Masterbuilt Smokers – A Review of One of The Best Brands on the Market
The act of smoking meat has a lot of moving parts. When there are so many variable you need to keep track of it’s important to be able to rely on a few certain things. Maybe you’ve got a great butcher who reliably gets you great cuts of meat. Perhaps you’ve been able to truly hone in on your spice and rub blend; creating something masterful that works with everything.
These are all important aces to have up your sleeve. If your smoker doesn’t work as advertised, however, you’re going to be producing something substandard no matter how closely you’ve perfected the other elements. If your smoker can’t retain heat, can’t maintain a consistent temperature, is in some way deficient, you may as well pack it up and throw it in the trash.
Now, this isn’t to suggest that you need to spend a mountain of money to be able to smoke something properly. What we’re saying is that while you don’t need to spend a ton of cash, you do need to pay attention to who’s making the particular smoker you have your eye on. There are certain companies out there who have been producing quality products for a long time that consistently and reliably put out great products for fair prices.
That’s why we chose to dedicate a post here to Masterbuilt smokers. If we’ve learned anything in our research it’s that Masterbuilt is constantly producing smokers that reliably pump out great pieces of meat. We’ve tried a number of them and have never once had an issue with their build, part quality, or prices.
Masterbuilt makes a few different smokers as well, so you have your choice of heat source as well as price range you feel comfortable settling into. This is a company that’s been in the grilling and smoking game for a long time, and that’s worth something to us. It hasn’t been luck or good fortune, but an adherence to high standards when it comes to producing their products. We’re of the opinion that no matter what amount of money you spend a product should be built with consumer value in mind, and we believe that Masterbuilt is a company that takes this seriously.
We thought we would delve into a Masterbuilt smoker review so we could share with you, dear reader, some more details about a company we’ve had nothing but success with and one whose values we believe in. There are three smokers here that we decided to include in our review- two electric smokers and one propane fueled smoker. Each one comes in at a different price point and offers something a little different than the previous model.
We hope that you can find something here that will become a regular part of your bbq’ing and smoking rotation. As we said, Masterbuilt does a lot of things right, these smokers being no exception to that. With that in mind, take a dive into our Masterbuilt smoker review and find something that works for you and your backyard.
Masterbuilt 20071117 30" Digital Electric Smoker
The first offering we wanted to take a look at here was this electric, digital model. While it’s fairly austere in its design, don’t let that lead you into believing that it can’t perform like something significantly more expensive. What we really liked about this smoker at first was that for under $300 you’re getting a really high-end smoker that isn’t priced as such.
By purchasing a digital model, you’re guaranteeing yourself an evenly cooked piece of meat by being able to manager the temperature much easier. Some may see this as a slap in the face to what they consider a natural and pure pursuit, but we’re on the side of the ledger that simply appreciates a great slab of meat.
This guy comes with four chrome smoking racks, an integrated thermostat for temperature regulation, and a fully insulated body. This is Masterbuilt providing you with an easy and straightforward approach to smoking, something all of us are looking for. These technical specs in addition to the quality of the smoker itself make for a fine machine for a fine price. this is a great option for those looking for something easy that can provide quality and longevity.
Masterbuilt 20077515 Front Controller Electric Smoker with Window and RF Controller, 30-Inch
From a fairly entry level electric digital smoker we take you to the next level with this model. While providing the same basic smoking capabilities as the first model we chose to look at, this one comes with a number of additional features that only serve to improve the whole experience. the Rf controls here allow great control over the temperature of the smoker and the meat itself, giving you a tremendous amount of control over how you want your meat to be cooked. This is a fine machine for the perfectionist out there.
In addition to the greater control, Masterbuilt has streamlines the drip tray and wood chip loading and unloading processes to make the whole process that much simpler and easier to perform. They’ve taken all concerns into account here, and while this is the most expensive of the three smokers we’ve reviewed, the price is truly reflected in the quality of the end product.
For those that will appreciate being able to tightly control the whole experience and don’t mind spending a few extra bucks to get it, then this is the machine for you.
Masterbuilt 20051311 GS30D 2-Door Propane Smoker
Finally, we wanted to offer a model that isn’t electric and digital; something that requires a little more elbow grease. The last model we chose to review is propane powered, thus requiring a more watchful eye from any pitmaster who chooses to take this challenge on.
What we liked about this last smoker though, aside from the fact that it’s still a Masterbuilt, is that the attention the detail in the other areas is absolutely spot on. Things like a porcelain-coated wood chip tray and water pan mean you’re not going to have anything burn on you when things get too hot. A locking door and a built-in temperature gauge allow you to maintain a consistent heat while being able to maintain it quite easily.
This is a smoker that’s been built with the purist in mind. It’s the most cost-effective model we chose to review as well. If you’re someone who’s looking to enjoy not only the destination but the journey as well, this is a fine option for you.