The Bottom Line
- Large capacity, inexpensive electric smoker
- Complete, self contained unit
- Good for making jerky and other low temperature smoked foods
- Low wattage for the size means the smoker can have trouble holding temperature when full
- Consistent smoke production can be a little challenging
- Needs to be plugged directly to an outlet (no extension cord) but comes with a short cord
- 4320 cubic inches of internal smoking space
- 800 watt electric heating element
- 4 steel wire cooking racks
- Operates at a temperature range of 100 degrees F to 275 degrees F
- Control timer runs up to 24 hours
- Top mounted vent controls how the unit holds smoke
- Made in China by Masterbuilt
Guide Review - MasterBuilt 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker Model# 20070106
Like most similar electric smokers, this unit has an insulated box to hold in heat, an electric heating element that sits under a small firebox to create smoke from wood chunks, and a couple of racks (4 to be exact) to hold the food. The electronic control on the top lets you set the temperature somewhere between 100 and 275 degrees F. for a period up to 24 hours. Looking at the box makes this sound like it can loaded up with a couple of beef briskets and set to run at 200 degrees F for a good 16 hours and come back to some great barbecue. Unfortunately, the smoker needs to have wood chunks loaded periodically, so you can not set it and forget it. This smoker does need to be monitored.
The other problem is that because the heating element is underpowered, if it is loaded up with a lot of cold meat, it is going to struggle to get up to temperature. This can be a problem that limits how much this smoker can produce.
If you want an inexpensive, electric smoker so that you can cook up a few pounds of barbecue or make some jerky, then this might be the right choice. However, for the person who wants to be able to push the limits, you might want to consider spending a little more.