let me be the first to say, i bought this smoker with the thought of never having to wake up and check a fire through the night. where that's true with this smoker, take into consideration that the hopper holds 18 pounds of pellets and uses about 3 pounds every hour. so make sure you plan accordingly when it comes to smoking meats, obviously put it on at night and set you and alarm to go off just before it runs out of pellets. other than that little problem i had to figure out the hard way, it's a great grill! my cousin thought it was the coolest thing he'd ever seen when we were grilling on it. also, i'd suggest a wireless thermometer (i bought mine from wal mart for about $20) for grilling or smoking. my burgers came out a little dry because i had never used a pellet grill. other than that, pellets are easier and cheaper to find and there's no worry about a flame going out. I love it!
With a large cooking space and the most advanced cooking techniques, this is easily one of our favorite products among our top ten. While it lacks some of the features that the other grills and smokers in this review have (such as an ash and grease cleanup systems), it does deliver fine-dining quality foods, which is the ultimate goal of every grilling enthusiast. For its price, it offers some of the best features you can find in high-end products.
While the Traeger Lil-Tex does offer similar features as our top pick, such as a digital LED temperature control system and an auto-dispensing auger, there was one missing feature which we thought was necessary. This product has a smaller grilling area and lacks a removable upper rack, which gives you less grilling and prep space. I should mention that the unit does come in a bigger 700 square inch version for $200 more, as well as a smaller version that costs less. If this smoker is too big or too small for you, there are always other options available. Compared to our top pick, it’s also more expensive despite offering similar specs. Aside from that, this is a very efficient and reliable smoker – might even have been the best if our top pick wasn’t available on the market.
Enjoy the savory flavor of smoky BBQ with all of your favorite meats. Camp Chef's innovative Pellet Grill and Smoker Deluxe simpli...fies the process of smoking. Digital heat control automatically feeds pellets to maintain temperatures and infuse that satisfying taste. With the push of a button you can check cooking temperature or internal meat temperature. A grease drain system and removable ash can conveniently collect waste for easy clean up. A stainless steel design embellishes this grill to reflect its superior cooking abilities. Full cooking range from low to high smoke or 160 to over 400 degrees. Discover the real secret of award winning BBQ, low and slow smoking. read more
I have been looking at pellet grills for a long time and finally decided on this Camp Chef Smoke Pro. I couldn't be more happy with my decision to buy this grill. Honestly, the results are in the food and I have yet to screw anything up on this. It is so simple. A couple of the features I liked are the low and high smoke settings. These settings produce lots of smoke to add lots of flavor to whatever you are cooking. Don't get me wrong the other settings all produce plenty of smoke but I've found most the time I end up just using low or high smoke because it's simple and it works. The other feature that I would not give up is the burner cleanout. Honestly, after having this I wouldn't buy another grill that didn't have the cleanout. On top of that this thing is built solid and assembled easily. If you've been considering getting a pellet grill go with this one. You will be happy you did. So will the wife, kids, friends, neighbors and if you're lucky a couple of new girlfriends!!! The only negative is that now there is no reason to go out to dinner any more. I can make way better smoked food at home.
The initial design by Mr. Traeger consisted of a “classic” drum barrel shaped grill design with a chimney on top. Instead of the firebox, the grill contained a pellet hopper. It used a fan to distribute the heat evenly over the pellets. Unlike the modern pellet grills, the original design didn’t include any auto-ignition features and the pellets had to be lit manually.
The Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett smoker lets you get more than what you paid for. At a surprisingly low price, you get to have tons of great features that are sure to elevate your BBQ experience. For its price, we were quite surprised to see that it satisfied most of the features on our review. We tested over fifty products, and even the expensive ones were no match for this product. In terms of value per dollar, this product deserves the top spot.
The Woodwind Classic with Sear Box doesn’t just make grilling easier—it also makes it more delicious. Your pellet grill is fueled by premium hardwood pellets that generate heat and smoke, infusing your food with a savory wood fire taste. The included propane fueled Sear Box mounts perfectly on the side of your grill creating flawless sear marks on just about anything. And when you’re finished cooking, cleanup is a breeze with our patented Ash Cleanout system.
Not all people and culture will be able to truly understand our love for barbecue here in the USA. For them, it might just be a cooking activity while for us, it’s a tradition – a ritual to celebrate the summers (and occasionally the winters). As long as this love for grilling stays with us, which will be, we’re going to continue to expect more and more from the grill manufacturers.
While you are grilling meat, it is great if you can take the guesswork out of getting everything cooked to perfection, especially when it comes to cooking steaks. With the supplied meat temperature probe, you can do just that so that whether you are cooking a steak to medium rare, or well done, you are able to check it as you cook it. The meat probe also prevents you from overcooking other food, which causes it to dry out, or worse, you end up burning it.
To ensure that enough heat reaches the upper rack, Camp Chef designed this unit with a continuous blowing fan. The cast iron grates also retain heat really well. Add this to the precise temperature control that comes with the SmokePro SGX and you have one pellet grill that is designed to deliver great results. If the warming rack seems to be taking up much-needed rack space, it easily slides out of the way, providing full access to the bottom grate.
Most pellet smokers aren't so good at searing. Once again the clever folks at Camp Chef address this pellet predicament with an optional LP gas sear burner that can be added onto current Camp Chef SmokePro pellet grills by removing the right side shelf and using the existing hardware to mount the burner. This baby gets HOT! The 16,000 BTU burner range is 480° F Low to 900° F High - fantastic for reverse seared steaks. Cook the steaks low and slow in the smoker at 225° F until the meat probe signals the internal temp is about 110° F, then slap them onto the sear box to finish. Flip like you've never flipped before and don't walk away because it won't be there long before a beautiful brown crust forms and the interior meat climbs to the delicious Chef's Temp range of 130° to 135° F. If you have a grill that hits high searing temps, this option that runs a couple hundred bucks is unnecessary, but if you don't - Click here to get your crazy hot Sear Box!
The 4-burner LP gas grill is easy to use thanks to features such as an integrated ignition. The porcelain heat plates on this back...yard gas grill give you a handy place to rest food while you are cooking. Backyard Grill 4-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill:480 sq in cooking surface187 sq in warming rack28-burger capacity60,000 total BTUs4 stainless steel tube burners, 12,000 BTUsStainless steel flush side burner with cover, 12,000 BTUsPorcelain heat platesIntegrated ignitionSeamless welding stainless steel double-top lidPorcelain-coated cast iron cooking gridPorcelain steel wire warming rackPorcelain bottom bowlStainless steel tube handle on top lidPowder-coated steel cart with black front panelTemperature gauge on lid2 wheelsBottle openerUses a standard 20 lb LP gas tank (not included)Dimensions: 54.4"L x 24.3"W x 46.3"H5-year burner warranty; 1-year limited all other partsModel# BY13-101-001-12 read more
This mid-sized pellet smoker is comparable in capacity to Traeger's popular Lil' Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. It's one of the few pellet smokers we've seen with an ash removal system. Although pellets don't create much ash, they need regular cleaning, which is a pain on most other designs because the greasy grates and drip pan must be removed to get at the fire pot where the pellets burn. Camp Chef's solution is a "trap door" under the fire pot. The bottom slides back letting ash drop into a removable cup, shown upper left. You still have to clean out the bottom of the smoke box periodically, but you don't have to worry about a clogged firepot that could impair the smokers performance.
Once assembled it is a freestanding cart-type grill, and thanks to wheels, you can easily move the grill to wherever you want it stored when not in use, or to the best location for the days when you are cooking with it. A point of note is that the ignition and controls are electric so wherever you plan to use the grill there will need to be an electrical supply located nearby. If none is available, you will need to run an extension lead from an electrical socket in your home or garage.
The exterior of this pellet grill smoker is made of a durable and high-temperature resistant powder coat finishing, along with stainless steel handles. It has 4 tool hooks as well as large shelves on its sides and bottom to be more functional. Its lid stoppers are fail-proof and help lock and secure the lid firmly. Moreover, its hopper lid can be used as an additional warming surface. This lid also comes with handles that allow you to grip more easily.
Big Horn’s largest available grill, the XL 1093 comes with a large cooking area of 1093 sq inches. With it’s low price tag of around $300 and a high cooking area, this product could have been a great choice for pellet smokers. However, we’d rather not suggest something that’s susceptible to rust and weather conditions to be kept outdoors at all times.
The Davy Crockett smoker is a competitively priced, comes with a lot of great features and offers a great BBQ experience: when you buy this smoker, you can rest assured that you money is well spent. The portability and the power source of this smoker make it the ultimate grill for tailgating! So let’s take a closer look at some of the features that this smoker has to offer:
The main grill area measures 19.5″ by 22″ so at the heart of your cooking area there is plenty of room for you to cook several different foods. In addition to this, there is a smoking/warming rack which adds a further 6″ by 24″ so in total you have a mammoth 570 square inches of cooking racks, so you can cater for even the biggest of family gatherings.
You can achieve both direct and indirect cooking through the flame broiler, which also channels the grease away. The best part of this grill is that you get a wide porcelain coated surface of about 900 square inches to satisfy a large crowd. On top of that, you get a main surface of 633 square inches and an upper cooking rack of 280 square inches, which is also removable. Louisiana Pellet Grill will aid any aspiring cook to grill vegetables, burgers, steak or smoke fish, jerky and ribs any time with confidence.
So after some research I felt like I had two choices. I could either spend $1800 on a new Traeger Timberline and double down on Traeger (hoping like crazy they fixed the heat issue) or spend literally half the money and get the sure thing. And by the way, if you feel like you absolutely Must have wifi to monitor, just buy a Woodwind and an iGrill 2 (wifi enabled) and you'll still save $800!
Bullet Smokers: They come in the shape of a bullet and works in a similar fashion as kettle grills. However, the main advantage it has over kettle grills is that you don’t need a charcoal chimney starter to light it up. Plus, the shape will allow the users to cook at a lower temperature and smoke for a little longer than they can on a kettle grill.
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