Excellent Results!, 1/19/2012
I have owned the Amerique for about 5 years and it has served our family well. The results are consistent and excellent. We have cooked for large parties filling the unit to the brim and the results have also been excellent.
A while back, we had need for some customer service and the people at Cookshack were entirely helpful. The Amerique is a great way to go if you want terrific BBQ, a useful low heat oven without smoking and predictable results.
AmeriQue after a year and a half, 9/4/2012
(Johns Creek, GA)
I purchased the Amerique a year and a half ago. We like to entertain and last weekend was the real test. I cooked 2 chickens, 6 racks of back ribs, and a 14lb brisket in one session. I set the temperature at 225˚ and the timer for 6.5 hours and put 2 chunks of hickory in as well as all the meats. After 2 hours I removed the chicken that was perfectly cooked with good skin color. I added one more chunk of hickory as the original wood was gone and the other meats looked like they could use more color and smoke. After another 2 hours (4 hours total) I removed the Cookshack rib rack with 6 racks of picture perfect dry rubbed back ribs. Then after another 2.5 hours the brisket was done and I let the smoker hold that until I served everything a couple of hours later as I had kept the chicken and ribs in the oven at 140˚. Next time I think I will put the other meats back into the smoker as it seems to keep the meats more moist than an oven. Our guests raved everything they ate and how juicy, tender, and delicious it all was. Cleanup was a cinch, just took the grills and the racks and ran them through the dish washer, removed the foil at the bottom and over the wood box, wiped down the bottom, dumped and cleaned the drip pan and I am ready for the next time. This a truly awesome unit that lets me turn out professional quality smoked meats, thanks Cookshack, and did I say this is American made!
Great Smoker!, 11/19/2012
I got my Amerique a year ago and have used it more than a dozen times. It is an outstanding piece of equipment and its relatively high price is supported by the quality of its construction. I've done chickens, turkey, salmon, pork ribs and jerky in it with great results especially on the meats that cook at 225F and above. At lower temperatures it is like taking a shotgun to a fly swatting party. Here's the problem:
To create smoke the burner must be on. But, the burner generates so much heat that the well insulated smoker burner in not on much at lower temperature settings - even when the outside temperature is 40F. Thus, not a lot of smoke is created at salmon smoking temperatures of 150F or so. I've tried Cookshack's cold smoking baffle and this helps somewhat as do smaller chips. But, I've also had \"flashovers\" where the chips catch fire after being on 15 minutes - five minutes less than Cookshacks maximum recommendation for the cold baffle. So, rather than getting rid of my Big Chief I now smoke salmon in this for about three hours and finish it in the Amerique.
All this could be easily solved electronically. Doing so would make this a true 5 star unit.
Does what is says, 12/16/2012
This does just what it said it would haven't used the oven in the house since this purchase .
Best Bang For The Buck, 6/3/2013
(West Liberty, IA)
I have owned my AmeriQue for roughly three and a half years and I am beginning to out grow it. Lately I am constantly overloading it (my circle of friends keeps growing) and it just keeps on putting out great Que. I bought my AmeriQue late in 2009 because I was outgrowing my six year old Smokette. I reluctantly sold my Smokette, stand, and cover a year later for what I paid for them in 2004, and I have borrowed it back several times lately. I believe that speaks loudly for the quality Cookshack puts into their American made smokers.
The ability of the AmeriQue to cook by time or temperature can make any rookie smoke like a pro. I have yet to have anything not turn out great even if I totally ignore the smoker. I don’t tell anyone how easy it is to use anymore because people tend to think I’m making it up so I don’t have to give away any of my “secrets”. This thing is the closest thing to set it and forget it as they come. The only way Cookshack can improve on the AmeriQue is to make a smoker that will load and unload it’s self.
Not only is the AmeriQue great for Briskets, Butts, Ribs, Etc. I have cold smoked cheese and butter using the cold smoke baffle or by adding an A-Maze-N-Smoker to it. Great results every time
Some may say Cookshack’s smokers are too pricey. I say if I had bought a Cookshack in the 90s when I started smoking I’d be money ahead. The only problems I’ve ever had with either one of my Cookshack smokers have been self induced. A quick call to customer support, which is answered by an honest to God real live person who speaks English, quickly and courteously pinpoints the problem and gets me back up and running. I am usually embarrassed by what I did wrong even though Cookshack assures me “is OK. It’s been done before.”
Amerique SM066, 7/24/2013
Just purchased an Amerique and grilled my first brisket this last weekend. It turned out great. I purchased the smoker largely based upon the consistent good reviews I had read, plus a friend in another town has owned one. He's been thrilled with his.
Having said that, there are a few things that I think Cookshack could improve upon. These suggestions are based upon my first impressions when putting the smoker together. First, the casters are too small. They hung up on every joint in my patio and driveway when rolling the smoker across it. I replaced the casters with larger 3\" casters and that was a big improvement. Plus, they look more appropriate on the industrial looking box. I had to search hard for some with a 5/16\" diameter stem, because most 2\" casters, even those at Home Depot and Lowes are 3/8\" in diameter. Looks like they went cheap on this item. When rolling the smoker across my driveway, the drip pan fell out. It made a cheap tinny sound instead of a clanky sound as it bounced on the concrete. Again, not a good first impression. It's no big deal, it's a drip pan, after all. Still I replaced it with a heavier gage one at Acemart for 6 bucks. Though this is an $1800 smoker, seems like they went cheap here too. When I started seasoning the smoker it dripped my GFCI circuits five times...on two different circuits. It finally settled down and seems to be working fine now.
Another item I noticed was the tack welds on the wood box. They were discolored. Not that it matters, because the box is going to get discolored anyway. Still, that seems to be an American thing. If the box had been made in Korea, I think the box welds would had looked better when new.
The Amerique received consistently good reviews with regard to reliability. In the end, that is what I hope I paid for.
Love IT!!, 10/7/2013
(Grove City, PA)
Recieved my SM066 last week and I love it! Easy to use, well built, MADE IN THE USA!! It could use bigger casters but other then that no complaints. Looked at many different brands but Cookshack was the right choice for me.
Consistent excellence, 12/21/2013
This is the most user friendly smoker I have owned. The racks are large enough to hold whole briskets, several Boston butts and whole racks of ribs. With a probe in place, I can reliably smoke brisket or Boston butts overnight without a worry. My smoker is on a covered porch outside, and can produce consistent results and cook times throughout the year. I would recommend a cover. It is a little aggravating to wipe out the bottom of the unit under the heating element, but, that is a minor concern.
Restaurant Quality Foods, 9/5/2014
I spent quite a bit of time researching smokers before making a purchase. I had a traditional tank type smoker with a firebox and had excellent results. Problem was I used it twice a year. There was sooo much time involved with babysitting the firebox and temps. I wanted to move to electric for ease of use and consistencey. The SM066 was the only option for me since I wanted the size it offered. The other key factor on the SM066 is the aut hold and the probe. There simply isn't a better way to go. Load it with your meats and \"set it and forget it\". I'll throw a brisket in there in the AM and go off boating all day and come home to brisket that's better than you'd get in a restaurant. If I run late and the meat is done it drops to the hold temperature so there's no overcooking. My wife had an issue with the price but after 2 months of being able to have barbeque 2 times a week with no real effort she agreed it's worth the investment. You won't find a better built comperable unit anywhere. We've had ours over a year now and we use it 2 times per week still. Just be warned you will have all kinds of family and friends wanting to come over on the weekend for dinner!!
Have had this smoker for about 4 yrs. It does a great job. Only complaint I would have is that the face on the diigital display looks like it has a protective plastic film over it but not able to find one and it is wrinkling a little. Best smoker on the market in my opinion.
THE BEST, 9/5/2014
If you are a beginning bbq cook this unit will make you cook like a chef. If you are a chef, all of your recipes can be perfected with this unit. The Amerique is big, powerful and easy to use. Precise temp and time controls allow you to produce amazing BBQ. The design of this smoker is such that it keeps foods very moist. A small amount of wood for smoke produces a lot of flavor. If you have to open it during cooking, it has a powerful heating unit and the temp recovers very quickly. It is very well made, looks like it is made almost completely by hand, and will last for a long time. The big size lets you cook for 4 or 40 people with ease. Results are very consistant and reliable. If you haven't got an Amerique yet, why wait, go for it!!!
I bought one of the first AmeriQue 66's you made. It is a good smoker, but is very slow to come up to temp. Two or 3 years ago I replaced the electronic panel (after a partial failure) and a new 1500 wat heating element. It is still slow to heat and will not come to temp with more than 30 lbs of meat. Other than a couple other minor complaints, I would buy it again.
2 years and going strong, 9/5/2014
(Sierra Vista, AZ)
When convenience (electric) became more important than tradition (offset wood burner) I started searching the net and joining forums, reading and asking a lot of questions. I settled on the Amerique April 2012 and have never regretted my decision. The offset was retired the day the Amerique arrived. No regrets. Consistently great results and digital accuracy. Worth every penny. I do think Cookshack should beef up the wheels to something larger to handle uneven surfaces better, but they are solid. American made is a real plus these days. I have not experienced any problems with the smoker, not one. A well built unit that should last many, many years. Thanks Cookshack. Well done!
Great But......, 9/7/2014
I like my earlier model Amerique but the digital display has quit working twice! First time Cookshackreplaced it free but now I don't even see my model's controller in the spare parts list.
Cookshack AmeriQue Model 066, 9/9/2014
I have owned my AmeriQue model 66 smoker for about one and a half years now and smoked the following more the once: beef brisket, beef back ribs, baby back ribs, country ribs, pork butt, hams (I would never cook another have in the oven again after I smoked a ham, WHAT A TASTE! ) ,poke chops, chicken, whole turkey, turkey & goose breasts, salmon, trout, mac and cheese, jalapeno peppers & cheese. Everything comes out great the results are consistent every time. I have cooked for 45 -50 people on this smoker and every body reaves about the good smoke taste. I use the smoke baffle on the salmon and cheese and it came out great. We would take the Salmon to the Port on Indiana where my son has his boat and all the boaters would enjoy the smoked Salmon among other foods we smoked. This is the best smoker I have ever had and I have had many. Don't forget use the Cookshack rubs to spice things up. Get one, use it and you will be amazed.
Championship Results, 9/11/2014
(Ponca City, OK)
I am a Master Certified Barbeque Judge that also enjoys cooking. I do my smoking on an AmeriQue and consistently produce championship competition results. This smoker is easy to use and produces outstanding results through time and temperature controls or internal temperature probe settings. It burns fuel cleanly and efficiently. It can handle a variety of meats at the same time. You can produce enough product at a time to feed a medium size party. Cleanup is easy. The casters are small and are a detractor, but I move mine around easily on a yard cart. so I don't downgrade my star rating..
Our catering company loves it!, 9/18/2014
We run a catering company on Whidbey Island in Washington state and have been using the cook shack smoker for over 4 years now. It has been very easy to use, and trouble free. We've done everything from smoked ribs to smoked tomato vinaigrette and have loved the results. We would highly recommend these smokers to anyone. Visit us at www.cateringwhidbey.com