Smokers are a popular appliance for people who like to barbecue but enjoy a smoky flavor to their food and have the ability to wait longer for their food to be prepared. With a smoker, you cook meats and other foods at low temperatures for a long period of time, As the name implies, you need smoke to use the unit, and burning wood inside is how the smoke gets generated. There are different types of smokers you can buy, including charcoal, pellet, gas, and electric. No matter which kind you get, here's why everyone needs to own a smoker.
The Nuanced Flavors of Smoking
The best part of smoking foods is the flavor you get. Depending on the type of wood you use, you get a different nuance to the flavor of what you're preparing. Meats are the most popular food to smoke, with hickory and mesquite being some of the most common flavors to use. But the list of foods that taste good when smoked goes far beyond just proteins. Here are some more:
- You can smoke firm cheese to give it a more meaty, earthy texture flavor, adding a new dimension to the familiar taste.
- You can smoke nuts, when combined with spices and seasonings, help the nuts hold onto the flavor that you give them with your recipe.
- You might not consider smoking desserts, but you can. If you smoke ice cream, it'll give it a subtle smoky flavor while also making it more creamy. Smoking an item like a cupcake or a cobbler gives you a contrast of smoky and sweet tastes.
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Enhanced Food Preservation
A side benefit of smoking foods is that it helps to enhance the preservation of your food. The smoking process removes moisture from what you're preparing. When you remove moisture and dry food, you help prevent bacteria and fungi from growing. The smoke also acts as a natural preservative. All of this helps to preserve your food so you can store it for longer if you're not going to eat it all right away. That means less food waste that you're throwing away.
Preparing food in a smoker is also healthier than other methods. You don't use oil when smoking food, which doesn't add the unnecessary fat and calories that you would get if you fry foods. Fats are allowed to drip out of foods while they are being smoked, which makes your meats and other items healthier by having less fat content. Smoking foods also gives them enhanced iron content, which helps your body's development.
Our Expert Smoker Pick
If you're in the market for a smoker, this Coyote model is our top pick. The Asado smoker is made from heat-resistant ceramic with Coyote's signature 304 stainless steel smoking grate. The 254 sq. in. of cooking area gives you enough space for the biggest meats you can find with room left over to smoke your favorite sides as well. You get precise temperature management with the adjustable venting, and the unit can also be used to sear and grill.
You Can't Go Wrong With Any Smoker
We have a wide variety of smokers available, in different styles and fuel options. Check out our full selection of smokers so you can experience the popular smoky flavor in your own home. And if you have any questions, our team of experts is always available to help you get the information you need so you can buy the smoker that is right for you.
How often should you clean a smoker?
How often you should clean your smoker depends on what types of foods you are preparing in it, but cleaning it after every two or three uses is a good rule of thumb.
What is the difference between an electric smoker and wood smoker?
Wood smokers are more popular because they provide better flavor than electric smokers, releasing more of the wood's flavorful compounds. With an electric smoker, it is easy to control the temperature of the unit with digital controls that allow you to control the internal temperature of the smoker.