Smokehouse Little Chief Electric Smoker Review

Smokehouse Products Little Chief Electric SmokerThe Smokehouse Products Little Chief Front Load Smoker is an electric smoker with 5 chrome-plated grills that is perfect for the beginner or novice jerky smoker. It’s also great for smoking cheese, just look at the price of Hickory smoked cheese and jerky and you will want to D-I-Y. This lightweight embossed aluminum smoker weighs in at just over 12 pounds, so it’s easy to transport and the 250-watt heating element makes it very affordable to operate, the electricity to operate this little smoker for 24 hours in most areas will cost less than a dollar. And, it’s Made in the America, so your purchase of this smoker helps boost our economy.

5 Easy-Slide Chrome Plated Grills

The Little Chief Front Load Smoker allows you to spread out and smoke lots of thin cuts of meat, fish, and poultry. But, before you buy this great little smoker consider what you will use it for, it’s not a smoker to fully cook large cuts of meat. It’s a small smoker for jerky, fish, and cheese. Do not buy this expecting to cook large cuts of meat, unless you intend to just get the smoky flavor goodness before you put it in the oven or slow-cooker. Yet, for jerky and fish, you can smoke a great deal of meat simultaneously. And, the grates are chrome plated for easy cleanup.

Small Footprint

This Little Chief Front Load Smoker has a small footprint for apartment and condo dwellers with a small patio or balcony who love the flavor of smoked goodness. Instead of spending big money for smoked salmon, catch and smoke your own salmon and trout with the Little Chief. Your family and guests will love it. This smoker is perfect for smoked salmon, jerky, and cheese. So, invite a few friends over for Saturday or Sunday football and throw in some jerky or sausage, or have a wine and cheese taster. There’s no cheese quite as tasty as hickory smoked sharp cheddar with a dry red wine.

Features and Specifications

  • Made in the USA
  • Recipe/Instruction Booklet
  • No Assembly Required
  • 5 Easy-Slide Chrome Plated Grills
  • Embossed Aluminum Construction
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • The chip pan is at the bottom so you don’t lose smoke adding chips
  • Lightweight, easy to cleanup and move
  • 5 Racks to spread out the meat
  • Made in America
  • Not for smoking big cuts of meat, except to add the flavor of smoke
  • Needs the optional insulating blanket in cold weather

Customer Reviews and Scores

The Smokehouse Little Chief Front Load Smoker is perfect for smoking fish, sausage, jerky, wings, and other small cuts of meat, cheese, and fish. You won’t need a reason to have a party and show off your smoking skills with the Little Chief smoker. This 120 volt smoker with a 250-Watt heating element will give you approximately 165 °F consistent temperature inside the smoker, which is obviously not hot enough to cook a big roast to an internal temperature of 160 °F that most food safety officials recommend; however, for smoking fish, jerky, cheese, or sausage this is the perfect little smoker for that purpose.

For apartment and condo dwellers, this electric smoker with a small footprint is just right for those weekend gatherings and patio parties for Sunday football without the worries of charcoal or propane gas.

We found 1,726 verified owners with customer reviews on Amazon, and their average rating was 4.3 stars out 5 stars. About 83% percent of customers who purchased the Little Chief smoker rated it either 4 or 5 stars. Most of those who rated this product with three stars or less obviously did not know what they were buying, one complained that it did not cook a seven-pound roast. Perhaps, they would have been better off buying the Big Chief.

This is a Little Chief smoker, not a big vault smoker for the backyard but more for the apartment owner’s patio. Those that bought it for that purpose said, “This is a great little smoker! Someone thought long and hard about the design and it shows.” … “Great – basic, no-frills smoker for the price.” … “Well worth the $$$!!!!” … “Awesome little smoker-perfect for flavoring meats and making jerky!” And, “Efficient and fun to use – Five Stars.”


In summary, this Little Chief front loader is the answer to a jerky, smoked salmon, or cheese lover’s dreams. If you’re looking to smoke a whole chicken, turkey, or roast, this is not the smoker you are looking for, but for smoking cheese, jerky, and fish, this is great.