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Masterbuilt John McLemore Signature Series 30 Inch Electric Smoker - $149 + tax & Free Shipping

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Lowe's has the Masterbuilt John McLemore Signature Series 30 Inch Electric Smoker

$149 + tax & Free Shipping
Sale ends June 23rd


https://www.lowes.com/pd/Masterbu...1000386183

Looks to be similar to the smoker Ace Hardware had on sale but cheaper!
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Great deal! $129 after a $20 coupon off eBay [ebay.com].
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Great deal! $129 after a $20 coupon off eBay [ebay.com].
Dang, I didn't even think about using those coupons!
Looks like you can finally use them online again vs in store only. But only at lowesforpros.com?
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I was thinking of getting the propane deal that was posted yesterday, simply because of the cost of electricity in these parts, but it actually looks like propane costs quite a bit more to run, so electric could still be cheaper to operate for me.

https://www.bbqdryrubs.com/propan...text=Cost%

Does that sound right?
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This is cheaper at the thrift shop but ymmv


edit: wow tough crowd.
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this is only $99 on Black Friday
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Great deal! $129 after a $20 coupon off eBay [ebay.com].
eBay coupon shows "can't be used in conjunction with any (i) other promotion, discount, ". Will the coupon work for the smokers Discount?
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eBay coupon shows "can't be used in conjunction with any (i) other promotion, discount, ". Will the coupon work for the smokers Discount?
Yes, the coupon works for this item. I used it.
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Anyone know where you can find reliable reviews on electric smokers? A lot of people complain about the masterbuilt grills & customer service. And all the reviews appear to be amazon referrals. I'm trying to decide whether to buy a <$300 (like this) or go for a premium (<$1K) grill. Is it worth the additional $$? Where can you find reliable reviews? Thx
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Anyone know where you can find reliable reviews on electric smokers? A lot of people complain about the masterbuilt grills & customer service. And all the reviews appear to be amazon referrals. I'm trying to decide whether to buy a <$300 (like this) or go for a premium (<$1K) grill. Is it worth the additional $$? Where can you find reliable reviews? Thx
Thats a tough general question, but regarding these masterbuilt models, you'll find reviews on lots of places, including Lowes. Generally, these smokers are the cheapest you can find and are made in the cheapest way - badly made electronics, thinnest sheet steel, etc. The warranty reflects the quality. Of course, some people will have good experience and chime in, but in the 10 minutes that I searched for reviews, I found at least 25% of reviews had poor experience within a year or a couple uses.

I love BBQ, and considering getting one. But I'm also lazy and cheap. Because of this deal, I was googling around and found that I can get 80-90% of the way there by using my slow cooker (Croak pot). Basically, you just need a slow and consistent source of heat. Since a croak pot can hold ~212C (water boiling temperature) consistently for 10+ hours, it should work... I did that experiment just last night - I brought a piece of brisket at the supermarket ($3.50/Lb), rub on some salt and seasoning, wrapped it in aluminum foil, and put it in my pot at 10am. At ~9pm, I took it out and it was delicious. There isn't the BBQ bark, but the flavor and tenderness was great. I ate it with a spoon (it was THAT tender!) Best of all, it was almost no work in preparation, watching temperature, or clean up.
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Thats a tough general question, but regarding these masterbuilt models, you'll find reviews on lots of places, including Lowes. Generally, these smokers are the cheapest you can find and are made in the cheapest way - badly made electronics, thinnest sheet steel, etc. The warranty reflects the quality. Of course, some people will have good experience and chime in, but in the 10 minutes that I searched for reviews, I found at least 25% of reviews had poor experience within a year or a couple uses.

I love BBQ, and considering getting one. But I'm also lazy and cheap. Because of this deal, I was googling around and found that I can get 80-90% of the way there by using my slow cooker (Croak pot). Basically, you just need a slow and consistent source of heat. Since a croak pot can hold ~212C (water boiling temperature) consistently for 10+ hours, it should work... I did that experiment just last night - I brought a piece of brisket at the supermarket ($3.50/Lb), rub on some salt and seasoning, wrapped it in aluminum foil, and put it in my pot at 10am. At ~9pm, I took it out and it was delicious. There isn't the BBQ bark, but the flavor and tenderness was great. I ate it with a spoon (it was THAT tender!) Best of all, it was almost no work in preparation, watching temperature, or clean up.
Agree, slow cooking is the way to go, but can't cook ribs (for a family of 4) in crock pot! yummy I have a charcoal grill, and I love the smoke flavor but need a set-it-and-forget-it grill. Will also use it during our hot humid DC summers so the oven doesn't heat up the house. I have been waiting for a good deal on an electric smoker. Looking back I don't see many premium smokers on SDs so I'll have to pay close to retail.
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Anyone actually own one of these who can chime in. tempting purchase. I have a kettle but smoking for 10-12 hours with charcoal is a chore so far. Would this be a good starter electric smoker ?
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Anyone actually own one of these who can chime in. tempting purchase. I have a kettle but smoking for 10-12 hours with charcoal is a chore so far. Would this be a good starter electric smoker ?
I have this one I believe. This has been a solid starter smoker BUT... with a few caveats that are worth mentioning. 1. This is not very insulated it really needs to be at LEAST in the 70s to smoke or the heating element just cant handle it. The hotter outside the better. It causes the temps to go all over the place so as long as you plan on cooking in the summer when its hot its not a problem. I have tried multiple times when it was cooler weather till I figured this out and it would overcook the meat. So learn from my mistake. 2. Spend the extra money and get the side loader cold smoker attachment which is around 60 bucks. It can be used in conjunction with heat don't let the name fool you. This will provide hours of wood chips and smoke.. otherwise you will end up having to change wood chips every 15-20 mins and I am not kidding. I had to go get a couple small blocks to sit the smoker on otherwise the side attachment is too tall for whatever reason. I can send you pictures if you don't understand what I mean. 3 Use pellets in the chimney of the side loader attachment because they cook evenly unlike wood chips. That way they all fall down the chimney at the same time and don't get stuck. 4. Get a really solid Meat Thermometer I suggest the ThermoPro TP20. This allows you with the side smoker attachment to basically leave it for hours without really having to check to much on it. Otherwise you will find you are constantly outside or even worse attempting to open it and check the temps. Its a great little smoker if you don't plan on smoking in the winter and realize its limitations. Good starter smoker for me I think.
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I have this one I believe. This has been a solid starter smoker BUT... with a few caveats that are worth mentioning. 1. This is not very insulated it really needs to be at LEAST in the 70s to smoke or the heating element just cant handle it. The hotter outside the better. It causes the temps to go all over the place so as long as you plan on cooking in the summer when its hot its not a problem. I have tried multiple times when it was cooler weather till I figured this out and it would overcook the meat. So learn from my mistake. 2. Spend the extra money and get the side loader cold smoker attachment which is around 60 bucks. It can be used in conjunction with heat don't let the name fool you. This will provide hours of wood chips and smoke.. otherwise you will end up having to change wood chips every 15-20 mins and I am not kidding. I had to go get a couple small blocks to sit the smoker on otherwise the side attachment is too tall for whatever reason. I can send you pictures if you don't understand what I mean. 3 Use pellets in the chimney of the side loader attachment because they cook evenly unlike wood chips. That way they all fall down the chimney at the same time and don't get stuck. 4. Get a really solid Meat Thermometer I suggest the ThermoPro TP20. This allows you with the side smoker attachment to basically leave it for hours without really having to check to much on it. Otherwise you will find you are constantly outside or even worse attempting to open it and check the temps. Its a great little smoker if you don't plan on smoking in the winter and realize its limitations. Good starter smoker for me I think.
I've got the exact setup you mention and have always been curious about pellets but worried they would clog up the chimney. Have you experienced that at all?
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I was thinking of getting the propane deal that was posted yesterday, simply because of the cost of electricity in these parts, but it actually looks like propane costs quite a bit more to run, so electric could still be cheaper to operate for me.

https://www.bbqdryrubs.com/propan...text=Cost%

Does that sound right?

Yep....that's what I found. And you never run out of electric mid smoke if you've paid the bill.
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