While marinades and seasonings help meats and veggies taste delicious, wood smoking chips and pellets can add rich flavor to your dishes, too. Many are designed to add robust maple and hickory flavors to meats as well as hints of fruit, like apple and peach, that are perfect for poultry. You can even stock the hopper with a mix of your favorite flavors to create a signature dish that's sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters.
Wood pellet grills look like standard barbecue grills but some with a separate firebox for making smoked meats that will also let you smoke vegetables and other ingredients. As Traeger and Pit Boss both get good reviews from customers, it’s important that you look at the top features of this grills and how each company compares in relation to those features.
Pit Boss by Dansons, makers of the popular Louisiana Grills, has moved quickly into the growing pellet smoker arena dominated by Traeger. Danson's strategy to create a likeness of Traeger at a much lower price apparently worked. Pit Boss offers four respectable smokers that look and act a lot like Traegers at well below Traeger prices. Although overall construction appears pretty good, we all know you don't get something for nothing and the warranties may be indicative: Pit Boss one year, Traeger three years. Given the price difference, however, it's not useful to make apples to apples comparisons. For those who want a pellet smoker, but don't have a budget for Traeger, Pit Boss is a good option. That said, don't pay MSRP. Discounts are to be had on the entire PB line.
Pick an item that is anything but difficult to clean and store. Stay away from massive units on the off chance that you don’t need your grill to stick around in the kitchen when not being used. You may likewise need to pick one that your space can suit. And afterward, search for a model that can be effortlessly cleaned and that accompanies a deplete framework and an oil/dribble plate/gatherer.
This was a gift from my wife for my 65th B-day. I have been smoking foods most of my adult life and still have one wood, one propane and one charcoal smoker but this is my first pellet. It's so easy it's boring. I just load it, shut the lid and and walk away. No puffing, no loading of wood or water, no worry's with temperature, easy to clean and makes me look like the pit boss. From the searing of steaks, to smoked red and white meats, to baking entire meals, this is the best. My friends have the others, but I have the best.
The Tailgater 20 Series Freestanding Grill is one of the best wood pellet grills from Traeger for those who like to cook away from home. It’s small and lightweight enough that you can load it in your car for tailgating before the big game, cooking while camping or grilling at the park. The ash bucket collects all ash created, which makes cleaning up before heading home easier.
My first run was a warm day with little wind and the temperature held +/- 15*…about the same as an oven and much more steady than sticks, chips, or charcoal. It is remarkably efficient. I have smoked twice and grilled once and haven’t used but maybe 10lbs of pellets (I have been using the Competition Blend Pit Boss Pellets ($20 at WalMart for 40 lbs) . WAY, WAY cheaper than charcoal to run (and almost no ash!). There is all of this talk about PID controllers in pits, and I don’t know if this pit has one or not, but if not, that talk is overrated in my opinion, because I can’t imagine needing any tighter control. The pit also has “P” value setting that allows you to trade a wider temperature variance for more smoke and less pellet usage. I haven’t played with that yet, but it sounds intriguing (it comes factory set in the middle).
They offer you the freedom of beautifully cooked food, regardless of your location. Why not take it with you on a hike or take it with you on a trip to the beach and whip up restaurant quality meat. Portable grills are also very affordable, most home-stores sell their own version that you can pick up for practically cents. The fuel source is usually charcoal, meaning you get an authentic barbeque flavor without having to invest massively, or sacrifice a lot of garden space.
The unit arrived in perfect condition and was remarkably simple and intuitive to put together. It is actually harder to unpack than assemble! It took me about two hours, just taking my time with no help. One of the smart, presumably computer aided design elements is that the legs are ambidextrous, and the legs and bottom tray use the same hardware- so you don’t spend an hour trying to figure out right leg/left leg and sorting out 60 screws and washers. The handle and lid stop already have the hardware screwed in, so no brainer there either. After putting this together once, I could unpack and assemble another in less than an hour. The instructions are extremely well written- no weird “Chinese to American” translation issues whatsoever. The guide is poignant, and actually humorous at times.