What is a Pellet Grill?
Pellet grills (also called pellet smokers) combine classic wood-fire cooking with set-it and forget-it technology. Do-it-all cookers that can smoke, sear, grill, roast, and bake, pellet grills make it easy to cook everything from authentic low-and-slow BBQ and slow-roasted prime rib to grilled burgers and even apple pie. Easy-to-use, they automatically maintain their own temperature, freeing you to spend time with family and friends. Read our Pellet Grill FAQ
How Do Pellet Grills Work?
Pellet grills are electric outdoor grills that plug into a standard outlet. Fueled by food-grade hardwood pellets that come in flavors like hickory, apple, cherry, pecan, and oak, they run almost entirely on their own. Just add hardwood pellets to the hopper and set the desired temperature on the control panel. The pellet grill calculates how many pellets are needed to reach the desired temperature then a rotating auger feeds them to the fire, where a fan evenly distributes heat and smoke throughout the cooking chamber. So long as there are pellets in the hopper, it will precisely maintain its temperature for hours.
Choosing a Pellet Grill
Choosing the right pellet grill is easy if you know you're options. There are many classes of pellet grills, ranging from inexpensive entry-level units to premium models. The major differences are the control boards, construction, and temperature range. Quality pellet grills feature digital control panels that can hold a temperature within 15-20℉ and reach 350-425℉, which is good for indirect cooking. The best pellet grills have PID controllers that precisely maintain temperatures within a few degrees, even in cold weather. Many can also reach 500-700℉ and include an open-flame grilling option for true high-heat searing.