Types of Electric Smokers
There are two main types of electric smokers — electric and traditional. Although this guide is strictly for electric, we’ll cover the traditional smokers as well. Traditional smokers burn charcoal, gas, or pellets to create the smoke. It’s claimed that the taste is better, but the necessary effort to run this smoker can be tedious and unpleasant. Some people claim that traditional is the superior of the two, but it’s generally up to personal preference.
Electric smokers generate smoke similar to a hot plate—by conducting electricity and turning the flow of electrons into heat. More high-end electric models have a thermostat, which regulates the temperature for a perfect cook on the food. Generally, the electric smoker is easier to use with a more efficient cooking system and the same great taste! In case you’re still a little indecisive, here’s a video that will help:
Advantages of Using an Electric Smoker
Ease of use.
Literally all you have to do is throw in a few wood chips and let ‘er run. Don’t worry about a thing — a good electric smoker will do everything for you. Sit back, have a brew, and don’t worry about refilling the wood chips for another few hours.
A love of smoked food.
The electric smoker is the perfect combination of ease and taste. As mentioned, all you have to do is set a temperature and let it do its thing. The components in the electric smoker will regulate the temperature to ensure your food is smoked thoroughly and is not affected by unfavorable weather conditions.
Who doesn’t feel accomplished whilst multi-tasking? Multi-tasking with an electric smoker is so easy. You can set the electric smoker to your desired temperature, begin the smoking process, and leave it to go and do something else. You can even go to work and come home to a beautifully prepare meal. It’s that simple!
Five Best Electric Smoker Reviews
First up is the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Electric Smoker. With two shelves at a 18.5” diameter, you can smoke food for a party today and tomorrow inside. The steel it’s made from is porcelain-enamelled, so it is sure to withstand a lot of wear and tear.
Although this model doesn’t come with a thermostat, it has an attached thermometer and a pivoting slot mechanism to trap or release smoke as you wish to raise or lower the temperature at which the meat is smoked. There is also a water pan at the bottom to add steam to the process. This helps to keep the food moist and delicious.
There is an aluminium door with a strong latching handle, which makes adding wood or charcoal very easy to do. The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker is a great option if you don’t have a massive backyard but you love smoked food.
The Smokin-It Model #1 Electric Smoker comes with two stainless steel grilling racks that can easily slide into any of the three optional slots of your choice. You can also add another rack to make a total of three racks. Smokin-It also offers a seafood rack.
The firebox is a good size (relative to the size of the smoker) and the 350 W element is sure to provide enough power. The stainless steel drip pan is there to ensure that no drippings from your meat ever stain your patio or other backyard areas. This model is equipped with a thermostat to help regulate the temperature at which you’d like the smoker to be burning.
A typical smoking in this smoker takes roughly three hours. Even though this smoker can reach very high temperatures, it is very insulated so you don’t have to worry about accidentally bumping or knocking it and burning yourself.
This smoker doesn’t have so much room inside, so I would recommend to purchase this model only if you won’t need it to smoke very large amounts of food. Other than that, this is a great option.
This is a great option for those of us who don’t have thousands of dollars to spend. This model comes with four spacious shelves to place the food of your choice. Although the entire mechanism is extremely versatile, the smoker itself is entirely self-contained (and not bad to look at).
Not only can this smoker smoke—both hot and cold—, but it can also dry and roast any food of your choice. One downfall of the Bradley Smoker BS611 is that the only pellets you can use are actually flavored bisquettes that you must buy from the company.
One other possible downfall that you may or may not encounter (depending on your aptitude for machinery) is the user-end of the smoker can be difficult to operate. With that in mind, think of the price again—just a tenth of what some electric smokers run for. Yummy for the mouth and the wallet.
This smoker is renown amongst many people as a smoker that operates and works exactly as advertised. Overall, the Old Smokey model seems to be a very popular electric smoker. This is probably because not only does this little baby have a suitable size (15.5″w x 15.5″d x 29″h), but it also has a fair bit of power.
Unlike the Bradley Smoker BS611, the Old Smokey can take whatever woodchip you want to through in there. Additionally, the Old Smokey enhances the flavor of your meat or other foods because the flat lid allows the smoke or other vapors to collect on the bottom side of the lid, condense, and drip back down onto your foods.
At less than 200 big ones, this is a great deal for an electric smoker with a thermostat.
This is also a very popular model among many people. At a price even lower than that of the Old Smokey, the Jensen Smokehouse Little Chief is a truly fantastic product. With amazing durability (over a decade) and a sturdy frame, this smoker will keep serving you over the years.
The Little Chief’s five easy-slide, chrome-plated grills make it easy to smoke a multitude of small food items, or a few fairly larger ones. When you first buy this electric smoker, there’s no assembly required and you receive additional hickory-flavored wood chips fuel.
Yum! This affordable smoker will deliver the quality you want at a price you can manage. A great option.
My Final Say…
There you go. My personal recommendation of the top 5 electric smoker on the market today. There’s lots of option to choose from and each one has its own unique features and selling point. Now it is up to you to decide but you can never go wrong with any of 5 above.