The Cajun Injector Electric Smoker has gained considerable popularity recently, no doubt due to its sharp digital controls and other high-tech features that promise nearly set-n-forget convenience. But most things that seem to good to be true usually are, and this may be another example of that truism.
Please read on as we discuss what you should know before parting with your hard-earned money for this particular model.
The Canjun Injector Electric Smoker is a model that seems to have all the good stuff, like a digital control, food and temperature probe, 5 smoking racks, an insulated cabinet, a wide 100-275F working range, a crisp display and, you know, a practical but high-tech feel. With this feature set, it should make it a viable alternative to the Masterbuilt Electric Smokers.
Consensus of Users
The problem plaguing this model appears to be equipment failure. Indeed, many users report general failure or burning out of the heating element, and good number of others complain that it has a habit of tripping circuit breakers soon after moderate use. These complaints are typical of most smokers to some degree, but the instances of this with the Cajun Injector are too numerous to dismiss in my opinion.
Nevertheless, when working properly, most users gave the Cajun Injector high marks, and it currently holds an average user satisfaction rating of 3.9 out of 5.0 stars on amazon, which is not bad at all.
Price & Value
If this unit ran dependably for you, it would be easily worth the current asking price of about $212. However, that’s a bit of a gamble given the issues with quality mentioned above.
At or around the $200 mark, there are a good number of smokers that will perform and last, such as the Old Smokey Electric Smoker (~ $150) that we’ve previously reviewed. No, it does not have digital controls and a built in probe, nor does it smack of sophistication with LED displays. But it will do its job, and will likely hang around for many seasons of loyal service.
In contrast, the Cajun Injector Electric Smoker, while we like its smarts, we don’t care for it’s quality track record. In my opinion, if what you seek is something along these lines, but in a model that I believe is considerably more durable, check out the Second Generation Masterbuilt 30″ Digital Smokehouse. The Digital Smokehouse has all of the features that Cajun Injector brings, but with a much better record of longevity.