The introduction of electric smokers revolutionized smoking as we know it. Electric smokers have become a necessity if you need any barbeque party. They are efficient, quick and easy to use. There are many types of electric smokers but they all work the same. Smoking meat can be a lot of fun, especially when you know you are going to eat that juicy meat at the end of it all. We seek to inform you about various aspects of electric smokers. This is a comprehensive review of how you use an electric smoker. If you want to make sumptuous food with your electric smoker, you need to know how to use it.
Understanding the electric smoker is a matter of safety too. Electric smokers use electricity and can be dangerous if mishandled. You need to know to handle the electric smoker well so that it can last long too. Let’s dive in and see how best to use an electric smoker.
How Does an Electric Smoker Work?
In order to understand how to use an electric smoker, you need to understand how it works first. An electric smoker consists of the following main parts.
- Smoker body – this is the main chamber where you place your meat. It has grills on which you place your food.
- Digital Controller Pad – this is the control panel of your smoker. It has knobs that allow you to control temperatures, reduce or increase a smoker, and switch the smoker on and off.
- Water Bowl – this bowl holds water, that prevents the juices from your food from evaporating and escaping.
- Wood Chip Bowl – this bowl holds the wood chips that are burned to produce the smoke.
- Drip tray – the drip tray is placed under the meat to prevent it from dripping on the burning wood chips below.
So, how do you now smoke your meat?
- If you are working with a new smoker. You will need to clean and sanitize it. Wash the smoker on the inside, dry it, and they raise the temperatures to ensure the smoker is crispy clean.
- Get the wood chips you want to use and place a couple of handfuls into the wood chip bowl. You could choose to soak the wood chips in water for an hour or so so that you get an enhanced and steady smoke flow.
- Power on the smoker and set it to pre-heat. The electric smokers take time to heat up to a cooking temperature.
- Take time to add water, and wood chips until the smoker reaches a temperature of 225 degrees F.
- Now bring out your marinated meat and place it in the smoker. Do not over stack your smoker, and never place a piece of mean over the other.
- The meat will cook for anywhere between 3 hours and 8 hours depending on which meat it is.
- Once the meat is cooked, place it on a tray, and clean the smoker immediately.
- The meat is best served while hot.