Pit Boss Pellet Grills vs Gas Grills



Ever since wood pellet grills burst onto the scene in 1985, there’s been a hot debate (pun intended) over which cooking method was the best way to cook your hamburgers, steaks, briskets, ribs, pork shoulders, etc. Well, it’s time to look at what a Pit Boss Pellet Grill can do vs Gas Grills based on specific criteria to help you decide once and for all....

Which is the best grill for BBQ?

By the way, if you’re new to pellet grills and are interested in learning how they work, then we encourage you to read our guide on pellet grills and how they work.

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Pit Boss Pellet Grills vs Gas Grills Comparison

A few years ago, the answer to the question may have not been so clear. Pellet grills were considered a trendy novelty item. Convenient to smoke on, but if you really wanted to cook at high temperatures and do some serious searing, you would still need to go with a gas grill. That was before Pit Boss, however.

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With the advent of Pit Boss’s SearZone™ plate, which allows for direct flame broiling, it’s time to revisit the Pellet Grills vs Gas Grills debate to see if those earlier claims still hold water. In the interest of fairness, we are going to simply outline our claims based on 5 specific criteria:

  • Flavor
  • Convenience
  • Value
  • Temperature Control
  • Cooking Options

Flavor

One of the major benefits of using a pellet grill in the first place is the ability to grill and smoke your food with the natural aromas of hardwood pellets. These aromas add delicious flavor notes to your food via the smoke they produce when lit. Pit Boss Grills use a variety of food grade hardwood pellets that produce these flavors.

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Pit Boss Grills sells wood pellets in the following flavors:

  • Apple
  • Competition Blend (Maple, Hickory, Apple)
  • Classic Blend (Mesquite, Pecan, Hickory)
  • Fruit Blend (Cherry, Apple, Maple)
  • Hickory
  • Mesquite

To date, there are still no flavored propane gases on the market. That sounds quite disgusting to be honest.

Advantage: Pit Boss Grills


Convenience

When talking about convenience, we take a few different factors into the equation.

  1. Which grill allows me to set it and forget it?

The clear answer to this question is a Pit Boss. By design, pellet grills allow for better temperature control than gas grills (which we will talk about a little later). Much like an oven, you can set your pellet grill to the desired temperature and wonder off to do other things. Due to the way gas grills are built, heat easily escapes which means you’ll have to keep going back and checking on whatever you are cooking.

  1. Which grill is easiest to use?

We have to be honest here and say there is a small learning curve with pellet grills. But the “set it and forget it” nature of pellet grills helps to make up ground when scoring ease of use points. Oh, and don’t forget Pit Boss is community of grilling experts and we are all here to help, anytime.

  1. Which grill could I cook the most types of food on?

If all you plan on cooking on your grill are some ribeye, hamburgers, and hot dogs, then a gas grill might be a good choice. However, if there’s anything you need to cook low and slow like a brisket, baby back ribs, or a whole turkey then a Pit Boss is the clear choice. Thinking about making homemade beef jerky? How about some smoked sausage or a pork shoulder? You can forget about it if all you have is a gas grill.

Advantage: Pit Boss Grills


Value

There is a propane grill available in any price range. Whether you are looking for a small, inexpensive grill to barbecue hot dogs and burgers on or a massive stainless-steel contraption to look good on your patio (which will run you close to 5 figures) there is a propane grill for everyone.

Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grills, on the other hand, have a more focused price range. Whether you want the portable Tailgater Grill or a massive Pro Series 1100, our grills range from $296 - $700.

We’re the best value on the pellet grill market by far, but what about when you compare it to gas grills?

Well, price isn’t all that’s considered when you’re factoring value. Otherwise this section would simply be called, “Cheapest”. And Pit Boss Grills ain’t “cheap” (not in the sense that they’re poorly constructed).

When discussing value, the following questions also need to be considered.

  1. Just how many different types of cooking can you do on the grill?
  2. Is it built to last?
  3. Does the manufacturer offer exceptional customer service?

A Pit Boss Grill is an 8 in 1 grill, meaning you can do 8 different cooking styles on one grill, including grilling, smoking, baking, roasting, searing, charring, braising, and of course, BBQing.

Our grills are built to last and backed by a 5-year warranty. In the rare event that an issue does happen, our exceptional customer service team will help you troubleshoot, fix, and/or replace whatever may be causing the issue.

Since there are hundreds of gas grill companies out there, it’s difficult to honestly assess their build quality and customer service.

For this reason, we will call this one a wash, even though there isn’t a gas grill out there that can offer 8 in 1 cooking...not even the fancy expensive ones.

Advantage: Pit Boss Grills


Temperature control

Controlling temperature on a gas grill is an entirely manual process. You have to turn up your dial, wait for the temperature gauge to reach your desired temperature, then turn it up or down again, depending on how much the temperature swings.

A Pit Boss Grill uses a digital control board in combination with meat probes and the auger which feeds the pellets into the burn plate. This whole process works in unison to control your grill to reach and maintain its desired temperature. So long as your hopper doesn’t run out of pellets, your grill should maintain its temperature.

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Gas grills are notoriously designed in a way is not optimized for true convection heating. This is due to the blocky, angular shape of most gas grills. Pit Boss Grills, on the other hand, have a round, dome shaped lid which circulated air flow and heat. Much like the graphic below. This circulation of heat and air helps reduce heat loss thus saving on fuel costs as well as preventing wild temperature swings.

Advantage: Pit Boss Grills


Cooking Options

As mentioned previously, a Pit Boss Grill gives you 8 different cooking options to choose from. Grill, bake, char, sear, smoke, roast, BBQ, and braise your way to deliciously and naturally flavored meals thanks to the hardwood pellets that are used for fuel.

With gas grill you can grill, sear, char, bake, and roast. But, even the last 2 might be tricky depending on the grill. Slow and low is not recommended on gas grills as they simply aren’t designed to do that well.

Advantage: Pit Boss Grills

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And the winner is....

Look, we admit, we may be a little biased. However, the facts tell the best story when it comes to comparisons and evaluation. If you’re looking for a grill that offers you more options for flavor, convenience, value, cooking, and with better temperature control, then a Pit Boss Pellet Grill is the clear winner in this debate.

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