Monthly Archives: January 2015

Cookshack Releases New IQ5 Controller

Cookshack’s innovative technology for smoker ovens will change the face of barbecue with the release of the new IQ5 Controller.

The IQ5 controller is the newest technology in commercial cooking, smoking, and holding. Restaurants, food trucks, and backyard chefs alike enjoy sleep with the ability to set a smoker, leave and come back in the morning with a day’s worth of smoked foods.

The IQ5 controller allows for up to three stages of cooking, including smoke, cook and hold steps. Since pellets produce more heat under 180°F, all three of these stages are important. The smoke stage adds the smoke flavor, the cook stage gets foods to their required internal temperatures while the hold stage allows the meat to stay hot while sitting in the smoker until the food is ready to be served.

IQ5 Controller on SM260

The new IQ5 controller on the SM260

Consistency is easier than ever to achieve. The IQ5 controller includes a digital readout, meat probe attachment, up to three stages of cooking options and USB port to download and keep track of cooking cycles. With the IQ5 controller, you have the option to download your smoking, cooking and holding logs to a FAT formatted USB flash drive. The IQ5 Controller will maintain 1023 cycles which is 512 hours of cook time.  This controller is standard equipment on Cookshack commercial smoker ovens with a capacity of 100 to 750 pounds.  Options are available for upgrading your current equipment from the IQ4 controller to the new IQ5 controller.

The Cookshack IQ5 Controller also has, for the first time in Cookshack history, the ability to program your own pre-set buttons. Eight pre-set buttons come programmed with standard meat cuts such as brisket, ribs, and prime rib.  However, changing the presets is as easy as setting your times and temperatures then pressing the coordinating pre-set in less than five seconds! Set yourself apart from the competition with this great new feature.

For more information about the new IQ5 Controller or any Cookshack Commercial or Competition Smoker, please give us a call at 1.800.423.0698.  You can also view a video on our Cookshack YouTube Channel or website to see the new controller in action!

Cookshack Trade Show Booth

Cookshack will be Coast to Coast in 2015 Attending Trade Shows

Cookshack will be going coast to coast in 2015 attending trade shows to display our smokers, charbroilers and pellet grills. Starting the year, we will be in Myrtle Beach South Carolina at the Hotel Motel Restuarant Supply of the Southeast (HMRSS) Show and finishing up in Orlando Florida at the International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA) Show. In between, we will be attending shows in Anaheim and Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto, New York City, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Denver, and Kansas City.

Most shows will feature our electric smokers that use wood chunks to provide the wood flavor and our 100% wood-burning pellet-fired smokers, charbroilers, and grill. We also display accessories, cookbooks, spices, sauces, and rubs. Our professional staff will be on hand to help you find solutions and offer suggestions so that you will be the best for cooking barbecue and smoked foods! At these shows you will be able to meet Cookshack staff, Cookshack Distributors and Dealers and even Fast Eddy himself! Discover the taste of real barbecue! Sample succulent brisket, pork, ribs and salmon that was cooked and smoked in our units.

 

Cookshack Trade Show Booth

See the electric and pellet fired units at the shows

Serving Samples

Dealer Larry Hill is serving samples at the NRA show in Chicago

Customers at booth

It is a great time to see the equipment

FEC120 and Charbroiler

FEC120 and 24″ Charbroiler

Make plans to attend one of these events in 2015 or come and see us at our Manufacturing Facility and Home office in Ponca City, OK. Here is the list of shows that we will be attending. We would love to meet you!

Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Supply of the Southeast

NAFEM

Safari Club International Show (SCI)

The Restaurants Canada Show

International Restaurant Foodservice Show of New York (IRFSNY)

National Restaurant Association Show

Western Foodservice & Hospitality Show

Oklahoma Restaurant Association Show

WestEx 2015 – Colorado Foodservice & Restaurant Conference

American Royal BBQ Expo

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show

International Association of Amusement Parks

For more detailed information on the dates and focus of these shows, visit our web page.

Introducing the FEC240 Commercial Pellet Smoker Oven

Cookshack announces the FEC240, the newest Commercial 100% wood-burning pellet-fired smoker oven. Cookshack is the only manufacturer of Commercial Grade 100% wood-burning pellet ovens.

The Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC240 uses the new Cookshack IQ5 electronic control system for 3-stage cooking and the ability to download cooking data onto flash drive. The FEC240 has a small footprint with a high capacity to smoke or barbecue products, so it is the perfect choice for large scale operations. The FEC240 will fit through a 36″ standard door so it is perfect for compact kitchens where space is a premium.  With no gas lines to worry with, it is easy to install in your commercial kitchen. It features an offset firebox and a convection fan to circulate smoke and heat for steady temperatures throughout the unit. It is NSF and USDA approved and Warnock Hersey and ETL Listed Commercial Cooking Equipment in USA and Canada.

FEC240 with door closed

FEC240 can hold up to 250 lbs. of pork butt

 

Controller

How It Works

The digital controller includes programmable, customizable cooking pre-sets, alarm cycle, 16 character LCD display, and USB port for downloading up to 512 hours of cook time onto a FAT formatted USB flash drive.

Heat is supplied by 100% wood pellets which eliminates large heat fluctuations that dry and shrink the meat. Oven temperature range is from 140°F to 350°F

The IQ5 controller electronic time/temperature control system features 3-stage, 2-stage and probe mode cooking options

Meat drippings exit the bottom of the smoker into a removable drip pan for a clean, safe operation

An optional meat probe allows the user to set the smoker to a desired internal meat temperature and then automatically cycles into a hold when the temperature is met

Efficient

Pellets

Tough double-walled 20-gauge stainless steel construction surrounds 850°F Spin-Glas® insulation for superior heat retention

Heat and Flavor source is 100% food grade wood pellets which are controlled by a fully automated wood pellet system.

The FEC240 runs on 7 amps @ 120VAC, which means pennies per hour operating cost

Clean burning wood pellets produce very little ash, with a low a creosote buildup. Danger of fire from removing hot ash and embers is eliminated, unlike stick burning smokers that require removal of live coals.

Pellets are easily obtainable, inexpensive, available in a variety of flavors and are easy to store

 

FEC240 with door open

This unit has 8 nickel-plated shelves that are 23″ x 17″

FEC240 Fan

Convection Fan helps circulate smoke and temps to improve yields

FEC240 Firebox

Firebox for pellets

The eight (8) nickel-plated steel shelves can hold up to 250 lb. of pork butts, 240 lbs. of brisket, 180 lbs. of ribs, or 60 whole chickens. The unit comes standard with a Cookbook, Operator’s Manual, 80 lbs. of pellets, Pre-installed casters, drip pan, side racks and a Cookshack Spice Kit. It is a no risk purchase because the FEC240 is covered by a two-year limited warranty and Cookshack’s 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Call our professional sales team for more information at 1.800.423.0698.

Cover Up Your New Smoker or Pellet Grill

Winter is upon us in full force so make sure you protect your new smoker or pellet grill with a cover. A quality product made in America, Cookshack works hard to find vendors in the USA for our parts and accessories. These covers are custom made to fit our smokers and pellet grills. Made of 600 denier Solution Dyed Polyester, which is commonly seen in the marine industry; the cover will stand up to outdoor applications. This material has inherent UV properties and is mildew resistant. The urethane coated polyester fabric makes the covers easy to clean, abrasion resistant and is environmentally friendly. Durable and reliable these covers will last due to the double needle construction.

Cookshack LogoFast Eddy by Cookshack Logo

Each cover is black with a 3″ tall x 5″ wide Cookshack logo or Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack sewn into the cover so you can display your smoker with pride! To help you to lengthen the life of your smoker, invest in a cover today! Cookshack is having a sale on all covers for 3-days only starting on January 13, 2015 and ending on January 15, 2015. Order online or call us at 1.800.423.0698 and use the Promo Code: COVERS to take advantage of the discount. The covers will be 15% off the regular price, and this offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.

SM160 Cover

SM160 Cover

PV028 PG500 Cover

PG500 Cover

FEC100 Reverse Cover

FEC100 Reverse Cover

 

Covers are available for the following models of smokers and pellet grills: Smokette SM009-2, Smokette Elite SM025, Super Smoker Elite SM045, Amerique SM066, Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC100, Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC120, SmartSmoker SM160, Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack PG500 and Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack PG1000. Covers are also available for fitting on smoker models attached to our carts. We also have covers available for older models of smokers that are no longer being produced. To find out which cover you need, refer to the list below:

Unit Model #            Cover Part #

SM009-2                                  PV037

SM009-2 with Cart                PV038

SM025                                     PV031

SM025 with Cart                   PV033

SM045                                    PV032

SM045 with Cart                  PV034

SM066                                   PV036

SM066 with Cart                  PV035

SM160                                  PV023

FEC100                                 PV024

FEC100  Reverse                 PV030

FEC120                                 PV027

PG500                                   PV028

PG500 with Shelf                PV028ws

PG1000                                PV039

Older Model Smoker Covers:

SM008/009                          PV020

SM008/009 with cart         PV022

SM066 old style                 PV029

SM050/055                         PV021

Be sure and take advantage of this special offer by January 15, 2015! Call us at 1.800.423.0698 if you have any questions or to place your order! Just mention Promo Code: COVERS!

Eight Resolutions your Electric Smoker will Appreciate!

Need ideas for New Year’s resolutions?  Let us help you with these suggestions for maintaining your Cookshack electric emoker.  Keep your Cookshack electric smoker running like new by following these simple steps!

  1. Oil hinge and latch pins twice a year. Use lightweight oil on the pins to prevent binding.
  2. Clean door switch.
  3. Check electrical plug and wire for any wear or damage.
  4. Clean grills and racks. Scrape and wash them with soap and water.  Or better yet, run them through the dishwasher.
  5. Scrape loose grease and scale from walls with a plastic flat edge scraper.
  6. Line the bottom of your smoker with heavy duty aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Make sure the drain hole is open at all times! Remove all grease from the interior of the smoker using paper towels or cloths. Ensure that you do not use caustic cleaners!
  7. Clean drain hole, plug and pan after each use.
  8. Always clean the wood box of wood and ash remnants before restarting the oven! Douse with water before discarding!
SM160, SM260, SM360

SmartSmoker® Electric Smoker Line

Do you need a visual of these maintenance tips?  Check out our How-To Videos on our Cookshack YouTube Channel or on our website on the Video Cooking Classroom.  We believe in Smokin’ Made Simple which also includes maintaining your equipment!

Cookshack Residential Electric Smoker Line

The residential smoker line

Of course, the professionals in our Sales and Customer Service departments are available to chat with you for other tips and suggestions!  Give them a call at 1.800.423.0698.  You can also get great ideas and tips on the Cookshack uncensored forum.

Happy New Year from Cookshack!

Happy New Year from Cookshack

From all of us here at Cookshack, we wish you a Happy New Year!

We hope this year is filled with prosperity, good health, friends, family and of course barbecue! We value our customers, employees, shareholders, vendors, dealers, distributors and service providers and are looking forward to continuing our business you in 2015.

We will be announcing several new pieces of equipment and upgrades in 2015.  So make sure and stay tuned in the near future for these exciting announcements which will affect our commercial, competition and backyard chefs alike!

We love to hear from you.  Please respond to our blog posts, send us an e-mail or interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest!  Of course, we also have our uncensored forum where the most dedicated barbecue heads can chat, swap stories and recipes 24/7.

We are looking forward to a smoking good year!