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Wallywalrus
LSU Fan
Baton rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2017
824 posts

Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
looking to buy a new grill. What yall think?


Cblack23
LSU Fan
Da Boot
Member since Jun 2017
81 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
I went with pellet last year, so far it’s been a great upgrade from my electric smoker. Much more smoke flavor and wider cook temp range.


Wallywalrus
LSU Fan
Baton rouge, LA
Member since Sep 2017
824 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
I looked at one while i was in academy, the electric cord in the back kinda turned me off to it. Are the pellets fed into the grill electricly?


Cblack23
LSU Fan
Da Boot
Member since Jun 2017
81 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
Yea, I’ve got a Grilla Grills silverback. It has an electric motor that drives an auger to send the pellets to the burn box. The ignition is also electric, it looks like a cigarette lighter you’d find in a vehicle. The speed of the auger goes up/down based on the desired cook temp.

I’d imagine most of them are the same setup.

ETA: What foods do you typically like to grill?
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arkytiger
LSU Fan
Lake village AR
Member since May 2005
998 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
No it comes with a small monkey that cranks the pellets in


tke_swamprat
LSU Fan
Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
7098 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
I have a Camp Chef pellet grill and a Weber Kettle. Use them both. Love them both!


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Rip N Lip
Alabama Fan
Zambodia
Member since Jul 2019
3382 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
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No it comes with a small monkey that cranks the pellets in




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tilco
Auburn Fan
Spanish Fort, AL
Member since Nov 2013
10532 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
I’ve got a question for the pellet grill crowd? Do you smoke everything? What if you want to cook a steak or just grill some chicken and not smoke them?


highcotton2
Auburn Fan
Alabama
Member since Feb 2010
6662 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
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I’ve got a question for the pellet grill crowd? Do you smoke everything? What if you want to cook a steak or just grill some chicken and not smoke them?



Most pellet grills now will get up to 450°- 500°
So you can still “grill” chicken.


ChatRabbit77
Baton Rouge
Member since May 2013
5231 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
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I’ve got a question for the pellet grill crowd? Do you smoke everything? What if you want to cook a steak or just grill some chicken and not smoke them?



Most of the pellet grill I know can go to like 400 degrees for grilling stuff.


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tke_swamprat
LSU Fan
Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
7098 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
Steak I cook on high smoke for 20-30 minutes then fire up my sear box and sear them.

Grilled chicken I use my Weber charcoal grill. But the pellet grill goes up to 450 degrees.


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Cblack23
LSU Fan
Da Boot
Member since Jun 2017
81 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
Pellet grills do chicken really well, steaks, not so much. I put the steak on the pellet grill until I get them to desired temp, rest, then sear in a cast iron skillet.


tilco
Auburn Fan
Spanish Fort, AL
Member since Nov 2013
10532 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
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Most pellet grills now will get up to 450°- 500°
So you can still “grill” chicken.


Isn’t it just an electric heating element that burns pellets to make smoke?

I would think a basic Weber kettle grill would be a necessary companion for anyone with a pellet smoker.


lsuson
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2013
7439 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
Pellet and never looked back


PutTheWomacOnEm01
LSU Fan
Member since Nov 2019
20 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
I have a Weber charcoal grill. It takes some patience and there's definitely a learning curve if you're a rookie like myself. Lungs can take beating if you use it often and haven't figured out what the hell you're doing.

Once you get the hang of it and understand how to manage the coals well it's awesome. Slow cooked baby back ribs on it this weekend using lump briquettes and they came out pretty damn good.


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Sparty3131
Michigan State Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2019
80 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
Charcoal is the only option. But I'm a snob. What's the point of a grill you plug in? Lol.

Smoke a cigar and check your coals every 45 minutes. It's not that serious.

Add wood for flavor. Pecan is phenomenal and easy to find in Louisiana.


lsufan1971
LSU Fan
Zachary
Member since Nov 2003
9152 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
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Charcoal is the only option


No it’s not. I love my charcoal pit but my pellet smoker can cook a brisket with the same bark and smoke flavor as your charcoal.


Sparty3131
Michigan State Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2019
80 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
The bbq I have had that was cooked with pellets is not as good as hardwood lump charcoal with wood pieces. Including bbq restaurants that use both systems.

Pellet grills are easier to use and require less attention. Which is not a bad thing.

Like I said, I'm a snob.


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BayouBengal51
LSU Fan
Forest Hill, Louisiana
Member since Nov 2006
5162 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
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Isn’t it just an electric heating element that burns pellets to make smoke?


The hot rod does not run full time. It only fires up during the normal start up procedure to get the pellets on fire. After a period of time it shuts off and a computer controlled fan keeps the embers burning and at the proper temp in pellet smokers.


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Mark Makers
LSU Fan
Livingston Parish
Member since Jul 2015
1952 posts

re: Pellet, gas, or charcoal?
I transitioned over to pellet and haven't looked back. I get more sleep when i'm smoking something overnight. I've had no problem grilling anything I wanted to grill on it, we do chicken all the time. As someone mentioned previously for steaks, I also get my steaks up to the right internal temp on the pellet grill then just toss them in a cast iron skillet to sear them.


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