Humans have been eating smoked meat since the time of the primitive caveman. They realized that leaving meat hung over a fire or hot coals led to a distinct flavor in the meat and tasted much better as well. Cut to the 19th century and farmers all around Europe began experimenting with smoked pork during the winter months and the craze soon spread to other parts of the world.
Then came the process of cooking meat in pits and this was mastered by the Polynesians who were the pioneers of slow cooked smoky pork. This was followed by wood smokers and they’re still used today by many barbecue experts but using them is still a hassle for beginners and people who’re just learning to cook smoked meat and vegetable.
The early 21st century saw the evolution of electric and digital smokers and these have slowly but surely revolutionized the grilled and smoked meat market. You don’t need to be spend hours and hours taking in all the smoke while waiting for your meat to cook and that’s why it’s preferred by so many people.
Over the last 5 years, there have been a lot of technological advancements in the way electric smokers are manufactured. These days, digital smokers come equipped with some of the best technological advancements seen in the food appliance industry. Top of the line smokers and grills come equipped with data recording chip sets and thermostats that measure temperature with and perfect precision and accuracy.
You might think that these appliances should cost a fortune but the truth is they are pretty affordable and excellent value for money. In fact, you can buy one of the best electric smokers in the market for less than $300!
Even though technology has made these digital appliances easy to use, the truth is we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to inventing smarter machines. Right now, one needs to keep a constant watch on these machines to adjust temperature and time a setting so yes, there’s still a bit of manual intervention involved in the process.
I’m pretty sure there’ll be a time when all we’ll need to do is put in meat in the electric smoker and then take it out fully cooked without any manual intervention.