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Masterbuilt Electric Smoker For Beginners

Updated on May 24, 2014

There is a lot of information about barbecuing on the web however there isn't too many websites that tell you what a great outdoor smoker is for the beginner, so that is why I was inspired to write a piece about my Masterbuilt 30" electric smoker. So if you are new to the world of smokers then take a minute and find out why I believe this is the best smoker for beginners and wanna be backyard pitmasters.

Now there are a few things you need to look for when choosing your first smoker. The three most important things to consider ( in my humble opinion) is type of fuel, ease of use, and cost. You can spend days reading about each one of those three factors (which I have done), and I will quickly some of them up for you.

Fuel Type:

Being that i’m married with four children my life is a little chaotic at times, and it is very hard to sit and monitor the temperature of a smoker for 5 to 12 hours. So if I went with a charcoal grill that is what I would need to do, so that is why I crossed charcoal off my list and looked at propane and electric. Now if you are like me whenever my grill decides to run out of gas it is always in the middle of cooking a meal, so why would I want to risk running a smoker for extended periods of time with a propane tank that could die at any time. That is why I feel electric is the easiest of the three to use. Electric smokers like the Masterbuilt have their own digital temperature regulating mechanisms that take the hard work out of keeping the temperature just right. So for the beginner who is not as skilled like myself the ease of an electric smoker is key.

Ease of Use:

So now that I decided to go with an electric smoker I needed to find one that was easy to use. There are so many on the market it can become a little overwhelming trying to pick the right one. Now you can go strictly by reviews on site such as Amazon, but many of the reviews are written by season pitmasters who have done this a long time and everything is easy to them. However the one that I found that had the most reviews by regular Joe’s was the Masterbuilt electric smokers. About 99% of every review I read was positive so I felt I was on the right path, however I had to find one that fit my budget.


Like most people in today's economy I do not have a lot of money to spend on the new gadget for my patio, but I truly believe you get what you pay for. Since I had decided on the Masterbuilt line of electric smokers I just have to figure out which model I wanted to go with. They have models that start at about $200 and go up to about $600, and which one you pick is based upon how much you need to cook at one time. For me a 30” smoker was plenty because cooking a turkey, 2 whole chickens, 4 racks of ribs, or 20 lbs of meat is plenty to feed my family, so why pay more money for more space that I will never use.

So that was it I decided to spend my $200 on the entry-level Masterbuilt electric smoker, and I ordered mine after days and days of research. Now I had never seen it before in person and I ordered it hoping it was everything I imagined. Well after a few days and some magic of Amazon the box arrived at my door. I was so excited I opened it up and made an unboxing video (Check out my video below) to show people what comes inside. I did this because in my opinion there is not enough of that for someone trying to make a decision. The unit is incredibly well made and having the digital thermostat on top to control the temperature made me feel confident that I made the right decision.

So after I unboxed it I put it together, went to the grocery store and purchased a turkey. I invited several my friends over for the following day because I was going to break in my new smoker. Now normally I would try to make something once or twice before I served guests, but I felt so confident in my new smoker that I would just invite people over for the test run. Well I cooked my turkey (15 pounds) for 10 hours using apple and cherry wood. Let me tell you that this turkey had to be one of the most delicious turkeys I have ever eaten. Not only was there almost no leftovers, but my friends were asking if they could take the few remaining turkey leftovers home. Everyone was so impressed with the smoked turkey they were asking me what I'm cooking next and when can they come over. So the proof is in the pudding that this is one heck of a smoker, and if I can make a delicious meal on it with no experience just imagine what I can do after a few tries.

Let me try to just sum up my review of the Masterbuilt 30 inch Electric Smoker. I may not be a seasoned pit master but with my new smoker I can make a hell of a barbecue. My recommendations for this go well beyond stars, because only 5 stars does not do it justice. This is a must own for anyone who is serious about barbecue or looking to get into making restaurant style barbecue food at home.

Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller
Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller

This is the smoker that I bought and wrote this article about.


This is me doing an unboxing video of my Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.


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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Very nice lens and so informative, Thanks for the great review and information :)

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This would come in so handy for making my own smoked salmon.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sounds so good! I never realized how big the smokers were. Now I know. Great review--thanks for sharing it.

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      4 years ago

      Im ready for some BBQ


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