Take old-fashioned wood smoking to your cook top

Stove-top kettle smoker gives authentic smoky flavor to your meat without taking up too much space.

Jennifer Lowell
Jenn Lowell spent her time at the University of Colorado building robots and other toys before earning her graduate degree in mechatronics and mechanical engineering. She is a self-proclaimed lover of anything that runs off of electricity and has moving parts or motors. Currently pulling double-duty as a high school science teacher and freelance blogger, she has free time seldom enough to deeply appreciate the modern technological conveniences that give her more of it. She is a long-time recreational blogger currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
Jennifer Lowell
Don't be fooled: this wee little kettle cooker still packs in a lot of smoky flavor. SkyMall
I'm of the opinion that all chefs, no matter how experienced, have a fear of at least one kitchen undertaking. Whether it's worrying about messing up our mom's recipe, conquering a long-standing fear of soufflé, or firing up a grill, all of us have a cooking method that sends us shrinking back behind our standby sautés and pasta sauces.

My kitchen fear of barbecueing and smoking meat is one that is avoidable for most dishes that I love to cook, and therefore has been easily forgotten as something that I should tackle. But, if I ever have hopes of entering myself into any barbeque competitions, then a smaller and more user-friendly model like this Stove-Top Kettle Smoker would be a good gadget to get and learn how to use.

The little guy fits on one station of a gas, electric, or even glass cook top. Most overhead exhausts can remove the odors released during use. It has a large domed hood with an adjustable smoke vent, a nonstick cooking surface, and a water pan, so that your food stays moist while it smokes. It also includes a recipe book and wood chips.

The Stove-Top Kettle Smoker is available through Sky Mall for $139.95.