Handheld smokers becoming popular in the world of smoking.

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by mr t 59874, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

     Currently, there are two models available on the net priced between $ 40 and $100 which makes them a good value for what they are capable of doing.  I am in no way discouraging anyone from purchasing  A-Maze-N products, but instead encouraging the broadening of your smoking arsenal. All smokers should consider having an A-Maze-N product included in their smoking arsenal.

    Tom
     
  2. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep nothing like more toys!! [​IMG]  Wife may say different thou LOL - 
    I have both amps and ampts  and love them!! 

    A full smoker is a happy smoker 

    DS
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2015
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If I get any more smoke generators, I will be living in the MES 30 on the back porch... BUT, it's good to know what options are available... Like smokers, everyone's needs are different....

    Smoke 'em if you've got 'em...


    Dave
     
  4. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I know what you mean.  Just yesterday I heard, don't you have enough thermometers?

    The nice thing about these little things is that they can do what other generators simply cannot. My handheld smoke generator is the most versatile unit I have.  Plainly put with this unit, if it can be consumed, it can be smoked, indoors. You name it, a layer of smoke can be applied in mere minutes. It is primarily for cold smoking, of course, and it cannot replace the deep penetration that longer hot or cold smoking creates, but it can give a good smoke flavor and aroma to anything. 

    For example, It's freezing outside and you are sitting on ice one mile off shore trying to charm a fish up through a small hole.  Chilled, you begin to get hungry and think of the soup you brought with you that your wife had heated earlier.  You pour yourself a cup and the aroma hit's you, it's smoked.  She had added a shot of smoke while warming it  knowing it would put a smile on your face.  You think, that in itself was worth the price.

    Ho Ho Ho, Santa's coming.

    T
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'd be in the same boat if I buy anymore smokers, or equipment! I think the GOSM has a bit more square footage than the MES though!
     
  6. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm already running out of space, but there's always room for more jello
     
  7. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Humm,  Thanks for the idea cmayna,  Smoked Jello Shots.

    Happy New Year.

    T
     
  8. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You know, when someone linked that hikers little fold up smoker the other day, I thought at first it was an auxillary smoker, It had that little TP top on ot and would have been perfect to hook a hose or vent like to and send the smoke to a smoker/pit/enclosure. 

    But currently I am still enamored with both the Amps 5x8, and the MES coldsmoker. Both you could just stick to a cardboard box and smoke. I always laughed and thought about using an MES box (The container it comes in) and hooking up one or the other aux. smoker to it and then come here and complain about not getting good temperatures.

    LOL

    Then furnish a picture when someone asked cause they can't understand whats wrong.....LOL
     
  10. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    So many things to smoke and so little time.

    Wonder how your Jambalaya would be if you smoked the water used in it, or added smoke to the whole pot of gumbo.  Think it might taste like it was cooked over a open wood fire?

    T
     
  11. Dangit, Mr T. Now you got me thinking. Could you smoke the chicken before you use it in the gumbo? Or maybe the rice? Has anyone ever tried to cold smoke rice before adding it to your bowl of gumbo? Now I am gonna have to make another pot of gumbo....purely for experimental purposes of course.

    Smoke it up.
    William
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2015
  12. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I have never made gumbo, I let the neighbor do that.  I would like to try it though if I could get the proper guidance. (hint) 

    You can easily smoke pulled or parted chicken buy placing it an a container with a tight lid or cling wrap, fill it with smoke then let it rest.  ​As far as rice, I have smoked it simply by adding a shot of smoke to the cooker before service.

    Hope this helps. Have fun, there are no limits.

    T
     
  13. Here is a link to the last pot of gumbo I made. http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/237121/cooler-weather-gumbo#post_1481355
     
  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have been making smoked gumbo's since tasting my Mom's, as wee little kid. Our Christmas eve meal is always smoked turkey gumbo before the bonfires on the levee . Its made from the left over thanksgiving.

    And historically jambalaya is cooked outside over wood.

    Jambalaya pots?


    Those two are twenty-fives on legs, most use 30's.

    Heres the little one that I get teased about.


    So smoke is really not too new........
     
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  15. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Foam,

    I would think that gumbo would have originally been cooked over an open fire and that is the taste I would want to duplicate rather that one cooked without smoke in a kitchen.

    Hopefully, I could use you as a crutch on that journey.

    T
     
  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lets face it nearly everything started on a fire. Some meals just didn't take much of that smokey goodness.Wet and damp foods just don't absorb that much smoke.Well you know that, but unless you use smoked foods to produce the finished product.

    I have been saving turkey cooking down Thanksgiving turkey leftovers most of my life. AND now at a dollar a pound, if I could just find them in the grocer's more often (I did put two in the freezer).

    That beautiful broth I cleared and reduced off that turkey last week I made soup with today. Turkey veggie. All that apple smoke OMG! what a great tasting .....I hate to call it a broth, it has much too much gelatine to be a broth. I'll call it a comsumee. The soup its completely over the top. I decided to do soup instead of gumbo with it this time. 

    So there is lots of smokey taste in the gumbo. And I am sure hamrhead would agree, all the best jambalaya's are cooked outside and in quantity. you should walk thru the rows of large pots at the Jambalaya festival, or the church benefits or the sports team's benefit, weddings receptions (if its not crawfish season), etc etc.....

    Realize there are over 100 entrants usually, this is just the end four. You've got to make a good jambalaya if you expect to get your pot emptied. I think its now up to 7.50/plate for charity.


    Here's what the champions cook.


    It gets a little smoke flavor, but not too much, you have to cover it to cook the rice.
     
  17. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

  18. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

     
  19. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dls1,, do you have a pic of the smoking gun?? would like to see it,, sounds interesting,,, I could see it on some hard boiled eggs in the morning before work,, or some tiny shrimp to go into a salad with the eggs YUMMMMMMM

    Thanks, 

    DS
     
     
  20. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    dls1

    Well now let's figure the operational cost of smoking those oysters.

    Cost of a zip bag + @ 1/5th of a gram per load. The cost of 3/5ths of one gram of dust if you reloaded each time, which I doubt.   Hope you didn't break the bank.   [​IMG]

     

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