Update 2/18/2018: I made another call to Pit Boss today to get more information about their Copperhead vertical smoker. The phone was answered on the second ring by a man in Oregon. He was incredibly helpful and even went out to the warehouse and measured the grates for me. It looks like if you can get past the automated system and reach a real person then these guys will take care of you.
To start, let’s talk equipment. You don’t need to spend a lot, but you do need something reliable. I love my Pit Boss Memphis Wood Pellet Grill. It’s an all-in-one gas grill, charcoal grill, and electric smoker. And it’s available exclusively at Walmart! Since it has three cooking methods in one, I made the dinner you see all outside using this grill.
Select your preferred cooking style with the digital control board and standard flame broiler. Set it and forget it–or slide the plate to sear or use cast iron over open flame. No need for LP or natural gas–our wood pellet fuel produces an exceptional taste and consists of only 100% natural hardwood pellets. These 8-in-1 grills range in cooking temperature from 180 to 550 F. With heavy-gauge steel components, complete structural strength and durability, these high-value grills are built to last.
While many people enjoy pellet grills, some find it difficult to use pellets to produce true, flavorful steaks and barbecue since the fuel often lacks the same flavors as traditional grills. That smoky, wood flavor many steaks have is not impossible to get with the right pellet grill however. The Z Grills Wood Pellet Grill sports a combined grill/smoker setup with temperature control for the best pellet grilling experience available.
UPDATE 8/27 - This grill is still performing flawlessly. No error messages, maintains temperatures. I have made homeade pizzas and strombolis on a pizza stone and it actually makes them better than in the oven. Its like a restaurant wood fired pizza. I made a pork butt, beef brisket, bacon wrapped scallops....it just simply cooks everything well. Love my Pit Boss !!
To begin, we sifted through over a thousand Amazon user reviews of over 20 different grills, all from different categories i.e. some wood pellet, some gas, etc. Every review was considered, from the best Pit Boss grill review to the worst Pit Boss grill review. As we did this, we narrowed down what features exactly drive users towards a satisfied purchase. We then gathered an average of what people tend to look for in a grill, what they feel they need from a grill, and what sort of results they got cooking with different grills.
Chin scratching ensued, but no definitive answer was found. Possibly we were just lucky shoppers with a string of juicy meat purchases. The high heat temp swings mentioned above made the results even more baffling. One of our first tests was pork butts. Coming off the smoker, the bottoms were charred a bit and stuck to the grates, but pulling them apart the meat was surprisingly tender and moist. An injected turkey smoked beautifully and was so juicy it gushed deliciousness all over the side of our smoker and deck, and left a river of gravy streaming into the drip bucket on the side.
Remote Accessibility: This level of control and observing is critical on the grounds that the container does not generally sustain the pellets into the wood screw accurately and the fire in the firepot can go out. The Davy Crockett will tell you that the container is not sustaining wood pellets and that the temperature is dropping. The Davy Crockett application will reveal to you something isn’t right.
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.
The Pellet smoker includes 6 porcelain coated cooking grids, leaving 2196 sq inches of cooking space; more than enough to cook for the family and have some extra to store. The best bit about this vertical smoker is the digital controller. It’s fully programmable and allows you to vary between temperatures safely and easily. The 40+lb hopper works brilliantly to ensure that you can smoke over a low temperature and a longer time period. The double walled blanket insulation ensures that your food is getting the absolute most out of your wood pellets.
Then Pit Boss grill is a really strong choice, to sum things up. If you have been smoking meats for years and are looking for a unit that lands at the very peak of the high-end for home use, you’ll want to look at one of the premium units we’ve reviewed, but frankly for the vast majority of people, this one right here will be an absolute treat and more than enough.
Awesome!.. clean, keeps temps, smokes like a boss (: 1st cookout was a 12lb pork butt, 24 brats, 12 hamburgers and 8 chicken thighs. Smoked the butt for 4 hours and wrapped. Kept it in for 6 hours at 250. It was a party favorite. I've never had a grill I could leave unattended for any length of time besides my electric smoker, and the flavor from the pitboss most definitely proves to be Superior. Thanks for the awesome setup guys!
The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.
This pellet grill allows you to cook between the temperatures of 170F all the way up to 600F. The idea of cooking at such high temperatures sounds like a scary concept; but with the automated control system regulating air flow, you can be assured of a clean, safe and flavorful cook. The use of fans within the grill not only ensure safety and flavor, but cook food completely evenly, meaning you can rest assured of perfection every time. Even deactivating the grill post-use is made simple; all you need to do is press a button and the grill will safely power down, cooling as necessary all automatically.
This ceramic Kamado grill is a thing of beauty that combines function and efficiency. It features a heavy-duty ceramic outer body with foldable bamboo shelves on each side, a cast iron damper that lets you control the temperature for cooking, and versatile cooking space with two layers of steel grates. Like ancient Kamados, it uses charcoal for fuel, and has an automated control dial that lets you increase or decrease the temperature inside the grill. The interior of the grill is well-insulated, resulting in well-cooked and flavorful meat every time. With around 567 square inch of cooking space and an extra grate made of stainless steel, you can easily prepare a feast for your family or friends.
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.
5 stars for this pellet grill primarily because of the size and $497 price tag. Competitors are double this price+ for similar sized and featured pellet bbq's. Construction is solid and heavy duty(nearly 200lbs) and I havent had any problems with the BBQ maintaining a +/-15 degree temp range once I had the p-rate dialed to the type of pellets I am using(treager hickory). This badboy produces plenty of smoke down in the 180-250 temp range and burns nice and clean in the 350-500 range. I have been using a smaller Traeger unit and purchased this for the increased grill space for larger family get togethers. Seems to work just as well as my Traeger and maybe even a little better at higher temp ranges closer to 500 degrees(my traeger wont generally get any hotter than 400). Only drawback is the pellet consumption...it goes through more pellets per hour than my smaller grill but that is due to the size of the BBQ and no fault of the grill design.
Be that as it may, if your concern mainly lies on something that can be carried on a truck to an open-air grilling party or to a friend’s place, it’s positively a decent proposal. Aside from portability, it also gives you a cooking adaptability as you can grill, prepare, smoke, grill and braises with no bothers. The grill highlights full-size functionalities in a convenient bundle, henceforth a decent decision for anybody searching for versatile decision.
I just bought the Pit Boss 820 right before Christmas. My first meal was cooking 12 hamburgers using the sear function. They turned out great but I do have to learn to control the temperature a little bit better. Then for Christmas dinner I smoked two ribeye roasts. They turned out great. I had everything from medium rare to well-done, with just the right amount of smoke flavor and a nice bark. Today I did a whole chicken. The skin was nice and crispy and the breast was moist with again a good mild smoke flavor. All in all my experience so far with the smoker has been very pleasing. I know there are still some things I need to learn as far as time and temperature and make some adjustments to the smoking which are all possible with this smoker. I have been using a combination pellet produced by Camp Chef and I’m very pleased with it.
Be sure to read the manual before operating. There is vital information there, especially for the first fire up. One note that the manual does not mention, is that when you first fill the hopper, it takes several minutes for the pellets to reach the firebox. On your first "attempt", it is likely that the firebox will turn off before the pellets reach it, and you will think your grill is defective. Its not. Either "prime" the firebox with a small handful of pellets, or let it cycle once, unplug, and restart on "smoke" setting. You should always start the grill on "smoke" setting with the lid up until the initial smoke clears and you hear a nice "roar" of pellets burning...