Electric smokers are modern gadgets for an age-old tradition. Smoke cooking has been around for centuries but Americans are still hooked and fascinated with the flavorful aroma of smoked meat up to this day. Proof? The fact that smokers are still very much in demand just like the ubiquitous grill. But modern living is not as compatible with this type of cooking at times because of the time and the attention it requires. The answer to this is the electric smoker.
Electric smokers still smoke food the traditional way – you still need hours on end to do the meat. You still use wood chips or sawdust for the flavor. And you still come up with great-tasting smoked products. But the difference lies in the fact that you need not ‘baby sit’ your smoker. You put in the meat, set the timer, thermometer and smoke gauge and leave it as it quietly smokes your food to perfection. This is a perfect solution for the cooks who like to throw in their food and forget about it until it’s ready. These user-friendly smokers simply need to be plugged into an electrical source to do their work, effectively removing all fire-tending duties from the smoking process.
With an electric smoker, you have absolute control over the temperature and therefore, the amount of smoke inside the chamber. These are crucial factors in the outcome of the cooking process. You will have the ability to reach a certain temperature and keep it at that throughout the smoking process if you want perfectly-smoked foods.
Once you have set the temperature at the desired level, it will remain there until the smoking is completed. You need not go and check if the fire is still on or something like that. One of the great things about these electric smokers is that there is no tending required. Just plunk your seasoned product onto a rack, put a chunk or two of hardwood into the wood box, plug it in, turn it to the desired temperature, and walk away until it’s done.
This means that an electric smoker gives you the best of both worlds – the control over the smoking process and the convenience of just letting it be until it’s time to get the food out of the smoker.
An electric smoker works much like the other types – wood, charcoal or gas. The main difference among these types is the source of heat with which to create the smoke and cook the food. There is one disadvantage to an electric smoke in that they do not produce as much smoke as wood smokers do. This disadvantage is offset by the ability to use controlled heat that allows you to keep the same temperature for many hours at a time.
Obviously, an electric smoker uses electricity for its source of heat. Unless the source is switched off, your electric smoker will keep on producing the heat needed for the smoking process. It is actually the most convenient type of smoker. Its only downside is it is not always possible to bring it to the beach if you are not sure of any electricity source.
If you want to enjoy sumptuous feasts of smoked ribs, barbecue, salmon or chicken every so often, it is so possible with an electric smoker. Try one today.