Char-Broil Simple Smoker with SmartChef Technology

Editor rating

4/5 on October 3, 2016

User's rating

53 reviews

PROS

  • Inexpensive
  • Included Meat Probe
  • Predictive completion function
  • Smart App
  • Side loading chips

CONS

  • Small capacity
  • Basket configuration, no trays

VERDICT

The Char-Broil Simple Electric smoker is one of the cheapest electric smokers we've reviewed, and we were plenty surprised. A smart app controller, meat probe, and predictive completion tech, rounded out with a side loading chip tray more than make up for its small capacity. On the other had, it's extremely portable. You'll know right away if this product is for you.

The Char-Broil Simple Smoker Introduction

The Char-Broil Simple Smoker with SmartChef Technology is a natural and user friendly smoker that is quite unique among various classes of smokers, be they intended for amateurs or professionals. This product allows you to prepare your smoked food easily without having to keep constant watch on the meat. This is because this Simple Smoker works with the SmartChef application which provides you with updates about when your food is ready.

Char-Broil Simple Smoker Features

  • Integrated Meat Probe: There is an integrated meat probe which you will have to place in the centre of the meat your meat before placing it in the cooking basket. It is this probe that helps the SmartChef app read the temperature data of the meat that’s being smoked.
  • Real Time Prediction: By observing the temperature of the meat being smoked and the internal chamber of the smoker, this smoker’s app helps you estimate when the meat will be done. Of course it does this with te aid of the integrated meat probe.
  • Capacity: For a small, simple smoker, the Char-Broil Simple Smoker is very capable. It does not have multiple cooking shelves but its cooking basket can contain some 16-lb of chicken. Now this is formidable if you are looking for quite some space for something so simple.
  • Flexible External Smoke Box: This feature makes it possible for the user to refill wood chips before or during the cooking process.

What We Liked

Truly, the comfort of ‘smoking my meat from a distance’ is really worth the price of the smoker and the SmartChef app concept. For one, there will be no need to check the meat from time to time as would have been the case in the days of the cave dweller. All you have to do is attach the meat probe, connect to the app and hang on till the end. The heating element is 750 watts, which is good for a unit this small. This The smoker is capable of very consistent temperatures since its designers featured its heating elements strategically on its sides, not the bottom.

What To Look Out For

Just like I found out after several days of trial and errors, you may have to devote some time to studying the SmartChef application. For instance, once the cooking starts, you will be unable to edit the programmed instructions. You have to abort the cook before you can edit anything. This smoker has cooking baskets, as opposed to the many flat racks that are characteristic of most advanced smokers. But if you are fine with some little extra cleaning, this should not be a problem. Lastly, you will be a bit disappointed if you are a fan of water pans.

Conclusion

This smoker is a strong contender for consideration if portability is a concern. We think it’s a great option for anyone who is just starting out with electric smokers, but you’ll have to refill the wood chip box every hour. Though it may not have the capacity of bigger smokers or the reputation of industry leaders when it comes to electric smokers, it offers you virtually all that a smoker has to offer in a compact, basic, and user-friendly package.

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