I want a new smoker

nv-hunter

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Over the last week
15 lbs pepper ang garlic summer sausage
15 lbs jalapeno and chesse summer sausage
20 lbs snack sticks
15 lbs Italian sausage
15 lbs German sausage
10 lbs hot gut
10 lbs chorizo
25 lbs brats
 
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Over the last week
15 lbs pepper ang garlic summer sausage
15 lbs jalapeno and chesse summer sausage
20 lbs snack sticks
15 lbs Italian sausage
15 lbs German sausage
10 lbs hot gut
10 lbs chorizo
25 lbs brats
Can I come over? Pretty please!
 

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So, this thread is about smokers, smoking, and beautiful women...

Anyhow...

I have 3 smokers in my "fleet" 🤠:

-Little Chief electric
-Oklahoma Joe offset stick/charcoal burner
-Charbroil analog insulated electric

The Charbroil analog electric is the newest; and it may outpace the Okie Joe as my workhorse, time will tell; I picked it up last month when Charbroil had a site sale for $159 and free shipping. So, far I'm very impressed with it for the cheap thing that it is. It has an amazing dynamic range. I got it up to near 400° in outside temps of 40° (no wind) and ran it steady as low as 135° for 2 hrs in the same weather. My main reason for the purchase was to get something economical that would let me pasteurize my jerky and snack sticks directly, without having to use the oven to flash roast at higher temps.

The Little Chief is a jerky machine, pure and simple, but it has a tough time keeping things safely heated in colder weather. It only has a 250 W element, whereas the new Charbroil is 1,200 W. That said, it really is the perfect, point solution for making jerky; since it runs at such a low, consistent, temperature: 165° in mild outdoor conditions. However, that same trait betrays it for cooking larger cuts of meat safely.

Okie Joe is a mass produced version of their classic offset smoker design, and it does great; I've made many memorable meals with it; but it's for those less busy days where you can babysit it and keep feeding it fuel and tweaking the vents.

Here's some pics showing temps in the new Charbroil electric, and lastly, a chuck roast I did in the Oklahoma Joe.

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Prerylyon,
That looks good.
I wood love a stick burnee but it would cost more then what pellets cost to run it in the desert. Lol

Can you share details on the thermometer?

Thanks
 
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Prerylyon

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Prerylyon,
That looks good.
I wood love a stick burnee but it would cost more then what pellets cost to run it in the desert. Lol

Can you share details on the thermometer?

Thanks
NV,

Despite Iowa's reputation for rolling prairie, we do have some hills & draws; anyhow, the back part of my acreage backs into some fields and a draw full of wild cherry trees. Usually one or two would come down in a storm and I'd be set with wood for the next year for the Okie Joe. Well, in Aug 2020 we had the mother of all derechos come thru with 140 mph winds sustained; it just about wiped out 2/3 of the bird cherry trees, so now I'm literally set with cooking wood for the next 5 yrs. Oh, I lost my barn too in that storm, but always a silver lining! lol

This is one of the piles of cherry I put up late last winter.

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As for the thermometer, it's an 'expert grills' brand from Wally World with 4 probes; cost me < $20. It agrees within a couple degrees of a much more expensive Thermoworks model my wife bought us to use in the kitchen 🤣.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Expert-Grill-Four-Probes-Waterproof-BBQ-Grilling-Thermometer/

In all fairness, the Thermoworks stuff is noticeably heavier and appears more sturdy. But for less than $20 for the one pictured, I can buy several for what the Thermoworks costs, and not upset my wife had I used hers, and I did something stupid and killed it...😂
 
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Our neighbors had a christmas party the other night and they recently purchased a pellet pit boss grill/smoker. I was really impressed with the build quality and it had some features that a traeger that costs twice as much didn't have.
 
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I have a lousiana grill which is made by pit boss that i use for chicken and Turkey mostly. Do some small meals for just me and the wife on it too. The bulk of my smoking is on the big vertical smoker things like jerky and sausages. Big meals for parties.