The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is easily one of my favorite cooking tools.  Whether you're making chicken, ribs, or any other types of meat, you can't beat this smoker in terms of ease of use and the quality of of the food after spending some time in the smoker.

The Masterbuilt is one of my favorite tools to use from spring through fall when I love to host backyard parties and dinners.  You won't believe how easy to use this smoker is and you will be making better than restaurant quality food right out of the box.

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Ready to season your cast iron skillets and pans?  Use your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker to season or preseason your cast iron cookware.  

Scrub your cast iron with kosher salt and a paper towel or stiff brush.  

Spread vegetable oil or vegetable shortening over the surface of your cast iron, inside and outside.  Cover the entire surface of the cast iron.  

Place your cast iron skillet, fry pan, or dutch oven upside down on the top rack of the Masterbuilt electric smoker.  

Turn the smoker on high, and set the time for 3-4 hours.  

Allow the smoker and cast iron pan to cool completely.  

Your cast iron should be seasoned and ready to use with no mess inside the house or kitchen


Smoked Lemon Pepper Chicken is easy with your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.  Set your smoker at 225 degrees, and smoke a whole body chicken 45 minutes per pound, or 3-4 hours.  Rinse and pat your chicken dry with paper towels, remove anything in the chicken's cavity.

 To make a lemon pepper rub for smoking or grilling your lemon pepper chicken, stir together lemon pepper, garlic, salt, lemon zest, and black pepper.

 Rub olive oil over your chicken inside and out, and tuck in the wings.  

Stuff a cut lemon into the cavity along with several sprigs of fresh rosemary.  Sprinkle the rub mixture all over the chicken.  Smoke at 225 degrees for a delicious, moist, and savory lemon pepper chicken.  

Smoke the chicken on a middle rack, and remove the top rack to make sure there is room for your whole body chicken.  

How do you know when your chicken is done?  Chicken should be 165 degrees for white meat, 180 degrees for dark meat. 

The meat of the chicken should pull away from the bones, and juices should run clear. 

Allow the chicken to rest, cover with foil, for 20 minutes before serving.  

You will love this easy smoked lemon pepper chicken recipe for the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.


Cajun rub recipe is mildly spicy and perfect for smoking ribs or other meats on your Masterbuilt Smoker.  Try this Cajun rub mixture for barbecue or blackened steaks, shrimp, ribs, chicken, blackened fish, or spice up soups, gumbos or sauces.   Rub your ribs with oil, sprinkle with the Cajun mixture, and marinate in the refrigerator 4 - 24 hours.

 Bring your meat to room temperature, and smoke, grill, or bake delicious ribs with a Cajun kick!  Dry Rub mixtures are easy and delicious.

1/4 c Salt
1/4 c Paprika
1 T Garlic Powder
1 T Onion Powder
1 T Oregano
1 T Cayenne Pepper
3 T Black Pepper


Meat is done when the temperature at its thickest point considered safe to eat.  Ribs are done at 145 degrees, but may still be tough.  Ribs cooked to 190 degrees make the meat more tender and juicy. 

Use a meat thermometer to test the temperature in the middle.  Meat by the bone may be a higher temperature.  Ribs should not fall off the bone, they should pull off the bone with your teeth!




There is nothing more delicious than smoked salmon.  Smoked salmon done with alder wood from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska is a treat for special occasions and everyday meals. 

Smoked salmon doesn't last very long unless you freeze or can it.  Smoke the amount of salmon you plan to eat within a few days.

One clean up tip to be aware of after smoking any kind of salmon or fish, is that fish is loaded with extra oils.  The oils can drip inside of a smoker and leave a "fishy" smell build up inside of your smoker unless you take an extra clean up step. 

Don't take a chance that you might contaminate your next smoked meat with a "fishy" smell.  Do one extra easy step when you finish smoking fish to eliminate any residue from fish.  Set your smoker to high and let it burn off the residue for an extra hour after you have removed your salmon or other smoked fish.  

The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is great for this.  It has a built in thermostat and timer.  Set it and forget it.  It will burn off the smells and shut down automatically.


Smoked corn on the cob is a real treat.  If you have not tried it, this recipe may what you are looking for as a side to your favorite smoked meats.  If you love the smoky flavor of meats and using your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, try my delicious recipe for Smoked Bacon Wrapped Corn on the Cob the next time you fire up your smoker.  

You only need 2 ingredients, corn and bacon! 

Corn is best when fresh, so don't buy it too far ahead of time.  Remove corn husks and silk.  Clean your corn, and snap each ear in half.  Wrap nice, thick strips of Applewood smoked bacon around your corn sections.  Smoke your corn on the cob for about 2 hours at 200 degrees for a flavorful addition to any smoked meats.  

Use fresh corn on the cob, and clean it well.

Check out my tips on how to set up your smoker for easy clean up and how to keep foods from sticking to your smoker trays.


Smoked Potatoes  Smokers are a great way to cook meat and vegetables.  Here are easy and simple directions for how to prepare and smoke potatoes.  I love sliding potato slices into my Masterbuilt electric smoker when I am smoking meats.  Smoky potato slices or chips are good, and simple.  

Here is a simple recipe to use with your smoker.  

Slice potatoes, splash olive oil and a few seasonings, salt, pepper, and paprika.  Add the potatoes to your smoker for a flavorful side dish.  Smoke potatoes at 200 degrees, for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 

Check out my tips on how to set up your smoker for easy clean up and how to keep foods from sticking to your smoker racks.



Follow these tips to set up your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker so you will have easy set up and clean up.  

Don't crowd chips into your chip tray.  Give the oxygen room for a clean burn.   

No need to soak your chips, they smoke great dry.  

Place an aluminum disposable pan above the burner instead of the included water tray for easier clean up.  

Cover the drip pan with foil.

Lay a sheet of foil under the front to catch drips when you open the door.  

These tips will help you have easy set up and clean up so you have more enjoyment of your meats and foods smoked in the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.


The nice thing about a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is they are ready to go right out of the box.  

All you need to do is unwrap the smoker, and attach the control panel.  The smoker comes with 2 included screws and a Phillips Head Screwdriver.  

Open the Masterbuilt Smoker box, and remove the smoker.  Open the box on the bottom, and pull it off the smoker unit.  Remove the protective wrappings from your Masterbuilt Smoker.

Position the controls on the top of the smoker box, and attach the controls with the screws.  Use a Philips Head screwdriver.

Your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is ready to plug in and use.  Make sure you season your Masterbuilt Smoker before your first time smoking food.



If you love the flavor of Bananas Foster, the deliciousness of butter, brown sugar, and rum, try adding a smoky flavor layer with your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.  Smoked bananas are a delicious dessert treat prepared in a Masterbuilt Smoker.  

Heat up your smoker to 150 degrees.

Slice overly ripe bananas length wise.  Place in the smoker for 30-45 minutes.

In a saucepan over low heat, combine

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Once the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted, stir in 

1 generous shot of rum.  Spiced rum works well, too.  

Remove bananas from smoker, place on a plate.  Top with sauce, and light a flame.  

Voila, smoked bananas foster.  Enjoy!

Smoke bananas in your Masterbuilt smoker, and serve with a delicious rum topping.  You can flame your smoked bananas foster when you serve them at your next barbecue or gathering.   This recipe for Smoked Bananas Foster is easy and delicious!


Do you love the flavors of fruit and rum?  If so, you will love my recipe for smoked fresh pineapple prepared in the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.  

Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees. 

Cut your fresh pineapple into a pineapple bowl or boat.  Slice it in half, start at the bottom, cutting up through the leaves.  Cut all around the pineapple fruit and remove it from the pineapple skin.  Make sure to not cut through the outer shell of the pineapple.  This shell will be boat or bowl to smoke and serve your pineapple.  Remove the pineapple fruit from the skin with a spoon.  Cut off the hard core.

Cut the fresh pineapple into chunks and load it into your pineapple boat bowl.   Smoke your pineapple boat in the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker or other smoker, for 2 1/2 hours.

While the pineapple is smoking, make a brown sugar rum sauce. 

Stir together in a small saucepan

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

Once the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved, stir in a generous shot of rum.

Once the pineapple boat is done smoking, top it with the brown sugar rum sauce, and serve.  

You will love this delicious smoky and fruity dessert of smoked pineapple with a brown sugar rum sauce.  Dessert in the Masterbuilt Smoker?  Delicious!


If you have a new Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, it needs to be seasoned, preseasoned, or cured before you cook food in it.  The manufacturing process leaves residues of oils, chemicals, and manufacturing debris.  Remove all of that with a preseasoning cycle or treatment to your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.

 Follow step by step directions for how to pre season, season, cure your smoker, how to prepare the smoker, the time and temperature settings for seasoning, and what components to include in the seasoning process.  Rinse and spray the inside of your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, and add wood chips through the side chip load tray during the last hour.  Your first smoke on the Masterbuilt Smoker needs to be a seasoning cycle.  Your smoker is now safe to use to smoke and cook your favorite meats and meals following your first smoke or inaugural seasoning cycle to break it in.  I love my Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.


Are you looking for troubleshooting tips to get the best smoke with your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker?  Low and slow is best, and here are tips to achieve the smoky flavors you want with temperature adjustments.  Use dry wood, don't crowd the wood box, and keep the air flowing by keeping the vent in the open position.  Check out these tips to learn what to do if you have a flare up, how and when to add chips, and things to check on your Masterbuilt Smoker until you learn what best suits your tastes.  Follow these tips to smoke your favorite meats to perfection with the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.


How long should you smoke your meat?  Did you ever want a quick reference for the time and temperature to set up your smoker?  Check out the Bear Paw all weather magnetic smoking guide.  It includes the information you want including smoking temperature, internal temperature, and the USDA guidelines for safe cooking temperatures.  Wood chip suggestions are included, too.  Try this handy Meat Smoking Guide for your smoking and grilling success.

How To Use A Masterbuilt Electric Smoker

The Masterbuilt 30" Programmable Electric Smoker is easy to use, well made, and works great.  If you love smoking foods without a huge mess, get the Masterbuilt.  Watch how to set the smoker, how to load the trays, how to use the drip trays, how to load wood chips, and more  tips to use your Masterbuilt smoker


If you are the proud owner of a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, you need to season it before your first use.  Follow these easy steps to preseason your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, and it will be ready to use on your favorite recipes.  Preseasoning your smoker ensures top quality smoked meats the first, and every time you use your electric smoker.  


The Masterbuilt 30 inch electric smoker is a fun and easy way to smoke your favorite meats.  Here are some tips and tricks on how to use this handy electric smoker. Wrap the components with foil for easy clean up.  You can prepare pork butt, pork shoulder, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, sausages, and more.The Masterbuilt electric smoker is easy to use and clean when you are done.


Using a meat thermometer with your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker allows you to check the temperature of your meat without opening the door to the smoker.  Choose a meat thermometer that has a long cord.  

Place the cord down through the vent in the top, and insert the probe into the meat.  Set the display on top of the smoker.  Look for features such as a programmable alert to the temperature of your meat.  

A good quality meat thermometer removes the guess work over how long to smoke or cook your meat. 


If you own a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, it will need cleaning periodically. Luckily, removable parts can be washed in the dishwasher, and a simple yet natural solution will allow you to clean inside the smoker.  Know that your Masterbuilt Smoker will never look like new again, and that the remaining smoky stains and residue are a seasoning to whatever you smoke in your Masterbuilt next.  Follow these steps to help your Masterbuilt Smoker last a long, long time.  


The Amazon Echo is a voice activated, always on, hands free way to listen to the things you choose.  Echo can hear you from across the room, and follow your voice commands.  Whether you choose music, news, sports, or weather, Echo is there for you.  Check your calendar or the road conditions.  Sensors use beam technology and adapt to your voice, almost like Echo is learning your needs.  Tell Echo what you want while you are busy at any task.  Turn on a light or fan, Echo can be integrated to help you run your home.  Echo is always evolving.  How great is the upside of that?



The addition of a cold smoker unit to the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker allows you to add more smoke to your foods.  It is especially handy when you are smoking low and slow foods such as jerky.  

Smoking below 200 degrees doesn't always give all the smoke you want, until you add the cold smoker unit to the side of the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.

Just slide the cold smoker unit into the wood chip filler hole on the side of your Masterbuilt Smoker.  

Plug in the cold smoker, add chips through the chimney in the top, and watch the smoke billow up, flavoring your foods.  Simple, and effective.  

With the addition of a cold smoker, you can add smoke to flavor your foods at the lowest temperatures the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker can be set, which is 100 degrees.  








The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is one of my favorite cooking tools.  It   is simple to use, and so easy, you can practically set it and forget it while it smokes the most delicious meats.

 Try these tips to make cooking with the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker even easier.  A few quick tricks, and your smoker will be clean and ready to put away for next time.

Heavy duty foil is the only way to go for outdoor cooking.  You don't want the foil to tear or leak when you are preparing hot foods.  

Choose quality, heavy duty foil when using your grill to ensure the deliciousness of your carefully prepared meats and dishes.



Heavy duty foil pans slide right into the bottom of the Masterbuilt Smoker to catch drips and messes.  Disposable steam table foil pans hold the mess, making clean up fast and easy.  Choose quality, heavy duty foil pans when using your smoker to ensure the deliciousness of your smoked meats and foods.






The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker is well built, well insulated, and my favorite outdoor cooking tool.  Simple to use, foods cook themselves.  Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for using rubs,brine, adding meat, how to get the best flavor, temperature probes, and more with the Masterbuilt smoker  Foods can be smoked with ease, and delicious results.  It is so simple to prepare succulent meats with all the added flavor of smoky goodness in a Masterbuilt Smoker!



Here are simple steps to the best smoked ribs ever.  Learn about the best rubs, how to remove silver skin, how long rubs need to season your meat, what kind of wood chips to use, how to tell if your ribs are done, how long to cook ribs, and more.  You can cook them on the smoker, in the oven, or on the grill using the same techniques.  Fire Up your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, and they practically cook themselves.  Follow the same steps with a barbeque or in the oven.   If you love ribs, you will want to try this technique for the best smoked ribs.  Here are tips on how to use the Masterbuilt smoker, how to add wood chips, how to best load a smoker , and easy clean up tips when using a smoker.


How To Choose Wood Chips For Smoking

Different types of meats require a variety of different chips to enhance the smoky flavor of meats.  Choose apple chips for a light flavor to poultry.  Cherry is mild and fruity, so goes well with poultry, pork, or beef.  Hickory has a strong, bacony flavor.  Mesquite burns the hottest, and adds an earthy flavor to poultry, fish, pork, and wild game.  Pecan is smooth and sweet, and adds a subtle flavor to all of your favorite meats.  Use commercially prepared chips, or learn which woods to never use for smoking food.  Evergreen or coniferous woods such as pine, fir, redwood, and more are never good for smoking foods.  Other woods such as elm , eucalyptus, and others should not be used.  


With a few easy steps, I made caribou jerky on my Masterbuilt Smoker.  Any meat will do, use the same procedure.  Slice, sprinkle with rub, and smoke.  In a few short hours, you will enjoy savory jerky.  Learn how to set a smoker, how to choose wood chips, how to load your smoker, how to tell when your jerky is done, and more.  


If you love beef jerky, heat up your smoker, mix my included marinade recipe, and follow each step to the best beef jerky ever.  I use flank steak, make my own flavorings, and smoke in the Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.  Learn how to marinate the meat, how to slice your meat, how to use the Masterbuilt electric smoker, and how to tell if your jerky is done.  See how to suspend your meat in a smoker.  This jerky is the best ever!


Smoking sausages, especially ones you have made yourself, is a great way to enjoy smoked meats.  Smoke adds a terrific flavor to sausages from Italian to Andouille to Creole.  Serve them on a bun or incorporate their smoky goodness into your favorite dishes.

How To Stuff Sausage With A Hand Crank Sausage Stuffer

Follow these easy steps to sausage making with a LEM Hand Crank Sausage Stuffer.  It is easy to assemble, simple to use, and is easy to clean.  It is easier to use with 2 people.  Try the LEM for your next sausage fest.  Whether you want to grill or smoke sausages, these will be terrific.  Heat up your barbecue or smoker 15 minutes before you begin to cook.



If you love sausage, and want to make your own, the LEM Hand Crank Sausage Maker may be just what you are looking for.  Using a sausage maker allows you to control the flavors, additives, and ingredients to your favorite sausage meats.  If you raise your own animals, or hunt, making your own sausage is especially attractive.  The gears are all stainless steel and made to last.  The vessel holds 2 1/2 to 3 pounds of meat and the crank is easy to operate and fast to use.  The LEM sausage maker even allows you to prepare vegetarian sausages from rice, beans, and more.  Processing the sausage is simple, especially if you have an extra pair of hands.  I am always grateful to have my boys for help.  



An inexpensive way to try making your own sausages is with the LEM Sausage Jerky Gun.  Stir your choice of seasonings into your ground meats and load sausage casings through one of the two sausage loading tips.  No casings are required if you want to make meat sticks.  Roll your meat into a log shape for easier loading into the tube.  The LEM Sausage Jerky Gun works like a caulking gun.  Simple and easy, no power required.  


Finding a high quality sausage casing makes all the difference in how well your sausages are made.  I like to use 100% hog casings for my sausages and bratwurst.  Eastman Outdoor sausage casings come neatly packed, and the package can easily be resealed if you do not use all of the sausage casings at once.  They come in 10 foot sections which is a manageable size for most recipes.  Make sure to soak your sausage casings for 30 minutes, and rinse before use.  Salt any leftover casings before refreezing.  Eastman Outdoor sausage casings hold together nicely, don't rip when you are filling them, and are just the right texture when you bite into your delicious sausages.  




If you have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, you can add the versatility of sausage making with the Kitchenaid food grinder attachment with sausage stuffer tubes.  The food grinder attaches to the top front of your stand mixer, and includes coarse and fine grinding plates.  Two sizes of sausage tubes allow you to make sausages the size you want whether you care to make your own breakfast sausages or larger ones such as Andouille, Kielbasa, Polish, or Bratwurst.  The choice is yours when you can grind your own meat and control the ingredients and flavors of your ground meat mixtures and sausages.  Easy clean up, too.  It is all dishwasher safe.  If you love sausages and have a Kitchenaid stand mixer, this may be an accessory you want to add to your grilling and smoking tools. 


Whether you are grilling or smoking chicken, this spicy rub recipe is the best.  You will love how the flavors combine with smoky goodness to enhance the flavors of your meat.  Mixing your own rubs allows you to control the ingredients and flavors in your foods.  Rubs are simple to make, and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry.  Try mixing a nice, spicy rub for your chicken.

Spicy Chicken Rub Recipe
1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper

Stir together seasonings.  Rub meat with olive oil, sprinkle with spicy rub mix.  Marinate to  in refrigerator for 4 hours.  Smoke or grill 




If you love a great brisket, this Kansas City rub is the one for you.  Regional favorites are a great way to try varieties in flavors, and a Kansas City rub as good as this one will allow you to cook like a champ.  The ingredients are simple, and can be adapted to suit your own tastes.  Try this Kansas City Rub on your next cook out, and see if it doesn't become one of your favorite recipes.  I love using this with my Masterbuilt Smoker for that succulent, smoky flavor that can't be beat.

Kansas City Dry Rub Recipe
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 cup paprika
4 Tablespoons salt
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon pepper
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper



If you have a gas grill, a few simple modifications allow you to make it into a barbecue smoker.  Follow these steps to smoke your favorite dishes while they cook on your propane grill.  True barbecue needs smoke for the best flavor.  These simple tips will turn your gas grill into a smoker.  Wood smoked flavors can't be matched.  You will love the added flavor of your smoked grilled foods.  Learn the basics of smokers, smoked foods, and the flexibility of your gas grill as a smoker.


Easiest Smoked Chicken On Your Barbeque

If you love barbecued chicken, you will love this crowd pleasing recipe.  All you need is chicken, creole seasoning, and smoke.  You can follow this recipe and grill your chicken on a smoker, charcoal grill, or gas grill.  Watch how to easily use wood chips on a gas propane grill for real smoke flavor


How To Smoke Ribs On A Gas Grill

Do you love the flavor of smoked ribs, but don't have a smoker or a charcoal grill?  You can get the same smokey barbecue flavor cooking on a gas grill with a few modifications.  Follow these simple directions to apply the rub, how to prepare the grill, how long to cook ribs, and how to know when ribs are done.  You will love the results of tender, smoky, barbecued ribs.  They are delicious!  Try it. 


Easiest Way To Thaw A Turkey

The easiest method for defrosting a turkey for a holiday or any meal is to place it on a rack in a pan or dish in the refrigerator.  A turkey takes several days to defrost, allow 24 hours per 4-5 pounds.  A 20 pound turkey may take 5 days. Your turkey should be thawed 1 day ahead of cooking it, and a thawed turkey can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days after defrosting.


Roasting Pan With Rack

A nice roasting pan with a rack is a must for any kitchen.  Choose a pan that is sturdy, deep, has handles, and is light weight enough to lift with one hand when it is empty.  Adding a heavy turkey or roast to a heavy pan can be too cumbersome for some cooks.  Look for a well constructed, heavy duty pan.  Trying to maneuver heavy meats with a light weight or flimsy pan can spell disaster.  

How to Open McCormick Pepper Grinders

Do you like to reuse and refill empty spice grinders?  Some of them had lids that unscrew easily and allow you to refill and continue grinding or shaking.  The McCormick Pepper Grinder is very difficult to remove, until you try this trick.  When your grinder is empty, turn it upside down in a bowl of hot water and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.  Then grasp it in your hands and pull.  It pops right off, and you can clean it out, let it dry, and refill with pepper or any spice you care to grind.  Try this trick for opening a McCormick Pepper Grinder so you can refill and reuse your grinder.

McCormick pepper grinders come in a variety of pepper mixtures and are just right for smoking and grilling.  The sturdy plastic container makes it perfect for outdoor cooking, so this goes from the kitchen to the patio to the campground.  It is a convenient size, and the quality of the pepper is nice.  

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