A smoker cooker device can either run by gas, electric, charcoal or wood. There are different kinds of designs and sizes to choose from, but choose the one with high heat output and good temperature control and smoke-making abilities. These are the features that make up a good smoker cooker.
A smoker gives the food a unique smoking taste that everybody loves. This process is done by lowering the heat, thus creating a smoke that slowly burns wood or dried plants. Smoking foods needs a lot of patience for it may take few hours to finish but the taste of the food will be worth waiting. Here are some tips on how to use smoker cookers.
Tip 1: Start preparing the food.
Prep up the food by rubbing it with your favorite seasonings. This is to add flavor to the food during the smoking process.
Tip 2: Create the flame.
Depending on the type of smoker you are using, the first task is to create flames. You should avoid using a lighter fluid to a charcoal smoker to light the coal; this can give unpleasant taste to the food. Light it the natural way by using old newspapers or discarded papers available in your house. This will take longer to light up though, but the taste will improve the food. An electric smoker is the easier to use, just plug it and allow to heat.
Tip 3: Prepare the wood.
Use it by soaking it in liquid for at least an hour before draining. Put it on top of the charcoal or flames or in the side chute of the smoker if you are using an electric smoker. There are different kinds of wood chips available in the store like mesquite, apple wood, oak or maple. Choose wood chips that will best compliment the food and enhance its flavor.
Tip 4: Adjust the vents.
To thoroughly smoke the food, you must learn how to adjust the vents to achieve the right and steady temperature. Naturally, meat should be smoked with a temperature of 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, while fish is smoked with a slightly lower temperature. For electric smoker cookers, adjustment of temperature will depend upon the model type. Some electric smoker could be adjusted by simply turning the dial or it cannot be adjusted at all. So, if you purchase, always choose a smoker that could be adjusted easily.
Tip 5: Use the water bowl to your advantage.
Get the water bowl and line it with an aluminum foil and fill it with water. A water bowl serves two purposes: First, it keeps the meat moist by the process of water vapor; and second, it shields the food from the direct heat by creating a physical barrier between the food and heat.
Tip 6: Arrange your food properly and cook them.
When the smoker is ready, arrange the food in the smoker and always keep an eye on the temperature. To ensure that food will be fully cooked, turn the food every so often. Check also the fuel if you are planning to extend the period of cooking (if you are using charcoal or wood). Smoking time will greatly depend on the kind of food and the quantity you are cooking.
Tip 7: Baste your food with flavorful sauces.
You can baste your food with your favorite sauces to give it a more delicious taste. Do this during the last half hour of smoking. When smoking is done, take the food from the smoker and serve.
Always clean your smoker cooker every after use to avoid producing stubborn dirt which could be difficult to remove later on. When using a smoker cooker, always be mindful about the right preparation of food and smoker to avoid food borne-diseases. Smoking food requires skill but knowing a few simple smoker instructions will make the work easier and fun to do.