The Best Pellet Grill

The Best Pellet Grill

Our pick

Traeger Pro 575

Traeger Pro 575

A well-made pellet grill

We’re impressed with the precise temperature control, simple control panel, and exceptional fuel efficiency of Traeger’s newest entry-level model.

Buying Options

$800 from Amazon
$800 from Home Depot

Of the three pellet grills we tested, the Traeger Pro 575 was the best at holding low temperatures with the fewest spikes in heat, thus producing more tender, juicier meat. It’s reliable and easy to control, and it can connect to Wi-Fi so you can control it remotely on your phone (which could actually come in handy over the course of a long, slow smoking session). Yes, it’s expensive, but meat is too. And tough barbecue is a real bummer. We think the Traeger Pro 575 makes up for its high price by increasing a beginner’s chances of success.

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Runner-up

Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone (Prime Series)

Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone (Prime Series)

For smokier barbecue

If you like barbecue with a more robust smoky flavor and a darker crust, this is the pellet grill for you. But you can’t easily buy it online; use the Green Mountain Grills website to find an authorized dealer in your area.

Buying Options

$700 from Green Mountain Grills

The Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone is an excellent pellet grill in its own right. It’s sturdy, well made, and spacious. It also produces a lot of smoke, which in our tests made for the darkest and smokiest-tasting brisket and pork shoulders. We experienced slightly more dramatic temperature spikes with the Daniel Boone than with the Pro 575, but maybe that’s something you can learn to regulate with time and experience with the grill. The Daniel Boone also burned through a hopper full of pellets the fastest of all the pellet grills we tested—a necessary trade-off if you want smoky barbecue.

source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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