Electric smoker is basically an indoor/outdoor device that is used for smoking up the food. This device is easy to handle as compared to the other ways used for smoking up the food e.g. charcoal burners.
It has inner built electrical rods which heat up the food. On the other hand, we can operate it with ease. So, in that case, masterbuilt is one of the finest manufacturers of electric smokers. Here are some main steps that how to use a masterbuilt electric smoker
Dry run up of the smoker:
When you buy a new product it is always good to give it a dry run so that its system would pump up to work perfectly. So, here is our first step to run our smoker empty for some time. It depends on you for how long you run up the smoker but it is good to give a run of 5-7 hours to the smoker. It would be good if you would give this run up before a day of cooking meals inside.
Turning on and preheating the smoker:
Now the first step of cooking is you need to turn on the masterbuilt smoker by just pressing on its “ON/OFF” button. Now allow it to preheat for some time
Adjustment of temperature:
You need to adjust the temperature of the smoker to almost 10 degrees above the desired temperature so the food would get properly cooked. The best temperature to cook meat and fish is usually 225 Fahrenheit. Take a stopwatch to note the time.
Preparing your meat:
Now it’s time to prepare your meat. It’s good to marinate your meat/fish for a few hours before cooking to have a good taste.
Adding wood chips to a smoker:
The most interesting feature of a masterbuilt smoker is to operate the wood chips tray that is probably located at the bottom-left side of the smoker. We have to rotate and slide out the tray then add wood chips to it. Avoid overfilling it. You can refill it after every 4 hours as a single loading lasts for 4 hours or you can also add a single piece of wood chips after every half hour. After loading the tray slide back the tray into the smoker.
Adding water to the tray:
Now, add water to the tray that is placed inside the smoker.
Loading the meat:
After preheating for an hour, now it’s time to load your meat. Open the door of the smoker and let some smoke dissipate so it would be easy for you to load your meat. An important thing to remember while loading meat is to put your thicker slices of meat on the upper shelf and the thinner on the bottom shelf. The reason behind this is that smoke is more on the upper side and less on the bottom side. So, when cooking fish, put your fish on the bottom rank. Now load your meat and close the door.
Maintaining the smoke:
While cooking your meat keep a check and balance on the smoke.
Cleaning up the smoker:
After your meal is ready, switch off the smoker and let it cool. It is good to clean it so it would not be messy when you cook next time. Now, take a slightly wet cloth or wipe to clean the smoker. Clean its surface, walls and rods and the door too.
Unique features of masterbuilt electric smoker:
Some of its unique features are that it has a thermostat to control the temperature. It also has the feature of Bluetooth, digital and analog.
Tips for masterbuilt smoker:
Try not to refill the loading tube when cooking chicken, as a single loading of chips is enough for cooking chicken in the smoker.
Clean the smoker after every use.
Place it indoor if possible and cover the device after using it with a paper bag this will protect the smoker from dust particles.
Do not overcook the meat when placed directly on the grills or heating rods this will cause the meat to stick on the rods and will cause difficulty in peeling off when cleaning the smoker.
After adjusting the temperature, try to have a heat check on your hand.
You don’t have to worry about how to use a masterbuilt electric smoker because it is very easy to use as compared to other burners. There is nothing to worry about. You just need to turn it on, preheat, adjust the temperature and the smoker is ready to use. I hope this guide will help you in operating your masterbuilt smoker and will also help you to get a good cooking experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it necessary to add water in the smoker?
Yes, to keep your food moist and maintain a level of humidity in the smoker it is necessary to add water.
How to make a foil tray to avoid mess?
Take a disposable tray and cover it from with a foil sheet and place it on the bottom rank just below the upper shelve where the meat is placed. Try to spread the foil sheet in the tray so the dripped water could be collected in the disposable foil sheet tray. The disposable tray will help to avoid creating a mess in the smoker.
Can we use soaked wood chips in the smoker?
No, the smoker doesn’t go good with the soaked wood chips because these electrical burners are designed to work by burning the dry wood chips. They slowly burn the chips to produce an even wave of smoke in the smoker.
How to use a water pan or a masterbuilt electric smoker?
The water pan is placed inside at the bottom-left side of the smoker. After the smoker is preheated, you have to fill the tray halfway with water and put it on its right place. You can also put the tray inside the smoker after loading the meat.
How often do you add wood chips in the smoker?
When you load wood chips in the loading tube, the chips last for about four hours so you can refill the tube after every four hours or you can also add a piece of wood chips in the tube after every thirty minutes. But make sure to have a check on the smoke inside the device.
What if a masterbuilt electric smoker doesn’t smoke?
If unfortunately, the smoker doesn’t smoke then first of all, have a check that the chips loading tube is cleaned. Now, fill half the tray with chips and let it begin to process before you fill it to the normal. If it doesn’t work then try to load some crushed pieces of charcoal one by one this also increases the burning and helps in creating smoke. Make sure to clean the tube after every time you use it.