How to Use an Electric Smoker

by The Smoke Expert on January 3, 2014

After you’ve made a decision about the best smoker for you and you’ve made the purchase, it’s time to figure out how to use your electric smoker.

  • Choose the best smoker for you. If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to choose a product that is relatively easy to use. Some are more advanced and will require a bit more skill to work with. When you’ve purchased the product, be sure to hang out to the instructions. While there are helpful tips and guides to follow, it’s always best to follow a manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do a test run. Before you start using your smoker, you’ll need to cure it. This runs through the smoking process in order to get your smoker ready to be used. It will remove odors as well as any potentially harmful elements that could get in the way of properly smoking food.
  • What will you be smoking? It’s time to get it ready. There is a good amount of prep work that will need to be done before you can use the smoker. Start by seasoning the meat to taste. You may choose to use dry ingredients to create a rub that will work well when smoking. Or, you can choose to use wet ingredients to create a marinade.
  • Whether you choose wet or dry ingredients to season your meat, you’ll want to give the meat time to soak up the flavors. Leave the meat in the seasoning overnight to give it plenty of time to absorb the flavor.
  • Follow your product’s specific instructions to turn the smoker on. Some will require water to be added. You’ll need to get wood chips that will create the smoke and provide the smoky flavor you’ll love. There are several types of wood chips that you’ll be able to choose from and you should be able to find them at your grocery store. Some of the more popular types include cherry, cedar, and hickory.
  • Add more wood chips every three hours to keep the smoke going.
  • When your smoker reaches the ideal temperature, add your meat. This may involve checking the temperature frequently and spending some time waiting for the temperature to be just right. You want to wait until the perfect temperature to add the meat in order to get the best results.
  • Wait. This will require patience, but you’ll need to wait hours until the meat is smoked and ready to be taken out.

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