Smoking with the Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite
When we talk about smoked meat, what automatically comes to mind is that juicy Texas-style beef brisket morsel. Admit it, every time you see a picture of a Texas-style beef brisket, it makes your mouth water. This kind of recipe is cooked through a smoker. But what is a smoker exactly? Well, simply put, a smoker is an apparatus used for cooking at low temperature. The difference with other cooking devices is that a smoker provides a controlled and smoky environment. A smoker is powered by different kinds of fuels, like electricity, charcoal, pellets, propane or natural gas and wood. Regardless of what fuel a smoker uses, the concept for cooking will remain the same; and that is to cook the food at a steady temperature of around 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course there has to be smoke involved. That is what adds flavour to the food you are cooking. You will typically see a smoker being used at a barbecue joint or barbecue party.
Now that you know what a smoker is, let’s get to that matter at hand, the Masterbuilt 40-inch extra large gas barbeque smokehouse. As you can guess, this smoker is fuelled by propane gas. It is manufactured by the good folks at Masterbuilt. When it comes to smokers (the barbecue grill, not the other kind), there’s nothing quite like a Masterbuilt smoker. Before you can understand the quality of a Masterbuilt smoker, you must first understand who Masterbuilt is. The Mclemore family founded Masterbuilt and has grown it to what it is today by putting faith first and family second. The reason why they have become a giant in the industry is because they know how to get the job done. In terms of quality and innovation, Masterbuilt is ahead of its competition because they work diligently to provide newer and better products to consumers. They started on fish cookers and have perfected the art of making barbecue grills and smokers that will allow a family to build a tradition of cooking great recipes.
But enough of Masterbuilt, let’s now talk about the 40-inch Elite Extra Large Gas Barbeque Smokehouse. This smoker is very sturdy because it is made of solid steel. It has a gas control that you can adjust that you can adjust to high, medium and low.
Easy Starting and monitor Temperature
You can also start it using a push-button ignition. The smoker has a built-in temperature gauge that will allow you to monitor the internal temperature of the smoker chamber (see? Innovative right?). The smoker also has an adjustable latch that you can use to lock the chamber. Inside the smoker, you will see four adjustable racks with plenty of room. This allows you to cook enough food for a couple or a crowd. The smoker comes with a water bowl that is wrapped with aluminium foil. This water bowl gives you the moisture needed in the chamber.
The burner of the smoker can hold the wood chips and allows it to disperse inside the chamber. The back of the smoker has an adjustable air dampener which allows you to control the moisture and the smoke inside the chamber. Underneath the back of the smoker is a grease cup which will collect the excess drippings from inside the chamber. Lastly, this smoker includes side handles and legs which will come in handy when you want to move the smoker to someplace else.
Now that you’ve got the full info of the Masterbuilt 40-Inch Outdoor Sportsman Elite Extra Large Gas Barbeque Smokehouse, let’s break down the important features so you can see the full capabilities of this beauty.
Cooking Area and Size:
There are grills that you can wheel into place and just leave them. These grills aren’t designed to be portable. Obviously, this smoker isn’t one of them. As mentioned above, it has side handles that allow you to carry it anywhere you want. As for the cooking area and size, the product dimensions of this smoker is 27 x 19 x 37 inches. The inside of the chamber has over 1300 square inches of cooking surface, which is enough for a house party. Plus, it has four adjustable chrome-plated cooking racks that allow you to grill anything you want. As a general reference, this smoker can cook up to 20 chickens or four turkeys at any given moment. You can also place up to eight racks of ribs or 16 pork butts inside the chamber. That’s enough to feed a good party.
The general rule is, the more expensive something is, the more reliable and longer-lasting it will be. Although this doesn’t always hold up, you can say that the Masterbuilt 40-Inch Outdoor Sportsman Elite Extra Large Gas Barbeque Smokehouse is generally reliable. Compared to other grills, this one doesn’t fall apart the first time you use it. This is one rule of thumb for the best smoker grills. This smoker has good welding, snug fits, tight seals and non-squeaky joints. The only downside to this perfect apparatus is that there are reports that the steel parts of the smoker will rust after two to three years of use even if regular maintenance is done.
Ease of Cleaning:
Probably the most tiring part of own a smoker is the cleaning. Generally, cleaning a smoker will require time especially if you haven’t cleaned it for a while. Fortunately, this smoker is easy to clean. Since it designed to collect all the grease in its grease cup, the cleaning time will be cut in half. A simple wipe-down at the end of a cooking session will do and will help you keep your smoker in top condition for longer. Since it doesn’t have a lot of nooks and crannies, you can easily get rid of the fat and dust that accumulate. Overall, this smoker is very easy to clean.
As was stated above, Masterbuilt 40-Inch Outdoor Sportsman Elite Extra Large Gas Barbeque Smokehouse has some modern features. It has a temperature gauge that can record up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit as well as a push-button ignition start. It also uses a Stainless steel 15400 BTU burner. Although it doesn’t have any remote control, this smoker is modern looking.
- Push button piezo ignition system
- 4 chrome plated smoking racks
- Stainless steel 15400 BTU burner
- Air damper for better smoke control
- Cool touch wire handle
- Removable porcelain coated water pan
- Locking door to retain heat
- Cooking space: Over 1300 sq inches
- Fuel type: Propane gas
- Ignition Type: Piezo
- Dimensions: 27 x 19 x 37 inches
- Manufacturer warranty: 90-day warranty
It’s common for smokers to affect the flavour of exquisite meats by adding a metallic taste, but with the Masterbuilt 40-Inch Outdoor Sportsman Elite Extra Large Gas Barbeque Smokehouse, that was not an issue. It also has enough cooking space for an entire load 8 straight hours of grilling. It can serve large-scale events like parties or even just a barbecue Sunday gathering, which makes it a very versatile smoker. The most redeeming feature is that this unit had no problems retaining the flavour of the meat.
The Masterbuilt 40-Inch Outdoor Sportsman Elite Extra Large Gas Barbeque Smokehouse will elevate your cookouts with the rich and flavourful slow cooked food. This smoker will allow you to easily fill the meat with authentic smokehouse flavours (for a propane-fueled smoker that is quite a treat). Aside from that, the push button piezo ignition system will make the smoking of your food as easy as grilling. Since the smoker uses a stainless steel 1540 BTU burner and has over 1300 square inches of cooking surface, it will definitely keep the heat and smoke inside allowing you to slow cook the meat properly.
Masterbuilt has shown a standard of excellence which is evident in the design and build of the products it releases. These products are some of the most innovative products in the market today and the Masterbuilt 40-Inch Outdoor Sportsman Elite Extra Large Gas Barbeque Smokehouse is no exemption. One more thing that sets this smoker apart from the rest of the competition is that not only is it capable but portable as well. You can’t imagine how many times we’ve thought that every smoker should have a side-handle so that you can move it anywhere you want. It’s a simple addition to the apparatus but it has a very practical and useful effect.
To sum it up, this comes as no surprise. The Masterbuilt 40-Inch Outdoor Sportsman Elite Extra Large Gas Barbeque Smokehouse is a portable yet powerful smoker. Even though it has advanced features, it is so easy to use. Furthermore, it can give you consistent grilling temperature which is all you really want from a smoker (plus the fact that it won’t add a metallic taste to the food you are grilling). It is a clear winner for not much money, which in our opinion, is what makes it great. This smokehouse is a must have for any meat enthusiast. Don’t hesitate to buy it.