Meco stainless water smokers come in charcoal and electric models. The cooking process is similar for both models. With the electric model, you won't need charcoal or lighting fluid, but an electrical outlet is required. When cooking with an electric smoker, set it to high; if you're simply warming food, set it to low. Cooking times vary between the two models.
Things You'll Need
Soak smoker wood chips in water. This will provide smoky flavor to your meats. Different types of wood chips provide different flavors, such as mesquite or hickory. Pour the soaked wood chips on top of the charcoal, or on an electric cooker's cooking elements.
Place the Meco smoker outside in a well ventilated area. The area must have access to an electrical outlet if it is an electric model.
Remove the hood, plug in the appliance and allow it to heat for about ten minutes. The first time you use your electric smoker, this will remove the new appliance smell. After your first use, you do not need to repeat this step.
Line the charcoal and water pans with aluminum foil for easier cleanup.
Fill the charcoal pan with charcoal (charcoal model only) and insert the pan into the bottom of the smoker. Do not use instant-lighting charcoal. Soak the charcoals with lighting fluid and allow it to sit for several minutes before you light it.
Insert the water tray and add hot water. Other liquids can be used, such as beer or wine.
Insert the clean cooking grill and lay the meat on the grill. Always place the smaller pieces on the lower grid if double cooking.
Place the lid on the grill and allow the meat to smoke to the time specified in your recipe.
Add additional water or charcoal if you're cooking for longer than six hours. Avoid lifting the lid, unless it is necessary.
Install a drip pan under the cooker to avoid stains on wood decks or concrete.
Do not use the smoker if it is raining or snowing outside.