It appears as if the Cajun Injector model of the MES has a few extra features that the normal 30" MES (I'm talking about the black, no window version) does not have. Perhaps these things are just differences and not really 'features' per se but at least they stand out. Are they a big deal? Not really. At least I don't think they are. I purchased this for my mother from Cabela's for $179 on sale (for some reason it's not listed on the website).
Let's get to the pictures...
So for NEW FEATURES it lists a built-in probe, different racks, and best of all TWO OVEN MITTS. I like how it lists 'food temperature probe' and 'meat probe temperature display' as two separate features. This list could have easily been condensed into three points. Anyway, let's open the box...
Right - sorry this picture is dark - the side loader is described as a 'chute' for pellets. This is my only complaint. I want to use chunks. I like the idea of instructing Mom with, "Every so often you just put one of these big lumps of wood inside - that's it." Oh well.
On top is the probe alone with the pop-out display panel. It took a lot of presses to that panel out but it flew open eventually.
I pressed a button on the panel and the whole plastic assembly rocked back - it looks like it wasn't sealed properly at all. Anyone think it's worth taking it back for that? Hey that's cool though, you can see the insulation on the inside.
Well this is interesting, no? It leads into the middle of the tray, not just bunched up one end like the twisting-style MES loader. DIFFERENT to the normal MES, that's for sure. This is smaller than the normal MES container because it lacks the overhead room needed for the twisting loader. Now that I'm looking at pictures of the other MES smokers I probably should have taken a picture of the tray removed. Actually, this retrofitted version of the tray that MES is offering for free is exactly what I have here. It's a full tray.
This is what the top rack comes with. Hangers and all sorts. It has the option of the normal rack, which is in the box.
So there you have it! The Cajun Electric is currently $179 at Cabelas on sale. Any thoughts on this? Did I make a good purchase?