Since there are so many meat smoker accessories it would be a shame not to help yourself and adjust the smoking or the cleaning process to you. It would be like you are using the oven without the oven mitt (which can also come handy when you are taking the meat out of electric smoker). Generally a average smoker/ griller only has bare necessity tools such as a grill brush and bbq gloves.
So, due to that, I want to show you most interesting meat smoker accessories that can fit your analog, digital, vertical or bullet electric smoker. Those accessories are universal and you will realize why are they so convenient. Most of these tools don’t just apply to a smoker, they will work with a bbq grill, charcoal grill, pellet grill, and a gas grill.
Best meat smoker accessories
Accessories I am about to show you are made for the smoker, for the inside of the smoker, to enhance its performance or to help you handle the meat. There is an accessory for every step in the smoking process which means that they can really help you with it.
I will start with the most important one and later I will show them without any special order. The reason why I want to start with this important one is that I feel it should be a mandatory equipment for every electric smoker and that is the electric smoker cover. For best gifts for food lovers check Glutto Digest article.
Electric Smoker Cover
Electric smoker cover is one of those elements that I would put in the smoker parts and accessories category because they will make your smoker work better and longer. It is a must-have accessory for every smoker, especially the electric smoker. Any smoker cover that has the protective purpose (which is everyone on the market) is a good investment because it protects your electric smoker from dirt and bad weather since you are doing outdoor cooking.
The great thing about a smoker cover is that you can find it for any smoker design. There are vertical smoker covers, small smoker covers, big ones, long ones or even universal ones. I think that the smoker cover is the only accessory which has so many versions because it has to fit every smoker on the market.
Grill covers are a must for on top of your electric smoker. This is because you are now preventing the dirt and moist to enter the smoker. Most cookers have a small vent on top or the side which is used to control the amount of smoke or heat in the chamber. If you have too many smokes, just open the vent. That is the most vulnerable part of the smoker because people often forget to close it and this is where the dirt enters the smoker.
Also, we all know that electric smokers and water aren’t a good match, actually electricity and water aren’t a good match so by buying the smoker cover you are preventing any breakdowns made by the moisture and water which got in the smoker or even worse, on the power cord.
Smoking Pellets, Variety Pack
Trying new pellets is one of the easiest ways to add a richer flavor profile to your meats. This variety pack allows you to try some of the most popular flavors available today. Next time you are ready to smoke some meat try out these pellets for a bold taste. There are many flavors of wood pellets and wood chips, such as, apple, hickory, and mesquite.
Wireless Meat Thermometer
The wireless meat instant read thermometer is an electric smoker accessory that won’t help the smoker, it will help you. Some electric smokers, especially analog ones, don’t have thermometers or temperature gauges so it is hard to determine the temperature inside the smoker. That is why it is always a great idea to have a thermometer with you.
But, a wireless thermometer is even better because it means that you don’t have to be around the smoker all the time, especially during slow smoking that can last for hours. A wireless bluetooth thermometer will notify you the temperature inside the smoker which means that you don’t have to be near it.
There is another scenario that you can happen and that is the faulty thermometer. If you aren’t sure that the thermometer in your smoker is showing the right temperature, get the second one. If they show the same temperature that means it is working fine because they can’t both be wrong!
Additional Racks For An Electric Smoker
If you are an experienced smoker or you want to become one you have to know how to smoke different types of meat. By that, I don’t mean poultry and beef, I mean your own sausages, jerky, brisket, steaks and ribs (great recipe: Chipotle BBQ Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs).
The best way to do that is to get special racks or grillgrates for special types of meat. You can’t smoke sausages on the basic smoking rack, you have to have meat hook for smokers because you have to hang the sausage. The same story is with a rib rack, jerky or even seafood.
Adjust the interior of your smoker to your preferences and if that means that you have to fill your smoker with meat hooks for smokers, then do it.
The more racks you have in your smoker, the more meat you will be able to smoke which will eventually lead to you being a professional in smoking all kinds of meat and that is great. Once you realize the possibilities you can do in the smoker you will only eat smoked meat. 😀
Electric Smoker Stand
Electric smoker stand is one of the very important meat smoker accessories, but it can make the entire smoking process more comfortable for you. Also, there are some models that have their own stands so if you have to have an electric smoker stand I suggest you take a look at the electric smokers with the built-in stands.
But, if that is not a dealbreaker for you and you would like to have a stand so you don’t have to squat around your smoker then this accessory is great for you. Electric smoker stand is actually a small table which you can use to put the smoker on it which will make the smoker higher and better choice for your back.
Don’t put the smoker on the kitchen counter or any table because it can leave a burn mark or even break your table. That is why you have to use electric smoker stands if you really want your smoker to be higher.
The best way to buy the electric smoker stand is to look for smoker parts and accessories made by the brand that made your smoker. That way you can be sure that the electric smoker stand is made for your smoker, but if that doesn’t exist you can go with the universal one. The trick with a universal electric smoker stand is that you have to be sure about the model of smoker you have because that is how you pick it – it has to be compatible with the model.
Smoker Insulation Blanket
Smoker insulation blanket is something very similar to the smoker cover, but with a different purpose. The smoker insulation blanket keeps the heat of the smoker inside so the heat can be even through the entire smoking process, but it is not meant for hot weather but during winter.
The smoker blanket is a blanket that gives you the opportunity to smoke wood even when this is very cold, but you mustn’t use it above 50°F.
The most popular smokers that use this smoker blanket are the ones made by the Smokehouse products – the Little and Big Chief electric smokers, but there are other brands which produce the smoker insulation blanket as well like Masterbuilt.
You have to be sure that the smoke insulation blanket fits perfectly to your smoker, which means you have to get the one made for that particular model. The problem with this smoker blankets is that there aren’t that many blankets on the market. Due to that, if you can’t find the one for your smoker, I would recommend you try to wait warmer days for smoking meat.
Heat Resistant Gloves
Heat resistant gloves aren’t just for electric smokers, they are for anything as long as it is hot. They are manly enough to use during smoking so you don’t have to use your wife’s oven mitts and they are more practical than oven mitts. Most oven mitts separate thumb from the rest of the fingers and they aren’t useful because you can’t do much with them. You can pick up the rack or the tray but you can’t handle meat.
Heat resistant gloves are gloves are more practical because you can actually do something with them. Now, the heat resistant gloves are more convenient for the charcoal smoker – grill accessories category, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to use them. You can never be too careful!
Bear Claws For Pulled Pork
This electric smoker accessory is not that useful as it is cool. The bear claws are used to sherd finished meat into pieces and you will feel incredibly manly doing it.
They aren’t just a cool looking knife, they can also be used to handle meat or transport it from smoker to the dish or cutting board.
But, don’t get any bear claws that you see on amazon because they too have to be made from durable heavy-duty materials. They are made to handle hot meat in the hot environment which means they mustn’t be from low-quality plastic. Get the ones that have the ability to withstand super hot temperatures or they will break, or even worse, start to melt. These bbq tools are a must have to make you look like a pro.
Mat For Vegetables And Fish
The mat for vegetables and fish is used on the smoking racks and it prevents smaller parts from falling through the racks. Since vegetables and fish are more delicate food to prepare you can use this mat for them. If you have big pieces of meat then you don’t have to use this mat because you will have to clean both the mat and the rack. There is a reason why they are called mats for vegetables and fish.
The nonstick, dishwasher safe mat has silicone-coated fiberglass mesh with which makes it very durable and long-lasting, like every part and accessory of any smoker should be.
But, you have to check the dimension of the mat before you get one for your smoker because they have to be compatible with the interior dimension of your smoker. It is not the end of the world if they are smaller, but you don’t want them to be bigger than the interior because you will have to bend them and that is not what they are for.
The marinade injector will help you before you start smoking by injecting herbs, sauce or marinade in the meat you are preparing. A good marinade injector has to be easy to use, precise and comfortable in your hand.
You can use it for any type of meat which means you can marinade poultry, beef, pork or even wild game with it. You don’t have to use a special marinade injector for smokers, you can use ordinary one that you use in the kitchen, as long as it does a good job and it is easy to clean when you are done marinating.
Long Grilling Tongs
Long grilling tongs are a must-have part of every grill or smoker enthusiast kit because you can easily handle the meat during the process with them. Well, you can use them during grilling because during smoking you mustn’t open the doors if you don’t want to lose the smoke and heat. But, when the process is done, they can serve you well to pull out meat on the plate without burning your hands.
The best choice for long grilling tongs are the ones made from stainless steel with a rubber handle because it will keep you safe and the stainless steel is a very durable material used for kitchen appliances and utensils.
Also, only chefs can handle those so it is a universal sigh for the one who is in charge of preparing meat in the smoker or on the grill so don’t give them away during smoking. 🙂
Having a ton of accessories can be messy so don’t try to use them all at once, but only when the occasion calls for them. It is a good idea to have them all because they will help you handle the meat, control the temperature or even protect the smoker so don’t think twice about buying them. If you pick a good sized and quality electric smoker accessory you will be satisfied with it for a long time. that is what they are made for – to help you improve your skills and your smoker’s performance.
Meat Smoking Guide
I love this meat smoking guide because it is cool and extremely useful especially if you are a rookie because it has 7 types of meat you can smoke, the desired temperature and the period of smoking. The best part about it is that the meat guide is a magnet so you can carry it with you when you are smoking, just don’t put it on the smoker, it is not heat-proof.
You can put it on the desk or on some metal surface around you and if you forget it outside you don’t have to worry because they made it very durable. That means it can withstand all types of weather. They have made it weather and water-proof which is great and you will also get a 1-year warranty on it and that is pretty impressive.
Smoke And Grill Master Apron
An apron is like a cape for the grill and smoke enthusiasts and this one really caught my eye because it is actually useful. Most aprons have only one big pocket on the front and nothing else, but this one has tons of thing.
First, it has that big pocket (like other aprons) but you will get oven mitts in the pocket. I know that I said the heat resistant gloves are better so you can easily switch the oven mitts with the gloves if you want to. Since the smoking can be messy, this apron has a small towel attached to it so you can clean things or grab hot smoking rack.
Now, the best part – You will also get the insulated pocket for a beverage to keep it cool and you will get a bottle opener with it. This cool apron is also a great gift idea because it is uncommon and useful. So, if you don’t want it (which I doubt) you can buy it for your smoker enthusiast friends.
Lava rocks are not an ordinary part of an electric smoker and there are mixed feelings about them, but there is one thing every person who has tried them has to agree with – lava rocks can maintain the heat for a long time. That means you can turn off your smoker and leave the food in it with lava rocks and the food will stay hot. Lava rocks are durable, you don’t have to use them only once and then throw them away. You can use them more because they can’t melt (unless you smoke above 1000°F).
If you apply enough lava rocks in your smoker you can be sure that the meat will get done perfectly. Their porous construction allows the heat to go through them which makes the entire smoking chamber filled with the same amount of heat and you don’t have to fill the entire smoker with them. One row of lava rocks is enough and if you want to see what makes them so good for barbecuing as much as smoking food, visit the post about lava rocks.
Honorable mention – Jerky, Pickles, and Beer (www.jerkeypicklesandbeer.com) offers a number of articles and insights surrounding various accessories in the form of complimentary side dishes, pairings, and guides for smoking and grilling. Pickled things and smoked meats, along with a cold beer can turn an ordinary day with the smoker into an extraordinary event.
Bonus: If you plan on using your electric smoker indoors or in an enclosed area, consider using an air purifier for smoke odor that results from the smoking process. This will help clear the area of smoke odors much quicker than just ventilation.
Now that you have the optimal tool set a pitmaster should have, go off and explore!