Outdoor cooking doesn't always have to be about making a big fire. While the attraction to flame will always hold a certain allure, the flip side to fire-roasted cooking is that fire needs attention. Considering that outdoor cooking is so often about sharing good times with family and friends, hovering over charcoal isn't always the most efficient way to spend an afternoon or evening.
The Char-Broil Big Easy 2-in-1 Electric Infrared Smoker & Roaster makes it easy to relax while cooking, as it operates with only a press of a button (or two). Designed for outdoor use only, the appliance is capable of smoking or roasting everything from whole turkey to seafood. Items are placed into the cylindrical cooker in layers, and then slow-cooked for hours. An integrated probe thermometer alerts users as to when their food has reached the desired temperature.
Thanks to its streamlined operation, all that is necessary for outdoor cooking is an electrical outlet and a few moments of setup. After the food is loaded and the probe inserted, one of 15 power levels is selected, as well as a target temperature. The unit will do the rest. If smoke is desired, wood chips or pellets can be used in the smoker box. Just remember that the appliance may not require any attention, but that doesn't mean it should be left unattended--an ice chest full of cold beverages should help to pass the time nicely.