I bought the updated version of this smoker (I guess that's what it is) at Cabela's back in April 2013. It was a package deal with them -- had a cover, recipe DVD and sausage racks. Have used it many times since then and always had great success with it. Previously I had built my own smokers because nothing commercially made had everything I wanted, unless I wanted to shell out over a grand for one. Nope, that isn't happenin'!!
This one is wide so a full slab of ribs fits perfectly. I can do a ton of shoulders in it. I like that it's propane fired. I use charcoal as a base, with my wood chunks on top of the charcoal.
When I fire it up I do a lot of things at one time, not just what I'm cooking for that one meal.
Smoking has a lot to do with personal tastes, likes and dislikes, so anyone out there reading the one sort of negative review by CET above, I would suggest you go out and get any BBQ/smoker book, read it. Watch TV shows on smoking, etc. Gain the knowledge you need by trying different things and talking to other people that love to smoke things. You will find that you'll "hone in" on what you like best and how to do it. It's the same with BBQ sauces -- there's no one "right" sauce. It all depends on what part of the country you happen to be standing in at that moment in time as to what kind of sauce you will get.
Thanks Masterbuilt for a great product and for what you and your company stand for. (Posted on 7/21/13)
I love this smoker it works awesome I have smoked ribs turkey pork buts chicken any thing u can imagine it works flawlessley People complaine about the instructions get with it Put ur food in it and learn Learning comes with practice All ur food will come out delicious. You cannot mess it up Search the internet for recipies safe food temps and times it that easy YouTube has videos thousands of them This smoker is awesome My son graduated this past june and i smoked six Pork Loins Pleanty of room for all. The friends and family couldn't get enough. Propane is much eassier to use then charcoal No adding any thing just wood chips I use actual wood branch wood that i cut myself Apple wood is my favorite Mellow flavor for all foods Must say that turkey in this smoker tasty one must try it All in all this smoker is perfect for the beginner to the expert. Spring Summer Winter Fall this smoker does it All Thanks for the awesome product (Posted on 1/19/13)
This was my 1st smoker. I did research on the web before buying. BassPro had these on sale so I gave it a try. It was fairly easy to put together, takes 2 people to move this around as its bulky (big). I seasoned the smoker as recommended on the web.I have used this for almost 2 years using it 2 to 6 times a month. Ive turned out some great smoked ribs, meatloaf, chicken,fish, veggies on thie thing. I am always looking for new things to try. The only issues I have had are these. Its windy where I live so I had to made a "homemade" baffle for the vents in the back to limit the breeze from making a wind tunnel. I wedge it in and close the vent half way and it works great. The front dooor is huge. I have had to roll up aluminum foil to make a tigher seal around the door. I am going to use appliance seal around the door for a permanent fix. The "low" setting is not quite low enough for me to smoke ribs at the low heat that I prefer. I set it to low then slowly close the knob on the propane tank to get the gas low enough to get my 180 degrees for +8 hours that I like for fall off the bone ribs. The last thing is I could use one or two more racks in the thing. The holes are already there but I can't find any racks. I smoke huge amounts of food on this thing when I do use it. we freeze food for later use. Hickory smoked chicken is awesome. I make 15 to 20 at a time, It could do more is I had the more racks. I recommend this to all my friends. I like the propane feature due to my locations (personal preference). I will buy another one when I wear this one out. Its pretty well made, got some rust but nothing serious. Should last 5 to 7 years. I would recommend buying a cover. Its so big I had to buy a huge canvas chair cover, which works fine. And its fun to use!!!! (Posted on 1/5/13)
Use Manual leaves alot to be desired. It could use more instruction for in use tips, could use more basic recipes,not all of the capacities for liquids,charcoal are accurate,etc. over all, just needs more details for first time users.I have never used/owned a cabinet type smoker and I'm sure a lot of other buyers are first timers.Plus can't find the cook book at any of the listed retailers.Just got smoker ,haven't used but onceand have questions tnat the manual is not clear on. It list charcoal amounts but never says what to do with it. I used chips only and really didn't get a heavy smoke flavor on my ribs I was looking for, don't know if charcoal is required are not, doesn't say ,it just lists an amount but manual never says to use it. (Posted on 1/3/13)
The smoker works great and is relatively easy to assemble. If it is colder outside you need to add some extra time to make sure your meat is cooked thoroughly. Smoking a pork butt right now! (Posted on 1/3/13)