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Brisket - SM025 or PG1000?

Forum: Brisket
I have a 8lb wagu brisket I'm planning on smoking this weekend in either a Cookshack SM025 or a PG1000? The PG1000 is new and I've only used for grilling over the past couple of weeks. Was wondering folks thoughts for smoking a brisket, which is a little longer of a smoke. Which Cookshack would you use and why??Read More...
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Picanha

Forum: Open Forum
Any one tried to smoke Picanha? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picanha) It's the main attraction in Brazilian steak houses, and is usually spit roasted. I've "reverse seared" one (in 275* oven until internal is 120*, rest 15 min., then sear in cast iron skillet (I lay mine directly on charcoal) about 2 min. per side--really good!. I've thought of using the smoker instead of the oven, but also wonder about skipping the sear and letting the Picanha go to 140*Read More...
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Not Enough Smoke From Green Mountian ....Looking at SM045...will it have more smoke flavor?

I am on my second Green Mountain pellet smoker and still am not happy with the amount of smoke flavor in the meat. I have tried several things and am just done. I think its time for a new machine. The Cookshack SM045 looks promising but before I go even deeper in the hole I want to be sure that I will be happy with the amount of smoke flavor it produces. Being that it uses real hard wood and not compressed pellets Im hoping this is the right direction. Any information is greatly appreciated.Read More...
Last Reply By carterherbert · First Unread Post

Broken controller

Forum: Open Forum
I own 6 cook shack products and am happy with all but my amerique. The controller screen was so flimsy it tore twice. A member had similar trouble. He replaced his twice. I think these were first run smokers. I have a double smoker 35 years old that has had zero issues. Is there a controller, even after marek to replace the original for a decent price? I think it is a factory defect/lemon and should be covered by cookshack. What do I know. I only have 6 and one bad one in the lot.Read More...
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Large Brisket in Amerique.

Forum: Brisket
Hi Everyone, Last night and today I smoked the largest brisket I've ever done in my Amerique, a prime full packer from Sam's Club, weighing about 16.5 lbs before trimming. It is the largest brisket that will fit in my SM066. The next largest I've dome was around 14 lbs. I'm finding that with such a large piece of meat, easily 4 - 5 inches thick on the point end, I'm finding I have trouble keeping the end of the flat from drying out. I cooked the brisket overnight at 200F and turned it up to...Read More...
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FEC-100 in enclosed trailer?

I do some vending and was wondering if there is a way to setup a FEC-100 in an enclosed trailer? If I were to vent it up through the roof, would that be enough, or would I need some sort of hood as well? (wondering about the smoke that comes out when opening the door) This is my current setup. Right now I am just dropping the ramp on the trailer. On this day, we got rained on, which got me to thinking of a way where we wouldn't have to have the back open. Any ideas?Read More...
Last Reply By LonzinomakerCS · First Unread Post

Introducing myself

Forum: Open Forum
I am a long time grill and smoke afficionado but just ordered a new SM045 Supersmoker to add to my tools of choice. I did a lot of research on electric smokers and this forum was really incredibly helpful. Looking forward to many years of smoking adventures, trials and tribulations. I've had an offset wood smoker for years but never really mastered it until after I tried an electric smoker and figured out how to manage the heat, wood, vents, smoke, etc... My Masterbuilt died last week which...Read More...
Last Reply By oldsarge · First Unread Post

PG1000 capacity

I have a PG1000 coming and I am wondering how much meat fits on the indirect side for smoking? Can I fit a butt and a brisket, 3 butts, can the top shelf be used for additional space for smoking? Asking from those who have one so I know what to expect.Read More...

Introducing Ourselves

We own and operate a winery/brewery/distillery/event venue and we've recently added full food service (pizza, wings, salads, chips&dips). The next phase of the kitchen is BBQ. We purchased a SM160 to get things going. We plan to start with pulled pork, tri-tip, and pork ribs as weekend specials and for private events in our venue. We've found having regular food has definitely helped beverage sales (not just food trucks on the weekend). I'd like to thank everyone in advance for their...Read More...
Last Reply By LonzinomakerCS · First Unread Post

New Pg1000 Owner - Pellet Question

I'm anxiously awaiting my new PG1000 grill to be delivered this week! I've owned a SM045 for about 10 yrs. Couple of ?'s around pellets: - What's the best way to change pellets? If I want to change flavors or remove pellets at the end of a smoke? Is a small shop vac the best method? - Sifting pellets - is this required? Thanks!Read More...
Last Reply By mountainman · First Unread Post

Dino Bones for one

Forum: Open Forum
I finally acquired a couple of racks of dino bones that I need to vacuume pack. The issue is that I’m the only one in the family that will eat them. So the question obviously is how many bones should I put in each package. I’m thinking one bone per package might be best but I wonder if I left several together if they might cook better. Then I could separate them and reheat at a later date. What do you think?Read More...
Last Reply By mountainman · First Unread Post

True confession: I deep cleaned my Cookshack!

Forum: Open Forum
After many years of briskets, butts and salmon -- after which I wasn't always super-diligent in my cleanup routine -- my SM025 became so "seasoned" that nobody wanted to look at it, much less eat anything out of it, and it sat unused in the back of the garage for two years. The boss eventually said I had to use it or lose it, so, back against the wall, in a fit of desperation, I gathered several cans of oven cleaner, a jumbo pack of paper towels, a plastic scraper, a garden hose, a 3M scour...Read More...
Last Reply By oldsarge · 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 LonzinomakerCS · First Unread Post

which wood to use...

Forum: Jerky
gratefulb
I have some beef jerky to smoke up tomorrow. Given a choice between apple, cherry, hickory or pecan, which would turn the meat the darker color when smoked? Maybe a combination? I'll be using small chunks and running the smoker (008) at 175* for several hours, cracking the door open every so often to exhaust excess moisture. Any insight is appreciated- ThanksRead More...
Last Reply By jay1924 · First Unread Post

Advice on purchasing a smoker

Hello- I am planning to purchase an electric smoker in the near future.. I have narrowed it down to a Cookshack Elite 45 or a Smokin It 2D. I want something large enough to smoke 5 to 7 racks of ribs without having to cut them in half. I will also be smoking brisket and pork butts. The Cookshack 025 would probably work for me but I didn’t want to get something to small and regret it later. Temperature where I live usually falls into the 20’s so it will need to be able to hold temperature...Read More...
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Going from Green Egg to a 66

Forum: Open Forum
Hey guys, I’m just about to make the change to a 66 electric smoker. I do like my egg but it is very time consuming doing long cooks. The 66 is far bigger investment than my Egg. I just really like the convince of a set it and forget it smoking machine. A couple of question is it really set n forget till it’s done? I’ve heard that electric or pellet smokers in general do not have the same results as a lump charcoal or wood burners as far as smoke flavor or bark on different meats. True or...Read More...
Last Reply By oldsarge · First Unread Post

Introduce Yourself -- Time for a CS RollCall Featured

Forum: Open Forum
We're getting lots of new members (and lurkers) so thought I was time for a "roll call". Tell us who you are? I'm Smokin' Okie, a non-paid straight man for the rest of the forum gang. Love the friends here at the forum! I've been smokin' for a REALLY long time, on most any smoker out there.Read More...
Last Reply By downersgrovecook · First Unread Post
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Temps all over the place FEC 100

Had 18 pork butts in the smoker friday/saturday and the temperature was all over the place. Had it set for 220 and the air temperature overnight was low 60's. I've used it a few times this year and the temperature would go up/down a few degrees but Friday it was bouncing 15 to 20 degrees above and below the 220 set temp. I'm going to call customer service tomorrow, (which from past experience are AMAZING ) but just wondering if there is something that I may need to replace that's on it's way...Read More...
Last Reply By joem · First Unread Post

Clogged Auger PG1000

The auger on my PG1000 got clogged. The only way I could clear it out was to back off the screws that hold the pellet hopper. I wasn't able to remove the hopper, but it somehow helped. I put all the screws back, but now pellet pieces are dropping below into the area that houses the controller, fan and auger. These self taping screws don't see to allow precision assembly of the hopper to the feed chute. Anyone have any ideas?Read More...
Last Reply By jay1924 · First Unread Post

Cookshack Smokette Elite SM025 Electric Smoker - Digital Controller Issues

I've owned a Cookshack Smokette Elite SM025 Electric Smoker for about 9 years now and have had multiple issues with its Digital Controller head. I have already replaced the original controller twice over the years and eventually have the same issues recur over time...intermittent controls, inability to set temps, partial screen outages, etc. The smoker has been dissassembled, all wiring checked (including signal continuity) which then eventually results in replacement the controller. The...Read More...
Last Reply By KCAV8R · First Unread Post

time sensitive help needed! smoking 4 small pork shoulders simultaneously

I'm smoking four boneless pork shoulders for my father-in-laws church event tomorrow on my SM025 Smokette Elite. Each is very small... they range from 2.9 to 3.8 lbs each, for a grand total of 12.9 lbs. How would this impact expected smoke times, and would it impact how much wood I need to include? I generally just do one massive pork shoulder (around 12 lbs each and smoke for roughly 12 hours on the top shelf), so this is a bit of a curveball for me. Would appreciate your guidance, my...Read More...
Last Reply By jay1924 · First Unread Post

Coffee-Rubbed Ribs Recipe

At the start of my barbecue career I fumbled through a few rubs before finding Mike Mill's Magic Dust recipe . There's now a mason jar full of it in my cupboard at all times. Keeping a steady rub constant allowed me to focus on how to slow-smoke a piece of meat to perfection, and after seven years, I'm now feeling pretty comfortable with that. But I'm back to playing around with rubs, and finally tried one I've always found intriguing: a coffee rub . Not a coffee drinker myself, I wasn't...Read More...
Last Reply By oldsarge · First Unread Post

Smoked Almonds

Forum: Open Forum
It's been a while since I smoked any almonds and I'm wanting to do a batch or two. I've listed the last two batches that I've done and am considering to repeat. I thought I'd check to see if there were any newer and or better suggestions..... Pags @ CookShackI smoke almonds quite a bit and have had success with this recipe: 4 lbs Almond 6 TB Worcestershire sauce 2 TB granulated garlic 2 tsp salt or sea salt In a large bowl and using a large serving spoon, mix the almonds with the sauce until...Read More...
Last Reply By aliced · First Unread Post

PG500 Fast Eddy in Houston?

Hi there - I'm seriously considering the PG500 Fast Eddy for my next pellet smoker, but I've never actually seen one in person. I've checked with cook shack and they do not have a dealer in Houston and/or any on display anywhere in Texas. Anyone in the Houston area that would be willing to let me have a look at yours and ask a few questions? Cheers ConradRead More...
Last Reply By oldsarge · First Unread Post

PG 500 recommended his temp for smoking.

Looking at another web site and found a high temp recipe for pickle brined mock fried chicken and wanted to give it a try. My concern is the temp of the cook requires 450 to 500 degrees. Will running at these temps cause any problems or bad idea to even attempt? For anyone who might be interested here is the recipe using a Weber kettle . 8 bone-in, skin-on thighs 10 oz dill pickle juice 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons celery salt 2 teaspoon cayenne 2 teaspoon Kosher salt 2 teaspoons...Read More...
Last Reply By jay1924 · First Unread Post

Swapping Pellets on the PG 500

This might be a dumb question, but I'm wondering the best way to swap pellets on the PG 500. I just got mine about a month ago & the pellet drain door isn't really located in the best place. What have other PG 500 owners done to funnel their pellets intoa bucket?Read More...

Lessons for new users Featured

Forum: Open Forum
Hey Forum, here is a challenge to you who have been members a while. We have lots of new members joining in. Tell us, what are your most valuable lessons, to give to the new owners of Cookshacks? My first thoughts: 1. Read the forum, especially the archives 2. Keep good notes, you're own experiences will help you the most 3. Remember, this isn't a cake recipe...so time and temp are now the only way to judge when it's complete. And try to appreciate what BBQ is all about and understand what...Read More...
Last Reply By jay1924 · First Unread Post
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Jerky in a pg1000/500

Has anyone done jerky in their FEPG1000/500? I want to start doing jerky but have many/many questions…. Can you hold the temps to 160 to 180 in the PG? How many pounds of beef can you do in a PG? Do you do wet or dry? Did you use a seasoning kit or a recipe and if so which one? Any thoughts as to where I should go next? TNX mmRead More...
Last Reply By Osborn Cox · First Unread Post

Pretty close to saying I am sorry I bought it.... FEPG500

Ok, so I thought I did enough homework to justify buying the FEPG over a Traeger Crapco roadshow Chinesium special. Well I am at about 10 cooks in. the FEPG is a good grill above 300 degrees. I can't get it to go low and slow, e.g 170-180. Tried the factory set 10-50, and changed that to 10-30. Got 6o degree overshoots on 170 degress turned some $15/lb wild salmon into Jerky. Low and slow is important to me..... Any suggestions are appreciated. The other problem I have is bridging, Running...Read More...
Last Reply By idahomike · First Unread Post

New PG 1000 just arrived.

I spent a day watching videos on the PG 1000 while waiting for it to arrive. The grill arrived yesterday late and today was the first time I had a chance to unwrap it. The first thing I noticed was that there were no holes drilled for the side shelf. The videos show that the holes were drilled and the screws had to be removed before the shelf could be installed. I opened the lid and discovered that one side of the hinge wasn't working. This is a pin that slips into a bushing. The pin is not...Read More...

Selling an SM160

I hope I can post this here, I had purchased an SM160 in early 2017 (build date 12/19/16) I no longer need it for my business and I’m looking to sell it. Has around 250 hours of cook time. Located in CT Comes with SM160 cover, meat probe, extra heating element, cold smoking kit with insulated baffle. Looking for $4,000 OBO if you’re interested, please send me an email at blackcapblades@gmail.comRead More...
Last Reply By AaronB · First Unread Post

Help with reaching cook temp

I just received my PG1000 last week. I’m having issues reaching the desired cook temp. I’m using cook shack hickory pellets. LHT 10 HHT set at various ranges from 40 to 150. Set temp at 375 with hht at 100 digital gauge on grill gets to about 350 then backs down then back up but never gets to set temp of 375. With hht set to 150 Temp gets to about 365 then backs down. I’m having the same issue with “lower temp set at 275 and hht of 40. I’ve tried adjusting the flue cap from all the way down...Read More...
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