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I just made what my family says are the best ribs I have ever made, and they were made on what I believe is the best electric smoker, the Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker. We found this Masterbuilt Electric smoker on eBay for an incredible price, it was cheaper on eBay than any other site I saw.
Normally there are one of two reactions when I mention my electric smoker; here are the reactions along with my answer/opinion.
- What is a smoker? – it works similar to a grill, you can cook just about anything on it. The foods cook with heat (similar to an oven) that is set at a lower temp and cooks longer. Woodchips are added and the woodchips smoke and add lots of flavor to the food you are cooking. Food is usually more tender and very flavorful when slow cooked in a smoker
- Why electric versus a traditional wood smoker? – wood smokers are awesome, however it can be quite a long and difficult process to keep the temperature at the level you want, you need to monitor it constantly and that can be pretty tedious. I prefer my electric smoker because it allows you to set the temperature, know it will stay at the temperature, and forget about it.
There are a lot of things I love about the Masterbuilt smoker, here are some of the awesome highlights as to why I believe it is the best electric smoker.
- Ease of Use – This Masterbuilt smoker was designed to make your experience nice and easy. The control panel is simple and it also connects to a remote control which allows you to monitor the internal temperature and also make any adjustments to the temperature and/or time. This makes keeping the temperature consistent a breeze, also ensuring the proper cooking temp for a great finished product.
- Meat Probe – This smoker comes with a built in meat probe, you can check the internal temperature of whatever you are cooking so that you don’t have to worry about over cooking and having a dry finished product.
- Viewing – the hardest thing for most people while they are smoking food is to trust the process. I always want to open the door and look in, but with the Masterbuilt electric smoker, you have a glass panel in the door to enable you to see how your food is cooking, there is also a light you can turn on to brighten up the inside to give you a real good look.
- Lots of Space – 4 trays give you plenty of space to smoke multiple items for a bigger party or to keep for later in the week. With 730 square inches of cooking space, I was able to do 3 racks of ribs, a huge pork tenderloin, 4 ears of corn and still had room for a couple of other items.
- Portability – I know you aren’t going to be rolling your smoker all around the neighborhood, but this Masterbuilt Electric Smoker comes with a handle and wheels attached to it, making it nice and easy to roll out of the garage and onto the patio. With other smokers in the past I have built a simple rolling stand, which never worked like it should, so this was a very welcome addition.
Smoking food is addicting, mainly because the results are so consistently amazing. It is really pretty tough to overcook or to screw up your meal. Also it is a great alternative to grilling, you can smoke in the winter and not have to keep going out to check on it like a grill, and since this is electric, with a remote control, the only time you have to go to the smoker are to put the food in and take the food out.
Smoking ribs is a passion of mine, I love it and you will love finding out why this is the best electric smoker available. Hop on eBay and check out this smoker and all the accessories you could ever imagine that you can use with it. What will be the first item you prepare on your smoker?
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