficiently is one of the most important things you have to consider when you are going to start doing something like this at home. There are a lot of problems that you can run into with other models, so having one that can actually hold heat in is incredibly important.

The insulation in this unit is one of the things that stands out the most. Even with a low wattage rating, the fact that it can hold heat very effectively means that you don’t actually need as much power as many of the other competing smokers. It still can’t reach the high temperature stat a gas or charcoal smoker can, but the temperatures that it is capable of handling it handles very well and without wasting any power on it.

Easy Cleanup

This is a HUGE factor for some people. You don’t want to have a great smoker that is incredibly hard to clean when you’re done. That is why Masterbuilt has created this one with cleanup in mind and, compared to charcoal, it is one of the easiest parts of cooking. With two drip pans and just four racks, there isn’t much to clean and they are all easily removed, making it one of the cleanest pieces of cooking equipment you will likely own.

Space Saving

This is one of the smallest and most efficient electric smokers on the market. Measuring 33” X 19.5” X 18.5” it is small enough to put somewhere out of the way and not have to worry about the fact that is going to take up too much space and become a hassle. Inside, it features two cubic feet of space, which is more than enough for most of your needs. All of that is fitted with four different smoking racks that make it even easier to keep everything at the right temperature and smoking properly in order to have some of the tastiest meals of your cooking career. Don’t overlook something like this when you are looking at cooking equipment, you’d be surprised how large of a role it can play once you start building up a collection of devices.

The Limitations

To be completely honest, there is only one thing that can even pose a problem for you as a smoker. It isn’t a big deal, but think about it just in case:

Inconvenient Grease Drain

The one small complaint that some people have had about this particular electronic smoker is that it suffers from having to tilt it in order to get the grease to drain out of the unit. That shouldn’t really seem like a huge deal, but some are unwilling to deal with even the slightest inconvenience in their smoker. If this is a problem for you, I encourage you to think about it again and consider it.


The best meat cuts to smoke in Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

Now that you have seen the high quality features present in this electric smoker, you are probably wondering the best cuts of meat that can be smoked in it. A lot of people smoke nothing other than regular beef. This is probably due to the fact that cow meat is widely recognized and loved by many. The truth is that beef cuts are tasty and delicious, but there are several other meat cuts that taste great when smoked. If you are a strong lover of smoked meat, then you should not just limit yourself to beef cuts, try out other meat cuts and maybe you’ll end up having a new dish. Some of the best meat cuts to smoke in the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker are:

Pork Ribs

Pork ribs are one of the most popular meat cuts for smoking. The meat has got layers of fat and collagen lying within the ribs giving it a delicious taste when smoked. Another reason why pork ribs may be a good option for you is its affordability. You can easily find it in grocery stores at a cheap price. When you smoke pork ribs in the Masterbuilt electric smoker, it becomes really moist and tender. It also develops a sweetish and unique flavor that will make you always come back for more.

Whole Turkey

Smoked turkey is another palatable meal that you ought to try. A lot of people smoke more of different kinds of beef and chicken. They hardly remember turkey. Smoked turkey is not just moist and firm in texture, it also has this unique tastes that is further influenced by the smoke within your oven. In terms of preparation, as long as you know how to prepare chicken, you can use the same process to prepare turkey.

Beef Brisket

I am sure you have been waiting for this alternative. Well, I didn’t forget. I just wanted you to know that there are other nice options for barbeque apart from the beef brisket which is more or less the official meat cut for smoking. Brisket is highly loved due to its mouthwatering taste, soft texture, and ability to maintain its quality regardless of the level of heat on it. One reason why this meat cut always taste good when smoked is due to the collagen, which is made of connective tissues, and layers of fat within the meat. During smoking, these tissues melt and flood the beef, leading to improved taste in addition to its soft texture.

Cornish Hens

A lot of people do not know the difference between Cornish hens and regular chickens. Although they have similar qualities owing to the fact that they are both chickens, some distinct features separate them. In terms of age, Cornish hens are much younger. Just a little over 5 months, weighing 2 pounds or less. One may argue that smoked Cornish hens taste better than regular chickens but I think it depends on individual preferences. However, what I am certain about is that smoked Cornish hens are much tenderer and best suited for individual serving.

The Verdict

You should know that you are going to get top of the line when you buy a Masterbuilt smoker, but this electric smoker is especially powerful and efficient for almost all uses that you’ll need. The interior space has plenty of room and plenty of insulation, so it will always perform at its best, so it is easy to see why this is one of the top in the market. Take a look at it if you are in the market and you won’t make the mistake of choosing anything other than the very best options out there.