Around the world, many people enjoy eating smoked meats. Whether it’s beef, chicken, pork, fish or something else entirely, smoking as a form of cooking is almost as old as civilization itself. Because smoking is such a popular cooking method, investing in an electric smoker might be a good idea for some. And in smoking, one of the best names in the business is Masterbuilt. Here, we will go over the top ten Masterbuilt smokers you can buy in 2018, 2019 and beyond.

What Is A Masterbuilt Electric Smoker?

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To understand exactly what a smoker is and what it does, we have to go back in time a little. As a cooking technique, smoking is an ancient practice, dating back to the early human civilizations. Originally, the first people to smoke meat did so as a way to both cook the meat and to keep away pests such as flies. Eventually, people realized that smoking meats could preserve them as well—something useful in a time before the modern conveniences of refrigeration.

While smoking’s preservation properties are less of a factor in the modern day, many people still like the taste and overall flavor of smoked meats. Smokers are one way a person can add that flavor to their cooking without the need of a smokehouse, and from the comfort of their own home. One of the best names in the business of smokers is Masterbuilt, with their lineup of purpose-built electric smokers.

As the name suggests, an electric smoker is functionally a smoker powered by electricity. While the classic barbecue uses higher temperatures and direct heat, smokers work differently. Smokers cook food using a combination of wood smoke and indirect heat, at lower temperatures and over a longer period. This results in evenly cooked meat that has a smoky, rich taste.

The Top 10 Best Masterbuilt Smokers

Masterbuilt PLATINUM 30″ 4 Rack Electric Smoker

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Features

This is one of the best if not the best Masterbuilt smoker on this list. The Platinum 30” Electric Smoker is more than up to the challenge of feeding not just you but a small army of people. This 30” smoker has plenty of features that make it worth its high price. First off, the smoker has four chromed cooking racks, allowing you to cook an impressive amount of food all at once. The smoker can also be loaded with wood chips through a loading port on the side, allowing you to refill the smoker without having to open the front door.

The smoker comes with an RF remote control that allows you to control the smoker from the comfort of your home while also letting you monitor the internal temperature. The front-facing digital display on the top is also easy to use and understand. Finally, the smoker comes with an impressive collection of accessories; a weatherproof cover for when the smoker is not in use, a CD containing cooking recipes, accessories for cooking ribs, chicken or sausages and a pair of carving gloves.

Pros

  • External loading slot for wood chips
  • Impressive interior cooking space
  • Comes with loads of accessories
  • Easy-to-remove grease tray

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • The smoker is heavy for its size

Masterbuilt 20076816 4-Rack Digital Electric Smoker

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Features

Unlike most of the other Masterbuilt smokers listed, this model of smoker comes with legs. Four legs, two of which with caster wheels, add ten inches of ground clearance to the smoker. The wheels also allow you to move the smoker around more easily. The smoker’s four chromed cooking racks allow it to cook up to eighty pounds of food in one go, making it a good choice for family gatherings or parties. Also, you get several accessories; included is an RF remote that lets you control and monitor the smoker, a weatherproof cover, and a recipe booklet from Masterbuilt.

Pros

  • Legs provide ground clearance
  • Comes with accessories

Cons

  • Control panel cover is fragile

Masterbuilt 20072115 Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker

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Features

Unlike all the other smokers on the list, this Masterbuilt smoker is Bluetooth-enabled. Instead of an RF remote, you can use your smartphone to monitor the smoker and control the temperature. Bluetooth connectivity aside, the smoker is an otherwise structurally sturdy smoker. It has an impressive 721 square-inches of cooking space, allowing you to cook an equally impressive amount of food with ease.

Pros

  • Has Bluetooth connectivity
  • Impressive interior cooking space
  • External loading slot for wood chips
  • Easy-to-remove grease tray

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Smartphone app not compatible with all devices

Masterbuilt Mes 135S Digital Electric Smoker

Masterbuilt Mes 135S Digital Electric Smoker
  • Digital electric Smoker
  • Competition-ready results
  • Has a remote control

Features

Overall, the Mes from Masterbuilt is fairly simple and easy to use. It’s a four-rack smoker that’s a little cheaper than some other smokers of the same size on this list. Despite its plain appearance, it’s more than able to offer competition-ready results with its impressive capacity and digital thermostat. The smoker also comes with an RF remote, allowing you to monitor the smoker from the comfort of your own home.

Pros

  • Excellent capacity for the price
  • Comes with RF remote

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Users report faulty heating elements

Masterbuilt 20071117 30″ Digital Electric Smoker

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Features

This smoker is a pared-down version of the Bluetooth-enabled smoker listed above. While it lacks remote capability, it still offers fine temperature control through its front-mounted digital thermostat. The rest of the smoker is still identical; it has the same 4-rack cooking space, side-loading wood chip tray and underside grease trap of the model listed previously. If you’re on a budget and don’t mind braving the elements or outdoors, this is the smoker for you.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Impressive interior cooking space
  • External loading slot for wood chips
  • Easy-to-remove grease tray

Cons

  • Takes longer to cool down than it does to heat

Masterbuilt MB20050716 Mps 330g Thermotemp Propane Smoker, Black

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Features

A larger version of the 30” smokers on this list, this Masterbuilt smoker offers an impressive 975 square-inches of cooking space on its four chromed cooking racks. Overall, it’s every bit as structurally sturdy as its smaller cousins and is similarly designed. It uses the same side-loading wood chip tray, and the same grease and dripping trays. The smoker’s top-mounted digital thermostat is also easy to use and understand, and the smoker can be controlled with an RF remote.

Pros

  • Excellent cooking space for its price
  • External loading slot for wood chips
  • Easy-to-remove grease and drippings trays

Cons

  • Heavy

Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Black Electric Digital Smoker

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  • Patent-pending custom smoke feature with 5 settings to control smoke time, independent from cook time
  • Bluetooth Smart technology controls cooking temperature and time, power on/off, operates light, and monitors meat...
  • Accessory-ready ports to add rotisserie, side shelves, and more (sold separately)

Features

This Masterbuilt smoker features an impressive 730 square-inches of interior cooking space, giving you plenty of room to work with. Digital temperature and timer controls give you full control over how hot and how long you want to smoke something, making it perfect for just about anyone to use. A side-loading wood chip tray, removable drip and grease trays, and top air damper are all additional useful features.

Pros

  • Solid steel construction
  • Plenty of cooking space
  • Digital thermostat control

Cons

  • Somewhat pricey

Masterbuilt 20078616 Electric Bullet Smoker

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Features

Not everybody has a need for large smokers, which is why the Bullet exists. This Masterbuilt smoker is perfect for cooking for just a few people or a family. Despite its small size, the Bullet still offers a solid 395 square-inches of internal cooking space. The design is dead simple, with easily removable wood chip and dripping trays and a simple knob on the plug connector for controlling the smoker’s temperature.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Simple to use and operate

Cons

  • The smoker can be unstable on an uneven surface

Masterbuilt 20070210 30-Inch Black Electric Analog Smoker

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Features

This Masterbuilt smoker is about as simple as an electric smoker can get. It’s also pretty solidly built; the exterior and four supporting legs are made of rolled steel and painted black. The walls of the smoker are also double-insulated, ensuring that your food cooks evenly and thoroughly. The thermometer on the front is a simple analog design while the temperature controller is a simple knob for adjusting the thermostat. With a simple design and an impressive 548 square-inches of cooking space, this smoker is great for beginners and experienced smokers alike.

Pros

  • Simple and easy-to-use design
  • Sturdy construction
  • Insulated walls

Cons

  • The smoker can be unstable on an uneven surface.

Masterbuilt 20073716 Portable Electric Smoker

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Features

This Masterbuilt smoker is perfect for anybody wanting a portable smoker. This smoker is essentially a smaller and more portable version of the analog smoker listed just above. What the smoker trades in size and cooking capacity, it more than makes up for it with its folding legs and side handles allowing it to be carried from place to place. If you are looking for a smoker to take along with you on a camping trip, this might be the smoker for you.

Pros

  • Lightweight and portable design
  • Sturdy construction
  • Insulated walls

Cons

  • Legs seem a little fragile

How To Use A Masterbuilt Smoker

Grilled pork ribs

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When you get your Masterbuilt smoker, the company recommends you season it. Here are the steps you should follow to accomplish this:

  1. 1
    Ensure that the water pan and the wood chip smoker box are in place. Do not add water to the pan.
  2. 2
    Plug in your electric smoker and press the power button once to turn on, or otherwise set the temperature to 275 degrees if you have an analog electric smoker.
  3. 3
    Set the timer for 180 minutes, or 3 hours.
  4. 4
    During the last 45 minutes, add 1/2 cup of wood chips to the chip loading tray to complete the pre-seasoning process.
  5. 5
    Once the timer has run down or three hours have passed, turn the smoker off and allow it to cool.
  6. 6
    Congratulations, your smoker is now ready for first use.

Conclusion

Whether you want a different way to cook or a better way to feed your friends, family and guests, investing in a Masterbuilt smoker can be a good decision. If money is not an issue, we recommend the first smoker on this list, because of its features and accessories. If you are on a budget, the Masterbuilt Bullet smoker might be exactly what you need. With that said, we hope that this list helps you find the smoker you need.

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