Trends in Slow Cook Methods & Smoking

Cooking tender meat is a real science. It’s the most important aspect of meat palatability, but you need to slow-cook it at the ideal temperature, so that the fat starts to melt and the meat stays moist. It’s a balancing act, which is why there are always new methods that try to improve the slow-cooking process. Here are a few of the latest trends in time-intensive prep methods that can improve your restaurant’s efficiency and product quality.

Smoking is On the Rise

In the past four years, smoking meat has grown in popularity when compared with other cooking methods. For example, smoked beef is 23% more popular than it was a few years ago and smoked chicken is 43% more popular. Meanwhile, pulled pork has seen a 36% increase. The numbers don’t lie – diners love the rich, bold taste and fall-off-the-bone tenderness of smoked meats. With Alto-Shaam Cook & Hold smoker ovens, you can provide customers with these rich flavors and tenderness with real wood and real smoke. All while maintaining a consistent, even cook on the protein with Halo Heat® technology.

Operating Costs are Decreasing

Today, you don’t need a dedicated smoker to slow-cook your meat. With a low-temperature oven like the Cook & Hold, you can achieve slow cooked perfection in a compact package. By relying on energy-efficient thermal cables, the Cook & Hold costs less than $2 a day of electricity to use at full capacity. With the Cook & Hold’s ventless design, you don’t need to worry about installing or operating a kitchen hood. You can place the oven anywhere.

Overnight Cooking is Easy Now

The days of waking up at 4am to start smoking meat are over. Unless you’re a diehard pitmaster, you can simply use the Cook & Hold Smoker’s  programmable technology to smoke, cook and hold meat overnight, and then go home to get a full night’s sleep. The latest slow-cook smoker ovens come equipped with digital controls, which allow you to save and cue recipes with a few finger taps. 

Hybrid Functionality is the Future

Today’s restaurants and catering companies are more demanding than previous generations, and for good reason. Running a restaurant isn’t cheap in 2018, so it’s important to invest in future-proof products that offer a variety of features. For example, the Cook & Hold smoker ovens serve as a slow-cooker, smoker and holding oven. It’s a Swiss Army knife for your kitchen.

Trends come and go, but quality slow-cooking technology is here to stay. To learn how a Cook & Hold Oven or Cook & Hold smoker oven can revolutionize your low and slow cooking approach, attend A Taste of Alto-Shaam demonstration near you. Once you’ve tried overnight slow-cooked beef, you’ll have a hard time going back to conventional ovens.

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