Digital Electric MB20071117 is the best smoker under $500
Holding 711 square inches of smoking space, the MES 130B is powered by a decent 800 watt heating element with digital controls. Plus, get this, it’s fully insulated for improved heat retention and efficiency!
For this price, that’s incredible and is what’s made this smoker so unbeatably popular.
Being a newer Masterbuilt model, there’s a side loading port so you can add more wood chips without letting the heat out when you open the main door.
And, if you don’t even want to do that, you can buy a Slow Smoker Attachment that automatically feeds the wood chips in for set and forget smoking for up to 6 hours. It’ll also do cold smoking.