The Old Smokey Electric Smoker is a great new innovation on an old but trusted friend, the outdoor smoker. An outdoor smoker works by heating up moist wood chips, and slow cooking meat by way of smoking it. How this works, is that the meat is placed on a rack inside of an elongated canister. That canister is made out of tin or aluminum. At the bottom of the canister is a compartment for heating up either charcoal, or the wood chips. The heat then instead of burning up the wood, creates smoke. This hot smoke is not only what cooks the meat, but it also imparts a wickedly delicious flavor and tenderness to the meat which is just what you want in an electric smoker.
In the past, an electric smoker either created its heat by way of charcoal bricks, or by propane gas tanks. The Old Smokey Electric Smoker, as its name implies, uses electricity. The electric smoker works by heating an electric coil, much like the coil that would be used in the bottom of an electric oven. The temperature is set, and then the moist chips give off their smoke. Many people love the electric smoker option, because they feel that it simplifies the smoking process. For example, with propane gas smokers, one always has to check to make sure that there is actually a flame continuing to burn for the smoker, and that gas isn’t being wasted. They also have to regulate the flame that the gas gives off.
With regards to the charcoal smokers, the charcoal bricks can burn up, so more charcoal has to be added. This will cause irregularities in the cooking temperature and time. Not only will there not be enough heat to cook the meat, but every time that the smoker is opened, heat escapes, and that in turn will make the canister lose heat. The other problem that can come with charcoal burning canisters, is like with propane burning canisters, one has to monitor the flame. Too much flame will cause scorching, and can even melt the canister. Too little flame won’t create the heat and the smoke that the meat requires. But with an electric heat producing smoker, the heat and the temperature can be regulated much better. The only thing that will have to be monitored, is that the chips are still moist, and that they haven’t dried out. This is a consideration, since electric coils produce dry heat. Having said this, many people report that they have to open the canister for monitoring a lot less than they would using other types of smokers, besides the Old Smokey Electric Smoker. One of the main reasons is because the design of the lid is what keeps the wood chips moist. The wood chips in this design require no water to keep them moist. The heat and the steam of the meat gets recycled by the lid, and the chips stay moist in this way.
The Old Smokey Electric Smoker also features a five foot cord. Many people feel that they need to add an extension cord, so that they can move the smoker away from their homes as far as possible. It also comes with two racks, and a drip pan. It comes with its own pack of wooden chips and with carrying handles. The design of this smoker is for someone who wants that deep smoky taste, but without all of the fuss and the hassle. Instead of having to stand by the smoker, and obsessing over the minute details, the cook can enjoy their guest, or do pretty much anything that they wish while the meat practically self cooks in this smoker.
The price is very reasonable. This is a price that is more than the old fashioned smokers, but is less than some smokers that range up to $200.00. It is very easy to use, and even the most inexperienced smoker can wrap their minds around the instructions, and come up with a masterpiece to feast upon, and to enjoy. One thing that many previous customers have suggested, is to buy the thermometer. The thermometer doesn’t come with it, but it will be extremely useful for controlling your heat, and to make sure that your meat is at a safe temperature to eat. It is also recommended that the customer of the Old Smokey Electric Smoker buy a good book regarding smoking, and smoking recipes. Such book titles are suggested online.
This is truly a wonderful investment for the person who doesn’t want the fuss of obsessing about their food when they are smoking it. It comes in handy for a variety of occasions and reasons. For example, a family could take care of their cooking for at least a few days. They could put multiple cuts of meat on the rack, smoke it, and then they could have meals taken care of for a few days. Or, a family could smoke a couple of large pieces of meat. The meat could be served as a roast, and then sandwiches, and then bits for salads and soup. Instead of having to spend money for all of these meals, these main dishes could be created simplistically, and economically in the Old Smokey Electric Smoker.
Although the temperature needs to be checked when cooking, the electric coil features of the Old Smokey Electric Smoker allows for a pretty stable cooking experience. This comes in handy for all times of year. It’s easy to maintain heat in the summer. But the winter winds can bring down the canister heat. This is why it’s great for this smoker to have electrical heating coils on the inside. Cold winds won’t cause the temperature to drop in the canister, because the electric coil heat is set manually, and will stay stable.
One more great feature about the Old Smokey Electric Smoker, is that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to assemble it. The instructions are included, and the assembly is very easy. If you are looking for a smoker that makes life easier for you, or for someone who is just starting the smoking experience, then this is certainly an electric smoker brand that should be on your list.