I love this thing, the best ribs I have EVER eaten. The pulled pork is incredible, actually everything I've smoked has been great. Chuck roast, chicken ribs, brisket, pork shoulder and butt, all very good.
Cookshack has a first quality, well made product that makes smoking easy for those of us too busy to tend a conventional smoker with no difference in the flavor of the meat. I would highly recommend this product to family and friends alike.
I must say this is one awesome oven. I've owned the typical brickman smoker and the Mecco charcoal smoker. Night and day difference it amazes me you put no water in it and moist juicy meat. Keep up your great smokers. I impressed
Smokette Elite is Perfect!, 6/10/2012
I have ahd the elite for several years now and it is a great smoker. The workmanship is solid and it really turns out some great food. I'll be ordering the base for it to make it easier to work in and to keeo my dog from trying to raid the smoker. The staff is very friendly and helpful when I have called about several questions I had,
I discovered the SM025 while doing research online a couple years ago. It was more expensive than many of the other smokers, however the reviews were great and the construction appeared to be among the best. When it arrived, I wasn't disappointed. It's built to commercial standards and will obviously last for many years. The performance is outstanding. i've smoked pork butt, chicken, turkey, ribs, salmon, tuna, brisket, etc. I have never been disappointed with the results. If you can read, you can enjoy results that would please anyone; it's that simple. The Cookshack rubs are excellent as well and, when you order them in bulk as I do, the price is very competitive. I can't imagine that turning out competition-level meat, fish and poultry could be any easier.
After reading all of the reviews on Cookshack i had no doubt that SM025 would be a good unit. My concern was that i might of picked too small of a smoker, I was wrong. I am using my SM025 at least every other weekend and cooking 20 lbs of pork at a time to 25 lb turkeys. The on line information from other owners makes your smoking almost fool-proof. This is an excelent choice for any home and from the construction should last many yeaes.
I had never owned a smoker before and we purchased a lake house and decided we would like to have one. I first tried chicken and bologna. Family raved so I got brave and did a brisket and it was even better. Then I did a pork roast, whole chickens and more bologna. All were wonderful. So easy to use. Just prepare it, put it in and forget it! I do wish there cookbook has more receipies but I guess I can just improvise. CookShack, - you have a wonderful product even if it is more expensive. It is probably the only one I will ever have to purchase!!!!! Well built! Thank you for being an \"American Company\" which has stayed here!!!! Oklahoma appreciates you!!!
(las cruces, nm)
I purchased a smokette elite just under 3 years ago. In short the smoker is fantastic. It keeps getting beter as you smoke more items. It is simple to use, and once you close the door you do nothing to you are ready to eat. The adiage you get what you pay for applies here. I will ever buy another brand of smoker and tell everyone to buy from cookshack.
Great little Smoker, 12/27/2012
This was my first smoker with Cook shack. Now I am hooked this smoker is bullet proof. It works great will do a 20 Lbs Turkey, or 6 racks of Ribs or 4 Pork butts. Great smoke ring and flavor. Cheap to run per Hr cost. Thanks CookShack
Temp Probe Issues, 3/3/2013
I've had this smoker smoker this July 2012. I had an issue when it first arrived. The thermostat sensor was bent during shipping because the contents inside the smoker had been thrown around during shipping. However, when I called Cookshack, they promptly shipped me a new sensor, which was really simple to swap out. They said it would probably be OK to just bend it back, but they wouldn't feel comfortable unless they shipped a new sensor. Great customer service.
I've had a couple issues with the temperature probe in the time I've owned it. Initially, the probe temperature stopped displaying on the control unit. I noticed a crack in the shealthing of the probe wire. I emailed Cookshack, and they sent me a new probe.
The probe temperature started displaying again. But now the temperature stopped displaying once again and the probe looks fine. After the first issue with the probe, I decided to get temperature probes from Thermoworks, which have worked flawlessly.
I need to contact Cookshack again, thinking maybe there is some problem with the controller unit.
That being said, the smoker has worked great. Everything I've smoked has come out juicy and perfect each time. I use it once a week most times. I never liked brisket in most of the BBQ joints down here in TX. But when I tried smoking brisket, it was awesome. So juicy and tender.
To sum up, I love the smoker. I've had no problems with it other than the temperature probe issues. Everything I've smoked has turned out wonderfully. And I'm glad this is a American made product. But I rely on my Thermoworks meat probes now.
Whether you are a novice or an expert, the Cookshack SM025 will always deliver consistent mouth-watering flavorful food. While the SM025 is doing its job you can be off doing other things rather than feeding wood chips or monitoring it all day long. If there is such a thing as “feeling quality” this smoker would be it. I have had this smoker for over 5 years and it has never let me down. When you call Cookschack for cooking advice or questions you get a live, experienced representative from the company. They truly take care of their customers and take pride in their Made in the USA products. They do multiple how-to videos which is great because it always allows you to try something new. Price is directly rated to quality and craftsmanship….…..Cookshack manufacturers their smokers up to a high level of quality…..not down to a low price. It is a product you will get decades of satisfaction from. The most rewarding part of owning a Cookschack is the accolades you will receive from dinner guest when you serve them food produced from a Cookshack smoker…..but keep that a secret and make sure to tell your guest you toiled for hours to preparing their meal!
SM025 Controller, 7/4/2013
I have used my SM025 less than 10 times and the controller has failed. The controller will not shut the heating element off at the set point. The heating element remains on and never shuts off. Although the food is great I would not recommend this unit to anyone the replacement controller cost me $ 225
Awesome smoker, 7/6/2013
(Santa Fe, NM)
Had mine for two weeks and love it. Did a 16 hour full Packer brisket for 4th of July party, best brisket I've ever had (or made). Have done fish, chicken and ribs, all came out very well. Quality of the product is tops. So happy with this product.
"Set it and forget it" perfection!, 8/21/2013
I'm a charcoal guy at heart and do a LOT of slow smoking on charcoal smokers, but the Smokette Elite SM025 has been a very welcomed addition to my cooking arsenal. In fact, combining the convenience factors of using this cooker with the high quality of the food you can crank out on this unit has made it my cooker of choice lately. It is tightly sealed, cool to the touch while cooking and incredibly heat efficient. Some of my \"I'll never use an electric smoker\" friends have honestly been telling me lately they're beginning to change their mind after seeing this thing in action. Great investment for someone looking to cooks some amazing BBQ without a lot of hassle.
Critters Beware!!, 2/28/2014
Bought a few smokers in the past and this is the best. I thought electric would give 0 flavor but using hunks of birch, pine or sumac give a TON of smoke. Possum, turtle, squirrels in fact everything is sticky, tender and fall - off - bone or the shell as the case is. Believe me, you have not lived until you taste birch smoked venison on this baby. Highly recommended!
poor customer service, 9/5/2014
smoker arrived with bad controller, 50 degree temp swings, Cookshack rep said was normal, had me try and try again, same result, only after several call and rude conversations, did they finally send a new controller, which produced improved results.
Online retailer would not accept a return or help in anyway. Cookshack would not honor their return policy since I did not buy it directly from them.
Really wish I had not purchased this smoker, it is too small by the way, racks too close together to use both with meat of any size other than thin items
After having ribs and brisket cooked in a friend's smoke shack smoker I had to have one! I spent many years destroying good brisket with other smokers. I tried several other brands with no success. The very first round with my new cook shack was a success and every round since. The product is the best quality on the market, the customer support is the best and the smoker is simple to use. The smoke shack smoker worked out so well for me I now own the pellet grill also. Cook shack products far exceed anything else on the market today! To get the best ribs and brisket you will ever eat, cook it on a cook shack.
Making great BBQ with ease, 9/5/2014
(Grass Lake, MI)
Even though I have just started using the smoker, I am turning out some great product. It is very easy to use and doesn't require much tending while cooking with it. I am very impressed with the quality. I do wish it came standard with stainless steel grates since everything else on the smoker is stainless. Maybe the only thing I would change is that I should have bought the next size up. This smoker does sit low to the ground so it is a little difficult to work with it. A cart or a table will solve this.
Set It And Forget It, 9/5/2014
Ron Popeil, inventor of the phrase \"set it and forget it\" must be eating his heart out for having not created this product. Because it is so straight forward I can place my limited attention and energy on what matters: rubs, sauces, glazes etc.
I have been using this unit for the past 18 months and must say it is an outstanding smoker. I have used many CookShack Recipes plus others to smoke everything from vegetables (sweet corn & potatoes to name a few) to various meats. Trout, Salmon, and Catfish come out \"killer\" and the Cookshack Smoked Meatloaf Recipe is to die for. This unit is top notch - quality manufactured and engineered. The oven and meat temperature are so easy to control and everything we have put into the smoker has exited to grand satisfaction!
SM025 Still Going Strong, 9/5/2014
I bought my SM025 in early 2010. Back they came in either a flat black finish or stainless steel. A friend of mine had the flat black model and the food that came out of it convinced me I had to have one immediately. I opted for the stainless model. This smoker has exceeded my expectations. Great pork ribs and butts, fantastic brisket, amazing brined and smoked salmon, and nice dried and smoked peppers. The SM025 has worked like a champ from day one. I used the on-board temperature probe a few times, and while it worked as advertised I eventually got a remote temperature probe so I could monitor the smoker from anywhere in the house or yard. This is one great smoker, and I highly recommend it. In fact, several friends ate the food out of mine and decided to get their own Cookshack smoker.
Love the smoker, appears well built. Would have given a 5 but meat thermometer is off by between 4-8 deg F as compared to my Weber, Maverick and ONX digital thermometers, and my dial thermometers. They are typically within 1 deg F of each other. When I called Cookshack service they said that was within their specifications and good enough. This is not true to anyone who knows the importance of accurate temperature readings while smoking meat. So I always use both the Cookshack and a second thermometer (or third) when using my sm025. For the price I would expect the thermometer to be at least as accurate as the rest of the industry; about +/- 1 deg F.
I purchased this smoker about four years ago after sending back another brand smoker that was not built very well built and you had to buy chips to feed the thing . After sending back I bought this one and I have been so happy with the way it's built and the way it smokes. It holds temperatures within a couple of degrees.
BBQ easy as ABC, 9/7/2014
This is one of the best products I ever purchased, I can make restaurant style BBQ at home at a fraction of the price. All my friends who come over and eat, say it's the best BBQ they ever had. Basically it's set it and forget it for a few hours, I put my pork butts and briskets in the smoker before I go to bed and it is done the next afternoon. The smoker is made well, quality craftsmanship , and made in the USA ! I bought the Cookshack smoker after a recommendation from a restaurant thats has them and won best brisket in Connecticut by a leading magazine.
SM025 Rocks!, 9/8/2014
I really like the SM025 for smoking pork ribs, shoulders, and boston butts. I use a bandsaw to cut wood chunks into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick pieces. 235 degrees seems to be the sweet spot. At this temperature, the small pieces of wood provide up to 3 hours of smoke. In my opinion, you're wasting wood if it's thicker than 3/4\" because
the wood doesn't burn/blacken beyond 3/4\". I use 2.5 to 3 ounces of wood for all smoking. Using more than 3 ounces will over-smoke the meat. When cooking butts and shoulders, add 2 ounces of 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick pieces at the 3, 4, and 5 hour mark. It takes 15-20 minutes for the SM025 to ignite the thinner pieces and they provide 60-90 minutes of light smoke. Save wood by cutting up large chunks!
I have had my smoker for almost 2 years now and I absolutely love it. I have used it for meat, fish, seafood and vegetables. You can make awesome smoked eggplant dishes with this thing. Very well made and quite solid - the Wyoming wind does not blow it away! But my favorite thing is the ease of clean-up.
SM 025, 9/13/2014
(Round Lake, IL)
Great smoker! I am a reformed propane / water smoker user and I find myself making delicious BBQ more often because i can still do other activities while the SM 025 does it's magic.. No more watched temperatures, messy water pans, and uneven cooks for me ..I am a believer! I know some think the price point is a bit steep but when you unpack this bad boy you will reailize this is a long term investment on a cooker that you will have for many years. It's built like a tank!