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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!

Cookshack Smoker Clearance Sale!

We are making room in the warehouse!

Did you always want to own a smoker or pellet grill but have not bought one yet?  Now is your chance to get one at unheard savings!

We have a limited amount of reconditioned and factory second residential/home use smokers, carts, and grills in the warehouse.  We want to offer these to you at special pricing!

Save 15% off regular list price for all Factory Second units!

Save 20% off regular list price for all Reconditioned units!

To take advantage of this special deal just give us a call at 1-800-423-0698!  These are not available online!  Quantities are limited so do not wait to call!

Help us empty the warehouse!

Help us empty the warehouse!

So what is the difference between a Factory Second and a Reconditioned unit?

A factory second is a unit:

  • identified by our production and customer service team as having a cosmetic flaw during the production process
  • or incurred shipping damage and was returned to Cookshack by a customer
  • that has not been cooked in but has been seasoned during quality checks

A reconditioned is a unit:

  • a unit that was sold to a customer and returned due to an issue but it has been cooked in by the customer before it was returned to Cookshack

All of the units are reworked and quality controlled just like a new unit.  So some flaws in cosmetics will save you money! In both cases, these units are eligible for the full warranty as a new unit.

All of our units come with the same guarantee and warranty.

  • 90-day parts and labor – parts will be replaced, and labor will be taken care of at no cost to the customer for the first 90 days of purchase
  • 2 year limited warranty – for the first two years after purchase, parts will be replaced at no cost to the customer, labor is not included after the first 90 days.

For the policies regarding the loss of warranty or voided warranty, please see our full Limited Warranty Policy and our Return Merchandise Policy. 

These units will not last long!  Call us today to take advantage of a long-lasting unit that makes delicious barbecue every time you use it!

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!

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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Commercial Quality for a Long Life Span

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial Smokers

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial Smokers

Lifespan of Cookshack Commercial SmartSmoker® Electric Smokers

  • The overall life of the smoker oven is 30 years.
  • No service call expected the first 7 years.
  • The first item to replace would be the heating element.
  • Replace IQ5 controller at approximately 12 years.
  • Average cost

    of operating the a SM260 unit is approximately $4/day

    IQ5 Controller on SM260

    The new IQ5 controller on the SM260

Lifespan of Fast Eddy’s™ by Cookshack Commercial Pellet Fired Smoker Ovens

  • The overall life of the smoker oven is 30 years.
  • No service call expected the first 2 years.
  • The first item to replace would be the igniter.
  • Replace bearings in rotisserie at approximately 5
  • Replace IQ5 controller and a various other parts at approximately 12 years.
  • Average cost of operating the FEC300 unit is approximately $16/day

    FEC300 Rotisserie Smoker

    FEC300 Rotisserie Smoker

Cookshack Food Grade Wood Pellets used in FEC smokers

Environmentally Friendly

  • Cookshack Pellets are produced from recycled sawdust and no trees are cut to make them.
  • Naturally occurring lignin in the wood binds

    the pellets into their shape.

  • Not all pellets will produce the same results or are manufactured with the same low environmental impact. Use Cookshack pellets to ensure you are being as green as possible.

Health Department Friendly

  • Pellets are a processed wood product in 20 pound bags that are easily stored indoors or out.
  • They do not create a home for rodents or bugs like are found in wood piles.
  • Clean burning and easy clean to clean. Only 8 oz. of ash is produced for every 40 lbs. of pellets burned unlike messy stick burners.
  • Cookshack pellets are 100% wood, food-grade pellets specifically produced for use with food.

Flavor Friendly

  • Pellets eliminate creosote and gas flavor in the smoked meats.
  • Mix flavors in the pellet hopper to create a signature profile.
  • Multiple flavors of pellets to choose from.

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.

Side Dishes That Complement Your BBQ

Have you mastered the traditional barbecue cuts of brisket, pork butt,

and ribs but not the side dishes that will complement them? We can help you with that! Cookshack President/CEO, Stuart Powell, and Cookshack Commercial Sales Rep, Dave Mason, recently partnered with Sysco Chef, Ryan Parker, and created some great pairings.

Dave, Stuart, and Chef Ryan at the Cooking Demo

Dave, Stuart, and Chef Ryan at the Cooking Demo

Smoke St. Louis Style Ribs and pair them with Kale and Poppy Seed Slaw. Grill Ribeye Steaks and serve them with Grilled Spanish Corn. Smoke succulent brisket and then smoke potato salad for a non-traditional take on a classic summertime side.  For this post we will give the recipes for the ribs and slaw. We served these at several cooking demonstrations and they were a hit.

Sides that complement bbq

St. Louis Ribs

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pull the membrane off the back of the ribs and remove any excess fat
  2. Rub the ribs with Fast Eddy’s All-Purpose Rub on all sides
  3. Put the ribs in your smoker using hickory pellets or wood at 250°F for 3 ½ hours
  4. Remove from smoker and brush with Cookshack Mild BBQ Sauce, place the ribs back in the smoker for another 15 minutes
  5. Remove, slice between the bones, and serve immediately

    Kale and Poppy Seed Slaw

    Kale and Poppy Seed Slaw

Kale and Poppy Seed Slaw

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs. of Apio’s Kale Blend (Green kale, Brussel Sprouts, Chicory, Broccoli, Green Cabbage)
  • 2 ½ C. Poppy Seed Dressing
  • 2 C. Toasted Pepitas
  • 2 C. Dried, Sweetened Cranberries
  • 1 C. Golden Raisins
  • 1 Green Apple Diced

Method:

  1. Toast the pepitas (pumpkin seeds) for 5 minutes at 375°F
  2. Core and finely dice the green apple
  3. Combine all dry ingredients
  4. Add the dressing and gently fold the dressing until incorporated well
  5. Keep chilled and serve within 24 hours

For more great recipes and cooking tips, check out the Cookshack YouTube Channel or the Cooking Guide on our website. Our goal is to make you the best barbecue and smoked food cook as possible!

 

 

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.

Cookshack Offers the Best in the Business Support

Cookshack Support and Warranty

Are you having an issue with your Cookshack smoker and you are not sure where to start? We are here to help you out!

All of our Smokers/Pellet Grills/Pizza Ovens come with the same warranty.

  • 90 day parts and labor – parts will be replaced, and labor will be taken care of at no cost to the customer for the first 90 days of purchase
  • 2 year limited warranty – for the first two years after purchase, parts will be replaced at no cost to the customer, labor is not included after the first 90 days.

For the policies regarding the loss of warranty or voided warranty, please see our full Limited Warranty Policy and our Return Merchandise Policy. 

There is only one step to create a warranty claim.

Contact Cookshack’s Technical Support at 1-800-423-0698 and ask for Bill or Tony. You can also send an email to t_marlar@cookshack.com explaining your issue.

REMINDER: Always contact Technical Support before trying to place a warranty claim. Approval through Cookshack is required before any parts can be sent without cost to the customer.

Getting troubleshooting and technical support after purchasing your unit is easy.  Here are three options depending on your preference:

  • If you have technical skills, call Cookshack and the Cookshack technical support team will go through step-by-step troubleshooting with you over the phone.
  • Call Cookshack’s technical support to assist you in finding one of the 30 technicians we have in our system.
  • Find a service provider by selectin your city and state at http://www.cfesa.com/service_affiliate.asp. Any company with electrical or electronic services will be able to help you with your unit.

There are just a few things to keep in mind when looking at Cookshack warranty.

  • To make claim or request for the Limited Warranty, the original purchaser must notify Cookshack Customer Service for instructions as to the repair or replacement of the defective merchandise prior to attempting or contracting for repair of the oven.
  • The model number and serial number of the Cookshack Smoker Oven must accompany any request for service to the oven.
  • The Limited Warranty will not apply if the merchandise has been improperly installed, damaged due to abuse, misuse, misapplication, accident, or as a result of service or modification by any other than an authorized Cookshack, Inc. service agent.