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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!

Old Fashioned Barbecue the Hi-Tech, Profitable Way

Cookshack

 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!

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.

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.

 

 

 

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!

 

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.

How do you cook brisket consistently?

The hallmark of a good cook is the ability to duplicate recipes and flavors. The hallmark of a Cookshack smoker is consistency. Several factors to consider when you cook brisket are: the equipment, the size of the brisket, how the brisket is trimmed, the seasonings and rubs, the wood, and the time and temperature that will be used.

Having the proper equipment makes that task must simpler. A Cookshack smoker oven allows for consistent temperatures that ensures you will cook a brisket or any cut of meat the same each time. The more the temperature fluctuates up and down the less consistency you are going to have. A delicious, moist brisket requires you to cook at the same time and temperature each time.

The brisket itself is an important factor in producing a consistent product. Consider purchasing the best brisket that you can get and then try to repeat the size and brand each time. Always purchase the same grade and the same size brisket from your supplier. Make sure the brisket is fresh, and the fat is a nice white color, marbled through the brisket.

Trimming the brisket the same way each time maintains consistency. Are you keeping the flat and point together or separating it? Do you want a large or small amount of fat on your brisket while it cooks? We like to trim off a major part of the fat and separate the muscles.

For your seasonings and rubs you need to make sure you are using a fresh product, and you are applying the same amount to each brisket. Cookshack Brisket Rub adds a savory flavor that will compliment the smoke flavor the your brisket. You should measure the amount of rub you are going to use so that you do not over or under season the brisket from cook to cook.

What smoke flavor do you want? Use the same flavor of wood or pellets for each cooking cycle. Using our FEC smokers will give you a nice smoke ring and consistent smoke flavor. If you choose wood logs, be aware that you may not be able to control the amount of moisture in the log or the amount of creosote that it may produce. It varies from log to log. With Cookshack wood chunks or pellets you produce a consistent smoke flavor.

The most important thing is to find a recipe that you like and stick with it. There are many different flavor profiles, but that are expected in barbecue. We recommend that you smoke cook the brisket for twelve to fourteen hours in the smoker at 225°F or to an internal temperature of 195°F. A good rule of thumb is one hour for each pound of brisket plus one hour. The low temperatures will seal in the moisture making it tender and moist. Make sure and let the brisket rest for 20 minutes before serving.