I always recommend electric smoker to people with families because I think they are much more convenient than gas or charcoal smokers.
They are simpler, safer and generally, more user-friendly than all those 3 types of smokers. If you aren’t sure that you know what I am talking about, let me show you through few points.
It is affordable
I think that this is the most important thing in people’s lives when you have a family you need to take care of. That is why I believe that the electric smokers are the best option when you look at the price of the smoker and the price of other things you have to buy for the smoker. Nowadays, electric smokers are around $200-$400 which is the completely OK price when you realize that you are preparing food for your family with them.
It is easy to handle
There is no easier way to control the temperature of the smoker than with heating element, especially if you purchase the digital electric smoker. Digital smokers are great because you can literally set the temperature just the way you want it, doesn’t matter if it is 120° or 124°. That means you don’t have to be around it and maintain that temperature, you just set the temperature and let the electric smoker do the rest. Now, you have to control every once in a while to make sure everything is OK, but that is nothing comparing to the constant sitting next to other smokers.
It is easy to maintain
When you are done with the smoking you don’t have to clean the residue for charcoal or other types all you need to do is unplug the smoker and take the wood chip pan out. You can easily clean everything because most racks, trays, and pans in the smoker are dishwasher friendly. That means you can easily clean them in the dishwasher so your cleaning time will be cut in half.
It is safe
When you are smoking in an electric smoker you don’t deal with the real fire. You are using the electric heating element that can be 250-watt or 1500-watt which means that you are dealing with high temperatures, but not with fire. That means you can’t burn yourself on the fire and you can’t cause a fire, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be cautious. Safety should always come first and electric smokers have the lesser chance of causing a fire than other types.
You don’t have to purchase fuel
The electric smoker runs on electricity you use in your household. That means you don’t have to purchase charcoal or gas tank and you won’t end up with an empty smoker in the middle of smoking. Also, since the electricity is a part of your home, you won’t feel that expense as much as you would feel with other sources because you need to invest your time and money to buy gas or charcoal. The only thing you have to buy for the smoker is wood chips which are also used with grills so you probably have them at home.
The price, the amount of time you can save and the fact that you don’t have to buy a fuel for it makes the electric smoker very affordable item.