What is the Best Pellet Grill?
Finding the Best Grill for You
If you’re in the market for a new grill, one of the first questions you’ll need to make is whether to choose charcoal or gas. In fact, we’re often asked, “Is gas or charcoal better for grilling?” However, there’s a third option you’ll want to consider, as well: pellet grills.
While technically still a charcoal grill in that it uses wood for fuel, pellet grills are worth mentioning on their own thanks to several unique advantages they have over conventional charcoal. Think one of these units may be right for you? Read on to learn more.
Why Buy a Pellet Grill?
Easy to Use
One of the biggest reasons to buy a pellet grill is the ease of use. These units operate much like an oven, and since nearly everyone has used an oven at some point in their life, it’s pretty easy to understand how these grills operate. What makes a pellet grill unique is its ability to perform a wide variety of cooking tasks well. You can grill, smoke, roast, and otherwise experiment with different cooking styles with relatively little work on your part.
Higher-end models take this “set it and forget it” approach to even more impressive levels. Units like the Memphis Grills VG0001 Pro Pellet Grill feature integrated wi-fi to allow for complete control of your unit through the Memphis Grills smartphone app. This intelligent integration is also intuitive—you’ll be cooking professional-quality meals in no time.
The interior of a pellet grill is heated by burning small pellets of compacted sawdust. This sawdust isn’t the stuff you’d have found on your granddad’s workshop floor, however. This sawdust is made from flavorful woods like apple, mesquite, and cherry to infuse your food with incredible flavor.
One of the best aspects of using flavored wood to cook your food is the ability to alter the flavor profile of your food for a unique finished product. Here’s a list of some general guidelines, but feel free to experiment with different options.
|Wood Type||Flavor Profile||Great For|
|Almond||Nutty and Sweet with little ash||Poultry|
|Apple||Sweet and fruity||Chicken, Pork, Ribs|
|Cherry||Sweet and fruity||Chicken, Pork, Ribs|
|Hickory||Sweet and strong||Beef, Pork, Ribs|
|Maple||Sweet and subtle||Chicken, Fish, Pork|
|Mesquite||Strong, earthy, and smoky||Beef|
|Mulberry||Sweet, tangy, berry-like||Beef, Poultry|
|Oak||Traditional smoky flavor||Beef|
|Pecan||Sweet and mild||Beef, Poultry, Ribs|
|Walnut||Strong and bitter||Beef, Pork, Ribs|
While we can’t speak for the bucket of bolts from your local big-box store, we can promise that the grills from Kick Ass Grills are some of the best on the market. Here, you’ll only find high-quality materials, dependable manufacturers, and top-of-the-line customer service.
How Long do Pellet Grills Last?
A premium pellet grill will last you many years thanks to its durable construction. However, you’ll want to make sure your grill is properly maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions to prolong the life of your investment.
In addition to basic product maintenance, we recommend protecting your grill with a quality grill cover. Most grills sold at Kick Ass Grills feature model-specific covers to ensure a snug fit. These covers are built from durable materials and feature extra design considerations such as vents to release trapped moisture, secure tie straps, and/or soft linings to prevent scratches.
If you’re in an area with harsh winters, you may also want to consider winterizing your grill. While this process may involve a bit more labor, you can be sure your grill will be protected from the elements even when the mercury dips.
Should I Buy a Pellet Grill?
Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to buy a pellet grill will come down to personal preference. If you’re still not sure whether to buy a pellet grill, a traditional charcoal grill, or even a gas grill, give us a call. Our team of product specialists can help answer any lingering questions you may have. Just let them know how you plan to use your grill, and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.