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How to Smoke a Delicious Turkey

This Thanksgiving, surprise your family with the best-smoked turkey they’ve ever had. Turkey is the holiday staple at most Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables. Smoked food is slow-cooked, and slow cooking food helps it remain tender, soft, and succulent while also retaining the maximum amount of flavor.

Cooking a turkey properly is a little trickier than smaller birds like chicken or duck, but don’t let that deter you. Even if you have never smoked a turkey before, you can use these tips to smoke a succulent bird that your tastebuds will love.  

How Do You Smoke Turkey?

The first step to a deliciously smoked turkey is having the right tools for the job. Electric smokers and pellet grills from Cookshack are designed to give you mouth-watering meats with each and every use. 

  • Select a skinned, mid-sized bird of 10-12 pounds.
  • Rub it with butter and spices and brine it for 48 hours.
  • Remove the turkey from the fridge, and let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes before placing it in a hot smoker or grill at 250°F.
  • Continue with the process for up to 10 hours, or until the turkey’s center reaches 180°F. If you are smoking a bigger bird, expect a longer cooking time.

Here are some delicious and straightforward methods to brine your turkey:

  • Smoked turkey is delightful to taste even without adding too much seasoning. Beginners can taste success by merely coating the turkey with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • If you want to try something more ‘gourmet,’ you can fill the breast cavity with apples, onion, garlic, lemons, and aromatic spices so that your turkey full of flavor.

For a more in-depth guide on smoking your next bird, check out our guide to Turkey 101. Not a turkey family? No problem! Check out our recipes page for tips and guides on how to prepare your family’s favorite meats for your next holiday meal.   

Cookshack is proud to provide quality smokers, grills, and accessories that make every celebration a little more delicious. Get in touch with us or visit our website and learn more about how our products can transform your next holiday meal. 

3 Tips for the Perfect Wood Fired Pizza

With the fall weather approaching, there’s nothing better than a cozy meal you can enjoy with friends and family. Check out our top 3 tips you ‘knead’ to know for creating the perfect wood-fired pizza!

Dough’s and Don’ts

The first step to a great pizza is having the right dough recipe! Remember, not all recipes are created equal. Make sure to tailor your recipe to your cooking method since the type of pizza dough that works well in a gas oven won’t cook the same way in a wood-fired oven that’s hundreds of degrees hotter. 

We recommend that your dough has less sugar because it tends to bake quicker at high temperatures, giving the appearance that the crust is done when it’s actually not. 

Cheesy Choices

Another key component is to choose the right type of cheese. The moisture content of a cheese is important because it will brown differently depending on the temperature and oven type. A fresh, higher-moisture mozzarella will give your pizza that authentic Neapolitan taste and style. 

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold…

Ensuring that your pizza’s crust and toppings are evenly-cooked is both an art and a science that includes carefully regulating the ingredients, time, and temperature. Take time to understand how the heat is distributed within the oven to achieve a consistent temperature and space out the wood to allow more air in. 

Most conventional wood-fired ovens require at least 3 hours of prep time to ensure that they’re hot enough to properly cook your pizza. Thankfully, the Cookshack Wood Fired Pizza Oven cuts this time in half with advanced technology that delivers brick-oven flavor with the press of a button.

This oven ranges in temperature from 170-900°F allowing you to embrace your inner chef and create pizzas, calzones, quesadillas, stromboli, desserts, and more! With its convenient size, there’s no need to leave it outside or remodel your entire kitchen—it can be installed under a standard commercial hood! 

Pizzas are the perfect meal for any evening, but the real fun is making them with your family and friends. Visit our website to find more great Cookshack recipes or give our team a call at (800) 423-0698 to learn more about our selection of pizza ovens and accessories.

4 Easy Tips to Make Delicious Sausages in Your New Smoker

This summer has given us some of the sunniest and warmest days we can remember, and these days only get better when you’re enjoying home-made sausages from your very own smoker!

Here are our 4 go-to cooking tips when loading sausage into our smokers.

Fanning and Air-Drying

Air drying is a critical part of the smoking process that many of us forget about, but a properly dried meat can mean a longer fridge life and better preservation for midnight snacking.

To ensure your meat is ready for the smoker, set up a small house fan in front of them for a few minutes before throwing it in.

Go Dark by Adding Paprika

Plating and presentation are just as critical to a good meal as the taste of your meats, but how do you make sure your sausages look their best? Easy, add paprika!

Paprika is a great ingredient because it changes the look of meat as much as the taste. Add 2 tbsps. for every 5 lbs. To get that dark mahogany appearance!

Give Your Links Enough Space

We get it—you want to pile as many sausage links as you can into your smoker because they taste so good! However, did you know that packing too much meat into your smoker can lead to undercooked meals?

When you’re loading up your sausages, make sure that your links are evenly spaced out so the hot air can properly circulate and cook them thoroughly.

Spray With Cool Water When Finished

Everybody loves the sound of simmering meats when they open up their smoker, but leaving sausages at too high a temperature for too long can lead to a fatless and shriveled end result.

Spray the sausages with some cool water when you first remove them from the smoker to lower their internal temperature and seal in the flavor.

 

Smoking meat is an art that has dated back for thousands of years, and the team at Cookshack is proud to help you carry on this culinary tradition with the best tips and technology possible. Visit our website to see our full selection of industry leading smokers and barbeques.

 

BBQ: A Great Takeout Food

While COVID-19 has plenty of people staying home for the summer, many Americans are taking this time to try out unique restaurants they’ve never visited before. Barbecue has proven to be one of the best take out foods.

Check out some of our top-of-the-line meat smokers and grills that will take your restaurant’s to-go options to the next level.

CB024: 24″ CHARBROILER

There’s no better way to serve your takeout than with the delicious taste and smell of a wood-fired grill. Cookshack is proud to have created the first pellet fired commercial grill on the market. The charbroiler adds that great wood-fired taste to any product you grill without the issues of a wood fired grill. Your cooks can spend their time getting the food right instead of managing a fire. Our 100% food grade wood pellets provide a consistent flavor and our charbroiler has the most consistent heat of any wood fired grill on the market.

SM160: SMARTSMOKER® COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC SMOKER

Our SmartSmoker system smokes food without any drafts drying out the product. This work horse can produce up to 100 pounds of delicious barbecue per load or cold smoke up to 40 pounds of lox style salmon. 

It gets even better! This system is designed for ultimate cleanliness, with its meat-dripping catch system designed to keep the grease from building up in the unit and its wood box that easily slides out for quick cleaning! 

FEC240: FAST EDDY’S™ FIXED SHELF PELLET SMOKER

Fast Eddy’s is one of our favorite brands here at Cookshack, and this line includes rotating rack, stationary rack and mobile smoking products, all using the power of wood pellets to create the most consistent barbecue available. 

Between the fixed shelf’s quick start-up time at the flip of a switch and Spin-Glas® insulation providing top-notch heat retention, your meat will be ready for customers to take out as soon as they walk through the door.

Restaurant takeout is more popular than ever, and Cookshack is here to make sure your barbecue joint has the appliances you need to keep up with demand. Visit our website today to see our full line of commercial cookers.

BBQ: A Great Takeout Food

While COVID-19 has plenty of people staying home for the summer, many Americans are taking this time to try out unique restaurants they’ve never visited before. If you want your meats to stay a cut above the rest, then it could be time to update your appliances.

Check out some of our top-of-the-line meat smokers that will take your restaurant’s to-go options to the next level.

CB024: 24″ CHARBROILER

There’s no better way to serve your takeout than with the delicious taste and smell of a charcoal grill, and Cookshack is proud to announce that we have perfected the charcoal process with our brand-new charbroiler!

Combining the consistent power of gas with our 100% food-grade wood pellets, grill masters can cook all their meats to the desired doneness and serve delicious meals that will have customers coming back for more.

SM160: SMARTSMOKER® COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC SMOKER

Need to prepare a large amount of smoked meat on the fly for your orders? No problem! Our smartsmoker system can smoke your food at hot or cold temperatures without any drafts drying them out.

It gets better! This system is designed for ultimate cleanliness, with its meat-dripping catch system designed to decrease grease build-up and its wood box easily slides out for quick cleaning! 

FEC240: FAST EDDY’S™ FIXED SHELF PELLET SMOKER

Fast Eddy’s is one of our favorite brands here at Cookshack, and with their line of mobile and powerful smoking products, we promise they’ll be one of yours too!

Between the fixed shelf’s quick start-up time at the flip of a switch and Spin-Glas®  insulation providing top-notch heat retention, your meat will be ready for customers to take out as soon as they walk through the door.

Restaurant takeout is more popular than ever, and Cookshack is here to make sure your barbecue joint has the appliances you need to keep up with demand. Visit our website today to see our full line of commercial cookers.

Group Of Friends Having Outdoor Barbeque At Home

Getting Your Backyard Ready for a Great Summer Cookout

Backyard BBQs are an American tradition. They’re the time when we step outside and enjoy the sun with the people who matter most. But how do you make sure that this year’s parties will keep your guests coming back?

 

Here are our top 5 tips for knocking your backyard shindig out of the park!

 

Clear Up Your Backyard

Your lawn is the first thing your guests will notice when they arrive and can greatly affect the mood of your party before the fun has even started. Before you send out the party invites, be sure to water your lawn and seed any yellow spots left by animals or winter.

 

Add Plenty of Seating

Backyard BBQs are the perfect way to unwind after a hard week of work, so help your guests relax by providing comfy seating they can sink into! Whether you have a deck, a patio, or a large green lawn, set up some tables and chairs so your guests can mingle and eat at all through the night.

 

Create a Menu of Ice Cold Drinks

Summers in Oklahoma are hot and humid, and there’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a nice cold drink. Different people have different tastes, however, so whether your friends prefer beer, wine, soda, or just water, make sure they have the perfect drink to quench their thirst.

 

Get the Hardest Working Grill for All Your Meats

No matter how much fun your games are or how tasty your margarita mix is, the true key for a shindig’s success is a delicious meal and the grill that can make it. If it’s time to retire your rusted-out grill, invest in a cutting edge smoker that cooks your meat to perfection and seals in the flavor you love. You won’t just get your guests thanking you—your stomach will too!

 

2020 is set to be the perfect summer for warm and fun nights, and we want to help you bring all that fun to your backyard. Give the grillmasters at Cookshack a call today at (580) 765-3669 or visit us online to see our line of industry-leading smokers and grills.

Close up pizza in firewood oven with flame behind

Smoking Hot Recipes for Your Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

Looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon with the kids? How about a casual and delicious dinner for a friendly gettogether? Whatever the occasion, a homemade pizza is one of the best ways to get the party going and make sure all involved have a great time.

Here are our top 3 homemade pizza recipes.

Karen’s Smoked Pizza

Start off your afternoon of fun by spreading one can of your favorite pizza sauce across two pizza crusts. These pizza crusts can be store-bought, but there’s no better way to spend time with the family than to make pizza dough together.

Next, pop on whatever veggies or meats you like on pizza (we promise not to judge if you throw pineapple on) and throw both pizzas in your Cookshack smoker for one hour at 250 ℉.

Once the hour is up, swap out the pizza positions in your smoker and put them back in for another 30 minutes. This will give them that delicious crispiness and smokehouse flavor you can’t find anywhere else.

Smoked Pepperoni Pizza

What’s the one thing in the world that’s better than a pepperoni pizza? A fast pepperoni pizza! Whether you have a sporting event you have to get to in a hurry or you just want to eat dinner right now, our Cookshack smokers can help you cook a pizza that will have the kids going wild.

Start this recipe by sprinkling cornmeal on your pizza peel to keep the pizza from sticking too much. Next, make your dough and flatten it across your pizza peel before pouring your favorite marinara sauce across the top. Throw on some delicious slices of pepperoni and sprinkle a few handfuls of mozzarella to seal the deal.

Think the fun ends there? Think again! Just throw your pizza in our PZ400 pizza oven at 700 ℉ for 3 minutes and your dinner is ready to go.

Pulled Pork Pizza

Pulled pork is the ultimate food. It works on burgers, it works on fries, and (you guessed it) it even works on pizza!

Before you even touch the pork, begin by sauteing diced onion and bell pepper on the stove with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Once the onions and pepper are properly cooked, take your pizza dough and brush it down with olive oil.

Next, take a cup of your favorite BBQ sauce and spread that across the dough surface, giving it that perfect kick. Wrap up the production by throwing your pulled pork and sauteed veggies on top and tossing it in the PG500 pizza oven for 12 minutes at 500 ℉.

Pizzas are the perfect meal for any evening, but the real fun is making them with your family and friends. Find more great Cookshack recipes by calling our team today at (800) 423-0698 or visit us online to see our excellent selection of pizza ovens and accessories.

How To Cook a Wood Fired Pizza

 

We’re sure that just about everyone would agree that pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven is extra tasty! Take a look at our guide for how to cook the perfect, delicious wood-fired pizza! 

Prepping the Oven

Once the pizza dough has been made, it’s time to heat your oven. While a traditional wood-fired pizza oven could take as long as 24 hours to fully heat up, Cookshack Inc.’s pizza oven is fully heated in under an hour! With this pizza oven, you’re also able to adjust the heat from 170-900°F, so you’re not limited to just pizza! 

With this temperature control, you can try your hand at calzones, quesadillas, Stromboli, desserts, and more! While your pizza oven is warming, you can roll out your dough, and prepare your pizza! 

Cooking the Pizza

Pizza baking is a dynamic process—after placing your prepared pizza onto a lightly floured pizza peel, put the pizza into the oven and give the peel a slight jerk to move the pizza to the oven floor. 

Due to the high temperature, the crust should begin to puff up and cook immediately. After approximately 40 seconds, slip the peel under the pizza and rotate it 180 degrees to ensure that it’s evenly cooked. Make sure you don’t shift the pizza too far to one side of the oven, as this could cause it to burn.

You should expect your pizza to cook much faster than a conventional oven! The Cookshack Inc. pizza oven will cook your handcrafted pizza over real wood flames in just 3 minutes! When the pizza is done, the crust will be nicely browned, the cheese melted, and the other ingredients bubbling. All that’s left is to remove it from the oven, slice it, and enjoy! 

At Cookshack Inc., we’ve got the tools to help you create a mouthwatering, handcrafted pizza for your whole family to enjoy! Visit our website to see everything we have to offer! 

 

Starting Your Own Restaurant

A new restaurant business requires plenty of planning, attention to details, and commitment toward quality and success to be successful.

First of all, determine what the main concept of your restaurant will be. For example, will it be a causal family restaurant or a high-end elegant restaurant? You will need to research the potential location to see what will work in that area. For example, a location like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills would probably not have a moderately priced, casual family restaurant.

Outline your restaurant’s menu, and define its specialties. Identify how your restaurant will meet the area’s needs, such as offering catering or being the only authentic Italian cuisine restaurant in town.

Create business plan for your restaurant. This plan should include the restaurant’s concept and type of menu, as described above. Then create a budget to determine the required startup costs and funding requirements.

It’s time for paperwork! Apply for the required vending and restaurant licenses, according to your city’s ordinances. Secure a commercial insurance policy that provides protection and liability coverage for the business, its customers, and staff.

Now for a fun part. Create a delicious menu that engages with potential customers reading it. One of the first things a customer looks at before deciding to eat at a restaurant is the menu. The best menus have “personality” and are a visual representation of your restaurant’s cuisine. Don’t make the menu boring. For example, instead of merely “Spaghetti” on your menu, you can call it Grandpa Mateo’s Famous Spaghetti.

Purchase or lease your restaurant’s equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures. Set up the restaurant interior so that the kitchen/staff areas are efficient and the customer area has “atmosphere.” Employ effective interior design using the appropriate colors, decorations, and props. Atmosphere is very important in a restaurant, reflecting not only the type of cuisine you are serving but also imparting a sense of well-being to your customers.

Hire staff for your business. Background checks are important and you want the people working for you to have a sense of loyalty. Treat them well and they will treat the customers well!

Ok, now we’re ready to get this puppy off the ground. Advertise and advertise well in local papers, both print and online. There’s no such thing as too much exposure. Social media is also an efficient way of getting the word out about your new restaurant. Now that your advertising has stirred the public’s interest, you’re ready to open your doors and start making money.

Bon appetite!

Have a Merry Christmas with This Smoked Ham Recipe

Dazzle your tastebuds with a delicious smoked ham cooked in your very own smoker for your Christmas dinner this year! 

Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Ingredients: 

  • 1 (7 pound) pre-cooked bone-in ham 
  • ⅓ cup BBQ spice
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 ¼ cup apple cider (divided use)
  • Cooking spray
  • Fresh herbs or fruit for garnish

Directions: 

  1. Preheat smoker to 250 degrees F
  2. Coat a disposable aluminum pan with cooking spray. Place the ham cut side down in the pan.
  3. Sprinkle the BBQ spice over the exterior of the ham. 
  4. Place the pan in the smoker and cook for one hour.
  5. Continue to cook the ham for another 2-3 hours, basting every 30-45 minutes with the 2 cups of apple cider. 
  6. The ham is done when a thermometer, inserted into the thickest part of the ham, reads 140 degrees F.
  7. When the ham is about 135 degrees F, make the glaze.
  8. Place the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and remaining 1/4 cup of apple cider in a pan over medium heat.
  9. Bring the pan to a simmer. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until glaze has just thickened.
  10. Brush the glaze all over the ham. Transfer the ham to a platter. Garnish with herbs and fruit if desired, then serve.

Tips for Smoking a Ham

There are many ways to smoke a ham, and if you feel like getting creative you can try making your own homemade version of the BBQ spice mix!

Choose a disposable aluminum pan to keep your clean-up to a minimum, but remember that disposable pans can be flimsy and must be handled with caution to prevent burns or spills. 

Choosing the Right Smoker

A high-quality smoker is a great gift idea for the food connoisseur in your life. As you’re looking for the right smoker, consider versatility, size, price, features, and fuel type. 

For example, a smoker that’s easy to clean and maintain is ideal for the chef who loves convenience, whereas the more meticulous cook might prefer a smoker with precise temperature control.

Cookshack is the place to look to find the perfect smoker to cook up your mouth-watering Christmas ham. Visit our website to see everything we have to offer!