The Bottom Line
- Heavy 304 Stainless Steel Construction
- Large capacity smoker (up to 50 pounds)
- Efficient grease management system
- Complete computer controlled smoking
- Easy to clean
- Expensive for the size and capacity
- 1008 square inches of total cooking space
- 50 pounds brisket or pork butt, 28 pounds ribs, or 8 whole chicken capacity
- 304 stainless steel dual layer construction with 850 degree F. insulation in between
- 750 watt electric heating element
- Easy access smoker box that typically uses large chuck wood blocks
- Large capacity, removable, external drip pan
- Mounted on 3-inch casters make it relatively easy to move
- Cold smoking available with optional cold smoking baffle
Guide Review - Cookshack Amerique
One of the great advantages of this unit is that it's large capacity can get you smoking 8 whole chickens or one. Since the unit is heavily enclosed you don't need a lot of wood to generate authentic smoke, making this unit very efficient to operate. The complete 304 stainless steel construction and machine washable cooking racks make it easy to clean and maintain. While its $1,700 is steep for a backyard smoker this units fantastic construction and efficient design means you get more barbecue for your buck than you would with large, traditional units.
Cookshack has been in business since the early 60's and has a great reputation for standing behind their products. This unit comes with loads of instructions and recipes. The Cookshack website has an active bbq forum and every year they hold a barbecue class so you'll have plenty of opportunity to learn how to use this smoker.
There are several companies making (or importing) similar smokers, but they lack the quality construction and functionality of this Cookshack smoker.