A few years ago, I received a Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker (Model 20070110) to review after tweeting that our 10-year-old Masterbuilt propane gas smoker just died and I was looking for recommendations for Masterbuilt Electric Smokers.
What I liked about the Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker was that it was so easy to use.
- You don’t have to worry about it running out of propane in the middle of cooking. (Done that!)
- It’s easy to get a correct and steady temperature with the Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker with its push-button digital time temperature and time control panel. The thermostat shows the temperature so you don’t have to guess. And the built-in meat probe displays the internal temperature of the food you're smoking.
- Masterbuilt Electric Smokers are “oven style” electric smokers with a door and racks that you can easily slide out. It’s so much easier to remove food from the Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker than with a stacking type of gas smoker.
- I feel Masterbuilt Electric Smokers are safer since gas smokers have an open flame. Every time we used the propane gas smoker, I was certain we were going to burn down the deck.
- The Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker has a window so you can see how you’re cooking is going without opening the door and letting all that good smoke out.
Masterbuilt Electric Smokers – as easy as using an oven
For our maiden smoker run, I made four racks of pork ribs in the Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker. Putting the 1/4 cup of wood smoker pellets in the side loader was simple to do, too. (You need to put in pellets every 4 hours or so.) I liked not having to soak chips, which helped cut down prep time.
I loved that I could look through the window to check on the ribs. (Not all Masterbuilt Electric Smokers have windows. Spend a little more to get one that does.) It was incredibly easy to remove the ribs when I needed to wrap them in foil for the last hour of cooking.
The true test of the Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker (besides cooking – the ribs were FANTASTIC) was cleanup. The manual says not to use any cleaning products on the smoker interior. Instead, I filled a bottle with white vinegar and water, and sprayed down the cooled unit and inside the door. I then wiped it down with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge and a wet washcloth. I removed the racks and water pan and washed them in hot soapy water in the kitchen sink.
You may want to spray the racks a high heat grilling cooking spray to make cleanup even easier.
Wood pellets not chips and other accessories for Masterbuilt Electric Smokers
After doing some research, my husband, Paul, learned that you have to season your smoker before using it. That means to make sure to purchase some wood pellets (not chops) when you order your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, make sure you purchase some pellets, too. Yes, pellets and not chips.
I ordered BBQrs Delight Wood Smoking Pellets Super Smoker Variety Value Pack. It contains one pound bags of Apple, Hickory, Mesquite, Cherry, Pecan and Jack Daniel's pellets.
If you already know you like to smoke with a certain type of wood, get larger bags of wood pellets for the best price such as 20 pound bags of Camp Chef Bag of Premium Hardwood Hickory Pellets for Smoker. (Camp Chef also sells applewood pellets, mesquite pellets, and alder pellets for Masterbuilt Electric Smokers).
I also ordered a Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker Cover for my smoker. Don’t forget grilling tongs and heat resistant gloves, too! (I use AYL Silicone Cooking Gloves, which makes it easier to remove bigger foods like racks of ribs and turkeys from Masterbuilt Electric Smokers.)
BBQrs Delight Wood Smoking Pellets - Super Smoker Variety Value PackCamp Chef Bag of Premium Hardwood Mesquite Pellets for Smoker, 20 lb.MASTERBUILT 30" Electric Smoker CoverSet of 3 - 7, 9, 12 Inch Heavy Duty, Non-stick, Stainless Steel Kitchen & Grilling Tongs
Masterbuilt Electric Smokers – which one to pick?
Since originally writing this post in 2010, a number of new Masterbuilt Electric Smokers have come on the market.
Masterbuilt 20070910 30" Black Electric Digital Smoker, Top Controller – no window, great price
Masterbuilt 20075315 Front Controller 40" Electric Smoker with Viewing Window and RF Remote Control – if you smoke large amounts of food, look into getting a Masterbuilt 40" Electric Smoker
Masterbuilt 20076716 4-Rack Digital 30" Electric Smoker with Leg Kit Cover and Gloves – this one comes in several colors!
Check the reviews of Masterbuilt electric smokers so you can determine which one is best for your needs.
Features of the Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker (20070110)
- Viewing window and internal light
- Push-button digital time temperature and time control panel
- Thermostat controlled temperature
- Four chrome-coated smoking racks
- Convenient side wood-chip loader
- Removable drip pan and rear-mounted grease pan
- Built-in meat probe that displays the internal temperature of the food you're smoking
My husband, Paul, put the unit together and said it was fairly easy and straightforward to do.
An interview with Masterbuilt
During his research, Paul read that there were some issues with the older electric models in regards to getting smoke and enough power. Many consumers were having problems with the heating element as well. So I requested a short email interview with Masterbuilt to answer those concerns.
This Mama Cooks!: From the online reviews of the Masterbuilt electric smoker, I’ve noticed that people have a tough time getting enough smoke. What are your best tips for getting “good smoke”?
Masterbuilt: You will achieve best results by not soaking your chips in the electric smoker.
TMC: I’m seeing online complaints about the heating element failing after a year of use. Is it still true that there is no replacement part for it in latest model? What should you do if you have a unit with a broken heating element?
Masterbuilt: We have redesigned the smoker for 2010 to allow the heating element to be replaced, if need be. For customers with older models, we will need to work with the customer to replace the box and element.
TMC: What type of warranty does the smoker have?
Masterbuilt: One year.
TMC: I’ve read that some people have issues with the unit getting enough power and that you shouldn’t use an extension cord with the electric smoker - is that correct?
Masterbuilt: Yes, when you use an extension cord, customers may see a drop in amps. Our recommendation is to not use an extension cord to achieve best results. However, if an extension cord is needed, it is best to use a heavy duty cord with a 14 gauge minimum.
TMC: Maintenance – what are the best ways to keep your Masterbuilt electric smoker working at tip top shape, from cleaning to storage?
Masterbuilt: Make sure to clean the unit after each use. Also, it is important to store the unit in a dry area or use a Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smoker Cover to protect your unit.
Originally published June 19, 2010. Updated with new pictures and information.