Smoking meat truly is unlike any other cooking method! The smoking process creates an unparalleled taste by imparting a unique smoky flavor onto the surface of food – what’s more, the flavor of this smoke can be changed based on the type of wood you use in your smoker. Smoking is also a slow cooking process – meat takes many hours to cook in a smoker, which allows the fat and collagen in the meat to break down, melt, and move into every little nook and cranny in your chosen cut of meat. This process creates a tenderness that is impossible to replicate with any other cooking method – even a grill!
Smoking meat is certainly a labor of love, and one that is always worth the time and effort. The mouth-watering smell of dinner on the smoker is one of the best parts of summer – there’s truly nothing better than being outdoors with the ones you love, enjoying a delicious smoked meal together.
Here at Ace Hardware of Fort Collins, we carry smokers in a wide range of sizes, prices, and capabilities! Whatever your smoking dreams entail, we are ready to help you make them a reality. Read on to learn more about some of our best-selling smokers.
Big Green Egg 13 in. MiniMax Charcoal Kamado Grill and Smoker: The Big Green Egg is the highest quality, most versatile and simplest-to-use outdoor cooker available, offering more cooking options than all other conventional cookers combined. MiniMax comes with an easy to grip Carrier, so it’s perfect as a table-side cooker at your garden party or a traveling EGG for motorhomes or tailgating. Grill, roast, smoke, sear and bake – the EGG does all this and more! The EGG is quick and easy to start – it reaches cooking temperature and is ready to use in minutes. Users are able to precisely control the temperature by easily adjusting the patented air flow systems. Your food will be naturally tastier, because the EGG is a completely natural way to cook – you’ll appreciate the difference at your first bite. The Big Green Egg is fueled by 100% natural hardwood for superb performance and flavor – because of this, your food will have a natural and wholesome quality without any chemical aftertaste.
Traeger Ironwood 885 Wood Pellet WiFi Grill and Smoker Black: This Traeger grill & smoker is loaded with features to help you take your cooking to the next level. Double-sidewall insulation maintains steady heat levels to give you even more consistent results, while Super Smoke Mode lets you amp up the wood-fired flavor with the press of a button. WiFIRE® Technology allows you to control your grill and monitor your cooking from anywhere, simply by using the Traeger App or your smart home device. Downdraft Exhaust® circulates smoke to keep fresh smoke flowing over food for best flavor.
Weber 18 in. Smokey Mountain Charcoal/Wood Bullet Smoker Black: The Smokey Mountain Cooker™ smoker has two cooking grates for smoking multiple large items at once, and easily adjustable dampers for precision heat control. There’s nothing quite like waiting all day for a delicious smoked dinner! This smoker comes equipped with a porcelain-enameled lid, bowl, and center section, all which retain heat and won’t rust or peel. Silicone temperature grommets monitor the internal temperature of your smoker, allowing you to smoke food at your desired temperature. Rust resistant fuel doors and heat shields ensure that this smoker will be in top shape, even after years of use.
Nearly everyone has enjoyed smoked ribs at a summer barbeque– but did you know that smokers can do a whole lot more than just cook meat? Here at Ace Hardware of Fort Collins, we love to get creative with the ways we cook our favorite recipes. It’s hard to resist experimenting with the smoker all summer long! You’re going to want to try some of these recipes on your new smoker – we’re certain that they won’t disappoint.
Smoked Mac and Cheese: This smoked mac and cheese is comfort food in a cast iron skillet! You’ll end up with creamy, rich macaroni and cheese with a crispy panko topping and the perfect kiss of smoke flavor. It’s no secret that soft items (such as pasta) take on smoke quickly – this makes macaroni and cheese the perfect dish to easily whip up as a side to accompany your favorite smoked brisket or pork shoulder recipe.
Smoked Salsa: Smoked Salsa has big, bold, Southwestern flavors and a smoky kiss that really highlights the sweet tomatoes. This recipe is simple, quick, and will make you want to immediately throw away the store-bought salsa that’s been lingering in your refrigerator.
Smoked Pulled Pork: We would be wrong not to share a classic pulled pork recipe! With shreds of succulent pork in a rich BBQ sauce, this is the ultimate smoked pork butt recipe. Slowly smoking the meat will result in a juicy, tender pulled pork with a smoky sweet flavor – sure to please any crowd at your next summer barbeque.
Smoked Jalapeno Poppers: Jalapeno poppers are one of the best party foods, and smoking them adds a whole new level of flavor and excitement! This recipe includes a secret ingredient that’s sure to wow your friends or family when you pull them out of the smoker.
Stop into Ace Hardware of Fort Collins today – our team can’t wait to help you get everything you need to make all of your summer barbeque dreams come true!