What You Need to Know About Gas Meat Smokers

SRG-400 in the KitchenAt Kendale, we know firsthand how challenging it can be to choose the right product for your needs. Since the appliance you select will inform your menu, cooking style and daily operations, you’ll need to buy a piece of equipment that not only functions well, but also fits in with the rest of your commercial kitchen “family.”

Today, we’ll be outlining some of the key features of Southern Pride’s SRG-400 to help you find the right product for your application. Don’t be intimidated by a gas stationary rack smoker—keep reading to find out how Southern Pride’s SRG-400 can benefit your food service operation!

What’s the Difference Between a Gas and an Electric Smoker?

First, let’s explore the difference between gas and electric smokers. Whether you’re transitioning from an electric model, or are interested in gas as a viable option, the main difference between gas and electric is type of fuel that is required: gas smokers, as the name suggests, operate using propane or natural gas, while electric smokers use electricity.

The good news is that, despite their differences, each style of smoker is known for its simplicity and ease of use, making either option a great choice for professionals or beginners. But, if you’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase a gas model, here are a few key features of the SRG-400 to help you learn more about how a gas smoker can benefit you:  

The SRG-400 Gas Smoker:

  • 65,000 BTU (19 KW) of Natural Gas (NG) or Propane (LP).
  • 27 rack slides for high-volume capacity.
  • Interior and Exterior Stainless-Steel construction.
  • Convection fan for even cooking.
  • Digital “cook and hold” thermostat enables users to select cook time, temperature (between 140° to 325°F (60° to 163°C) ) or desired program.
  • Adjust smoke profile by adding logs to firebox.
  • Wood-burning feature designed to work even in the event of a power outage.

Making smoky, perfectly cooked barbecue is easy when you have an SRG-400! Professionals can experiment with new recipes and flavour profiles by adding or removing logs from the firebox. All you need to do is season the meat, load it in the smoker and watch your SRG-400 transform a cut of meat into a culinary masterpiece!

The Benefits of a Gas Meat Smoker

There’s a place in our hearts, and our kitchens, for every Southern Pride product. However, here are a few exceptional features that make a gas smoker ideal for any kitchen:  

1. Portability

If you own a food truck, host pop-up events or just like to travel, a gas smoker will work using a tank of propane—no outlet required! Its fuel source makes it a great choice for chefs, caterers and business owners who need to cook on the go.

2. Operating Costs

Prior to purchasing your smoker, it’s important to be aware of the long-term costs of gas versus electric. Gas units tend to be more cost-effective up-front.

3. Overall Taste

Both gas and electric smokers do an amazing job of replicating the smokiness of the more traditional charcoal smoker. But which model comes out on top? Well, when it comes to “genuine” smoky flavour, some folks think that gas smokers result in a more flavourful final product.   

Discover Your Perfect Smoker Today!

Despite their many differences, Southern Pride’s range of gas and electric smokers are designed to operate using automatic temperature control, which makes them ideal for foodservice professionals of all skills levels. Get in touch with Kendale to make a gas smoker part of your line-up!


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