For a very long time I have made fun of my Dad for buying an electric smoker. I just couldn’t believe that this man who I looked up to could just switch from a true smoker and charcoals to an electric abomination. I mean, I really look up to my Pop’s for his culinary skills and patience with a bit o meat on the smoker but I was truly losing faith.
That being said, I have a friend who purchased a Brinkman Gourmet electric smoker for their parents last year and being that they are not big time BBQ folk they decided that a smoker takes too much time and didn’t want to keep it. My fear came true when they offered this beast to me.
How could I say no? I mean it’s a free smoker and gives me one more reason to have to buy more meat. I knew that I wouldn’t like using it but this would give me a chance to actually have some ammo to argue with my Dad about why to not use an electric smoker.
Well, here I am today, standing here before everyone, shouting at the top of my lungs that I am totally hooked on this thing. I know that I run the risk of having my BBQ card pulled for saying this but I am dead serious that this was way to dang simple and the food came out pretty good.
I plugged it in, placed a nice piece of Baxter’s Original Pecan on the coil and let it ride. Within a couple of seconds the smoke was surrounding me and I was hating it less and less.
Over the last weekend I wrapped a beef tenderloin in bacon, slapped it on the smoker and let it go for about 7 hours. This thing turned out perfectly delicious and tender and I just couldn’t believe what was happening. Really, it was that easy, 1 piece of wood and I had constant smoke at a steady 200 degrees for 7 hours. I seriously din’t need to do anything else. Now, doing this is not as much fun as using a traditional smoker but when it is 110 degrees outside I will accept a few shortcuts to keep my sanity.
I had to make sure that this wasn’t just a fluke so I pattied out some burgers, filled with bacon and cheddar cheese. I decided that I would smoke these burgers and see how it turned out. Went through the same ritual, added a piece of pecan to the coil and turned it on. In no time we were smoking again and I let the burgers go for about 3 hours until they were perfectly moist and tasty.
I really can’t get over how easy this was to use and I know that this would not be acceptable for any competition but seems to be working perfectly for me on the porch and right now that’s all that matters.
I guess the bottom line is, I am totally for using an electric smoker for home use and will definitely recommend this particular smoker to anyone who is looking. And before you ask, because I am using real wood, slow smoked, and on a grill I will not allow this to be called faux