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25 reviews | 4.1 out of 5
This little smoker is SWEET. Used one in Alaska for several years for variety of smoking and drying purposes, with smoking salmon the primary use. Was more than pleased with the results. Upon moving to Oklahoma I order a new smoker, this one being a front loader which I consider more user friendly for my needs. This is not a cooker, don't expect to do this or you will be disappointed. What is does extremely well is what it is designed for, smoking/low temp. drying. I have dried many pounds of tomatoes, as well as a variety of fruits as well as making my own jerkey.
The little chief smoker is a quality product, does its job very well, and fairly priced.
We made Buffalo Jerkey. It came out delicious.
It was great that the chips came with the smoker, we could get smoking right away with out having to go buy anything extra. I bought this for my husbands birthday. He was surprised and happy to get a smoker. We had a Little Chief 20 years ago, they haven't changed, they're still the same great little smoker. We soaked the racks briefly and they cleaned up very nicely. It was easy to assemble too.
The Little Chief smoker is great for an average family. It makes enough beef jerkey for 4, and works wel for smoking pork for Pulled Pork sandwiches. It is best for jerkey, is small so it is easily stored, does not take up much room when in use and produces a rich smokey flavor in meats.
Although it took several months to be available again online (sold out) it was well worth it. Price alone. Other stores had them at $99 or more, not including tax & shipping. The instuctions are very basic, temperature is hot, quality is great. I just need more time in the day to use it! I can't wait to try other items instead of just smoking salmon. Well worth the wait and getting it through the site to store instead of delivery, saved me $11. I would totally recomend this product.
I have recieved more bear hugs in the days since X-mas! My Son asked for & recieved the Little Chief and before he left to visit family - he had it up and running! It is super easy to get started right out of the box! EVERYTHING you need to make the BEST smoked "anything" is provided. No extras to buy - so your "smoker" can get right to the good part, smokin'!
This is the second smoker I have purchased. My first was a Top-Load Mini Chief with 3 racks. I have used it about 3-4 times per year for 10 years & found it to be quite dependable at smoking salmon. I purchased the Little Chief Front Loader because I am now smoking salmon & trout so I needed more capacity. The front loader seems to work fine but I like the top load single rack design better. I don't, however, understand why the new Little Chief has slides for 5 racks but comes with only 4 actual racks.
My son and daughter both have the Little Chief and
I always got my smoked fish from them. Now I am
living in New Mexico and have to smoke my own. I
got thier recipes and now have my own Little Chief so do not have to rely on them. Great little smoker.
Arrived damaged due to its flimsy construction. Cooks hotter than I'd hoped for. The white albumen from the salmon could be seen. No temperature adjustment. A little overpriced. Might return it. Has 5 shelves but only four racks. Why for $100 would you short me a rack. Originally recommended by a chef friend of mine.
Tried a brisket 12hrs and it didnt get done but smoked it good. Was hopeing it would cook it too. But great flavor for cooked meats.
The dog has figured out there is food in the little silver box on the front step as well as in the frig. We are using it most every day. Afraid to see the electric bill for next month. Sometimes think we should have gotten a larger one, but so far this one takes what we throw at it.
I did site to store and unfortunately the smoker is a pretty thin aluminum and it was dinged. Works great and smokes great.
Very easy to use! Great for beginners. Convenient front loader design. Can also be used as a cold smoker!
I can barely make a grilled cheese sandwich, but the Little Chief has tuned me into a gourmet chef. It's simple to use, easy to learn and make everything taste great.
We got this to smoke fish. Results are on the tough to dry side. I think this smoker is intended for beef, something heavier than fish but it is a nice product.
Product arrived dented and poorly packed. Lost my excitement to use after seeing it...
wouldn't know came in both sides dented in return it didn't reorder it look like it was someones return not factory packing staples missing and fresh tape dents everywhere was not happy
The second one works great and all parts were in this box this time. We feel packing could be better, but unit works great.
We had to return first product to store because of some missing key item like the door was not in a sealed box - oops. second one came in with in a week and works great. we think for the money it is a good little smoker.
I have owned two different electric smokers before the Little Chief, both were digital with probes, thermostats and timers. What I neglected to do with those smokers before I purchased them was to inquire about the availability of replacement parts, that became an issue with both. The beauty of the Little Chief is it's simplicity and the company seems to have every part for every smoker they have ever made. It came with a free bag of wood chips and a cookbook that has some excellent recipes, I have tried several of the brines and they made some flavorful meats. I usually fill the smoker completely when I run it, I may have a rack with fish filets, one with jerky, salami, pepperoni, any number of things. Cleanup is very easy with this unit, every part of the smoker lays flat in the bottom of my kitchen sink. It's a keeper!
My son loves this. He has been smoking since christmas.
This is a great little unit for smoking. I use it for everything. Great little product.