Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker Review
Are you quite keen on having your weekly serving of smoked ribs? Are you tired of babysitting regular types of smokers? There is a solution!
Welcome to the world of electric smokers!Yes, electric smokers are nothing new. But how about one that allows you to control every single aspect of the cooking/ smoking process with your smartphone? How about one that can connect to the internet?
Forget all about traditional smoke rooms and appliances that require constant supervision.Most smoking aficionados will probably tell you that, while an enjoyable endeavor, the traditional process of a smoking pit will require all of your attention and time. On top of that, you won’t be able to have that perfectly smoked brisket during cold seasons as cold, alongside green or wet wood, is your worse enemy.
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Detailed Review of Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker
A smart, electric smoker does begin to sound better now, right? We bet it does. But considering the large number of such models on the market, we embarked on a research mission to determine which ones are worth all the hype. Quite a few of them do, but this time we shall tackle the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker review.
Char-Boil has long since been an innovator in the meat smoker arena, usually providing well-designed pieces. This Digital Electric Smoker is one such model, a double walled, insulated cabinet smoker complete with many interesting features.Equipped with an integrated meat probe and a programmable digital controller, this unit will allow you to have the best level of control over the entire cooking/ smoking process.
As a plus, the smart system will also alert you when the food is ready to be served, only if you wish, of course. Another interesting fact about this model, one that sets it apart from other ones in its class, is the fact that it does have a warming setting. Your dinner will never be lukewarm again!Also complete with a digital thermometer, this electric smoker will allow you to cook every single meat piece to perfection. As connoisseurs know, every single meat piece is different and need a special setting. With the smart technology to back you, there is no chance of ever screwing up.
- Top-notch quality
- Very sturdy and low maintenance
- Heat is evenly distributed throughout the cooking space
- Extended smoking period (above 8 hours)
- Increased portability
- Large cooking/ smoking area
- A food warmer setting
- A bit heavy
- The controls are not as intuitive as marketed
- Needs a good Wi-Fi signal
Best Features of Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker
8.5 cup high-capacity grease tray
This incorporated grease tray can be easily removed from the side, enabling you to better clean all grease debris without any of the hassle.
Unlike other models on the market, this Electric Smoker comes with a much-needed benefit of a warming feature. You can now keep your food at a perfect temperature until you are ready to serve it. Have you finished cooking earlier than anticipated? No problem! We have to say we love this feature and so will you.
Removable temperature gauge
This removable temperature gauge is another awesome perk of this model. You will now be able to easily monitor the cooking temperature without any problem.
Blue LED display and Digital Programmable Controls
This feature is arguably the best one that Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker has to offer. The LED display will enable you to monitor everything from up to 100 feet away. Much to our pleasant surprise, this ensures everyone can have more free time on their hands. You can now just programs the settings, have a few drink with your guests and then return to the smoker just in time to pull out a beautiful piece of smoked brisket, or whatever suits your taste. Smoked tofu anyone?
Large cooking capacity
The cooking capacity of this electrical smoker is quite up to par with many people’s needs. Offering up to 725 square inches of smoking/ cooking space, this model will ensure that every single member of your party will be properly fed.
Insulated, double-wall construction
This feature helps maintain a constant temperature throughout the smoking process.
This glass door will allow you to look at whatever you are preparing throughout the cooking process. There is no room for second guessing here!
Large, stainless steel locking latch for smoke
In case loose smoke is a deal breaker for you, you should rest assure. The door does clamp shut. No smoke will ever get out.
Integrated handle and wheels for an increased mobility
Nothing is as bad as having to carry something really heavy in your arms. That being said, this Char-Broil model has you covered. The integrated handle and wheels this unit is equipped with will take some of the load off in case you have to relocate the smoker elsewhere. The smart construction will ensure you barely feel the 50.2 pounds of the Deluxe Digital.
Stainless steel, dual-tone finish
The high-quality stainless steel this electric smoker is made of will make sure that it will last for a very long time, being able to handle most, if not all things you throw its way. And while not providing any actual benefit, the dual-tone finish of the said steel does add quite a lot in terms of looks. Many of us want our appliances to be just as beautiful as they are effective and there is no shame in admitting it.
Awesome removable racks
The removable racks of this model, 4 in number, can be inserted into whatever slots you desire. This will ensure you will never have to worry about cutting larger pieces of meat again. Why bother when the smoker will cook it to perfection just as it is?
What you get in the package
Here are some of the things you will expect in the package upon unboxing it.
- A digital electrical smoker
- 4 interchangeable smoking racks
- Lots of helpful incorporated perks
The Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker is quite good at bringing a bit of smart technology to the art of smoking meet. Thanks to the well-crafted digital settings, you will be able to thoroughly control every single aspect of the process without any hiccups. From setting a timer to giving notice when the food is ready, there is nothing this unit will not be able to do for you, allowing you to have more time to entertain the guests.We have to say we especially love the fairly large cooking area, going up to 725 square inches, a pretty good one for a unit this type. Cooking enough smoked pork ribs for everyone will not be a problem anymore. The incorporated temperature probe is also a nice addition, mainly if you are trying to cook different types of meat at the same time – we tried this for wings and ribs and it does work to perfection.
While pretty awesome, this digital, electric smoker doesn’t come without a few problems. As some previous buyers have stated, if the internet goes away, your Char-Broil Deluxe will turn from whiz-kid into maroon in just a matter of seconds. This is true and thoroughly proven by the poor Wi-Fi signal in our back yard.However, this problem is not without any solution, as this unit will let you cook even without internet, albeit at a small temperature. As a plus, in case your signal is great at first but suddenly goes away, this model will still remember the settings and the process will not be interrupted.All good and bad things considered the Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker is a great addition to any smoked meat aficionado’s tool collection. Though there is still plenty of room for improvement, we can safely say it is one of the best smart smoking units at a competitive price.