The Camerons Products Stainless Steel Stovetop Smoker is one of the most versatile outdoor smokers that offers a wide variety of uses for a person who wants delicious smoked food without the cost or space constraints of a full sized professional smoker. Let’s look at at what we are intending to buy.
This piece of equipment is easy to use with some practice. It comes with a sampling of wood chips to get you started, and works on any heat surface. It is a healthy alternative to pan fried, deep fried, or other high fat and calorie cooking styles, without sacrificing flavor in the process.
The stainless steel construction is an easy cleaning item, and resists rust making it ideal for someone to use repeatedly for a lifetime of use. It has a tight fitting lid to keep the smoke in, and can be used in any type of kitchen situation, whether gas, electric, or even over a grill or campfire.
It comes with a 7 year warranty, which is plenty of time to put it through the use and abuse that comes with any type of kitchen equipment. The cooking uses of this product also work with other cooking techniques, such as poaching, or steaming. If you are interested in trying to lower your fat intake and this seems to be a product that will help along with this quite a bit.
Its large cooking area could accommodate a full side of salmon, but a couple of chicken breasts wouldn’t feel too small for it either. The handles stay cool during the cooking making retrieval of the meat easy to accomplish.
First thing that I noticed was the shiny exterior, almost a mirror finish, to this grill. It was a beautiful sight. I have seen some smokers that are unattractive to have in a kitchen, and this definitely was not one of those. Seeing as you can place this in your kitchen and cook inside looks happen to be important. Between the beautiful finish, and its compact size (only 7 pounds unlike some of the other “portable” grills on the market) this grill would be perfect for those living in apartments, condos, or an older home with a tiny kitchen.
My wife and I actually purchased this grill my little brother when he got his first apartment and even with the little cooking skill he has my mother no longer worries if he is eating. I showed him what he could do with the addition of some cooking spray, and aluminum foil for the bottom.
I went to work with some of the hickory chips placed in the bottom, with a spritz of water, and I started smoking a filet of salmon. Within minutes of use I had the pleasing aroma of smoking salmon in the kitchen, without it overpowering the senses, as there was no noticeable smoke creeping around the sides of the lid. After the sufficient amount of time had past, the flesh of the fish was cooked perfectly. It was moist, not tough at all, and the salmon flavor was not overpowered by the smoke. It was almost too easy. After seeing these simple steps he grew in confidence and will not grill himself steak, fish, burgers and just about anything else that fits on the grill.
What I Do Not Like:
There is not a lot bad about this grill. It is more of a beginner grill than one for a season pro, but for what it is meant for this stovetop smoker is pretty much perfect.
Although light weight it is still a bit big to fit easily in with my sons other pans in the cabinet. Also after a few uses a bit of burnt wood did stick to the side of the pan, and it was a bit difficult to get the steel shiny in that one spot again.