Smoker Suggestions For Mom

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by night fish, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. I have a 38" propane smoke hollow and have been cranking out some delicious eats thanks to the awesome folks that contribute to this forum. My mom has witnessed the joy that smoking meat has brought to my life and has recently shown interest in getting into the smoking game herself. The other day she asked me what smoker she should get and I told her that I needed a few days to come up with a solid recommendation. I love my propane smoke hollow. I thoroughly enjoy sitting on the deck with a cold beer watching the meat smoke through the window in the smoker door while tweaking on the temp knob and adding the occasional wood chunk. However, I think a better fit for my mom would be something that requires a little less attention. I don't think she would mind feeding it wood every hour or so but I think she wants to be able to focus on her knitting or whatever instead of constantly having to fuss over maintaining a steady temperature in the cooking chamber. I'm thinking that the best thing for her would be an electric smoker but have no idea which one to recommend. She needs something that she can use straight out of the box without having to do any mods or buy any additional accessories to make it work. I think she's hoping to find something that suits her needs somewhere in the $300 range. Is there anybody out there with electric smoker experience that can help recommend an affordable and user friendly entry level smoker for us? It seems like the MES is pretty popular these days but I'm just not sure if they require any fancy custom mods or tube smokers or the like that she probably doesn't want to deal with. Thanks for the help.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2016
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm a MES guy but in this case, I would highly recommend the Smokin-it #1 $299 plus shipping. I have played with one and it is small enough to be easily moved, simple, set and forget, no mods needed, electric with no bells or whistles. She will need a Remote Therm to monitor meat and smoker temp. The Maverick 732 or 733 are good and not too expensive.
  3. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    I don't have a recommendation for you, know why?

    'Cause I don't know a darned thing about the smokers.

    I do however think it is very cool that your Mom wants

    to get into smoking.

    I wish her a long and happy smoking career.

  4. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If you can find one, I would recommend a MES 30, Gen 1 with a remote therm.  Simple, easy to use, and pretty much set and forget.  I would NOT recommend a Maverick 733--I have one and they are a real pain to get set up every time.


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