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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.

Cajun Jax Campsite setup

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, 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!

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!

Wood Chunk Sample Kits On Sale Now!

Wood Chunk Sample Kits are on sale now!

Not sure what flavor wook chunks you prefer? Why not try them all!

For 3 days only, October 6-8th, 2015, save $10* off the regular price of the Cookshack Wood Sample Kit.

Just use Promo Code WOOD when you order online.  Would you rather have a friendly Cookshack employee take your order?  Then call us at 1.800.423.0698 and mention promo code WOOD to receive this great deal!  

Sale price valid10/6-10/8/2015 only!  *Offer not valid with any other sales or promotions.

Wood Sample Kit

20lb Wood Sample Kit

The Cookshack Wood Sample Kit (WD100) includes 5 lbs. each hickory, mesquite, apple and cherry for a total of 20 lbs. of wood.

Hickory chunks are a traditional favorite, with a sweet smoke that is good for just about everything. Mesquite chunks are a brasher, bolder flavor, which are great with beef. Apple wood chunks are a mild fruitwood, that pair well with pork and poultry. Cherry wood chunks have a strong flavor. Try it with duck or prime rib of beef.

If

you are unsure how much wood to use in your Cookshack smoker, we recommend erring on the side of too little wood when loading your smoker. A small piece of wood puts out an amazing amount of smoke. If you don’t get as much smoke as you want, you can always add more smoke with the next load. If you put too much smoke on a load, you will not want to eat the food! Too little is better than too much. Cookshack wood chunks are approximately 2″x2″x3″. Chunks of this size are necessary to supply enough wood resin to expose to the

heat source for good flavoring.

Just add them to your wood box and get smoking today!

Woodbox with Wood

The Woodboxes in Cookshack Electric Smokers are designed to hold Cookshack Wood Chunks.

Seafood Grill

Profits are Smoking in the Seafood Department

Profits are Smoking in the Seafood Department

Increase sales, customer base, bottom line profit by 50%, and reduce shrinkage in the seafood department by smoking near dated seafood using a Cookshack Smoker.

Cookshack Commercial Electric SmartSmokers® generate 100% payback in an average of 12 weeks. In some circumstances, it may take up to 6 months.  Just think of an ROI of 200% to 400% the first year after starting the our exclusive supermarket program!  The smoker pays for itself in about three months, and the smoker will last for generations.  Cookshack is the time proven industry leader in commercial smokers.

SM160, SM260, SM360

SmartSmoker® Electric Smoker Line

 

We have been “Smokin’ Made Simple” for over 53 years because we deliver old-fashioned barbecue the hi-tech way.  Cookshack Commercial smokers feature the new IQ5 digital, electronic controller:

  • 3-stage, 2-stage and

    meat probe cooking options

  • programmable, customizable cooking presets
  • alarm cycle
  • USB port for downloading up to 512 hours of cook time
  • hold cycle

    IQ5 Controller

    IQ5 Controller with Optional Meat Probe

Using the Cookshack SmartSmoker® Electric Smoker you can cold smoke or hot smoke signature items like Lox Style Salmon, lobster, and halibut.  The heating element(s) provide the heat in the smoker up to 300°F and the wood chunks smolder the wood in the wood box.  The result is moist, succulent seafood.  Adding smoked seafood to your product offerings is a win-win situation for you and your customers!  Here are some reasons why:

The Cookshack Commercial SmartSmoker® Model SM260 is ideally suited for cold smoking seafood. It is our most popular electric smoker.  It is 27”w X 31”d X 64”h and has a list price of only $6,875. Add the Cold Smoke Kit for only $143.75, and you have a versatile hot or cold smoking oven.

 

For more information call Dave Mason at 800-423-0698 ext. 201.

Old Fashioned Barbecue the Hi-Tech, Profitable Way

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 Old Fashioned Barbecue the Hi-Tech, Profitable Way

Let Us Prove It

  1. A Cookshack Commercial Electric or Pellet-Fired Smoker in your supermarket will pay for itself and generate over $50,000 per smoker, per store, per year for decades, which is the life of a Cookshack smoker. Our program and training assure you the success you desire. When you do the math, 10 smokers generate over $500,000, 100 generate over $5,000,000, and 200 generate over $10,000,000 in NEW REVENUE.
  1. Do you want $5,000,000 in NEW REVENUE the first year? Cookshack’s guidance and training will build your profits in 6 areas within your store and elevate your standing in your market. Let your competition play catch-up.
    1. Hot foods case and family packs
    2. Hot Self Serve Case
    3. Cold Self Serve Case
    4. Meat and seafood overstocks
    5. Weekend Events
    6. Catering
  1. Each chain could generate over $5,000,000 in new revenue (100 smokers) every year for the life of the smoker. We are 100% successful when we work as a team with the grocer.
  1. These smokers are built to run 24/7 so serve barbecue year round in Cookshack smokers that are easy to operate and maintain.

    Pellet Smokers

    Commercial Rotisserie Family of Smokers

  2. Cookshack technology has eliminated the need for staying up all night tending a log-burning pit. With the Cookshack IQ5 digital controller, we have moved barbecue into the 21st  The IQ5 comes standard on all commercial smokers.  Take advantage of customizable pre-set cook settings, 3-stage, and

    2-stage smoke, cook and rest stages.  The IQ5 controller will record cooking temperatures when you use a FAT formatted flash drive in the USB port.

    IQ5 Controller

    IQ5

    Controller with Optional Meat Probe

  1. Accurate temperature control is a hallmark of Cookshack smokers, saving you time, and generating profits while delivering the highest quality of barbecue available.
  1. Old-fashioned customer service is important to us! A live receptionist is

    available to take your call during regular business hours. They will connect you with the right person for your needs.  Call Cookshack at 800.423.0698.  To see our smokers in actions, check out our videos on our YouTube Channel. Cookshack is here to make your barbecue and smoked foods a success!

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Have you thought about opening a catering business, a food truck, or a restaurant?

Have you thought about opening a catering business, a food truck, or a restaurant? Are you interested in taking barbecue or smoked foods to the next level?

If you have answered yes to these questions, Cookshack has the answers to make your business successful!  Register now for the July Fast Eddy Restaurant and Catering Class!  The class is held at the Ponca City Country Club in Ponca City, OK and our class uses their Commercial Kitchen.  The PCCC is located at 1101 N. Pecan. You will see how to cook on a Cookshack Charbroiler, FEC500 commercial pellet smoker, FEC120 commercial pellet smoker, and SM160 electric smoker.  All smokers used during the class will be available for purchase at a special rate for participants before or during the course!

Brisket Information from David Bouska

Brisket Information from David Bouska

The class has an intensive classroom portion and a hands-on portion.   If you want to handle meat,

rubs, and knives this is the class for you! Each student will learn how to select proper meat cuts and to trim the brisket, pork butt, ribs, and chicken.  Other topics of discussion include menu ideas, injecting and seasoning, plating and presentation, cook and hold techniques, food safety, brining, profitability and yields.  Recipes from the instructors are included.

Class attendees setup the serving line and serve the patrons of the PCCC

Class attendees setup the serving line and serve the patrons of the PCCC

It also includes set-up of a dinner service and working the serving line for the patrons of the Country Club.

Sampling Ribs from the SM160 and FEC500

Sampling Ribs from the SM160 and FEC500

The instructors are the legendary “Fast Eddy” Ed Maurin, BBQ Pitmaster TV Show Finalist and owner of the Butcher BBQ Stand, David Bouska of Butcher’s BBQ Competition Team, and Cookshack CEO/President Stuart Powell.  Each student will receive a binder with class materials, apron, supplies, and other goodies to take home.  It also includes three nights of hotel, meals, and a tour of Cookshack’s Manufacturing Facility.  The cost of this class is $850. The class dates are July 13th and 14th.  Classes will begin at 8:00am on Monday and Tuesday and we will finish around 7:30-8:00pm on both days. We have three airports within 110 miles of Ponca City, OK. They are the OKC (Oklahoma City Will Rogers World, OK), TUL (Tulsa International, OK) and ICT (Wichita Midcontinent, KS).

Class size is limited to 25 students, so enroll today!  For more information or to request a registration form, contact Christa with Cookshack at 800.423.0698 or email her at c_jones@cookshack.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Get Ready for Barbecue Competition Season!

Brisket

Brisket for People’s Choice that was smoked in the FEC500

Are you ready for barbecue competition season?  Have you been practicing in the off-season (for those of you that have an off-season)?  One important thing that may help you to up your game is a consistent smoke flavor.  We are having a two-day promotion to help you with that!  March 30th and 31st you can save 15% off the regular price of our bags of 20 lb. pellets.  Also included is 15% off the new Smoke Enhancer for all of our FEC models.  To take advantage of this great offer, use Promo Code GETREADY when you order online or call us at 1.800.423.0698.  This offer is not valid with any other promotions or discounts.

To help you prepare and take your entries to the next level, we are introducing a new product, the Smoke Enhancer.  If you have been wanting a deeper, more intense smoke flavor when using our pellet smokers, this may be the solution. The Smoke Enhancer fits directly over the fire pot.  Model PA026 fits the FEC100/120/240/300 and Model PA025 fits the FEC500/750.  Add pellets, small wood chunks, wood chips or other flavor enhancers such as garlic or rosemary to it.  Check out this video to see how we used this smoke enhancer in the FEC120 on beef short ribs.

Our food grade wood pellets are the fuel and flavor source for all of our Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack pellet smokers and grills.  They come in four flavors: hickory (WD300), mesquite (WD304), oak (WD306), and fruitwood (WD302).  Get consistent smoke flavor each cook with our high quality, low ash producing pellets.

One tip to help you stay organized and get ready for the cook-off, make a checklist of must have essentials and load these items in plastic tubs.  After each cook-off, check what you need to replenish and restock, so it is ready to go for the next adventure!  All of us here at Cookshack are looking forward to our first cook-off.  We look forward to seeing you on the barbecue trail in the near future!

Cookshack Competition Team

Butch, Jessica, and Stuart at the Cherokee Strip Cook-Off in Ponca City, OK

 

Need Options for Smoking Foods?

Cold Smoke Kit and RibRack

Do you own a smoker and need more options for smoking foods? Cookshack has the answers you need! We offer a full line of accessories to fit our smokers and grills, including cookbooks, sauces, spice blends, and rubs. These products are designed to make you the best barbecue cook ever! Looking for accessories? All Commercial Smoker Accessories are now on sale for three days starting February 24th and ending February 26th. Use Promo Code: FEB3DAY to save 15% off the regular price when you order online or by phone.

Do you want to make smoked cheeses, lox-style salmon, pork belly, and nuts? We offer the Cold Smoke Kit that will turn your smoker into a cold-smoking machine. The Cookshack Cold Smoke Kit is crafted of stainless steel and contains an insulated baffle, smoke box, and instructions for use. Check out this recipe for cold smoking salmon.

RibRack

RibRack

Seafood Grill

Seafood Grill

The Cookshack RibRacks and Seafood Grills are additional options to make it easier to smoke large quantities of ribs, vegetables, and fish. The RibRacks decrease turnaround time in a busy kitchen by speeding up the loading and unloading of slabs of ribs. The seafood grill has a fine mesh to help fine or delicate items fit perfectly in the smoker. Cookshack Jerky Rods, for the electric smoker, are handy for hanging strips of meat in the smoker or to use when making kabobs. For instructional videos and to see these accessories in action, check out the Cookshack YouTube Channel and get inspired!

brisket

Meat probe

The Cookshack meat probe is simple to use. Plug in the meat probe into the connector on the IQ Controller, run the cord through the door seal, and attach the end of the probe through the meat. Then just set the temperature on the controller to cook the product to the internal temperature that you need. The smoker oven will automatically drop to a hold temperature once the target temperature has been reached. This really makes smoking any item as simple as possible.

If you have questions about any of these products, please give us a call at 1.800.423.0698, and we will be happy to assist you. Do not delay in ordering any or all of these great accessories designed for Cookshack smokers. The 15% off sale is for three days only! Remember to use Promo Code: FEB3DAY when you place your order. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount!

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

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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.

Ribs being prepped for the smoker

Cook on Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack pellet-fired smokers!

KCBS Judging Class

Class participants during the KCBS Judging section of the Class

Here’s your chance to cook on Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack pellet-fired smokers!

Sign-up for Fast Eddy’s Competition BBQ Cooking Class and you can!  The class uses the Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack pellet-fired FEC100, FEC120, PG1000, 24” Charbroiler and the FEC rotisserie smokers.   Taught by Legendary Pit Master Ed “Fast Eddy” Maurin and BBQ Pitmaster TV Show Finalist and World Food BBQ Champion David Bouska of Butcher BBQ Team, they will be demonstrating their personal competition cooking techniques.  These techniques have been used to win numerous grand championships all over the USA.

This hands-on class is designed to show you how to prepare and cook the four KCBS categories: pork ribs, pork butt, brisket and chicken and how to make a presentation box using parsley and lettuce. It also includes a complimentary KCBS Certified Judging Class that will teach you exactly what the judges are looking for when judging barbecue competition entries. You will also become a KCBS Certified BBQ Judge and KCBS member for an entire year.

The cost of this class is only $400. It includes all meals on Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday; all cooking supplies and meat; tour of the Cookshack manufacturing facility; one-year membership in the KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society); one year membership as a KCBS Certified BBQ Judge; one year subscription to the KCBS Bullsheet; and a Fast Eddy’s tote bag filled with the following: monogrammed Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack class apron, Cookshack Barbecue Sauces (Mild & Spicy), Cookshack RibRub, Cookshack Brisket Rub, Cookshack Spicy Chicken Rub, Fast Eddy’s Championship Seasoning, Butcher’s Pork Injection, Butcher’s Beef Injection, a binder with class recipes and blank paper and pen for taking notes.

Held at Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City, OK on Dec. 5th & 6th, the judging portion will be on Friday, Dec. 5th, from 9:30am-2:00pm, with registration beginning at 9am. The competition cooking section will start on Friday from 2:30-5:00pm followed by a dinner prepared by Cookshack at 6:00pm. The class will continue the next morning at 8:00am and should conclude by 4:00pm.

To register for the class, please contact Dara Marlar at d_marlar@cookshack.com or 800-423-0698 and request a registration form. Classes are limited and are filled on a first come first serve basis.

Judging BBQ

Each student judges and samples the 4 major categories.

Ribs being prepped for the smoker

Each class member prepares a rack of ribs like competition cooks do. They are cooked and then we eat!

presentation boxes

Students learning how to make parsley and lettuce presentation boxes

Instructors

Class Instructors Fast Eddy Maurin and David Bouska do not hold back on their techniques

Tote Bag

Each class member gets a tote bag filled with Cookshack spices and sauces.