Smoking has never been this common or easy till now. Introduction of smokers, grills, fryers has made barbecue even more fun. Ease of use concept adopted by most of brands has increased the purchase of smokers etc. There are digital non digital smokers in the market. Each has their own pros and cons.
For our discussion we have a digital smoker launched by Masterbuilt. The review you are about to read is of Masterbuilt 20071117 30″ Digital Electric Smoker. This is a vertical smoker that is run by an electric heating element. The distinctive feature of this smoker is other smokers work on flames working on gas fueled or charcoal but this one will go on heating element working through electricity.
More to add about this product of the company, you get a wood chips fed system located at the bottom of smoker. It releases smoke and the generated heat into the smoking chamber. Your fish or favorite piece of meat gets cooked slowly in the chamber at a low temperature. After the cooking time is completed you get a mouth-watering smoky flavor meat.
When you purchase Masterbuilt 20071117 30″ Digital Electric Smoker you get it packed in a styro foam along with wrapped up racks all tied into one place. This is to ensure minimal damage or risk when the product is shipped. Previously people have complained that their smoker reached them in damaged form due to inefficient packing method and weak design. Masterbuilt is master in whatever work they do and so does their shipping department. The first impression you will get after unboxing is of a small bar fridge. But a lot stronger with insulated walls.
Some of the smokers, grill units do not allow the consumer to have the temperature according to the food’s demand. There is pre-set pre-adjusted temperature setting which is built-in by the company. You cannot increase or decrease. This is a disadvantage because if your recipe demands higher range of temperature then you cannot use the smoker for the purpose and if it requires lesser then of course you will get over-cooked or worse; burnt food.
Keeping the fun factor aside, using char-coal, or wood fire generates a lot of smoke which is dangerous for air. It causes air pollution and is also not healthy for people having breathing issues and weaker lungs. Keeping this point in mind Masterbuilt has produced this smoker with an air damper. It does not let your fun come in between the nature. So a win-win situation for both.
The smoker has four chrome plated grills that have racks which keep them firm. You place your meat on these racks for smoking. The distance between the grill is very reasonable and so gives meat enough space to receive heat and get cooked in set temperature. There is also a grease pan. When you smoke meat, fish, beef some oil drops. In order to prevent this oil from falling or going into the parts of smoker this grease pan collects. It is removable and you can always clean after use. Please make sure to wait till the smoker cools off.
Main features of Masterbuilt 20071117 30″ Digital Electric Smoker
- This product has an insulated body which makes it more durable.
- You get full control on the temperature through the use of technology along with switching on/off of the smoker and time settings.
- The smoker has four chrome plated smoking racks. There is also an air damper which controls the smoke generated by the smoker.
- The product has a patented side wood chip loading system. This is to add woods chips without bothering to open the doors of smoker and losing needed heat.
- Integrated thermostat temperature control which ensures consistent smoking.