Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite 30 Propane Smoker
But the simple design, ease of use and huge cooking area makes this ideal for anyone, whether they’re a complete newbie or seasoned chef.
The first thing you notice when you open this baby up is the huge amount of cooking space. Four huge chrome smoking racks that give you over 700 square inches of smoking room, which is easily enough for two small turkeys, or maybe one huge one, come Thanksgiving.
It’s another free-standing locker design, single-walled and non-insulated. It’s not as solidly built as some I’ve seen, but still strong enough to move about without worrying about anything breaking.
Propane powered, there’s a push to start electric ignition feature, which makes starting it as simple as one press of a button. It’s got a front mounted temperature dial that makes adjustments easy, but there are actually three ways to control the temperature. The dial on the door. The rear vent can be adjusted, and there’s a valve controlling propane flow from the bottle. With a little bit of fiddling, it’s easy to get the temperature exactly where you want it.
One thing I loved was the air damper. This lets you adjust how smoky it gets inside the cooker, massively affecting the flavor of whatever you’re cooking, giving you complete control and allowing you to set it just how you want it.
The little touches are nice, too. The handles are curled wire, and specially made to vent heat so you can open it up without worrying about burning yourself, even without gloves. Not only that, but the wood chip tray and water tray that come with it are porcelain and pretty solid construction. Not something you see often on a smoker this cheap.
With complete control over the temperature and smoke levels, as well as the generous room for cooking, if you’re looking for a solid, dedicated smoker as opposed to a hybrid like the Char-Broil Big Easy, this is the one I’d recommend.
- Huge internal cooking space
- Air damper allows adjustable smoke levels for perfect flavor
- Innovative 2 door design means you can access food without exposing the rest
- Efficient gas usage, cheap to run
- Thin metal and tack welded legs. Potential to break through overuse
- Real heavy and hard to move. No wheels
- Size: 43.5″x21.4″x21.1″
- Cooking space: 717 sq. in.
- Temperature range: Not specified
- No. of cooking racks: 4
- Weight: 58.5lbs (26kg)
- Accessories: Ceramic chip tray and water tray