Choosing the Best Electric Smoker for Beginners

by The Smoke Expert on December 26, 2013

Are you interested in learning how to cook food with a great, smoky flavor? Maybe you’re growing tired of making the same recipes on your grill. It’s time to think about purchasing an electric smoker and taking your cooking to a new level. Below, we’ll go over a few of the features you should look for when choosing the best electric smoker for beginners.

Consider the Price

Smokers come in a variety of prices. It’s best to set your ideal price range before you set out to purchase a product. You’ll find everything from cheap and possibly not well made smokers for around $50 and others that look great and work well for thousands of dollars. As your price range increases, so will the quality of products and the amount of features you’ll be able to enjoy.

Masterbuilt 20070910 30-Inch Electric Smokehouse Smoker

From my experience I’ve seen that most of the good, high quality smokers lie in the $200-$400 range. Sure you can get electric smokers for less than 200 dollars as well but you’ll have to compromise on a lot of features and if I really wanted to do that, I could have gone with the old fashioned smokers that take up a lot of cooking time.

Know What You’ll Use it For

Different products are made for different purposes. There are several things to consider when purchasing a smoker. What will you be cooking? Some products are better suited to meat or vegetables, large items or small. How many people will you be serving? This will determine how large or small you’ll need to consider.

Normally, I would suggest beginners to use their electric smoker for simple foods like beef, pork and chicken. Once you’ve got the hang of your smokehouse, you can then experiment with a lot of other meats and styles.

Look at the Brand

While you may not be a brand snob is most areas of your life, sometimes it’s best to do a bit of research about smoker manufacturers before choosing which one you’ll go with. Backwoods Smokers, Masterbuilt etc are brands well known for the quality of their products. If you choose a well known brand such as this one, there’s a better chance that you’ll know you’re getting a great product that will last over time.

Char-Broil The Big Easy Electric TRU Infrared Smoker and Roaster

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Be Sure of Ease of Use

Just as with any other hobby, you probably won’t decide one day that you’d like to try your hand at smoking only to discover that you’re already a pro. When you’re just getting started, it’s best to choose a product that is relatively easy to use. How can you tell which smokers fit the bill? Do a quick search for a specific brand and model.

You’ll find plenty of reviews that will let you know if that product is good for beginners or if it’s best left to those who have perfected their skills. If you choose a smoker that is easy to use, there’s a much better chance that you’ll stick with it and learn more about how to use it well.

That’s why I’ve compiled this enormous guide that will help you in narrowing down to that perfect electric smoker.

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