Emson 8303 Indoor Pressure Smoker, 13.20" L X 12.60" H x 13.20" W, Silver
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|Outer Material||Stainless Steel|
|Item Weight||10.7 Pounds|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||13.2 x 13.2 x 12.6 inches|
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- Cooks up to 4-pound of food at once, cold smoke cheeses
- Safe for indoor use, cooking times reduced by 50-percent
- Digital settings for ease of use
- Sears, cooks and cold smokes
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Enjoy authentic smoked barbecue flavor whenever the craving strikes. In sleek stainless steel, this indoor pressure cooker transforms your favorite cuts of meat into restaurant-quality barbecue. Both a pressure cooker and smoker in one appliance, you'll cut down on time, and enjoy your gourmet barbecue creations that much faster. The Emson smoker's internal pressure increases by 15 psi, cooking food up to 70 percent faster. What's more, the internal chamber requires only three to five wood chips (not included) to infuse authentic barbecue smoke flavor into all your foods. The Emson pressure cooker is perfect for sausages, ribs, beef, pork, and chicken. There's even a cold-smoke feature for cheese and fish. Designed to be used indoors, the Emson Pressure Smoker is an exceptional value in kitchen appliances.
- 5-quart capacity
- Cook up to four pounds of food at once
- Sears, cooks, and smokes
- Safe for indoor use
- Power: 1,000 watts
- Dimensions: 11.50"L x 11.50"W x 12.85"H
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2020
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On the first day I smoked 8 pounds of food. First, I tried turkey thighs: I 'hot smoked' for 40 minutes, using 3 chips of pecan wood: the thighs came out perfectly, with the meat fully smoked and falling off the bone. I was sad that I could only fit two turkey thighs inside, but I was able to quickly refresh the cooker and smoke two more. Same wonderful results.
Next, pork spare ribs. I cut the ribs up (as recommended), and my wife seasoned them. I managed to get close to four pounds into the pot using the racks, including 'doubling up' on the top rack. I used mesquite chips (3), and set the timer for 50 minutes. Again, the meat was falling off the bone (and 'doubling up' on the top rack did not make a difference). Since they were not 'browned' (since it is a pressure cooker), we put the ribs on a cookie sheet and then under the oven broiler for 10 minutes. My wife (who is the rib eater in the family) was extremely happy, and declared that I no longer would have to fool with the full-sized propane smoker (where we would smoke/cook the ribs, on low heat, for some 9 hours). A saving of 8 hours.
Cheese: one uses the 'cold smoke' setting. I did my first batch for 10 minutes, which slightly melted the cheddar cheese I was using. For my other batches I cold-smoked for 8 minutes, which seems to be perfect. My favorite smoked cheese thus far is gouda cheese using three 'Jack Daniels' wood chips (made from the barrells that Jack uses for making whiskey). I will no longer be a slave to purchasing the over-priced smoked cheese one finds at stores.
I have all sorts of plans for future smoking. For instance, I will soon be 'cold smoking' hamburger patties using the Jack Daniels chips, then grilling.
One oddity: it is a pressure cooker. On my very first batch some steam hissed out of the small weight (or release valve, whatever it is called). Then, silence. On subsequent batches it no longer hissed. Yet, it obviously was pressure-cooking the meat.
Second: in the instructions you are told that, when inserting the outer pan into the base unit, to 'line up' the red arrows and then press down, so that the electrical contacts meet. I spent a few fruitless minutes trying to get the outer pan to fit into the lower, using the red arrows. I then noted that the 'red arrow' on the outer pan was crudely 'painted on', while the arrow on the unit itself was not (i.e., it had been incorporated into the lower unit). Hence, I concluded that the worker painting on the red arrow did not do his or her job well that day. I now know that, on my particular unit, the outer red arrow should be slightly to the left of the unit's arrow. I have had no problem since.
Cleaning is easy. I find it easier to clean than my regular pressure cookers.
I will update if the unit fails, as some other reviews have indicated is a possibility.
I will finally note that I am so pleased with this Emson smoker that I looked up the larger capacity, seven-quart smoker. I found that the larger unit seems to get more unfavorable reviews than this smaller one. Nevertheless, I plan on, someday, getting the larger smoker.
Edited to add: I 'cold smoked' four hamburger patties for 10 minutes, using the Jack Daniels chips (3). Then I grilled them up. Result was very, very good. Really made a difference to my hamburger. I also just smoked some chicken breasts (two large ones, for 30 minutes, 3 applewood chips) and some of the best chicken I've made, by any method.
Cons - quality control & support problems
I got very interested in this product after I saw all the informative reviews of it (especially photos & review by K Swede & review by E Swope). Not only is it a multi-cooker (like the much cheaper Nesco and Fagor), it also can hot or cold smoke! Since I have a storage problem, having one unit that can pressure cook, slow cook, steam, and smoke seemed like a great idea for those times I want automated cooking. Even though it seemed overpriced for what it did, I decided to treat myself and ordered one.
Unfortunately, when mine arrived, while trying to start the test drive recommended in Miss Vicky's book, it became obvious that the cooking mode lights could not be seen, thus there was no way to know what cooking modes are selected. So I had to return it (thank you Amazon customer service !). But before doing so, I noticed a number of additional concerns:
First, this mode light problem seems like this item was not even tested before shipping it from the factory, which makes me wonder what other problems could pop up with this model. This basic unit seems well made, with quality machining and heavy gauge materials of the cooker & insert (but a very spindly rack), so to have this quality-control gotcha was quite a disappointment. (Also the lifetime of nonstick is always a problem, stainless steel might be better.)
Secondly, there are other concerns about who stands behind this product. The support website mentioned in the printed instructions (buygourmetgenie) is not working at this moment. Google finds a link to a pdf of the instructions, but that yields a 404 not found error (as of this writing), with no cached version available on google. And, the vendor who is selling it on Amazon seems to be a tv vendor who has mostly garden items on the emsco site (and they did not have any cooking equipment on their site at all). [ETA - an email address was given for assistance at "emsonusa" in a comment to this review, so check it out if you need this information. Looking into "emsonusa" led to "emsontv" which does have other items for sale, including some cooking items, but not this pressure-smoker, as of this writing - 11/10/2011]
The printed instructions themselves are sort of sketchy. Nesco has much more complete instructions for their comparable non-smoking multi-cooker (pdf available online). [ETA - a link to a pdf of the instructions can be found on the most excellent hippressurecooking site - 4/14/13]
Finally, I noticed other cooking problems when doing the test drive. There was no obvious way to tell at what point full pressure was reached, and it started counting down at "Start", instead of once full pressure was apparently reached. (On the very similar Nesco pressure cooker which I subsequently purchased, the timer starts counting down after pressure is reached -- this could make a significant difference in cooking results.)
Also, because the charring element protrudes into the cooking pot, it might be annoying to try to stir something being cooked more conventionally - ymmv. (Maybe I should eschew automation and just pan smoke the way I used to, simply by elevating the food on a trivet and putting the chips at the very bottom of a dutch oven).
It is hard to know how to rate something so promising yet with these problems. I'm going to go for three stars, decremented by one for having received a non-usable unit. Hence two stars overall.
By the way, it looks like the factory that makes this item also makes the Nesco and Fagor multi-cookers. Numerous internal details are the same, like the way the lids interlock with the pot, and the identical condensation collectors, bottom heating plate with temperature sensor, regulator shield, etc.
A comment regarding target cooking pressures: although 15psi is standard for pressure cooker recipes, many of the electronic models supposedly do not reach at 15psi (including the Cuisinart, which supposedly cooks at 9psi when on high). However, the CookingIssues blog found that 15psi made a big difference in taste tests. The Nesco and this Emson supposedly reach 15psi, but I am not sure how I would actually verify that.
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I cooked the turkey thighs for 25 minutes, which was perfect: they are extremely moist but still chewy and dense. I had been planning to pop them under the broiler but I didn't need to.
I cooked the pork and potato for 40 minutes. Smoked potatoes are my new favorite food. The pork also turned out perfectly, although the cut I used was too lean to be spectacular. (It's the meat's fault.)
The machine is easy to use and easy to clean. It comes with complete instructions and recipes.
I think mesquite wood chips may be too heavy-handed for this method: it's too strong a flavor. It's still wonderful, but I'm going to try other, subtler woods like apple next.
I put the Emson smoker on my stovetop under the exhaust fan. It produces a slight smell, but it is less than you'd get from cooking the meat in the oven by conventional methods.
I love smoked foods and I live in an apartment with no balcony, so this is a godsend for me. I can't wait to smoke cheese.
Firstly, the customer service line you call is an automated recording, which tells you to get a pen and paper, select the product you need support for, and it will read you that number. Oddly, the Emson smoker isn't on the list. How then would you redeem the 2-year warranty? I believe advertising this is a scam.
Second, if you need replacement parts, you're just out of luck. The seal was defective on mine and there are no replacements on the site. You could trawl amazon for something that may work but it's not for sure.
So, buyer beware with this product!