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kanibal
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Ceramic or wood pellets
I'm going to make the jump on one or the other.

I really am leaning towards a large Pit Boss because they have a slide that opens the heat shield to allow direct flame to hit your food. My BIL has a Traeger and it's like cooing in your oven.

Something like Big Green Egg or the Red Kamado seems to be the most versatile but it seems like you have a longer learning curve and a longer process if I just want to throw 2 steaks on the grill.

What's your opinion?


Louie T
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Ceramic

The learning curve isn't steep. Just don't get too ambitious on getting it up to temp or you'll have a hard time getting it back down.


t00f
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Pellet grill is stupid easy to maintain temp while using wood. It’s insane ...


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Boston911
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Member since Dec 2013
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re: Ceramic or wood pellets
I have a BGE, don’t regret is one bit, I have the CyberQ controller also. My only question with these pellet smokers is the longevity of them. They don’t seem like there are built to last for very long


kanibal
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Yeah. I agree about the longevity. If you cook on any gas grill, BBQ any length of time they always seem to rust out.


List Eater
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Ceramics will get you the good Q of a stick burner without the constant babysitting. Pellets are inconsistent from brand to brand and don't produce near enough smoke flavor from what I've tried.

People talk about having to spend top coin for "good" pellet grills but even a cheap ceramic (Pit Boss/Louisiana Costco all-in one) will do the exact same Q as a BGE or Kamado.
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ruger35
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The only other factor I would add is price vs real estate. Biggest drawbacks of the kamados are the dome shape. I sold both my BGE and Kamado Joe. I have been enjoying my 26" Weber and only $300. If I want to smoke something I'll use the stick burner.


TexasTiger34
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i own pellet and used ceramic many a time. there are pros and cons to both. you don't get as much of a smokey flavor using pellet but it's SO fricking easy to cook with. ceramic gets you what you want but it's a little more of a hassle.

knowing what i know now and with where i am in life(2 little kids that don't give me 2 minutes to take a shit), i'd go pellet again. 5 year downs the road when i want a more flavor and have a little bit more time to tinker with what i'm cooking, i'll go offset smoker or ceramic.


t00f
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I had a ceramic that got plowed over and had significant damage. Ended up w/ a pellet grill and when this thing breaks I am getting another one.

The smoke mode creates a pretty good amount of smoke but I don’t need it. Just the regular setting is solid and even creates a smoke ring.

Pulled a chuck roast off the other day that fantastic.


cave canem
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I know lots of folks who swapped from ceramic to pellet, I know no one who has done the opposite.


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Jblac15
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I just want to throw 2 steaks on the grill.


I wouldn't recommend a pellet grill for this. I have the Pit Boss with the slide for direct flame and it is just OK for steaks. Unless I'm in a hurry, I always break out the Weber Kettle to sear my steaks.

However, the Pit Boss does a great job for everything else I've tried on it.


drdoct
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I guess I like my steaks differently because I've never had a problem on my pit boss. I don't even open up the little grates that cover the burn chamber for that charred flavor. I usually start at 400 and let the grill heat up good and drop the steaks on the hot grill and turn down to 300. Then after like 3 min, I'll flip and seal the other side and let it just cook. I don't get the whole 'it's an oven' deal. My bbq/grilled meat always comes out looking and tasting like the real deal. Always a nice mild smoke taste to it.

Anytime I turn the grill up over 350, there is plenty of sizzle on the meat. I mean it's not black like you'd get from a charcoal grill, but I prefer to not burn my meat. I could probably leave it on and burn the crap out of it also, but that's not my game.

Of course you have to keep grill closed. That's understood I'm sure.
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Louie T
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Anytime I turn the grill up over 350, there is plenty of sizzle on the meat. I mean it's not black like you'd get from a charcoal grill, but I prefer to not burn my meat. I could probably leave it on and burn the crap out of it also, but that's not my game.
OP can go ahead and ignore this dude.

"I'm not a big believer in that newfangled Maillard reaction scientific bull shite."


t00f
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Maillard reaction


400 on a pellet grill exceeds the lower end of that requirement.


Louie T
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I understand that. It'll also happen much more slowly, so you'll either end up with a far worse sear or an overcooked steak.


t00f
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I've had good luck with steaks around 400 but certainly not as good as direct flame at 600 like i use to do on the ceramic.

anyway, don't sear THAT much so not a big deal. I have also thrown a pan on the grill to sear.


Louie T
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The two styles of grills each have benefits & drawbacks. Searing is definitely one that falls under the ceramic benefits.


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WavinWilly
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re: Ceramic or wood pellets
I have both. I almost never fire up my Green Egg now. The ease of the pellet and much larger real estate are the drivers. I have a Grilla Grills Silverbac and love it.


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cave canem
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I wouldn't recommend a pellet grill for this. I have the Pit Boss with the slide for direct flame and it is just OK for steaks.


Have you tried to reverse sear them?

That is the way to cook steaks on a pellet grill, start them out around º200-º225 till they get just shy of the internal you desire then crank it up and open the grate to sear, it is a game changer.


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CarRamrod
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I know lots of folks who swapped from ceramic to pellet, I know no one who has done the opposite.

thats like swapping out your bmw for a civic.


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