Cabela's Premium Electric Smoker

Priced: $159.99 Rated:   - 3 stars out of 5 by 4 reviews.
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Cabela's Premium Electric Smoker -
The Premium Electric Smoker is large enough to handle the biggest smoking job. Three removable porcelain-coated grill racks with four cooking positions let you cook everything from fish and chicken to Boston Butt and turkey. Base has a large wood access door for adding wood chunks or charcoal, and also houses the 1,650-watt electric element and porcelain-coated water bowl. Side shelf, handle and wheels for easy movement. Bottom utility rack provides extra storage space.
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Cabela's Premium Electric Smoker Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Works Great

This smoker works great. easy to assemble and use
Jakeybo at Cabelas on 10/21/2013

Negative Reviews:

Very Poor Quality Control

I received this as a birthday gift. I expected to assemble it within an hour the next day and start smoking right away. Boy, was I mistaken. Three of the parts exhibited paint bubbling from corrosion straight out of the box; I will have to beadblast and repaint. The holes for the electric element were badly misaligned; I had to drill new holes. The holes for the wooden handle/shelf were poorly aligned as well; I had to drill and route a new hole. The thermometer disintegrated upon tightening by hand; luckily my meat thermometer also works accurately as an oven thermometer. In the end, after 4 hours, some custom drilling/ routing (thank goodness for a well-stocked workshop), and a fair amount of cursing at the thing, I made it functional. My wife was crushed at the effort required to make her gift operational; she wanted me to return it but I already had the meat thawed and I'm stubborn. Once I finally started smoking, everything worked fine and the chicken tasted excellent. I don't think it was worth the migraine though.
SSuit at Cabelas on 11/10/2013

OK Starter

Water bowl doesn't seem to fit. Legs are attached very poorly a wind will break it. No insulating properties at all so if it is cold out, like in the fall it has a difficult time maintaining temp.
404376 at Cabelas on 10/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Overpriced for quality

First batch of ribs are smoking as I write this review. Unfortunately, it's been a frustrating journey to get to this point. I received this as a Christmas gift and was at the final steps of assembly when I ran into the problems other reviewers had mentioned. Screw holes in base did not line up with holes in heating element. Called Mastercraft and they said they would ship replacement bottom bowl, but that I could just drill them out a bit to make it work. What!?! Modify a brand new smoker to make up for their manufacturing problems! That is the answer I'd expect to hear if I had paid $50 from some guy on Craig's List, not from a major supplier to a major retailer. Also, wood slats were not drilled correctly but I got them to fit. They appear to have been cut by three different factories since the radius curve does not match at all. They are shipping a new bottom bowl, after a two week delay due to end of year inventory at their warehouse. Once I got the heating element installed, the wood chip pan rested on its feet but the instructions said that it should rest on the heating element. I had to bend the element upward slightly to make the bowl fit correctly. Installing the thermometer was another issue. The lid has a small depression where the thermometer mounts. Unfortunately, the depression is too deep and so when the thermometer nut is tightened it distorts the dial preventing the needle from moving correctly. I fixed this myself by putting a small washer on the thermometer before inserting it into the lid. Once again, I'm having to redesign the smoker to get it to even fire up, much less make good smoke! Now for the smoking. It is cool outside and a bit breezy (50 degrees and 20mph) the smoker just would not get past 150 degrees. I even put a makeshift blanket on it and not much better. I read some of the posts here about defective thermometers, so put two other thermometers on it and what do you know. It was actually at 250!! So...bad thermometer also. (Cabella's, are you taking note?). Still, I'd expect for it to get hotter than 250 after an hour. Makes me wonder if it will really act as a grill even with warmer weather. I'm skeptical. I'm going to have Mastercraft send another heating element to see if that helps. FYI, it is plugged directly into a 20 amp outlet in a fairly new home. In summary, you need to have some extra tools and a bit of skill and resourcefulness to assemble this smoker and get it to work. It smells great out there and once I sample the ribs I'll post an update. Good luck it you choose to try this unit.
BBQJunkie at Cabelas on 01/05/2014