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Ol boy
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2018
1066 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I have a pit boss but have used the traeger several times the pit boss for the money is better than the traeger. I looked at the rec-tec when I bought but wasn’t sure if I truly wanted a pellet grill or a ceramic so went with the pit boss.
When my pit boss shits the bed I will get a rectec.
My complaint with the traeger was its inability to control at temp as well as not getting up to a sear temp for reverse sear or sous vide..


armsdealer
LSU Fan
Member since Feb 2016
1713 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I just got a flood model of the Camp Chef XXL vertical smoker. Got it for the OT price of $350 or I may have went with another model. The new model has wifi control... considering I upgraded from a UDS I have plenty of new features to break in.

For my grill I want another Weber Genesis, I just need to find a Weber dealer that will deal on them.


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tigerinthebueche
LSU Fan
Erwinville, LA.
Member since Oct 2010
27147 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Ok, your post sent up a red flag. Are you saying I won't get copious amounts of smoke from a pellet grill? Also, does the pellet grill allow you get a nice bark on a brisket or butt, just like a traditional smoker?


OP, post this on the food board. There was a thread on pellet grills last week and you may get more detailed answers there. FWIW.


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Glock17
Chicago Cubs Fan
Member since Oct 2007
20358 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Ok, your post sent up a red flag. Are you saying I won't get copious amounts of smoke from a pellet grill? Also, does the pellet grill allow you get a nice bark on a brisket or butt, just like a traditional smoker?


below 250 my rectec produces plenty of smoke. Once you start getting 275 and above it goes down a good bit.

I did this chuck roast at 225 last weekendand it got a nice smoke ring

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pilsnerpusher
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2009
1146 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Like others, I'm poor and have a pit boss. I've had it since Christmas. Smoked a ton of stuff on it already: ribs, thick steaks, chuck roasts, pork butter, turkeys, chickens, thick burgers. Each one was either the best or among the best I've ever done. It delivers a good smoke flavor and a good bark. I love it.

If you want more smoke you can by a smoke tube or smoke box for $15-$20.


nated14
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2009
439 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I grill steaks and sear more than I smoke currently. Which would be the best for searing a ribeye and cooking some burgers as a priority but flexible enough to smoke? I'd probably smoke more if I had a pellet.


Hurricane2020
LSU Fan
Member since Apr 2020
693 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I have a walmart pit boss, not as nice as the traeger but a hell of a lot cheaper and does a great job.


lsupride87
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2007
71996 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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I grill steaks and sear more than I smoke currently. Which would be the best for searing a ribeye and cooking some burgers as a priority but flexible enough to smoke? I'd probably smoke more if I had a pellet.


Camp Chef with sidekick attachment


nated14
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2009
439 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Thanks. I'm going take a look at them today. I have the Char Grill Akorn Kamado now and it's been nice but it has finally started to rust away one me.


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Hebed118
New Orleans Saints Fan
Lafourche Parish
Member since Jun 2017
108 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Stick with Rec-Tec. If you want to spent something more premium than that you can check out Pitts & Spitts or Mak. Yoder isn't in the same conversation.


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Shotgun Willie
Member since Apr 2016
2226 posts

re: Pellet Grills
I've got a Rec Tec bull. Considered all of them. Once I actually saw a Rec Tec and felt how heavy duty they were compared to Traeger/GMG etc...there was no other choice. Their customer service is out of this world also. Just give them a call to tell them you are thinking of getting one and see for yourself.


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greygoose
Auburn Fan
Member since Aug 2013
4335 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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below 250 my rectec produces plenty of smoke. Once you start getting 275 and above it goes down a good bit.

I did this chuck roast at 225 last weekendand it got a nice smoke ring


Holy shit! That looks good! Exactly what I want it to do!


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greygoose
Auburn Fan
Member since Aug 2013
4335 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Stick with Rec-Tec. If you want to spent something more premium than that you can check out Pitts & Spitts or Mak. Yoder isn't in the same conversation.

Sold. I just ordered the Rectec RT-700. Emailed them a couple of times. Extremely fast response. Read a bunch of reviews and watched some youtube videos. Y'alls recommendation sealed the deal. Can't wait to do some ribs and a brisket!


Hebed118
New Orleans Saints Fan
Lafourche Parish
Member since Jun 2017
108 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Sold. I just ordered the Rectec RT-700. Emailed them a couple of times. Extremely fast response. Read a bunch of reviews and watched some youtube videos. Y'alls recommendation sealed the deal. Can't wait to do some ribs and a brisket!


Congratulations! Take a look at the front shelf and interior grilling shelf as accessories. I think you'll find both of those very useful with your purchase.


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tke_swamprat
LSU Fan
Houma, LA
Member since Aug 2004
7445 posts

re: Pellet Grills
Grey the pellet grill produces a lot of smoke and a great bark. But it doesn’t infuse a ton of smoke flavor. So most people with pellet smokers add a smoke tube to get more smoke flavor.

I’m fine with the amount of flavor but if you’re coming from a traditional smoker, you’ll be disappointed.


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bnb9433
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Jan 2015
7804 posts

re: Pellet Grills
bought this one 2 weeks ago and love it



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Rust
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Member since Feb 2019
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re: Pellet Grills
I’ve got the same model of rec tec as you. I like using the WiFi option to cook overnight while I sleep or am at work and am smoking a brisket. No crazy temperature swings like I’ve heard about several other brands and it’s been running great with no issues.


tcroot
Florida Fan
Member since Jan 2013
285 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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I grill steaks and sear more than I smoke currently. Which would be the best for searing a ribeye and cooking some burgers as a priority but flexible enough to smoke? I'd probably smoke more if I had a pellet.


I would say check out the masterbuilt 560, or 1050.
I can take mine from 250-700 degrees, in mins.


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Dam Guide
New Orleans Saints Fan
Nooga
Member since Sep 2005
13669 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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Take a look at the Masterbuilt gravity charcoal grill\Smoker. I have the 560. I added a Fireboard 2 controller and upgrade fan. It is an amazing grill with the mods. You get the best of both worlds in my opinion. The ease of controlling the fire and temp and get the charcoal\smoke flavor.


Just picked up a 560 for $150 at Wally world on close out. What fan did you buy? I’m gonna skip the fire board, I have an old HeaterMeter that I’m pretty good with that I plan to use instead. Picked up the vent mod and screen for the fan from Nathan, got the upgraded charcoal grate from masterbuilt, because I got the V1 560, the grate and Nathan’s vent mod should conserve a lot of charcoal.

Got to say, this could take me away from pellet with easy of use and stick level smoke.
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greygoose
Auburn Fan
Member since Aug 2013
4335 posts

re: Pellet Grills
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I’ve got the same model of rec tec as you. I like using the WiFi option to cook overnight while I sleep or am at work and am smoking a brisket. No crazy temperature swings like I’ve heard about several other brands and it’s been running great with no issues.
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I’ve got the same model of rec tec as you. I like using the WiFi option to cook overnight while I sleep or am at work and am smoking a brisket. No crazy temperature swings like I’ve heard about several other brands and it’s been running great with no issues.
That's the main reason I'm going with a pellet. I love my Green Egg, but getting the temp just right, and maintaining it can be a chore.


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