pressure smoker?!?!?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by bama bbq, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. I was watchin diners, drive ins, and dives and the guy uses a "pressure smoker".  I never heard of one.  I did an internet search and found this:   Has anyone every seen one of these/used one of these?
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012
  2. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nope never heard of that
  3. I haven't heard of it
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They produce very mushy sub-standard BBQ. A local vendor here has one and was bragging how he can cook pork butt and brisket in 2 hrs., but the end result was a pile of mushy meat that you had to drown in BBQ sauce to flavor. Oh... and the "smoke" flavor comes from liquid smoke.... [​IMG]

    But like I said he was very proud of his thousands of dollars investment.
  5. Short cuts rarely ever work.
  6. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Those have been on QVripoffC

    Hurry very limited

  7. ponderingturtle

    ponderingturtle Fire Starter

    I am currious why it would cook faster in a high pressure enviroment,  normal pressure cookers make sense as they permit the water to get up to 250 instead of 212 so it is clear that the higher temp will cook faster, similar to why frying cooks faster than boiling.

    But as it would be dependant on convection and radiation like in an oven I am not sure why it would work better.  I guess I could see it speeding up the breakdown of connective tissues as the water in the meat will get up to an elevated temp so the meat will be hotter.  If so it is kind of the opposite of sous vide cooking.

    I suspect there are some dishes that this could be good for, but it would be an entirely different kind of cooking than low temperature smoking.
  8. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Ever !
  9. it is physics... change in pressure = change in temp...... not sure why you would want to rush bbq.... it is art  not just science
  10. ponderingturtle

    ponderingturtle Fire Starter

    The thing is these are not that high pressure and certainly not heating through compression and PV=NRT.

    The most significant change this will have is on the boiling point of water.  Sure you will get something from the higher pressure meaning better heating through convection.
  11. never said it was only cooking by pressure.... and since this is not a physics forum simple is best... any change or increase in pressure will increase the temp no matter how slight. Increased temp will increase the pressure and vise versa... so if it is pressurized as the pressure increases the temp will increase resulting in faster cooking... not always better when smoking
  12. ponderingturtle

    ponderingturtle Fire Starter

    The thing is that we are talking about cooking until tender not a certain temperature is reached, you could get that effect by putting it in a hotter environment and increased convection, so say a 400 degree f convection oven.  The pressure is intended to do something different that just make it a hotter environment.  This is all about cooking, not some abstract physics question.
  13. brebitzer

    brebitzer Newbie

    Have you guys tried out the Smok-a-roma yet?
  14. Sorry, it was so unimpressive that I forgot to report back. We used it a few times, then sold it. Chicken was moist, but brisket came out tasting like it came from a crockpot. No bark on anything.
  15. brebitzer

    brebitzer Newbie

    Thanks for the quick response.  We're currently trying to come up with solutions in a very limited sized kitchen as well as a mandatory hand sink for our outdoor smoker and no real possibility of a build out.  Kind of a problem in the upper Midwest during winter since we can't wash our hands with ice.  I just picked one up and was concerned about a bark issue myself.  Definitely wouldn't be able to get burnt ends, but might be able to work with chicken, potatoes etc.   
  16. johnmeyer

    johnmeyer Smoking Fanatic

    This looks like an extraordinarily bad idea.

    I have a pressure cooker and I use it every week. It not only cooks faster, but for many recipes, it produces better food. Steamed rice in a pressure cooker takes seven minutes, and is infinitely better than cooked traditionally. I also do split pea, black bean, and lentil soups, and they are much better cooked this way.  I just did some amazing chili last night and it was amazing.

    So pressure cooking is in fact both faster and better (although it obviously isn't for everything).

    However ...

    From what I've learned over the past year (this is the one-year anniversary of my first smoke), good smoking requires air circulation -- LOTS of air. My MES is notorious for being a very closed environment, and lots of people (including me) have complained about the difficulty in obtaining a clean smoke taste. Thus, while I haven't tried this, I would suspect that the end product would not taste much like real BBQ.

    You can read reviews of similar products here:

    Most of the negative reviews are about poor product build quality.

    Here's a YouTube video of the exact item shown in post #1

  17. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I agree with pressure cookers having a place for certain foods like you mentioned with rice, legumes and chili/soups. Even putting in uncooked noodles for mac and cheese and lasagna when browning isnt wanted. Everything seems to come out of a pressure cooker with the same texture when it comes to animal protein which is pulverized falling off the bone which I dont care for. Except chichen for soup. Chef Eric Theis cooks buffalo wings in the pressure cooker XL on tv. Soggy chicken skin isnt for me.
  18. gringodave

    gringodave Fire Starter

    I've seen those - but this one really cooked my noodle. I would love to try this out.

    "The all new Cajun Express Smoker is the fastest smoker in the bayou! Cook baby back ribs in only 35 to 40 minutes, or an entire brisket in two hours. This amazing smoker works off of a patented smoking process that utilizes a pressure/vacuum regulator revolutionizes cooking times."  

    Note: Not affiliated in any way.
  19. johnmeyer

    johnmeyer Smoking Fanatic

    Yes, there is most definitely no universal cooking tool.

    To that point, I remember when I got my first microwave oven back in 1979 (I still have it and it still works, although I did have to replace the magnetron back around 2000). I thought it would make everything faster and better, and I actually did try almost everything. This led to some epic failures.

    Don't laugh, but I actually made the following in my microwave oven:

    Biscuits. The ultimate mismatch. They turned out like a really bad gnocchi dumpling.

    Brownies. Not only did they fail to have the right texture, but the unevenness of microwaves (and I did turn the pan several times) led to a really amazing combination of something resembling brownies interspersed with un-cooked batter. If I'd worked at it, I suppose I could have figured out a way to make a "chocolate volcano."

    A whole, 12-pound turkey. Talk about bad skin, this was absolutely horrible.

    Eggs. This is where I found out about microwave oven explosions. Quite a mess to clean up.

    Back to the pressure cooker. I did try pasta in it just the other day. I used a "trick" of putting a small amount of water in the pressure cooker, and then putting the food in a metal bowl placed on top of a trivet above the water. Thus, the food is cooked by high pressure steam. I found this trick in the "bible" of pressure cooking, Lorna Sass' "Cooking Under Pressure:"

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about using their pressure cooker correctly.

    [edit]I just saw the post about the Cajun Express smoker. That actually looks interesting. I'm researching this forum (and elsewhere) to see whether it is good. It sure looks to be well-built.

    [edit2]I watched their demo video on YouTube, and it achieves shorter cooking times primarily because it smokes at 350 degrees. The "pressure" part of the design is totally bogus, as you can tell by the lack of any sort of interlock for the front door. If there was any sort of pressure inside, and you opened up that door, really bad things would happen.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016

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