5 Easy Ways to Boost the Lines at Your Pizza Food Truck

Food trucks are a wonderful thing. When the weather gets warm and the food trucks line the blocks, that’s the time when the whole city comes out to enjoy the different cuisines. But the only thing better than visiting a food truck? Owning a food truck.

Here are just a few tips from our team on how to make your pizza truck a smashing success.

Focus on a Single Cuisine

Plenty of food truck owners get into the industry because they want to share all their recipes with the world, and that’s great! However, spreading your menu too thin with a wide range of offerings will confuse your clients, as people looking for a good slice of pizza may not be down for your grandmother’s baba ghanoush.

Save time and energy by focusing your menu on what your clients love the most.

Change the Menu Regularly

We know you put your heart and soul into every dish you make, but whether you like thyme or parsley, variety is the real spice of life. Keep your clients coming back by providing fresh twists on your pizzas that go with the seasons, like spicy summer pizzas or Halloween pumpkin pies!

Embrace Social Media

If there’s one thing people love more than enjoying delicious food, it’s posting about it on social media so their friends and family can enjoy it with them.

Making sure your food truck has a presence on all the major social media platforms is a great way to foster positive word-of-mouth and alert your fans to where you’ll be popping up next!

Consider Providing Delivery

Food trucks are already a pretty mobile endeavor, but there can always be more! 61% of foodies have said that whether or not a restaurant has delivery services impacts their meal choices, so clinch the clientele with a delivery driver today!

Find a Way to Relax and Unwind

We get it – owning and operating a food truck can be a stressful job. Between tight margins, spending all day in a cramped space, and seasonal crowds, anybody can find themselves feeling worn out and finding a few new grays.

If you want to make sure food truck is a success and you’re in a space where you can enjoy that success, find an outlet or hobby where you can release this stress. 

Running a pizza food truck can be a fun and creative career, and we want to make it an easier one too! Give the team at Cookshack a call today at 800-423-0698 or visit us online to see our wide selection of picture-perfect pizza ovens.

How to View and Write a Cookshack Review

The 411 on Cookshack Reviews

Cookshack has received a few questions about how the new website works. Hopefully, over the next few months while people get used to the new site, we can help make finding information easier. Here is a little bit more information on Cookshack Reviews including Howtos.

What reviews does Cookshack Publish?

We publish ALL of the new reviews we receive online. 1 star or 5 star, our reviews are viewable on our website. We also distribute our reviews during weekly meetings so everyone knows exactly what issues or compliments customers have. Feel free to leave an honest review. We feel that reviews are the only way anyone can make an educated decision on what product will best fit their needs, even if it’s not with us. You can also find more reviews on our Facebook Page.

How can I view the current online reviews?

To see the reviews already made for a product, follow these steps

  1. Navigate to that product by using the navigation panel on the top of the site or use the magnifying glass in the upper right corner to search for your product.
  2. Once you’ve made it to the product page, you can scroll down to see the average review buy generic viagra online scores and the breakdown of stars given in the reviews.
  3. Click “All Reviews” to see all details and comments. You can also arrange the reviews by date or by rating.

How do I write a Review for a Smoker? (Click through method)

From www.cookshack.com, follow these steps:

  1. If you have a residential smoker, click “Residential Products” in the navigation header. If you have a commercial smoker, click “Commercial Products” in the navigation header.
  2. Next, click “Equipment.” This will take you to a landing page with pictures and descriptions of our smokers on it.
  3. From here, you simply click the title of the smoker you would like to review.
  4. On this page, you will see the smoker, price, details, specs, features and current reviews. Scroll down and under the reviews panel, click “Write A Review.”
  5. Once you have filled out the review form, you can either submit your review or preview what it will look like before submitting.

Not only can you write a review of each of our smokers, pellet grills, charbroilers and pizza oven, but also leave a review on any product we sell on our website. Unless you already know where everything is on our website, the easiest way to get to a product to review is to use the search tool.

How do I write a review for something other than a smoker? (Search Method)

From www.cookshack.com, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the little magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Enter a search term that describes what you would like to review. For example, if you have the SM025 Smokette Elite Electric Smoker, you can search for “SM025” or “Smokette” or even “Elite.” Another example would be searching for “brisket” if you want to review the brisket rub.
  3. Select the product from the search list.
  4. On this page, you will see the product, price, details, specs, features and current reviews. Scroll down and under the reviews panel, click “Write A Review.”
  5. Once you have filled out the review form, you can either submit your review or preview what it will look like before submitting.

PZ400

The PZ400 is officially running through our production line! We are making our final demo units and trade show pizza ovens. This means if you ordered a pizza oven the day cialis 5mg prix it released on our website, your unit should ship soon!

Not sure what a PZ400 is? Check out our press release:

Cookshack, Inc., introduced its first wood-burning, pellet-fired pizza oven.

With significant advances in convenience, consistency and temperature control, the new Cookshack PZ400 can change the face of artisan pizza. A handcrafted pizza cooked over real wood and smoke can be cooked in just 3 minutes without having to turn the pizza or manage a fire.

Temperatures on the pizza oven range from 170-900°F meaning this oven isn’t limited to pizza alone. Pellets made from real wood give authentic flavor to calzones, quesadillas, Stromboli, desserts and much more.

Finally, One of the primary benefits of the Cookshack Pizza Oven is its size. Most wood fired pizza ovens are bulky or must be left outside. With the PZ400, there is no need to remodel an entire kitchen to add gourmet pizza since it only requires installed under a standard commercial hood.

Cookshack currently manufactures commercial and residential smoker ovens, pellet grills and charbroilers in its Ponca City, Okla., manufacturing facility and headquarters. Like all of Cookshack’s products, the PZ400 is proudly made in the USA and made to last with stainless steel construction, Spin-Glas® insulation and electronic temperature controls.

For more information on Cookshack products, contact Dave Mason, commercial sales representative, at 1-800-423-0698 or visit cookshack.com.

Cookshack Cares Foundation

Here at Cookshack our vision is fairly simple: Our customers produce award winning barbecue in equipment crafted with passion and character.

One of our core beliefs here at Cookshack is that we are a company of Character. That Character development results in improved work habits, strong relationships, and assists us towards maximizing our potential. Because of our focus on Character, Cookshack Team Members not only work on Character qualities that help them be more

productive but also to become better citizens. We believe that Benevolence (giving to others’ basic needs without having as my motive personal reward) is important both within our company and within our community.

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Cookshack Cares’ First Project: Cleaning Up at Local Campgrounds

Because of this Cookshack team members also give back to our community. Cookshack team members created the Cookshack Cares organization 2 years ago to help support our community and to build relationships with each other. In the past two years our team members have helped the community in many ways from cleaning up the yard at our domestic violence shelter, working with Habitat for Humanity, to reading to students in our local school system. Helping our community is just one of the great things about being a team member at Cookshack. While these activities have helped many in our community it has also helped bring our Team Members closer together and develop relationships with one another.

Cookshack Team members walked, ran and found sponsors to help raise money for the March of Dimes during the 2015 Fun Run for Babies.

Cookshack Team members walked, ran and found sponsors to help raise money for the March of Dimes during the 2015 Fun Run for Babies.

In order to help our community even more, Cookshack recently started a 501c3 organization that we call the Cookshack Cares Foundation to help Team Members in their times of need or to be able to donate to other charities in our community. Just like the Cookshack Cares group, many Cookshack Team Members give to the Foundation every month. This has allowed the Foundation to help several employees when they have had emergencies. Cookshack Cares Foundation is just one of the many ways that Cookshack Team Members help in reaching our vision.

Cookshack Smokers Have Many Uses Including BBQ Competitions!

Cookshack smokers are used by many different types of people and businesses.  One of the groups who are the most passionate and devoted to the art of barbecue are competition cooks and their teams.   Teams from all across the nation use our Fast Eddy™ by Cookshack line of pellet smokers and pellet grills to compete in contests large and small. The unit that is most popular with these teams is the Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC100.  With proper management, you can use this one smoker to do all four KCBS categories using this one awesome unit! Check out this video to see how.

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

You may wonder how teams who use our equipment perform in contests.  Of course, each week is different, but many of these teams are consistently successful.

Here are a few teams that we wanted to recognize:

Hawg Doctors from Geneseo, NY  – Michael and Andrea Sawyers: They competed for the first time at the American Royal World Series of BBQ Invitational event and placed 15th out of over 170 teams! They own three FEC100 units.

Bill and Lynn Pruchnik: They compete in contests from Massachusetts to Mississippi and have Top 10 places in most of these contests. They use their FEC100 to run their catering and vending business as well.

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Cajun Jax Campsite setup

Loaded FEC100

Loaded FEC100

The FEC100 will hold a small pig!

They use their FEC100 to hold a small pig!

Hickory and Spice BBQ from Tustin, CA – Rick, Luke, and Andrew Mysse: 2015 was their rookie season competing, and they walked to the Winner’s Circle in 7 out of the 8 contests! They won 1 Grand Championship, 1 Reserve Grand Championship, and three 1st place briskets with one earning a perfect 180 score! They compete with the FEC100 and plan on adding an FEC120 in the future!

Down to Smoke (DTS BBQ) Team from Phoenix, AZ – Phil Johnson and Howard Daley Jr.: Phil the Grill was recently on Chopped – Grillmasters and other team members have appeared on BBQ Pitmasters, BBQ Pit Wars, and other internet talk shows. They were in the Top 10 at the prestigious Memphis in May competition last year.  Phil recently told Cookshack, “I use one of the first FEC100 ever made. It has a lot of championship juices. Lol. Looking forward in using it in some big competes this year.”

Phil the Grill on Chopped Grillmaster uses our FEC100

Phil the Grill participating in Chopped – Grillmasters

Phil the Grill

Phil the Grill with Awards

Porky Butts BBQ from Omaha, NE – Blane Hunter and Erik Christensen: They used an FEC100 and had their best year of competition in 2015.  They earned three Grand Championships, three 1st place chicken calls, two 1st place rib calls, and five 1st place brisket calls.

Porky Butts BBQ and his twin FEC100's

Porky Butts BBQ and his twin FEC100’s

W n W Bar B Q from Kearney, NE – Gary, Marty, and Bill Wendt: They have owned their FEC100 since 2014, and they won three Grand Championships last year in the MWBA circuit. They also placed 10th in the Sam’s Club Regional.  They attended our Competition Cooking Class in December of 2014 and their credit their recent successes to this class and the FEC100.

Cookshack has a competition team that tries to compete in four to five contests a year although last year we only made two contests.  Our team consists of Cookshack President/CEO, Stuart Powell, his daughter Jessica James, Cookshack Continuous Improvement Manager, Butch Flick, and Cookshack Customer Service Rep and KCBS Master Judge, buy viagra online no prescription Bill Vice.  When our team manages to get to a competition, we love to visit with as many of our customers as we can.

Cookshack team turning in an entry at the 2013 American Royal

Cookshack team turning in an entry at the 2013 American Royal

Cookshack team prepping at the Cherokee Strip Cookoff. They use the FEC100, PG1000, and FEC500 at this contest. They were the 2015 People's Choice Winner!

Cookshack team prepping at the Cherokee Strip Cookoff. They use the FEC100, PG1000, and FEC500 at this contest. They were the 2015 People’s Choice Winner!

If you are not sure if you want to compete or not, try attending a contest in your area to see what the excitement is all about.  Barbecue folks are friendly; the smoke smells so good, and you will see a variety of smokers and setups! As always, if you need more information about competition barbecue or anything at all, contact Cookshack at 800.423.0698!

Cookshack Smoker Clearance Sale!

We are making room in the warehouse!

Did you always want to own a smoker or pellet grill but have not bought one yet?  Now is your chance to get one at unheard savings!

We have a limited amount of reconditioned and factory second residential/home use smokers, carts, and grills in the warehouse.  We want to offer these to you at special pricing!

Save 15% off regular list price for all Factory Second units!

Save 20% off regular list price for all Reconditioned units!

To take advantage of this special deal just give us a call at 1-800-423-0698!  These are not available online!  Quantities are limited so do not wait to call!

Help us empty the warehouse!

Help us empty the warehouse!

So what is the difference between a Factory Second and a Reconditioned unit?

A factory second is a unit:

  • identified by our production and customer service team as having a cosmetic flaw during the production process
  • or incurred shipping damage and was returned to Cookshack by a customer
  • that has not been cooked in but has been seasoned during quality checks

A reconditioned is a unit:

  • a unit that was sold to a customer and returned due to an issue but it has been cooked in by the customer before it was returned to Cookshack

All of the units are reworked and quality controlled just like a new unit.  So some flaws in cosmetics will save you money! In both cases, these units are eligible for the full warranty as a new unit.

All of our units come with the same guarantee and warranty.

  • 90-day parts and labor – parts will be replaced, and labor will be taken care of at no cost to the customer for the first 90 days of purchase
  • 2 year limited warranty – for the first two years after purchase, parts will be replaced at no cost to the customer, labor is not included after the first 90 days.

For the policies regarding the loss of warranty or voided warranty, please see our full Limited Warranty Policy and our Return Merchandise Policy. 

These units will not last long!  Call us today to take advantage of a long-lasting unit that makes cialis generique delicious barbecue every time you use it!

Add Barbecue to Your Holiday Celebration!

Every Holiday Celebration Needs Barbecue!

Whatever and however you choose to celebrate the holidays in December make sure your include your smoker or pellet grill!

Holiday Celebration

 

All of us here at Cookshack wish you a holiday full of family,

friends, food, and fun!  Here are some of our favorite videos of recipes that you might want to use in your celebrations!

Turkey -Rootbeer Turkey Brine

Ham – Smoked Ham with Sweet Maple Glaze

Pork Loin – Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

Lobster – Grilled Lobster Tails

Steak – Grilled Sirloin Steak and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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From all of us, to all of you!

Christmas Greetings in Many Languages

In any language, We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

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We would love to hear from you about your holiday traditions, favorite recipes, and how your Cookshack smoker, spices, and sauces made your celebrating a little easier! Comment to our post on this blog, post to our Facebook Page, Tweet us, or tag us on Instagram! Of course a phone call and email still work as well!

Cookshack will be closed at noon on Thursday, December 24th and will reopen on Monday, December 28th so our families can enjoy Christmas!

Jolly Holiday Sale

Have a Jolly Holiday with a Sale from Cookshack!

Have a Jolly Holiday this year when you take advantage of our sale!

Need an idea for a great gift for someone special in your life?  How about a Cookshack smoker or pellet grill?  That will make for a really jolly holiday! Make your loved a barbecue genius with our easy to use smokers and pellets grills!  Now until December 30th take advantage of our sale when you save 10% off the list price* of any Cookshack residential electric smoker, Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack FEC100 pellet-fired smoker, or pellet grills models PG500 and PG1000. That is a saving of up to $470!

Cookshack Residential Electric Smoker Line

The residential smoker line

The Smokette (SM009-2), the Smokette Elite (SM025), the Super Smoker Elite (SM045) and the AmeriQue (SM066) are electric smokers that make it easy to add real wood smoke to your foods!  Optional meat probe available on most units. They are inexpensive to operate and energy efficient. Load a Cookshack electric smoker in the morning before work and return home to barbecue that is moist, succulent, and delicious. It is that simple!

Don Walker using Cookshack

PG1000 Pellet Grill

PG1000 Pellet Grill

PG500

PG500

The Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack PG1000 and

PG500 pellet grills feature 4-zone cooking and pellet broil technology.  Use the pellet grill to sear direct up to 800°F, smoke low and slow on the indirect side, cold smoke, and keep food warm in the warming drawer. These versatile units are solidly built of stainless steel with commercial grade quality and outdoor rated electrical.

The stainless steel workhouse, FEC100, is a pellet smoker that is the choice of many championship BBQ teams. It features the proprietary IQ5 controller to smoke, cook, and rest your smoked foods. It is guaranteed to hold enough barbecue for all your friends and family!

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

To order online just use the Promo Code:  JOLLY when you checkout at www.cookshack.com or call Cookshack at 1.800.423.0698 and tell our friendly team members you want the JOLLY deal you heard about on this blog post!  With a Cookshack smoker or pellet grill, you can celebrate barbecue every day!  Hurry because this deal ends Tuesday, December 30th!  From all the folks at Cookshack, Happy Jolly Holidays!

*not valid with other promotions, discounts, or sales

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Walktober Team Members

Cookshack Gets Fit in Walktober Contest!

Cookshack team members walk to feel better, get fit, and be healthy! Cookshack sponsored an in-house Walktober contest to run parallel with the Ponca City, OK competition of Walktober

held during the month of October.  While they also entered teams in the city contest, they had more participants in the in-house competition.Over 62% of all Cookshack employees participated

in the Cookshack version of Walktober!

Cookshack asked each of its team members to record how many steps they walked each day for the month of October.  They were each provided a pedometer so they could accurately record their steps.  There were five teams with six members on each team. These 30 Cookshack team members walked 9,895,889 steps in October! That averages to 329,862 steps per person!

The teams were Smokin’ Butts First Place, Road Hogs Second Place, The Sugar Shakers Third Place, Shakin’ Bacon Fourth Place, and Wild Hogs Fifth Place.  The winning team was rewarded with a team lunch at a restaurant of their choice. The Cookshack top walkers for October were Bobby McCarty, Cameron Moore, and Karen Hoogendoorn. Smokin’ Butts team members were Susan Emery, James Mukul, Amber Wilcher, Aimee Snyder, Jody Mitchell, and Bobby McCarty. Road Hogs team members were Bo Vasquez, Courtney Altman, Jim Linnebur, Karen Hoogendoorn, Robbie Powell, and Carl Spore.  Team Sugar Shaker consisted of Bill Vice, Carla McCarty, Jared Burns, Jason Golay, Robbie Wilcher, and Dave Melnick. Shakin’ Bacon team included Dara Marlar, Jake Rowe, Dan Ruth, Cameron Moore, Dave Mason, and Terri

Gordon. The Wild Hogs team members were Eli Miller, Rodney Rogers, Tony Marlar, Ron Convers, Tom Spiser, and Lynn Burris.

Team Smokin' Butts

Team Smokin’ Butts

Walktober Team Shakin Bacon

Team Shakin’ Bacon

Walktober Team Wild Hogs

Team Wild Hogs

Walktober Road Hogs

Team Road Hogs

Team Sugar Shaker

Team Sugar Shakers

Cookshack has several programs to encourage their team members to stay healthy. They encourage employees to get an annual physical. They look at key factors to see if the employee is improving and if they have shown improvement over the prior year they may win a prize in a drawing. They sponsor a monthly program to encourage walking and exercising by offering gift cards to all employees who set fitness goals and achieve them each month. They also pay for flu shots for employees each year.

Cookshack is located at 2405 Sykes Blvd. in Ponca City, OK.  They manufacturer smoker ovens and pellet grills for use in by chefs in commercial kitchens, for competition barbecue competitors, and for backyard enthusiasts.  Cookshack team members work together to hand craft each stainless steel unit to last over 30 years.

 

Commercial Quality for a Long Life Span

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial Smokers

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial Smokers

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial SmartSmoker® Electric Smokers

  • The overall life of the smoker oven is 30 years.
  • No service call expected the first 7 years.
  • The first item to replace would be the heating element.
  • Replace IQ5 controller at approximately 12 years.
  • Average cost

    of operating the a SM260 unit is approximately $4/day

    IQ5 Controller on SM260

    The new IQ5 controller on the SM260

Lifespan of Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack Commercial Pellet Fired Smoker Ovens

  • The overall life of the smoker oven is 30 years.
  • No service call expected the first 2 years.
  • The first item to replace would be the igniter.
  • Replace bearings in rotisserie at approximately 5
  • Replace IQ5 controller and a various other parts at approximately 12 years.
  • Average cost of operating the FEC300 unit is approximately $16/day

    FEC300 Rotisserie Smoker

    FEC300 Rotisserie Smoker

Cookshack Food Grade Wood Pellets used in FEC smokers

Environmentally Friendly

  • Cookshack Pellets are produced from recycled sawdust and no trees are cut to make them.
  • Naturally occurring lignin in the wood binds

    the pellets into their shape.

  • Not all pellets will produce the same results or are manufactured with the same low environmental impact. Use Cookshack pellets to ensure you are being as green as possible.

Health Department Friendly

  • Pellets are a processed wood product in 20 pound bags that are easily stored indoors or out.
  • They do not create a home for rodents or bugs like are found in wood piles.
  • Clean burning and easy clean to clean. Only 8 oz. of ash is produced for every 40 lbs. of pellets burned unlike messy stick burners.
  • Cookshack pellets are 100% wood, food-grade pellets specifically produced for use with food.

Flavor Friendly

  • Pellets eliminate creosote and gas flavor in the smoked meats.
  • Mix flavors in the pellet hopper to create a signature profile.
  • Multiple flavors of pellets to choose from.