If you shop at Aldi with any regularity, you know that, as the summer moves in, so does the grillling equipment. From full-sized grills to the tools to cook with them, there’s a good chance that, if you wait long enough, whatever it is that you’re looking for will show up.
One useful companion to the grill is the smoker. The smoker is a slow cooker for meat, allowing it to be heated over a long time in a smoky environment, infusing it with that unique kind of flavor. Aldi has been selling an electric smoker in one form or another for several years now, all under the Range Master brand. The grocer did not sell a smoker in 2020 for various reasons, but they appear to be back on shelves for 2021.
What We Know:
The Range Master Electric Smoker With Window (Product Code: 47125; Model Number: RMU505BAE) is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. At the time of this post, the smoker costs $119.99. That’s $20 more than it was in 2019, but still less than most others out there. Smokers typically run from $189.99 and up — and the cheapest ones don’t have windows — so if you’re in the market for a smoker you’re not liable to do better than this one.
The smoker comes with a 2-year warranty, serviced by the GHP Group. GHP makes the Dyna-Glo line of grills and smokers, and it has become a big supplier for Aldi in that department as of late. That’s a change, as previous smokers were made by other manufacturers.
According to Aldi, the smoker measures 23.3″ x 20.8″ x 39.1″ and includes the following features:
- 505 square inches of cooking space
- a side access wood chip loader
- an enameled steel water bowl and wood chip box
- three chrome-plated steel cooking grates
- an insulated, double-wall firebox and door
- a built-in temperature gauge with “Smoke Zone” indicator
- a tempered glass window
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t tested this smoker ourselves, so we don’t know how easily it assembles, how well it operates, or how durable it is.
Do you have experience with this smoker? Let us know in the comments.