Don’t pay $12 a pound for pulled pork!
Not when you can buy Boston Butts for less than $1.50 a pound
And make this yourself
Hundreds of years ago, smoke was used to extend the shelf life of food, particularly meat. This survival necessity has evolved into a modern cooking passion. Owning your own smoker has quickly become an outdoor cooking necessity. Beef, pork, venison, poultry, and fish are the primary “raw materials” for modern outdoor chefs, cooking in their own back yard, tailgating before a big game, or simply enjoying an outdoor adventure.
Choosing the best electric smoker for yourself is not an easy task. Digital electric smokers appear to have the most desirable options but some seem to have reliability issues. Even so, electric smokers are a primary choice of many home-based outdoor chefs. Stainless steel electric smokers have become a dominant force in this market and rightfully so. Commercial grade stainless steel electric smokers offer the home BBQ enthusiast the same quality materials and structure found in much larger commercial size smokers costing hundreds and even thousands more. Because the stainless steel smokers might be beyond some budgets, we have also included some less expensive but highly rated smokers with plenty of good reviews. We are committed to helping you find the best electric smoker. The choice is yours.
Get rid of the slow cooker & liquid smoke.
Your new Electric Smoker will….
- BE SIMPLE TO USE: select your wood, plug in the electric smoker, set the temperature and a timer, load your food, and sit back. There’s no worry of running out of propane or having to add charcoal.
- BE RELIABLE AND LONG-LASTING: Some stainless steel electric smokers offer commercial-grade construction for the back yard BBQ enthusiast designed to last a life time. Other recommended smokers have positive reviews from many happy smoking enthusiasts.
- PRODUCE ENDLESS FLAVOR POSSIBILITIES: in addition to your favorite marinades and rubs, you can add fruit juice, vinegar, or your favorite beverage to a water pan to aid with moisture retention and to increase the flavor of your food.
- DELIVER IMPRESSIVE BBQ SMOKER RESULTS: Wow your family and friends. Enjoy some well-deserved pride, knowing you did it yourself.
Our Top Choices for the Best Electric Smoker
We recommend the following units as the Best Electric Smokers in their class. From the multitude of electric smokers for sale, these units are proven for long life, easy operation, and great flavor. Visit the Our Top Choice Page and the Electric Smoker Review Page for more details on these and other recommended smokers.
- Top Choice for Best Electric Smoker
- Smokin-It electric smokers are our #1 choices for the best electric smokers. Model #1 & #2 are great choices for the home BBQ enthusiast. This is the smoker brand we chose for our own use. We picked Model #2 because of the extra cooking space. However, at a 22 lb. capacity, Model #1 will be the perfect fit for many.
- The great news is that they have the lowest prices for this class of smoker.
- Plus, Built to Last a Lifetime! Click HERE for our Top Choice page.
- Good Quality at a Reasonable Price: The Smoke Hollow Electric Smoker may be the best electric smoker for those needing to be a bit more thrifty, for the occasional smoker, or for the beginning smoker. The quality is high enough to give reliable long life, but the price is a bit more conservative than the commercial grade stainless steel electric smokers
- Well Made: Reviewers are pleased with the quality of this smoker; the cabinet is fully welded and insulated. Easy assembly and you are ready to start smoking.
- Click HERE to get more facts on the Review Page.
- “Bullet” smokers have a large following and rightfully so. This compact unit doesn’t take much storage space even though it will hold up to 50 lbs of food.
- 1500 watt UL-listed electric smoker and grill with stay-cool wooden handles
- This is the best electric smoker for someone who wants to try smoking for a while before spending a lot on a larger model. However, they are not just for beginners. Some owners have had their Brinkmann for years. This would be a great choice for RVing, tailgating, and camping. Click HERE to get more facts on the Review Page.
- Mixed Reviews – Cause for concern
- Masterbuilt Electric Smokers like this one are selected by many.
- Digital controls provide accurate & stable temperatures
- However – after carefully researching the reviews on earlier models we discovered several concerns regarding early heating element burn out & customer service.
- Closer investigation revealed that many positive reviews are from those who have owned the units for a relatively short period of time.
- Even though we have no specific negative reviews of this model, we cannot recommend it until more time has passed and the unit has proven itself more reliable than earlier models.
- Be assured we are watching for additional reviews and will update our recommendation in the future if this model proves to be much better than earlier ones.
Celebrate Friends, Family, and Freedom!
The Bar-B-Que event in America is centered around the extreme flavor profile of smoked meat and coupled with the appreciation of leisure time. In addition, the BBQ event is a celebration of friends, family, and freedom. As early as the 1800s, politicians sponsored BBQ events to rally their supporters. The slow process of smoking meat establishes a relaxed preparation process for the cooks which carries over into a relaxed atmosphere for the BBQ event itself.
While there are still some producing smoke by placing water-soaked wood chips directly on burning charcoal, there is a growing crowd of BBQ enthusiast using electric smokers or propane smokers to prepare their meats. The big concern for the gas method is the possibility of running out of propane.
Getting Started – Seasoning Your New Electric Smoker
Spray the entire inside of the smoker with vegetable oil. An inexpensive store brand can of canola or olive oil will do just fine. Load up the wood chip box with any wood chips you like. Plug in the smoker and set the temperature at 225-250 degrees. You will want to keep it smoking for at least 2 hours. Add wood chips as needed to keep the smoke going steady for the entire seasoning session. When the time is up, you can start smoking some meat immediately. Take a look at our cooking page for temperature recommendations and basic directions for smoking specific cuts of meat.
Very few place their meat into a smoker without some advanced preparation. One method is to soak the meat in a brine, especially pork. Brining allows the meat to absorb more moisture so that it doesn’t dry out when cooking. A simple brine solution is 1/4 cup of table salt (1/2 cup of kosher) for every quart of water. Some substitute apple juice for a portion or all of the water when preparing pork. Others heat the water a bit to dissolve 1/2 cup sugar or brown sugar per quart along with the salt. If you heat the water to dissolve the solids, let it cool (or cut back on the water and add some ice to chill) before soaking the meat. Soaking raw meat in warm water is a recipe for a health disaster. The meat must be refrigerated while brining for 8-12 hours.
There are an infinite number of spice and herb combinations that may be used to create a dry rub to put on meats before cooking. Dry rubs are very popular when cooking BBQ ribs. Apply rubs the night before cooking, wrap the meat in plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Post your favorite dry rub mixture on the comment page and well publish it under the cooking tab on the Dry Rubs page.
Remote Meat Thermometer
We strongly recommend the use of a remote meat thermometer when cooking in your electric smoker. The internal temperature of the meat is the only sure way to know when your meat is properly cooked. Remote thermometers have one or two temperature probes to insert into the meat while cooking and signal the remote when the desired temperature is reached. A very popular remote meat thermometer is the Maverick ET-732 Remote BBQ Smoker Thermometer.
BBQ Sauce or Not?
The intense flavor of smoked meat is all that is required by many BBQ enthusiasts. But for others, enhancing that flavor with a favorite store-bought or home recipe sauce gives a finishing touch. Popular sauces have a flavor base of tomato sauce, mustard, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar and more. Post your sauce recipes on the comments page and we will publish it under the Cooking tab on the Sauces page.