If you’ve ever been to a good barbecue joint or an amazing tailgate before a big football game, then you may have some idea why food that has been smoked can take an already tasty piece of meat and turn the dial of flavor up to an eleven. Experiencing these smoked delicacies can inspire you to make these at your very own house and even invite people over.
But before you start seasoning your brisket and making your barbecue sauce for your hopefully famous pulled pork sandwiches, how do you know what to look for when you finally go to the store and buy an electric smoker? What features should you keep an eye out for?
To help, we wanted to go for a walk with you down the electric smoker aisle and take a look at all of the fantastic options that are there for you to choose from. That way we can advise and inform you of all of those little details you should be aware of before you buy an electric smoker.
Ready? Let’s get started!
Type of Fuel
Using either wood or charcoal in order to start a smoker is no longer a necessity these days. Many electric smokers only need a few pieces of wood in order to begin the smoking process. After that, electric heaters can handle the rest of the process. You want to stay away from electric smokers that use a lot of wood or ones that need extra charcoal to get the job done. These are many of these types out there, but that’s not something you need with a good electric smoker.
Size Of The Smoker
If you’re only planning on smoking foods for your personal use, you may be able to get away with buying a smaller smoker, but as you become more confident; perhaps even contemplating throwing a party or two then you may want to opt for a larger one. Each size has their downsides as smaller electric smokers may not be able to hold as much food, while larger ones can result in raw food being served because it hasn’t been cooked long enough. Make sure to check the quantity that the smoker you are looking at can hold. That way, depending on how you intend to use it, you can find the best one for your needs.
A major part of any electric smoker is the electronics that they come with, hence the name. These electronics help to keep the heat that is being used constant for the best results. The best electric smokers will use a thermostat, while lower quality smokers may use a rheostat instead. If you’re serious about buying an electric smoker, then you will want to make sure that the electronics that are being used are the best available.
Racks and Trays
The racks and trays of an electric smoker can be one of if not the most important parts of a smoker. Most racks in a smoker will look like the racks inside your oven. You want to make sure that these are adjustable so you can fit a variety of different sized foods if you need to. If you decide that you want to apply barbecue sauce to the delicious brisket, you’re smoking, then you may want to have the option of putting a drip pan underneath it so any drippings can be caught and not ruin the smoke.
Saving Time and Money
Smoking is not a quick process in the least. But what a good electric smoker can do is save you both time and money by giving you a relatively cheap way to cook food that you can set and forget. Once the food starts the smoking process, you don’t have to flip it, turn it, or anything like that. And with many on the market today having glass doors, you don’t even have to open the door to check on it either.
Choosing the best electric smoker for your home isn’t an arduous process, but with a lot of different options out there, it can be tough to know what to look for in the one you eventually take home. Hopefully, with our guide, we’ve been able to make that process a little easier.