CHAR-BROIL was founded in 1948 and is one of the first charcoal grills to arrive on the market. The post-war era company introduced grilling innovations that are now considered to be the “standard” for the modern grilling market. Char-broil thrives in any cookout setting, making grilling easier, affordable, and limitless in its possibilities. For decades the company has put a focus on high standards and having quality family time while grilling. Char‑Broil continues to raise the bar with its grilling standards with its varieties of portable, electric, gas grills.
- Easy digital interface
- Glass casing to watch your food
- Compact size
- Best value for your money
- Uses more smoke fuel compared to other models
- Requires a longer time to reach and sustain a high temperature
- Not for large parties
How To Use A Char-Broil Electric Smoker
Congratulations on the purchase of your Char-Broil Electric Smoker!
Founded in 1948, Char-Broil brought one of the first charcoal grills to the world, revolutionizing outdoor cooking. Spending the next few decades innovating products of the highest quality and focusing on raising the bar, today Char-Broil continues to improve outdoor cooking for everyone.
Your Char-Broil Electric Smoker is a digital smoker. You download and control the smoker through the Smartchef app in your smartphone. The Smartchef app allows you to control smoking times, smoker and meat temperatures, and choose between the meats you’re about to smoke.
First, you have to season your smoker by powering it up empty and running it at maximum temperature. You do this to rid the smoker of any oils or residue left over from the manufacturing process. Turn the empty smoker on without filling any water or wood chips, and set the temperature to the maximum. Run the smoker for 2 hours.
Now your smoker is ready to be used. You can now load the wood chips into the box sitting right over the heating element, and water into the reservoir on the left. Preheat the smoker using the Smartchef app and confirm on the GO button on the smoker. Preheat for a minimum of 45 minutes and monitor the temperature on the Smartchef app.
When it’s time to put the meat in, it’s crucial that the temperature probe is inserted right into the center of the thick cuts. That will inform you on the cooking process and keep the meat smoked perfectly.
Check the wood chip box every 6-8 hours to ensure that there is enough to continue smoking. Monitor the temperature of your meats from the app, you’ll need the app connected to the internet for this.
And that’s it! Your app will let you know when the meats are done, or you can control the temperature and cooking times manually. Enjoy!
How To Clean A Char-Broil Electric Smoker
Build up of burnt grease and food in your smoker will lead to an eventual decrease in performance. While cleaning your smoker, use only natural ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals. Fill a spray bottle with half apple cider and half water, or use an organic citrus-based cleaner. If you have to, a mild dish detergent can also be used.
Let the smoker cool down completely and then remove the racks, water pain, drip tray and smoker box. Use rags or dish clothes to wipe the interior smoking chamber and remove any particles left. The interior walls of the smoker will darken with use and will not return to silver no matter how hard you scrub. This darkening prevents rusting and will actually improve the infrared cooking system’s performance. Use only sponges, bristle brushes or clothes to clean, no metal!
Wash the racks, water pan, drip tray and all the interior parts individually. For stick-free cooking and easy cleaning, you can also apply a light coat of oil to the cooking racks before each use.
Wipe down the exterior of the smoker and ensure the door seal is clean to get rid of the residue that builds up. Clean the meat probe with a damp cloth and soapy water, do not immerse the probe in water or run it under a tap.
Do You Soak Wood Chips For A Char-Broil Electric Smoker
Although not necessary, soaking wood chips will give off less intense smoke, and you can get creative with your flavours.
Wood chips already have their own flavour like oak, hickory and mesquite, but infuse it with beer, wine, or fruit juices and you get an even greater and richer flavour. Mix and match and have fun experimenting with your favourite woods and liquids!
How To Season Char-Broil Electric Smoker
Congratulations on your new purchase of a Char-Broil Electric Smoker!
Before using your new smoker, you have to season it to get rid of any oils and residue left over from the manufacturing process.
Power it up empty without any water or wood chips loaded. Run it at the maximum temperature for 2 hours and monitor the temperature on your Smartchef app.
How To Smoke A Ham In A Char-Broil Electric Smoker
The Smartchef app has preset controls that you can use to fully control the time and temperatures based on your meat. In addition to that, it has a full manual mode that you can use to customize your smoker’s performance.
Ham typically takes 20 minutes per pound to smoke ham. The temperature of the ham at the thickest part should be 140 – 160°F (60 – 71°C). It can take around 3 to 5 hours.
How To Smoke A Turkey In A Char-Broil Electric Smoker
First of course, prepare the turkey! Ensure you buy a turkey that will fit onto the racks in the smoker. A good tip would be to measure the height of the racks and keep that in mind when you are turkey shopping.
Thaw the turkey completely when purchased then rinse thoroughly with cool water. Lightly oil the racks of your smoker to prevent the bird from sticking. Preheat the oven for a minimum of 45 minutes, then insert the temperature probe into the turkey’s breast.
Choose your wood! Turkey will absorb smoke more easily than red meat, so use mild woods like apple or cherry. Hickory and mesquite are heavier woods that can overpower the turkey’s flavour, but if you mix woods in various ratios, you can offset the strong flavours of the heavy woods.
A turkey will take approximately 6-7 hours to cook fully at 30-40 minutes per lb. Keep the turkey’s temperature at 160°F (73°C). Check the temperature after the first 3 hours, and then every 45 minutes to maintain optimal temperature.
Where Are Char-Broil Smokers Made
Founded in 1948, Char-Broil is headquartered in Columbus, Georgia, and is one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor cooking equipment in the United States.
Where To Buy Char-Broil Smokers
Take a look at the Char-Broil site here.