So, you bought a pellet grill—great! We’re happy you made the plunge. Many people use their pellet grill as-is—no fancy accessories/bells and whistles. However, Camp Chef offers two great pellet grill accessory attachment options that bolt to the side of your grill. Both the Sidekick and the Sear Box are excellent choices and their reviews speak for themselves. But, what’s the difference between the two and which pellet grill attachment works best for you?
Sear Box Overview
The Sear Box is first and foremost just that, a Sear Box and it’s good for one thing—searing. The included cast iron grill grates create beautiful sear marks and assist the Sear Box in reaching an astounding 900°F. It’s important to note that the Sear Box is not compatible with any other additional accessories (as the Sidekick is.) If you sometimes miss your propane grill, are transitioning from propane to pellet grill full-time, love to sear steaks, veggies, burgers, and other meats, then a Sear Box will fill your smoking and searing needs perfectly.
The Sidekick unit offers a more versatile, all-in-one cooking option. The unit includes a removable steel griddle-top great for sautéing and griddle sears. However, the Sidekick unit is also part of our 14-inch cook system family. This means that you can purchase additional 14-inch, one-burner accessories to swap out as needed. Want to create grill marks and sear meats and veggies? No problem—purchase a BBQ Grill Box. Easily bake pizzas, bread, cinnamon rolls, salmon, and other delicacies by buying the Italia Artisan Pizza Oven. Boil noodles or simmer sauces whilst your meat smokes inside the pellet grill by adding a pot or cast-iron pan. The Sidekick unit can hold up to 40 lbs. of weight and reach optimal temperatures for searing. If you’re looking for a unit to bake, sear, sauté, braise, and boil—then you’ll want a Sidekick.
Sear Box– PGSEAR
|Overview||offers versatility without compromising quality or function||perfect for grilling and searing|
|Fits Camp Chef Pellet Grills||x||x|
|High Heat Searing Capabilities||x||x|
|Burner Type||Circular burner||Elongated horseshoe burner|
|Surface Area||231 sq. in.||184 sq. in.|
|Compatible Accessories||Griddle (SG30 – included)
Grill Box (BB30)
Artisan Oven (PZ30)
Cast Iron Skillet
Pots, pans, etc.