Indoor Pressure Smoker

Brand: Emson
Manufacturer: E.Mishan & Sons, Inc.
Model: 8303MO
EAN: 0080313083037
Category: Gadgets & Tools
Price: $209.99  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 12.60 x 13.20 x 13.20 inches
Shipping Wt: 10.70 pounds
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

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. Emson Pressure Smoker

Product Features
  • 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

Features

  • 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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Top Reviews

Great 1 or 2 person unit
by Best Deals (5 out of 5 stars)
June 11, 2014

I was questioning the use of a pressure cooker

It works quick and easily 40 minutes for most cooking.

I used a 1/2 to full pot of wood chips.

It will make any peace of good meat taste better.

If your recipe is a good one your meat will taste as good as a grill.

Keep in mind you will not get the charring or grill marks.

You will not also get the burnt meat from flair ups.

If you want to set and forget this is it.

You could put under a broiler after to brown more if you like that.

The meats all a very tender after cooking for only 40 minutes.

meats fall off just like my Brinkman coal cooker but not 10 to 12 hours later.

great for winter times when weather will not let you cook outside.

Very mild smoke odors in house.

I found clean up very easy except for the wood chip box.
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Ease of smoke cooking.
by Bob from Seattle (5 out of 5 stars)
April 23, 2014

I thought that the representations for this product were just advertising puffery. But they made it sound so good that I got one thinking if it is half as good as it sounds, it would be worth it. Well, it turns out to be pretty much as good as advertised. Easy to use. Deep penetration of the smoke flavor. It really works. The only thing that did not work out as well as it might was smell. It cannot help but put out a little smoke odor, so I use it on the porch. If you like smoke flavor, get it . If you are lazy and looking for an easy way to get great results, GET IT. At some of the local lakes in Texas we have carp, BIG carp. 20 pound carp. Almost no one eats them. Too tough. I talked with a game warden about this and he said they are good if pressure cooked. The fish softens and you can manage the bony structure well. How about pressure smoked cooking? I have not tried it yet, but some poor carp will gain fame and fortune this summer by becoming a pressure smoked carp.
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It works really well, but maybe not as "indoor" as it says
by Brian (4 out of 5 stars)
May 22, 2014

This smoker is great, it does exactly what it says it will. I don't think it should be used indoors. We used it in our kitchen, nothing went wrong, but it left a smoke smell for the next few days. If you want your house to smell like a smokehouse, that's great. Otherwise, I would do it on your porch, in your garage, something like that. The smoking is super quick and easy. I don't think cleaning is that big of a deal, but the cup on the inside will get tarnished and you won't be able to get that stuff off. Overall, I'm very satisfied, I just wish I could use it indoors and not smell it for the next few days.
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Not too bad
by Happy One (4 out of 5 stars)
November 18, 2011

This thing does impart a GREAT smoky flavor!!! I use more wood chips than they mention in the book. You can get the wood chips at any supermarket. The little container that holds the wood chips is IMPOSSIBLE to completely clean after it's been charred by the wood chips, however. Otherwise, cleanup isn't too big a task. The silicone ring inside the lid, once it's been 'smoked' also cannot be restored to it's original color. I've cooked pork ribs, pork chops, pork loin, chicken drumsticks, and even a cheap cut of steak. They ALL came out juicy and tender and very smoky flavored. I've not used it as a plain pressure cooker yet, but I suspect it's going to perform very well.

My major dissatisfaction: The little (and I mean LITTLE) booklet that comes with it contains maybe half a dozen (or less?) recipes. There's nothing on the web that I've seen that offers more recipes for this little gem. Basically, you're on your own when you get past simple ribs, chicken, etc. SURELY the company could pull together 40-50 recipe ideas??
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Good pressure smoker until it stopped working...
by kls (3 out of 5 stars)
September 7, 2013

I gave this to my parents as a retirement gift. They LOVED it! The pressure smoker worked great on a variety of foods and they were thrilled until about the 5th time they went to use it and it showed an error "E2" when it the cover was placed on - it wouldn't do anything at all. After a LONG time on the phone, the manufacturer was finally reached and had no troubleshooting knowledge of the product. They were willing to replace it if they receive the defective smoker shipped back, which disappointed me, since Amazon Prime products usually have such great customer service and this seemed to require a lot of extra effort to work out. It's a great product if you don't have any errors.
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A real time saver for smoking meat!
by Legalsea (5 out of 5 stars)
May 21, 2014

I made my purchase two weeks ago via the 'deal of the day'. So far, worth every penny. Heck, even at the usual price I would have been pleased.

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.
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Nice smoker but you can't purchase new gaskets
by lgbsteve (4 out of 5 stars)
June 22, 2013

I've owned mine for 7 months and have used it quite often. For Christmas I smoked cheese and salmon and gave as gifts. It was enjoyed by all. Because I've used it so much the gasket no longer seals on the first try. I have to check the pressure at around 6 minutes into the cooking and if there is none I need to open and relock the lid. (You'll know if you haven't any pressure by lifting the pressure release valve and if none by gently turning the lid. When I do this I've had 100% pressured for the rest of the cooking time. I've contacted the manufacturer and Amazon and received no answer from either about purchasing a new gasket. As others have mentioned there is NO support after you purchase this item.

Would I purchase another one, Yes, but at the cost I feel someone should be able to purchase a must needed thing like a gasket. And customer support would be nice.
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Smoker for when you don't have time to smoke
by Lindsey Lee (5 out of 5 stars)
January 10, 2014

I purchased the Emson Electric 5 Qt Smoker as a Christmas gift for my wife. I bought it because it was on her Christmas list. My wife rarely asks for cooking appliances as a gift. She researches items to death. If she concludes the product is worthwhile, she will go buy it.

Since she included the smoker on her list, I assumed she really wanted it. When she opened the box, she told me she included the item on her list because she couldn't think of anything else. Okay, adjust my thinking from "I know she will love it" to "At least I get points for giving her something she asked for." After some discussion, she decided to try the smoker and if she did not like its results she would send it back. Returning it would be a better result than most of kitchen appliance gifts to her, as 90% of those have ended up stored in a cabinet never to see the light of day.

It has been a week since she opened the smoker (obviously, she did not return it). She has used the product every day, smoking a wide array of items - fish, chicken steak, tomatoes, potatoes, cheese. You name it, she has tried it or is planning on trying it. It has become one of the four appliances on the kitchen counter for constant use, joining the stand-up mixer, Vitamix blender and the food processor.

The product does a great job of infusing smoke flavor into foods. Sunday, we experimented with cold smoking a steak before grilling it. The steak had a nice smoke flavor element I had never been able to achieve with a smoker box in a gas grill or with charcoal. Same thing with salmon. She prepared salmon using the suggested two-step process of cold smoking for 10 minutes then hot smoking to cook the fish. Again, a nice smokey flavor I had never been able to achieve using wood planks on a grill.

A few nits, comment sand suggestions.
* If you don't have a powerful range hood, you will need to use it outside. Amazing how much smoke 3 chips can yield.
* Not many recipes for using the product. You can adapt many of the smoker recipes.
* Cut the number of chips suggested by half. 5 chips will produce a smokiness that overwhelms the food.
* For BBQ enthusiasts - yes, it is not really smoking. So what. It is effective.
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Tasty Meat
by Loesje Shema (5 out of 5 stars)
February 2, 2012

I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband. It is a pressure cooker with an element inside that burns woods chips and imparts the smoked flavor. The meat stays very moist and the flavor is wonderful. You can use it for cold smoking too. We have tried chicken, brats, and country style pork ribs, and they all tasted great. It's nice to be able to eat smoked meats prepared in less than an hour indoors while it's freezing and snowing outside. The whole house smells good too. I think I scored big points with my husband with this gift.
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SLOW help from Emson
by S. Brown (3 out of 5 stars)
July 10, 2013

**UPDATE** After 3 months of daily calls to the Customer Support number I finally got a person, not voicemail that had previously been ignored. The company said they would send a new smoker & it was received in about 1 week.Absolutely loved it while it worked. Just shy of 1 year the smoker part quit working, After a dozen unanswered calls to the company, finally talked to a person & was told to send the element back & they'd replace it. It has been 6 weeks now and probably 30 calls to voicemail w/no reply or assistance. Now I can't even use the appliance at all for pressure cooking with the missing part. No customer service whatsoever during the 2 year warranty of which less than 1 year had passed. I cannot locate a replacement element elsewhere either. Appliance - 4 or 5 stars, Customer service after it fails... negative 5 stars.

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