We all love a good smoky piece of meat or fish cooked to perfection in a BBQ restaurant. But hey, what if you could do that at home and impress your family and friends? Well, that dream can become a reality with an electric smoker.
There are a vast amount of electric smokers on the market these days. Electric smokers offer a simpler way to enjoy home smoking without the need for propane. Here are five things you should consider when you are buying an electric smoker.
- How much food are you likely to be cooking at any one time?
- How easy it is to clean
- Size – do you have the space?
- Power in watts
We looked at some of the best smokers on the market just for you to help you make the most important decision you may ever make! OK, the most important decision in BBQ terms! Right, let's look at the nitty gritty on these magic machines!
Here's our breakdown on everything you need to know about five of the best smokers out there.
This Masterbuilt smokes up to 80lb of food with an 800-watt engine smoking your meat and fish up to 275°F.
You want your smoker to match your kitchen appliances or your yard furniture? This pretty little thing comes in a range of colours in black, cinnamon, blue, green and stainless. It also comes with a 10-inch stand and has excellent reviews on amazon.com. The stand that comes included with this model is worth $49.99 so this offers extra value for money. An on board thermometer with a meat probe also gives you the ability to monitor remotely. Heat resistant gloves included. The power cord is approximately 5ft long. You are going to have to part with around $334 to meet this smoker in the flesh.
Dimensions: 40.75 inches x 22.84 inches x 22.91 inches
Weight: 61.4 pounds
800 watts of smoking charge also available in a window-less version with thermostatic temperature control. Easy side loading for woodchips and a drip tray makes cleaning much easier and the removable water pan makes adding flavours a breeze. As standard, it includes thermostatic temperature control. The adjustable air damper will let you control the smoke level.
This smoker will cook up to 30lbs of meat with an energy efficient rating. This has to be plugged directly into an outlet so no extension cords for this one. Removable parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher for extra ease. The controller is on the top of the unit so no bending down to check the status of the smoke. Great for all the tall guys and gals out there! If you can spare $177, you can admire this little cutie in your own yard.
Dimensions: 20 x 17 x 33.5 inches
Weight: 45.9 pounds
This is an impressive looking beast. Four racks, glass door and an interior light let you see your meat smoking action as it happens! 975 square inches helps you to cook up to 100lbs of meat and fish with a powerful 1200 watt feature. It comes with a built-in meat thermometer and remote control included. This is ideal for cooking your ribs and brisket low and slow. The control panel is on the front rather than the top giving you space to prep your food on the top. There is even a handle and wheels built into the back of the smoker to help you move the smoker easily to your desired location. Let’s face it – this is the smoker for that big barbecue to impress your boss and colleagues. This bad ass smoker will pound your credit card for around $348 but it will be so worth it!
Dimensions: 40.2 inches x 25 inches x 19.5 inches
Weight: 73 pounds
For the tech savvy of you out there, this baby comes with Bluetooth, which lets you take control with your smartphone. Set your smoker going with your smartphone or tablet whilst relaxing with a cold beer! 800 watts powers this device, giving up to 275 degrees of smoking control. The built-in meat probe thermometer gives you the ability to test your meat at intervals for the perfect fall apart in your mouth meat. An air damper comes as standard to control the smoke. Up to 29 hamburger patties can be cooked in this bad boy. I’m getting hungrier just writing this! Cost-wise you are looking at roughly $250-300 to buy online.
Dimensions: 20.9 x 20.1 x 31.9 inches
Weight: 53.7 pounds
This model from Char-Broil is 725 square inches which will cook enough food at one time to feed a family party. It boasts insulated double wall construction, with an easy to clean removable meat probe. You only have to fill the woodchip box once for seven hours of smoking heaven. You can control the smoker with the remote from up to 100ft away. The smoker also looks good which has to be a bonus right? Insulation is double wall construction and wheels come as an additional bonus with a handle to manoeuvre easily. Four adjustable smoking racks come with this model. There is plenty of cooking space for up to 75 burgers. 100 to 275 degree is your temperature range for this smoker. You can buy this model for as little as £229 online so you might have to save up to smoke!
Dimensions: 16.5 x 18.1 x 32.5 inches
Weight: 50.2 pounds