Rational has added a new VarioSmoker accessory for use with its iCombi Pro range of ovens.
The manufacturer said the add-on makes it easy to prepare richly-flavored smoked meats, fish and vegetables.
It replaces an earlier version first introduced in 2016 and reaches operating temperatures approximately 50 percent faster than the previous model.
The updated version works with any Rational combi oven to impart a spicy, smoky flavor and color to food.
It is adjustable to suit individual tastes and recipes, enabling users to cook and smoke at the same time, and comes with an automatic clean function.
The plug-and-play unit connects via USB to the iCombi Pro combi-steamer, operating with the intelligent cooking paths within the iCookingSuite.
The VarioSmoker takes smoking material such as wood pellets or chips of any variety including hickory, cherry, or apple.
Rational also claimed that its combi oven air flow technology allows different foods to be cooked and smoked together at the same time without flavor transfer.
“Our customers asked us for a way to smoke food in their Rational appliances, so we developed the VarioSmoker,” said Rune Are, interim area vice president of Rational North America. “We worked hard to design a smoke box that combines optimal air flow with the versatility to work with a variety of smoking materials.
“The resulting smoky flavor comes very close to the taste achieved with traditional smokers, and it’s very easy to operate.
“The VarioSmoker opens up a whole new market for restaurants and foodservice providers that don’t have a dedicated smoker, and now have the capability to offer their customers an array of freshly smoked food items.”