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Sull
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Benton, LA
Member since Aug 2006
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Pellet grill help
Just got a Rec Teq 590 and have cooked on it several times. I really expected more smoke from the grill and more smoke flavor. I understand that the lower the temp the more smoke but I still am not getting much smokey taste to my liking.

For example: Grilled maybe 20 chicken thighs at 225 degrees until internal temp was 135 then turned up the grill to 375 to finish off to 165ish. Hardly any smoke taste except in the skin. Used Bear Mountain gourmet blend pellets.
Any help would be appreciated!


t00f
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re: Pellet grill help
Extreme smoke is 180


bnb9433
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ThreeBonesCater
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2014
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re: Pellet grill help
Agreed, drop it all the way down. Smoke tube may help but I don't want anymore smoke than extreme delivers.


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heatom2
LSU Fan
At the plant, baw.
Member since Nov 2010
12299 posts

re: Pellet grill help
Lower the temperature, does it have an adjustable top vent? Close it back some.


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tke_swamprat
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Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
7804 posts

re: Pellet grill help
That’s the biggest complaint with pellet grills. If you like a lot of smoke flavor, traditional barrel smoker is the best.


Glock17
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I get a good bit of smoke at 250-275ish and below. I’d maybe try a different pellet brand.


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marcus3000
UAB Fan
St. George
Member since Jan 2018
593 posts

re: Pellet grill help
I have a RecTeq Bullseye and use their premium pellets. Smoke flavor has never been a problem so your problem might be the pellets that you're using.


BigDropper
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re: Pellet grill help
My recommendation is that you stop cooking with saw dust!


Lucky_Stryke
Alabama Fan
central Bama
Member since Sep 2018
923 posts

re: Pellet grill help
I have a rectec 700. I'm about to sell it. I have always used offset or vertical charcoal smokers. The flavor isn't there but they make good food but I think it's more attributed to flavor from sauce and rubs more so than the smoke. I like smoke flavor which is why I smoke lol. But here are a couple tips.

Get a smoke tube fill it up light one end. Will give u a few hours of heavier smoke. Fill up again if u want but I don't.

Use extreme smoke which is about 180 for the first 1-2 hours.

Use lumberjack pellets or any other 100 percent pure wood.

My biggest complaint is that it takes for fricking ever on mine to cook anything. I'm on my 2ns set of probes and one of those just went out. I've had it about year and half. My oklahoma joe bronco cooks shite in half the time and real wood. That thing is my far the most efficient smoker from a cooking perspective. But I want to go back to a true offset. For me that was the best flavor period


laslabjohn
LSU Fan
bossier city
Member since Mar 2008
149 posts

re: Pellet grill help
If you werent so far away I have a meadow creek ts60 im fixing to sale..its one hell of a smoker.


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Junky
Valparaiso Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2005
6746 posts

re: Pellet grill help
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My recommendation is that you stop cooking with saw dust


The offsets just have the perfect flavor that is hard to reproduce.


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sml71
LSU Fan
Run if you hear banjos.
Member since Dec 2005
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re: Pellet grill help
Sell it and get a stick burner.

You know...like what the actual smoke houses use.


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TTU97NI
Texas Tech Fan
Celina, TX
Member since Mar 2017
821 posts

re: Pellet grill help
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have a RecTeq Bullseye and use their premium pellets. Smoke flavor has never been a problem so your problem might be the pellets that you're using.


I use whatever pellet is on the shelf at the store and always have good smoke flavor, but the Bullseye is tad smaller? so who knows and most things I roll are around 200-230 ish


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Sull
LSU Fan
Benton, LA
Member since Aug 2006
2587 posts

re: Pellet grill help
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That’s the biggest complaint with pellet grills. If you like a lot of smoke flavor, traditional barrel smoker is the best.


I admit I am disappointed in it so far. I mean I might as well have a gas grill and put a smoke tube in it. Hopefully it is just a learning curve


BigDropper
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I might as well have a gas grill and put a smoke tube in it.

That's a shame, if a product is marketed as a smoker but required an additional accessory to achieve smoke flavor, what's the point?


Sull
LSU Fan
Benton, LA
Member since Aug 2006
2587 posts

re: Pellet grill help
bingo


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List Eater
Texas A&M Fan
Htown
Member since Apr 2005
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re: Pellet grill help
quote:

Pellet grill help

Have you tried pushing the "ON" button?


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mrcoon
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Jul 2019
141 posts

re: Pellet grill help
Here are your solutions:

Cold Smokers

Stick Burning Heat Diffuser


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LSUZombie
LSU Fan
A Cemetery Near You
Member since Apr 2008
25167 posts

re: Pellet grill help
I've cooked just about everything on my Traeger with good results except for chicken. Because chicken cooks so fast, I usually just indirect-cook on my Weber with wood chunks. Takes about an hour or so and the smoke flavor is more noticeable than with my pellet grill.


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