Oster Smoker Roaster Oven, 16-Quart Review
The Oster Smoker Roaster Oven will surprise you by how easy it is to smoke, but even better it makes meat taste delicious with a rich smokey flavor.
Product Review: Oster Smoker Roaster Oven
- Easily Store in the Kitchen
- Versatile: Smoke, Roast, Grill, Bake
- Add Wood Chips for Authentic Smokey Flavor
- Feed a Family with Plenty of Space to Spare
- Simplicity, sheer simplicity. I thought the Masterbuilt Company designed the most beginner friendly smoker, I was wrong. From all serious smokers I have yet seen, the Oster Smoker Roaster Oven wins the award for being the simplest smoker to operate. No sort of secret science exists that keeps the Pros from the Joes. Add a bit of water to the smoking pan, throw in your meat (don’t even season it if you don’t want to), select a temperature setting, load in the wood chips, and set the timer. Replace wood chips if you end up cooking for more than three hours, otherwise no extra work is needed. So simple, so easy.
- Multi-Use Machine. Smoking will be your prime use of the Oster Smoker Roaster Oven, but you will also be able to steam, slow cook, and bake! After smoking outdoors, feel free to take your Oster inside and slow cook a meal for tomorrow’s dinner while you’re at work. If you want a novelty, bake a huge cake in the Oster Oven, it will come out as one of the most succulent cakes you have ever made.
- Moist and Tender Meats. If you have ever cooked meats in a slow cooker or pressure cooker, you know how tender and moist the meats can become as they simmer in their own juices. Sadly, most traditional smokers lack any sort of ability to keep meats extra moist. If you’re used to smoke meats being somewhat dry, be prepared for a revolution with the Oster Smoker.
- Speed, Cut Smoking Time by a Few Hours. Ribs and chicken can be done cooking within two-three hours. A twenty pound turkey will take five-six hours to cook through. Brisket can be done in five. Your meats can be left to smoke all on their own, but I would recommend replenishing wood chips in the Oster Smoker Oven after an hour and half of smoking.
- Price Point. For less than some dozen dollars, this is one of the most affordable smokers on the market. Some smokers below the a hundred of dollars price point are no more than glorified dutch ovens. The Oster Roaster Smoker Oven truly works as an electric smoker that can be left all on its own as it smokes delicious meats.
- Add Your Own Wood Chips. Due to how concentrated the smoke is in the Oster Smoker Roaster Oven, far less wood chips are needed than in traditional smokers. Even when smoking meats for six or more hours, you’ll only need to fill the wood chip tray two times. Compared to traditional outdoor smokers, the Oster will need less than half.
- Don’t Worry about Burning/Blackening. The ease at monitoring and fine-tuning the Oster Smoker essentially means it will be impossible to burn your food. Charcoal smokers especially can have the problem of meats drying out too much at the skin level. Oster prevents this from happening as the meat cooks almost entirely in its own juices, which keeps the skin hydrated.
- Success Comes with Red Meats. Meat is supposed to be moist when you eat, red meats especially so. With the Oster Smoker Roaster Oven, you will lock in all the moisture into the meat, but you will still get slightly crisp skin with red meats. Cook meat on the bone, and the flavor of the bone will come through in the best way possible. Unfortunately chicken comes out a bit less than optimal as the skin doesn’t cook as well as most like.
- Cleanup is Easy. The smoking pan of the Oster is removable, this means that you’ll be able to clean it out in the sink (and even in the dishwasher). If you clean the smoking pan right after you finish cooking the meat, 95% of problems will vanish. However, a few little bits of food can cling no matter what you do. In order to get rid of these seemingly indestructible pieces of crud, use steel wool lightly to scrap them away.
- Indoor Smoking Must be Done with Caution. Smoke can build up quickly and needs to be siphoned to the outside. As such, I would recommend smoking on a patio rather than indoors. If you must smoke inside, be sure to have the Oster Smoker Roaster Oven positioned near a window with a fan blowing the smoke out the window.
- Electrical Cord is Short. Plan on buying an extension cord solely for this smoker. For some reason Oster designed the cord to be less than 12 inches, which is absurd. The cord itself is of decent quality, but don’t stress it trying to keep it plugged into an outlet.
- Get a Digital Thermometer. The only reliable way to ensure your meat is done cooking is to check with a digital thermometer. Oster includes a temperature heat setting on the outside, but it is not a reliable means to gauge what the meat is like on the inside.
Oster Smoker vs. Masterbuilt Electric
- The Oster Smoker Roaster Oven will cost you nearly a hundred of dollars less than the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. These two machines are radically different in many ways, so be sure to consider these smokers before the price point. If you want to spend less than a hundred of dollars on a smoker, the Oster Smoker makes a fantastic choice.
- The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker will meet the needs of anyone looking for a more traditional outdoors smoker. One advantage of the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is its digital thermostat and control panel, this allows for a bit more automation. Cleanup of the Masterbuilt may be a tad easier as less thorough cleaning is needed. If you want to employ all the bonus features of the Oster Smoker, you won’t find any of them in the Masterbuilt. At the end of the day, both smokers deliver great smoked meats.
Best for Whom?:
- Oster Smoker Roaster Oven: 1 . Beginners. The Oster Smoker is the simplest smoker to operate I have ever come across, perfect if you’re new to smoking. 2. Price Point. At less than a hundred of dollars, this makes for one of the most affordable smokers. 3. Moist Meats. Retain the moisture of the meats while smoking.
- Masterbuilt Electric Smoker: 1. If You Love Outdoor Smokers. The Masterbuilt is an attractive smoker meant for outdoor use, much nicer looking than the Oster. 2. Chicken. I find chicken to come out better in the Masterbuilt than the Oster. 3. Smoking Large Amounts of Food. The Oster can only smoke 16 Quarts, which is far less than the over 700 Square Inches of the Masterbuilt.
- Both smokers will make a great choice for anyone looking for an easy to use an electric smoker. The Oster Smoker wins out for those that are new to the entire world of smoking meats. Ease of the Oster, its price point, and its compact size all make for a smoker that fit the needs of newbies. The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker makes a great choice if you want a more traditional form of smoker. Smoked meats will come out tasting great and the Masterbuilt is also simple to use, but the higher price lead me to recommending the Oster.
Value for Money?
- The Oster Smoker Roaster Oven will surprise you as being one of the greatest smokers currently on the market, even though it costs under a hundred of dollars. What makes it so great? Namely, this smoker keeps your food moist, while still transferring the great smokey flavor to the meats being smoked. You’ll also love how fast this smoker cooks food, expect to save at least an hour compared to traditional electric smokers. Overall, we give the Oster Smoker Roaster Oven 5/5stars.
Where to Buy:
- Amazon – Oster CKSTROSMK18 Smoker Roaster Oven, 16-Quart
- Amazon – Oster 20-Pound Smoker & Roaster Oven, 16-Quart Small Appliances, Red