Combining meat and heat was among mankind’s greatest ideas, along with the printing press, the light bulb, and the bidet. Due respect to grilling and roasting, our favorite approach to meat and fire is going low and slow in a smoker. Electric smokers are great entryways into the world of meat-smoking. Why? They’re smaller, require less steps toto operate, and maintain more consistent temperatures. In short: they cut out most of the steps that make traditional smokers so damn intimidating. Oh, and they’re often more affordable. Today, there’s a deal on a solid starter electric smoker: The Masterbuilt MES 130B. More than 500 reviewers have given it an average of 4.2 stars, so it’s able to treat your ‘cue with care.
The MES 130 B stands three feet tall and is roughly 20 inches square, but is able to fit up to two turkeys, four racks of ribs, four pork butts, or six chickens in at once. When it comes to getting started, all you need to do is slide some wood chips in the cylindrical tray, set the temperature using the digital controls, and, well, crack a beer an wait (there’s so more you can do, but not much)The smoker’s 800 watt heating element does the rest of the job. And because it’s electronically controlled, the temperature stays consistent automatically. No fussing necessary.
All things considered the MES 130 B is a pretty solid starter smoker. Already well priced at $188, you can pick it up today for $114.