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MasterBuilt 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker Model# 20070106

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MasterBuilt 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker

MasterBuilt 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker

MasterBuilt

The Bottom Line

Masterbuilt has been producing some low priced smokers for many years, including electric refrigerator style smokers like this one. To put it simply, this is a heated box that produces smoke and effectively produce up to 30 pounds of smoked foods, whether that is jerky or barbecue brisket. The control panel lets you select the temperature, anywhere from 100 to 275 degrees F. and the time it will run at that temperature, up to 24 hours. Of course if you are not around to add wood chips to the smoker box it is basically just a small, low powered oven, so you can't exactly set it and forget it.
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Pros

  • Large capacity, inexpensive electric smoker
  • Complete, self contained unit
  • Good for making jerky and other low temperature smoked foods

Cons

  • 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

Description

  • 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

The Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse is a popular little smoker, probably because it is large enough to cook up a good dose of barbecue yet cheap enough that you don't have to invest too much in something you have a passing interest it. It is a pretty good smoker, but getting the hang of using it and getting it to do what you want can be a challenge. If you take a look at the comments that this smoker has generated you will get an idea of how many people are struggling to get out of it what they were promised. What an electric refrigerator box type smoker promises is simplicity and dependability. This Masterbuilt tends to be a bit more of a challenge that it should.

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.

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 5 out of 5
Smokers packed with cold meat, Member mistygully

I just want to provide some feedback to the comment on the Masterbuilt not working well when packed with cold meat. Based on experience and advice from many smoking books and other smoking forums, it is always wise and more effective to have your meat reach room temperature before you put it into your smoker or even a standard oven. This ensures even smoking and cooking as it will warm through evenly and allow the moisture to carry the smoking flavour through to the centre. This would affect any smoker in the same way and to me sounds like common sense and I am sure the readers of this feedback will agree. It is also advisable to not pack a smoker full of meat on all shelves as this would interfere with the circulation of the smoke and the heat. My experience as the Australian distributor of the Masterbuilt smokers has given me a lot of experience including many tips and techniques with smoking.

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