The Masterbuilt Gravity Series Digital Charcoal Smoker is a perfect choice for many reasons.
Not being biased, let me explain why?
Masterbuilt is a well-known company that has been providing smokers and grills for more than 40 years. It has received the reputation of being the number one electric smoker brand around the world.
They were founded in 1973 as a family business in a small town, and built the first fish grill in their backyard. Now they have become the largest manufacturer of electric smokers in North America.
Masterbuilt has always dedicated itself to produce the highest quality products for its consumers.
Their mission statement is, “Build great products and greater relationships.”
Table of Contents
- Masterbuilt Digital Charcoal Smoker Features
- A Digital Grill
- Built-in Probe
- Maintain the Temperature
- Digital Fan™ Control
- GravityFed™ Charcoal Hopper
- Reversible Smoker/Sear Grates
- Foldable Front Shelf
- Porcelain-coated Racks
- Ease of Cleaning
- Cord Storage
- Cooking Area
- Pros and Cons of Masterbuilt Gravity Series Charcoal Smoker
- Things I Liked:
- Things I Didn’t Like
- Delivery and Setup
- Buyer’s Guide
- Video – Masterbuilt Gravity Series Digital Charcoal Smoker Review
Masterbuilt Digital Charcoal Smoker Features
The MasterBuilt Electric Smoker is perfect for tailgating, RV-ing, picnic, Barbeques, and camping.
It comes with a thermostat probe, digital display, Wi/fi Bluetooth connectivity for the app, and other advanced new features.
Grilling with friends or family is a day well spent. But when Masterbuilt brings an amazing Digital Smoker from its Gravity series, with so much added value. What more can a person ask for?
So before it gets stale, let’s get cooking.
A Digital Grill
The easy-to-use control panel lets you navigate from 225 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. It will do the job with four cooking styles: Slow and low, BBQ, Smoke, sear, and roast.
With a simple touch to select options, you are set to a carefree and chill barbeque. At the same time, it maintains the temperature you have set for the task.
You can connect to your phone via Wi/Fi or Bluetooth to the Masterbuilt app and monitor the progress. It gives you the ease of stepping away from the heat.
There is no production like Masterbuilt Digital Charcoal Smoker. With a traditional food thermometer, you need to open the lid to check the temperature. That results in releasing some heat; in turn, the process slows down.
It has an all-new Master Thermometer Probe that allows you to check the internal temperature of your food throughout the cooking process with a simple display.
You can also install three more probes depending on the use.
Maintain the Temperature
Masterbuilt Digital Charcoal Smoker is equipped with reliable digital controls that let you set the precise temperature for cooking.
It can reach 225oF within ten minutes and 700oF in no more than fifteen minutes.
Digital Fan™ Control
Yet another amazing feature.
The purpose of the fan is to control the airflow from the hopper that passes through cooking chambers.
With the help of this feature, the food cooks at your indicated temperature, maintaining the moisture in meat as it cooks.
GravityFed™ Charcoal Hopper
Ideally, the hopper holds lump or briquette charcoal to give you a cook time for almost eight hours. Also, there is absolutely no need to remove charcoal after every use.
Correspondingly GS 800 and GS 1050 have a slightly bigger capacity to hold coals.
Reversible Smoker/Sear Grates
The grates of this digital smoker are reversible, which gives you options to smoke or sear. These triangle grates can be flipped for change from smoke to sear to get wonderful sear marks on your steak.
Foldable Front Shelf
Front shelves fold to give a smaller footprint when not in use. Otherwise, this shelf gives you extra space while working to put a pan, food, and whatnot by becoming a make-shift countertop.
It eradicates the unavoidability to bring the table beside the grill for barbequing.
Smoking racks are porcelain coated for easy clean-up. Masterbuilt claims that its porcelain coating is heat resistant to over 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ease of Cleaning
Now, this is where I give full marks for perfection to this grill. The hopper helps ashes and smaller bits pass into a tray below. You can conveniently take the tray out and throw the ashes in two swift motions.
Another amazing tray is at the back of the grill. This tray/pan collects all the grease that drips from the grates. Again, take it out, throw away the unwanted grease, wash and stow it back in.
The porcelain-coated racks are already an effortless cleaning job.
It also has cord storage that Masterbuilt designed with ease of use in mind. The feature is very thoughtful because it keeps the cords out of the way but is still easy to access when needed.
Sadly this feature is not in GS 560 while it’s available in GS 800 and GS 1050
The Masterbuilt Gravity Series is a charcoal smoker with a heated area of 560 sq. inches. In comparison, this may not be enough for professionals or those who entertain large numbers regularly.
Hence the GS 800 provides an area of 800 sq. inches, and GS1050 gives 1050 sq. inches. These sizes are suitable for professionals and caterers who have large volumes of food to cook.
Masterbuilt offers a one-year warranty on Gravity Series, slightly worrying since grills don’t come in use as often as stoves.
The Gravity Series is approximately 52 inches, with a slight difference in each model. It may make it difficult to find a suitable space for the smoker in smaller backyards or patios for some.
Pros and Cons of Masterbuilt Gravity Series Charcoal Smoker
Here is some quick mention of a few other things that make this grill more likable. Nothing in life is perfect; hence some things need a little workaround to make grilling fun.
Things I Liked:
- Easy to use
- Effortless cleaning of ashes after use
- Uncomplicated assembly
- Tray to discard all food grease
- More room to work
- Sturdy rubber wheel for ease of transport
- Convenient access door in the front
Things I Didn’t Like
- Slightly expensive
- Additional accessories are slightly pricey
- Hopper discards medium coal chunks
Delivery and Setup
The package is delivered well within 7-10 days; customer service mostly informs you of unlikely delays. The grill comes in a big box that houses it in saved packaging for delivery.
All hardware comes in separate sealed bags, with a guide for how to assemble. The grill is pretty easy to assemble in the presence of a guide; however, you may need a helping hand for some components.
Anyways, a person giving you tools always makes the work easier and faster.
It’s again that time of the year when everyone wants to utilize holidays and plan some wholesome barbeques with family.
Let’s not get all mushy and make a wise decision. I will take you through some practical pointers in this Masterbuilt Gravity Series Digital Charcoal Smoker Review to consider, in buying the best grill for you.
Narrowing down what fuel type is going to help you a lot in choosing the grill. If you have not decided on fuel type, you have hundreds of choices.
Each fuel type needs different expertise, cooking style, and comfort in grilling. Usually, it doesn’t make much difference; it is only a matter of preference and availability.
Let’s indulge in each fuel type for better understanding.
- If you choose Gas Grill, you need to plan out connecting the grill to your home’s gas supply line. With fixed gas lines, you are unable to move the grill.
- With liquid propane, you will require refueling, but it is portable and often the best choice.
- Most people prefer to buy a charcoal grill because only charcoal grills bring that charred flavor that completes the experience of barbequed food. Kamado Grill is the new talk of the town for its diversity (yes, you can bake in it too). And the taste is elevated, just like the Dutch oven. These are portable.
- Pellet smokers are one of the exquisite choices. It would help if you had enough wooden pallets available to burn as the meat cooks in the pellet smoker. Sometimes unavailability of pellets can pose a hindrance. It’s high maintenance, but the meat turns out super delicious with the infused aroma of oak wood or cherry wood pellets.
- Then comes the fuss-free and environmental-friendly electric smokers. They do not need any fuel, don’t create a mess. The food slowly cooks on heating rods and gives a good flavor.
Your buying decision should calculate two aspects. Firstly, the size of your family, or how many people you cook for—secondly, the fuel type.
Let’s say you picked Pellet grills famous for slow cooking; you would require a bigger grill.
A traditional medium charcoal grill or a gas grill with a two-burner is suitable when you are cooking for four to five people.
Ideally, the grill is measured in square inches. For a quick rough guide, a 500 sq. inch grill is appropriate for most users.
After deciding what fuel type, you must measure the area where you are placing the grill. If you opted for a gas grill, you need to measure and evaluate because the grill cannot move a lot due to gas lines.
If your patio or backyard has limited space, measurements are necessary. Otherwise, you are free to decide when height goes out of the equation.
Video – Masterbuilt Gravity Series Digital Charcoal Smoker Review
All in all, MasterBuilt charcoal smoker is extremely easy to use, with smart features. The addition of an application helps you feel mobile while the food sears away.
Usually, grilling is a tardy process, with all prep and cleaning later. But with some thoughtful features mentioned in this Masterbuilt Gravity Series Digital Charcoal Smoker Review, cleaning and cooking have become easier and more fun.