The Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker is a solidly built smoker that can withstand the elements. While it may not be best for first time smokers, the Masterbuilt Analog Smoker will deliver consistent results to anyone wanting a no-thrills quality smoker.
Product Review: Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker
- Electric Power, Plug in and Smoke
- Wood Chip Tray and Water Pan
- 548 Square Inches of Cooking Space
- Cook from 100 through 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Built like a Tank. If you like bulky smokers with components made to last, Masterbuilt delivers with the Analog Electric Smoker model. Many smokers employ magnetic latches, this Analog model employs a traditional latch that will not wear down over time. Made in the USA, Masterbuilt offers one of the most stable smoker models under the hundreds of dollars price range.
- Well-Insulated. Smoking meats in the Winter months is entirely possible with the Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker. Thanks to electric power and the dual-wall metal design of the Masterbuilt, heat will stay within the unit and the heating element will output constant heat. Smoking on windy days is also possible, dual-wall insulation is critical for this to be possible.
- Price Point, Economical Smoking. At under hundreds of dollars, the Masterbuilt Analog Smoker delivers fantastic results for its price. Electric smoking is the most affordable of all power sources, expect to pay only a fraction of the expenses incurred by propane, charcoal, or wood pellets. Wood chips are an extra cost, but they too are affordable, especially when buying from online stores.
- Brisket, Pulled Pork Shoulders, Ribs, and Turkeys can All be Smoked without Problem. We all want a smoker in order to smoke the big cuts of meat. The Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker will handle this task for you, no problem. Eight racks of ribs could be smoked in here, but it will be a tight fit. Don’t expect to be able to cook for an army, but you can make enough food for ten people.
- Chicken, Steaks, Burgers, Fish, and Other Small Cuts No Problem. If you want to cook more standard fare like chicken and burgers, the Masterbuilt Smoker will get the job done. Sometimes all you want in this world is a smokey tasting burger. Best practice for the smoker is to cook a whole platter of patties at a time for your whole family or for later storage in the fridge.
- Cleanup can be Easy with Proper Prep Work. First, lining the bottom of the smoker with aluminum foil and punch holes into which will ensure drippings won’t spatter all over the bottom of your smoker. Before each smoke, spraying a non-stick cooking spray like Pam will also make cleaning a breeze. After you finish smoking, be sure to wipe down the smoker to get any and all spatter. Ash in the wood chip tray needs to be safely disposed of so as to prevent any fire, a metal bucket specifically for ash is a good thing to employ.
- Flavor Meats with Your Favorite Wood Chips. Note, you must use wood chips and not wood chunks. In any case, a diverse range of wood chips exist to deliver an entire spectrum of flavor for your meats. Living in the Southwest, I am practically obligated to use mesquite wood chips as the plants grow everywhere.
- Built in Temperature Gauge Inaccurate. You’ll need to purchase a digital thermometer to ensure accurate results. Trying to work around the Masterbuilt Analog Temperature Gauge will only lead to frustration due to false readouts. Save yourself the trouble and go straight to using a digital thermometer.
- Access to Wood Chip Tray and Water Pan. To get to the wood chips tray and water pan, you have to open the front door and release a tremendous amount of heat. Many smokers employ an ingenious design of a rear access door for wood chips, but this model lacks anything like that. Since you will need to replenish wood chips and probably water at some time, you will end up extending the cooking time due to heat release.
- Wood Chip Tray and Water Pan Small. Your water pan will run out within 4 hours, requiring a refilling for larger cuts of meat halfway through the smoking process. Small trays are not inherently problematic if there exists a rear access. Since both components are so small, you are going to have to reload wood chips and water into the smoker as it is only natural you will run out.
Masterbuilt Analog vs. Masterbuilt Digital
- Both smokers are about the same price, perhaps a some bucks price difference will exist. Overall, these smokers have many similar features, but each have their own benefits and quirks. Likely, the biggest bang for the buck will come from the Masterbuilt Digital Smoker.
- The Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker has one major design advantage, namely its sturdier design. Dual-wall insulation of the Masterbuil Analog Smoker ends up holding temperature at a steadier rate. Plenty of benefits come with the Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker, namely the digital thermometer readout, the extra cooking space, and the rear-access wood chip tray.
Best for Whom?:
- Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker: 1. Price Conscious. You will end up saving with the Masterbuilt Analog Smoker, but not by massive amounts. 2. Harsh Weather. The Analog Smoker can stand up to cold climates and the wind better than many smokers on the market.
- Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker: 1. If You’re New to Smoking. The digital temperature readout and ability to program cook times makes everything simple. 2. If You Need More Space. You’ll find an extra 200 square inches of space with the Masterbuilt Digital Smoker.
- Both Masterbuilt Smokers make for solid choices. If you’re a bit more experienced with smokers and just want a solid electric model to last, the Masterbuilt Analog Smoker will make the better choice. For those less sure in their ability to operate a smoker, or if you just want great convenience, go with the Masterbuilt Digital Smoker.
Value for Money?
- The Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker will meet all the basic needs of anyone on the market for an electric smoker. Plenty of space to grill red meats, whole birds, and fish. Dual-walls make for one of the best insulated smokers on the market. So, if you live in the North and need a solid unit, thoroughly consider the Masterbuilt Analog Smoker. Overall We give the Masterbuilt Analog Electric Smoker a total of 4/5 stars.
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