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.
The full capacity of this smoker is 7.0 cu ft, it’s total shipping weight is 160lbs and the item itself measures around 28 x 29 x 58.5 inches. The hopper has been innovatively repositioned optimizing space. The hopper is very efficient and allows you to maintain use of the smoker grill for over 24 hours, meaning that you can slow cook safely within the perfectly insulated walls. The igniter itself is also automated, meaning that it will both start and shut off automatically and quickly.
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.
Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grills are fueled by all-natural wood pellets. Deluxe features include a two-tone black and copper finish, combination side shelf and serving tray, solid bottom shelf as well as a bottle opener. The PB440 Deluxe digital control board ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180° to 500°F, while fan ...
But, who cares about all that!? How does it cook? I knew pellet grills could deliver the flavor based on my buddies’ samples. And they told me how easy it was, but I really didn’t believe it until I threw 4 split breasts and a rack of ribs on my Pit Boss for her maiden voyage. I LITERALLY did nothing, but my usual rubs and putting them on. After 2 hours on the chicken and 3 on the rib rack (Baby Back) at around 300 (then foil wrapped the rib for another half hour), I had PURE perfection. Every breast was evenly cooked according to size- and I never touched them (on my gas grill I have to constantly shuffle everything around for even the dream of even cooking (and pray for no flare-ups). I never had to flip either and the temperature was 160 top to bottom on the breasts when I pulled them. I have been cooking split breasts for 30 years…these were the best I have ever done- and all I had to do was drink beer. The ribs were smokey and had a REAL smoke ring. They didn’t “fall off the bone”, but just pulled away perfectly. SO good… honestly, this feels like cheating!
With 440 square inches of cooking space, an auger-fed pellet delivery system, and a digital LED thermostat and controller, your cooking will be simple, whether it’s burgers, a whole turkey, or racks of ribs. The side shelf is a convenient place for cooking tools or plates while the bottom shelf can hold spare bags of pellets or jugs of sauces out of the way.
This grill produces fall off the bone ribs. I've also cooked a brisket to perfection. My only issue is that I have to clean it after every use. If it isn't cleaned properly (I remove all of the grates and use a shop vac to suction all ashes and unburned pellets) the pellets will back up and when they finally push through, you will have a huge flare up that will potentially burn whatever you are cooking as well as take the paint off the grill itself. Also, I find it works better if you set the dial to OFF and then back to whatever temperature you want. Other than those few quirks, I love this grill. I did find a larger Pit Boss after I bought this one, but it was about $150 more.
In terms of changing pellets, this sort of depends on the brand and model you go with. In the newer Pit Boss models, they have a “cleanout chute” where you can unscrew the hopper and allow the pellets to come out. In the Traeger models they have a door and pellets come out that way instead. This is something that brands like Pit Boss and Traeger recognized as being a problem and obviously it is now being implemented. When making your purchasing decision, definitely do your research and ensure the model has an option on the hopper to remove the pellets.
These grills are the convenient, clean and easy way to grill meat quickly. If you’re limited on space and budget electric grills are the perfect provider for your needs. The one downfall is that you don’t get the same flavor as you would with wood chips or charcoal; the benefits for some outweigh this negative, in that the meat itself still tastes great and it’s all in all, just so much easier.
We’ve looked at grills with larger hopper capacities, but this one has been reported to hold anywhere from 10-20 pounds, depending on who you ask, but you should be able to fit a twenty-pound bag in there. This isn’t really a major point of contention because it’s simple to add more pellets as needed, and you can have this thing smoking all day without having to add more.
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.
Buckle up - your backyard barbecue experience just got more delicious. Wood pellet grills operate much like a smoker and traditional grill combined, but many offer a number of other cooking options to choose from. When your cooking repertoire is broad and your guests love each and every one of your recipes, you'll love having the freedom to bake pizzas, sear steak and more with a single outdoor appliance on your patio.
Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grills are fueled by all natural BBQ wood pellets. The digital control board ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180° to 500°F. Fan forced convection cooking eliminates the need for a rotisserie and creates a versatile environment for grilling, roasting, smoking, braising, searing and baking. The 820 features a Flame Broiler as standard; this adds the option to grill directly over an open flame when direct heat is needed. The Pit Boss 820 features a large 820 sq. in. total cooking surface: 580 sq. in. main and 240 sq. in. removable upper rack. With complete structural strength and durability, the Pit Boss 820 is made to last.
Although the Pit Boss cook surface ran a bit hotter on the left side, it was reasonably even. With cooking temp set at 225° we measured temps at 240° left – 220° right. The difference increased exponentially as set temp went higher. At the "High" maximum position on the controller dial we monitored actual temps at 520 left – 475 right. Controllers respond to a thermostat inside the oven and increase or decrease pellet feeds to the firepot to maintain set temperatures. Your indoor kitchen oven works the same way with a controller that turns gas burners or electric elements on and off as needed. And while some sophisticated controllers are very good at keeping temps within a tight tolerance, it is not unusual to see some temp swings as the unit cycles on and off. The Pit Boss controller has wide temp swings that allow it to go way below and above your set temp. Although everything we cooked on Pit Boss came out with good smoke flavor and good smoke rings, we noticed a slight tendency to overcook the surface of meats on the cooking grate side. This led us to flip meats once or twice while cooking. We speculate this may be caused by the soaring temps PB's controller allows before cutting off the pellet feed.
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.
Grill, smoke, bake, roast, sear, braise, barbeque, or char-grill with a range of direct and indirect cooking temperatures from 180 to 500 degree F. Select preferred cooking styles with digital control board and standard flame broiler. 507 Sq. In. porcelain coated cast iron main cooking grid and 193 Sq. In. porcelain coated steel upper rack for 700 Sq. In. total cooking area. Powder coated heavy duty steel construction grill features: convection cooking, 200 watt auto igniter, vent holes on back of barrel, automatic start and cool down, stainless steel handle, dome thermometer, wire bottom rack, and 2 large metal wheels.
After an hour on tech support, taking the thing apart, they acknowledged the auger motor was bad and they would send me one. This would be FANTASTIC if I had owned the grill for a year or so and the company was standing by their product... but to insist on sending me a part to a BRAND NEW GRILL and having me replace it...Unacceptable. When I asked for a new replacement hopper system (I get it ... things break... and I'm willing to meet them halfway) they said no... just the motor. I would have kept it had they allowed me to swap out the entire hopper system but I shouldn't have to do surgery on a brand new piece of equipment. Please don't buy this poorly made (China) piece of trash.