Hickory ribs, Mesquite lamb, Pecan pork; flavor your food the Cajun way!
An alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving turkey is the equivalent of an indoor barbecue, with half the mess; some smoked meat, fish and vegetables, with some excellent jerky thrown in for good measure — and the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker will deliver the goods! To cook your food the Cajun way you will need a smoker, and there are several on the market, but I will focus on the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker. You should also check out the extraordinary range of wood pellets you can buy with a fabulous selection of flavors! Some fryers claim to be smokers too, and I am always a bit worried about appliances that claim to be able to do a lot of different things. It seems to me that the outcome of this variety of functions is often that no one function is done well. I am inclined to feel that if you want a fryer, buy a fryer, if you want a smoker, go check out reviews on smokers.
Cajun Injector Electric Smoker Style File
The Cajun Injector Electric Smoker looks a bit like a safe from an old Western on the outside, and an old refrigerator on the inside! That apart, it is a heavy piece of equipment at 50 pounds but has two rear wheels for easy maneuvering, is approximately 32 by 19 by 18 inches, and has a power specification of 110-120 volts; 60Hz; 5.4 amps. It has a steel frame and the racks inside are stainless steel and wipe-clean. The two front legs are height adjustable, very useful for tall or short people!
This is a feature full piece of equipment whose digital technology ensures a continuous temperature throughout the cooking process, with a range of 100 degrees F to 275 degrees F. Once the food has cooked for the set time it has an auto shut-off, so you need never worry about burning your food again, due to forgetfulness! The 24-hour pop-up digital control panel on the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker is where you set the time and temperature, and it is easy to check how this is going, and how much time until your food is ready. The Cajun injectorelectric smoker is insulated for energy efficiency, controls the flow of air with an air damper, and has met the ETL standards of approval.
Along with the upright cabinet comes 5 chrome plated stainless steel racks, two jerky or sausage hanger racks, and you even get included two oven mitts! To add your wood pellets to the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker, there is a chute at the side, which takes a bit of practice to use, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to top up the wood to the smoker. The door latch is adjustable, and there is a removable drip tray at the bottom of the smoker, plus a water tray to prevent meats drying out as they cook.
Customer reviews, advice and criticisms
Several customers were used to manual smoking of meats, a long and complex process, but a well loved tradition in many parts of the world. Some have used propane smokers before, and, this is their first experience of an electric smoker. The feature most liked best was the ability to maintain temperature even when it was below freezing outdoors! The insulation of the smoker is especially good, and the digital controls work well in harsh conditions.
The chute for the wood pellets seemed to cause a few problems, but once mastered it adds to the energy efficiency as you do not lose heat opening the door to top up the pellets. The consumption of pellets seemed high for some customers, but that may be the type of pellets being used, rather than the appliance. The jerky racks are popular as too the size of the other trays for the famous rack of ribs. The ease of use and programmability on the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker is also popular. Criticisms are a temperature fluctuation in very severe cold conditions, and a couple of long-term users have had the heating element burn out. This is replaceable, and they have done so, as they have said it is a good value product and easy to use.
Cajun Injector Electric Smoker Availability, Price and Extras
A number of stores advertising this electric smoker are actually out of stock, and some only have the stainless steel version available, which is the same specification but with a stainless steel outer covering rather than black. The list price is $249.99, but it retails from $229 down to $184.54 at Amazon, including free shipping. In addition to the free oven mitts, the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker, comes with a free temperature probe, a very detailed manual that includes assembly and operating instructions, a guide to meat smoking and barbecues, how to use marinades and rubs, and a selection of recipes. It also has a 90 day warranty. The company, Cajun, make sauces and marinades for injection into your meats, and if you are new to smoking food, customers suggest you get “Backyard BBQ: The Art of Smokology”, http://www.amazon.com/Backyard-BBQ-Smokology-Richard-McPeake/dp/0971801428. This is available from Amazon, as a great starter book to help you.
The Cajun Injector Electric Smoker gets a hearty thumbs up from this reviewer!