Ok I'm going to add back some BBQ dishes to my menu this summer. I have done quite a bit in the past but over the pad 10 years I have worked at restaurants that already came equipped with altosham smoker. I like the smoker a lot and I'm inclined to just buy one for my place. The only drawbacks to the unit are one: the price ( about 5k ). 2nd: I kind of wish it had more/ longer amount of smoke, the timber box runs hot and is small so you only get a hour or two of smoke. The unit is sealed well (big big plus or most fall of the bone BBQ. and the smokey air does stay in there, so this is not that big a deal but thought id mention it. having never shopped around I thought it couldn't hurt to ask for other options and opinions.
Being a full service restaurant but not a BBQ joint as well as living in new York ( not much good BBQ competition) I think I would like to stick with a electric smoker (like the altoshaam) for the following reasons:
The controlled slow cooking capability is a must. I have to be able to load the box up at the end of the night (2-4 am) and be able to go to sleep, come back with out any worry that I'm going to come back to over cooked meat.
Not a must but a big plus is the altoshaam has hot holding capability.
I guess what I'm asking is with altoshaam you are paying a little bit extra for the name. Is there a better and or just as good smoker for 5k or less?
I there any reason I should consider a none electric smoker?