It has expanded the grilling options, to include baking, roasting, and smoking, all with the same grill and all with the convenience of using a dependable, sustainable fuel source.
Perhaps, more importantly, it has given the griller more control over the heat and thus the ability to consistently produce delicious and tasty results the whole family can enjoy. Used as a replacement for an old grill or to supplement and existing grill, pellet grills gives you more options and there is nothing wrong with that.
Tiny Pellets, Big Flame
Pellet grills have a hopper, a control system, and the main grilling area. Pellets are fed from the hopper by the control system into the firebox where they combust and provide fuel. However, there is a little more to how and why pellets are so efficient. The pellets have a small surface area when compared with charcoal and wood and thus they combust more completely compared to those other fuels. This means more heat is produced per given time period than either wood or charcoal. At the same time, this heat can be controlled to a finer degree than compared to other fuel choices.
In fact, most pellet grills can maintain the set temperature to within five degrees either side of the set temperature. This is hard to achieve with other fuels, including propane. In addition, this heat control can occur without user intervention, thus making it more convenient for the griller. Pellet grills also heat quicker so you can get to cooking faster and when smoking meat, the heat is not only consistent but the smoke production is as well. Overall, pellet grills work great for all types of grilling situations and for those that love grilled food, that is what really matters.
Five Great Pellet Grills For the Money
Top Pellet Grill and Smoker BBQ
Designed to cook all types of meat, this grill – Camp Chef PG24 Series Pellet Grill comes with an adjustable fire control and temperature probe that lets it do the cooking. It has a large hopper for plenty of pellets and the temperature probe is stainless steel and highly accurate. The grill is also designed to be easy to assemble and the heavy duty construction means it will last and last.
It has over 550 square inches of cooking space and the temperature control is LED and digital for exacting performance. In addition, it has a drop down feature that makes the grill easy to clean. Those that have this model love the cleaning feature and how well it heats and maintains the temperature.
Best Pellet Grill for the Money
This grill from Green Mountain is almost like have a computerized cooking assistant. The all digital computer controller of the Green Mountain Grill Daniel Boone Series Pellet Grill maintains temperature in five-degree increments but also adjusts air flow and pellets based on internal temps even in colder weather. The Sense-Mate technology allows for the unit to switch to a higher temperature mode in response to external temperature changes to maintain the internal heat.
It has a cavernous cooking space and a large hopper to hold a generous amount of pellets so you don’t have to constantly refill the grill. People who use this grill are really impressed with how well it maintains the temperature and the self-regulating aspect of the digital controller.
Best Stainless Steel Wood Pellet Grill
This pellet grill – Louisiana Grills 60800 Series Pellet Grill is a cross between the stainless steel grills and pellet powered grills, thus producing a grill that not only performs but looks great while doing it. The heavy duty stainless helps add to the longevity of the grill and help maintain exacting heat control. This grill has a large hopper with an all digital controller and there is plenty of room for even large cuts of meat with over 850 square inches of cooking space.
The grates are porcelain coated cast iron for superior heat distribution to the meat and for excellent sear marks. It also has a lot of shelf space including a lower cabinet with dual doors for storing pellets. For those that have this grill, they really enjoy how attractive this model looks and how well it works for their cooking needs.
Best Rated Smoker
From the company that helped start the pellet craze, this gun metal blue grill – Traeger Smoker 57″ Series Pellet Grill is not only great looking but produces great tasting meats. It has two temperature probes that connect to the all digital controller that precisely controls the heat production to deliver excellent tasting food. It has over 750 square inches of cooking space, an ample hopper and it has an extra grill rack.
The lower area has plenty of space for storage and there is a handy side shelf for added space. This is a quality grill that will deliver performance and great tasting smoked and grilled meals. Those that use this grill really love how well it heats and how well it keeps the heat constant.
Top Rated Pellet Smoker for the Money
New for this season, this U.S. made, pellet grills is made of heavy-gauge steel with a powder black coating to prevent rust. The unique design of the Summers Heat Model #51-SHPG100 Pellet Grill allows for both direct and indirect cooking and the digital controller provides for constant heat production.
The double doors make access easy and with the over 750 square inches of cooking space, this model can handle even large cuts of meat. The hopper holds 18 pounds, enough for overnight cooking. This grill will both impress and deliver excellently grilled meals for your table.
Be sure to use a quality grill cover to help protect your grill from the elements.