February 7, 2018

Cookshack Smokette Elite Electric BBQ Smoker Review (Updated Feb. 2018)

For those who are BBQ food fanatics and looking for the best electric smokers in the market, the Cookshack Smokette Elite Electric BBQ Smoker could be your best option.

For more than 40 years Cookshack has been making some of the best electric smokers on the market. They make commercial smokers as well as ones for your home.

We have found that it allowed us to recreate restaurant quality meals at home. The best part this smoker give you great, authentic barbecue without a lot of work.

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The electronic control and meat probe means you can put your meat of choice in the unit, insert the probe, set the controls and walk away. The timing control system will get your barbecue to your target temperature and then hold it until you are ready to eat. Of course, you should be ready to get it out when it is ready but you don't have to worry.

We have tested many electric smokers before so let's see how this electric BBQ smoker fares, let’s us go ahead and try to figure it out with this thorough Cookshack Smoker review and see it if it is the right choice.

Key Features

Some of the features of the Cookshack Smokette Elite Electric BBQ Smoker worth noting include:

Easy Temperature Control with a Digital Control Panel
Once you have inserted your meat probe and set your cook, the Cookshack smoker is the ultimate set and forget smoker. All we had to do was insert the meat probe, set the digital control and head off to play with the kids.

The timing control system ensured the smoker got to the target temperature and was consisitancy held it until the meat was cooked. This meant we didn’t have any second guessing about whether it was ready or have to watch over it for hours on end.

Adjustable Stainless Steel Cooking Grids
We found that two cooking grids inside the smoker was adjustable. Not only that we were able to remove them when we needed extra space for our big turkey.

750-Watt Electric Heating Element
Another positive feature of this smart smoker is its powerful heating element. It has enough power to generate up to 300 degrees. You can smoke all kinds of meat using this much heat. It is of premium build, so no worries about its longevity. There is a heat sensor attached to it, so you will get consistent heat throughout the cooking time.

Quality Construction
In the past, we have found that Cookshack smokers had quality construction and this one was no different. This model’s exterior and interior parts are made of double walled stainless steel. It also has 850-degree Fiber-Glass Insulation to protect the outer walls from getting heated.

Large Capacity and Cooking Area
We loved the large capacity of the Cookshack. This smoker offers a cooking capacity in the 20-to 25-pound range. It out does most of the top electric smokers of in this category. It also has a total cooking area of 504 square inches equally divided between 2 nickel-plated grills.

Easy Access Smoker Box
We found that it was simple to add chips or wood chunks to the Cookshack. It had a convenient box located and on the outside of the unit, this means we didn’t lose any precious heat or smoke when we topped it up.

Durable Lockable Wheels
Cookshack Smokette Elite Electric smoker has top notch wheels. A smoker with cheap wheels can be as useless as no wheels. This one is different. It super strong wheels meant we were able to move it around the backyard not only on concrete but also on grass.

What I Liked

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    Electronic control, allow for set and forget cooking
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    Really easy to clean
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    Solid construction with 304 stainless
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    Efficient grease management system
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    Comes with hickory smoking wood to get you started

What I Didn't Like

  • We did notice a small discrepancy in temperature of about +- 5 degrees
  • Extra Costs, some accessories like the rib racks need to be purchased separately.

Ease of Use

Most electric smokers are easy to use and the Cookshack is no exception. They are free from the hassles of fuel and tending to the fire all day. We found the assembly straightforward, all we needed to do was read some of the basic instructions and it was ready to go in about 30 minutes.

Cleaning and Maintenance 

We also found that the removable racks and high-quality steel build made the maintenance and cleaning of Cookshack super easy. We think is one of the most user-friendly smokers we have cooked with.

In order to clean the Cookshack Smokette Elite Electric BBQ Smoker, find some of our tips below.

  1. Always disconnect the smoker and let it completely cool.

  2. Remove its all the racks and grills, then scrub and wash using water and mild soap. We found you can put the racks and grills in the dishwasher, but any caustic cleaners should not be avoided.

  3. Sweep out the ash and wood leftovers.

  4. Remove the grease inside with cloths or paper towels. Then empty the drippings and replace the drip pan.

  5. Scrape out any and lose grease from the walls using a scraper with flat edges.

  6. We also recommend every 5 or 6 months, pour two drops of oil on the hinge pins to avoid any sticking.

  7. Regularly check the wire and the electrical plug of it for any damage or wear on it.

  8. Keep a check on it the wheels, to ensure the screws have not loosened.

Warranty Details

The Cookshack Smokette Elite Electric BBQ Smoker warranty covers labor and parts are covered for the 1st 90 days after purchase, and the rest of the 2-year warranty is just for the parts.

Do You Get Value For Money?

With top quality constructions and a range of feature, the Cookshack manages to deliver money for value with this smoker. It has many features that other smokers in this price range don’t have. Not only that you are practically getting a commercial quality product at a domestic price.

Final Thoughts

If your looking for a high-quality electric smoker, that allows for a lot of automation then this would be my pick. It is in the higher price range but you are getting commercial quality. Not only that it is one of the easiest smokers to clean and maintain we have ever come across. So if you ready to make restaurant or even your favorite smoke shack quality BBQ flavors this should be your pick.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this model come with a cover?
No, the cover is sold separate.

Is there an instruction manual included?
yes, there is a detailed instruction manual included.

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