Why pellet grills?
Smoking on a Pit Boss® is unlike smoking on any other grill. With the burning of hardwood pellets, everything gets infused with a real wood smoky flavor. That’s because whether you’re using direct or indirect heat, Pit Boss® pellet grills feature fan forced convection. Which means no matter what, there is still hot smoky air circling around in the grill creating an even cloud of flavor inside.
Aside from adding smoky flavors, you can smoke foods low and slow for hours. Some Pit Bosses even leave their grills for hours while at work or sleeping at night so they can achieve perfectly smoked foods without needing to babysit them. This makes smoking typically complicated cuts like Brisket, a breeze to cook. Everyone loves brisket when it is cooked, now you can love cooking it as well.
To do this, you would simply set up your grill as recommended in the “Pellet Grill Setup” portion, leave it on the “smoke” setting, and track the progress using a remote thermometer or a meat probe.
In addition to smoking and “low and slow” BBQ, a Pit Boss Pellet Grill can get hot enough for you to grill and sear. And who doesn’t love a nicely seared steak? For this reason, Pit Boss Pellet Grills are considered 8 in 1 grills that can deliver any BBQ option you can dream of. Not every wood pellet grill can do what a Pit Boss does.
Pellet grill vs smoker
While pellet grills give you the option to smoke foods, they are different from traditional smokers in certain ways. Mainly, since pellet grills use an automated fuel and air delivery system, it is much easier to control temperatures than a traditional smoker. You might have wanted to avoid smoking food due to how difficult it can be to manage the fuel source over a long cook that can span many hours. Pellet grills can eliminate this frustrating task, making the smoking process a virtually “set it and forget it” one. Now you can enjoy the flavor benefits of smoking without needing to be an experienced BBQ pitmaster
Pellet grills also give you the convenience of combining many different cooking options into one unit. A traditional smoker only smokes, so you would have to buy a separate unit if you wanted to grill, bake, or roast your food.
Pellet grill vs propane (gas) grills
Both gas grills and pellet grills offer convenience to the consumer. And when Pit Boss® bursted onto the scene a few years ago, they both offered affordability as well. However, there are some major differences between the two types of grills.
Gas grills are great for cooking at mid to high to high temperatures. However, due to poor insulation, gas grills typically don’t perform well at low temperatures. Gas grills need proper ventilation and because of this they don’t typically perform well as smokers.
Pellet grills also offer more flavor options due to gas itself being flavorless. The wood pellets, on the other hand, can come in a variety of natural flavors that help enhance the food.
It is also a little easier to control temperature on a pellet grill. Each gas grill has a “dialing in” process with the user but a pellet grill can be set to the temperature you desire within a 15°F variance.
Pellet grill vs charcoal
Charcoal grills have long been considered the classic way to grill food. You’ve probably had or at least used a charcoal grill at some point in your life. There are a variety of different types of charcoal grills (Kettle, Barrel, Kamado, etc) but there are only two fuel sources: lump charcoal and charcoal briquettes.
Cooking on a charcoal grill can be a slow process that takes a lot of practice to master. This is because it can be difficult to control temperatures on a charcoal grill. Pellet grills offer a much simpler approach to temperature control which is what makes them so appealing. They are also much easier to clean up than charcoal grills as a 40 lbs bag of wood pellets produces less than ½ cup of ash
Pellet grill vs electric smoker
Electric smokers are modern takes on classic smokers, offering ease of use and more control than its traditional cousins. Instead of bricks of wood or charcoal, electric smokers heat wood chips in order to get that smoky flavor. Like pellet grills, they are very convenient to use, allowing cooks to set it and forget it. However, most electric smokers don’t reach high enough temperatures to grill and sear (between 450°F and 550°F). They do get hot enough for most other outdoor cooking techniques so if an electric smoker is something you’re interested in, take a look at Pit Boss’ Electric Smokers. Our smokers can reach temperatures of 400°F offering 5 in 1 options for outdoor cooking.