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sosaysmorvant
LSU Fan
Back Vacherie, LA
Member since Feb 2008
872 posts

Electric smoker

Thinking about getting an electric smoker. I have a Primo, but its a pain in the arse to get that going. Any suggestions or brands to stay away from. Looking for a set it and forget it type set-up.


JAMAC2001
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2013
1684 posts

Ive used a cheap masterbuilt electric for years and have been happy with it.

Have had many friends buy one after seeing the results.

I have no intentions of entering a competition. I just wanted a simple tool to produce quality smoked meats.


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Loup
LSU Fan
Ferriday
Member since Apr 2019
6883 posts

I've had a cheap masterbuilt mes 30 for about 4 years. It's on it's last leg but I've gotten my money out of it. I'll be going with the 40" version soon.

I bought the cold smoking attachment and it's just about useless. I now use a cheap pellet tube for my smoke. It'll drive you crazy adding chips every hour if you use it stock. Plus you have to get over 225 degrees or so for them to start smoldering.


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ScopeCreep
In the thick
Member since Jul 2016
548 posts

Can’t help you with the electric but if you’ve got a primo XL and are interested in getting rid of it, I would like to chat.


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El Segundo Guy
Missouri Fan
SE OK
Member since Aug 2014
5307 posts

Communists win when you put a nice brisket in an electric smoker.

I almost want to weld people a nice smoker for no cost (just materials and consumables) to defeat the commies.


MLU
Member since Feb 2017
1601 posts

No one has every complained about my briskets, regardless of the heating source being briquettes, wood or pellets. I use all three because they all three have their advantages. Sometimes you got **** to do and can't spend 12 hrs tending fired, ya know. I do get a bigger sense of pride though pulling a brisket off the coals, but it's just a mental thing.

It's not like he's asking for someone to recommend a propane grill... Lol


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MLU
Member since Feb 2017
1601 posts

I use a Pit Boss pellet smoker from time to time and I've never had a bad cook using it. I use a smoke tube to increase the amount of smoke I get, but it does a fantastic job of regulating temps and is easy to clean.


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clickboom
LSU Fan
Shreveport
Member since Sep 2012
171 posts

I have a Rec Teq Bullseye and love it. You can smoke, grill, bake, broil, and sear on it. Also set it and forget it.


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ChenierauTigre
LSU Fan
Dreamland
Member since Dec 2007
33697 posts

I bought a Masterbilt electric smoker about 10 years ago. I love that thing so much. Set temp and time and forget it. Even in 20 degree weather it holds temperature. I often put a pork butt on before bedtime, and in the morning it is done. So easy, still damn delicious. If this one dies, I will get another.


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greenbean
Where the Wind Begins
Member since Feb 2019
1951 posts

I have a char broil electric and love it. They don't react to moisture well, so buy a new one and keep it covered. It is so easy. The glass doors are useless as soon as smoke puts a haze on it, you can't see in.

Lowes has this one on sale: LINK


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3nOut
Colorado State Fan
Central Texas, TX
Member since Jan 2013
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quote:

Communists win when you put a nice brisket in an electric smoker.

I almost want to weld people a nice smoker for no cost (just materials and consumables) to defeat the commies.





i've smoked a ton of meat the old fashioned way for years and just got a pit boss last year. it's a heck of a lot easier and i get constant requests from my family and friends to continue to do brisket and ribs on it. i also can still sit by it and drink whiskey/beer.

i understand the purists' heart in this situation (i really do,) but pellet smokers are not the end of good bbq.


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Saskwatch
Ole Miss Fan
Member since Feb 2016
13119 posts

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Thinking about getting an electric smoker.


Pellet > Electric



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JumpingTheShark
USA Fan
America
Member since Nov 2012
21173 posts

I have an old smokey, works pretty great


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Aquila
Member since Nov 2021
1296 posts
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I've been using a Brinkmann vertical bullet electric smoker for years and all our friends swear it's some of the best BBQ they've had anywhere.


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Kandy477
Member since Jan 2022
8 posts

I have a traeger but I wouldn't buy another one.


3nOut
Colorado State Fan
Central Texas, TX
Member since Jan 2013
22790 posts
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quote:

I have a traeger but I wouldn't buy another one.



due to performance, price, or overall taste? just curious. I just can't see myself reverting back to an old smoker.


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AutoYes_Clown
USA Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Oct 2012
4661 posts

Just to add here, the only negative of the out of the box Masterbuilt MES, is lack of temp for crispy poultry skin. Masterbuilts only go up to 275 deg which will cook 90% of everything including chicken. However that chicken will not have crispy skin as it needs 350+ deg. For my chicken, I pull it out of smoker and put in my 400 deg grill, lid down and indirect heat to finish off.

I really wish I could get 350 degrees out of Masterbuilt. But from what I've read, max temp is a limitation for ALL electric smokers. If anyone has suggestion on high heat capable electric, let me know. I'd upgrade.

Don't let my negativity about temp sway you though. Smokes everything else.

Masterbuilt MES + pellet maze + dual probe thermometer = true set and forget smoking



sosaysmorvant
LSU Fan
Back Vacherie, LA
Member since Feb 2008
872 posts

Thanks for the info!


Thecoz
Member since Dec 2018
1857 posts

I started with brinkman water smoker… nice and good price for introduction…
( still have one at my recreation condo)
I like this and a great price to do basic stuff like turkeys ..ribs etc…

Had a master built electric one …set temp etc… had it against my brick wall ( garage )
Electronics died a few years old…read others complain that putting it against a wall causes the electronics to burn up.. tried replacing them and coil… no luck…

Have a traeger barrel one for big stuff like briskets…ribs..chickens…I like it

Have a traeger scout I use for stuff like a grill.. tri tip ..steak …pork loin … easy and very easy to keep clean etc.. good for empty nesters and small brisket, ribs etc

My favorite smoker: side barrel (wood &charcoal) with the fire pit offset to the barrel… and a six pack…


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