Pellet Grills

What is a Pellet Grill?

If you love the taste of slow-cooked smoked meats but hate to babysit a charcoal smoker for hours on end, then a pellet grill might be perfect for you. Pellet grills and smokers are the newest edition to the world of BBQ and use a special fuel called wood pellets. BBQ pellets are made from compressed hardwood sawdust and are available in a wide range of wood flavors. The pellets are fed into the grill’s fire pot via an electric auger, which supplies only the amount of pellets necessary to heat the grill to your desired temperature. No more babysitting, adding fuel, or adjusting air vents to keep your temperature stable. Simply set your temperature, press start, and let your pellet smoker do the work for you.

Benefits of Pellet Grills

  • Effortless Ignition: Simply prime the fire pot and ignite the grill with the touch of a button! The controller will take care of the rest.
  • Mostly Even Heat: Pellet grills act as an oven or smoke chamber, providing generally even heat through every inch of the grill.
  • Wireless Connectivity: Many pellet grills connect to a phone app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, letting you control the grill from your smart phone.
  • Amazing Smoke Flavor: BBQ pellets come in a wide variety of flavors like pecan, hickory or cherry. Mix different pellets for even more unique flavor combinations.
  • Easy to Use: Pellet grills are the easiest grills to use, by far. Some pellet smokers can be pre-programmed with entire smoking cycles.
  • Fewer Flare-Ups: Because most pellet smokers have a full-coverage heat baffle separating your food from the fire pot below, flare-ups are almost non-existent.
  • Unbelievable Consistency: Pellet grills constantly monitor temperature, automatically adding pellets as needed to keep the heat exactly where it should be.
  • Wide Temperature Range: While all pellet grills are great at low-and-slow smoking, newer models are also capable of high-heat grilling, and some can even sear.

When Traeger patented the first wood pellet smoker back in 1986, low-and-slow smoking was the name of the game. Today’s pellet grills, however, are capable of just about any type of cooking you can imagine. With temperatures ranging from below 200°F to just over 700°F, pellet cookers can grill, smoke, BBQ, bake, and broil, and a select few can even sear. Not every pellet cooker is able to produce such high heat, but some models function as truly all-in-one cooking machines.

 

Baking on Pellet Grills

A pecan pie baked on a Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi Pellet Grill

At their core, pellet grills operate much like your indoor kitchen oven. Both machines use dry, indirect heat circulated by fan-driven convection and can hold steady temperatures within 5°F of your target throughout the 350°F–425°F range. As a result, pellet smokers like those from Traeger can bake breads, pastries, biscuits, and desserts. Don’t worry about your baked treats tasting overly smoky — wood pellets tend to fully combust, leading to a small amount of smoke that imparts subtle flavors. Full combustion occurs because wood pellets contain no additives and very little moisture, and are exposed to strong, fan-forced air.

Smoking on Pellet Grills

Various meats smoking on a Traeger Ironwood Pellet Grill

This is what pellet cookers are really built for. They’re constructed so that those new to BBQ smoking can adopt a new cooking style with ease, whereas a large offset or cabinet smoker usually requires a good deal of know-how to operate. Even better, pellet grills generate thin smoke that’s free of creosote, a byproduct of incomplete combustion common to improperly operated charcoal or wood-burning offset smokers. Vertical wood pellet smokers in particular infuse smoked foods like ribs and pork butts with a cleaner flavor than that of electric or charcoal grills, which rely on smoldering wood chips that may not completely combust.

Grilling on Pellet Grills

Convective Heating

Considering the their low-and-slow nature, can pellet grills truly be called “grills”? We sure think so. Some of today’s models can reach temperatures hotter than what many gas grills can achieve, and several brands allow you to sear with designs that expose food directly to the flames of the fire pot below. Memphis pellet grills, for instance, can cook a steak and veggies in just minutes while still giving them a mild and clean smoky flavor. Additionally, Camp Chef Woodwind Wi-Fi pellet smokers are among the handful of models that come with a side-mounted gas power burner that provides the versatility of an intense sear when you need it.

 

For immediate questions please call the store at (478)986-9200 and speak with one of our knowledgeable Grill Associates!