Electric Smoker – A Modern Gadget For Traditional Cooking

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.

Just How Good Are Electric Barbecue Grills and Where Can They Be Used?

These are good questions and I’ll do my best to answer them. My first observation is that an electric barbecue grill will never produce the amount of heat that a decent charcoal or gas grill will produce. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and in fact can be an advantage particularly to anyone that’s new to the art of barbecue.

If you are a hardy soul, one who enjoys outdoor cooking regardless of the weather, and wouldn’t even consider grilling indoors, the tool for you has got to be a charcoal grill. If however, you’re the sort of person who enjoys entertaining friends when the weather is good and prefers a more laid back approach to barbecue, this article may benefit you.

When considering an electric barbecue grill, one of the most important factors is the wattage of the grill. The lower the wattage, the slower the cooking and the slower the grills ability to replace heat if the unit is in a draught. This is much less important if you are grilling indoors. Ambient temperature under cover and lack of a cross wind is always an advantage indoors if you have a low wattage product.

In good weather conditions in a sheltered area, it is possible to have an outdoor family barbecue using electricity, but there is another way that an electrical barbecue can benefit you too.

We all look forward to a nice family barbecue, but sometimes plans have to change because of the vagaries of the weather. In circumstances like this you can move your barbecue into the kitchen and use the electric one. Because electric barbecues do not produce dangerous waste gases, like all others do, they are safe to take into the house. You do not need to remember to buy special fuels, as long as you have mains power they are ready to go inside of five minutes.

If you are a newbie to cooking barbecue, electric is perfect for you. Because electric grills do not produce a naked flame, and cook more slowly, you should never experience the horrors of a burnt black charcoal coloured steak that is raw in the middle. This is a very common problem experienced by the inexperienced when using a charcoal or gas barbecue for the first time.Modern electric barbecues come in all sorts and sizes, some meant for use on a table top and others that have legs and can be used both ways.

Sometimes local voltage has an effect on available wattage. It is a fact that if you have 120 volts mains power and a 2,000 watt grill you will require just over 16.6 amps to run it, whereas, the same wattage at 230 volts mains power requires under 9 amps. Also the 120 volt barbecue requires heavier cables than the 230 volt version to carry the extra load. This is why 2,500 watt barbecues are far more common in the UK than they are in the USA.

How to Hold a Party With a Gas Barbecue

If you live in Australia you’ll know how much Australians value the outdoor life. And a big part of outdoor is living in Australia is having a barbecue. There’s many barbecues to choose from but a gas BBQ may well be the best investment you’ve ever made.

Cooking outdoors is a delightful experience. On a nice day being part of the outdoors whilst serving a great meal for visitors can be one of the best ways of having a party. A barbecue is an essential part of any outdoors meal.

Of course you can always build your own barbecue, many people take the time to collect the bricks, mix the cement and make a barbecue themselves. And the smell of fresh woodsmoke makes a barbecue even more special.

But modern commercial barbecues have so many features, and allow you to cook so many different types of food on your barbecue that a home-made wood barbecue really doesn’t cut it now.

A modern barbecue allows you to cook a wide range of food you could never cook on any normal home-made wood barbecue. Virtually anything that you could imagine that you can cook in an oven can be cooked on the barbecue. Whether it’s a roast, a pizza, bread or anything else that takes your fancy, if you have the right BBQ you can cook it.

In my view a gas barbecue is superior to all others. Unlike an electric barbecue a gas BBQ heats up fast, cools down fast and allows you to regulate the heat brilliantly. Have one side of the barbecue hot so that your neighbour can have that well done steak and have the other side of the barbecue cooler so that your wife can eat her favourite barbecued fish.

It can all be done with a gas barbecue. They’re quick and easy to set up and use, fast to cool down and relatively easy to clean.

Whether you live in Australia or anywhere else having a barbecue on a nice day is a wonderful way to spend time with friends. Get outdoors, find a few recipes, grab yourself a quality gas BBQ and get cooking and you’re well on your way to a fine party.

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