One of the fastest growing trends in the world of cooking has been the rise of the pellet grill when it comes to outdoor barbecuing. Though first patented and produced since the 1980s, recent competition over the past decade has caused the interest and demand in pellet grills to soar.
Named after the wood pellets that are used as the grill’s source of fuel, pellet grills provide the best of both worlds for those who regularly enjoy barbecues. These products tend to combine together charcoal smokers with gas grills. The result often is that the food barbecued still get a smoky flavor, but is easier to operate like a grill. In addition, these products allow the cook to control the temperature of the grill much like a kitchen oven.
As a result, pellet grills can smoke, sear, grill, roast, and even bake various of food products. Also, it can used by barbecue beginners as well as competitive cookers and smokers alike. No longer a novelty alternative, pellet grills are fast becoming the main grill for barbecues due to its versatility.
More modern pellet grills have automated control panels to regulate everything from temperature to air flow. These products may look odd given the appearance of a side-mounted hopper on a typical grill smoker. Using wood pellets to fuel the grill fires, these grills use air flow and various of controllers to provide some precision cooking.
With the rise in demand for these products, here is a list of 4-5 pellet grills which stand out even in a rapidly blooming competitive market.
Top Portable Grill with Wifi Controls
This grill – Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Pellet Grill can even be WiFi-controlled, but it also stands out as it is quite portable. The two legs double as portable handles, allowing you to take this pellet grill to different locations.
Unlike other portables that are still limited in its controls, the Davy Crockett version employs a digital touch-pad controller as well as an internal heat thermometer. Furthermore, the grill comes with adapters to allow for the use of electricity from a car battery. Also, the WiFi allows you to keep tabs on how the meat is cooking from a tablet or your smartphone, allowing you to do over activities while periodically checking in on how the grill is doing. Despite its small size, it has a cooking area to fit up to 10 burgers and weighs roughly 69 pounds.
Users are impressed with its temperature control (even on the app, you can adjust to every five degrees) and easy portability to events such as a tailgate party. Some have noted that it also has a chimney with a cover which prevents rain from leaking in, a feature that campers look for.
Best Pellet Grill for the Price
Armed with a 20×15-inch grilling area, this Traeger product – Traeger TFB29 Junior Elite Grill can easily heat up a dozen burgers at once. The Traeger brand has been synonymous with wood pellet grills since they were the original manufacturers back in late 1980s. Traeger still remains a strong brand today.
This Traeger product has a multi-positional thermostat control and a LED digital timer. There is a matter of making sure you have enough pellets as it does shut down if there are none left in the hopper. However, as long as start-up instructions are followed, then the grill gets hot quickly and proves to be durable.
This Traeger is regarded as having the right size for a typical backyard grill. It can hold a lot of items, but isn’t overly large or heavy. Many of its users praise its overall performance provided that there are always pellets available to keep the grilling going.
Top Rated Pellet Grill
While this grill – Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Bronze Pellet Grill comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, the product may make that feature unnecessary. Armed with a large hopper, this grill has a wide grilling range to allow for many items to be cooked at the same time.
Relatively easy to use thanks the large hopper and the clean-out ash, this pellet grill has a chimney and cover which prevents rain from getting in. It owns a 19.5×22-inch grilling section, allowing for plenty of space to cook burgers, hot dogs, and steaks on it. The electronic controller is on the grill and helps to adjust the cooking temperature.
Users like its steel frame and custom bronze lid, making it an attractive grill as well as an effective one. Many enjoy the food that comes off it as well as its look.
Best Wood Pellet Grill for the Money
This larger product – REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill has a 19.5-inch x 36-inch grilling area, so it comes at a heftier price. However, what stands out about it is its smart grill technology.
Large and with a red metal cover, this REC TEC product has a large hopper (able to hold up to 40 pounds of pellets). While parts of it are made in China, the smart computer system and powder cover are from the U.S.. Solid and durable, this grill can smoke or cook a lot of items at once. The grill grates are stainless steel rods that are marinate-resistant and there is even an internal hood light. The smart technology makes it easy to grill. Plug it in, push a button, and then set the temperature and the temperature display and the product mostly takes care of the rest.
Users like its look as well as its performance. There are a pair of bull-horn handles appropriate for a grill and the company’s customer service is highly regarded. Still, it is its durability and easy to use performance which draw the highest marks from its owners.
So if you are looking for something to give you that smokey barbeque flavor and still be easy to use, these grills may be for you. Enjoy your grill!