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What Are Pellet Grills Good For?

June 30, 2023

Pellet grills are becoming increasingly popular. These grills allow their users to experiment with different flavors and techniques to create unique dishes. From grilling and smoking to baking and roasting, pellet grills provide you with the opportunity to explore a variety of cooking methods.

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What Is a Pellet Grill?

Pellet grills use hardwood pellets as fuel and are controlled with a motor. These grills combine the convenience of a gas or electric grill with the flavor of a traditional wood fire.

One of the best features of pellet grills is that they are incredibly versatile. These grills can easily smoke, grill, roast, and even bake.

What Are Pellet Grills Good For?


Pellet grills are designed for smoking. They feature unique temperature control features and allow the user to easily maintain a consistently low temperature. This is ideal for slowly cooking meat and smoking.

Owners can purchase pellets in a variety of flavors and choose a unique flavor profile for each meat. Options include cherry, hickory, maple, apple, and more.


While pellet grills are built for low-temperature cooking, many models today can achieve high temperatures as well. This allows owners to grill food quickly and evenly, while still infusing a smoke flavor.


Due to their ability to maintain a consistent temperature over prolonged periods of time, pellet grills are excellent for roasting. Large cuts of meat are no problem. They can also roast vegetables and fruits.

One of our favorite things to cook on a pellet grill is chicken. Get a full list of our favorite grilled chicken recipes here.

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Pellet grills can operate much like an indoor kitchen oven. Dry, indirect heat that gets circulated by fan-driven convection will maintain a consistent temperature on the grill. Because of this, pellet grills are also ideal for baking.

Pellet grills can easily bake bread, cakes, pastries, biscuits, or desserts.

Our Favorite Pellet Grill Foods

Pellet grills are great for a variety of foods. Some of our favorite foods to cook on a pellet grill are listed below.

  • Pizza
  • Bread
  • Grilled veggies
  • Seafood
  • Grilled cheese
  • Smoked meats & brisket

Supplies You Will Need

Pellet grills on their own are a very versatile cooking appliance, but having the right accessories to go with your new grill will take your grilling game to a whole new level.

Obviously, you will need pellets to grill anything, but here are other accessories that we recommend to maintain your grill and improve your grilling experience:

Howard’s Recommendations: The Best Pellet Grills

Ready to purchase a pellet grill? Below we have listed some of the best options on today's market.

Traeger Grills Timberline

Our first pick is the Traeger Grills Timberline. This amazing grill not only boasts great features but has an appealing design. This pellet grill works well for many different types of cooking and can easily be cleaned. Features we know you will love include:

  • Traeger Induction® cooktop.
  • EZ-Clean™ grease and ash keg.
  • WiFIRE® Wi-Fi connectivity lets you easily monitor the temperature.

Timberline also offers the Timberline XL model which offers many of the same features but provides additional cooking space.

Weber Smokefire EX6

The Weber Smokefire EX6 is another great option. This grill boasts a temperature range of 200°F to 600°F making it a true all-in-one option for cooking your favorite foods. The temperature range is paired with their responsive incline drive engine that allows it to heat hot and fast. This allows you the ability to sear steaks, smoke BBQ ribs, bake pizza, and anything else you can think of.

Other features we love about this model include:

  • Porcelain-enamel finish to help retain heat.
  • A SmokeBoost setting that boosts the smoky flavor of your food.
  • 1,008 square inches of dual grilling space.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to digitally control the grill from your phone with ease.

If you are looking for a smaller grill, you can also check out the Weber EX4.

Traeger Grills Ranger

Shopping for a pellet grill that travels well? The Traeger Ranger is our favorite portable option. This grill offers the following features:

  • A digital control panel.
  • Added keep warm mode.
  • 184 square inches of cooking space.
  • A max temperature of 450° F.

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