Both may be converted
without tools for use as a
“Lock-n-Go” Portable Grill
Model 5031
Model 5030
Charcoal
Water Smoker Grill
Electric
Water Smoker Grill
Water Smoker User’s Manual
For Outdoor Household Use Only. Not for Commercial Use.
Need Help? Need to Register Your Grill? Looking for Parts & Accessories?
Visit us online at www.onefiregrills.com
Or call Customer Service at 1-800-251-7558
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MECO CORPORATION
GREENEVILLE, TN
WARNING
• This instruction manual contains important information necessary for the proper assembly and
safe use of this appliance. Failure to follow these instructions could result in death or serious
injury from explosion or fire.
• Read and follow all warnings and instructions carefully before assembling or using this appliance.
• Keep this manual for future reference.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
P/N 03.5760.05 Rev. 20130911
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DANGE R
CARBON MONOXIDE HAZARD
This appliance can produce carbon monoxide, an odorless toxic gas.
Using it in an enclosed space can kill you. Never use this appliance in
an enclosed space, such as a camper, tent, car, or home. This appliance
is not intended for and should never be used as a heater.
Meco Corporation strives to be a quality supplier of consumer products.
If we omitted any parts needed for assembly, or you need troubleshooting
information, please contact us using our toll free number or visit our website.
It is important to register your grill and retain your receipt.
1-800-251-7558
8 am - 4:30 pm E.S.T. Mon. - Fri.
1-423-639-1171 (Telephone)
1-423-639-2570 (Fax)
www.onefiregrills.com
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Consumer Service Department
MECO CORPORATION
1500 Industrial Road
Greeneville, TN 37745 USA
WARNING
To reduce the risk of serious bodily injury or death:
• Never use a grill unless all parts of the unit are firmly in place and the grill is stable.
• Do not wear loose clothing (example: hanging shirt tails, clothing with frills, etc.) around a grill
while in use or hot.
• Do not touch hot surfaces. Use heat resistant gloves, long-handled tongs, or barbecue mitts at
all times since the grill will become very hot.
• Do not allow children to operate or play near a grill. Keep animals and bystanders out of the
grill area. Do not leave grill unattended.
• Do not attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water or other liquids. Have an ABC fire extinguisher nearby.
• Always have an ABC fire extinguisher, baking soda, a bucket of sand or a garden hose ready in
case of an uncontrolled fire.
• The use of accessory attachments, not recommended by MECO, may cause injuries.
• Never move a hot grill or leave grill unattended during operation. Extinguish coals or unplug
grill, close hood, and let cool before moving.
• Store grill out of the reach of children. Use weatherproof cover for outdoor storage.
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WARNING
To reduce the risk of cut, pinching or other bodily injury:
• Wear protective gloves when handling or cleaning parts that could have sharp edges.
• Use care during assembly, use and cleaning.
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WARNING
Combustion by-products produced when using this product contain chemicals known to the State
of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
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WARNING - Charcoal
To reduce the risk of serious bodily injury or death:
• Never use gasoline, kerosene, alcohol or other volatile fluids as a starter. They can explode.
• Do not use charcoal grill as a space heater.
• Do not use aerosols or store flammable liquids or materials near this charcoal grill. Cap lighter fluid
immediately and place a safe distance from the grill.
• Instant light briquettes already have the starter blended in. Do not use lighter fluid, an electric starter,
solid, or metal chimney starters.
• Do not add more instant light briquettes once the fire has been lit. To avoid flame-ups, unpleasant
fumes and odors, add regular charcoal briquettes if needed.
• Once the grill has been lit, do not touch the charcoal briquettes/wood chunks to check if hot.
• Never add lighter fluid to already hot or warm coals.
• Do not close hood on flaming charcoal. If closed and re-opened, the flames could leap out
• Do not lean your body over the charcoal grill when lighting it, while it is hot or is in use.
• Do not move a charcoal grill when in use or hot.
• Allow grill to cool before handling parts or cleaning.
• To avoid an accidental fire, allow coals to burn out completely and let the ashes cool for 48 hours
before disposing of them.
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WARNING - Electric
To reduce the risk of serious bodily injury or death:
• To protect against electric shock, never immerse cord, plugs, or electric heating element in water or
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any other liquid. Do not clean this product with water spray or the like.
Never leave heating element on when you are not cooking. Unplug grill from outlet when not in use
or before cleaning. Allow grill to cool before cleaning or removing parts.
Never operate any appliance with damaged electrical components or after the appliance has malfunctioned. Inspect regularly supply cord and connections. If Cord, Element or Control is damaged
or worn, it must be replaced by an authorized service facility as special tools are required. Do not
attempt to repair appliance yourself. Contact your nearest service facility for examinations, repair or
adjustment.
Never move a hot grill or leave grill unattended during operation. Unplug grill, close hood, and let
cool before moving.
Never use an electric grill in the rain, sleet, or snow.
Never use electric grill near combustible or flammable materials; or place on or near a hot gas or
electric burner, or in a heated oven. Never let cord touch hot surfaces.
Use only a properly grounded 110-120 VAC outlet. Always attach plug to appliance first unless permanently attached. Then plug cord into the wall outlet. Turn Control knob(s) to OFF POSITION before
unplugging electric grill.
Electrical supply cords should always be secured during appliance operation to protect against personal injury or product damage. Never let cord hang over edge of table or counter where it can be
pulled or tripped over or touch hot surfaces.
The use of longer detachable power supply cords or extension cords is not recommended. However,
if such cords are used, they must be the same 3-wire grounded type and the electrical rating at least
as great as the appliance cord (14AWG). Outdoor extension cords should be used with outdoor use
products and are surface marked with suffix letters “WA” and with a tag stating “Suitable for Use
With Outdoor Appliances”. Length of the cord should be kept short as possible.
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! WARNING
USING CHARCOAL
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death from explosion or fire:
• Be careful when burning charcoal to avoid getting burned from flame, heat or hot coals.
• Be aware of the wind blown sparks.
• The use of alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs could impair the consumer’s ability to properly assemble
or safely operate this appliance.
! WARNING SELECTING A LOCATION
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death from explosion or fire:
• Locate your grill in an open area away from buildings, dry leaves, or brush, and at least 10 feet away from your
house or building.
• Always make sure the grill is on a level, stable surface and not tilted toward the front or back.
• Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, high traffic area, on or under any surface that can
catch fire.
• Do not use a charcoal grill indoors, on recreational vehicles, or on boats.
! WARNING
STARTING A FIRE
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death from explosion or fire:
• Make certain you leave the Hood and Body off until the flames have died down.
• Should electrically operated starters be used, be sure they are properly grounded according to local codes.
Electrical cords should be placed away from walkways or traffic areas.
• Do not use lighter fluid, an electric fire starter solid, or chimney starters with instant light charcoal. This could
cause flame-ups, unpleasant fumes and odors.
• Use barbecue mitts and long handled tongs to spread out the hot charcoal.
• If there is any type of fire that threatens either personal safety or property, call the fire department.
! WARNING COOKING ON YOUR GRILL
To reduce risk of burns from the hot air and steam trapped inside, open the Hood carefully when grill roasting.
• Do not grasp the Cooking Grid with your hands while it is hot. Use barbecue mitts for handling.
• If flare-ups occur, close the Vents for at least one minute to stop flare-up. Do not use water.
! WARNING
END OF COOKING SESSION
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death:
• Allow the grill to cool completely before cleaning, transporting or storing.
• Empty and clean the Fire Bowl after each cooking session so excessive grease and ashes do not accumulate. See
Cleaning instructions on next page.
• Store your charcoal grill in a cool dry place.
• Do not store charcoal and lighter fluid indoors.
• Store out of the reach of children.
• Do not store additional charcoal and lighter fluid under or near the grill while it is hot.
• To avoid a fire or explosion, do not store charcoal or lighter fluid near a heat source.
• Always cap the lighter fluid when not in use.
LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE:
You now own a Combination Water Smoker and Portable Grill which can meet all your Barbecuing needs in ONE unit.
It’s a: Water Smoker for at home slow cooking of large meats such as turkeys, chicken, ribs, roasts, ham or game.
Or in just a few seconds, without any tools,
converts to a Portable Grill, for camping or picnic, to cook steaks, chicken, hamburgers or hot dogs.
Both Models, the 5030 Electric and 5031 Charcoal, are convertible. Also featured in these units is the Meco ThreeWay Lock. This system locks the smoker body to the bowl, or when using as a portable grill, locks the hood to the bowl
allowing the “Lock-n-Go” portable grill to be carried by the handle.
The Model 5031 Charcoal unit can also be converted to Electric 5030 with the purchase of a Model 1519 Electric Element Kit. The Model 1511 Charcoal Kit is available for replacement or converting Electric to Charcoal.
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Preparation for Assembly
TOOLS NEEDED: Phillips head Screwdriver and a 3/8” open end wrench or a pair of pliers.
LAY OUT AND IDENTIFY ALL PARTS. DO NOT DISCARD CARTON OR PACKING UNTIL YOUR GRILL IS COMPLETELY ASSEMBLED. READ ALL ASSEMBLY AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS IN THE OWNER’S MANUAL BEFORE YOU START.
If you need replacement parts, refer to the Parts Illustrations to find the exact parts you need. If you have any questions or need help, contact Customer Service at 1-800-251-7558 or go to www.onefiregrills.com. Be sure to have the grill model number. If you need a replacement part under
warranty, a proof of purchase will be necessary. You will be asked to forward your proof of purchase via e-mail or to fax your proof of purchase
to 423-639-2570 and reference your model number. It is important to register your grill and retain your receipt.
Parts List for Models 5030 and 5031
These parts are common to both
the Electric and Charcoal Models
Part#
Description
Quantity
1 10-24 x 5/8” Phillips Bolt 3
2 10-24 x 3/8” Phillips Bolt 16
3 10-24 Lock Nut
21
4 Acorn Nut
4
5 10-24 x 1” Phillips Bolt
3
6 #8 x 5/8” Screw
6
7 10-24 x 1” Bolt
3
8 Lock Bracket
3
9 Cover Plate
1
10 Pan Bracket
3
11 Grid Bracket
3
12 Wood Handle
3
13 Handle Bracket
3
14 Temperature Indicator
1
15 Vent Damper
2
16 Leg
3
17 Bowl
1
18 Body
1
19 Water Bowl
1
20 Cooking Grid
2
21 Hood
1
21
5030 ONLY
Parts List
Part#
22
23
24
25
Description Quantity
Element Control
1
Electric Element
1
5030 Reflector Pan 1
Grease Cup
1
20
22
23
19
24
18
25
1
2
8
5031 ONLY
Parts List
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Part# Description Quantity
26 Charcoal Ring
1
27 5031 Charcoal Pan 1
3
4
12
26
17
5
13
6
7
27
14
15
16
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5030 Electric Water Smoker Assembly
Step 1
Bowl Assembly
A. Attach Leg (16) to Bowl (17) by hooking the tabs on the Leg into the
two slots under the oval hole in the side of the Bowl. Rotate the Leg up
until the top hole in the Leg aligns with top hole in the side of the Bowl.
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B. Place a Lock Bracket (8) against inside of Bowl with the lip at the
bottom of the Bracket fitting into the wide Bowl slot between the round
and oval holes. Insert 10-24 x 5/8” Bolt (1) through the hole in the Leg,
Bowl and Lock Bracket. Fasten in place with 10-24 Lock Nut (3) and
tighten. Repeat for other two Legs. Place Bowl/Leg assembly on a flat
work surface.
C.Place Grease Cup (25) in bottom of Bowl. Slide Reflector Pan (24) into
Bowl by sliding it under the Lock Bracket bolts and dropping to the bottom of the Bowl. The straight edge of the Reflector Pan should be on the
opposite side of the bowl from the rectangular hole.
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B
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Step 2
Element Installation
A. Install Electric Element (23) by inserting the box shield through the
rectangular hole in the Bowl from the inside. The tab on the box shield
should be facing up and the “feet” on the element coil should rest on the
reflector pan (24).
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B. Insert 10-24 x 3/8” bolt (2) through the hole in the tab of the box
shield then through the Bowl. Fasten in place with an Acorn Nut (4)and
tighten. (Do not overtighten)
Step 3
Body Assembly
A. Insert 10-24 x 1” Phillips Bolt (5) from the outside through one of the
holes near the bottom of the Body Assembly. Fasten in place with Lock
Nut (3) and tighten securely. Repeat for the other two Bolts and Lock Nuts
around the bottom of the Body Assembly. Note: These bolts do not hold any
parts together. They are used as “Lock Bolts” to catch in the Lock Brackets (8)
attached to the Bowl by the Legs.
B. Insert 10-24 x 3/8” Bolt (2) from the outside through one of the holes
near the center of the Body (18) then through the hole in a Pan Bracket (10).
Fasten in place with Lock Nut and tighten. Long leg of Pan Bracket should
be at the bottom. Repeat for the other two Bolts, Pan Brackets and Lock
Nuts around the center of the Body Assembly.
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C. Insert 10-24 x 3/8” Bolt (2) from the outside through one of the holes
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near the top of the Body Assembly then through the hole in a Grid Bracket
(11). Fasten in place with Lock Nut (3) and tighten. Long leg of Grid Bracket
should be at the bottom. Repeat for the other two Bolts, Grid Brackets and
Lock Nuts around the top of the Body Assembly.
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D. Align Handle Bracket (13) over one pair of holes near the top
of the Body Assembly. Insert a 10-24 x 3/8” bolt (2) through each
hole in the Bracket then through the Body. Fasten in place with a
Lock Nut and tighten. Repeat for Handle Bracket on opposite side
of Body Assembly.
E. Place Wood Handle (12) inside of a Handle Bracket. Insert a
#8 x 5/8” Wood Screw (6) through Handle Bracket into hole in the
end of the wood handle and tighten. Repeat for the other end of
Handle. Install Wood Handle in Handle Bracket on opposite side
of Body Assembly.
F. Install Heat Indicator (14) by aligning bumps on Indicator
housing with notches in large hole in Body Assembly. Insert Heat
Indicator into hole and rotate it ¼ turn till dial face is straight up.
Assist the turning with your the other hand inside Body Assembly.
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Step 4
Internal Component Installation
A. Pick up completed Body Assembly with handles and set it
down within the inside shoulder of Bowl Assembly. Rotate body
clockwise until bottom Lock Bolts engage within the key way
notch of the Lock Brackets attached to the Bowl.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE ALL 3 BOLTS ARE ENGAGED
SECURELY IN THE LOCK BRACKETS BEFORE PICKING UP
THE SMOKER BY THE HANDLES ON THE BODY.
B. Place Water Bowl (19) inside Body Assembly so round edge
rests on Pan Brackets at center of Body. Place one Cooking
Grid (20) over Water Pan. Place the other Cooking Grid on
Grid Brackets at top of Body Assembly. Cooking Grid should
rest on long/bottom leg of Grid Brackets.
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Step 5
Hood Assembly
A. Insert 10-24 x 1” Bolt (7), from the outside, through a hole in the rim of the Hood (21). Hold bolt head firmly against
the outside of the Hood rim and fasten in place witha Lock Nut. Tighten securely. (Note: Smooth bolt head does not
need screwdriver. This Bolt acts as the lock when engaged in the Lock Bracket on the Bowl when using as a Lock-n-Go
portable grill.) Repeat for other two Bolts and Nuts around Hood lip.
B. Insert a 10-24 x 5/8” Bolt (1) through hole in Vent
Damper (15) then through the small hole nearest the 2”
vent hole in the top of the Hood. Fasten with an Acorn
Nut from inside hood. Tighten the Acorn Nut so that
the Vent Damper fits snug against the Hood but can still
rotate over large the 2” vent hole. Repeat for other Vent
Damper.
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D
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C. Insert a 10-24 x 5/8” Bolt (1) through one bottom hole
in the Handle Bracket then through the remaining small
hole in the top of the Hood. Fasten with a Lock Nut from
inside hood. Repeat for other side of handle bracket.
Tighten both sides securely.
D. Place the Wood Handle between the upright legs of
the Handle Bracket so the holes in the wood handle line
up with the holes in the Handle Bracket. Fasten in place
with one #8 x 5/8” Screw (6) in each side. Your Water
Smoker/Grill is now ready for use but
FIRST READ IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS and Cooking
Instructions on the following pages.
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CONVERT YOUR SMOKER TO A PORTABLE GRILL
Simply remove the center Body assembly and place one of the Cooking Grids on the Lock Bracket Bolts. Now you are
ready to cook steaks, burgers or other foods that require high fast heat. Wood chips or chunks can also be used when
barbecuing for additional smoke flavor. When cooking with the Hood on the Bowl, the Vent Dampers may be used to
create airflow if using wood chunks. For normal barbecuing, use the High Control setting and keep the Vent Dampers
closed to hold in the heat.
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WARNING
To reduce the risk of serious bodily injury or death:
· Do not move the grill when in use or hot.
· Allow the grill to cool completely before cleaning,
transporting or storing.
NOTE ABOUT THE LOCK N’ GO FEATURE
To lock the hood to the bowl for transportation or storage,
place the Hood on the Bowl and rotate it clockwise until the
Bolts in the rim of the Hood engage completely within the
keyway notch of the Lock Brackets attached to the Bowl. To
unlock the Hood, simply rotate it counterclockwise.
LOCK
UNLOCK
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5031 Charcoal Water Smoker Assembly
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Step 1
Bowl Assembly
A. Attach Leg (16) to Bowl (17) by hooking the tabs on the Leg into the
two slots under the oval hole in the side of the Bowl. Rotate the Leg up
until the top hole in the Leg aligns with top hole in the side of the Bowl.
B. Place a Lock Bracket (8) against inside of Bowl with the lip at the
bottom of the Bracket fitting into the wide Bowl slot between the round
and oval holes. Insert 10-24 x 5/8” Bolt (1) through the hole in the Leg,
Bowl and Lock Bracket. Fasten in place with 10-24 Lock Nut (3) and
tighten. Repeat for other two Legs. Place Bowl/Leg assembly on a flat
work surface.
C. Insert 10-24 x 3/8” bolt (2) through the hole in the Bowl to the left
of the rectangular hole (looking at the inside of the bowl) and hold in
place. Next, with the Cover Plate (9) on the outside of the Bowl, hook the
tab on the end of the Cover Plate into the right side of the rectangular
hole then rotate so that the slot in the opposite end fits over the bolt on
the left. SEE DETAIL. Fasten in place with an Acorn Nut (4) and tighten.
(Do not overtighten)
D. Slide Charcoal Pan (27) into Bowl by sliding it under the Lock Bracket
bolts and dropping to the bottom of the Bowl. The straight edge of the
Charcoal Pan should be on the opposite side of the bowl from the Cover
Plate.
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Tab
1. C. DETAIL
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Step 2
Body Assembly
A. Insert 10-24 x 1” Phillips Bolt (5) from the outside through one of the
holes near the bottom of the Body Assembly. Fasten in place with Lock
Nut (3) and tighten securely. Repeat for the other two Bolts and Lock Nuts
around the bottom of the Body Assembly. Note: These bolts do not hold any
parts together. They are used as “Lock Bolts” to catch in the Lock Brackets
attached to the Bowl by the Legs.
B. Insert 10-24 x 3/8” Bolt (2) from the outside through one of the holes
near the center of the Body (18) then through the hole in a Pan Bracket
(10). Fasten in place with Lock Nut (3) and tighten. Long leg of Pan Bracket
should be at the bottom. Repeat for the other two Bolts, Pan Brackets and
Lock Nuts around the center of the Body Assembly.
C. Insert 10-24 x 3/8” Bolt (2) from the outside through one of the holes
near the top of the Body Assembly then through the hole in a Grid Bracket
(11). Fasten in place with Lock Nut and tighten. Long leg of Grid Bracket
should be at the bottom. Repeat for the other two Bolts, Grid Brackets and
Lock Nuts around the top of the Body Assembly.
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D. Align Handle Bracket (13) over one pair of holes near the top
of the Body Assembly. Insert a 10-24 x 3/8” bolt (2) through each
hole in the Bracket then through the Body. Fasten in place with a
Lock Nut (3) and tighten. Repeat for Handle Bracket on opposite
side of Body Assembly.
E. Place Wood Handle (12) inside of a Handle Bracket. Insert a
#8 x 5/8” Wood Screw (6) through Handle Bracket into hole in the
end of the wood handle and tighten. Repeat for the other end of
Handle. Install Wood Handle in Handle Bracket on opposite side
of Body Assembly.
F. Install Heat Indicator (14) by aligning bumps on Indicator
housing with notches in large hole in Body Assembly. Insert Heat
Indicator into hole and rotate it ¼ turn till dial face is straight up.
Assist the turning with your the other hand inside Body Assembly.
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D
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E
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B
Step 3
Internal Component Installation
A. Place Charcoal Ring (26) on Charcoal Pan.
B. Pick up completed Body Assembly with handles and set it down
within the inside shoulder of Bowl Assembly. Rotate body clockwise
until bottom Lock Bolts engage within the key way notch of the Lock
Brackets attached to the Bowl.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE ALL 3 BOLTS ARE ENGAGED SECURELY
IN THE LOCK BRACKETS BEFORE PICKING UP THE SMOKER BY
THE HANDLES ON THE BODY.
C. Place Water Bowl (19) inside Body Assembly so round edge rests
on Pan Brackets at center of Body. Place one Cooking Grid (20) over
Water Pan. Place the other Cooking Grid on Grid Brackets at top
of Body Assembly. Cooking Grid should rest on long/bottom leg of
Grid Brackets.
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B
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Step 4
Hood Assembly
A. Insert 10-24 x 1” Bolt (7), from the outside, through a hole in the rim of the Hood (21). Hold bolt head firmly against
the outside of the Hood rim and fasten in place witha Lock Nut. Tighten securely. (Note: Smooth bolt head does not
need screwdriver. This Bolt acts as the lock when engaged in the Lock Bracket on the Bowl when using as a Lock-n-Go
portable grill.) Repeat for other two Bolts and Nuts around Hood lip.
B. Insert a 10-24 x 5/8” Bolt (1) through hole in Vent Damper
(15) then through the small hole nearest the 2” vent hole in
the top of the Hood. Fasten with an Acorn Nut (4) from inside
hood. Tighten the Acorn Nut so that the Vent Damper fits
snug against the Hood but can still rotate over large the 2”
vent hole. Repeat for other Vent Damper.
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C. Insert a 10-24 x 5/8” Bolt (1) through one bottom hole in
the Handle Bracket then through the remaining small hole in
the top of the Hood. Fasten with a Lock Nut from inside hood.
Repeat for other side of handle bracket. Tighten both sides
securely.
D. Place the Wood Handle between the upright legs of the
Handle Bracket so the holes in the wood handle line up with
the holes in the Handle Bracket. Fasten in place with one #8
x 5/8” Screw (6) in each side. Your Water Smoker/Grill is now
ready for use but
FIRST READ IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS and Cooking
Instructions on the following pages.
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CONVERT YOUR SMOKER TO A PORTABLE GRILL
Simply remove the center Body assembly and the Charcoal Ring and add about 3 pounds of charcoal and light as
instructed for Smoke cooking. When the charcoal is ready, spread it out and place one of the Cooking Grids on the
Lock Bracket Bolts. Now you are ready to cook steaks, burgers or other foods that require high fast heat. Wood chips
or chunks can also be used when barbecuing for additional smoke flavor. When cooking with the Hood on the Bowl,
be sure to have the Vent Dampers all the way open to maintain good airflow to keep the charcoal burning.
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WARNING
To reduce the risk of serious bodily injury or death:
· Do not move a charcoal grill when in use or hot.
· Allow the grill to cool completely before cleaning,
transporting or storing.
NOTE ABOUT THE LOCK N’ GO FEATURE
To lock the hood to the bowl for transportation or storage,
place the Hood on the Bowl and rotate it clockwise until the
Bolts in the rim of the Hood engage completely within the
keyway notch of the Lock Brackets attached to the Bowl. To
unlock the Hood, simply rotate it counterclockwise.
LOCK
UNLOCK
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Quick Tips for Use and Care
“Break-in” to get the best flavor from your first cook and remove any manufacturing oils.
For the 5030 Electric model, break-in the element to remove the new appliance smell before cooking for the first time.
Once assembled, plug in the element, set the control on high and burn it for about 10 minutes with the hood off.
To break-in the 5031 Charcoal model, follow the charcoal lighting instructions to start approximately one pound of
charcoal. When flames go out and charcoal has started to turn gray, place the body and hood on the bowl with the
vent dampers on the hood open. Allow the charcoal to burn completely. Allow the smoker to cool then empty the
ashes and you are ready to cook.
Cooking on the ELECTRIC Smoker/Grill
Cooking with the electric model is similar to cooking with the charcoal model but is far simpler as no lighter fluid or
charcoal is needed and the element is very consistent. Cooking times may vary slightly as the electric element may be
slower to heat back up after the hood has been opened.
When using as Portable Grill, cook with hood covered to preserve natural food juices and enhance smoke flavor. Cook
hamburger-hot dog-steak favorites on High. Cook small items like Cornish hens, that you wish to cook long and slow,
on Low or Medium.
Note: Cooking times for use as an Electric Portable Grill are not specified because of various tastes and its outdoor
nature. The electric element is a slower but more constant heat source than charcoal but should not be confused with
an indoor electric skillet.
When using as an Electric Water Smoker you will need to cook on High unless you are only warming.
ALWAYS use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The “COOK GUIDE” at the end of the manual lists
safe temperatures.
Temperature Indicator
The purpose of the temperature indicator is only to give a RELATIVE indication of how the smoker is performing and not the temperature of the meat. For example: “Has the power gone off?” or “Has the charcoal died out?” The temperature indicator reading is influenced by many variables such as outside temperature, windy conditions and rain. The actual internal smoker temperature may vary by up to 10%. This
is not a problem as the goal is “Low and SLOW”. The “Smoke Cooking” section gives directions that allow
your smoker to perform consistently at the correct temperature with great results.
Damper Vents
The Damper Vents on the hood may be used to control the amount of smoke and temperature. Open Vents Halfway to
increase the charcoal temperature or lower the temperature on the electric model. When using as a smoker, adjust in
slight increments to achieve a thin blue stream of smoke.
Clean-Up
Clean-Up may be made easier by spraying the cooking grid and reflector pan (on the electric model) with cooking
spray before cooking. The water pan and inside of the bowl may be lined with aluminum foil. Make sure you do not
cover any of the vents.
After cooking, when grill has cooled down, wash the cooking grids, reflector pan on the 5030 electric - charcoal pan
and ring on the 5031, water pan and the outside of the smoker/grill with warm soapy water. The electric element may
be wiped clean. DO NOT IMMERSE ELEMENT OR CONTROL IN WATER.
Wipe loose excess grease from the inside of the grill. DO NOT USE OVEN CLEANER! It is intended for the inside to
become dark and smoky. This is similar to seasoning a cast iron skillet.
Storage
After you have cleaned your smoker, store it in a clean, dry area. Leave all the vents open so moisture does not collect
inside causing rust. If you store your smoker outside, close the top vents to keep the rain out. To maintain the condition and extend the life of your smoker, we strongly recommend that the unit be covered when stored outside for any
length of time, especially during the winter months.
If storing your 5030 Electric smoker outside, detach power cord/control and store indoors.
Contact Customer Service at 1-800-251-7558 or go to www.onefiregrills.com to find out about our grill covers
and other accessories.
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Basic Keys to Successful Smoke Cooking
#1 “Low and Slow” is the key for the simple creation of incredibly juicy, smoky meats!
SCHEDULING:
Long, slow smoke cooking is such a change from our usual hurry-up way of life that it may take some gettin’ used to.
Food and recipe choices can be as simple or as time consuming as you wish but the cook time will always be longer
than normal grilling or even oven cooking.
It is a good idea to set yourself a countdown so your food will finish cooking before your scheduled meal time. Cooks
that do not plan ahead may find themselves with a yard full of hungry guests if the food comes out of the smoker two
hours after they were ready to eat.
Base your countdown on the longest cooking time shown on the Quick Glance Cooking Chart or recipe. Count backward from the time you want to eat then add another hour to start the charcoal (or plug in and warm up the electric
model), take the meat out of the refrigerator to take the chill off and generally get everything ready to cook. This first
hour of preparation is the most work you will have to do when smoke cooking.
TIMING:
Notice that there are ranges of one or two hours in the recipes on the Quick Glance Cooking Chart. This is because
there are so many factors that can speed up, or more likely slow down the rate of smoke cooking. Wind, the starting
temperature of the food, outside temperature, relative humidity, the number of times you lift the hood, the temperature
of the water in the pan, the thickness and weight of the food can all have an effect on the cooking time so recommended cooking times are approximate. The only way to be sure the food is done is to check the temperature with a meat
thermometer. Another of the many great things about smoke cooking is that there is VERY little risk of overcooking in a
water smoker. When the water pan is in place and filled with water , it keeps the heat low and even so that at the end
of long cooking sessions the food will stay hot and moist for hours.
If the outside temperature is below 55-60 degrees F, you are cooking above 4000 feet or it is windy, allow extra time
for smoking. If you forget to take the meat out of the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so to remove the chill, allow extra
cooking time. Meat must be completely thawed before putting it in to smoke cook.
TESTS FOR DONENESS
ALWAYS USE A MEAT THERMOMETER TO TEST FOR DONENESS! Refer to your recipe or the Quick Glance Cooking Chart to determine the minimum cooking time and temperatures for doneness. Only at the end of the recommended minimum time should you lift the hood to check the temperature of the meat. DO NOT LIFT THE HOOD
except to check for doneness as heat will be lost and the cook time will be lengthened. Add at least 15
minutes to the recommended cooking time for each time you lift the hood. Always be sure to insert the meat
thermometer into the meat so the tip is in the center of the largest muscle, away from bone or fat.
Smoked foods do look a bit different from oven or grill cooked foods so your eye can not always judge doneness. This
and the long cooking time make it essential to use a meat thermometer. Smoked poultry, for instance, will usually look
slightly pink especially around the joints and just under the skin while the skin will be a crispy dark brown. Pork will
also show a pink color even though it is done. Different rubs and glazes will produce a range of surface colors from
gold to a black “bark” on long smoked pork butts.
FOOD SAFETY:
Always marinate food in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
Cooking utensils (spatulas, forks, tongs) that were used to handle/flip food while cooking should be thoroughly washed
before using to remove cooked food from the grill. Bacteria transferred from the uncooked food could be transferred
to the finished food during this last step. Any bacteria transferred during the cooking process will be killed by the heat
of grilling.
Smoke food to a safe minimal internal temperature. See the Quick Glance Cooking Chart.
Do not place cooked food on the same plate that was used to take the raw food to the grill unless the plate was thoroughly washed.
Keep meats hot in the smoker for second helpings.
When no more meat will be served, Chill Promptly. Refrigerate meat and poultry within 2 hours of removing it from a
smoker. Cut the meat or poultry into smaller portions or slices, place it in shallow containers, cover, and refrigerate. Use
it within 4 days or freeze for later use.
Cook turkeys unstuffed. If stuffing is desired, prepare and wrap in foil to cook along side of the bird.
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WHAT IF?...
Even the best planned schedule can go astray so here are some suggestions for those rare occasions:
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Try to always have some appetizers or a salad to serve first so you have flexibility in your serving time.
If the food is cooking too slow and guests have consumed all of the appetizers, try one of the following:
- Remove the water pan to allow all the heat from the charcoal to get to the meat.
- Cut large pieces of meat into smaller sections. They will not be as juicy as when cooked whole but will finish faster.
- Wrap the meat in foil and move to an oven pre-heated to 400 degrees.
• If the food has cooked faster than planned and is beginning to dry out:
- Baste with juices from the water pan and wrap in foil. Leave it on the cooking grid to stay warm until serving time.
- If serving time is more than an hour away, in addition to basting and wrapping in foil, put some ice in the water
pan and fill with cold water .
CHARCOAL
Cooking with charcoal is not an exact science. Many factors can affect temperatures and cook times such as type
of charcoal, condition of charcoal (fresh and dry or old and damp), outside temperature, humidity, windy conditions,
rain and elevation above sea level. Pay close attention to these factors during your first few uses and experience will
become your best guide. The following information will give you a good reference point from which to start.
Most charcoal briquettes average about 15 - 20 briquettes per pound. Always use at least 5 - 6 pounds. Bigger cooking jobs need more charcoal so follow recipes or refer to the Quick Glance Cooking Chart to determine the amount
needed until you are experienced enough with your smoker to judge how much you will need. See the pictures below
for guidelines for judging charcoal amounts.
Always close unused bags of charcoal by rolling the top down tightly or store in a tight sealing plastic charcoal storage
bin sold at most major retailers. Store in a dry place as charcoal that is left out in the rain or dew will not burn well.
WOOD
The smokehouse flavor comes from the wet wood that you put on the burning coals or on the electric element. If the
wood is not well soaked it will burn rather than smoking. Only use wood from deciduous trees (shed their leaves in the
winter). NEVER use wood from evergreen trees such as pine. The resin in the evergreen wood will ruin the flavor and
appearance of the smoked food. DO use mesquite, maple, hickory, pecan, apple, peach, pecan or other fruit or nut
tree woods. Experiment with all of them to experience the variety of flavors possible with your smoker.
You can also cook foods with the low, moist heat produced with your water smoker and NOT use the wood. You will
get the same juicy results but without the smoke flavor.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
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Always thaw meat thoroughly.
Let meat stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes before cooking.
Add more cooking time if it is windy or colder than 50 degrees F, you are cooking at a high altitude and each time
you lift the hood.
Do not lift hood to check for doneness until the end of the minimum cooking time listed in the Cooking Chart.
Do not lift the hood to “peek” at the food thinking you are checking to be sure it is cooking! The best use of the
temperature indicator on the body of the smoker is to assure yourself that the smoker is still cooking and to be sure
there are no drastic fluctuations in temperature. Sit down, relax, enjoy your friends and family, let the smoker do its
job and the cook will be the hero when the meat is done!
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Smoke Cooking Instructions
GETTING STARTED:
When using either the 5030 Electric Water Smoker or the 5031 Charcoal Water Smoker, after the initial start up, the
basic cooking methods are the same. “Low and Slow” is the key for the simple creation of incredibly juicy, smoky
meats. Below are the basic steps for using your smoker. Following this section are more tips and recipes. There are
also a great number of recipes and methods available online.
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFE, SUCCESSFUL COOKING:
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ALWAYS USE A MEAT THERMOMETER TO CHECK FOR DONENESS. The “COOK GUIDE” at the end of the
manual lists safe temperatures. The purpose of the temperature indicator is only to give a relative
indication of how the smoker is performing and not the temperature of the meat. The actual cooking
temperature is influenced by many variables.
Soak wood chips or chunks in water for at least 4 hours (or best overnight) before cooking.
The amount of chips or chunks to use is determined by the amount of smoke flavor you want and of the type of
food being cooked.
BEFORE USING YOUR ELECTRIC SMOKER, READ ELECTRIC WARNINGS ON PAGE 3.
MODEL 5030 ELECTRIC:
STEP 1. After “break-in”, determine a safe location as described in the warnings at the beginning of the manual. Plug
the Control cord into a grounded 110-120 Volt 15 Amp outlet. Turn the Control to High and warm up the smoker.
STEP 2. When you are ready to cook, place wood chips or chunks around the electric coils. If using chips, they should
be spread under the element. Chips will produce more smoke quickly and are useful to give a heavier smoke flavor
when smoking foods with shorter cook times. Wood chunks may be placed on or touching the elements coil and will
provide longer lasting smoke. Your own experience will help you decide how much wood to use to achieve the amount
of smoke flavor you desire.
NOTE: Most meats only absorb smoke during the first half of the cook time. Periodically check that smoke is still coming out of the damper vents and add wood if the smoke appears to be stopping. A good starting point for timing the
adding of chunks is to start with three 2” to 3” chunks and keep the smoker on high. After 1 1/2 to 2 hours it should be
time to add three more chunks. The first chunks do not need to be completely gone.
STEP 3. Lift the Body and place it on the shoulder inside the Bowl. Turn the Body clockwise to lock it to the Bowl. Fill
the Water Bowl with HOT water and place it on the bottom Pan Brackets. Some recipes may use less water along with
other liquids such as juice, beer or wine.
STEP 4. Put the Cooking Grid on the top Grid Brackets and place the meat on the Grid. If cooking on both Grids
with different meats or pieces, decide which will require the longest cook time and least tending and place that loaded
Grid directly on top of the Water Pan. Then place the other Cooking Grid on the top Brackets. If cooking individual
pieces such as a cut up chicken, arrange the meat in a single layer with space between pieces to allow heat and smoke
circulation.
STEP 5. Place Hood on Body and open Vent Dampers in Hood and doors in Body slightly to create airflow/draft. This
should produce a thin steady stream of smoke exiting the Vent Dampers. Cook for the length of time indicated in the
Quick Glance Cooking Chart or per recipe. If cooking for more than 6 hours you may need to add water to the Pan.
Water level may be checked through the access doors in the body. Using an insulated mitt or pot holder, slide the door
up until open. If water is needed, add with a watering can with a long spout or use a steel ladle.
IMPORTANT NOTES:
DO NOT LIFT THE HOOD except to check for doneness as heat will be lost and the cook time will be lengthened. Add at least 15 minutes to the recommended cooking time for each time you lift the hood.
ALWAYS COOK ON THE HIGH SETTING unless you are only warming. The temperature indicator in the
body of the smoker is for reference only as it is on the side of the body and not on the surface of the meat.
STEP 6. After allowing to cool completely, wash the Water Pan and Cooking Grids with soap and water. See Clean-Up
and Storage tips on page 12. If storing smoker outside, detach power cord/control and store indoors.
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MODEL 5031 CHARCOAL
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFE, SUCCESSFUL COOKING:
•
•
•
ALWAYS USE A MEAT THERMOMETER TO CHECK FOR DONENESS. The “COOK GUIDE” at the end of the
manual lists safe temperatures. The purpose of the temperature indicator on the Smoker is only to
give a relative indication of how the smoker is performing and not the temperature of the meat. The
actual cooking temperature is influenced by many variables.
Soak wood chips or chunks in water for at least 4 hours (or best overnight) before cooking.
The amount of chips or chunks to use is determined by the amount of smoke flavor you want and of the type of
food being cooked.
BEFORE USING YOUR CHARCOAL SMOKER, READ CHARCOAL WARNINGS ON PAGE 3.
STEP 1. After “break-in”, determine a safe location as described in the warnings at the beginning of the manual.
“Instant Lighting” charcoal is not recommended due to the potential of adversely effecting the smoke flavor.
With the Body of the smoker removed, place the Charcoal Ring in the bottom of the Bowl. Fill the Ring with the amount
of high quality charcoal briquettes as recommended on the Quick Glance Cooking Chart for the type and weight of
meat you are going to cook.
! CAUTION
Always remove the smoker Body from the Bowl when starting charcoal. Do not place Body back
on the Bowl until the flames from the starter fluid have gone out and the coals have ashed over.
STEP 2. Following the directions and warnings provided by the lighter fluid manufacturer, sprinkle approximately 8
ounces of lighter fluid over the charcoal. Let the fluid soak in for about one minute. Light the charcoal and let it burn
for about 30 minutes or until the briquettes are at least 80% covered with gray ash.
STEP 3. When ready to cook, add wood chunks on top of the charcoal using long handled tongs. Your own experience will help you decide how much wood to use to achieve the amount of smoke flavor you desire.
NOTE: Most meats only absorb smoke during the first half of the cook time. Periodically check that smoke is still coming out of the damper vents and add wood if the smoke appears to be stopping. A good starting point for timing the
adding of chunks is to start with three 2” to 3” chunks. After 1 to 2 hours it should be time to add more chunks.
STEP 4. Lift the Body and place it on the shoulder inside the Bowl. Turn the Body clockwise to lock it to the Bowl. Fill
the Water Bowl with HOT water and place it on the bottom Pan Brackets. Some recipes may use less water along with
other liquids such as juice, beer or wine.
STEP 5. Put the Cooking Grid on the top Grid Brackets and place the meat on the Grid. If cooking on both Grids
with different meats or pieces, decide which will require the longest cook time and least tending and place that loaded
Grid directly on top of the Water Pan. Then place the other Cooking Grid on the top Brackets. If cooking individual
pieces such as a cut up chicken, arrange the meat in a single layer with space between pieces to allow heat and smoke
circulation.
STEP 6. Place Hood on Body and open Vent Dampers in Hood and doors in Body slightly to create airflow/draft. This
should produce a thin steady stream of smoke exiting the Vent Dampers. Cook for the length of time indicated in the
Quick Glance Cooking Chart or per recipe. If cooking for more than 6 hours you may need to add water or charcoal.
Water level and charcoal may be checked through the access doors in the body. Using an insulated mitt or pot holder,
slide the door up until open. If water is needed, add with a watering can with a long spout or use a steel ladle.
If charcoal or wood chunks are needed, use long tongs to gently place on top of the burning charcoal. DO NOT TOSS
THEM IN as this will stir up ashes that will get on the meat. Additional charcoal should be started in a chimney starter
and added after twenty to thirty minutes.
IMPORTANT NOTES:
• DO NOT LIFT THE HOOD except to check for doneness as heat will be lost and the cook time will be
lengthened. Add at least 15 minutes to the recommended cooking time for each time you lift the hood.
• ALWAYS USE A MEAT THERMOMETER TO CHECK FOR DONENESS. The temperature indicator in the
body of the smoker is for reference only as it is on the side and not on the surface of the meat.
STEP 7. After allowing to cool for at least 24 hours, dump the ashes and wash the Water Pan and Cooking Grids with
soap and water. See Clean-Up and Storage tips on page 12.
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QUICKGLANCECOOKINGGUIDE
ALWAYSFILLWATERPANWITHAPPROXIMATELY5QUARTSOFHOTWATERUNLESSARECIPEINDICATESLESS
THISSMOKERISNOTRECOMMENDEDFOR"COLDSMOKING"
FoodandWeight
Temperature
forDoneness¹
CookingTime
(Hours)²
Amountof
WoodChunks³
Amountof
CharcoalϺ
3Ͳ4
5Ͳ6
7Ͳ9
5Ͳ6
8Ͳ9
11Ͳ12
HalftoLevel
Level
Heaping
4Ͳ5
7Ͳ8
Level
6Ͳ8
10Ͳ11
Heaping
Flakesseparatewith
afork.
Fleshisopaque
2Ͳ3
2Ͳ3
2Ͳ3
3Ͳ5
3Ͳ4
3Ͳ4
3Ͳ4
4Ͳ7
HalftoLevel
HalftoLevel
HalftoLevel
LeveltoHeaping
140°F
170°F
3Ͳ5
7Ͳ10
4Ͳ7
11Ͳ12
Level
Heaping
145°F
3Ͳ4
5Ͳ7
7Ͳ8
5Ͳ6
8Ͳ10
11Ͳ12
LeveltoHeaping
Heaping
Heaping
Meatpullsaway
fromthebone
4Ͳ6
8Ͳ9
Heaping
7Ͳ9
11Ͳ12
Heaping
10Ͳ12
16Ͳ17
Heaping
BEEF(Venison,BonelessGameRoasts)
3Ͳ4lbs.
5Ͳ7lbs.
8Ͳ10lbs.
140°FRare
160°FMedium
170°FWellDone
CHICKEN
Fryers(2Ͳ21/2lbs.each)
1to3whole,splitorcutup
Roasters(5Ͳ7lbs.)1or2
165°F
FISH
Fillets(fullgrill)
Steaks
PanFish(whole)
LargeFish(wholeͲ6lbs.)
HAM
Cooked(allsizes)
Fresh(10lbs.)
PORK
Chops(6Ͳ8lbs.Ͳ1"thick)
Roasts(3Ͳ5lbs.)
Roasts(5Ͳ7lbs.)
Ribs(5lbs.)
TURKEY(UNSTUFFED)
8Ͳ12LBS.
13Ͳ20LBS.
165°F
DONOTsmokea
stuffedturkey
¹TemperaturesarethoserecommendedbytheUSDAFoodSafetyandInspectionService
²Cookingtimesareapproximate.Electricsmokertimesmaybelonger.
Alwaysuseameatthermometertocheckdoneness.
³Suggestedamountof"tennisball"sizechunks.Experimentwithdifferentwoodsandamountstotaste.
ϺA"Heaping"bowlofcharcoalwilllast5to6hours.Ifcookinglargerpiecesthatrequiremoretime,morecharcoal
shouldbestartedinaseparatecontaineratleast30minutesbeforeitisexpectedtobeneeded.
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Basic Recipes for Smoke Cooking
EAST TENNESSEE PULLED PORK
1 pork butt (6-8 lbs)
Choice of wood chunks or chips (hickory chunks preferred)
Dry rub
This is our basic recipe for dry rub. There are many rubs on the market, with a wide range of
Dry Rub:
tastes, from dark and smokey to light and sweet to spicy hot. The dry rub will usually become
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
black and crispy when smoked. This is referred to as “bark”. The bark is that little extra
1 Teaspoon Garlic salt
punch that compliments the pork. Don’t be afraid to see the outside of the pork butt black
1 Teaspoon Kosher salt
and crispy after cooking…this is a good thing!
1 Teaspoon Paprika
Mix the rub ingredients in a bowl. If you plan to inject any sauces or juices into the pork with
1 Teaspoon Oregano
an injector, do so before you apply the rub. With the pork butt thawed, apply the rub evenly
1 Teaspoon Cayenne
over the entire pork butt. Wrap with clear-wrap (or aluminum foil) tightly. Place in refrigera1 Teaspoon Cumin
tor overnight… 2 – 3 hours is fine, but 10 – 12 hours is best for full flavor. Remove from re1 Teaspoon Black pepper frigerator and remove clear-wrap (or foil) 30 – 60 minutes before ready to place in smoker.
Pulled Pork:
When smoker is ready, add soaked wood chunks or chips to the ashed over coals or touching the electric element. Place
the smoker body on the bowl and then place the water bowl (filled with hot water) in the smoker per instructions. Place
pork butt in smoker and close vents to approximately 1/4” open (the temperature inside the smoker will sometimes go
down when you add water or place meat inside the smoker).
Smoke the pork butt at 225 degrees for about one hour per pound of meat, until it reaches 190 degrees.
Remove the butt and allow to rest for 1/2 an hour to cool down. Pull the pork using your hands or forks and serve. Add
your choice of barbecue sauce to the pork.
Minimum safe cooking temperature of pork is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. It is best for the pork butt to reach 190 – 200
degrees to make it easier to pull apart the meat and to render as much fat as possible. You can still pull the pork apart
at 180 – 190 degrees, but you may have to trim some fat. You can also remove the pork butt at 170 – 180 degrees, but it
is harder to pull apart.
“Stalling”:
Sometimes pork butts will reach 160 degrees quickly, but then stay at that temperature for a long time. If you find yourself falling short on time and you want the pork to reach 190 degrees, you can wrap the butt in foil and place in a preheated 350 degree oven to finish the process. When pork has reached about 165 degrees, it will usually stop absorbing
any more wood flavor smoke.
This is a basic recipe for delicious pulled pork sandwiches. In East Tennessee, it’s not only about juicy smoked pork, but
the side dishes that accompany it along with being surrounded with family and friends at the picnic table. So be sure to
add your favorite cole slaw, baked beans, and corn-on-the-cob, with a glass of iced tea, and banana pudding for dessert. Enjoy your time with the family, and remind them this is southern country cookin’, the way it’s done in the southern
Appalachians.
TURKEY or WHOLE CHICKEN:
Fresh or thawed turkey or chicken
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil, margarine or butter
5 quarts hot water
(more if cook time will be over 5 hours)
1-2 wood chunks per pound of bird
Juice or herbs if desired.
Remove giblets and rinse bird with cold water.
Pat dry then coat outside with vegetable oil, margarine or butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (inside and outside).
Let stand at room temperature (no more than 30 minutes) while preparing the smoker per the “SMOKE COOKING” section of the manual.
When the smoker is ready, place 3 chunks of soaked wood on the ashed over coals or touching the electric element.
Place the body on the bowl then fill the water bowl with 5 quarts hot water and place in the body per instructions.
Juice such as apple may be added to the water bowl in place of some of the water. Herbs such as rosemary may also
be added to the water bowl for a slight variation in flavor. Cover and smoke cook per the Quick Glance Cooking Guide
or recipe. Monitor the smoke per the instructions and add chunks as needed to maintain. If the bird size requires
cooking more than 5 hours, check the water level and fill as needed (with HOT water to keep the temperature up).
Cook until a meat thermometer inserted in the center of the thickest part of the thigh away from the bone indicates 165
degrees. (Do not check the temperature until the shortest recommended cook time has been reached.
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SMOKED SALMON:
1 or 2 large skin-on salmon filets (2 to 4 pounds)
Choice of wood chunks or chips (alder and apple are popular)
BRINE:
1/2 gallon water
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Lemon and or black pepper to taste
1 Tbs dry crab/shrimp seasoning (optional)
2 cloves garlic, crushed or to taste
3 or 4 lemons, sliced and crushed
1 yellow onion, sliced
Mix the brine ingredients in a large bowl or plastic storage container. Do
not use aluminum.
Rinse the salmon, place in the brine and cover or seal. Place in the
refrigerator and let soak for 2 to 24 hours. The longer the soak time,
the more salty flavor from the brine will be absorbed.
Remove the salmon from the brine and pat dry. (Save the brine) Place
on smoking rack skin-side down in front of a fan on high for about an
hour to form a “pellicle” on the surface of the salmon.
Add the remaining brine and hot water to the water pan to equal about
five quarts or a full pan.
When the smoker is ready, place 3 chunks of soaked wood or chips on the ashed over coals or touching the electric element. Place the body on the bowl then place the water bowl in the body per instructions. place the cooking grids with
the filets on the brackets. Cover and smoke cook about 2 - 3 hours until a meat thermometer indicates a temperature
of at least 145 degrees and the flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork. (Do not check the temperature until
the shortest recommended cook time has been reached. Smoke longer for a firmer, dryer, smokier salmon that is good
mixed with cream cheese as a spread or dip.
Check www.onefiregrills.com for more Tips, Recipes and Links.
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