Remember the days when you'd fiddle with your barbecue, getting the coals lit and burning at just the right height before you put that big hunk of beef or pork on the grill and then watched over it like a hawk until it was done, all the while smelling the delicious odor of smoked meat? Well, sorry. You've been replaced by a robot. Sure, you can still barbecue those pork chops the old-fashioned way for nostalgic purposes or to carry on family traditions handed down to parents by grandparents and then to their children. Or you can use the Char-Broil Smart-Chef Digital Electric Smoker to create your perfectly cooked and smoked meat for you. True, this ruins some of the grand traditions of backyard barbecuing, but it also give you a lot more time to sit around the picnic table, swapping anecdotes about friends and drinking your fermented beverage of choice. This is backyard barbecue, 21st-century style.
The Digital Electric Smoker is at least as simple to use as your old flame broiler and a lot less fraught with peril, unless you enjoy getting your eyebrows singed off by an accidental over-application of lighter fluid. Just put wood chips in the chip box so you'll have something to provide the smoke, add the meat to the cooking compartments when the fire is smoldering properly and monitor the preparation of your meal from your smart device, so that you'll barely need to glance away when your friend Lucille tells that story about the time her cousin burned his entire woodshed down in a backyard catastrophe that still gets nervous laughter two decades later. The app will alert you if anything goes wrong or if it's time to move on to the next step of the process. Try not to drink too much beer before carrying the beef or the pork back to the picnic table.
Of course, the head of the household still has the traditional right to cut the meat into slim smoky slices that can be served along with side dishes prepared by the other head of the household, who's been busily making vegetables in a Gourmia GMC680 multifunction smart cooker or a Tiger JAX-T10U-K robotic rice-preparation machine. Bon apetit!
This smoker automates absolutely everything about smoking food. I've never seen anything quite like this. It works spectacularly well.
You will become frustrated after you start to smoke something only to have the smoker disconnect. if you attempt to cook 10 times, it will disconnect on at least 9 attempts.
The idea behind the smoker is great, but you have no control over the app and their website does not provide good instruction videos.
Once you get it set up on wifi, its good to go. So far, wings, pork roast, ribeye roast all were very tasty.
Despite using an electric heating element, the smoker is relatively energy efficient, averaging around 750 watts of power.