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Meat probes

Ensuring your meat is fully cooked is key for healthy delicious grilling. Some pellet grills have built-in meat probes, which you insert into the meat when you add it to the grill. The grill’s display shows the temperature of the meat as it’s cooking, so you don’t have to open the grill to check if your meat is done.


If you’re a fan of smart home technology, you’ll probably like the idea of a WiFi-enabled pellet grill. It allows you to check the grill’s temperature and your food’s temperature through a connected app on your phone or tablet. You won’t have to stand over your grill constantly to know your food is cooking properly.


Pellet grills usually range from $175 to $2,600. Small grills with a limited temperature range and limited special features typically cost between $175 and $350. Mid-size grills with a wider heat range and some special features run from $350 to $775. High-end large grills with a wide heat range and plenty of special features generally cost between $775 and $2,600.


Q. What types of wood flavors can I find pellets in?

A. You can choose from a wide range of wood types when it comes to pellets for your pellet grill. The most common options are hickory, mesquite, apple, cherry, and oak. You can also find some pellets that contain a mix of woods to give your food a more complex flavor.

Q. How long do pellets usually last in a pellet grill?

A. It depends what temperature the grill is heated to, but in most cases, you’ll need about four pounds of pellets for every hour of grilling at higher temperatures and two pounds of pellets for every hour of low-temperature smoking.

Pellet grills we recommend

Best of the best: Pit Boss Wood-Fired Pellet Grill With Flame Broiler

Our take: Provides a wide array of grilling and smoking options for any backyard, making this one of the best pellet grills on the market.

What we like: Offers user-friendly operation and easy cleanup. Allows for precise temperature control, so the grill temperature can be low enough for smoking and hot enough for searing. Provides 820 square inches of total cooking space. Flame broiler lets you use both direct and indirect heat while cooking.

What we dislike: Some buyers experience peeling with the exterior paint and inconsistent temperatures.

Best bang for your buck: Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill

Our take: Isn’t a genuine smoker but still gives food a rich smoky flavor, and offers easy operation at an attractive price point.

What we like: Comes in at the best price of all the most popular grills. Offers easy assembly and user-friendly controls. Can accommodate as much as a 21-pound turkey. Has two convenient side-mounted carrying handles, so it can be moved easily.

What we dislike: Grilling surface is limited. Doesn’t offer the most precise temperature control, which is why you can’t truly smoke foods in it.

Choice 3: Camp Chef Deluxe Pellet Grill and Smoker

Our take: A feature-packed grill that boasts high-quality construction and easy maintenance.

What we like: Assembles and cleans easily. Provides outstanding temperature control. Includes a convenient meat probe. Hopper has an 18-pound capacity. Offers 570 square inches of total cooking space. Heats to 500?.

What we dislike: Some buyers experience issues with temperature probe and control shortly after purchase. Lid doesn’t always close tightly.

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