The Bradley Original Smoker
Ease of Use
Bradley have made high quality smokers for many years. The Original Bradley Smoker is a great quality smoker with an attractive design and fully up to date features that make the smoker easy to use and able to give a consistent cooking experience.
Heating up to 250 degree Fahrenheit operated from simple to use controls situated on the wood feeder system on the side.
The wood feeder system automatically feeds one bisqette of wood every 20 minutes, allowing clean and continuous smoke to be delivered to the cooking area over at least an eight-hour period before needing to be refuelled.
The stainless steel interior makes the smoker easy to clean, with the racks being removable for separate cleaning.
Any drips are collected in a pull-out tray placed in the base of the smoker. The drip tray is easy to remove to allow you to use the drippings, and also one removed is easy to clean
The Original Bradley Smoker is finished in an attractive powder epoxy steel. The interior is polished stainless steel.
The four internal racks are fully supported when inserted into the smoker, which prevents them from accidentally tipping out when used. Each shelf can comfortably hold up to 15 lbs without incident.
The feet are large which ensures good stability and no risk of tipping.
The smoke generator is situated on the side of the smoker and the controls are placed on the front panel of this generator. This ensures that the is no potential for moisture damage of the electric switches.
The Bradley Smokers Original Smoker is 33.5 inches high, 20.25 inches wide and 17.5 inches deep.
The smoker requires a 110 volt supply.
Masterbuilt 20073716 Portable Electric Smoker
Ease of Use
Electric smokers are a great way of cooking your food to get a lovely tasty barbecue flavor. But not everybody has the space to store a conventional electric smoker. That’s where the Masterbuilt 20073716portable electric smoker comes in to its own. This 1400 W heater is a simple to use compact electric smoker perfect for camping or road trips.
As you might expect it’s a straightforward device to use. The legs foldaway for convenient storage and easy transportation. There is a temperature gauge in the center of the smoker door. And an easily accessible removable would chip tray and water pan at the bottom of the smoker.
Inside, there are two shelves, providing a capacity to cook a whole turkey or maybe a rack of ribs.
Although the cooking area is easily accessible through the main door, the grease and meat juice as it trips off the cooking meat has nowhere to go, with the result that it can drip down into the wood-chip hopper.
This problem is easily overcome by placing a tinfoil catch, but obviously this is in addition which if overlooked can create additional mess. This makes cleanup less straightforward than it could be.
Thee Masterbuilt 20073716 portable smoker is well-built and well thought out. It is not stacked full of features, as you might expect from a portable smoker, but everything you need to get a high quality outcome is there.
The wood-chip tray is easy to access but not as need to fit as we would like, but this does not seem to affect the operation of the smoker in any way.
The temperature gauge is not very sophisticated but actually all you really need to ensure the temperature stays close to what you want.
The Masterbuilt 20073716 measures 24 inches high by 23 inches wide and 16 inches deep. It weighs approximately 22 lbs. This means that although this electric smoker is portable, it is definitely not something that a child could lift easily.
Masterbuilt 20070210 Black Electric Analog Smoker
Ease of Use
The Masterbuilt 20070210 30 inch black electric smoker, we have to admit look something like a heavy duty safe. However, behind this intimidating front is actually a pretty decent electric smoker. It’s got three racks providing 548 in.² of cooking space, with thermostatic temperature control allowing you to cook at temperatures between hundred to 275°F. The dual wall insulation means that it’s pretty efficient too.
Using it is relatively straightforward. Load the tray with chips by sliding out from the front, fill the water pan and turn it on. Check the temperature by looking at the gauge built into the front door.
Cleanup is pretty straightforward. The smoker comes with removable trip and which allows you to clear away any grease and drippings quickly and easily.
The Masterbuilt 20070210 smoker is well-built and solid. As with many of the less sophisticated electric smokers on the market, it does not have a digital thermometer, meaning that temperature measurement within the smoker is at best approximate.
There is also a concern that the temperature inside the smoker is not consistent throughout, with the top of the smoker being hotter than the bottom. This can be worked around, but is not ideal especially for the unsophisticated smoker user.
The Masterbuilt 20070210 smoker is approximately 40 inches tall, 27 inches wide and 20 inches deep and weighs a hefty 50 lbs, making moving around something you would definitely have to think about before jumping in there.
All in all the Masterbuilt 20070210 30 inch electric smoker is a good quality electric smoker capable of providing you with a consistently tasty smoked product.
Bradley Digital 4-Rack Smoker
Ease of Use
The Bradley Digital 4-Rack Smoker is a fine looking outdoor barbecue smoker. It has a fully digital control the setting the temperature the cooking time and the smoke levels which makes this electric smoker straightforward and easy to use. Temperatures can be set up to 320°F
As with other Bradley smokers the woodchips bisquettes are loaded from an automatic dispenser attached to the side of the main cooking unit. This dispenser ensures that woodchips are fed into the smoking area regularly and consistently meaning that the degree and quality of smoke is highly controllable.
Controlling the smoker couldn’t be easier. The digital display situated on the front of the woodchip dispenser allows you to set the internal temperature, the cooking time and the amount of smoke you want to use. Make your settings and let the BD do the rest.
The position of the bisquette dispenser does occasionally make use of the digital control slightly awkward.
This electric smoker comes with four removable racks and a complete stainless steel interior. This makes cleaning the Bradley Digital 4-Rack smoker straightforward. The racks are easy to take in and out and clean separately. Once out the cooking oven is easy to reach and wipe down.
As with all Bradley smokers the Bradley Digital 4-Rack Smoker is attractively built with quality materials. The main unit is a brushed metal finish (powder epoxy steel) with a Bradley logo on the front and the woodchip bisquettes dispenser attached on the left side.
Inside is a polished stainless steel interior making it look both attractive and easy to clean.
The cooking element is applied and the unit also incorporates 125 W smoking element which is separate from the cooking element.
The unit uses 100V supply.
The Bradley Digital 4-Rack electric smoker measures 31 inches high by 14 inches wide and deep. It weighs 43 lbs. It is comparatively compact as a unit although its shape means that it’s not particularly portable.
Smoke Hollow 26142E Electric Smoker
Ease of Use
The Smoke Hollow 26142E Electric Smoker is attractively designed high quality electric smoker available at a very attractive price. The smoker uses a 1500 W heating element, which is fully adjustable allowing temperatures to be set up to 275°F.
Using it is extremely straightforward; spray your meat with a brine solution, fill the water reservoir pop in some woodchips for the smoke, set your temperature and you are good to go. Check your temperature frequently using the thermometer on the front of the unit. In addition, make sure that you do not run out of woodchips by checking every 90 minutes to 2 hours and topping up as appropriate. Also check the water every hour or so to make sure the cooking area stays moist.
Clean up is comparatively easy however, it is always advisable to line your drip tray with aluminium foil to make the cleaning process more straightforward. Just remove the racks, and the drip tray wipe down the interior and cleaner removed items separately.
Return to the unit and your electric smoker is ready to go again
The Smoke Hollow 26142E Electric Smoker is a very affordable electric smoker. It is well built including two chrome-plated trays in the cooking area. It is not insulated; however this does not seem to affect the quality of the cooking in any way.
The Smoke Hollow 26142E Electric Smoker is a relatively compact electric smoker, with external dimensions of 35.5 inches tall 16 ½ inches deep and 19 inches wide. The cooking cavity is 26 inches tall, 14 inches wide and 12 inches deep. It weighs a relatively modest 33 lbs making it comparatively easy to move around and to store.
Smokin-It Model #1 Electric Smoker
Ease of Use
If you’re looking for a top quality electric smoker that is portable and easy to use and can smoke up to 22 lbs of meat or other food in one go then the Smokin-It Model #1 Electric Smoker is quite possibly the smoker for you.
This compact electric smoker has a 400 W heating element and is powered from 120V single-phase supply. The power cord is 12 foot long meaning that it can be positioned in the most convenient spot in your outdoor area.
The Smokin-It Model #1 Electric Smoker is assembled and ready to go out of the box. It has casters for moving it around and handles on the side for lifting if necessary.
Operation is straightforward but your food in the cooking oven, set the temperature, set the smoke level and you can fire it up. The result is a lovely smoked product full of flavour.
Inside the Smokin-It Smoker three chrome plated racks which are removable and easy to clean separately. The heating elements are protected by a stainless steel shelter, which can be wiped clean, as can the interior of the smoker.
The unit includes a large drip tray to catch the grease and juices which trip from your cooking. This tray is removable and cleanable as necessary.
The Smokin-It Model #1 Smoker is a high quality unit using a stainless steel construction with an insulated oven area. It is NSF certified the restaurant used.
The Smokin-It Electric Smoker is a compact electric smoker. It measures approximately 20 inches high, 19 inches wide and 15 inches deep without the casters which add another 4 inches to the overall height.
The other area has dimensions of 17 ¼ inches tall, 12 ½ inches wide and 13 ½ inches deep
Overall, the Smokin-It Model #1 Electric Smoker is a very well built, very highly regarded electric smoker and well worth the money you invest in it.
Smokin Tex 1400
Ease of Use
The Smokin Tex 1400 Electric Smoker is an all stainless steel double-walled electric smoker. It is a high quality electric smoker able to cook food with a delicious natural wood smoked flavour.
The Smokin Tex 1400 Electric Smoker does not have fancy digital displays or modern control panels. The temperature is set by a dial situated on the top of the smoker. The unit is turned on and off it goes. Temperature can be set between 100 and 250°F. To get going pop the food in, shut the door, place and would in the wood tray and go.
The Smoking Tex 1400 is a relatively expensive unit reflecting its consistent cooking quality and reliable construction. If there is any real complaint with this particular electric smoker it would be that the cooking area is relatively small given the price of the unit. For instance it can comfortably cook a chicken, but would probably not cope well with a full brisket or a full rack of ribs.
The Smokin Tex 1400 Electric Smoker can be easier to clean. The five removable shelves can be cleaned away from the unit. The interior of the unit being stainless steel is easily wiped down after use. And the drip tray is easily accessible, being situated underneath the unit, and can be removed and cleaned separately.
The Smokin Tex 1400 Electric Smoker is a very well built, very high quality electric smoker. It comes with a seafood grill and four removable shelves. The unit also has caster wheels in order to assist movement and a stainless steel drip pan in order to catch drips while you are cooking. It has an 800 W heating element.
Smoking Tex also provide you with five different varieties of wood samples in order to determine your favourite smoke flavour.
The Smokin Tex 1400 Electric Smoker has an internal cooking area approximately 14” x 14”. As discussed previously this relatively small compartment does limit the options for cooking larger sizes.
Landmann USA Smoky Mountain Electric Smoker
Ease of Use
The Landmann USA Smoky Mountain Electric Smoker is an attractively styled electric smoker, capable of smoking and cooking food to a high standard with the added benefit of a viewing window which allows you check on progress whenever you want.
The smoker is easy to set up with a 3-in-1 tray incorporating a water pan, a wood chip box and a drip tray. This fits into one compartment making the set up process straightforward and hassle free.
Once cooking the temperature can be monitored with the plug-in high quality temperature controller and as stated before the viewing window allows you to check on the food to ensure no mishaps.
The food is placed on 3 chrome-plated wire grates making up a total of 431 sq.in. of cooking space inside the smoker. This is a decent cooking area and would give you enough room to cook a whole turkey or a 10-13 lb brisket.
The combined drip tray, water pan and wood chip box makes clean up easy as you only need to remove a single component. The food shelves are removable chrome plated grids which can also be easily and regularly cleaned. A quick wipe down of the interior following use and your clean up should be complete in no time.
The Landmann USA Smoky Mountain Electric Smoker is made with cold-roll steel and given an attractive charcoal grey powder coat. The overall impression is one of quality build, despite the relatively low price tag for this excellent smoker.
The electric smoker also comes with wrought iron side handles to aid portability and adjustable feet to ensure your electric smoker is stable even on uneven surfaces.
The Landmann USA Smoky Mountain smoker is 29 inches high, by 19 inches wide and 15 inches deep. It weighs 33 lbs.
This is an excellent quality electric smoker at a price that is affordable for most and we recommend it highly.
Smokin-It Model #2 Electric Smoker
Ease of Use
The Smokin-It Model #2 Electric Smoker is very similar in design and construction to the Smokin-It Model #1 Electric Smoker reviewed above. The main difference between the two is the Model #2 has a larger cooking area capable of cooking up to 35 lbs of meat in one go.
The Smokin-It range of electric smokers are high quality stainless steel electric smokers. It is easy to use with simple controls. Temperature controls allow you to set the cooking temperature up to 300 degrees F.
Inside there are 4 strong stainless steel grilling shelves with 5 slots. Each rack is 14.5 inches square and the shelves are spaced 2.5 inches apart.
The smoke box and drip tray are positioned under the smoker and easily accessed by sliding in and out.
The stainless steel interior is easily accesses and cleaned through the main cabinet door.
The stainless steel grill trays are removable and may be cleaned separately and the drip tray is slide out so can also be cleaned separately.
The Smokin-It Model #2 electric smoker is built from stainless steel for strength and durability. The heating element is 800-watt and supply is via a 120V single phase.
The smoker cabinet is insulated with fibreglass to keep as much of the heat internal.
The smoker has a 12 foot power cable to provide you good options for placement.
The smoker is also supplied with rubber casters for portability.
Smokin-It provide a three year warranty. The warranty covers parts and workmanship.
This Smokin-It electric smoker measures just over 24 inches tall by, 17 inches wide and 20.5 inches deep. Internally the cooking area is an impressive 20 inches tall by 15 inches deep and wide. It weighs in at an impressive, but hefty 96 lbs.
What is an Electric Smoker?
An electric smoker is versatile and easy to use. They use electricity to ignite the wood you’re using to smoke your meats, and come with thermostats built in to monitor the temperature inside your smoker chamber. The electric coil comes on when the temperature in the smoking chamber has reached a minimum temperature and then turns off when the temperature has risen to the desired temperature, just like an oven!
The temperature inside the smoker is kept relatively constant, which can be set to vary between a few degrees to a few hundred degrees. Therefore, the same electric smoker is able to be used to prepare many different types of foods. In addition, the cook doesn’t have to worry about constantly checking the temperature, which allows them to prepare other foods simultaneously.
What You Need to Know Before Buying
Now that you know what an electric smoker is let’s look at the types, features, benefits, usage, frustrations, installation concerns, maintenance, and more.
Types of Electric Smokers
There are a few different types of electric smokers on the market. There are offset smokers, vertical water smokers, and the upright drummer smokers. The offset smoker has a cylindrical smoking chamber with a combustion chamber that’s separate from the smoking chamber. The smoke enters the smoking chamber through pipes from the combustion chamber, where the fire is lighted. The food absorbs the flavor from the smoke and the heat before the smoke escapes the chamber.
The vertical water smoker has a bowl that’s kept between the burning wood and the smoking chamber. The water evaporates with the smoke and helps maintain a constant temperature, as well as keeps the meats from becoming too dry. In addition, the smoke and the water combines together to help the smoky flavor stick to the meat better, giving it a heartier taste.
An upright drum smoker has a steel drum that sits upright, or a box, where the food is kept on trays. The heat comes from the wood that is smoked at the bottom of this chamber. This is a common type of electric smoker that’s used for commercial purposes because it cooks foods much quicker than the other types.
Key Features of Electric Smokers
Benefits of an Electric Smoker
Challenges with Electric Smokers
Generally speaking, electric smokers must be cured before they are used. Your manual should tell you how to do this; however, it’s a simple process. The inside of the electric smoker has to be coated with cooking oil and then turned on for a specific amount of time.
In addition to curing the smoker, you need to make sure any extension cords you use are of the proper voltage. Some smokers are different than others, so be sure to check with the manual.
Using wood chips in your electric smoker is a simple matter. You either put about four cups of chips into the bottom of your electric smoker in a special pan that comes with it, or you can put them in a tin can if your smoker doesn’t come with a receptacle for the wood chips.
Maintaining Your Smoker
There are a few different types of maintenance you need to do with your electric smoker. First, there is maintenance that must be done after every use. Then, there is maintenance that must be done periodically to keep the smoker in good condition. Follow these tips for keeping your electric smoker maintained.
After each use, you should:
- Get rid of any ash in the smoker box. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth without any detergents or cleaners. Just use water. Never immerse the lid or the box in water, either.
- Clean the water pan, cooking racks, and the drip tray with some warm soapy water. Rinse it with warm water and then dry before replacing it. Every time you wash the components, you should spray them with some cooking spray or vegetable oil before you use the slow cooker. Do not spray the components and then store them as this can cause bacterial growth.
- Make sure you clean the meat probe with some soapy water and a damp cloth. Wipe it dry. Do not place this component under running water, soak in water, or immerse it.
- Wipe the door of the smoker with a damp cloth to get rid of the smoke residue inside. This will build up after each use and will need to be removed every time.
Clean the smoker cooking chamber after each use by:
- Allowing it to cool down completely before you begin cleaning. Remove the water pan, racks, drip tray, and the smoker box and clean them as instructed in the previous set of instructions. Brush away any particle buildup along the inside of the smoker down toward the bottom with a soft bristled brush. You don’t want to use anything that will scratch the interior, so be gentle! Sweep this out of the chamber.
- Then, use a bit of warm soapy water and a sponge or a plastic bristle brush – never metal – to clean the inside of the smoker chamber. Wipe it dry If you’re using a bristle brush, be sure there are no loose bristles on the bottom or any surfaces inside the chamber before you cook again.
- As a side note, the inside of the chamber is going to continue to darken with every use. It is not going to return to its shiny metal color no matter how much you scrub it, and this constant scrubbing can cause damage. The darkening will inhibit rusting and improve the performance of the infrared cooking system in the electric smoker.
To clean the outside of the electric smoker:
- Clean the outside control panel on the top of the smoker or on the side of the smoker with a damp cloth and some soapy water. Wipe it dry with a clean cloth.
- If the smoker you have has a window, then use cleaners that are approved for ceramic glass cooktops and clean the interior and exterior of the window.
To clean the thermostats of your electric smoker:
- Use a damp cloth and some soapy water. Clean the surface that’s located on the back inside wall of the smoker and wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Never remove or submerge the thermometer in water.
Summing It All Up
Electric smokers are excellent additions to a home cook or a commercial cook’s repertoire. They allow you to set and forget your meats and vegetables while you go about your day, or while you cook the rest of your meal. The electric smoker is much cleaner than the other fuel sources, and it’s much easier to operate with its temperature gauges and timers. Overall, they deliver high-quality meats with the smoky flavor any barbecue enthusiast desires.
When looking for an electric smoker, look for one that has a thermometer or temperature gauge, timer, and a water pan. If you cannot find one with a water pan and a wood chip pan in your price range, then you can improvise, but ones designed with these features in mind are of higher quality.
The best electric smoker on the market is the Masterbuilt 30-Inch Electric Digital Smoker. This smoker comes equipped with all the bells and whistles, and it delivers exceptional flavor. It has an easy push button start, an automatic shut-off to keep meats from overcooking, and it’s well insulated. Of course, it comes with a thermostat to keep the heat at the exact right temperature, and it has 730 square inches of cooking space, so you can cook out for a party with this smoker! Overall, this is the best quality electric smoker out there.