This Electric Smoker Will Completely Change the Way You Think About BBQ

Some people claim you can't achieve the same level of flavor with electric appliances as you can with charcoal or gas appliances. But even electric smokers have proven to make competition-worthy brisket. Give your grill a break this summer and spice up your next barbecue with an electric smoker that cooks burgers, ribs, and more.

Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

If your summer barbecues generally include someone struggling to light the charcoal grill or making last-minute trips to the hardware store for a new propane tank—an electric smoker is definitely for you.

While an electric smoker may not cook your meat any faster than a charcoal or gas grill, it can make barbecuing a lot easier—and you can have fun with flavor by experimenting with different wood chips. One excellent option is the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker that comes with a remote so you can check on the meat without leaving the party. Instead of messing with fuel, all you have to do is plug it in and set the digital controls. Plus, replenishing the wood chips is easy thanks to the smooth side-loading panel. (Use hickory chips for a mild taste and mesquite if you want to pack a flavor punch.) Tip: To keep your chips from burning too quickly, soak them in water for at least an hour before you start smoking.

With four removable racks and plenty of interior cooking space, you can smoke corn on the cob, ribs, and chicken at the same time. But summer backyard barbecues aren't the only time you'll use this smoker; it also comes in handy during holidays. One Amazon reviewer said smoking the turkey on Thanksgiving was such a success that there wasn't a single piece leftover.

To buy: Masterbuilt 30-inch Top Controller Electric Smoker, $250; amazon.com