I was looking at one of the box smokers.
I was leaning towards the masterbuilt do to the fact that I wouldn't be stuck buying only Bradley rood pucks.
With the masterbuilt you can use any wood chip.
I eventually went with a traeger pellet smoker in the same price range.
I can't use propane or charcoal at my as apartment.
Love the traeger so far.
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I have the Bradley smoker - it's heating element is troublesome
I've had two. One with all the digital thermometer and temp control (better) and the current one with manual temp controls - and they both have heating element issues
Pucks can get pricy - but overall it rocks compared to my experiences with wood fired smokers
Interested to hear more about the MasterBuilt
I don't know anything from first hand experience, but I did do a lot of research on them.
I do k ow that there a a ton of them out there. That's good because parts are easy to get. I believe they make models for bass pro shop, cajun injector or vise versa. There is even a line for qvc.
The one thing to be sure of is to be sure the heating element is removable. Some of the older models couldn't be changed out. All of the new models can be.
Their customer service is great so they've shipped them for free for free thus far - it's a hassle though to wait when you want to cook. The first one got was left out in huge storm so I only had it for 4 months and had to replace the heating element once. That was the expensive digital cooker and it was 5 uses before it failed. Then I had no problems (until that massive storm hit)
This spring I got the non-digital version cause it was cheaper - wish I had spent more for the digital cause it controls temp way better - but for the first three uses it was hit and miss, sometime it would work and then the next day it would only smoke and I'd have to finish it in the oven.
Honestly I'm interested in the masterbuilt - the fact you don't need to have the wood pucks and can use plane wood chips sounds great. Cause then I don't have yo wait or pay shipping to Amazon to get them. It can be a hassle for sure
since this is a recipe thread, lets get back to the subject at hand:
Grilled Watermelon is one of our favorite treats in the summer time.
Cut a few slices of watermelon about 1 to 1 1/2" thick.
Sprinkle some sea salt or other coarse salt on both sides to your liking.
Stoke those coals up so they are nice and hot. Put the slices on the grill and keep the coals as hot as you can.You want to grill about 2 minutes each side so the sugars caramelize.
Also can do grilled bananas with chocolate chips... these are best done over a slightly warm grill
In case you consider charcoal, I have had a pit barrel cooker for a few month. I freaking love that thing. If you add some of the bagged wood smoking chips, it'll smoke it up really well, although the basic charcoal flavor is good by itself. Ours basically an ugly drum smoker, except that it is only 30 gallons, but was engineered at that size to maximize performance. Look it up if you want other options.
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