Masterbuilt 30 Inch Electric Smoker Review

Nov 21, 2017 | Reviews

Masterbuilt 30 Inch Digital Electric Smoker

Our Rating:  [usr 4.3]
Patented Side Wood Chip Loading System  
Dimensions 33.27 x 20.47 x 19.88 inche
Weight 39.34 lbs


Nothing adds a complex depth of flavor to a piece of meat like a good smoking. That is why grilling aficionados have been flocking to smokers directed at home users. Many people use store-bought substitutes to get that smokey flavor, from smoked salt to smoked water, to barbecue sauce with smoked elements. However, by smoking your meat yourself, you get to control the type of wood that is used, which may change the flavor in a big way, as well as the intensity and degree to which the meat is smoked. On top of that, producing an intense and flavorful roast just makes you feel a sense of accomplishment.With all that in mind, this review will take a look at the Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker. We will first go over the basic parameters, and then we will take a look at some of the most important features of this smoker. We will end with an easy-to-use list of pros and cons that is designed to help you make the best choice for your needs.

The Basics

Let us start with the most basic information about the Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker. It measures at 20 x 17 x 33.5 inches and offers up to 730 square inches of cooking space, which is a good size for a home smoker. The manufacturer notes that it can fit as many as 12 chickens at a time, or 4 racks of ribs, and so on. That is quite handy because you can prepare a whole feast in one go. It comes with four adjustable racks, which are easy to take out and clean up.

The Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker is made of a sturdy metal casing painted in a matte black color. But the casing itself is not the important part. What matters is the insulation, and this smoker is insulated with expanding foam, around ¾” in thickness. That provides excellent heat and smoke retention, and, coupled with the convenient top-mounted digital display, it allows you to have more control over how your meat is smoked.

The digital display features various control functions that can make the whole process a lot easier. This smoker comes with a built-in thermostat, and it can reach temperatures from 100 to 275 degrees F. This heat is facilitated by an 800-watt heating element, which is located at the bottom of the smoker. The fact that this smoker features a side-loading system for wood chips makes it even easier to use, and that’s in addition to a chrome-coated and fully removable dripping pan that is easy to clean up and reuse.

The Pros and Cons

The Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker may look like the best thing since sliced bread judging by the previous section, but all products have downsides to them as well. Let us take a brief look at some of the leading pros and cons of this smoker.


Size: This smoker offers quite a large area for smoking, and it can fit in a lot of meat in one go. The manufacturer makes a point of specifying exactly how many pieces of various meats can fit into the smoker at once. But why take their word for it when you can see for yourself?

Price: Priced at around $160, the Masterbuilt 30 Electric Smoker provides excellent value for money, especially when you consider the first item on our pros list. Sure, you could get a more expensive smoker with more advanced features such as a remote control and window with internal lighting, but those are bells and whistles that may not be necessary for a home smoker.


Durability: Some users have noted that the heating element tends to short out after many uses. Indeed, these users reported having to change out the heating element two or three times in the space of a couple of years of use. Mind you, this happened to a minority of users, but it is still worth mentioning because there is a small chance it could happen to you too.

Billy StewartBilly Stewart

Founder of

My dad is a true mans man, and has owned a number of grills. Ranging from gas to charcoal. Growing up with him allowed me to see what different types of rubs, spices, brines, etc went into making the best BBQ. Although my dad was a truck driver, and I had a degree in Information Technology I knew that I wanted to do something about grilling and our recipes.  That’s where Barbeque Smoked comes in.


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