We Americans have a special thing for grilling. Undoubtedly, grilling and barbequing are integral parts of living the American lifestyle. For many, outdoor bbq party with family, friends and a handful of beer are the best way to spend leisure times.
When it comes to grilling, there are many options available nowadays. Pellet grill is kind of the new guy on the world of grilling. But trust me, this new guy has already made his position very strong among the masses. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association HPBA, wood pellet grills are one of the most popular grill machine types, offering the perfect wood tender flavor with the combination of easy set and go features. More than 13% of new grill sales are pellet smokers and the number is increasing day by day.
Pellet grills look like offset barrel smoker with a side mounted hopper. The side-mounted hopper is the place where you put the fuel of pellet grill machines, food grade wood pellets. These wood pellets contain no additives and they burn cleanly, leaving surprisingly very little ash.
Pellet smokers run on electrical current, which is very convenient. When you plug in the smoker and turn on the digital control board, a rotating auger inside the hopper pushes the wood pellets to the fire pot. There the pellets get burned with the help of an igniter rod. The heat generated from burning these pellets is then transferred under the grill grate. Many pellet grill models offer both direct and indirect grilling options. Grills forever is an excellent place to find the best pellet smokers available on the market. They have reviewed many pellet smokers of the different price ranges and different brands. You can surely find the pellet smoker that suits best to your grilling requirements and budgets. So, let's first start with the advantage of pellet grill cooking before stepping into the disadvantages.
• Pellet grills offer more options to its user. You can barbecue, roast and smoke with a pellet smoker. Many pellet smokers also have the option of direct grilling. They are versatile than most of the grilling options available on the market.
• Pellet grills are capable of preheating fast in 10 to 15 minutes which is much lesser than most other types of grills except gas grills.
• Many sophisticated pellet grills have a temperature regulation system with thermostat option. This enables you to control the heat to the extent of 5 to 10 degree and a better pellet delivery.
• Unlike other smokers, pellet smokers function like a convection oven. It allows you to load the cooking grate without the fear of uneven cooking.
• Pellet smokers give you the best option to perfectly smoked meat. Other smokers like charcoal smokers required a bit of expertise to get perfectly smoked meats. The wood pellets used in pellet smokers are commercially made for this purpose and its smoke is much more subtle than normal wood chunks. If you need more smoke than normal with your pellet smoker you can always put strongly flavored wood chunks in your pellet smoker.
• Commercial wood pellet chips come with various flavor options- hickory, alder, pecan, apple, cherry, maple and many more. It is a lot more convenient than other smoking options. A 20-pound pellet bag is enough for several cooks.
Before you decide what grill is right for you, let’s explain a few key differences. While the bot has the word “grill” in the title, they are actually quite different cookers.
• Pellet smokers are dependent on electricity, which might be a concern if you are planning for an outdoor smoking party. This problem is not a big deal if you have access to a generator or other power sources.
• Although pellet smokers are called pellet grills by many, very few of them offer direct heat cooking options. Thus, in the opinion of many grill experts, these are pellet smokers rather than pellet grills.
• Pellet smokers are expensive in comparison to other mainstream grills like charcoal grills. Their price range starts from around $400 to $4000.
• If you want the perfectly smoked meat, you have to cook it slowly with a pellet smoker. The higher the cooking temperature, the less smoke it will produce to flavor the meat.
• Since pellet grills have many movable parts and electrical components, the risk of breaking down is higher. On the other hand, grills that come into one piece like kamado and charcoal don’t have this type of risk.
• Pellet smokers require regular maintenance and cleanliness to keep them rust free.
The popularity of pellet smokers is increasing day by day. And rightly so! The quality they offer with the unprecedented convenience is worthy of all the good ratings it is getting by the consumers all over the world.
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia