Although much of the summer turned out to be not so much fun for us, Mrs. DS got me an awesome Father’s Day gift I’ve been meaning to write about. Truth be told, I’ve been waiting for a Traeger pellet grill for awhile but I wanted to catch it on a sale somewhere I could use gift cards. The smokers aren’t cheap, but when you grill 3-4 times a week, the cost is somewhat justified. The stars finally aligned on Father’s Day weekend.
Since then, I’ve probably gone through about 10 bags (20 pounds each) of wood pellets of varying flavors. I generally stick to hickory, mesquite, or alder. Or some combination of those due to the versatility of being able to work well with many types of meats. There are a lot of different blends if you go away from the Traeger brand pellets. I’ve tried some, they seem to burn just as well and at a cheaper price. Supposedly using a different brand of pellet will void the warranty but good luck proving that one.
Many people think pellet smokers are only good for the longer cooking processes but honestly they work great for quicker things like burgers and steaks too. I haven’t even used my gas grill once since owning the Traeger. Sure, it does take a little bit longer but now you have an excuse to have another ice cold beer or a chance to get to know a neighbor better when they walk over to see what’s cooking. Or do both. The smoke is a great conversation starter.
One of our neighbors bought the same model as this one a week after we bought ours. And another neighbor across the street has a Green Mountain pellet smoker he really likes. We joke about having a constant haze in the air when we get them all fired up!
Traeger Pellet Grill Food Results
thread post is worthless without pics, here we go!
Final Thoughts On Wood Pellet Grills
These grills are expensive but I haven’t regretted the purchase for one second. I’ve used the heck out of this thing the past few months and haven’t had one issue. Which brand is best? Well it’s debatable. I’m partial to Traeger because friends and family have had good luck with them but I honestly have heard some of the cheaper brands work just as well.There seems to be a premium for everything (accessories, pellets, covers) with the Traeger label.
If you like outdoor cooking as much as I do and don’t mind smelling like Smokey Bear, a pellet grill/smoker might be for you!