I haven’t been completely honest with you and that all ends now.
Certain pitfalls exist in the world of BBQ and smoked meats. I may not have been completely forthright about those pitfalls before.
When you set up a new smoker (be it a Masterbuilt electric smoker) or any other non-electric, alternative brand, you really need to calibrate and experiment with your new unit before completely diving in.
Not only will this vital step prepare your unit for future BBQ cookouts, but it will give you valuable experience to ensure you never waste a single scrap of food in the future.
Alternatively, not breaking in your new unit could end up ruining your cookout and wasting an expensive cut of meat. Imagine having to settle for hot dogs when what you really wanted was a delicious smoked brisket – NOT COOL!
I can’t stress this step enough: SET UP A COOKING LOG WHEN YOU FIRST EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR SMOKER.
A cooking log will allow you to document temperature shifts and variables unique to your model to ensure you completely master your new smoker.
Following your recent purchase of a Masterbuilt electric smoker, you may find that you are not exactly certain where to begin with the setup process prior to your first use. As you may or may not know, curing or pre-seasoning your smoker is an essential step you must complete before you actually use your smoker to cook meats and other foods.
Today, we will provide you with some absolutely crucial tips that should make your curing or pre-seasoning experience simple and easy!
For more detailed information about the Masterbuilt Electric smoker (and some delicious recipes), be sure to check out our guide to build your own Masterbuilt electric smokehouse. Now, let’s get to those helpful tips I know you are dying to see!
The first thing you need to do when you unpack your smoker (after ensuring it is not damaged, broken, or missing any pieces) is to clean it. In order to do this, you need a mild soap or detergent, water, and a sponge or cloth. As you clean your smoker’s interior, you must be careful that you do not scratch or damage it in any way. After you have gently but thoroughly cleaned it, you should allow it to air dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step.
It may come as a surprise, but smokers must be cured. Even electric smokers need to go through the curing process before you begin to use them to smoke your meat. During the assembly and manufacturing process, your smoker inevitably becomes coated with dust, oils, and other substances that you do not want on or in your smoker when you begin to use it. The good news is that the curing process is rather simple. All you need to do is coat the inside of your electric smoker with the cooking oil of your choice. You can use a non-stick olive oil cooking spray, Crisco, or whatever you have on hand that you prefer using. Be sure to put an even coat of your oil on the entire entire of the smoker; the sides, top, grates, chip tray, etc. Do not put so much oil on your smoker that it begins to drip. Also, do not coat the electric heating element or the water bowl with oil. Then, turn your smoker up to approximately 275 degree Fahrenheit and allow the smoker to cure for 2 hours. During this 2 hour curing period, the unwanted chemicals and substances will burn away. In addition to removing unwanted chemicals, curing also helps to prevent future rust from forming. Please note, you want to check your owner’s manual to ensure that you follow their recommended curing process.
During the final 45 minutes of your Masterbuilt Electric smoker’s first smoke, you will want to add wood chips. You will only need about 1/2 cup of your choice of wood chips. After the final 45 minutes have passed, you can turn the electric smoker off and open the door so that the smoker can cool down. Adding the wood chips completes the curing or pre-seasoning process.
After the curing or pre-seasoning process is complete, you are now ready to begin smoking your favorite meats and other foods! Be sure to clean your electric smoker after each use to ensure that rusting does not occur (or is minimal if it does). This will also help prevent excessive build up of grease, soot, and other byproducts.
If you take care of your smoker on a regular basis and take the proper precautions when setting it up, it will hold up much better than a poorly cared for electric smoker.
Happy smoking and good luck with future cookouts!