I love meat in any form, whether it is broiled, baked or even fried. I cannot imagine having the willpower to overcome the temptation of biting into a juicy steak or piece of fried chicken.
And this feeling magnifies ten-fold because when it comes to smoked meat, I totally lose every sense of self restraint. Over the years, I’ve bought and used a lot of different electric smokers and last evening, I found myself in front of my Old Smokey Electric Smoker and decided to share my experience with you.
This smoker comes with durable aluminized steel that has the same corrosion resistant power as stainless steel. One advantage that aluminum has over steel is that it has high heat resistance and it is for this reason that aluminum is also used in most car accessories. The smoker’s durability means that it will serve you for several years to come.
In case you do not know, heat and rust are the number one spoilers of cooking appliances. However, with the Old Smokey Electric Smoker, you do not have to worry about these.
Could it be the best electric smoker you have been looking for?
Let’s take a closer look at the features that might help you decide if this smoker is right for you.
Simple, yet effective
The smoker comes with an electrical cord and two handles and looks more like a large tin can. From the look of it, you may not think it is an excellent cooking appliance. However, looks, as you probably know, can be deceiving. First, this appliance weighs just 24 pounds. If you can lift your puppy or toddler around, then you shouldn’t have trouble carrying your Old Smokey Electric Smoker around either. And size, too, shouldn’t worry you either. This appliance measures 29 inches high and 15.5 inches wide.
This smoker can easily fit on your kitchen’s counter, porch or table top. Are you out on a weekend trip? Then simply drop your smoker into your trunk and you will be good to go. Do you want to smoke some fish for your neighbor’s cookout? Just grab your smoker in your arms and that’s it. This smoker comes with lots of convenience.
The Old Smokey Electric Smoker is a simple appliance. However, it produces delicious smoked meat and you will have professionally tasting smoked meat without much hassle.
Of course, you need to have a little bit of cooking skills as no amount of smoking will ever make up for a poorly prepared piece of meat. So, be sure to equip yourself with some of the best meat smoking recipes if this is your first time in front of a smoker
Unlike other low cost smokers, the Old Smokey Electric Smoker does more than just smoke your meat. An appliance of this size and price usually serves only as a smoker so if you are looking for additional features, you would often be compelled to go for the larger, more expensive models. That is not the case with the Old Smokey Electric Smoker because besides roasting, it grills as well.
This smoker comes with two racks to provide adequate space for preparing foods such as hamburgers, turkey, roast, brisket, veggies and fish. Of course, you can never cook them all at a go. This smoker comes with 280 square inches of cooking space which is adequate enough to smoke your turkey on the lower grill while cooking some hot dogs on the upper grill.
It also comes with a drip pan to help you keep things neat and clean. The pan traps the juices, preventing it from dripping onto the ground.
Two perfectly convenient carrying handles makes your appliance seamless to carry. The small handles fit nicely on the sides of the appliance. With larger hands however, you might have a difficult time getting a good grip of the handles. Otherwise, the average person does not have difficulty holding the handles.
Getting your Smokey Flavor
Another convenient feature of this appliance is that it does not require propane or gas to operate. Some people shy away from food smokers because of safety concerns. Of course, it can be daunting figuring out how to add a flammable fuel into a cooking appliance. Concerns about an explosion– however mild—sure does rob cooking of its fun. However, with the Old Smokey, all you need to do is plug your appliance onto a power supply and you will be good to go.
And since this smoker is powered by electricity, it does not need water. Ideally, while smoking meat, you may need to add moisture to make your meat juicier. Moisture also prevents your meat from drying during the smoking process.
So, why don’t you need water while using the Old Smokey?
Well, it is because the smoker comes with a sealed lid. This tight lid prevents the meat’s natural juice from escaping during the smoking process. Thus, instead of worrying about basting your meat as it cooks, just sit back and relax.
The smoking process is straight forward. Just about anyone can do it:
Get a bunch of wood chips and load them onto your smoker’s chip tray. This tray is directly above the smoker’s heating element, hence the chips heat up pretty fast. Next, place your food on the two grills located above the chip tray and the drip pan. The fat will thus drip and gets trapped on the drip pan while your meat cooks.
What are the customers saying?
The Old Smokey Electric Smoker has earned lots of positive reviews from other customers as well. Personally, I love the fact that it is easy to use, easy to maintain, inexpensive and has great space economy. In addition, the appliance is very easy to assemble.
Compared to other smokers in the market, I’ve realized that the Old Smokey is one of the top rated low cost smokers available in the market today.
Here are some facts about this smoker
- Measuring 15.5” w by 15.5”d by 29”h, this appliance is compact enough to consume very limited space. It weighs just 24 pounds and comes with 280 square inches of cooking space.
- The smoker has a tight lid that prevents moisture from escaping while cooking, hence no need for water.
- The smoker has a durable and heat- rust resistant aluminum steel construction. This ensures durability and long term service.
- The smoker is powered by electricity, which allows it to heat very fast
- The smoker has a flat top that allows the juice to drip back into the food.
- The wooden chips placed on the smoker’s heating element provides the food with its smoke flavor
- The smoker’s heat control knob allows you to set various temperatures
The Old Smokey is, without doubt, one of the oldest and most dependable brands in the market presently and has been around for 75 years. All in all, I have had an excellent experience with this appliance and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone shopping for an electric smoker.