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Old 04-13-2010, 02:51 PM   #1
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My B-I-L and S-I-L love the meals I've smoked for them over the years whether it be ribs, brisket, ham, chicken, etc. It has come to the point where my brother-in-law doesn't want to wait till they come to our house to eat. My sister-in-law asked me this morning for advice on buying an electric smoker. She is the cook and she doesn't want to mess around with charcoal, wood, or gas. I told her the only one I knew of that would probably be worth spending the money on was a small Treager and that I would ask the Brethren for feedback on what they thought. So, I'm asking. Any input will be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:55 PM   #2
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I get great results with my Brinkmann electric
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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I have a Masterbuilt I bought at Outdoor World/Bass Pro Shop. It's easy to use and ideal for someone like me who doesn't smoke a great deal or for large groups. The only drawback I have with it is that its top temperature is 275, so I often will smoke something for 5 or 6 hours then finish it in the oven if I need a higher temperature. The link:
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:05 PM   #4
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I was not aware that Traeger made electrics---may have learned something new here today.

As to electrics for home cooking, I think Cookshack rules the field.

Also, the Masterbuilt has a good reputation and is a bit cheaper. I think (repeat think) they show up in Sam's occasionally.

For the casual home cook, it is damn hard to beat the ease and "goof proof-ness" of an electric.

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Old 04-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #5
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I've been keeping my eyes on the Cookshacks as first choice in an electric. Limited funds has been the issue...
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #6
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I'm in favor of the Traeger for a few good reasons: ease of operation; comes up to temp quickly; fairly even temp across the grate; simple clean up. Oh yeah, it makes pretty good food, too. ;>)

This is assuming that you would consider the Traeger pellet cookers to be electric for this disscussion.
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:28 PM   #7
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I've had real good luck with my Cookshack. I have several family members and friends that own Cooshacks and have nothing but good things to say as well. Its a great product that's made in the USA, and has excellent customer service.
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:35 PM   #8
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Hey Niel, What is the BUDGET...........you can get the new Masterbuilt at Homedepot.com right now on clearance for under 200 buck. The news ones with a vent work just fine, I done butts and brisket in mine for over 12 hours and everything comes out great.
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:36 PM   #9
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:40 PM   #10
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I have had a Brinkman electric for 5yrs, works great for leaving to go to work and come home for some smoked. Although probably not the safest thing to do.
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:00 PM   #11
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I'm surprised Derek hasn't chimed in yet as he's had some good results with his Masterbuilt - which is something I almost bought when I got my GOSM. The Masterbuilt appears to be fairly solid and is not expensive if that's a consideration.
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:17 PM   #12
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The Bradley is the Cadillac of electric smokers. Everytime I cook with it, I'm glad I bought it.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:37 PM   #13
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I have to say that my Cookshack is the easiest fool proof smoker I've ever used. For a beginner, it is almost bulletproof for great results.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:39 PM   #14
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:59 PM   #15
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I currently use a Masterbuilt and a Bradley. They both do a good job at what they were intended to do. Smoke food. The results are not even close to a clean burning fire in my stick burner, my preferred method, but they do get used here all winter long.
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