Winters in America are getting severe every year, so this led to an interesting thought which smoker would work in such severe conditions. I mostly work indoors in kitchen, but most home cooks grill on their patios. Such home cooks find it difficult to grill during winters.
If it snows heavily in your area it would be difficult to work on charcoal or gas grills. Another reason why I recommend to use electric smokers. You might have noticed that I have bias towards electric smokers but you can clearly see they can prove to be more beneficial.
Do electric smokers really work that well in winters?
Many will be wondering if electric smokers really work that well in winters. Yes they work better than other smokers but still they are machines and they have their operating range. Your electric smoker won’t work below -20 degree Celsius. If this is the case, my recommendation to you would be too not use the smoker. However if the weather is friendly you can surely cook, but you need to take certain precautions.
If the weather is below 32 degree Fahrenheit you need to cook with caution. Most electric smokers are coated with insulators and companies claim that they won’t be affected in the cold. But this is not the case. The walls of the smoker get cold and that affects the temperature.
First of all, it will take longer than usual to reach the desired heat. And similarly, it cools down more quickly. So you would have to make some adjustments.
Secondly, you have to be careful while cleaning the racks of the smoker. You need to wipe them immediately after you spray some water. You don’t want any deposits on your racks. During winters it would be difficult to clean the oil stains.
Finally, you have to take care of the wooden pucks, don’t leave the door of the smoker open. You will also have to store them in a dry place away from the cold.
Now let’s talk about some of the precautions you can take. You can wrap an insulated cloth or material across the width of the smoker. This will increase the insulation and increase the chances of proper heat function.
Next, move inside. This step obviously sounds a cliché but you can do this to avoid any hassles. Inside you can set the room temperature and you would have to change nothing.
Anyway, there is something which you cannot do. Some gave me advice and it was actually very stupid. I am sharing this because a lot of people actually do this. Don’t place a portable heater near your smoker. They do it to increase the heat, but this can cause adverse effects. Most heaters emit harmful gases, which can mix with the food and thus contaminate it. Please don’t do this!
So this is what you can do during winters. Grilled food tastes amazing during winters and it is advisable to take these small measures. If you have any other suggestion that has not been shared feel free to share it in the comments section, looking to hear from all of you.
Next I would be sharing another recipe with you all, till then happy barbequing.