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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!

Jolly Holiday Sale

Have a Jolly Holiday with a Sale from Cookshack!

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

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

Cookshack Residential Electric Smoker Line

The residential smoker line

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

Don Walker using Cookshack

PG1000 Pellet Grill

PG1000 Pellet Grill

PG500

PG500

The Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack PG1000 and

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

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

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

FEC100 Pellet Smoker Oven

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

*not valid with other promotions, discounts, or sales

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Grill Year Round with Cookshack

Summer is almost over but that does not mean the end of grilling when you use a Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack Pellet Grill.  The PG500 and the PG1000 models are very similar featuring the same cooking area, 4-zone cooking features, ash drawing, and warming drawer. These units are commercial quality, heavy duty, ruggedly built from stainless steel, and can be used year round. The PG1000 features an insulated lid and full shelf on the bottom, while the PG500 features a utensil holder, pellet drop feed system, and is non-insulated. Just make sure that you use a cover on your pellet grill if storing the unit outside.

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We want to make it easier than ever for you to grill and smoke year round.  Now until, September 10, 2015 take advantage of our Promo Code: YEARROUND and receive 10%* off the MSRP of these units. Order online or call us at 1.800.426.0698.

PG1000

PG1000

PG500

PG500

Use these recipes for ribeye steaks and grilled spanish corn when you grill using our pellet grills.

Ribeye Steaks

Ribeye Steaks

Ribeye Steaks

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Season steaks with Butcher BBQ Steak Seasoning
  2. Grill on direct side of pellet grill over medium heat (factory setting on the PG500 and PG1000) until desired wellness
  3. Remove and serve immediately
Grilled Spanish Corn

Grilled Spanish Corn

Grilled Spanish Corn

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a pestle and mortar (or food processor) pulverize the roasted garlic cloves, salt, pepper, and paprika
  2. Grill corn on direct side of pellet grill until well charred and warmed
  3. While corn is grilling; combine the garlic/spice mix and the mayo. Add the lime juice.
  4. Brush the garlic/spice mayo onto the warm ears of corn
  5. Sprinkle the corn with the queso fresco, cilantro, and more paprika, salt, and pepper
  6. Skewer the corn so it sits upright. Serve immediately.

For additional recipes for the Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack Pellet Grills check out our YouTube Channel or our Cooking Guide on our website.  Also, our professional sales team and customer service staff will be happy to talk with you about recipes, woods, or our equipment.  Feel free to call us at 1.800.423.0698.

*not available with any other discount or promotion

 

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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

 

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!

Perfect Gift Idea for the Holidays!

 

Christmas Bow

Wrap up a Cooskhack Smoker or Pellet Grill this Christmas!

Happy Holidays from Cookshack! Need an idea for a great gift for someone special in your life?  How about a Cookshack smoker or pellet grill?  Make them a BBQ genius with our easy to use smokers and pellets grills!  Now until December 17th you can save 10% off the list price of any Cookshack residential electric smoker, Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack FEC100 pellet-fired smoker or pellet grills. That is a savings of up to $419!  Best of all, these units feature the best in the industry no-risk 30-day money back guarantee.

 

The Smokette (SM009-2), the Smokette Elite (SM025), the Super Smoker Elite (SM045) and the AmeriQue (SM066) are the electric smokers that make it easy to add real wood smoke to your foods!  They are inexpensive to operate and energy efficient.   Cooking capacities range from 20 pounds to 50 pounds so we have a unit to fit any need you may have!

Cookshack Residential Electric Smoker Line

The residential smoker line

The PG1000 and PG500 pellet grills feature 4-zone cooking and pellet broil technology.  They feature a direct zone that sears up to 800°F, two indirect zones for low and slow traditional barbecue smoking and a cold-smoke and warming drawer zone that is about one half of the set temperature.  The possibilities are endless with these commercial grade quality built smoker and grill in one.

PG1000

PG1000

PG1000 Zones

Direct and Indirect Zones on the Pellet Grills

 

 

 

 

 

The FEC100 is the choice of many championship BBQ teams and is guaranteed to hold enough barbecue for all your friends and family! The pellet heat is controlled by a fully automated wood pellet system that produces very little ash.  It features double-walled construction surrounding 850° F Spin-Glas® insulation for superior heat retention and fuel savings.

FEC100 with four shelves

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

FEC100

FEC100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To order online just use the Promo Code:  HOHOHO14 when you checkout at www.cookshack.com or call Cookshack at 1.800.423.0698 and tell our friendly sales staff you want the HOHOHO14 deal you heard about on this blog!  With a Cookshack smoker or pellet grill you can celebrate BBQ every day!  Hurry because this deal ends Wednesday, December 17thFrom all of us here at Cookshack may your days be merry and bright!

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Do you test commercial smokers before shipping?

For over 52 years Cookshack has placed quality as a high priority in manufacturing all of our smokers, pellet grills and charbroilers.  Each unit undergoes testing before packaging for shipment.  The Final Assembly Teams in each of the production lines conducts the tests.  Documentation of these tests is on an inspection sheet that is unique to each unit.  The employees involved sign off on their craftsmanship.

Tests that are common to all of our units are the Hipot test, a Ground Continuity Test, and electronic controller test.  Hipot is an abbreviation for high potential and is a term given to a class of electrical safety testing instruments used to verify electrical insulation.  Ground Continuity Monitor is used to measure the electrical continuity of the circuit’s path to ground.  Testing of the electronic controller is done by making sure each button functions properly and lights up on the digital display.

Hipot test

Final Assembly worker is doing the Hipot test

Electronic Controller Test

Testing the electronic controller to make sure it functions properly

Each electric smoker in our SmartSmoker Line (SM160/260/360) and each smoker in our Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack Line (FEC100/120) are tested by a process we call “running out.”  Power is supplied by plugging in and testing the unit to make sure that is can reach temperature and go into the hold cycle.  All units, except for the SM160, have wood added to them to make sure they smoke properly.  The electric smokers are testing for approximately 20 minutes at 190°F and then a hold temperature of 255°F.  The pellet-fired smokers are tested up to 340°F for approximately three hours and then put into a hold cycle.  Cookshack has a separate room in the production area to run out the units.

Run Out Smoker Testing

Running out a unit before packaging

The Charbroiler line (CB024/036/048) is tested by powering the unit and setting the factory settings on the controller.  It is run for 30 minutes to ensure that the ignitor, draft fan, and auger is running properly.

The Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack Rotisserie models (FEC300/500/750) undergo additional tests.  The first test is a weld test.  The bottom of the smoker is filled with water to make sure it does not leak.  Then the wiring is checked by plugging the unit in to check the switches, foot pedal, motors, ignitors, and smoke evacuator.  Testing is completed to make sure that it can get up to the proper temperatures and the rotissiere is working properly.  The unit is set to 424°F, and when the unit reaches over 400°F, it is shut down.  This process takes a little over an hour.

The trailer (FETR) for the Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack Rotisserie models is tested by plugging it in to make sure all the wiring and lights are working properly.

 

 

 

Seafood Grill

24 Hour Sale on Residential Accessories!

Save big for one day on a sale of residential smoker and pellet grill accessories!  For 24 hours only, on 10/21/14, save 15%* off the regular price of select residential accessories.  These accessories include RibRack (PV008), Seafood Grills (PV019/PV009/PV018), Cold Smoke Baffles (PA020/PA024), Pepper Popper Grills (PM003/PM004), Jerky Rods (PM006/PM010) and Flavor Infusion Reservoir (PM015).  These accessories are a great addition to your smoker or pellet grill.  They allow you an easier way to smoke and grill foods that you love.  It is easier to smoke larger quantities of ribs, smoke small items such as shrimp and vegetables and smoke jerky.

PV009_InAmerique

Seafood Grills loaded into the Amerique SM066

RibRack

Ribs prepared and ready to place in the smoker

Pepper Popper Grills-Close Up

Pepper Popper Grills

Cold Smoke Baffle

Cold Smoke Baffle – cold smoke salmon, cheese and steaks

Flavor Infusion Reservoir

Flavor Infusion Reservoir – Add wine, fruit juice or other flavoring liquids to the reservoir and the heat releases aromatics that add a suble flavor to the food in the smoker.

RibRack

The Cookshack RibRack make loading and unloading ribs easier to handle.

Seafood Grill

Have you ever had a perfectly cooked fish fall through the grill on smoker? Cookshack seafood grills put a stop to that! Perfect for smoking small or delicate items like fish, shellfish, nuts or vegetables.

 

Just use Promo Code OCT21 online or call a friendly Cookshack Representative at 1.800.423.0698 to place your order.

*Offer not valid with any other sale or promotion.