Masterbuilt has been producing some low-priced smokers for many years, including electric refrigerator style smokers. To put it simply, this is a heated box that produces smoke and can 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.
Large capacity, inexpensive electric smoker
Complete, self-contained unit
Good for making jerky and other low temperature smoked foods
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 into an outlet (no extension cord) but comes with a short cord
- 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
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 in. 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. What an electric refrigerator box type smoker promises is simplicity and dependability. This Masterbuilt tends to be a bit more of a challenge than it should be.
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 be loaded up with a couple of beef briskets and set to run at 200 degrees F for a good 16 hours and you'll come back to some great barbecue. Unfortunately, the smoker needs to have wood chunks loaded periodically, so you cannot 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.