Traeger Electric Barbecue Grills-A Smoky Dude
0 comment Thursday, May 1, 2014 |
The way I got interested in a Traeger Barbecue Grill was through a local hardware store in Willamette, Oregon´┐Żnot far from my home.
This is a old fashion hardware store. They have every thing that you need, including exceptional customer service. In other words, you walk in with part A, but don't have part B, not only will they have part B in stock, they will show you how to connect them. My kind of place!
One thing you wouldn't expect out of a hardware store is to have them serve pulled pork and brisket sandwiches. They have several Traeger Grills outside the store, barbecuing up a storm during working hours.
The aroma from the Traegers was overwhelming! You can smell the barbecuing from 500 hundred yards out.
Duh Time! Their premise is taken from a basic, much overlooked, nobody-ever-pays-any-attention-to- marketing course! (Basic Marketing Strategy 101)
Was it the aroma thing that me lead to walking into the store? Maybe, leading to, and sampling one of their brisket sandwiches? Golly, Gee!..."Did you BBQ that on the grills that are outside?
Did their aroma and taste thing work? Duh! I am now a proud owner of a Traeger Lil' Tex Elite Grill.
Get Happily Involved, Dude: The Traeger works through burning a special wood pellet as fuel....a wood burning smoker grill. In order to do this proficiently, the pellets are feed through a hopper via an auger which transports them to a small fire pit.
To run the auger you need electricity and this is where the "electric" part comes into play. You also need electricity to run the control which starts the unit and controls the temperature.
My unit has a digital read out control for the different settings. It also has a professional grade temperature gauge which tells me the exact temperature of the cooking area.
What sets Traeger Grills apart from many other barbecue grills is that they cook on indirect heat. There are several plates, which deflect the heat, between whatever you are cooking on the grill and the fire box.
This allows you to barbecue things for quite a spell without burning the heck out of something. A must for slow cooking and good taste.
The wood pellets come in all kinds of flavors: Apple, Cherry, Mesquite, Hickory, Oak and so on. I cater toward the fruit woods. I like that kind of taste. Some Traeger owners mix different flavors together for unique tastes.
The pellets are real wood, and through a unique manufacturing process, no adhesives or chemicals are added. They contain a natural adhesiveness that keeps each individual pellet in tack.
My Elite has a small footprint and is ideal with those with limited space. I can still put a monmouth turkey on and cook other things at the same time, like a good size ham and four or five baked potatoes.
The Traeger needs to be vacuumed out on a fairly regular basis. If you don't things get plugged up. It's kind of a no-brainer, common sense thing...every BBQ grill needs to be cleaned on a regular basis.
If you decide to get happily involved with a Traeger Grill, a cover is a must. They are not that expensive, and will protect your grill for years.
You can live without the digital read out control, but I would spring for the professional grade temperature gauge. It's good to know the exact temperature you are barbecuing at.
If you are in a hurry to barbecue, impatient with everything in the world...get a gas grill! A Traeger isn't for you. Traegers are all about having a nice brew, or glass of wine, relaxing and slow cooking.
If you are interested in how good your chow can be, something that will impress family and friends, buy a Traeger. Your food will turn out superb.
The Traeger Owner's Cook book is a must to get you going though. Follow a couple of their recipes and everyone will think you're a genius. It's that simple, folks!

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