Smoking seems to be an old-school method of preparing food. This method existed for a long time. But, it has definitely found its place in the age of technology. The Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker is one of the appliances that has brought technology into cooking. Masterbuilt started in 1973 and have been innovators in the grilling and outdoor cooking industry ever since. The Masterbuilt Electric Smokers have extended outdoors comforts with the ease indoor cooking.
With so many different types of smokers out there, some people have certainly developed preferences. Electric smokers are more likely to maintain an even temperature throughout the cook time, making it more fix and forget than charcoal. It saves you the cost and inconvenience of having to always keep charcoal on hand or making sure you have a full propane tank (you really don’t want to run out of fuel half way through smoking a rack of ribs, pork butt, or brisket) every time you want to use your smoker. Weather also doesn’t play as significant a role with electric as it does with charcoal. For fans of the electric smoker, this Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is a good one to consider.
This Masterbuilt Smart Electric Smoker is the 2016 2.5 generation smoker featuring a blue LED digital control panel and Bluetooth capabilities that allow you to use your smart phone like a remote control. Weighing about 53.7 pounds, this model sports a rear mounted handle and 2 wheels. Simply tilt it back and move it wherever you’d like (although it should not be lifted by this handle). The body is stainless steel and remains cool to the touch during use; however, the glass front does get hot so it is important to be careful if children might be around this unit.
The total cooking area for this Masterbuilt 30 inch Electric Smoker is 721 square inches with a cooking space measuring 20 1/8 inches wide by 12 ½ inches deep giving it a 25-inch usable height. You can also move up to the 40” smoker for a 925 square inch cooking area. Four chrome-coated cooking racks that can accommodate 80 pounds of food are included. The 800-watt heating element heats up to a maximum temperature of 275 degrees.
There is a built-in meat probe thermometer to monitor internal temperatures of the food you’re smoking. The side wood chip loading system allows you to add wood chips without opening the door. When adding the wood chips, about half a cup every 30 to 40 minutes, the temperature may briefly spike but will stabilize so no temperature adjustment is necessary. Only wood chips should be used, pellets or chunks are not recommended. A removable water pan and drip pan are located at the bottom of the unit.
The removable shelves help make clean up especially easy. Spraying the interior with a non-stick cooking spray can further increase the ease of clean up. As previously mentioned, the water pan and drip pan are removable as is the wood chip bin and there is front access to the grease tray for even more convenience. It can be stored outside as long as it remains covered, t you can purchase a cover designed for an exact fit for this smoker. This is especially important because the vent is located on the top of the unit.
The warranty for this Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker is good for 90 days after purchase. It covers material and workmanship if assembled properly and used as expected following proper care instructions provided in the user manual. Masterbuilt should repair or replace any defective components at no additional charge (excluding shipping and handling which is paid by the customer). If the company requests a damaged or defective component be returned to them for inspection, they will incur any shipping costs.
Reviews on Amazon cover a broad range from 1 to 5 stars with an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Over half, 55%, of the ratings are 5 star. These top ratings refer to the quick heating and consistent temperatures—thanks in part to the built-in probe, the ease of use—from assembly to clean up, and the “cool” Bluetooth app. A lot of people who purchased this Masterbuilt Bluetooth Smart Digital Electric Smoker discovered it after doing extensive research to find a quality smoker.
Of the 14 negative reviews, the manufacturer dealt with almost all of the issues quickly and satisfactorily. The majority of the problems were damages incurred during the shipping process, missing parts or pieces, and lack of a manual (which is available for digital download on the Masterbuilt website). Some users feel that Wi-Fi might be a better alternative to Bluetooth for communication between the smoker and the app. The unit may have trouble reaching the desired temperatures in extremely cold weather.
This smoker is the number 5 best selling smoker on Amazon. It seems to do everything it claims to do more often than not. In addition to the smoker, there are optional items specifically designed for this product. This includes a leg extension kit or a stand, a cover specific to the model for a perfect fit, and a cold smoking kit that adds a level of versatility to this item. People who have already bought and used this item talk about how easy it is to put together and to use as well as the great results they’ve gotten smoking anything from meat to cheese. We experienced similar results and were quite pleased with the quality of this model.