Think itâs starting to get too chilly to cook outside? Well, grab a blanket, a thermos of cider, and think again! With a backyard fire pit and a few crazy sâmore recipes, you can keep the fun going even on cool autumn nights.
Now when you think of a propane fire pit, you probably also picture a puffy, golden marshmallow on a roasting stick in your hand. Sâmores and fireâthey go together like a pellet grill and pork. One without the other feels wrong. But if you had any sort of a childhood, youâve already experienced the classic white mallow, melty chocolate square, and honey graham cracker combo. Tonight, itâs time to change things up.
If youâd rather not venture far from the conventional sâmore recipe, then the Negative Sâmore is the one for you. Itâs a simple reversal of your favorite ingredients: marshmallow, chocolate graham, cookies ânâ cream chocolate square. Yes, please!
Sometimes that chocolate in the middle of your sâmore gets a little lonely. Why not add its favorite partner in crime, peanut butter? There is nothing that could go wrong with that combination. Try swapping your chocolate square for a peanut butter cup, and let us know how it changes your life.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who donât like mint, and those who see mint as the delicious, indulgent experience that it truly is. If you belong in the second camp, we have your new favorite sâmore recipe right here. Cracker, mint patty, marshmallow. Repeat.
Raise your hand if youâre a Nutella fan. Now use that hand to spread some Nutella on your graham cracker, slice a few strawberries, roast a marshmallow, and squash it all together. Itâs like youâve transported your backyard fire pit to Europe for a night.
Admit itâjust the thought of a salted caramel sâmore is making your mouth water. You donât need anything fancy to recreate this masterpiece. Just pick up a jar of caramel topping and some sea salt next time youâre at the store. You can spread it on one cracker and enjoy.
Mind-Blown Rating: "Where have you been all my life?"
Speaking of caramel, you can take it a step further with this recipe. Switch out the sea salt for toasted coconut shavings, and youâre on your way to an incredible eating experience. We take no responsibility for any cravings you might feel after tasting it.
We know what youâre thinkingâcitrus on a sâmore? Trust us, itâs incredible. This is a great way to use extra lemon curd you have around the house. Pro tip: use homemade lemon curd if youâre into that.
Mind-Blown Rating: "My life will never be the same."
You put the lime in the coconut and...youâve got yourself a sâmore. Really though, all this recipe takes is a bit of lime curd, some toasted coconut shavings, and a marshmallow. Youâve never tasted anything like this before from your backyard fire pit.
8 Pellet Grill Recipes You Have to Try on Your SmokePro
You may have heard of pellet grills and wondered what all the hype is about. Itâs just a grill, right? What can you cook on a pellet grill that you canât on a propane grill? Plenty, my friend. In fact, there are a few foods you simply havenât experienced unless youâve cooked them on a SmokePro pellet grill. These pellet grill recipes are here to change your life. Or, at least, your taste buds.
Miracle Frozen Chicken
First on our list of what you can cook on your pellet grill is frozen, store-bought chicken. You know that cheap, rubbery kind you have to excavate from out of the frozen aisle? Yeah, thatâs it. Well, now you can make a delectable dinner of it every week. Just place the frozen chicken directly onto the grates of your pellet grill, turn the temperature dial to Hi Smoke, and let the smoker do its thing for an hour. When you come back, youâll want to season the chicken with steak seasoning and bring it to an internal temperature of 165Â° F (we can help you measure the internal temp). If you plan to finish it off with a sear, you can transfer it to your sear box when it reaches 130Â° F. Either way, you will have turned border-line inedible chicken into a tender, flavorful piece of protein.
Competition BBQ Chicken
If youâre looking to upgrade from frozen chicken, this chicken recipe is the way to go. The total time to make it, start to finish, is only 30-45 minutes. You could be looking at a prize-winning dinner in no time.
Dang Good Burgers
What can you cook on a pellet grill? A dang good burger. I know what youâre thinking: burgers and propane grills go together like cheesy potatoes and Dutch ovens. But the added wood-fired and smoky flavors you get from a pellet grill will give you a burger unlike any other youâve tasted before. There are two approaches to how to cook your burgers on a pellet grill.
Heat First, Smoke Later
First crank the pellet grill to high and let it warm up for 10 minutes. Cook your burgers on that setting for 4 minutes on each side, then finish up on the High Smoke setting to slowly smoke it to your desired temperature. You wonât get the same seared finish that you might on a propane grill, but youâll be too busy enjoying the smoky flavor to notice.
If you need a good sear to fall in love with a burger, you can use the SmokePro sear box for the reverse sear method. You begin with the burgers on medium heat in the pellet grillâabout 275Â° Fâto give the meat two layers of smoky and wood-fired flavor. Youâll also want to switch on your sear box to medium and let it heat up for 5 minutes. Iâve found that medium is hot enough for the kind of sear I like, but the unit can heat up to 900Â° F. Once the burgers start to sweat a bit, I like to move them to the sear box. Leave them for 1 minute, rotate 90Â° for 1 minute, then flip and do the same on the other side. For me, the combination of the seared texture and the wood and smoke flavors is hands down the best way to cook a burger.
Tender Pulled Pork
This is the best pulled pork recipe Iâve ever tasted. I like to bring my meat up to 205Â° F so that it just falls apart with a fork. Thereâs no going wrong with a low-cost, high-volume BBQ meal like this one. And with a pellet grill, it takes almost no effort on your part.
Baconâ¦Need We Say More?
No recipe needed for this one. Just buy bacon, throw some Competition Blend pellets into the hopper, and experience the miracle of pellet grill bacon. Low and slow is good, medium heat is good, high heat is good. Itâs almost impossible to mess up. If youâve ever wondered, âWhat can I cook on a pellet grill?â this should be the first thing you try.
Smoked Pork Ribs
There is no better way to cook ribs than on a pellet grill. Period. Donât believe me? Try this incredible ribs recipe this weekend and taste it for yourself.
Of all the cuts of meat, brisket is among the most intimidating to cook. Thereâs trimming, wrapping, rubbing, and then hoping it doesnât turn out dry and disappointing. Iâm nowhere near a pit master, but Iâve cooked brisket several times now on my SmokePro, each time with great success. Check out this smoked brisket recipe for your next big barbecue, and keep an eye out for more tips and tricks coming soon.
Incredible Apple Pie
So maybe youâre feeling a bit daring, and you want to try something unique. What can you cook on a pellet grill that isnât meat? Give this classic American dessert a shot. You can use our favorite apple pie recipe or your own, then leave it on your pellet grill to bake. Set the grill to 400Â° F just like you would a kitchen oven, and thatâs it. Donât worryâit wonât taste smoky. In fact, I suggest using apple pellets for a sweet, Applewood flavor. Your neighbors might give you weird looks as you put your pie on the grill, but it will be worth it.
Our pellet grills are for control freaksâthose who love precise numbers and tight temperature ranges. Our pellet grills are also for carefree cooksâthose who love stepping away from the grill and relaxing until their food is ready. These two types of outdoor chefs may seem like polar opposites, but there is one thing on which they agree: itâs all about the taste.
It is upon this uniting idea that we developed our Smart Smoke Technology. Now everyone can be happy, no matter what their cooking method.
For the Carefree Cooks
When youâre sitting down for a meal of smoked ribs, you donât care if your pellet grill was at 220Â° F or 225Â°F; you just want to eat a dang good piece of meat. Many of our competitors love to brag about their breakthrough temperature control like itâs the greatest thing since man discovered fire. While a tight temperature range is important, it doesnât give you the maximum smoky flavor you crave when you slow-smoke food. In order to keep a pellet grill within 5Â° of a target temperature, the pellet auger must feed a steady stream of pellets into the burn cup. There is a consistent fire, and therefore minimal smoke. What youâll taste at the end of your cookout is a wood-fired flavor which, while tasty, isnât the savory smokiness you hoped for.
Now take our Smart Smoke Technology with the Lo Smoke and Hi Smoke settings. On these settings, our pellet grills fluctuate within 10Â° or 15Â° from the target temperature. This forces the auger to feed wood pellets into the burn cup less often and in greater quantities, leading to shorter burns and lots of smoke. Our grills produce the optimal amount of smoke for maximum smoky flavor thanks to this technology. Try it out: the taste will speak for itself.
For the Control Freaks
If the idea of temperature fluctuation made your inner control freak a bit anxious, you can relax now. Our Smart Smoke Technology also offers the precision you need for baking, grilling, braising, and every other cooking job. We get itâwith some foods, thereâs no wiggle room with the temperature. Thatâs why weâve included a variety of specific temperature settings from 175Â°F to 400Â°F and above. You can set the heat and count on your pellet grill to keep it. Enjoy food cooked to your liking and an excellent wood-fired flavor.
So to both groupsâthe carefree cooks and the control freaksâwe say cook on. Find your style of low-and-slow or careful-and-controlled. Embrace it. Whatever you prefer, the superior flavor of Smart Smoke Technology is for you.
With football season right around the corner (you can almost hear the kickoff whistle echoing from the stadium), itâs time to haul your tailgating gear out of storage. Chances are you have a trusty stove thatâs both portable and powerful, a heavy duty cooler for maximum beer-holding capacity, and a collection of tried-and-true recipes. Or maybe this is your first season, and youâre trying to decide what you need to kick things off with a bang. Whether youâre a newbie or a veteran, you canât reach MVP status until youâre bringing these items and accessories with you every weekend.
1. Extra bag of chips or pack of drinks
Obviously, you should plan to bring plenty of food. But take special care and set aside an extra bag of chips or six pack. This inexpensive investment can go miles as a peace offering to your tailgate neighbors, especially if youâre a newcomer. Bring it by their tent when you arrive with no strings attached. Youâll make a few friendsâand youâll have someone to ask for help when you realize that you forgot the mustard.
2. Frozen water bottles
Filling your cooler with ice is great for cans of soda or beer, but when it comes to keeping your food cold, you need something that wonât create a puddle. You can buy ice packs for thisâtheyâll stay dry and cold. However, the next-level strategy is to pack your cooler with frozen water bottles. Not only will this keep food cool and dry, youâll also have a half dozen refreshing waters to drink later that afternoon.
3. Wireless thermometer
As the party chef, you could find yourselfÂ pinned to your stove all day, watching the meat like a helicopter mom. If youâre paranoid about hitting the right temperature, you arenât leaving yourself any time for fun. And last time we checked, tailgating is all about having a good time. With a wireless thermometer, you can enjoy the party and keep a close eye on your meat at the same time. Set the desired temperature, insert the meat probe, listen for the notification alarm, and dominate at cornhole until itâs time to eat.
4. Crazy condiments
Ketchup, mustard, mayo, and relish might be classics, but they arenât your only options. Donât be afraid to up your tailgating game with some moreâ¦experimental condiments. Spice it up with BBQ sauce, teriyaki, ranch, and more. If you really want to score with your guests, bust out a homemade spread like artichoke pesto sauce or peanut butter sauce (yes, peanut butter). Trust us, your taste buds and tailgating buddies will thank you!
5. Outdoor screen and projector
You might have a portable TV to watch football games throughout the day; an outdoor movie screen takes that concept to the next level of awesome. Youâll need to bring a power source for your projector, but from there itâs a simple set up. Imagine all your favorite games showing on the big screen instead of your tiny computer. Youâll be the star of the parking lot.
6. First Aid Kit
Okay, okay. This might seem like a no-brainer, but the tailgating pros always put safety first. You never know when you might need some burn ointment after a hot splash of grease or a bandage after flag football gets too competitive.
7. Hand-Washing Station
Once the eating, drinking, playing, and high-fiving is done, you will want to be able to wash and dry your hands. Hand sanitizer is a quick, easy solution. But you can take it a step further with a bottle of hand soap and a 5-gallon beverage cooler as a wash station. Leave a large bucket underneath (or your dirty dishes tote, see below) to catch the soapy water, and voila! You have yourself a full tailgate hand-washing station. For added convenience, hook a paper towel rack onto your stove or grill.
8. Empty plastic tote or collapsible garbage can
When the burgers are eaten and the beers are gone, you only want to think about one thing: winning the big game. What you donât want to think about is washing a pile of dirty spatulas, knives, trays, cutting boards, plates, and other scattered dishes. Cue the empty tub: you can pile everything into it without getting your car dirty, then forget about it until after the game. If you donât have a spare tote, try using a collapsible garbage can like this one. Â Either way, the idea is the same: clean-up in a snap.
Do you have some hacks of your own? Let us know in the comments below or share on social media how youâve taken your tailgating game to pro status.
From the hills of Conestoga Ranch, we had the perfect view of Bear Lake with its tropical-blue waterâan unreal color for a lake in the middle of the mountains. We ventured from the camp up to Minnetonka Cave, named with a Native American word for ârunning water.â Huddled together in the cool 40Âº F cave, we listened to an earnest young tour guide point out stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations. The dim lighting, alien structures, and damp cold felt like another planet in the middle of a Utah summer.
Afterward, we headed to the lake for some oven-baked pizzas on the beach. Cassidy, the head pizza chef of Conestoga Ranch, taught (or tried to teach) us how to toss pizza dough like a pro. We managed to keep all the dough off the sand, and some even made it into the oven.
While the setting was gorgeous, what made the trip such a treat was the company. Vince, the executive chef of Conestoga Ranch, showed us how to whip up restaurant-worthy dishes on the fly (Literallyâhe made up the first recipe as he was cooking it). Inge took charge of the hospitality side of things, from grabbing extra utensils to cleaning up our messy cooking experiments. And of course, our food blogger guests were nothing short of delightful. We sincerely want to thank all of you!
As a group of Camp Chef employees, food bloggers, and chefs, we all had one thing in common: a deep passion for good food. With an armada of Camp Chef stoves, grills, ovens, griddles, cast iron, utensils, and more we cooked some of the best food weâve ever had. Homemade toast with avocado, plain Greek yogurt, and paprika; Wagyu beef sliders on flat bread with goat cheese and corn salsa; green eggs and ham pizza; cast iron cinnamon rolls; smoked tri-tipâthe list goes on. When you combine great products with genius cooking skills, the results are incredible. We couldnât eat it all, but we couldnât resist tasting everything.
And thatâs really the kind of Camp Chef experience we wanted to create. Good food, good people, good setting. The formula for feeding your outside isnât rocket science by any means. But itâs one that we could all practice a little more in our lives, donât you think?
Six Things to consider before buying a Pellet Grill
Youâve been thinking about it again, havenât you? You can almost smell it now, that savory scent ofÂ smoked meats wafting through the air. You can almost taste the unparalleled flavor of smoked ribs,Â brisket, beef, chicken, and more. Just thinking about it all makes your mouth water. Finally, you settle onÂ the matter. You have to upgrade your grill to something that delivers more flavor and versatility. YouâveÂ decided you have to have a pellet grill. But before you rush online or over to your nearest retailer, thereÂ are plenty of important details to consider when searching for the right pellet grill. With this in mind,Â read on to learn what you should look for and why.
Why a Pellet Grill?
Perhaps you havenât quite reached the pointÂ outlined in the hypothetical scenario above.Â Maybe youâre considering a pellet grill for theÂ first time, or maybe youâve heard your friends orÂ colleagues talking about them and youâveÂ decided to research the matter yourself. Great,Â thatâs why weâre starting this article byÂ answering this important question: why areÂ pellet grills such a great choice for barbequing?Â Whether you know the answer already or not,Â this brief buyerâs guide will both create andÂ reinforce a decision to invest in pellet grilling,Â and it will go over all the matters you need toÂ consider when searching for the right pellet grill.
For starters, pellet grills are fueled by burning small compressed pellets of real wood, and are perhaps the single best barbequing option for the backyard barbeque fan. Itâs important that you choose pellets wisely to keep ash off the food and save money. Read more about premium pellets in our article âTaste the Premium Wood Pellet Differenceâ. Pellet grills are better than traditional grills for three distinct reasons, and those reasons are: flavor, ease-of-use, and versatility. Together these characteristics make a pellet grill an exceptional investment in your barbequing future. Thereâs no replacement for or equal to the flavor of smoked meats, and this is something easily accommodated with a pellet grill. If you think the only way to produce quality, smoked meats is by using a large and elaborate stick (log) burning grill like the pros use, think again.
A pellet grill produces the same, great, smoked flavor as the large, aforementioned alternative, and itÂ does so with far less hassle, which brings us to the next selling point: ease-of-use. You see, if youâreÂ going to smoke meats with a large and expensive stick burner, then you better be well versed in whatÂ youâre doing, and you better be ready to devote a lotÂ of time to monitoring your cooking. With traditionalÂ smokers and stick burners, you have to truly monitorÂ the entire process in order ensure that your smokerÂ remains within the proper temperature range. WhatâsÂ more, you have to know how to change theÂ temperature when it begins to fluctuate, when to addÂ another log, adjust air flow, etc. Learning this artÂ takes a lot of time, and perfecting it takes evenÂ longer.
-Ease of Use-Â
With a pellet grill, however, you can forget about having to dealÂ with any of that. Pellet grills work with the push of a button and theÂ dial of a knob. And thatâs no exaggeration. Push-button ignitionÂ lights the flame thatâll keep your pellets burning, and arrows orÂ knobs are used to adjust the temperature setting. The right kind ofÂ pellet grill is extremely accurate with its temperatures too.Â Variances in your set temperature are likely to be as little as 10Â degrees, give or take. In addition to being easier to use than a stickÂ burner, pellet grills are also much easier to manage than yourÂ common charcoal grill. Make no mistake, your average stick burnerÂ or charcoal grill does offer great, smoky flavor to whatever yourÂ smoking/grilling, but it all comes at the cost of long hoursÂ monitoring and tweaking the flame and temperature, not toÂ mention it makes for a considerable amount of cleanup too.
Imagine all the flavor of traditional smoking or charcoal grilling without the hassle associated withÂ either, and youâve just imagined what a pellet grill offers. Itâs the cheat mode of grilling. Pellet grills come with all the convenience ofÂ gas grilling, without the need to store or refill on propane, and all the flavor of traditional smokers.Â Subsequently, they also offer far more versatility than traditional smokers, charcoal, or gas grills. GasÂ grills, for example, are fine for cooking hot dogs, burgers, and steaks (albeit they still lack the flavor of real wood barbeques) but if youâve ever wanted to cook something bigger, like a whole chicken, your gas grill isnât going to cut it. This is often the same case with charcoal grills, except that they add great flavor. Conversely, a stick burning smoker isnât something youâd ever use for cooking a few burgers or chicken thighs. Pellet grills, on the other hand, can handle both smoking and grilling jobs. Whether you want to slow cook/smoke your meats, or you want to quickly grill up some patties or chicken drums, a pellet grill is a convenient answer. Whichever option you go with, you get savory, real-wood flavor. With all the different pellet options available, you can cook with convenience and variety, from hickory toÂ Applewood, pecan, classic alder, and more.
What to Look for in a Pellet Grill
Now that itâs apparent why pellet grills are so great to use in your barbequing, itâs equally important toÂ know what to look for in a pellet grill. Consideration of the subject begs to question: are all pellet grillsÂ created equal? The answer: no, they arenât. As is the case with just about everything, there are varyingÂ levels of quality and features from one pellet grill to the next, and itâs important to know why quality is aÂ must and what features are necessary for a grill to be a great pellet grill.
Speaking on the subject of quality, itâs worthÂ mentioning that quality is always important.Â Some grills may look real pretty on the outside,Â but on the inside, they lack the same attentionÂ to detail. Sometimes, a grill will be constructedÂ of high grade stainless steel externally while itsÂ guts are made of lower-grade metals. This isÂ problematic not for aesthetic reason, but forÂ functionality and longevity. In other words, ifÂ the heart and soul of your grill isnât made well,Â youâll burn through it over time, literally.
-Functionality and Efficiency-
As far as functionality is concerned, you want a unit that is well built, with efficiency in mind. Thereâs a fine balance to strike between encasing a grill (particularly the burn pot) in a sufficient wall of steel verses a grill thatâs made bomb proof. If the grill casing is too thin, then it wonât retain heat as well, and as a result, youâll burn through more pellets, especially in colderÂ temperatures. On the other hand, you can overdo it. A super thick-walled grill (a.k.a. bomb proof) will be too heavy to move around because of the shear weight. If you look at a traditional, industrial-grade smoker, youâll find that the walls are rather thick, and thatâs a necessary thing, in order to regulate temperature. However, since a pellet grill has an internal computer regulating temperature, additional thickness isnât needed.
If you want to take efficiency to an even higher level you can wrap your grill friend in a blanket that will keep her warm year round. That can reduce pellet consumption by up to 50% during the winter months, and save you money year round. Donât worry, the blanket is built to handle the heat.
-Precise Temperature Control-
Speaking of temperature-regulating computers, we come to our next point; and thatâs temperatureÂ controlâ¦precise temperature control to be specific. When shopping for a pellet grill, temperatureÂ control is a necessity; else you lose the convenience that comes with using a pellet grill. Thereâs moreÂ than one way to approach temperature control, but the commonality among high quality grills is the useÂ of computer-regulated temperature control. Not all manufacturers have durable control units so check out the reviews before buying! Whether itâs PID (proportional, integral, derivative)Â temperature control or some other equivalent,Â the name of the game is precision. FluctuationsÂ should be within 10Â°F, give or take. This mean youÂ want to steer away from grills that boast of heatÂ zones. Heat zones are nothing to boast about. ItÂ simply means that the grill is incapable ofÂ maintaining a fairly narrow temperature range and instead can only maintainÂ temperature within a broad âzone.â Youâll also want to avoid pellet grills that use baffles or any otherÂ manual form of air flow for temperatureÂ regulating purposes.
-Fuel Containment and Cooking Surface-Â
For a pellet grill, your fuel is pellets, which is great for all the reasons mentioned in the beginning of thisÂ article. Being that your fuel is pellets, youâll want to make sure the pellet grill of your choice has aÂ containment unit (known as a hopper) that is large enough to hold the amount of pellets youâll need. AÂ good size hopper, somewhat of the standard among good pellet grills, is 18 lbs. With an 18 poundÂ hopper, you can cook for a long time, enough for the long slow-cook times associated with smoking yourÂ meats. But if you have a hopper much smaller than this, youâll have to refill with pellets more often.Â Another important quality to any grill is the cooking surface. First off, you want a cooking surface that isÂ made of high-quality metal, as already mentioned. But you also want a cooking surface that isÂ sufficiently large for the amount of cooking youâre going to want to do. Camp Chef pellet grills come in aÂ range of sizes, from 429 sq. inches to 875 sq. inches. So whether youâre going to do small amounts orÂ large amounts of smoking and grilling, we have an option for you. Another important thing to consider is looking for a pellet grill with convection style circulation. All Camp Chef Smokepro pellet grills come standard with a continuous convection fan that significantly reduces natural hot spots typical of grills in the marketplace. Think of it as cheat mode. You donât have to figure out where to place your meat since the temperature is very close no matter where you place it on the grill grates.
â¢ Sear box â The nature of pellet grills make it challenging to get a crisp sear so look into the max temperature, and add-on accessories that give you the ability to sear at high heat. Camp Chef makes a sear box accessory that sears meat at up to 900Â°F. No pellet grill on the market has a sear that can be compared with the sear produced on Camp Chefâs sear box. The beauty is that you can sear at 900Â°F, then cook at any temp between 160Â°F and 500Â°F.
â¢ Patio Cover â Keep your grill and pellets dry the next time it rains with the SmokePro canvas patio cover.
â¢ Add-on Racks â Smoke jerky, produce massive amounts of bacon, and quadruple your cooking space on these simple to install racks
â¢ SmokePro Insulation Blanketâ Trap the heat in with a fireproof blanket and save on pellets
Another very nice feature of pellet grills is their extreme burn efficiency. This is due to the nature of theÂ fuel used to produce the burn. Pellets actually burn far more efficiently than charcoal, and even moreÂ efficiently than logs. This means they produce a lot less waste. If youâve ever used a charcoal grill, thenÂ you know that theyâre a mess to clean up. The ash box fills quickly and often, requiring frequentlyÂ cleaning. Real wood burning leaves a lot ofÂ char too, and if youâre using a log burner,Â then youâll have substantial amounts ofÂ clean up to do.Â Hereâs the beauty of burning pellets though.Â Because the pellets are compressed wood,Â theyâre quite a bit denser than real wood.Â Because theyâre denser, they burn throughÂ easier and produce a lot less ash. Camp Chef pellet grillsÂ are by far the cleanest burning, real-woodÂ grills available. So youâll be cleaning out your ash box a whole lot less. As mentioned earlier, it may beÂ only once a year. Whatever the frequency is, youâll want to get a grill that accommodates very easyÂ cleanup. For example, Camp Chef pellet grills come with a patented Ash Can Cleanout System that is soÂ simple and easy to clean that it becomes a matter of simply detaching a can and dumping it in theÂ garbage. Itâs a big ash deal. Whatâs more, Camp Chef pellet grills have the added feature of a hopper cleanout and purgeÂ system too.
Conclusion and Recap
After everything weâve mentioned here, you can see that there is a lot to consider when shopping for aÂ pellet grill. We hope you feel a bit like an expert in pellet grills after reading through this, but for theÂ sake of a brief recap letâs visit the qualifiers of a good pellet grill one more time, in a quick list.Â Remember, the advantages of a pellet grill are:
â¢ Flavor Delivery â nothing can replace that savory smoke flavor.
â¢ Ease of Use â getting that smoky flavor the traditional way is difficult and messy, but with aÂ pellet grill, itâs never been easier or cleaner.
â¢ Versatility â Charcoal grills are messy, and stick burners are only for really big jobs. The pelletÂ grill, however, can cook your small quantities and large smoke jobs, from burgers and dogs toÂ whole turkeys.
Remember, when buying a pellet grill, youâre looking for:
â¢ High Quality Construction â you want something built to last, but you donât want a pellet grillÂ built like a stick burner.
â¢ Functionality and Efficiency â you want a grill that isnât going to go through pellets like thereâsÂ no tomorrow.
â¢ Precise Temperature Control â temperature control is so important; you want to set and forget.Â Set the temperature and walk way without babysitting, thatâs how easy it should be.
â¢ Fuel Containment and Cooking Surface â you need a hopper thatâs big enough (around 18 lbs.)Â and a cooking surface that can handle your plans.
â¢ Easy Cleanup â you donât want a grill thatâs high maintenance and takes a lot of work to clean.
Now that you know what to look for in a pellet grill take a moment to consider the quality pellet grillsÂ we produce here at Camp Chef. We know youâll love what you find.
More about Camp Chef Pellet GrillsÂ
Every camp chef pellet grill and smoker is designed with theÂ home griller in mind. Made of high-quality materials, ourÂ pellet grills deliver functional efficiency time and time again.Â Our built-in features simplify the process of smoking andÂ grilling, making the experience enjoyable and hassle free.Â Camp Chefâs automatic auger dispenses pellets as neededÂ for improved smoking efficiency, and the hopper purge andÂ patented Ash Can Cleanout System makes clean up theÂ easiest out there.Â Digital temperature readouts take the guesswork out of theÂ cooking process, and an advanced digital temperature chip provides the steady and consistentÂ temperatures needed for smoking. By eliminating large temperature swings, you can confidently set theÂ temperature and walk away. Additionally, the stainless steel temperature probe enables you to monitorÂ the internal temperature of your meats, ensuring that theyâre cooked to perfection.Â With our range of SmokePro Pellet Grills, you can choose the grill thatâs right for your needs.Â And with an 18 pound hopper, you can keep on smoking and grilling for hour after hour without needingÂ a refill.
â¢ Electronic auto-start ignition
â¢ Easily choose your smoke setting or desired temperature (with Dual LED temperature readouts,
internal cooking temps, and internal food temps available with some models)
â¢ Automatic auger dispenses pellets as needed for improved smoking efficiency
â¢ Stainless steel probe measures internal food temperature (available in certain models)
â¢ Built in sensor gauge reads cooking temperature
â¢ Included warming rack provides additional space to cook your favorite foods
â¢ Clean-out ash can makes clean up simple
â¢ Large capacity pellet hopper means less filling, more smoking
â¢ Included recipe booklet simplifies the learning curve
â¢ Pellet hopper cleanout and purge (available in certain models)
â¢ 160Â° F up to 500Â° F temperature range for slow smoking to grilling