The 20077615 by Masterbuilt is a digital electric smoker that provides an impressive seven hundred and thirty-one inches of cooking space. The type of electric smoker is deemed as a set it and forget it model, but can it compete with a traditional smoker in terms of flavor? Let’s find out.
Overview and Features
As an electric smoker, right off the bat, you’ll notice how much easier this model is to use compared to a wood burning or gas-powered smoker. Despite the fact that it’s electric, it still must be used outdoors.
If you don’t know how to use an electric smoker, you’ll find that it works much differently than a gas or charcoal smoker. In fact, it’s almost too easy to operate, just plug it in, add pellets or wood chips and the smoker will do the rest. With a traditional smoker, you must monitor the cooking process to ensure that the temperature remains consistent.
Because it’s so easy to use, most people assume there’s some type of tradeoff in regard to the smoky flavor. Typically, wood and charcoal create the best tasting barbeque, which is why most people automatically think that an electric model can’t quite compete in the flavor department. However, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that this Masterbuilt model can produce great tasting barbeque.
Most lower-priced in-grill thermometers aren’t very accurate, but this model comes equipped with a reliable built-in meat probe.
In regard to portability, this smoker comes equipped with a set of rear wheels that make it easy to tip the smoker back and store it away when not in use.
This model weighs in at just fifty-two pounds.
The smoker’s transparent viewing window will allow you to closely monitor your food as it cooks, and it also incorporates an internal light system that completely illuminates the interior.
The rear-mounted grease pan and removable drip pan helps to cut down on maintenance needs.
Power and Top Temperature
This smoker comes with plenty of features that make it easy to use. The heating element offers eight hundred watts of power. Able to smoke foods at a top temperature of two hundred and seventy-five degrees, this smoker utilizes an insulated body, which combined with the powerful heating element means you’ll end up with a very efficient smoker that evenly distributes heat.
The digital blue LED display is easy to read in any type of lighting condition.
The remote operates the internal light, time, temperature, and allows you to keep a close eye on the meat temperature.
A Closer Look Inside
Inside the smoker, you’ll find a total of four chrome-coated cooking racks and a cooking space of seven hundred and thirty-one inches. This smoker is durable and provides a stable temperature throughout the duration of the smoking process, thanks to the full-foam insulation.
The large interior and adjustable racks will allow you to smoke a whole chicken, turkey, large ham, or roast. This model is perfect for the cook who loves to host family get-togethers, barbeques and parties.
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You’ll be impressed by how powerful and efficient this smoker is. In fact, it offers a faster smoking time compared to a gas smoker, which is pretty impressive.
If you love barbequing, this model can totally change how you smoke meat. Often, barbeque lovers complain about the lengthy smoking process, not to mention all the hard work that goes into cleaning out a smoker once the food is ready. Traditional smokers take a long time to heat up, with an even longer cooking process. This digital electric smoker can cook your food to perfection in a fraction of the time.
While it can take as long as an hour to heat a traditional smoker to the perfect temperature, this model will take approximately twenty minutes.
For an extra smoky flavor, you can add your favorite wood chips using the innovative wood chip loading system. This smoker is also incredibly efficient. While other models, such as the Cookshack SM025 Smokette Elite electric smoker will need four cups of wood chips every two to three hours, this model only requires four cups every five hours.
The assembly process can be time-consuming due to the vague instructions. You can expect assembly to take approximately an hour. Fortunately, Masterbuilt has an excellent reputation for customer service. If you run into any issues during the assembly process, their customer service team is fast to respond and can easily guide you through the process.
This smoker comes with a free cover that will protect the smoker from the elements, and a recipe CD.
After each use, you’ll need to clean out the interior, much like you would for any style of electric smoker. However, since there’s no ash to deal with, this smoker is much easier to clean and maintain.
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- Free smoker cover
- Built-in meat thermometer
- Easy to use
- High max temp
- Fast heat up time
- Vague assembly instructions
- Outdoor use only
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BBQ Forge.com Product Rating:
This Masterbuilt electric smoker is easy to use and maintain compared to a traditional smoker. It comes with some nice extras including the built-in meat thermometer and remote, and the size of interior allows you to smoke a large amount of meat at once.
All in all, this model performs well. If you prefer that classic smoked flavor simply add your favorite wood chips. This smoker provides the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy an easier cooking and cleanup process that only an electric smoker can provide, plus the classic smoky flavor of a traditional smoker. Overall, this model is perfect for any cook who loves smoking meat, veggies, and cheese, but is in search of a more efficient model that can produce tender, flavored packed foods just like a traditional smoker, but without the hassle. We gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.
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