The Bottom Line
The Old Smokey electric smoker is basically a tin can with a heating element a drip pan and a couple of racks for the food to sit on. The simplicity of the design is what makes this a great smoker. The heating element in this unit can generate enough heat to do some low-temperature grilling or roasting, but it is designed to smoke at low and slow temperatures. You load wood chips on the heated plate to create smoke and load food above the drip pan (not a water smoker) on the racks.
The electric design makes barbecue easy in this unit.
- Great price
- Excellent heat control
- Easy to use
- Top load design can be a little awkward
- 1250 Watt (120 volts) electric heating element
- Variable heat control from 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) down
- Top load design like a large stock pot
- Fireproof, heat resistant handles
Guide Review - Old Smokey Electric Smoker
Old Smokey has been making smokers since the 1930's and has been one of the most popular brands in and around Texas since its earliest days. This electric version is heavily tested unit and has proven to be highly durable and easy to use. The simple design makes it easy to use and lets you produce great barbecue without a lot of fuel or effort and at a little over $150USD this is one of the least expensive smokers on the market.
This unit is little more than a large stock pot in design with a 1250 watt heat element in the base.
Above the element is a smoke plate for your wood chips to produce smoke. Above that is a drip pan. This is not a vertical water smoker and there is no need for a water pan. The drip pan simple makes clean up easier. Above this drip pan are two cooking grates that will hold plenty of food (cooking grates are about 15 inches in diameter).
The lid fits tight on the top and holds in heat and smoke.