Normally, we don’t like piling on. But some opportunities can’t be resisted, especially when it involves a topic important to us: real wood-fired barbecue.
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.