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Need Help Deciding on smoker.

Of course price is an issue, as with anything. I was trying to decide between the Smokette Original Model SM009-2 Electric Smoker or the Smokette Elite Model SM025 Electric Smoker . The 14 X 14 size on the original would be a problem. because I cook a lot of ribs and don't like to cut the rack. Any tips about buying one of these would be welcome. Any incite would be great. ThanksRead More...
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Original Amerique meat sensor is bad

Forum: Open Forum
I have one of the original Ameriques and my meat thermometer unit has gone bad. Does anyone have an extra they want to sell? I looked on the accessories page and they only have the new style thermometer plug. I would need the whole new assembly with the new thermometer. I know they used to sell it but I don’t see it anymore. Does anyone have any recommendations where I can get either an old assembly or the new assembly with the thermometer? Just for clarification the plug that my thermometer...Read More...
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First cook

Forum: Open Forum
Did three racks st louis ribs and two chickens halved today for my first time in the CS66. Chicken was 3 hrs at 225 ribs 4 at 225. Everything was good but not great. Ribs better than chicken. If I can get more smoke on the ribs next time they may be really great. Chicken a bit drier than i like. Ribs were dry rubbed and chicken was kind of a wet rub of spices with tequila and honey, i was hoping the alcohol and a bit of baking powder would help keep the chicken from being rubbery. Chicken...Read More...
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Сhicken lasagna

Ingredients 12 lasagna noodles 3 cups vegetables like broccoli, carrots, zucchini cooked, chopped and cooled 10 0z frozen spinach defrosted and squeezed 4 cups cooked chicken 2 cups cottage cheese 2 eggs 4 cups mozzarella 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 small onion diced 2 cloves garlic pressed 1/3 cup butter 1/4 cup flour 2 cups milk 2 cups chicken broth 4 oz cream cheese 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano Steps Step 1 To make the Alfredo sauce, melt butter, add onion and...Read More...

4 Pork Butts on edge in SM025

Since there isn't much clearance between the two shelves on an SM025, I was thinking of just using the bottom shelf only and standing the four butts on edge, keeping them balanced and separated with wood skewers. My thought is having them all on the same shelf would help them cook more uniform, plus the smoke might circulate better. Any issue with that strategy? ThanksRead More...
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Pneumatic Casters for FEC100

I'm thinking about modifying one of my FE100s with pneumatic casters. Since the base of the casters will be larger than the originals on the FE, I'd have to fabricate a plate to bolt to the the bottom of the FE with additonal holes drilled on the outside to match the larger base of the casters. My question is what size caster to go with? I know the larger the caster the easier it would be to move, but would 8" make enough difference in mobility to make it worth while? Would 10" or 12" make...Read More...
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PG500 cover

Just thought I would share that I found a char-broil cover that works perfectly for the PG500. I have the front shelf on mine... It is the 3-4 burner option if the link doesn't take you right to that one. Have been using it for over a year and it is holding up great so far... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0194I458G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1Read More...

Louisiana Grills Pellet cooker

Anyone familiar with the Louisiana Grills model Pellet Cookers? http://www.kck.com/louisiana_grills/ I have a Model 50 and have been thinking about adding a pellet cooker. Traeger is not well made in my opinion and The FE is a bit out of my price range. The excellent feature of the Louisiana Grills line seems to be totally seperate smoke control from the main temperature/cooking control. There is a dealer in my area....they seem to be well made but I would love to here if someone has cooked...Read More...
Last Reply By chaplainbill · First Unread Post

FEC 100 Temp Won't Ramp Up During Cook

I have had several instances lately with my FEC 100 not letting temp ramp up during a cook. My last cook I started with ribs in smoker and set temp to 235* and everything was going along fine. After a couple of hours I then tried to increase temp up to 275* as I wanted to put some chicken in it also. I increased the temp setting up to 275*, but after 1 hour the temp still only registered about 240*. I had not yet put the additional chicken load in it, so no reason for it not to have come up...Read More...
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Costs to open a small BBQ Joint? Your best guesses?

Looks like I'm going to be laid off in July 2009. My wife has told me to follow my passion and finally open a BBQ Joint / Premium Spice Shop. I want to focus on takeout but still have maybe 10 - 12 Tables. The spice part will require 800 - 900 SF of space. That part aside, I have no idea how to figure out what to budget for a kitchen. I do think I will be using one of the larger Cookshack units. If any of you have started a BBQ joint similar in size to what I am thinking, can you share what...Read More...
Last Reply By mccoken · First Unread Post

Offset smoker questions...

Hello agian, lynnae here, I'm still around You all are great for advice so I thought you could help me with this one. I was just given(meaning: for FREE!!) a slightly used New Brunfels offset smoker grill. The guy who gave it to me had a hard time using it....he had problems with controlling the heat...too hot on one side too cold on the other.....he really just wanted a grill that he could throw some steaks on that he didn't have to pay attention to. I think he got it for a gift and really...Read More...
Last Reply By EricJason · First Unread Post

First Cook on PG 500

Well Delivery day came – on time and in good condition. The hardest part of it was removing the protective plastic which coated the stainless steel. Put the side and front shelves on easily. Poured in 20 pounds of the included pellets, prime the firepot with a small fist-full of pellets and in 13 minutes, I was up to 400 degrees. Ran it for about an hour and shut it down for a couple of hours. Restarted and cooked 5 rib eyes. Grill was very easy to use. I love the different zones. I was...Read More...
Last Reply By mountainman · First Unread Post

A Few Good Knives

Forum: Open Forum
For years I used our good kitchen knives for fixing outdoor food, outdoors. Not a good event should a knife fall to the ground or loose an edge slicing into a steak on the grill and encountering a grill grate. But a good set of knives is important. And they need not be expensive. Old Hickory to the rescue. Made in America. Very good quality. Bought a set a couple of years back and really like them. From prep to serving, this kit covers it all. A good set at a very reasonable price. Keeping...Read More...
Last Reply By oldsarge · First Unread Post

New FEC 100 Owner. Auger/igniter not working

Received my new FEC100 on Wednesday from Cookshack. Last night attempted to run it a few hours. Loaded pellets Powered up Set time/temp Hit start , fan kicked on, but that’s all Auger and igniter did not engage Thoughts/suggestions? I left customer service a voice message but pebbly will not bear from then until Monday. Thanks. JeffRead More...
Last Reply By chaplainbill · First Unread Post

fat

Forum: Brisket
i have a 9 lb flat, very thick layer of fat,if i cut off some fat and cook fat side down and put cut fat on top, think it will help the drying problemRead More...

Pro 500

I want to purchase a Pro 500 but would like to see one first. There are no dealers in my areas (CA and ID) and wanted to know if anyone near Escalon, CA (95320) or Rexburg, ID (83440) has one and would consider letting me come by and take a look. You can call me at 209-204-5200. Thanks.Read More...
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looking for a good bacon brine recipe.

I just bought 2 pork bellies on sale. The price was right, and I got to sort through 2 bins. I like my bacon on the lean side. I have done bacon before, but it turned out way to sweet. There was enough maple syrup that I had to microwave it to keep the sugar from burning. I am looking for a good old fashion brine recipe. Not to sweet, not to salty, with a little pepper. What woods are you all using when you smoke them? Any help would be greatly appriceated.Read More...
Last Reply By idahomike · First Unread Post

Jerky Fan/Dryer

Forum: Jerky
Hi Guys— Two of the “other companies” sell a small portable fan that sits over the top vent hole. This is to move air when making jerky. I’m a bit curious as to the effectiveness of this method. CS does not have a device like 5his. That surprises me a bit. Has anybody any experience with these small jerky fans? I have tried the door open/close thing. I’m looking at different ideas to minimize moisture...ThanksRead More...
Last Reply By LonzinomakerCS · First Unread Post

FEC100 Using Rib Racks

Question on using rib racks with my FEC100. I cooked 18 racks of ribs yesterday and for the first time tried rib racks that I've had for quite a while but had not tried yet. Set smoker to 260 and cooked for a long time without ever getting them as tender as I would have liked, over 8 hours. Anybody with experience using rib racks have any ideas? Is it because they are so tightly packed in there? Thanks in advance.Read More...
Last Reply By dakotasmoke · First Unread Post

Questions on planning ahead....

Up until now, all my ventures with smoking have been day events: cook, and sell off what you have. Now, I'm getting ready to start up a brick and mortar, and have a couple questions: Although I would absolutely prefer to serve daily prepared fresh out of the smoker, we all know that's pretty difficult. So, for back up, how do you re therm frozen product? Sous vide? Any other methods working for you out there? B&M will have around 40 seats plus take out. Have an SM260 and an FEC120. Menu...Read More...
Last Reply By chaplainbill · First Unread Post

Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings

Forum: Poultry
I just made a wing recipe I really like with some smoke flavor and crispy skin. The technique is from Cook's Illustrated. In their version everything is done in the oven but I am doing 30 minutes in a Cookshack before moving to oven. I am also using Cookshack Spicy Chicken rub and I preferred them without any sauce. The recipe is behind a paywall unfortunately ( https://www.cookscountry.com/r..._search_experience_1 ), but I believe the recipe is also in the Cook's Illustrated "Meat Book"...Read More...
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The working principle and mode of vacuum packaging machine

Forum: Open Forum
One. The purpose of vacuum packaging machine In order to prevent products in transportation and storage, due to moisture deterioration. The product is defective due to deterioration. The product is placed in the packaging bag (vacuum bag) with vacuum packaging, and the air inside the bag is exhausted to make the product in a completely oxygen-free state, which can prevent moisture, dust, rust and oxidation and make the product easy to preserve and not deteriorate. Two. Vacuum packaging...Read More...

TRAVEL WHILE COOKING FEC300

Ok guys. Fixing to mount up a FEC300 into a 22ft concession/competition trailer and will be serving lunch and dinner 2 to 3 days a week plus a crap ton of festivals. All of my area are surrounding counties and a short interstate or smooth 2 lane road 12-15 miles away at max. Im assuming that running the rotisserie is out of the question but with it off can the smoker continue to run while traveling? It would be a situation that we open at say 11 am so for a brisket we would need to start at...Read More...
Last Reply By Don Bailey · First Unread Post

Is it possible to use Pellets in a SM260? Strange Reason Why!

Forum: Open Forum
This is not an attempt to reduce cost. I exported my CS to Costa Rica for my restaurant. I did my best effort to research import regulations for wood, and found no restrictions. But my load of 600 lbs of wood was impounded by customs under the guise that the wood needed to be "heat treated". My choices were to spend 6 months appealing the ruling or make a hefty donation to his kids "educational fund". Guess what I did? Time for 2nd load. I am told that "wood pellets" are not subject to...Read More...
Last Reply By electrotech · First Unread Post

PG500 and MAK 2 star

Does anyone own or has owned a PG500 AND a MAK 2 star? These are the 2 grills that I am looking at purchasing and I'd really like to be able to get a good side-by-side comparison of the 2. From my research, I feel that the PG500 will be a better griller, but that the MAK will be a better smoker. I'd like to do a bit of both and for the most part, I'd be cooking for just my family (5). Also, I've seen several posts on here about the PG500 blowing a lot of ash. Is this common? I know the "this...Read More...
Last Reply By oldsarge · First Unread Post

Dirty Skin

Forum: Poultry
I have had my Cookshack smoker for over 20 years. Throughout all this time I get a dirty, sooty poultry skin that I have to remove and throw away. Today I tried again using a tiny piece of wood and still got a dirty skin. What am I doing wrong?Read More...
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Disappointing Craftsmanship

Forum: Open Forum
Hello, I am new to the Cookshack Forum and joined a week ago while I was waiting for my new Cookshack SM025 to arrive from Amazon. The first unit was delivered on the 12th and had a fist size hole in the side of the box. I took pictures, opened the box and discovered a dent in the left side next to the lower door hinge. The dent was actually about 6" lower than the hole in the box, but still thought something had hit the smoker. I promptly returned the unit and received my replacement on the...Read More...
Last Reply By labbq · First Unread Post

A-Maze-N pellet smoker

I picked up one of the A-Maze-N pellet smokers thinking I would use it for cold smoking in my SM-045. I have the cold smoke baffle, but thought I would give this a try. The instructions say you can use saw dust or pellets. I didn't have either. I used some chips which are like course saw dust. I started the box outside of the SM-045. I could get it to produce smoke for more than 15 minutes at a time. I know that I have seen mention of using these things in the SM-025, and or the SM-045. What...Read More...
Last Reply By Jack024 · First Unread Post

Brisket and Pork Butts at same time?

Hey Everyone, I have two bbq restaurants that myself and a few business partners took over about 6 years ago. The company has been in business for almost 50 years and has built a very local, loyal following over those years. As brisket has really grown in popularity over the years, we have decided that it might be time to add it to our menu. But, the problem is, is that we have no experience smoking it and would really like to put it in with our pork butts over night since they are similar...Read More...
Last Reply By Dottrz · First Unread Post

PG500 serial #

Just curious, but I'm assuming that the serial number on the Fast Eddy pellet grills is indicative of the amount that have been produced thus far? (For instance, I just purchased a PG500 and the serial number is 3015, does that mean it was the 3,015th PG500 to "roll off" the assembly line?) D oes anyone know if this is correct?Read More...
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Selling

Hi guys, Its been bit since I’ve been on here...the forum looks totally different...is there a page for selling still....I got a FEC 100 looking to get rid of... Thanks BryanRead More...

Dislike of the new forum...

Forum: Open Forum
andyj
Is it just me, is is the new forum a step backwards? This seems to be more of a blog format than a forum format. There is a lot of wasted screen real estate. On my screen, I can only see 4 topics before I have to scroll down. On the old forum, and other forums I'm on, I can see a good 15+ topics before needing to scroll. If you post on multiple forums, it is now much more work to post on this forum since the embedded bbcode image links no longer work. Pictures in posts are much smaller.Read More...
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Got a New Slicer

Forum: Open Forum
I recently outgrew my decades old Rival Slicer. It had a 6 inch blade. My quest for something larger took me from the obscenely large and heavy commercial units to the more reasonable home style units. I looked at units with a bad diameter of 8 to 10 inches and finally settled on the Chef's Choice 665. I own a Lem Big Bite #8 grinder and the LEM MaxVac. For whatever reason, I could not justify getting a slicer from LEM even though the quality of their products is first rate. The CC 665 is a...Read More...
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Amerique probe- solution for broken plug

Hi all- like (possibly) everyone else owning an Amerique, I found out that the plug connector on the meat temp probe was its Achilles Heel. After buying 2 new probes (and they ain't cheap), I decided to see if I could just fix it. Voila! The plug is a Switchcraft EN3C2M16X This one is a crimp type. They also make a solder type. Mine is also a slip-on outer ring as opposed to the screw-on that came with. I don't see where the screw-on is offered. Here is the link:...Read More...
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LHt/HHt 101 - Temp Control on the PG1000 Featured

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack Pellet Grill Model PG1000 Controlling the Pit Temperature on the PG1000: This grill comes equipped with a controller board which lets you digitally “dial in” the temp you want for your cook. This controller is very simple, an up arrow, a down arrow, and a digital readout. For many these are all the controls you will ever need. However, there are more advanced settings you can adjust in order to further refine the temperature control. The grill has settings called LHt...Read More...
Last Reply By hotlickbbq · First Unread Post

SMO25 not coming back to temperature after opening

Forum: Open Forum
Yes, I know opening the smoker is a no-no, but today I had to. I am experimenting with wrapping 2 butts in butcher paper, and, when it was clear on my temperature probes the butts had reached 165* and the stall had begun, I opened the smoker long enough to get the butts out to wrap them. I closed the door, wrapped the butts, and opened the door again to put the butts back in the smoker. Previously, the smoker was holding the set temperature of 225*, but after I did the above, the temperature...Read More...
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