need help picking electric smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bubba96, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. bubba96

    bubba96 Fire Starter

    i am going to be getting my older brother a electric smoker for chirstmas but i am having trouble. he wants to smoke: ribs,jerky,fish,etc. my budget is no higher than $100, i was looking at the little chief but i seen good and bad reviews. please help!
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Might be a little tuff to score something for 100. Possibly, some outlets MIGHT have a MES 30 on sale around that. Check Lowes or Home Depot, maybe Cabelas etc for sales.....good luck...Willie
  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You could get a Big Chief type aluminum smoker for under $100. It is fine for jerky and fish, but I'm not sure how good it would do on ribs.
  4. handymanstan

    handymanstan Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Try E-bay and search electric smokers you can get a new brinkmann  with free shipping for 108.00  I did not search much so there might be better deals.

  5. handymanstan

    handymanstan Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Remember that the best gift you can give your brother in order to guarantee good BBQ no matter what smoker you get him is the SMF address 

  6. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit

    I did the same for my younger brother (61 years old) last year and went with the Smokin-it model 3.  A lot more than $100; but for it's size, less than a SmokinTex, which is another option.  So far, so good. No problems just good BBQ.  The Big Chief smokers have a good reputation, been around a long time.  Sort of like Timex:  takes a lickin, keeps on tickin.

    There is another company out there making electric smokers that has been around for quite a while (since 1923) and enjoys a good following.  They run about $125.00:

    Check them out and read the stories. 

     Good luck.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013

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