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What is a pellet grill?: 49 Pellet Grill Questions Answered

There’s no hotter product in BBQ than pellet grills. Thanks to better marketing, increased exposure and widespread availability in big box stores, more and more people have been introduced to these do-everything set-it-and forget-it cookers. Automated, versatile, and unlike any grill people have used, pellet grills are the perfect one-grill solution, allowing you to smoke authentic BBQ, slow-roast a turkey, grill a steak, or bake pizza all on the same cooker. Yet, for a product billed as the answer to your every backyard cooking need, pellet grills raise plenty of questions.

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Traeger vs Big Green Egg - Comparing Pellet Grills and Kamado Grills

Traeger® vs Big Green Egg®: Comparing Pellet Grills and Kamado Grills

Without a doubt, Traeger and Big Green Egg are two of the hottest names in grilling. Each has generated a ton of buzz while cultivating a rabid following that believes they’ve found BBQ nirvana. Unsurprisingly, such devout popularity has fueled plenty of comparisons. However, comparing these BBQ behemoths goes well beyond two grills. As the best-known pellet grill and kamado brands, the Traeger and Big Green Egg names are often used when referring to any pellet or kamado grill. So the real question isn’t why you’d buy a Traeger vs. a Big Green Egg, but why you’d get a pellet grill vs. a kamado grill.

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Primo vs Big Green Egg

Primo® vs Big Green Egg®

Chances are you’ve heard about the Big Green Egg. But unless you’re a serious griller, you may not know Primo Ceramic Grills. As the most popular kamado grill on the market, the Big Green Egg name has become a stand-in for all kamado grills. In fact, if you ask the average American about kamado grills, you’ll probably get plenty of blank stares. Inquire about the Big Green Egg and you’ll be treated to scores of anecdotes about obsessed coworkers and Egghead friends.

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Choosing the Best Kamado Grill

Kamado grills, also called ceramic grills or egg grills, have enjoyed a surge in popularity due to their incredible versatility and performance. With new brands entering the market each year, there are more options than ever, making it hard to determine which kamado is right for you. However, if you know what features to compare, choosing a kamado charcoal grill can be made a whole lot easier. To simplify your shopping process, we’ve outlined some of the things you should consider.

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choosing the best pellet grill

6 Tips for Choosing the Best Pellet Grill

Whether you call them pellet grills or pellet smokers (the terms are interchangeable), there's no denying the impact these do-everything cookers are having on BBQ. In the past year alone, interest in pellet grills has grown at an astounding rate, with the number of online searches nearly doubling. Although they've been around for over thirty years (read more about the history of pellet grills), its only recently that they've become the hottest product in BBQ. Some of that buzz is owed to the marketing efforts of Traeger, who launched high-profile media campaigns that put their grills before a mass audience. Between Traeger's affiliation with Dan Patrick's syndicated radio show and a half-hour infomercial for the Renegade Elite, millions of people were introduced not just to Traeger, but pellet grills in general.

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Kamado Joe vs. Big Green Egg

Kamado Joe vs. Big Green Egg

As the two most popular brands of kamado grills, Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg draw a lot of comparisons. The first and best-known ceramic grill on the market, Big Green Egg is almost single-handedly responsible for the booming popularity of kamado grills. However, Kamado Joe has gained a large following with its continued innovation and all-inclusive accessory packages that offer everything you need at one price.

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weber summit charcoal kamado grill

Weber® Summit® Charcoal: A New Take on the Kamado Grill

When you’re a brand as iconic as Weber, with a history that parallels America’s love affair with backyard barbecue, releasing a new grill is bound to stir interest. It’s not surprising, then, that when Weber began teasing its new #grillofalifetime, the buzz was deafening, with Weber devotees and the BBQ world at large speculating on what the mystery grill would be.
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Small and portable pellet grills

Small & Portable Pellet Grills

Pellet grills are known for their amazing cooking versatility, precision temperature control, and ease-of-use. When you combine those elements with a compact and portable design, you get a do-everything BBQ grill that allows you to enjoy smoked brisket, slow-roasted beef, wood-fired pizza, and even blueberry while pie camping, travelling in the RV, or tailgating. And because it's a pellet grill, you just set the electric controller and let grill do the rest while you enjoy time around the campfire or gear up for the game. Their modest size also makes these grills perfect for apartment balconies, as well as small decks and patios.
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Flame Boss vs BBQ Guru™

For years BBQ Guru has been the first name in automatic temperature control for smokers, dominating the market with controllers that maintain a consistent temperature for hours. As with all great products, however, other brands have adopted the technology and pushed it forward. Perhaps the most notable of those brands is Flame Boss. With a ground-breaking variable speed fan and simple out-of-the-box usability, Flame Boss has become a legitimate alternative to BBQ Guru, spurring discussion about how the two compare. In fact, of all the questions we receive, it’s perhaps the most frequently asked.

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Turn you gas grill into a smoker

Turn Your Gas Grill Into A Smoker

Whether it's BBQ, vegetables or a Thanksgiving turkey, there's nothing like smokers food. Moist and tender infused with just the right amount of smoke, it has a unique flavor that's hard to replicate. But just because you have a gas grill doesn't mean you can't enjoy smoked food. All you need is to set up an indirect cooking zone on your grill-and, of course, smoke.

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How to light charcoal

How to Light Charcoal

When it comes to authentic BBQ flavor, nothing beats cooking with charcoal. It adds a rich, smoky layer of flavor you just don’t get with gas grills. Yet despite the fact that many people prefer charcoal flavor, they've been turned off to grilling with it by the misconception that it’s difficult to light and hard to use. However, if you’re using high-quality charcoal and follow a few simple steps, it takes only a little more effort than grilling with gas.

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Grilling Pizza: Fun Family Meals and Easy Entertaining

Grilled Pizza: Fun Family Meals and Easy Entertaining

There are very few things as easy, fun, and delicious as grilled pizza. Whether you’re a traditionalist who prefers classics like cheese and pepperoni or a foodie who enjoys exotic toppings like shrimp and fig, pizza on the grill is the perfect outdoor meal for an evening of family fun, entertaining friends, or a quiet date night. It doesn’t matter if you own a gas grill, charcoal grill, or pellet grill, anyone can grill perfect pizza.

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Food Temperatures

One of the great grilling challenges is determining when food is "done." There are some things you can do to make this major decision much easier. The first is to use a good thermometer to determine food's "doneness." Be sure to insert the thermometer in the thickest part of the meat and not close to any bones. If you have a very thin piece of meat, stick the thermometer into the side. Below are the FDA guidelines for "doneness" but we tend to pull our meats off of the grill a little earlier. Once the meats are removed from the grill we cover them with aluminum foil and let them rest for 5-10 minutes. The food continues to cook while resting and makes for much juicier meat.
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Choosing the Best Gas Grill

Gas grills are efficient, easy-to-use, and ready to cook in minutes. Capable of much more than burgers and dogs, the best gas grills bring kitchen oven versatility and performance to your backyard. However, with so many specs to consider, features to compare, and options to choose from, shopping for a gas grill can get confusing. Don’t despair, FireCraft can help. Before giving up and going with the same cheap grill you’ve replaced over and again, take a deep breath and read on. Choosing the best gas grill is as simple as knowing what to look for and which options matter to you. First, and perhaps most importantly, any gas grill you buy should have three basic qualities:
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Choosing a Smoker

In recent years, low-and-slow has become a favorite staple on menus everywhere. Whether it's authentic brisket and ribs at a BBQ joint or smoked salmon at an upscale eatery, people love the rich and tender flavor that only smoking offers.

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