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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.

 

 

 

Need Options for Smoking Foods?

Cold Smoke Kit and RibRack

Do you own a smoker and need more options for smoking foods? Cookshack has the answers you need! We offer a full line of accessories to fit our smokers and grills, including cookbooks, sauces, spice blends, and rubs. These products are designed to make you the best barbecue cook ever! Looking for accessories? All Commercial Smoker Accessories are now on sale for three days starting February 24th and ending February 26th. Use Promo Code: FEB3DAY to save 15% off the regular price when you order online or by phone.

Do you want to make smoked cheeses, lox-style salmon, pork belly, and nuts? We offer the Cold Smoke Kit that will turn your smoker into a cold-smoking machine. The Cookshack Cold Smoke Kit is crafted of stainless steel and contains an insulated baffle, smoke box, and instructions for use. Check out this recipe for cold smoking salmon.

RibRack

RibRack

Seafood Grill

Seafood Grill

The Cookshack RibRacks and Seafood Grills are additional options to make it easier to smoke large quantities of ribs, vegetables, and fish. The RibRacks decrease turnaround time in a busy kitchen by speeding up the loading and unloading of slabs of ribs. The seafood grill has a fine mesh to help fine or delicate items fit perfectly in the smoker. Cookshack Jerky Rods, for the electric smoker, are handy for hanging strips of meat in the smoker or to use when making kabobs. For instructional videos and to see these accessories in action, check out the Cookshack YouTube Channel and get inspired!

brisket

Meat probe

The Cookshack meat probe is simple to use. Plug in the meat probe into the connector on the IQ Controller, run the cord through the door seal, and attach the end of the probe through the meat. Then just set the temperature on the controller to cook the product to the internal temperature that you need. The smoker oven will automatically drop to a hold temperature once the target temperature has been reached. This really makes smoking any item as simple as possible.

If you have questions about any of these products, please give us a call at 1.800.423.0698, and we will be happy to assist you. Do not delay in ordering any or all of these great accessories designed for Cookshack smokers. The 15% off sale is for three days only! Remember to use Promo Code: FEB3DAY when you place your order. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion or discount!

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.

 

Cookshack Trade Show Booth

Cookshack will be Coast to Coast in 2015 Attending Trade Shows

Cookshack will be going coast to coast in 2015 attending trade shows to display our smokers, charbroilers and pellet grills. Starting the year, we will be in Myrtle Beach South Carolina at the Hotel Motel Restuarant Supply of the Southeast (HMRSS) Show and finishing up in Orlando Florida at the International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA) Show. In between, we will be attending shows in Anaheim and Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Toronto, New York City, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Denver, and Kansas City.

Most shows will feature our electric smokers that use wood chunks to provide the wood flavor and our 100% wood-burning pellet-fired smokers, charbroilers, and grill. We also display accessories, cookbooks, spices, sauces, and rubs. Our professional staff will be on hand to help you find solutions and offer suggestions so that you will be the best for cooking barbecue and smoked foods! At these shows you will be able to meet Cookshack staff, Cookshack Distributors and Dealers and even Fast Eddy himself! Discover the taste of real barbecue! Sample succulent brisket, pork, ribs and salmon that was cooked and smoked in our units.

 

Cookshack Trade Show Booth

See the electric and pellet fired units at the shows

Serving Samples

Dealer Larry Hill is serving samples at the NRA show in Chicago

Customers at booth

It is a great time to see the equipment

FEC120 and Charbroiler

FEC120 and 24″ Charbroiler

Make plans to attend one of these events in 2015 or come and see us at our Manufacturing Facility and Home office in Ponca City, OK. Here is the list of shows that we will be attending. We would love to meet you!

Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Supply of the Southeast

NAFEM

Safari Club International Show (SCI)

The Restaurants Canada Show

International Restaurant Foodservice Show of New York (IRFSNY)

National Restaurant Association Show

Western Foodservice & Hospitality Show

Oklahoma Restaurant Association Show

WestEx 2015 – Colorado Foodservice & Restaurant Conference

American Royal BBQ Expo

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show

International Association of Amusement Parks

For more detailed information on the dates and focus of these shows, visit our web page.

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!

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.

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.

 

What is a commercial meat smoker?

A commercial meat smoker is a smoker oven that prepares a large quantity of meat or vegetables for a restaurant, catering business, deli, meat market or other commercial kitchen application. It is commercial barbecue smoker that you would put inside of your business to a smoke large quantities of meat. It would allow you to feed a large number of consumers. Cookshack has different sizes of commercial meat smokers, the smallest commercial meat smoker we have is the SM160. The SM160 will hold one hundred pounds of meat. The largest unit that we manufacture is the FEC750, which holds up to 750 pounds of meat. Cookshack has a size to fit any need that you might have. These units vent smoke, and the smoke must be evacuated from your building.

A smoker to cook meat can be varied; one style is designed more for cold-smoking that is combined with a refrigerator. These are typically used for cold-smoking salmon. A traditional meat smoker is a hot-smoker that cooks and smokes at the same time. It is important for traditional barbecue that you use a smoker that can put the flavor of smoke from wood in the meat. You will find in some smokehouses that they spray liquid smoke on the meat that does give you the traditional flavor. You need something that will burn wood, produces smoke, with a consistent good flavor.
It should be able to handle pork, poultry, sausage, beef, duck, fish and shellfish, game meats and lamb equally well. Whether you use a fixed shelf or rotisserie style unit depends on what type and quantities of meat it will be smoking.
A commercial meat smoker should have a large capacity and be approved and certified from the USDA, NSF, and ETL. Wiring has to be at a commercial standard or code and be able to handle a larger amp load.