Cookshacks are the gold standard for electric smokers. The AmeriQue, (French readers please note it is pronounced Ah-mair-ee-Q), has a 1000 watt 7 amp heating element, with a temperature range of 140° to 300°. Set the time and temp for cooking with its digital timer/thermostat and use the digital probe to determine when the meat is done. When the desired internal meat temp is reached, the controller will drop down into a hold mode.
Impressively solid, it is stainless steel and very well insulated so it does not get very hot on the outside. Outside dimensions are 20.5" wide x 21.5" deep x 39" high. It comes with four 14" x 18" nickel-plated shelves and they say it has a 50 pound capacity. With rib racks they claim you can fit 18 baby backs and 12 St. Louis cut slabs in. Wheels make it easy to move. You can also buy a cover, more racks, a seafood rack, jerkey rods, and a baffle that helps if you want to cold smoke. Comes with 5 pounds BBQ smoking wood, a small cookbook and operator's manual.
Two year Warranty, 30 day money back guarantee.
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Cookshack is a second generation family owned business started in the early 1960's by Gene and Judy Ellis of Ponca City, OK. Ellis was an inventor and entrepreneur who loved barbecue. They began selling sauces and spice blends then branched out into hardware. Cookshack now manufactures a wide variety of pellet and electric smokers for restaurants, professional competitors, and back-yard barbecue enthusiasts. In 2004 Cookshack began a relationship with Fast Eddy Maurin, winner of numerous Grand Championships on the competitive BBQ circuit. Together they produced Fast Eddy's innovative pellet smoker designs which were greeted with enthusiasm and have become some of Cookshack's most popular smokers.
All their well-built machines are made in the US and come with 2-year limited warranties. The company is universally respected for customer care and their online open forum is extremely informative and helpful. Owners absolutely positively love their Cookshacks.