Wednesday, June 15, 2011
We read a label on a Cookshack smoker oven -- this ain't real Texas BBQ, folks
A couple months ago, we got a good debate going here about wood vs. gas, and even ran highlights of a Southern Pride recipe for Texas-style brisket that we thought supported our point of view.
Now, our attention turns to commercial pellet machines.
Posse pitmaster Marshall Cooper found the above photo of labels attached to a Fast Eddy's by Cookshack Model FEC100 "smoker oven."
The company says on its Web site that the machine is "100% wood-burning" and touts its success in major barbecue competitions. The machine automatically feeds wood pellets -- "available in a variety of flavors" -- into the burn chamber. Cooks just load the hopper, set the electronic temperature controls and walk away.
But take a close look at those labels, especially the one on the left.
"The Cookshack Smoker is NOT a traditional wood burning smoker," it says. "It is a modern electric oven."
A few sentences later: "DO NOT USE EXCESSIVE WOOD."
In the court of real Texas barbecue, Cookshack should have taken the Fifth.