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Electric Smoker?
February 16, 2009
4:12 pm
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February 16, 2009

  I'm looking for a smoker to  basically just make jerky and ribs at home. I've never used an electric smoker, but it sounds like it'll be easy to use since I won't have to babysit the low temps for jerky.  Gas smokers like the Smokey Mountain Great Outdoors are hard to hold below 170 or so for jerky, but do ribs very well!

 My question is how well does electric smoking do to keep ribs, chicken and brisket tasting as good as they do on a gas smoker?  I don't want to settle for have ribs cooked at 220 for 5 hours on an electric taste not as good as they do on my Smoky Mountain grill did….before I had to replace it.

 Any thoughts on comparing electric vs gas smoking would be appreciated.  Cool 

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February 19, 2009
3:35 am
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I have personally never owned an electric smoker, but I have owned almost everything else at some point in time including the gas smoke you mentioned. I have heard real good things about both Cookshack and Smokin Tex, and in my opinion it should compare to cooking with gas.


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February 19, 2009
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Slats -

I have a relative who is almost a gourmet cook.  Since he's both busy and lazy, he uses and swears by his Cook Shack electric smoker which is in the shape of a small fridge.  I believe it uses pellets.  The other thing that's great about these cookers is that they burn so much less wood than a traditional coal cooker.  These units really epitomize the "set it and forget" mantra.  I would imagine it would be perfect for jerky.

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February 21, 2009
12:08 pm
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  Hey guys, thanks for the replies and chime in more as you feel.

   We're on the same page here.  Jerky I think would be a breeze with the electric.  Some of what I've read says the electric will not do ribs and other slow smoked meats the same as gas.  That the red smoke ring, and slight crust of the ribs won't be there with electric.  Has anyone A/B tested both electric and gas for this type of cooking?

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June 4, 2009
12:19 pm
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You may want to take a look at the Traeger Wood Pellet Grills as well . . .

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