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How Can I Increase Profits for My Deli or Meat Market?

How Can I Increase Profits for My Deli or Meat Market?Differentiate and Upgrade your Grocery Store or Supermarket

Receive Thousands of Dollars in New Profit and New Customers

 “What Piece of Equipment Can Do All That?”

  • Cookshack has the perfect commercial smoker model to fit your space and capacity needs.
    • Electric or Pellet-Fired Models
    • Fixed Shelf or Rotisserie
    • For consistency, capacity, return on investment, ease of operation, and maintenance Cookshack smokers are unequaled.
    • Internationally used by thousands of restaurants, caterers, delis, and supermarkets
  • Cookshack smokers will add $50,000 profit per store, every year, and increase profit margins.
    • Competition quality barbecue, ribs, and smoked meat for hot and cold food sales.
    • Unlimited opportunities are available for carry out, catering, and bulk sales.
    • Drive holiday, seasonal, and fund raising sales.
    • Add new customers while improving customer loyalty.
SM160, SM260, SM360

SmartSmoker® Electric Smoker Line

How is this possible?

  • By utilizing Supermarket traffic to offer barbecue, ribs, and smoked meats in the hottest category in foodservice Run daily and store event specials.
  • Consistently produce and offer restaurant quality food that attracts new and current customers and keeps them coming back for more.
  • Reduce meat and seafood departments shrink by over 50% and add a variety of product for maximum consumer. A balanced meat inventory will increase

    sales.

  • Add or expand a take home a hot meal program and heat-and-serve meats in your cold case. Cold case meats are eligible for purchase with Food Stamps.
  • Smoking ahead for significant events expands smoker capacity. Use for planned store weekend events, catering, tailgating, holidays, and more.
FEC240 loaded with Ribs

FEC240 Loaded with Ribs using the RibRacks

Will this program work in my store?

  • You bet! Our extraordinary expertise will educate and motivate your staff. The quick start training program builds momentum that will achieve optimum potential in the shortest time possible.
  • Placing your order is just the beginning. Contact us at 1.800.423.0698 to start reaching your goals today!

When is the right time to start?

Start adding profit today! Smoked meat is a year round product.

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Our equipment is passionately crafted in the USA for over 50 years at our manufacturing plant in Ponca City, OK.

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 our electric smokers that make it easy to add real wood smoke to your foods!  They are inexpensive to operate and energy efficient.  They use 2 to 4 ounce wood chunks and make the art of low and slow barbecue so easy!

PG1000 Pellet Grill

PG1000 Pellet Grill

The PG1000 and PG500 pellet grills feature 4-zone cooking and pellet broil technology.  Sear steaks, chops, chicken and burgers then finish on the indirect side for a full smoke flavor. Choose from four different flavors of food-grade wood pellets to use in the pellet hopper.  The automated pellet system and electronic controls give you consistency and flexibility.

 

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

The FEC100 is the choice of many championship BBQ teams and is guaranteed to hold enough barbecue for all your friends and family!  This unit features the new IQ5 controller for 3-stage smoking, cooking, and resting! The fuel source is environmentally friendly food-grade 100% wood pellets.

With a Cookshack smoker or pellet grill, you can celebrate BBQ every day!

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

 

Free Pellets with FEC240 Purchase

Get started for free* with 2,000 lbs. of free pellets when you purchase a Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC240 Commercial Smoker Oven.  Now through March 18, 2015 you can choose the pellets of your choice to ship with your FEC240 smoker order.  Pellet varieties include hickory, oak, fruit, or mesquite.  These food-grade pellets come in easy to store 20lb. bags.  *The customer incurs all shipping charges for the smoker and pellets.

What is so special about this deal? 

The Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC240 is the newest commercial pellet smoker from Cookshack.  It features:

  • Eight 23” x 17” fixed shelves for a capacity of up to 250lbs. of pork butt
  • Small footprint with a large capacity – it will fit through a standard door
  • No gas lines to worry about – the pellets provide the fuel and flavor
  • IQ5 digital electronic controller has smoke, cook and hold cycles for maximum efficiency, control, and consistency
  • Can operate 24/7 – fill the pellet hopper once a shift
  • Makes authentic barbecue with a beautiful smoke ring
  • Uses an offset firebox and convection heat for steady temperatures throughout the cooking cycle
FEC240 with door open

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

FEC240 with door closed

FEC240 can hold up to 250 lbs. of pork butt

FEC240 Fan

Convection Fan helps circulate smoke and temps to improve yields

FEC240 Firebox

Firebox for pellets

Clean-burning pellets are superior because:

  • They produce very little ash unlike logs and charcoal
  • Ash is safe to handle
  • Low creosote buildup
  • You can control the flavor profile – no inconsistency of moisture or bark
  • They are easily obtainable, inexpensive, and available in a variety of flavors
  • No gas flavor
  • No storage issues and health department worries with pellets
Food Grade Wood pellets

Food Grade Wood pellets

The FREE 100 bags of pellets come on a pallet on this limited time deal.  They will last you nearly two months if you run the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

To take advantage of this deal, give our professional sales team a call at 1.800.423.0698.  Do not wait, this offer is valid for the first 15 customers to call and take advantage of this introductory offer.  Check out our website for more information on our pellets or the FEC240.

 

 

 

What are the Requirements for Venting Commercial Smoker Ovens?

Smoke Evacuator for FEC300/500/750

Smoke Evacuator for FEC300/500/750

 

 

 

 

 

Cookshack Pellet-Fired Smokers

Ventilation is required for the proper operation of Cookshack commercial smokers. When planning your flue, it is important to remember several factors:

  • It must draw air naturally throughout the flue.
  • Clean the flue every six (6) months.
  • One (1) inch clearance from combustible materials.
  • The flue should not have more than two (2) ninety-degree elbows in it and should not be longer than thirty (30) feet.

A small amount of smoke will escape from the top of the oven and from around the door. Consult your local authorities to determine which method meets your local codes:

  1. A Cookshack Smoke Evacuator can be used to remove the smoke from the Models FEC300SS, FEC500SS, and the FEC750SS. The evacuator consists of a set of louvers that open when the smoker doors are opened. It operates by drawing smoke from inside the oven and venting it out the top of the unit. It requires a ten (10) inch pipe, minimum 24 gauge with mushroom type fan (minimum 280 cfm) mounted on the roof (not provided by Cookshack).  Pipe needs three (3) inches of clearance from combustibles.  The fan must run on a separate electrical circuit from the smoker.  It is the customer’s responsibility to attach an updraft fan to the evacuator to remove the smoke from their building.
  2. The Cookshack Flue Collector is a filtered flue hood that attaches to the flue system that sets over the exhaust tube on the smoker. Some fire marshals require this higher level of exhaust.  The Flue Collector is designed to remove more smoke, grease and ash.  The Cookshack Part Number is PA005.  This is intended for our Models FEC300SS, FEC500SS, and the FEC750SS.
  3. Install the optional Smokehood from Cookshack for Models FEC120 and FEC240 only. The stainless steel Smokehood incorporates a removable grease filter and an exhaust fan. It mounts directly on top of the smoker and removes the smoke vented during ordinary cooking.
  4. For any commercial pellet-fired smoker, adequate makeup air is required for safe operation. It is the responsibility of the smoker owner to maintain essential combustion air at all times during operation of the unit.
    • Maintain positive airflow through the combustion chamber for safe and proper operation of the unit
    • Burner air flow may be affected by one or more of the following factors:
      • Improper flue installation
      • Inadequate makeup air for hood system or exhaust fans
      • Competing hood systems or ventilation in the building
      • Extreme drafts or inadequate clearance

 

PA001

Smokehood for Cookshack Commercial Smoker SM160

PA001 OnSM160

Smokehood attached to the SM160 Cookshack Electric Smoker SM160

PA002 Back

Back view of the PA002 Smokehood for the SM260 Electric Smoker

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookshack Electric Smokers

Cookshack recommends three (3) primary methods for venting.

  1. Place the smoker oven under a Class 1 or Class 2 hood. For specific details on a Class 2 hood, consult your local authorities. Some regions will have different regulations about hoods and venting.
  1. Direct vent the oven. The oven can be direct vented by using a flue that is a minimum five (5) inches in diameter, type “L” pipe. It is to extend three (3) feet above the highest point where it passes through the roof.  It also needs to be at least two 2 feet higher than any portion of the building within ten (10) feet or in accordance with state and local fire codes.  A rain cap must be utilized on a flue exhaust.
  1. Install the optional Smokehood from Cookshack. The stainless steel Smokehood incorporates a removable grease filter and an exhaust fan. It mounts directly on top of the smoker and removes the smoke vented during ordinary cooking.  Smokehood part numbers PA001, PA002, PA003.

For additional information about Cookshack Commercial Smokers or venting requirements, call Cookshack at 1.800.423.0698.

 

Get Ready for BBQ Competition Season

Now is the time to get ready for BBQ competition season.  With the Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC100 100% wood burning, pellet-fired smoker it makes it much easier to get to the winner’s circle.  The FEC100 has plenty of room for all four major meat categories used in KCBS sanctioned BBQ competitions.  Now with the new Cookshack IQ5 Digital Controller, you have the ability for 3-stage cooking, 2-stage cooking and probe mode cooking.  Also, the ability to download your cook cycles onto a FAT formatted USB drive.  Add the optional meat probe, and cook all of your meats just the way you want them.  The FEC100 features four 23” x 17” shelves, double-walled construction surrounding 850°F Spin-Glas insulation for superior heat retention and is ruggedly built of stainless steel.

FEC100 with four shelves

The FEC100 features 4 nickel-plated steel 23″ x 17″ shelves

Cookshack has made it easier to buy the pellet smoker that legends on the competition circuit use and compete with every weekend!  February 11-13th use Promo Code:  FECLOVE and you will receive FREE FedEx Priority Freight when you purchase an FEC100 direct from Cookshack.  This is a significant saving! Order online, enter the Promo Code and select FedEx Priority Freight when you order or call Dave at 1.800.423.0698 to place you order.

The FEC100 is not the only weapon to use to help you get to the winner’s circle.  Try using Fast Eddy’s Championship Seasoning on your chicken, pork, brisket, and ribs to capture the judge’s attention!  It is Kosher and Pareve Certified. Available by the bag or case, these 2 lb. bags will elevate the flavor when mixed with authentic smoke flavor of your pellet smoker. Give the seasoning a try and save 15% off the regular price.  Use Promo Code: FE15 when you order online or by calling Cookshack direct at 1.800.423.0698.

Fast Eddy Rub

Fast Eddy Championship Seasoning

Act now because this promotion is available February 11-13, 2015 only! Rememer to use Promo Code: FECLOVE for FREE FedEx Priority Freight on an FEC100 purchase or Promo Code FE15 to save 15% off the regular price of Fast Eddy’s Championship Seasoning.  Call or order online today!

This offer is not valid with other promotions or discounts!

 

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!

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.