Best Electric Smokers for BBQ Parties

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 10, 2019
The art of cooking is so diverse that there is always something new to experience. If you haven’t discovered electric smokers yet, we are ready to represent them. Check out 5 top-rated electric smokers and choose the one to treat your dear people with perfectly smoked meat, poultry, fish or vegetables. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
COOKING SURFACE
COOKING RACKS
DIMENSIONS
WEIGHT
CONTROLS AND USABILITY
POWER
TRAY AND SMOKE BOX
MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION
WARRANTY
 
PROS

Patented side wood chip loading system allows you to add chips into the smoker safely. As you don't need to open the door to do it, the heat remains inside and the smoking process takes less time.

CONS

The appliance is rather heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

Impressive cooking surface combined with powerful heating element offers an opportunity to use Masterbuilt 20075315 smoker for both home and commercial needs. And remote control allows you to check on cooked dishes while entertaining your guests.

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE

975 sq in (about 48 burgers)

COOKING RACKS

4 chrome-coated retractable/ removable smoking racks

DIMENSIONS

40.2" х 25" х 19.5"

WEIGHT

73 lbs

CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Front control panel with LED display, Integrated thermostat temperature control, RF remote control, Built-in meat probe thermometer, Internal light

POWER

1200 Watts

TRAY AND SMOKE BOX

Patented side wood chip loading system, Removable water pan, Drip pan, Wood chip tray, Front access grease pan

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Stainless steel, Windowed door, Rear-mounted handle and wheels, Adjustable door latch, Top air damper

WARRANTY

90 days

PROS

This smoker is uber sturdy and can endure even harsh weather conditions. It has a double-sided design to keep the stable heat inside.

CONS

The interior is a little tricky to clean.

OUR VERDICT

The Smoke Hollow 30162EW is an ergonomic and super-powerful smoker for outdoor use. Though it’s not the most sophisticated model out there, it’s exceptional in its durability and delicious smoking results it can deliver.

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE

~ 700 sq in (24 burgers)

COOKING RACKS

3 cooking grids

DIMENSIONS

38" x 21.5" x 18"

WEIGHT

47 lbs

CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Digital thermostat with High, Med, Lo settings, Cooking temperature (50°F - 450°F)

POWER

1500 Watts 

TRAY AND SMOKE BOX

High temp painted wood chip box with lid, Porcelain coated water pan

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Double-walled construction, Stainless steel cabinet, Door with tempered glass viewing window and latch, 4 legs, Side handle

WARRANTY

1 year limited 

PROS

The included remote control saves you the need to manually adjust settings and keep an eye on the cooking process all the time, giving you more freedom and flexibility.

CONS
Attaching the meat probe to the top of the door is a bit inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
If you want to treat a lot of guests with smoked meat, Char-Broil Deluxe Smoker is what you need. With "By time" and "By temperature" modes, even culinary novices will cook delicious meat without any problems.
detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE
725 sq in (about 36 burgers)
COOKING RACKS

4 retractable/ removable chrome-plated racks

DIMENSIONS
32.52" x 18.11" x 16.54"
WEIGHT
50.2 lbs
CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Control digital panel with blue LED display, Remote Control up to 100 feet, Timer (0 - 19 hours), Cooking temperature (100°F - 275°F), Target meat temperature (50°F to 225°F) / Integrated meat probe, On/Off Chamber Light

POWER
750 Watts
TRAY AND SMOKE BOX
Grease tray at the bottom, Water pan, Wood chip box, Max capacity of 4 cups, Working time up to 7 hours
MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION
Stainless steel, Dual-tone finish, Insulated double wall, Tight sealed windowed door, Integrated handle, Wheels, Adjustable choke
WARRANTY
1 year limited
PROS

The smoking cabinet is fully-insulated, which guarantees that no heat and smoke will escape. Even in the winter period, the smoker will deliver consistent temps and consistent cooking accordingly.

CONS

If you'd like to reduce the temperature, be ready that it'll drop slowly.

OUR VERDICT

Equipped with a handy timer, this smoker is an excellent choice for lazy smokers. By the way, it can smoke a fairly big amount of food per one go. You can cook 6 whole chickens or 2 whole turkeys for a big party or family dinner. 

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE

~ 700 sq in (24 burgers)

COOKING RACKS

4 retractable chrome-coated smoking racks

DIMENSIONS

33.2" x 20.4" x 19.9"

WEIGHT

38.6 lbs

CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Digital panel controls on/off, Temperature (max temp 275°F), Time

POWER

800 Watts

TRAY AND SMOKE BOX

Patented side wood chip loader, Grease tray, Drip tray,  Water pan

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Stainless steel with fully-insulated smoker body, Locking latch, Adjustable air damper for smoke control

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The door of this smoker has two latch brackets which don't allow heat and smoke to escape. And a large stainless steel handle simplifies the opening of the door.

CONS

The meat thermometer is integrated, so it can't be removed for cleaning.

OUR VERDICT

The Dyna-Glo DGU732BDE-D is an easy-to-use electric smoker with a generous capacity and decent performance. A built-in digital meat probe displays the internal temperature of food for the super-accurate smoking results.

detailed parameters
COOKING SURFACE

732 sq in (about 37 burgers)

COOKING RACKS

4 retractable cooking grates

DIMENSIONS

32.5" x 19.4" x 19"

WEIGHT

62.2 lbs

CONTROLS AND USABILITY

Digital thermostat with push-button controls of temperature (up to 275° F) and time (up to 2 hours), Integrated meat thermometer

POWER

800 Watts

TRAY AND SMOKE BOX

Side access wood chip loader, Grease tray, Water bowl

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Insulated, double-wall steel firebox, 2 locking latches, Large stainless steel handle

WARRANTY

1-year limited warranty, 3 years on burner element

Masterbuilt 20075315

Smart and Convenient

The Masterbuilt company is one of the leading manufacturers of electric appliances designed for grilling and smoking in the USA, which has been producing high-quality products for more than decades. The 20075315 electric smoker is one such product. Scored high on our list, this smoker has a lot of advantages you can benefit from.

To start off, the unit has a rather large cooking surface measuring 972 square inches. A surface this big makes it a great choice not only for cooking at home but also in cafes and restaurants. Another advantage is that you can get the most out of this space by separating it with 4 racks included in the package. Using these racks, you'll be able to cook smoked meat, some poultry, fish and some of your favorite vegetables.

Let's pivot to the convenience of use. We like that the 20075315 electric smoker doesn't have anything extra and it becomes obvious how to operate it right away. On the housing of the smoker are convenient controls with an LCD display thanks to which you can watch the process of smoking without opening the door. The remote control included is another convenience minimizing involvement on your part. Offering up to 100 ft coverage, you can conveniently adjust the settings of your smoker remotely, which is handy when you have a party and don't plan to spend all of your time near the device.

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Meat Probe Application

It goes without saying that the main advantage of using a probe is that it simplifies cooking by demonstrating you the exact temperature of a meal. However, is it the only advantage of a meat probe or there are some other merits kept under wraps? You might be surprised to know but there's at least one you might have been unfamiliar with. By showing you the temperature of a meal, a meat probe can tell you whether it is safe to eat or not. This can be especially useful when you cook food of animal origin, known for containing a lot of bacteria that might be hazardous to human health. So, if you have a meat probe in your kitchen, you can prevent many foodborne illnesses by simply sticking to the food safety rules.

Masterbuilt 20075315 Electric Smoker in the use

Hot Smoking VS. Cold Smoking

Masterbuilt electric smoker was originally designed for hot smoking. However, you can also use it for cold smoking should you buy a cold smoking kit too. Not sure which method of smoking you prefer? Let's take a look at the difference between these two methods.

Hot smoking is a quick method. It takes from 40 minutes to 24 hours depending on the food you smoke. The downside is that the food smoked by this method has a short shelf life and can be stored 7 days the most (at 40°F).

Cold smoking, by contrast, is a long method. It may take you several days, starting from preparing the food for smoking to spending a few days checking the process and the meal doneness. Although this method is long and not all people can afford that much time, those who can will benefit from a long shelf life of smoked foods too. Compared to hot smoking, meat and fish cooked this way can be stored for two weeks and more.

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Smoke Hollow 30162EW

Exceptional Quality. Exceptional Power

The Smoke Hollow 3016EW is a runner-up in our review for a good reason. It's stoutly built and intelligently designed to suit amateur and serious smoke enthusiasts alike. To begin with, the smoker boasts excellent workmanship, which markedly sets it apart from its rivals. The manufacturer hasn’t cut corners and used only high-quality materials to make sure the unit will be uber sturdy and endure even harsh weather conditions. You can be sure that even if you use it all year round outdoors, nothing bad will happen to it: the Smoke Hollow 3016EW will stay strong and keep inside stable heat.

Secondly, it has one of the best power rates. With 1500 Watts and variable heat level (50 °F - 450 °F), it provides enough flexibility to smoke a great variety of foods - meat, cheese, fish, beef, ribs, and more. A tempered glass window makes it easy to monitor the smoking process.

As for the interior of the smoker, it has a generous capacity and 3 cooking grids that can be easily adjusted at any level, depending on what you smoke. Thanks to this and high power, you can even smoke even the whole turkey in it.

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The Final Thoughts

The 3016EW smoker is rather simple compared to some other models from the same brand. It has no timer function or display or interior light. Yet, it's not devoid of the necessary functionality featuring a fully-adjustable temperature control (removable) and a thermometer on the glass door. The door design here is slightly improved: a latching system provides a tighter fit and prevents leakage of heat from the smoke box. Besides, the  3016EW smoker is pretty mobile. It has robust metal legs and two side handles so you can transport it with relative ease. 

All in all, if you're looking for a capacious and powerful smoker for outdoor use, the 3016DEW can be the best match. Though it is not as sophisticated as some other smokers, it offers the most important things, that is, durability, high quality, and delicious smoked foods.

Smoke Hollow 30162EW 30-Inch Electric Smoker with Window in the use

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Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker

The Simplest Thing Ever

Whatever you want to cook in Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker, be sure you’ll get a perfectly smoked delicious meal. And two smoking modes – "By time" and "By temperature" – will allow you to choose the most suitable one depending on the foodstuff you’re going to cook. For example, if you want to taste smoked meat, By temperature mode is an excellent choice. Set the meat probe (comes in the box) into the cut of meat, choose a cooking temperature and wait. When your dish is ready, the smoker will switch to a Keep warm mode automatically. This function will provide you with tasty and warm meal whenever you decide to have your dinner. As for smoked cheese or vegetables, it’s better to select By time mode. As well as in the previous case, Keep warm mode (120°F) will be turned on automatically. Moreover, a sound signal will inform you of the dish readiness every 30 seconds during 19 hours. As you can see, smoking food is quite a simple process.

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In Two Places at the Same Time

It sometimes happens that your guests come a bit earlier than you expect and you've got nothing to treat them right away. Often the situation goes like that, you smoke meat or ribs while your guests are hanging around the smoker and try to do two things at once - cook food and entertain them. That's not fun, really. To solve this issue, Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker is supplied to a customer with a handy remote control, using which you can control cooking even from a 100-foot distance. All the necessary information is reflected on a display, so you don’t need to come up to the smoker every 15 minutes. This very function will help you be both a gracious host and a cool cook. If you agree that it is helpful and convenient, don’t hesitate to buy Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker and see all of its advantages for yourself.

Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker in the use

More Products to Consider

A beverage refrigerator is one more appliance that will come in handy when throwing bbq or grill parties outdoors.

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Masterbuilt 20071117

Smoker for Busy People

Еру Masterbuilt brand never cuts corners and produces top-notch products helping customers worldwide to savor those treasured BBQ parties to the fullest. Masterbuilt electric smokers can give you acceptable smoked food results at a decent price that, for sure, won’t break the bank. For less than $200, this Masterbuilt 30" electrical smoker has quite a lot to offer.

The busy users will definitely like that this smoker is very easy to start and control. It features a digital panel with handy controls and a 24-hour timer. This means that you can set the timer and go play with your children or walk your pup without worrying that your food might get overcooked.

The unit has an integrated thermostat that allows you to set the precise cooking temperature for perfect smoking results. Any smoker knows for sure how important it is to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the whole process, and that's exactly what a thermostat does. You can set the heat from 100 – 275 degree F range. The low temperature is perfect for BBQ or making jerky, while the higher heat is great for smoking large cuts of meat or fish. The current temperature and all other information are shown on the display right on the top of the smoker.

During the smoking process, you can always add wood chips into this electric smoker without opening the main cabinet and losing heat/smoke. The convenient wood-chip loading system is placed on the side. The inner chamber can be reliably shut with a durable door latch mechanism. No chances that you might accidentally open the door and lose the smoke. The tightest seal ensured! All these features make the appliance good for beginners and experts alike.

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Ease of Use

The smoker looks like a small bar fridge. It's low, black, and strong! It has thick insulated walls that ensure more consistent temps and don't leave a chance for smoke to escape. The chamber is also pretty easy to clean. You can take removable racks out and scrub them down with a sponge. For cleaning the interior, you can make a 50/50 mixture of hot water and apple vinegar. Apply this mix to the interior and wipe it clean. This smoker isn't only easy to use but also easy to maintain.

Masterbuilt 20071117 Digital Electric Smoker in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

My husband has a very large charcoal fed smoker that we love but he has been wanting an electric one for cold weather so he doesn’t have to be outside tending to it and keeping it up to temp.

Construction

Well constructed, but it would not heat up after the initial seasoning. Chips did not burn either.

Features

Very easy to use and a breeze to clean up. very very happy with the digital feature....
 

Dyna-Glo DGU732BDE-D

Basic Smoker with Decent Performance

If you need a basic electric smoker with a generous capacity and decent performance, the Dyna-Glo DGU732BDE-D model might be the right choice for you. It costs half the price of other big names, but it delivers excellent smoking results.

With 732 sq in of total cooking space, it allows you to load a lot of food inside the chamber. It will take only about 10 minutes after turning on the unit for the smoke to start producing. You can use any type of wood chips including cherry, hickory, and mesquite ones. All of them will make plenty of smoke. And if you want to get the most out of wood chips, the manufacturer recommends pre-soaking them for approximately 30 minutes before placing them into this smoker.

The Dyna-Glo unit boasts multiple features that really simplify the cooking process. It has digital push-button controls that are very responsive and make setting up the desired temperature and cooking time easy. The temperature is very accurate with just a little fluctuation (plus or minus 5 degrees). The most impressive part is that the smoker has a built-in digital meat probe that displays the internal temperature of food at a single push of the button. The only flaw is that it’s not detachable, so cleaning might involve bringing detergent and sponge inside the smoker. All in all, if you want a reasonably-priced cooker that is also very easy to use, look closer at the Dyna-Glo DGU732BDE-D 30" Digital Electric Smoker.

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A Few Words about Design

Right out-of-the-box, the smoker looks a lot like a mini-fridge. It has a balanced heft and feels fairly solid. It's very basic without unnecessary design elements. It sits low to the ground, which makes it a good option for RVs, though, you might need to do lots of stooping or squatting while loading and unloading food. On the positive, it has a side wood loading door enabling you to add chips without opening the door. Also, it's equipped with two wheels in the back that make it easy for users to relocate the smoker. And what we particularly admired is the double lock on the door that traps in heat and smoke. It's also worth mentioning that the racks inside are quite large and easy to get in and out.

Dyna-Glo DGU732BDE-D 30" Digital Electric Smoker in the use

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What Is an Electric Smoker?

When looking for a smoker, it’s easy to get lost in a plethora of models available. Well, the simplest and most comfortable option is probably an electric smoker. Unlike its propane and charcoal rivals, it features some obvious advantages. First of all, you can set an accurate cooking temperature and be sure that meat or any other food you wish to smoke won't be overdried or burnt. Secondly, with the timer function, you'll always have dishes ready by the time you come home. Finally, you won't face a lack-of-fuel problem anymore. Eager to learn more about electric smokers? We'll give some useful and interesting information further in the review to help you choose the smoker to meet your needs best.

If you prefer smoked food with natural aromas and you've got enough space in your backyard to set a charcoal, we recommend you to consider charcoal smokers. For year-round barbecue parties, you may also want to use a patio heater and spend more time outdoors regardless of the weather outside.

What Features to Compare

Dimensions

When choosing a smoker, it's important that you consider its dimensions and the cooking surface. For most people smoking food only occasionally a small or moderate-sized electric smoker will do. But if you smoke often and a lot of food, you'd better opt for a bigger model. Also, it's essential to check out whether a smoker includes racks. The presence of racks will expand your smoking options as well as add more usable space even to a small item.

Control and Power

Controls are of no less importance. If you're wavering between digital and analog options, we'd recommend going for the former one: it's easier to use and you will only need to press a few buttons. Regarding analog smokers, they are a bit trickier in use and require constant supervision leaving you almost no time for other things. Check out if an electric smoker includes a meat probe. This isn't a necessary item but it's certainly a nice addition to check the doneness of a dish. Power is important too. The higher the numbers are, the quicker the smoker will cook. Along with the controls and power, it's worth checking a water bowl, grease tray, and smoke box capacity. These will tell you how quick the cooking process will be and how easy it will be to keep a smoker clean.

Materials and Features

Since an electric smoker is mostly used outdoors, make sure it's made of durable material resistant to rust, water, and weather. What is also important is that a smoker has good insulation preventing heat leakage. Better if it has a windowed door so that you can see what's happening inside the smoke box without opening it often. In case you don't plan to keep your smoker stationary, make sure it's got handles and wheels which will make it much easier for you to move it if need be.

FAQ:

Q: What is seasoning? How is this procedure carried out?
A: Seasoning of an electric smoker is a procedure which should be carried out before the first use of your appliance in order to get rid of the unpleasant smell that almost any new appliance has. In general, to season your new electric smoker, you need to make it work empty for approximately an hour at 150°F. Yet, since the operating principle of electric smokers might differ, it is recommended that you read a user's guide to learn how to carry out the procedure properly. The food smoked in the appliance which is regularly seasoned is much richer in flavours and tastes much better.

Q: Can I use an electric smoker indoors?
A: Electric smokers, as well as charcoal and gas-powered ones, are intended for outdoor use only. The main reason for this is that they produce smoke. Even if your kitchen is well-ventilated, you will not be able to avoid that heavy fog of smoke that trails the smoking process and remains in the air for several hours. The only case when the use of an electric smoker in the premise is allowed is when it's designed for commercial purposes and you're buying it to set in a spacious place.

Q: Do electric smokers come with bisquettes/chips and accessories like a meat probe?
A: It depends on the manufacturer and you can find different offers on the market. However, more often than not, you’ll have to buy accessories and wooden bisquettes/chips separately. On the one hand, it can be inconvenient since you won’t be able to use your smoker right out of the box if you don’t have all the necessary things at hand. On the other hand, if you buy additional stuff yourself, you can choose wood chips the flavour of which you like better, or, if you buy a meat probe, choose the one a bigger number of different functions.

Q: Do I need to control the smoking process all the time or is it enough to set the temperature and the time and leave until the food is ready?
A:
Though we all would like the smoking process to be simple and effortless, it's not quite the case, alas. You will still need to control the cooking process and manually add chips or bisquettes when a loaded batch burns out.

Q: Can I use an electric smoker during cold seasons?
A: Using an electric smoker under bad weather conditions is possible, although it would not be as simple and comfortable as it'd be on a hot sunny day. The main problem you'd face while smoking in the cold weather is maintaining the proper temperature throughout the whole smoking process. But don’t get desperate. Here are some tips that can help you prepare the tastiest food in your smoker even in the winter:

  • Don’t open the smoker door too often. Since electric smokers are made of metal, they do not retain hot temperatures very well when the weather is cold. If you open the smoker door - you let the hot air out.
  • Create a shelter for your smoker. The smoking results will be much better if you place the smoker under some kind of a roof or surround it with something like a wall to keep it away from wind, rain and snow.
  • Insulate the smoker with flame-resistant material to keep the heat inside the smoker.

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