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Best Electric Smokers: 7 Reliable Performers

BEST OVERALL

Masterbuilt MB20071117 Digital Electric Smoker
Masterbuilt Digital
4.6/5

BEST VALUE

East Oak 30 inch electric smoker with glass door
East Oak 30 Glass
4.7/5

BEST BUDGET

Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker
Char-Broil Analog
3.8/5

BEST HIGH QUALITY

Cookshack SuperSmoker SM045
Cookshack SuperSmoke
4.8/5

BEST VALUE QUALITY

Smokin-It #2
Smokin-It #2
4.7/5

BEST FIXED TEMP

Smokehouse Big Chief Electric Smoker
Smokehouse Big Chief
4/5

In the world of barbecue, electric equals convenience, ease, and affordability. They’re the cheapest type of smoker, can hold a huge volume, and are perfect for beginners.

But, before you get too far into researching the best electric smokers, we will point out that no matter how well made an electric smoker is, you simply cannot get the same sort of results that you’d get on an offset smoker, charcoal barbecue, or a pellet grill.

Without the flame provided by a real fire, you can’t get the chemical reactions you need to make really good bark or that same level of flavor infusion.

If you want the real deal in terms of meat but don’t want to have to work for it, a pellet smoker is a better (although generally a little bit more expensive) option. We even think they’re easier to use than an electric when it comes to smoking a whole brisket, racks of ribs, pork shoulder, or any other chunky cut. Check out our best pellet smokers under $500 review for compariably priced options.

That being said, electric smokers can still be worth their weight in gold and might be the best thing for you.

If you’re looking for the very cheapest way to smoke a lot of food, want to cook a whole heap of fish in one go, or want to make your own jerky, an electric smoker is a great solution.

If you’ve had a look already, there’s an insane number of electric smokers on the market and they pretty much all look the same. So, instead of chancing it on say, that one, choose from one of our tried and tested models.

These have been selected based on their performance, reliability, features, and affordability.

And, if you want dirt cheap, check out our review of the best electric smokers under $300 although you’ll see a few of those models featured here as well.

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How We Tested the Best Electric Smokers

Getting to this finished list of the best electric smokers on the market wasn’t a quick task!

There’s so many different models out there. And, we update this list regularly when new products come on the market or updates are made to existing models.

But, to be recommended on this list, each smoker was assessed on the following factors over a minimum of 5 separate cooks, some models we’ve used for years:

When you’re relying on the smoker to keep a consistent temperature, you need it to do it’s job properly. So, first and foremost, the smokers that made the cut do reach their set target and stay within a reasonable distance of that target.

To test this, we use the MEATER Plus or MEATER Block theremometers which automatically measure and create a graph showing the ambient temperature of the barbecue it’s in for the duration of the cook. This gives us a very accurate picture of how stable the temperature is.

To make the cut, we consider an electric smoker to have good enough temperature regulation if it stays within about 25°F of the target at all times. Some of the models reviewed here are tighter than this. But, in our opinion, this range is good enough for consistent results.

The sole source of smoke on an electric smoker is from wood chips. And, most of them need topping up every 45 minutes to an hour to keep producing enough smoke to flavor the meat well.

In the reviews below, you’ll read about how the wood chips are added. Having to open the cooking chamber’s door to add wood chips lets out a lot of heat which takes a while to recover from. As such, this isn’t the best setup and all but one of the models recommended here have a better way of feeding the wood chips in.

We live somewhere that gets cold, rains a lot, and is often really windy too. And, while this isn’t so great for us, it’s great for you because we test almost every smoker we try in, you guessed it, rubbish weather too.

Most electric smokers on the market have very minimal insulation which, coupled with a sometimes underpowered heating elements means they can struggle to keep a steady temperature, or even reach your target in the first place.

In each of the reviews below, you’ll see us talk about how these smokers perform in cold weather but not yet freezing conditions.

In general, electric smokers are the worst type of smoker out there in terms of quality. They’re cheap and it’s reflected in the use of thin steel, poor insulation, and average racks.

And, while it’s not always a bad thing to buy a cheap smoker that you’ve got to be careful not to ding up, we want you to know what you’re getting so you’ll hear us talking about the build quality and materials used.

The meat is what we’re all here for, and it ain’t one of the best electric smokers unless it can smoke some good food.

For consistency in our testing, we always cook at least 1 brisket, 1 pork shoulder, 1 rack of ribs, and 1 fillet of salmon as a minimum.

If any seasoning is used, we use our favorite Hardcore Carnivore Rubs, wrap in butchers paper when the internal temperature hits a similar mark, and cook to the same internal temperature as measured by one of our favorite wireless smoker thermometers and the included meat probe if there is one.

Racks Loaded Up on the Masterbuilt 40 Inch Digital Electric Smoker

Note that we have not included a best bluetooth electric smoker because we don’t think there are any great models out there that are worth recommending.

Instead, grab the East Oak 30″ Glass Door that has a remote. Or, grab a wireless smoker thermometer. You can’t change the temperature ont he smoker through that but you can see exactly how your cook is progressing and watch the ambient temperature of your smoker.

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The Best Electric Smokers: Our Top Choices

How do you know if the box works or not? Choose from one of these tried and recommended electric smoker models. There’s something to fit all budgets and needs here.

BEST OVERALL

Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker

4.6/5

BBQ type: Electric smoker

Material: Insulated steel

Grates: Chromed wire

Capacity: 711 sq in.

Wattage: 800

Dimensions: 20″ W x 33″ H x 19″ D

Price guide: $

Model: MB20071117

Warranty: 1 year

This electric smoker is by far THE most popular model out there.

We’ve owned one for a few years now and for a really great price, you get a basic but well-functioning digital electric smoker that can hold a fair bit of meat.

No, it’s not the best out there in terms of performance. The side wall insulation doesn’t do much about actually cold weather, the build quality definitely isn’t anything to rave about, and you have to be careful to never leave or run this thing in the rain, or water will get into the electric control panel (this can be fixed though).

But, looking at the big picture, this thing is pretty unbeatable in terms of value.

Our favorite thing about the Masterbuilt Digital is the side-loading wood chip port.

Adding Wood Chips to the Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker

This awesome design feature means that you never have to open the cooking chamber’s door, causing the cooking temperature to plummet, to add more wood chips.

Instead, simply slide the insert out, fill it with chips, pop it back in and turn.

One full load gives us anywhere between 30 – 60 minutes of smoke production depending on our cooking temperature and the type of wood chips used. And, you can easily tell when it’s time to top up because there won’t be any smoke coming from the top vent.

In terms of temperature regulation, the Masterbuilt Digital Electric does a fairly good job of staying steady so long as the weather is alright out.

We’ve successfully cooked whole briskets in here, many a rack of ribs, smoked chickens, sausages, and pulled pork. But, our favorite thing to do in here is salmon.

Hot Smoked Salmon on Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker 140B

The flavor is light but noticeable enough, and it cooks quickly so there’s no temperature struggles over long cooks.

White fish turns out great too.

And, if you want to cold smoke, the going with this Masterbuilt is the easiest way to do it. Just grab a Slow Smoker Attachment which slides into the wood chip port to cook cold with up to 6 hours of smoke production without having to lift a finger.

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BEST VALUE

East Oak 30-inch Electric with Glass Door

4.7/5

BBQ type: Electric smoker

Material: Insulated steel

Grates: Chromed wire

Capacity: 725 sq in.

Wattage: 800

Dimensions: 17.56″ D x 18.97″ W x 32.44″ H

Price guide: $

Model: PES23001

Warranty: 3 years

East Oak is a new brand on the block who are bringing some serious competition to the market with this model, the 30 Inch Digital Electric with Glass Door.

Bascially, they’ve taken every common electric smoker feature and one-upped it, throwing it altogether in a package with a red hot price on it. And, maybe it won’t stay this cheap for long. But, for now you’re getting a whole lot of electric smoker for your dollar.

Good viewing door on East Oak Electric smoker with window

Instead of the typical two-layer insulation, East Oak give you a third level of protection against the cold and the difference is noticeable. This electric smoker stays steadier than your average which, for us, translates to faster cook times.

And, instead of having to top the wood chips up every hour or so, the extra large wood chip holder that’s still side-loading, can go for 2.5 – 3 hours before having to add more.

Replenishing the wood chips so often really means that electric smokers aren’t totally set and forget but you’re one step closer to being very hands off with this East Oak. We’ve often left meat to cook beyond the 3 hour mark without any wood chips in there at all and the meat didn’t taste that different to a cook where we kept the smoke coming.

But, you’re also getting a full glass door with a built in light, and an included meat probe that plugs directly into the control panel. This lets you see exactly when your meat is done without having to fork out on a separate meat thermometer. It’s a decent savings and nice to have everything temperature related displayed on the one unit.

Although there’s no WiFi or Bluetooth (not that many electric smokers have that), this East Oak comes with a remote so that you can see and change the temperature from inside your house. It works well for the times when you’re feeling lazy or just don’t want to leave what you’re doing.

Topping it off, East Oak also give you a 3 year warranty.

You do need to register your unit within 90 days to get it. But, it’s a long guarantee for an electric smoker where they usually leave you high and dry after a year or two max.

The only real downside we’ve found with the East Oak is that there’s not a lot of height between the racks. So, while the total cooking capacity can be quite large if what you’re cooking is quite flat, you do need to whip a rack or two out for taller things like a whole chicken or even a big point end of a brisket.

Still, at the end of the day, we’re very happy with the East Oak and would even go so far as recommending it over the Masterbuilt Digital above although the brand isn’t as well established.

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BEST BUDGET

Char-Broil Analog Electric

3.8/5

BBQ type: Electric smoker

Material: Insulated steel

Grates: Chromed wire

Capacity: 544 sq in.

Wattage: 1,200

Dimensions: 15″D x 20.7″W x 33.5″H

Price guide: $

Model: 18202076

Warranty: 1 year

If cheap is what you want then this electric smoker, the Char-Broil Analog Electric gives you decent performance at a rock-bottom price.

You’ve got all the standard and basic features like a latched door for a decent seal, side-wall insulation to improve temperature stability, and a water and wood chip tray.

Char-Broil Analog Electric Smoker

The 1,200 watt heating element is powerful enough to get the smaller than average 544 square inches of cooking space up to temp. But, with an analog, don’t expect to be able to just set this smoker to a precise temperature and walk away.

You do need to make some general, higher or lower adjustments until the heat’s dialled in to where you want it. Judging it by the dial alone won’t cut it because you’ll need a higher dial position on colder days while less power might cut it for the mid-summer cook.

Unfortunately you do need to open that cooking chamber door to add more wood chips which will drop the temperature too.

But, if the only way you’re going to buy a smoker is by going cheap and you can’t push it the extra $50 or so more to go a Masterbuilt, this Char-Broil can cook some decent food. It’s smoky goodness without the bells and whistles and sometimes there’s nothing wrong with that.

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BEST AUTOMATED

Bradley Digital Vertical

4/5

BBQ type: Electric smoker

Material: Insulated steel

Grates: Stainless steel

Capacity: 572 sq in.

Wattage: 500

Dimensions: 19″D x 22″W x 34″H

Price guide: $$

Model: BTDS76P

Warranty: 1 year

If you’re like us and not completely convinced about electric smokers because adding the wood chips so regularly means they’re really not set and forget, check out this self-feeding one from Bradley.

This digital electric smoker works a little differently to your regular model. Instead of sitting a tray of wood chips over a heating element, there’s a separate smoke box that’s powered by it’s own heating element. Not only does this mean that the wood is fed into the smoker by itself. But, you’ve also got more control over the amount of smoke that’s generated because you can set the rate separately.

Inside the Bradley Digital Electric Smoker

The downside to this is that you’re stuck buying Bradley’s Bisquettes. They are more expensive than grabbing any old bag of wood chips. One bisquette gives you about 20 minutes of smoke time making the running cost of the Bradley higher than other electric smokers.

Personally, I’d go a pellet smoker over the Bradley. But, if you are set on an electric smoker and want real ease then Bradley does give you that.

The temperature control isn’t spot on. Do expect a reasonable amount of ups and downs. But, the Bradley Digital holds quite a lot of food and is totally hands off with a good choice of briquette flavors to suit your taste.

Instead of your regular grates, this smoker has basket style racks that can be good, can be bad, depending on your preference. They do pull out so it’s easy to load and unload your food. But, you can’t just shove your tongs in there and move stuff around.

Smoking fish in the Bradley Digital Electric Smoker

Build-wise, the Bradley is still a lightweight, cheap electric smoker.

There is some insulation but like all of the other cheaper electric smokers, it’s not enough to really give much protection from really cold weather.

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BEST HIGH QUALITY

Cookshack SuperSmoker SM045

4.8/5

BBQ type: Electric smoker

Material: Stainless steel

Grates: Nickle plated

Capacity: 756 sq in.

Wattage: 750

Dimensions: 19.5″D x 20.5″W x 35″H

Price guide: $$$

Model: SM045

Warranty: 2 years

This electric smoker looks industrial because it is. And, if you want actually good quality in an electric smoker, the looks are something you’ll have to compromise on.

Made from double walled stainless steel with 850°F Spin-Glas® insulation sandwiched in between, the Cookshack SuperSmoker stays cool to touch while giving your steadier temperatures that are less impacted by a bit of bad weather.

We’ve used it in almost freezing conditions without an issue.

Inside you’ve got three grates that are wide enough to fit a brisket. Unfortunately they’re nickle plated instead of stainless steel. But, everything else about this smoker is top quality.

One of our biggest pet peeves about electric smokers in general is that they’re not really set and forget because you have to keep going back to top up the wood chips. But, place a chunk or two of wood in the large box and the Cookshack should provide enough smoke to cook without having to open the door to replenish it.

Included in the price is also a wired meat probe that plugs into the control panel for seamless monitoring without having to buy a separate thermometer.

The SuperSmoke cooks as beautifully as an electric smoker can ever do. And, it’s made in the USA.

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BEST CHEAPER HIGH END

Smokin-It #2

4.7/5

BBQ type: Electric smoker

Material: Stainless steel

Grates: Stainless steel

Capacity: 1,247 sq in.

Wattage: 800

Dimensions: 21.5″D x 17.25″W x 24″H

Price guide: $$

Model: #2

Warranty: 3 years

For a similar product to the Cookshack with similar performace but a significantly lower price, there’s the Smokin-It Model #2.

Like the Cookshack, this option isn’t pretty, but, at the moment, the industrial look is the only choice if you’re after an electric smoker that’s actually decently insulated.

With fiberglass sandwiched between 28-gauge, 201 stainless steel, a double latch door system, and a rheostat temperature controller, we found the Smokin-It stays within the stated +/- 30°F of your set target.

Rheostat temperature controller on Smokin-It #2

While the temperature doesn’t hold as steady as a newer, PID-style controller, this performance is pretty consistent even in cold weather so you know the insulation is doing it’s job well.

Unlike the Cookshack, you are getting stainless steel grilling racks which is nice to know they should stay in better shape over time. And, for the cheaper price of this model, you’re getting a larger cooking capacity with 1,247 square inches.

Just be aware that the racks do sit quite close together. With all the racks in, you don’t have enough height to cook a whole chicken or a brisket. But, if you’re loading it up with fish, sausages, jerky, or something else similar, you can fit a lot of meat in here.

Inside the Smokin-It 2 Electric Smoker

You’ll notice that there’s no side loading wood chip port on this model either. Like the Cookshack, it’s designed to smoke with one or two large chunks of wood instead of chips. This makes the smoke last longer so you don’t need to fill it up mid-cook.

Smokin-It advise against using too much wood and we’d have to agree, going lighter on the volume with a stronger type of wood is a better if you want stronger flavor.

The #2 doesn’t have a probe port though so you will need your own meat thermometer if you want an easy way to check when your meat is perfectly cooked without having to open that door. Read about our favorite wireless probes if you’re interested.

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BEST FIXED TEMP

Smokehouse Big Chief

4/5

BBQ type: Electric smoker

Material: Aluminum

Grates: Chromed wire

Capacity: 576 sq in.

Wattage: 450

Dimensions: 24.5 H x 18 W x 12 D

Price guide: $

Model: Big Chief

Warranty: 2 years

Smokehouse have been a fan favorite since they began in 1968. And, instead of trying to do it all, they’ve stuck to this simple, fixed temperature design that’s affordable and efficient for fish, jerky, and other small stuff.

With one temperature setting of 165°F, there’s hardly anything to this one.

Simply turn it on, load your food through the front door, add some wood chips and away you go. The consistent low temperature gives you certainty that you won’t overheat your food. It’s also been designed with premium smoke ventilation to make sure the smoke circulates correctly for maximum flavor and proper dehydration.

Lightweight and compact, the Big Chief is large enough to cook up to 50 pounds at a time.

Smoke production from Big Chief electric smoker

It can be used to smoke heavier cuts like brisket and pork butt too. But, keep in mind that because of the very low temperature, you won’t be able to get a big cut of meat up to a safe tempearture. Instead, you’ll need to finish these larger cuts off in the oven to bring them up to a safe eating temperature once they’ve already had their dose of smoke.

While you’re using the Big Chief though, you will need to top up the wood chips every hour or so.

There’s a small pan included to hold the chips and a lift up flap so you can add more without letting all the heat out of the cooking chamber.

Being so lightweight, this smoker isn’t the strongest or the most durable out there.

The aluminum shell will dent easily so take care with it while you’re setting it up and packing it away. But, when it comes to processing a whole heap of fish, we love the Big Chief. It’s so easy you can’t go wrong, you just need to stick to what this smoker was made for, the smaller and more delicate stuff.

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What is an Electric Smoker?

An electric smoker is a type of barbecue that’s designed for cooking and flavoring food through the controlled use of heat and smoke.

Unlike traditional smokers that rely on charcoal, wood, or gas for fuel, electric smokers use electricity to power a heating element, which generates the required heat. Wood chips are placed in a tray above the heating element so that they smoulder, releasing smoke to flavor the food.

Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker Door Open

Most electric smokers have adjustable temperature controls, allowing the user to set the desired cooking temperature that the smoker will maintain automatically.

Because electric smokers automatically regulate the temperature for you, they’re a popular type of smoker for beginners as well as anyone who wants a hassle-free way to smoke. But, keep in mind that you do need to top up the wood chips in most electric smokers every hour or so, they’re not completely set and forget.

Additionally, electric smokers are dedicated low and slow smokers only. They’re not designed for high heat grilling.

How Do Electric Smokers Work?

Electric smokers are somewhat similar to your indoor oven in that there’s an electrical element that heat the cooking chamber to a temperature appropriate for low and slow smoking.

But, that’s just the heat part. In order to get flavor out of an electric smoker, you need wood.

Wood Chips Loaded into the Tray Via the Side Loading Wood Chip Port

Most electric smokers rely on placing a small tray above the heating element that gets filled with hardwood wood chips that are heated to a smouldering temperature to produce the smoke that flavors the food. But, some electric smokers use larger wood chunks while the well known Bradley Smokers make a proprietry bisquette that’s similar to a hardwood pellet that’s the source of smoke for their automated smokers.

Advantages of Using an Electric Smoker

Electric smokers are a popular type of smoker because they give you these benefits:

Electric smokers are, in general, the cheapest type of smoker you can buy. This makes them a popular choice for beginners and budget-conscious buyers. Some people even buy an electric smoker as a dedicated fish smoker to keep their charcoal, pellet, or offset smoker for the real meat.

Because the temperature is set and regulated by an analog or digital controller, electric smokers are one of the easiest types of smokers to use.

They also seal the moisture in well so it’s hard to completely screw up a meal on one of these.

With the temperature regulation taken care of, you only need to make sure there’s enough wood chips in the tray to keep your smoker producing smoke and you’re good.

There’s no need to babysit your smoker or dedicate the whole day to smoking with an electric.

For the price and relatively small space they take up in your backyard or garage, an electric smoker gives you quite a lot of cooking space with it’s vertical configuration.

Most electric smokers can’t be used out of the box as a cold smoker. But, some brands sell cold smoking attachments which is one of the best and easiest methods of cold smoking any food.

Disadvantages of Using an Electric Smoker

There are quite a lot of drawbacks to using an electric smoker including:

No, it’s not just you or what you’re doing, electric smokers produce little nitric oxide without which you can’t scientifically get a good, deep, pink bark on your meat.

Yes, you can get some color. But, it’s the combustion in other types of smokers that gives off that really strong ring.

Electric smokers generally seal pretty well which is a positive in that the meat generally turns out pretty moist, even without a water tray. But, also means that it’s hard to get a good bark on meat smoked in an electric smoker because too much moisture leaves the outside layer (the bark), wet and often mushy.

Most electric smokers are really poor quality boxes that are flimsy, not durable, and very often have electrical problems rendering the whole unit, useless.

It’s no surprise that an electric smoker needs, electricity. So, you’ll need a power outlet outside, an extension cord, or a portable power setup if you’re using it on the go. Oh, and there’s no smoking if there’s a power outage of course.

Because the temperature regulation is taken care of, it seems like an electric smoker should be set and forget. But, you do need to top up the wood chips which, depending on your make and model, needs to be done every 30 minutes to 3 hours max.

Electric smokers are dedicated low and slow smokers only. You cannot grill on an electric smoker.

What to Look for When Buying an Electric Smoker

To help you find the best electric smoker for you, consider the following factors:

Do you want to be able to smoke when the weather starts to turn cold?

The very average insulation of cheaper electric smokers means that they struggle to reach and maintain a hot enough temperature to smoke in cold weather even if it’s not below freezing.

So, if you do want year round, or even fall and spring smoking, go for a model with better insulation like the East Oak or the professional quality Cookshack.

Have a think about how much you want to cook in your electric smoker and look for one that’s got a big enough capacity.

Keep in mind the head height between the grates as well. Some electric smokers sound like they’d fit a lot, and they do, but only if it’s short stuff like fish fillets or jerky.

If you have to open the main cooking chamber door to add wood chips, you’ll let out all of that good hot air with it, extending your smoking time considerably.

Instead, buy an electric smoker that has a way to add wood chips without opening that door. Or, opt for one that works with a couple of wood chunks for hours of smoke production without having to do a thing.

With a reliance on electronic components and the usually cheap price point of electric smokers, they are prone to having problems.

Look for one with a longer warranty period or at least be aware of how long you’re covered for before any problems become your own.

Alternatives to Electric Smokers

If you’re put off by the considerable cons list of electric smokers like we are, have you thought about going pellet?

Pellet smokers use electricity to run a control panel which regulates the temperature for you just like an electric smoker does. But, because they burn real wood in the form of hardwood pellets, you’ve got an acutal wood fire that puts out the right stuff for better smoke rings, flavor, and bark formation.

Pellet smokers are also in general, better quality and set up to handle cold weather better than a flimsy electric box.

Check out this similar alternative, read our pellet vs electric smoker comparison, or jump to our best pellet smoker review.

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FAQs About the Best Electric Smokers

We do love smoking fish and jerky on an electric smoker. But, in general, no electric smokers aren’t as good as other types of smokers.

Because there’s no real fire, the heat and small amount of smoke is just generated by a hot element like what’s inside your oven. This doesn’t have the correct elements to create that beautiful, thick smoke ring, or delicious, I need more bark.

A digital electric smoker is better than an analog electric smoker because all you need to do is set the precise temperature you want and it’ll do the rest.

On an analog electric smoker, you need to adjust the dial until the temperature gauge shows you’ve reached your desired temperature. So, using an analog electric smoker is more difficult and time consuming than using a digital model.

These days, digital electric smokers aren’t even that much more expensive than analog models.

Most electric smokers definitely aren’t the best made barbecues out there. And, while you should expect any model to last longer than it’s warranty if you look after it properly, I wouldn’t expect to get much more than 5 years of regular use out of a cheap electric smoker.

It’s never best practice to leave anything you’re cooking unattended. So, while an electric smoker will automatically regulate the temperature for you, we can’t recommend that you leave one running all night while you sleep.

You can expect to need to top up the wood chips in an electric smoker every hour or so.

Exactly how often you’ll need to do it does depend on what type of wood chip you’re using, how large it is, how hot your smoker is running, and how big the included wood chip tray is on your particular model.

You should always clean the grates on any type of smoker between each use. And, on an electric smoker, you should also empty the drip tray and wood chip tray after each use. But, you don’t need to wipe down the walls of the smoker itself.

You don’t need to flip your meat mid-cook in an electric smoker. Because the cabinet style holds the heat well, hot air and smoke will penetrate the top side of your meat as well as coming from the bottom up.

Generally, no, you shouldn’t use an electric smoker in the rain.

Most of them have control panels that sit on top of the smoker and aren’t waterproof. This means that water can easily get into the electronics and cause problems of which we have experienced first-hand.

Additionally, water can get into the cooking chamber through the top vent.

Kate Brown, the founder and voice behind Burning Brisket, is not your typical pitmaster or restaurateur. Her expertise in barbecue grew from a humble desire to cook exceptional meals for her family. From overcoming burnt brisket mishaps to establishing her boutique cattle ranch, Kate shares her passion to help 'ordinary' individuals cook extraordinary barbecue, believing that simplicity often yields the best flavors. Kate is commited to making great barbecue accessible to all with the right resources and some tasty practice.

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