Friday Find: Should You Buy a Pellet Grill and Smoker This Summer?

Monk: In a podcast accompanying the recent post on The 10 Best Pellet Smokers and Grills You Can Buy in 2021 by Gear Patrol’s home and drinks editor Will Price, he discusses the benefits of pellet grills and smokers as well as his picks with Nick Caruso. Though I have to say, I’m a bit skeptical on the grilling/smoking credentials of someone who lives in Brooklyn. Not because of the Brooklyn of it all, but because he won’t have a true backyard for testing out these grills. In any case, take his recommendations with that in mind.

Pellet grills have been around only since the mid-Eighties and feature precision computer controls: a super low-effort alternative to charcoal and gas grills.

Episode Navigation:

01:25 – What Is a Pellet Grill and Smoker, and What Are “Pellets?”
03:40 – The Complex Components That Make Pellet Grills So Simple to Use
07:30 – Why Pellet Grills Are the Most Precise of Grilling Options
09:15 – Pellets Aren’t a Big Hassle, and These Are Set-It-and-Forget-It Devices
13:00 – Why Pellet Grills Are Also Smokers, and What They Cook Best
20:00 – Comparing Pellet Grills to Other Types
21:50 – Traeger, and the Genesis of Pellet Grills
23:15 – The Ecological Impact of Pellet Cooking
26:40 – The Surprisingly Low Prices of Pellet Grills
29:30 – A Rundown of Our Top Three Pellet Grill Picks
44:05 – What Is Will Grilling With This Summer?

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