Masterbuilt Electric Smoker vs Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker
- Masterbuilt Smoker: At affordable prices, the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker makes for a great introductory smoker for someone entirely new to the world of smoking. What makes the Masterbuilt so less expensive is the materials used in construction. Masterbuilt employs plastics and lesser-metals to make the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker; Weber only uses high-quality metal components for the chief parts of the smoker build.
- Weber Smokey Mountain: Depending on model size, price will differ, but expect to pay more than the Masterbuilt Smoker. For a dozen dollars more you can get the 14 1/2 inch Weber Smoker, but I would recommend the 18 1/2 inch smoker to the more serious out there. In order to get the larger sized smokers though, it will cost over a hundred of dollars to make that upgrade compared to the Masterbuilt.
- Masterbuilt Smoker: Built as a vertical smoker with multiple smoking racks. Electric power, low cost and ideal for holding a steady and consistent temperature. Set It and Forget It, just add wood chips, but otherwise your smoking will be controlled by the smoker. Smoking meats in the Winter will be a bit more difficult as electric power has limits harder to ‘play around with’ compared to charcoal.
- Weber Smokey Mountain: Bullet Smoker with two key smoking racks. Charcoal as heat source, a bit more work to start up and maintain, but delivers that unique charcoal flavor. Keep the Weber Smoker going is not too difficult, but does have a steeper learning curve. Colder Temperatures and Wind will not hinder the Weber nearly as much as the Masterbuilt.
Best for Whom?:
- Masterbuilt Smoker: 1. Beginners. If you are new to smoking and don’t have an interest in becoming an amateur ‘pitmaster’, stick with the ease of the Masterbuilt Electric. 2. Fish and Fowl. Meats cooked on lower temperatures come out great on the Masterbuilt, they remain juicy and do not suffer from temperatures swings drying them out. 3. Smoking on Frequent Basis. Electrical power and the automated features make smoking more of a possibility for daily use, rather than just special occasions.
- Weber Smokey Mountain: 1. Tailgaters and Campers. With charcoal as the fuel source, you’ll be able to throw the Weber in the back of your truck or car, and take it anywhere smoked meats are appreciated. 2. Charcoal Lovers. Electricity just can’t replicate that charcoal taste; if smoked meats mean a charcoal flavor to you, then you have to go with the Weber Smoker. 3. Red Meat and Turkeys. Cranking the temperature up a bit is needed for red meats and turkeys to develop a sufficient crust and cook the insides well enough.
- For anyone looking for convenience, a low price point, and a smoker that can handle both meat and fish, go with the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. If you’re more interested in customizing a smoker to meat your own expectations and skill level, go with the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker. Neither smoker will make for a bad buy, but they are meant for different markets.
Masterbuilt Electric Smoker Pros and Cons:
- Convenience. Smoking daily would be no major hurdle, just load the meats into the smoker and set the program. Cleanup is easy too.
- Ease. No guessing at temperatures, no tending to a fire, and no bulky racks that have to be lifted out one by one.
- Cost. At under hundreds of dollars, this smoker is one of the more affordable out there. Plus, electricity costs are lower than charcoal’s.
- Developing a Crust/Skin. The rustic taste of a well smoked skin will be hard to get, broiling meat may be needed.
- Higher Temperature Needed. During Winter higher temperatures are needed, but electricity and automation can be stubborn.
- Non-portable. Electrical outlet needed: that means a realistic no to authentic camping and tailgating.
Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Pros and Cons:
- Charcoal. Delivers that one-of-a-kind flavor so many of us have come to love.
- Higher Temperatures. Smoke in the Winters and hold the temp on windy days.
- Cooking for a Party. Guests will marvel at the skill used for the Weber Smoker, and love the final result too.
- Bullet Design. Difficult to work with for older folks and women, a lot of maneuvering and jostling.
- Price. Can get pricey, especially as one looks at the larger models. Plus, charcoal costs more than electric power.
- Tending the Fire. You are going to have to remain vigilant, no going off and drinking beer for four hours, then being done.