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Wood Pellets – Gaining in Popularity

Wood Pellets - Gaining in Popularity

Wood pellets form when sawdust compresses under extreme pressure. This pressure heats the wood and binds it together. They become a form of fuel to use when smoking and grilling. They bring a unique smoked flavor to meat and vegetables. They are easy to use and are gaining in popularity.

Here’s why:

Wood Pellets – Gaining in Popularity

Types of Wood Pellets

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If you want to use pellets to Barbecue with, there is ONLY one type that you should use.

  • Barbecue Pellets: These are made explicitly as fuel for Barbecue grillers and smokers. The results in a real wood-fired meat flavor, very similar to wood charcoal.
  • Heating Pellets: These should NOT be used to cook food. They are designed to use in home heaters. They contain paint residue and other harmful ingredients that the food will absorb when cooked on a grill.

Advantages of using Wood Pellets

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Listed below are a few of the benefits when using pellets as a source of fuel.

  • They are friendly to the environment as made from renewable materials.
  • Pellet fuels are much more efficient when evaluated against fossil fuels and gases. The wood pellets use 90% of their contained energy, which they turn into heat.
  • Wood pellets are available in different wood-fired flavors. It is possible to choose from cherry, apple, oak, mesquite, hickory, and maple. There is a wood flavor to suit any food you grill.
  • Unlike handling charcoal there, won’t be a black dirt residue when handling the pellets.
  • It is easier to clean your grill after barbecuing. Wood pellets produce very little ash.

How to Use Wood Pellets

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Use wood pellets with both charcoal and gas grills.

  • Wood Pellets with Charcoal Grills

While it is possible to burn pellets alone, they burn very quickly. It is better to mix the charcoal and the pellets.

Fire up your grill with some charcoal.

When the charcoal has heated, sprinkle the wood pellets generously underneath the grate.

The pellets should catch fire quickly.

Begin grilling now as the pellets will start to give off that wooded smokey flavor.

Close the lid to keep the smoke inside.

Using a 1/3 cup of pellets should get you half an hour of smoke.

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  • Wood Pellets on a Gas Grill

If you are using your gas grill but want to impart a smoke flavor to your food, then its worthwhile considering investing in a smoke box or tube grill.

Smoke Box: This is a small metal container filled with your flavor choice of wood pellets. Place on the grate of the gas grill.

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Fire up your grill to approx. 400 F place your smoker box on the rack and then take the heat to the required cooking temperature. Remember, don’t wet wood pellets!

It is also essential to make sure that the smoker box will fit between the burner shields and the bottom grates. If it is small, consider purchasing a v notched box.

 

Smoke Tube: A Hollow steel tube with small holes drilled throughout. Filled with smoking pellets.  Placed on the grate it emits a thin stream of the flavored smoke.

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Designed to burn pellets and supplement smoke at higher temperatures. It is perfect for areas where space is limited. Also, tube smokers can burn up to four hours.

 

 

Pellet Grills

Use pellets in both charcoal and gas grills. However, there is also the option of purchasing your own Pellet Smoker. These are versatile and can bake, smoke and grill. They do require electricity to run the control panel, which automatically feeds in the fuel pellets. Also, an internal fan distributes the heat evenly.

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The Advantages of Pellet Grills are :

  • Less Smoke
  • Versatile
  • Fast – preheat very quickly
  • Even cooking – due to superior temperature control
  • Ease of use: Fill up the pellet hopper, push a button, and start grilling.


The original Traeger pellet grills were patented for over 20 years. This has now expired, and more companies are bringing pellet grills onto the market. As a result, a wider variety of pellet grillers are available as well as a reduction in the price. The key to Purchasing any New Grill is to steer clear of first generation manufacturing.

For example, Weber Grills recently came out with the SmokeFire Series Pellet Grill. Many BBQ Barbecue Affectionado’s ran out to purchase it, only to find out the quirks and kinks haven’t been ironed out yet. Some say the hopper incline isn’t sufficient, while others claim their Pellet Grill caught Fire. So throw caution to the wind and do your Research!

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Grilling with wood pellets is fast gaining popularity. Have a look at the link below for ideas for many types of recipes you can produce on a Traeger grill.

Find Recipes: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes

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