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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.

Cajun Jax BBQ acheter cialis en chine from Toms River, NJ – Bill and Lynn Pruchnik: They compete in contests from Massachusetts to Mississipi 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!

FEC500 on Trailer

Cookshack Award Winning Smokers on Sale!

Cookshack Award Winning Smokers are on Sale!

FEC300/500/750

FEC300/500/750

FEC120

FEC120 holds 20 lbs. of pellets in the hopper.

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

FEC240 with door closed

FEC240 can hold up to 250 lbs. of pork butt

The American Royal has just ended and the Jack Daniels Championship is getting ready to start. Cookshack will help you prepare for these events next year.  October 13-20, 2015 all of our competition sanctioned, commercial listed Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack Pellet Smokers are on sale! This includes models:

Also included in the sale is the Trailer (FETR) for the FEC300, FEC500, and FEC750. These units will help you get you to the winner’s circle!  Just mention Promo Code: WIN when you place your order with the Cookshack courteous and professional Sales Team. You will save 10% off the list price!* You can also order these units online at www.cookshack.com. The Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack Pellet smokers are the choice of many teams on the competition circuit.

David Bouska

Butcher BBQ with FEC100

Team JIggy Piggy

Bob with Jiggy Piggy at the 2013 American Royal

David Bouska of Butcher BBQ, Dana Hillis of Big Papa’s Country Kitchen, Bob Fite of Jiggy Piggy, and Todd John’s of Plowboys BBQ have competed using Cookshack units for years.  David won the 2012 BBQ contest at the World Food Championship in Las Vegas and was featured on the BBQ Pitmaster show using the FEC100.  Todd John won the American Royal in 2009 using his FEC100 and this past year at the American Royal he used his FEC500 to vend food and to compete in the Open.  Other notable teams that use the Cookshack units are Diva Q, GQue, Rhode Hog BBQ, Pork Patrol BBQ, Extra Mile BBQ, Smoke N Babes BBQ, Blazin’ Buttz BBQ, When Pigs Die, Burnt at Both Ends, Basic BBQ, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Tebo Creek BBQ, and Dr. Nordy’s BBQ.

Todd John

Todd John at the 2012 American Royal with his twin FEC100’s

Why do these award-winning pitmasters prefer Cookshack Pellet Smokers?  Todd Johns of Plowboys considers his 2 FEC100’s a member of his cooking team.  They handle his fire management.  He can cook by himself, and he does not have to worry that his temperatures will not be consistent.  He can roll into a contest at 6 pm, prep his meats and be ready to cook quickly.  The Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack Pellet smokers put you in control so you can concentrate on your flavor profiles and making those turn-in boxes!

These units feature a digital Cookshack IQ5 controller that lets you set the smoke, cook, and rest time and temperature. The heat and flavor source is 100% food grade wood pellets. This Pellet heat is controlled by a fully automated pellet system which produces very little ash as compared to stick burners.

Act quickly to take advantage of the 10% off of the list price on these award winning, quality built units.  Use Promo Code WIN to get the savings! Call Cookshack at 1-800-423-0698 or order online at www.cookshack.com.

*not valid with other promotions or discounts

 

Trophy for World Series of BBQ

Time for the American Royal at Arrowhead Stadium!

American RoyalTrophy for World Series of BBQIt is almost time for the American Royal and the World Series of BBQ contest! The American Royal is being held at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Oct 1 – 4th. Cookshack and Fast Eddy will be cooking at the Open in spots G253 and G268.  Cookshack and Fast Eddy will be competing using the FEC100 pellet smoker and the PG1000 pellet grill. The Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack FEC100 is the choice of many teams on the competition circuit.  So far over 30 teams are using Cookshack equipment to compete at the American Royal.

Feeling lucky? Register for the Fast Eddy’s Poker Tournament that will be held on Thursday night at 6 pm for a chance to win an FEC500 on a trailer.   It is worth over $21,000! Friday night they will be hosting a get together, stop by for some food and fun! The Cookshack Team would love to spend time with you.

Poker in Action

You cannot win if you do not play!

Todd Johns FEC100

Todd Johns with his Twin FEC100’s at the American Royal

Why do countless pit masters prefer the FEC100?  Former American Royal Grand Champion, Todd Johns of Plowboys, considers his twin FEC100 a member of his cooking team.  They handle his fire management.  He can cook by himself, and he does not have to worry that his

temperatures will not be consistent.  He can roll into a contest at 6 pm, prep his meats, and be ready to cook quickly.  The FEC100 puts you in control so you can concentrate on your flavor profiles and making those turn-in boxes!

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Todd and Fast Eddy with his trophies and ribbons from the American Royal

The FEC100 features a digital Cookshack IQ5 controller that lets you set acheter viagra the smoke, cook and rest time and temperatures. The heat and flavor source comes from the 100% food grade wood pellets. This pellet heat is controlled by a fully automated pellet system that produces very little ash as compared to stick burners.  If you want more a deeper smoke flavor, Cookshack offers the optional smoke enhancer for all Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack pellet smokers.

Do you need additional information about Cookshack or Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack products? Call one of the sales professionals at Cookshack at 1-800-423-0698 or check out their website at www.cookshack.com or www.pelletcooker.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

 

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!

Happy New Year from Cookshack!

Happy New Year from Cookshack

From all of us here at Cookshack, we wish you a Happy New Year!

We hope this year is filled with prosperity, good health, friends, family and of course barbecue! We value our customers, employees, shareholders, vendors, dealers, distributors and service providers and are looking forward to continuing our business you in 2015.

We will be announcing several new pieces of equipment and upgrades in 2015.  So make sure and stay tuned in the near future for these exciting announcements which will affect our commercial, competition and backyard chefs alike!

We love to hear from you.  Please respond to our blog posts, send us an e-mail or interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest!  Of course, we also have our uncensored forum where the most dedicated barbecue heads can chat, swap stories and recipes 24/7.

We are looking forward to a smoking good year!

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.