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Meco (aka Southern Country) 5029 & 5030 Electric Smokers

By Meathead Goldwyn

Manufacturer: Aussie Grills

Aussie Grills is owned by Meco Corporation in Greenville, TN. They are often referred to as Meco Grills or Meco Aussie Grills. They make a wide variety of charcoal, gas and electric grills and smokers. Although most models are value priced, many are Made in America.

Aussie charcoal grills use the traditional Australian design of a shallow firebox with cooking surface very close to the flame. Built for grilling and searing, they work great with shrimp, burgers, steaks and other thin foods with short cook times and are large enough for 2-zone setups.

 

Meco (aka Southern Country) 5029 & 5030 Electric Smokers

photo of aussie stainless steel smokerMeco, the company that owns Aussie Grills, sold two Electric Smokers under the Meco label, but recently decided to rename the brand Southern Country. They also refer to them as Aussie Electric Smokers. At Amazon they are still listed under the Meco name. There are only two models and whether you call them Meco, Aussie or Southern Country the model numbers are 5029 and 5030. They are basically the same except the 5030 is black coated steel and the 5029 is stainless steel and costs twice as much. These are decent, inexpensive Electric Smokers.

It is easy to add wood chips, chunks, or pellets with a door on the side. Bullet shaped, it is made of thin, lightweight metal that does not retain heat well in cool, rainy, or windy weather. The 1500 watt heating element has an inexpensive thermostatic controller. The controller doesn't have specific numeric temperature settings like a digital controller, but can be dialed from Off to High and any point in between. The simple thermostat monitors the cook box and regulates power to the heating element. For example, when set to "MED", the controller is designed to maintain a temperature range associated with that dial position. Used in conjunction with a digital thermometer, it can be dialed to a specific temperature.

There are two air vent/dampers on the lid. The two 15.5" nickel coated cooking grates are standard on all bullets and just a bit too small for many rib slabs. To get more capacity, cut slabs in half, you can fit up to eight half slabs easily. If you bend or roll the slabs, you can fit six. Comes with a standard 5.5 quart porcelain coated water/drip pan. Our lid never fit quite right, and we constantly had to jiggle it to get a tight seal. They say it can easily be converted to cook burgers or steaks, but allowing fats and juices to drip right above the heating element doesn't seem like a good idea. The newer electric apartment grills use radiant plates instead of traditional metal rod grates.

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$100 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

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Smoker

Fuel: 

Electric

Primary Capacity: 

377 square inches ( about 18 burgers )

Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA

No

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We have hands-on experience testing this product. We have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners and other reliable sources.


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