Masterbuilt Smoker Instructions

The Masterbuilt Smoker cooks delicious food using either charcoal or propane, and, with the right accessories, it can also be used as a deep fryer.

Masterbuilt Smoker Safety Instructions

The unit offers a great deal of flexibility for any home grilling enthusiast. According to the Masterbuilt website, there are many tips and safety precautions that should be followed when using a Masterbuilt Smoker.

Check the connections for leaks each time a propane tank is attached to the Masterbuilt Smoker. This should be done with soapy water. Mix one part dishwashing soap and three parts water. Apply this solution to all connections in the gas delivery system of the smoker. Open the gas cylinder valve and watch for new bubbles forming at any of the connections. Keep flames, including lit cigarettes, away from the smoker until it is confirmed that no leaks exist.

Combustion of propane or charcoal gives off carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a colorless, tasteless, poisonous gas. The Masterbuilt Smoker should never be used indoors or in an enclosed space such as a garage.

Like all grills, the Masterbuilt Smoker gets hot. Place the smoker at least 10 feet from any combustible materials such as wood or dry plants and at least 10 feet away from walls and overhanging eaves.

Masterbuilt Smoker Cooking Tips

The Masterbuilt Smoker should be seasoned before use. Follow the instructions for attaching and lighting the propane burner. Place up to three pieces of wood in the flame disk bowl, and operate the smoker at about 200 degrees for two to four hours. This process removes the new smell from the smoker.

The Masterbuilt Smoker can be used for dry smoking or smoking using water or marinades. The smoker includes a bowl that can be filled with water, creating steam to moisten meat, or marinades to add flavor to smoked meat.

Heat for cooking can be supplied by propane or charcoal. Follow instructions included with the smoker for starting the propane burner. A charcoal fire can be started by either following the instructions on the charcoal package or by starting the propane burner under the charcoal-filled burning pan. Turn off the propane burner after the charcoal ignites.

The propane burner and base assembly can be used as a heat source for a fryer. Make sure the kettle used for frying is no larger than 30 quarts and fits within the security ring of the smoker. Follow all safety precautions associated with hot oil cooking.

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Keith Allen, a 1979 graduate of Valley City State College, has worked at a variety of jobs including computer operator, medical clinic manager, radio talk show host and potato sorter. For over five years he has worked as a newspaper reporter and historic researcher. His works have appeared in regional newspapers in North Dakota and in "North Dakota Horizons" and "Cowboys and Indians" magazines.