An electric smoker is a hassle-free and efficient way to achieve perfectly succulent and smoked foods without the mess and stress of using an outdoor grill with charcoal.
These devices are so much easier to clean than their charcoal counterparts and thanks to their self-regulating temperatures, you can leave your food to eat and bask in the smoky goodness for hours without having to check on it.
The char broil electric smoker is compact enough for small spaces but still has plenty of room inside along with various cooking racks to smoke food for all the family at once.
They come with a pretty simple interface but if you’ve never used a device like the char broil electric smoker before then you may find it difficult to navigate. This article will be taking you through how to use a char broil electric smoker.
Season Your Electric Smoker
Before you even consider using your char broil electric smoker for the first time, you should season it.
If you’re not familiar with culinary terms then we’d like to reassure you that this doesn’t involve sprinkling some Italian herbs or spices inside your char broil.
Seasoning involves heating and oiling the grates or the surface of a cooking device to help keep the electric smoker operating at its prime and to prevent the grates from rusting. Seasoning your electric smoker will also make it easier to clean in the future.
The main objective of seasoning an electric smoker is to burn off any existing residue on the cooking grates or on the interior surfaces that may have gathered during the production process.
Whilst your electric smoker is off, cover the interior surfaces with a light coating of oil, it’s probably best to do this with a paper towel or a clean paintbrush so you can make sure you get all the right areas.
Then once you’ve covered each area, turn the device on by pressing the power button and then press the temperature button and keep pushing the up button until you get to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then press the time button and select 3 hours, the device will beep when it’s ready.
However, once it gets to the 2-hour mark you will need to put the wood chips into the tray which will then produce smoke which will prime the device and make it ready for use with food.
Functions of The Buttons on The Digital Interface
We’ve briefly covered some of the buttons on the digital interface of the smoker above, but we’ll go more into detail to help you know exactly what each button does.
The top-left button is the power function, which you’ll need to press each time you want to use the device and press it again once you’ve finished cooking.
Across from the power button on the top right is the temperature button, which you’ll need to press before using the up and down arrows on the device to choose what temperature you’d like your smoker to be set at.
You’ll need to press the temperature button again to set the temperature and it should stop flashing.
For the smoker to work and to begin, you’ll need to set the cooking time by pressing the clock button on the interface and using the up and down arrows to select your preferred cooking time.
Once you’ve selected your cooking time, press the clock button again to set the time. Remember that cooking your food in a smoker will take around 4 times longer than it would with a traditional cooking device.
There is also a meat probe button to function the meat probe temperature, to use this setting press the button and use the arrows to find your desired meat probe temperature, and then press the meat probe icon again to set the temperature.
There is also a light button on the device, which you can press to turn on the chamber light so you can see your food as it’s cooking. You can turn it off by pressing the button again.
The smoker won’t work unless you’ve set either a cooking time and temperature or either the meat probe temperature and cooking temperature
How To Use Guide
- Soak your wood chips in water for 2 hours
- Use some non-stick oil to cover your surfaces
- Fill the water pan around ⅔ full with hot water and then add 1 ½ cups of wood chips to your wood trip tray
- Then plug in your smoker and turn the device on, setting your cooking temperature, time, or meat probe temperature
- Add your food into the smoker and if you intend to use the meat probe temperature function, then insert your probe into the thickest part of the meat as far as it can
- Then leave your food to cook for the desired time, you can come back to check the temperature is staying as it should if you wish
- Once the cooking time is done, make sure any meat is at the right temperature that is safe for consumption
Whilst a char broil electric smoker makes the cooking process a whole lot easier, we do recommend using your own temperature probe as the ones included with these sorts of devices tend to be the lowest quality component and don’t always get accurate readings, which could result in you overcooking or undercooking your food.
Cooking your food at a lower temperature for longer is the key to achieving the juiciest yet most flavorful food imaginable.
Electric smokers don’t tend to reach the temperatures of a traditional grill or oven so you’ll need to ensure you give yourself several hours to spend cooking your food to make sure it’s cooked through, especially if you’re cooking meats.