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Masterbuilt 20077515 Front Controller Electric Smoker with Window and RF Controller, 30-Inch
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- 730 sq inches of cooking space with 4 chrome-coated racks and 800 watt heating element with full foam insulation
- Blue led display makes reading temperatures and cooking time in direct sunlight easy
- Rf remote controls and monitors temperature, time, internal light, on/off and meat temperature
- Redesigned front access drip pan, smoother operating wood chip loading system and side/top air damper
- Handle and rear wheels makes moving easy
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The Gift of Mastery
There’s nothing quite like mastering something. Whether frying a turkey or flying a plane, filleting a fish or rebuilding an engine, the path to mastery is the path to our best self. Experimentation, tinkering, messing it up and getting it just right. It’s all good; the journey’s just as fun as getting there, and a new hurdle cleared is a new story to tell.
At Masterbuilt we believe that given the right tools, anything can be mastered. That’s why we build products to make you proud. Products that help you perfect slow-cooked ribs, try out different wood flavors and seasonings, and create signature dishes that become family traditions.
On your path to mastery, we’re with you every step of the way.
30” Digital Electric Smoker with Window & Remote
The Masterbuilt 30” Digital Electric Smoker is perfect for the beginner or the pro. You’ll achieve competition-ready results in your own backyard, without the hassle of charcoal or propane. Simply plug this smoker in, set the digital controls, and it does the work! Masterbuilt makes smoking simple.
- Digital panel and RF remote control on/off, temperature, time, and light; monitors internal meat temperature
- Four chrome-coated smoking racks
- Patented side wood chip loading system – add chips without opening the smoker door
- Integrated thermostat temperature control for even, consistent smoking
Smoking Made Simple
12 Whole Chickens.
2 Whole Turkeys.
4 Racks of Ribs.
4 Pork Butts.
Wood Chip Tip
Hickory chips are mild and pair well with most meats. Apple wood pairs well with chicken and pork. Mesquite has a stronger smoke flavor and is the perfect pairing for beef. When smoking fish, Alder is a good choice.
Digital Control Panel & RF Remote
With the digital control panel and RF remote, simply set the time and temperature, and the smoker does the work for you! Relax and use the remote to monitor your smoker temperature, cook time, and internal meat temperature. You’ll achieve competition-ready results in your own backyard.
Enjoy the delicious taste of slow-smoked food year-round with Masterbuilt. Go ahead… break away from the grill. We promise you’ll be in for a treat.
|Control||Top-mounted digital control panel||Front Blue LED digital control panel||Top-mounted digital control panel||Front Blue LED digital control panel||Front Blue LED digital control panel with removable sun shade|
|Remote||No||No||RF Remote||RF Remote||Use your Bluetooth-connected device as a remote|
|Internal Food Light||No||No||Yes||High output LED interior lights||High output LED interior lights|
|Patented Side Wood Chip Loading System||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The rich, full flavor of slow-cooked food has been a staple of outdoor cookouts. The Masterbuilt 30-inch electric digital smokehouse delivers smokehouse flavor as easy as grilling not only does this electric, digital smoker come fully equipped with a blue led display for easy viewing in direct sunlight, but it also has over 700 square inches of total cooking space on four chrome cooking racks. This smokehouse also has a new drip deflector and front access drip pan. The radio frequency remote brings the power of turning the smokehouse on or off to your fingertips. The RF remote also allows you to adjust the inside temperature of the smokehouse with ease. It also has a convenient, built-in meat probe that allows you to know the temperature of your food while it still cooks. The internal light lets you see your food smoke every time you want to check the cooking process. The locking door and the inner liner help to keep the heat and smoky flavor inside. The smooth operating wood chip loading system allows better smoke control allowing you to have as much or as little smoky flavor you would like for your foods. Whether you're cooking pork, chicken, beef or seafood, the delightfully smoky aroma that permeates from the Masterbuilt 30-inch electric digital smokehouse has a way of making friends and family flock around the smoker in the spirit of good times and good food.
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I thought it would be cool to do a step by step assessment of this product. Sometimes I love something the first week and it sucks week 2.
OK, for the unpacking and assembly of the unit. 15 minutes. No screws missing, good instructions, no misalignment of screws. No "what the heck is THIS for?" Well packaged. Good assembly instructions.
Seasoning. Cooked for 3 hours at 275. Took about 30 min to reach that temp. Added wood at about 2.50 hours. Everything went perfectly. Smoke started within 3 minutes (dry hickory chips).
Reviewers note: I own a Masterbuilt electric turkey fryer. I only use it to steam fish, lobster and other seafood. It works great with turkey. It is just I cannot stand the smell of the oil. Most people cant smell it. I can. Buth the unit works perfectly.
BTW, the BBQ guy, John McLemore pushes his recipe book everywhere in the purchasing process. Normally, I find this stuff worthless, but John works up some really good recipes, from Low Country Boil stuff to smoked Prime Rib. $19.95 at my pals at Amazon. Worth the investment.
This weekend, doin ribs.....wish me luck y'all! Will report back.
Step 2: Smoking
I did two slabs of ribs. The unit worked perfectly. The remote control is awesome! I was controlling things from 80 feet away, checking on temp etc. I used MUCH less wood chips than I did my trial run and the taste was fabulous. Less is more when it comes to how much wood to use. I used two tray fulls of hickory. You can always add more flavor later with hickory sauces or salt, but if you use too much smoke.....yuck. Takes some experimenting, and what is so cool with this unit is that it is soooo easy.
Warning: the remote has an on/off button. I thought it was just for the remote. But if you press it, it turns the UNIT on/off in addition to the remote. The instructions never told me this.
Cleanup: the only thing I clean up is the drip pan, water pan, the racks and the glass. Have to do this anyway with any other grill, except the glass. I squirted windex on it and voila, good as new.
Con: the only one besides the remote issue is the drip tray. You have to make sure the unit is tilted back enough to let the grease drain into the pan. Otherwise it leaks through the front. I put a 2" piece of wood on the front legs rather than try to tweak the adjustable wheels. Worked fine.
All in all, a very impressive, easy way to get into smoking!
Step 3: Smoke the heck out of it!
I have tried everything from potato salad smoking to pork loin to brisket. Unit totally dependable, remote control works flawlessly (see above) and the glass IS easy to clean with Windex. Look, I watched from afar, never thought I could smoke food. This makes me look good.
I have had the smoker for several months now, and just like S&P's downgrading of the US, I must downgrade this unit. For some reason, I cannot get rid of an acrid, metallic smell to the smoke. To test, I burned the same hickory chips on my gas grill and in this unit. The gas grill smoke was true to the wood, but this Masterbuilt keeps on giving a combination smoke/metallic odor. I read somewhere someone else noticing the same thing. While it functions perfectly, I can't stand the smell it gives off. Selling it off and buying a Weber Smokey.
1. Digital thermometer: If you've smoked much, you know keeping the smoker at the right temperature is often what takes the most attention. As an electric smoker with a built in thermometer, you can set your preferred temperature and then just focus on keeping the woodtray filled, the contents mopped, and you're good to go. (You will still want to use a digital thermometer on the meats themselves to check their internal temperatures, but that's a different matter.)
2. Well insulated: Unlike a traditional side smoker, bullet or most other form factors, the masterbuilt is nicely chunky and really doesn't care overly what the outside temperature is at (within reason)
3. Capacity: Four racks (though with chickens, big roasts, shoulders and ribs you may only end up using two at a time. Still, I've loaded it up 30+lbs of meat at a time which for a product that often drops under $200 when on sale, is not bad at all.
4. Economy: It runs on electricity and with small amounts of wood relatively speaking. Rather than going through large amounts of wood and charcoal, you have a much more affordable smoke, which if you want to smoke regularly (or smoke small batches) is great.
5. Customer Support: You'll find repeated reviews of this online, but Masterbuilt's customer support is second to none. Its hard to find companies that stand behind their products the way Masterbuilt does. If something is defective, they will fix it with little to no questions asked.
So why don't I give it a 5 stars?
1. Size: Masterbuilt has a 40" version, but it is very hard to find. Really, if they made the 40" the standard, that extra little bit of space would allow you to use all four racks more often even with larger cuts.
2. Temperature Range: The Masterbuilt only goes up to 275. This is excellent for red meats which will often cook between 220 and 250 and fish, but not as good for poultry, where you want it up to 350 to get the fat in the skin to render (and avoid chewy skin).
3. Power: The Masterbuilt's electric heater sometimes doesn't seem to have quite enough oomph if you really load it with meat. I've had a hard time keeping the temp up when its full. There are people online who add their own heating elements to help boost it.
4. Needs direct plug: Masterbuilt requires you plug directly into an outlet. So, given the relatively short electrical cable that means you need to install an outdoors outlet if you believe them. I did use it fine with an industrial extension cord, but talking to their customer support, they felt it might be a reason for problem #3 above.
So, what do you have? A great form factor for a smoker, with good capacity, that maintains a set temperature, with multiple racks for different products, and that gives a consistently result. On the other hand, they have a slightly larger product that is only distributed much more limitedly, and they have odd limitations on the product based on max temp and wattage to the heating element. Given the price difference between the Masterbuilt and its nearest competitors, perhaps these limitations are forgivable. I still regularly recommend it to friends, and have many, including some who run a couple of well respected restaurants loving the products that come out.
Things I'd love to see from Masterbuilt as aftermarket products or even just upgrades:
1. External smoke box that attaches to the wood feed hole, so that you can do cold smokes for sausages, cheeses and salmon and other products.
2. A higher wattage heating element that can be swapped out for the standard one.
3. A higher max temperature so I don't need to take the chickens and game hens out 30 minutes before done and toss them in the oven to crisp the skins.
Regardless, to come full circle. If you want to dabble in smoking and are intimidated (which is easy), this is a perfect smoker to make things easy. And if you are experienced in smoking and just want to have either a more affordable smoke so you can do it more often, or a less labor intensive one, once in a while, this is the perfect supplement to your existing set up.