Originally Posted by Trivers
I've done both fire and electric.
Been a judge in numerous BBQ contests. Used to be a BBQ snob, and looked down at electric until a friend showed me a Masterbuilt electric.
For 99.97% of the population who doesn't do BBQ in competitions, electric is the way to go.
Prepare your BBQ, load the electric smoker with disks or pellets, set the temp, DONE.
No worshiping the fire smoker every couple of hours with new fuel, or worrying about weather vs. smoker temp.
I have the larger Bradley and LOVE it. Looked at the Traeger and Green Mountain. The additional price vs. features was not worth it to me.
Bought it online at Home Depot. It was cheaper at Walmart Online and Home Depot matched. Disks I order from Amazon.
Just noticed you were looking at the 4 rack Bradley. Wait for the 6 rack to go on sale and you can get the 50% increase in volume for the same price. I use all 6 racks all the time as a single brisket won't fit on one rack and has to be cut in two to fit on two racks.
Originally Posted by Gonzo
Love my Bradley... Works great and it's real difficult to **** up. I smoked a 13 lb turkey last week for my office and it stayed at a steady 225 in 30 degree weather.
The only bitch I have about it is it's size.
Originally Posted by BigRedChief
I've had both. First one was Bradley. Used it for 3 years and wore it out. Very easy to use. It was the best cheater smoker I've ever had. Very even heat and smoke flavor.
The masterbuilt that I got was a major upgrade. Automatically feed briquets, set timers on the smoker heat, the feed of the briquets. Seems to use a lot more briquets and I can't seem to get the automatic feed down. But it is a really good smoker too. People from blocks away come to visit and talk BBQ when I fire it up.
Wal-Mart had the best prices on both models when I decided to pull the trigger on the smoker purchase. You really can't go wrong with either model. They are both in the same price range and capabilities. Go with the one with best price.
1st off the WU bought me the 6 rack Bradley.... I told her it was a guy thing and it would be worth buying the bigger one NOW and not wanting a bigger smoker later after she got the 4 rack unit...she agreed.
Question for everyone here that wants to put in their .02:
I have heard that you should "Season" your smoker?? What exactly does this entail....
I have not opened the smoker yet as I was going to wait until Christmas....but if work needs to be done ahead of time I will take it out and get things prepared so I can make some ribs for Christmas dinner. (We are cooking a prime rib in the oven but I want to smoke some pork ribs too with the new smoker.)