“How Do I Cook With Wood Pellets?”
Never Used a Wood Pellet Smoker Before? No Worries.
If you’ve never tried cooking with wood pellets before, it’s important to know the basics. But once you’ve got those covered, you’ll be a wood pellet pro. Get ready for plenty of evenings cookin’ up meals for friends and family, you barbecue master!
Wood-Fired Taste, Wood Fired Ease
Our Grilla and Silverbac pellet grills use pellet biomass fuel made from recycled hardwood sawdust, which is formed into clean-burning wood pellets. This process reduces landfill waste, turning a waste by-product into a useable fuel product.
The truth — and the taste — is that the best outdoor cooking is done naturally over a wood fire grill, which imparts so much more flavor than a propane or natural gas grill. Smoked food from a propane grill just doesn’t taste the same. Plus, propane cooks too hot to provide authentic barbeque flavor and dries out your food. Cooking on a pellet grill or smoker lets you achieve precise temperatures and basically set it and forget it while your food cooks.
Grilling With Wood Pellets: How Does it Work?
You’ve probably tasted hickory-smoked barbecue or wood-fired pizza, but there’s never been an easy way to bring that taste to the backyard…until now. Cooking with hardwood has never been cleaner, easier or more convenient than with the introduction of the wood pellet. And hardwood taste is the best there is.
By reducing pure hardwood to sawdust, and then compressing it into uniform, food-grade pellets, it is now possible to deliver precise amounts of hardwood into a Grilla Grill to be burned in a controlled manner. When you make the switch from charcoal and propane to wood pellets, you open your backyard cooking experience to a whole new world of options—never possible before.
Different Flavor, Different Pellet
Want hickory smoked pork chops? Mesquite salmon? With the Grilla smoker grill, we offer a built-in, quick-change pellet clean-out door under the pellet hopper. Simply place a bucket under your Grilla hopper, and open the trap door to release the pellets. You can add a new flavor with minimal effort!
Although we already offer a signature competition blend of premium wood pellets, feel free to experiment by combining your favorite flavors. For instance, try pecan and cherry or oak and apple. Part of the excitement of grilling using pellets is the ability to infuse your foods with subtle or intense flavors.
The Mechanics of Grilling and Smoking With Wood Pellets
When you’re grilling and smoking with wood pellets in your backyard, you’re making life pretty darn easy. We’ve designed our Grilla Grills to move the wood pellets seamlessly from the hopper, allowing you to get the right temperature with minimal fuss.
As long as you have enough pellets in the hopper, the auger will continuously feed and fuel your burn. Thanks to the uniform shape of the wood pellets, they’ll add heat and smoke at a consistent level throughout the cook. Never worry about babysitting your wood pellet grill — all the hard work’s been done.
Avoiding Temperature Flare-Ups and Fluctuations While Cooking With Wood Pellets
A common question among grilling enthusiasts is how to make sure the smoker grill temperature stays steady throughout the whole cook. The secret isn’t really a secret at all. As long as you buy high-quality wood pellets, you should get dependable results and little temperature variance.
Tips for Making the Most of Your Wood Pellet Grilling Experiences
When you’re grilling with wood pellets on your Silverbac, Kong, Chimp or Grilla, you want a clean, reliable burn that imparts your ingredients with the essence of natural smoke. Here are some tricks and hints to help you succeed every time you fire up your pellet grill:
- Take time to give your grill behind-the-scenes TLC. A clean smoker grill produces flavorful recipes without any lingering oiliness or staleness. We know cleaning’s not exactly as fun as whipping up award-winning ribs or deep dish pizzas. Still, it’s a necessary component to owning a smoker grill that’s going to serve up mouthwatering meals.
- Store your wood pellets properly. Wood pellets that have been exposed to humid conditions won’t give you the burn you need. Plus, they’ll lose their freshness. So keep your wood pellets safe and dry.
- Pick the right wood pellet for the job. Want a nice smoke ring around your beef brisket? Choose cherry wood pellets for a predictable presentation. Want strong smoke flavor that stands out? Choose hickory or apple wood pellets for their intensity.
- Remember to cold smoke, too. At low temperatures, you can cold smoke foods like cheese, fish, cream and even butter, infusing them with the flavor of food-grade wood pellets made from hardwoods like pecan and oak. Get creative and go the distance by cold smoking ingredients to liven up your cooking.
Make Outdoor Cooking Better With High-Quality Wood Pellets
No matter what you cook on your wood pellet stove, the pellets themselves make all the difference. Order our superior wood pellets to ensure an even, steady burn that’ll leave your foods cooked to perfection with a kick of authentic, smoky flavor.