As the market in the home smoker industry continues to grow, Masterbuilt continues to expand its line of smoker products in order to provide consumers a wider selection of quality, innovative products. One of the more recent additions to the Masterbuilt family of smoker products is the Smoke Hollow electric smoker.
Masterbuilt is known as a leader in the industry and focuses its efforts on providing simple-to-use products that allow consumers to develop a mastery in this type of cooking, whether it’s smoking, grilling, or frying. Because they are a consumer minded company, Masterbuilt made a decision to acquire the Smoke Hollow brand in 2017.
The acquisition of Smoke Hollow seems to be a great fit with the Masterbuilt product line and it has allowed them to offer more quality, innovative products to the consumer that will bring together groups of both friends and family.
Sometimes I have heard people refer to them as the Smokey Hollow electric smoker, but their true name and brand is known as Smoke Hollow. Their smokers have gained a solid reputation and offer a number of sizes, features and options to those that are looking for a new smoker unit, but we will only discuss a few of the Smoke Hollow electric smoker options here.
The Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow 30 digital electric smoker is one option and it is known as model number SH19079518. It is a very popular 30 inch digital smoker and looks similar to the Masterbuilt MB20071117 30 digital electric smoker.
These two smokers are similar in their size and features, but the biggest difference is in the number of cooking racks and the wood chip loading system.
The primary features and benefits of the Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow 30 digital electric smoker are identified below.
There is also another Smoke Hollow 30 inch smoker to consider in the electric smoker category.
The Smoker Hollow 30 electric smoker is a second option and it is an analog smoker that is commonly referred to as model number 30162E. It is popular among other brands of analog smokers in the market and looks similar to the Masterbuilt MB20070210 30 electric smoker.
In addition, Smoke Hollow offers this 30 inch analog smoker in a window unit.
The primary features and benefits of the Smoke Hollow 30162E is detailed below.
Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow 30 Digital Electric Smoker – Key Points
We have identified the primary features and benefits that can be very helpful to someone who is looking for a new smoker:
- It comes with a digital control panel on top of the smoker that is easy to read and operate; and it allows you to input the exact temperature setting you want to smoke your food.
- The smoker body is fully insulated which helps to ensure a consistent temperature inside the smoker, even in the colder outside temperatures. It also helps to keep smoke inside the smoker except when released through the air dampers.
- The smoker measures approximately 33″H x 18″W x 19″L which is small enough to move around as needed, but large enough hold a sizeable amount of food. Many people compare it in size to a small refrigerator unit.
- The 800 watt heating element provides plenty of power for this smoker and is enough to keep a consistent heat up to a maximum temperature of 275 – 300 degrees fahrenheit.
- There are three chrome cooking racks that hold plenty of food for most gatherings with family and friends. The estimated food capacity for this smoker is 9 chickens, 2 turkeys, 3 racks of ribs, 3 pork butts, 36 sausages, or 24 burgers.
- The adjustable air damper allows you to control the flow of air and smoke through the smoker. Generally, the air damper is opened while applying smoke to food and closed while cooking the food until reaching the desired internal temperature.
- It has a removable water bowl and drip pan which is helpful for cleaning up after you have finished the smoking process.
More About The Smoke Hollow 30 Digital Electric Smoker
If you are a beginner to the process of smoking food, this Smoke Hollow 30 digital electric smoker is easy to assemble and it’s simple to operate and achieve the results you want the first time.
Since this is an electric smoker, it is easier to maintain a consistent heat during the entire smoking process. The one problem with this is if the electric goes out for an extended period, you may have to scramble to find another way of finishing out the food to its safe minimum internal temperature.
The digital controller makes it easy to set to the right internal temperature of the smoker so there’s no guess work involved. If the digital controller or the heating element stop working, both are replaceable which helps to extend the life of the smoker.
Also, since the smoker body is insulated, it maintains the internal temperature of the smoker pretty well even if it’s cold outside with single digit temperatures.
The only time you have any significant heat loss is when you have to leave the smoker door open very long to add wood chips in the wood chip tray, add water in the water pan or check the internal temperature of the meat. When this happens, it will take the smoker a little time to rebound to the temperature you’ve set on the digital controller.
Since this Smoke Hollow electric smoker doesn’t have an internal meat probe, we recommend that you buy a wireless meat thermometer so you can monitor the internal temperature of the food without having to open the door. This will also make it easier to know the right time of removing the food because you typically only cook until you reach the minimum safe internal temperature level of the food.
Smoke Hollow 30 Electric Smoker – Key Points
If you are in the market for a new smoker, here are some key features and benefits that can help you decide if this one is right for you:
- It comes with an analog controller that has a low, medium and high temperature setting, which keeps it simpler for people who may not care about the a digital control feature and just want to turn the dial to a particular setting. While the temperature range of each setting can vary, it does not impact the results of your food.
- The body of this smoker is not insulated but it does have a double wall steel construction body that holds heat really well and maintains a consistent temperature inside the smoker, even in sub-zero temperatures outside.
- The smoker measures approximately 38″H x 22″W x 20″L and has leg extensions to get it off the ground a bit, which makes it a little easier on your back when putting things into or removing things from the smoker.
- Because this smoker is a little taller than the 30 inch model, it has two side handles that make it easier for transporting or moving the smoker if needed.
- It has a 1500 watt heating element that is very powerful and is more than enough to keep a consistent heat inside the smoker.
- There are three chrome cooking racks – two that are removable and one that is screwed in. The racks are more than sufficient for preparing food to serve small to medium size groups of family and friends. The food capacity for this smoker is similar to the Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow 30 digital electric smoker.
- The water bowl and drip pan are removable which makes cleanup much simpler at the end of the smoking process.
- This smoker is also available in a window unit that allows you to view the food during the smoking process. If the window feature is something that is appealing to you, be sure to look for model number 30162EW instead of model number 30162E.
More About The Smoke Hollow 30 Electric Smoker
The Smoke Hollow 30 electric smoker is also a great smoker for people that are just beginning in this food smoking process because of the ease in assembling and the simplicity in operating.
As with any electric smoker, it is easier to maintain a consistent heat during the entire smoking process.
This unit heats up pretty quickly with temperatures reaching approximately 300 – 350 degrees fahrenheit on the high temperature setting.
When starting up, it is best to turn the unit to high heat for about 15 minutes in order to get the wood chips smoking. Once the smoking starts, you can dial it back to medium heat (about 225 – 250 degrees fahrenheit) to smoke the food.
The heating element and analog controller with this smoker can both be replaced.
There is no air damper with this Smoke Hollow 30 inch electric smoker, but there is a small vent hole in back that allows for a little smoke to escape.
Also, there is no meat probe with this smoker. So we recommend you buy a remote digital thermometer with a meat probe. This will allow you to monitor the internal temperature of the food while it is smoked and cook it until it reaches the proper internal meat temperature.
Smoke Hollow Electric Smoker Recipes
There are a lot of great recipes available. It really depends on what you like to eat.
If you check out our Masterbuilt smoker recipes page, you will see the recipes we have listed there and a recipe book that we recommend. You can also go to Amazon to find some really great smoker recipe books that will work in any smoker.
People commonly smoke beef, pork, ribs or chicken but there are many other meats and foods you can smoke too. Don’t forget our 5 tips to selecting the right wood chips as it will help guide you on which wood chips to use with certain types of meat.
Any of the Smoke Hollow 30 smoker models are a great idea for the beginner because they are easy to assemble and simple to operate.
Each of these smokers are electric so they will maintain a consistent heat source. The digital controlled unit allows you to set a more exact temperature that remains pretty even on temperature, until the smoker door gets opened. While the analog controlled unit uses a low, medium or high setting that can vary a little more in temperature range.
Any of them will provide great results the first time because you will be smoking your food until it reaches the desired internal meat temperature.
With each of these units, you will want to get a digital meat probe thermometer so you can monitor the internal meat temperature without having to open the door each time to check it.
Each of these Smoke Hollow electric smoker units are on the lower end of cost, which makes them affordable for almost any household budget. So if you are looking for a really cool gift idea for someone, this would be definitely be something to consider.