Before I deep dive into this detailed Masterbuilt 20071117 electric smoker review, I think it’s only fair that I tell you a little bit about the history of the firm that manufactures it. As you may already have guessed, the smoker is manufactured by Masterbuilt which has been in the business of building quality and affordable cooking products since 1973, and that’s over 40 years! If you are looking for one of the best electric smokers available, this might be what you are looking for! It is slightly more expensive than the Masterbuilt 20070910 smoker but it has an integrated thermostatic control and is fully insulated for an even cook. It also features a nifty remote control which makes monitoring the temperature of your smoker so much easier and stress free.
Measuring in at 19.88 x 20.47 x 33.27 inches , this smoker is slightly smaller than some of its closes rivals but it provides more smoking space (2 cubic feet) than most of them as well. It comes with 4 chrome-coated smoking racks and a built-in meat thermometer which faithfully monitor the temperature inside the smoker so that you don’t have to open the door every time when you need to check the temperature inside. A lot of smokers out there will have a tiny door in front that makes it very difficult for people with large hands to reload chips without burning themselves!
In addition, it offers a convenient side wood-chip loader (another huge time saver) so that you don’t have to open the door every time just to refill the wood chips. Finally, it also comes with a removable drip pan and rear-mounted grease pan.
As mentioned before, this electric smoker comes with a handheld remote control which allows you to set the cooking time and the temperature you desire. This means that you don’t have to stand up and manually walk over to the main unit anymore! You can also check the current temperature inside the smoker by pushing the temp set button twice. The main unit has a display on top which automatically alternates between the remaining cooking time and the current temperature inside the smoker.
However, it would be so much better if they included the two AAA batteries necessary to operate the remote control!
Other than this minor drawback, the Masterbuilt 20071117 performs admirably well and thanks to the temperature control and internal meat probe, I was able to achieve great result with my beef ribs, turkeys, corn, and peppers. Repeated user reviews also hail the customer support as being top notch.
Thanks to the smart positioning of the bottom grease pan which is tilted to the back grease trap, clean up is a breeze; you can have everything (drip pan, water pan, the racks, and the glass) cleaned up under 15 minutes. Lastly, the assembly instructions are easy to understand and you can literally get the smoker up and running in 15 minutes!
In summary, if you’re looking for a decent yet affordable electric smoker that is easy to use and clean, this is it! This is the one and only one you need to smoke great food and have fun with friends and family. But don’t just take my word for it. There are around 800 positive reviews at Amazon so it’s a clear sign that this is a good smoker and people simply love it!
And available with free shipping too, this one is totally worth the money.