Bradley Digital 4-Rack Smoker Instructions

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Bradley smokerThe Bradley Digital 4-rack Smoker is a unique electric smoker that uses wood bisquettes fed automatically onto a small hot plate to create constant smoke. A new bisquette moves onto the hot plate every 20 minutes and the old one is pushes off into a bowl of water to be extinguished.

This smoker allows you to set the desired smoke time, oven temperature and cook time and it will maintain these parameters for you.

For instance, if I am smoking chicken, I might set the smoke time to 2 hours, the cook time to 4 hours and the oven temperature to 240 degrees. The Bradley will then feed the bisquettes for 2 hours and then stop. The oven will maintain about 240 degrees and will turn off automatically once 4 hours have expired.

You can change any of these parameters very easily, on the fly which makes this unit extremely nice when you want to smoke cook something for a while but you have other things to do or you need some sleep.

Setup and Cooking Instructions

The Bradley has 4 racks on which to place food, a small bowl to catch the spent bisquettes, a controller to control the temperature, smoke and cook times and a feed mechanism to generate smoke.

I recommend ordering an extra set of Bradley racks to use in your other smokers. They are great for carrying food to and from the smoker without having to ever remove it from the rack.. you see my use them a lot for this reason.

The insides

 

4 racks

 

The controller allows you to set the smoke and cook times and the oven temperature.

Bradley controller

 

You have to determine how long you want to to cook, how long you want the smoke to keep going and what temperature you want to maintain. You then just dial in the numbers using the super easy buttons.

 

The bisquette holder

The bisquit holder

 

Here's the bisquettes lined up.. one is on the hot plate at the end. Every 20 minutes a new one is pushed into place which pushes the spent one off into the water bowl.

When you get ready to cook something, you figure up how many hours you want to keep the smoke going, divide that by 20 minute segments and that's how many bisquettes you load plus a couple of extra ones to push the last bisquette into place.

Bisquits lined up

 

The Bradley allows air in throught the side of the controller and is not adjustable. There is (1) vent at the top of the unit which is adjustable. I normally keep it at about 1/2 open.

Top vent ½ open

 

Note: I placed the unit up on blocks to get it to a better working level. One of these days, I might just build a special table for it complete with storage for bisquettes and other supplies.

Bradley up on blocks

 

All in all, I really like the Bradley digital 4-rack smoker and it is a true joy to use. You will discover with use that like most electric smoker, you may not see a smoke ring in your meats due to the lower level of nitrites and nitrates present such as when burning wood, charcoal or gas. The bisquettes are designed to smolder and create smoke and it does not always create a beautiful smoke ring.

This does not bother me and definitely does not affect the flavor but some folks really love their smoke rings so that could be a deal breaker.

The bisquettes come in all different flavors and are readily available from Amazon. Here are a few examples of what is available:

Apple bisquits

 

Whiskey oak bisquits

 

Hickory bisquits

 

I will add more to this page as I think of things that need to be included.

Read reviews for the Bradley Digital 4-rack Smoker at Amazon


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Comments

  1. James G says

    Hi, I am considering buying a Bradley digital but the fact that it uses a puck every 20 mins seems uneconomical if slow cooking a brisket or pork butt for 10 hours. Does something like that need to be smoked the whole time, or is it more correct to smoke only for 2 or 3 hours during the long cooking period? Thanks

    • says

      It’s more about what you like rather than what is correct. Real wood smokers smoke the food the entire time by default unless you wrap it in foil and I like to replicate that process even in electric smokers such as the Bradley but there are no actual rules about this.

      If you like a lot of smoke flavor, then you will want to smoke longer. If you like the smoke flavor to be more subtle, then you can smoke for shorter periods of time and it will be fine.

      My usual recommendation is to apply smoke for at least half of the total estimated cook time. If you are cooking a pork butt and you only expect it to take about 10 hours, you would smoke it for about 5 hours or 15 pucks.

  2. Jimmy says

    I am torn between the Bradley Digital and the weber smokey Mountain, I am new to the smoking world and am looking for suggestions! Jeff the book is great.

  3. Don Holloway says

    Having an extremely difficult time getting my Bradley electric to regain heat when I put the meat in the smoker. It takes at least a hour to regain heat to 225 degrees.

    It works pretty good on the ABTs and chicken but ribs and other meats drag it down.

    Hints/suggestions?

  4. Stan Hayden says

    I had just purchased a Bradley Digital Smoker. I followed the Seasoning procedure, and then did a pair of whole chickens. I used apple wood for smoke, mainly because its mild. Smoked for 2 hours and cooked for another 3 hours. The internal temp was at 168 when I took them off and rested for about 20 min. They were perfectly cooked. I’m looking forward to smoking up the campgrounds this summer.

  5. Jim says

    How does the Bradley compare with the new pellet grills for smoking only. I know the pellet grills can get to a higher temp but I am only interested in smoking.

  6. Steve says

    This Bradley unit was the first i have purchased for myself. I know some people complain about silly 8hrs limit on programmable cooking time, but i never required more than that! … upgraded to cookshack recently.

  7. Lyle Knaack says

    I have a Bradley smoker, but without the digital controller. (Old school) Years ago I built a large smoker out of an old fridge. Insulated with 2" insulation and completly lined. I used a double hot plate for heat ond smoke. With a family of six to feed, I needed a big smoker. Now that It is only me and my dog, I didn't need a smoker that could handle over a 100lds at a time. I still use the smoker tho, I put my Bradley inside the big smoker and it acts as a double insulated smoker. I vent it thru the big smoker vent. The small smoker doesn't loose any heat at all being inside the big daddy.

  8. Margaret Knoess says

    I have had my Bradley since June and so far am pleased with it.  I do find that my bisquettes do not burn completely….is that normal?  I have been drying them out and reusing them.

  9. Bill Shank says

    Actually, I would stay away from the Bradley.  The wood feeding mechanism on mine stopped working after about one year.  I bought a new motor and micro switch, but still won’t work.  Calling Bradley again tomorrow.

    • Mike Cee says

      I've had a Bradley for about 6 years, and never had a single issue with it.  You need to keep the shavings blown out of it-I just use a blast from an air compressor to blow them out.

  10. Jasmine says

    Hello Jeff,

    I am new at the whole smoking meats things. However, I am very interested in learning. I have a HUGE family that always comes over for my cooking and bbq, mainly baked due to health problems for a few. I am seriously interested in getting a smoker so that I can get away from the same old baking/braising thing and move on to new tender ways of making flavorful food. What smoker would you recommend for a beginner "bbq-ist".

                     Thanks a bunch!

  11. Jasmine says

    Hello Jeff,

    I am new at the whole smoking meats things. However, I am very interested in learning. I have a HUGE family that always comes over for my cooking and bbq, mainly baked due to health problems for a few. I am seriously interested in getting a smoker so that I can get away from the same old baking/braising thing and move on to new tender ways of making flavorful food. What smoker would you recommend for a beginner "bbq-ist".

                     Thanks a bunch!

  12. Scott says

    Hi Jeff,

    Love the site.  I am thinking of purchasing one of these to replace my Weber "Bullet" charcoal/wood smoker as it seems like this machine is much easier to use and to get consistent results than the Bullet.  Am I right in my thinking on that point?

    Also – if I get this Bradley unit, I will have to put it on my wood deck to have it near enough to an outdoor outlet to plug in.  My main question is – how hot does the outside of the Bradley get while it is smoking?  Do I need to place it off the wooden deck surface?  If so, are there any stands made that would suit this purpose or should I simply use cement blocks as you have done above?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts and – again – love both your web site/emails as well as your book that I have.

  13. bbq jim says

    Hi to all please dont get me rong.Iv bought over 3.000.00 dollars worth of bradley smokers and genrators and pucks.bottom line I have a complant if you dont mind.I belong to a team that has 9 grands we cook with the fec 100.my bradly smokers have all the good stuff on them.I mean everything.you cant win nothing with them.you try to choke the smoke back on your meat and it spits it right back into the genrator know you have a mess and the genrator stops working becouse its all tackey and sticky and a mess.Im very unhappy with all of bradlys bull crap.they wont get my dollar anymore or the 65 other guys that bought from them that i cook with.sorry if i sound rude there stuff is junk.have a great day.

    • says

      I don’t know why the smoker has not worked well for you, I have had a Bradley for several years now and it is my go to smoker when I am in a hurry. It does require some extra heat up time when it’s really cold out but that is to be expected in my opinion. I enjoy using it and I just smoked some boudin in it last night. To die for!!

      My smoker also does not get tacky or sticky and seems to produce really clean smoke. I keep the vent at the top open about 1/4 inch all the time.

      Have you spoken to Bradley about these problems?

    • Jason says

      I have a bradley and it works pretty good, I dont think its a good choice for competition smoking because it does not leave a smoke ring. That being said it is easy to use and still makes some delicous backyard bbq.

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