Brinkmann smokers can bring delight to you by turning the food into a classical charcoal or wood taste that everybody adores. Some people prefers to smoke foods in a more natural way using charcoal, because this is the best way to impart and enhance flavor to the meat, poultry and fish. But if you want convenience more than the taste, then a Brinkmann smoker from a charcoal to an electric version will create a device that is more predictable when it comes to heat. To make this possible, you need a kit that comes from the manufacturer to make the switching. Here are tips on how to modify a Brinkmann smoker successfully.
Tip 1: Prepare your smoker.
Clean the Brinkmann upright smoker and remove the lid and set it aside. All internal parts of the smoker should be removed like the 2 cooking grates, water pan and the charcoal pan. The cooking grate should be scrubbed using a wire grilling brush to remove any leftover debris or char from the last grilling session you had. This is also to prepare the grates ready for the next grilling after conversion to electric heating. As for the charcoal pan, you can now put that in a storage room since you will not need it anymore.
Tip 2: Prepare the electric converter.
Prepare the electrical converter and place the heating element facing up in the bottom of the smoker. Let the power cord hang through the bottom opening of the smoking chamber area. The heating element will take over the place of the charcoal pan. Depending on the model type of the Brinkmann smoker, the round bottom of the heating element usually rests upon the lower brackets or the smoker legs.
Tip 3: Prepare the circular metal pan.
The circular metal pan that usually comes with the converter element should be placed atop the coils because this pan holds the smoking wood when preparing food in the Brinkmann smoker.
Tip 4: Return some parts that you have removed.
Return back the cooking grates and cooking pan in the smoker and put back the lid. Read the instruction manuals about the recommended levels of water to be filled up in the water pan. Putting water in the water pan keeps the food moist while undergoing the smoking process. Water pans also hold the grease drippings in the smoker, making it an easy to clean and mess-free smoker.
Tip 5: Put some wood chips in the modified smoker.
Put the wood chips into the circular metal pan atop the heating elements. For best smoking result, soak wood chips for about 1 hour before cooking time.
Tip 6: Try cooking in your “new” Brinkmann smoker.
Arrange the food on the rack and plug in the smoker when you are ready to cook. Cooking times will depend on what kind of food you are cooking. Always follow the manufacturer recommended cooking time.
Tip 7: Follow some safety tips.
Always prioritize your safety by using heat-resistant grilling mitts, long-handled tongs, spatulas, fork (needed when moving and transferring meat or in handling hot smoker lids), grates and other hot metal smoker’s parts.
A Brinkmann electric smoker may not give you that classical taste you always wanted but sure enough, it still could give you the full taste and richly flavored smoked food which could satisfy even the most sensitive and picky tongue. You just have to trust your instinct when you modify a Brinkmann smoker.