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MAK Grills 2 Star General Pellet Grill Review

By:

Meathead

MAK took the pellet world by storm and quickly developed a reputation as a best in class producer largely due to their sophisticated “Pellet Boss” controller. MAK makes some of our favorite pellet smokers that we’ve ever tested and reviewed, easily winning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

MSRP:$3199

Published On: 8/17/2020 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill With Sear Box Review

By:

Max Good

Comparable in capacity to Traeger’s popular Lil’ Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. Woodwind includes Camp Chef’s super hot gas Sear Box which is attached to the right side. We tested and reviewed this innovative smoker and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$1250

Published On: 7/5/2017 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

MAK Grills 1 Star General Pellet Grill Review

By:

Meathead

MAK took the pellet world by storm and quickly developed a reputation as a best in class producer largely due to their sophisticated “Pellet Boss” controller. MAK makes some of our favorite pellet smokers that we’ve ever tested and reviewed, easily winning our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$2000

Published On: 1/10/2013 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Memphis Elite Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this beautiful, high tech, stainless steel pellet smoker and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Fit and finish are impeccable on these luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller that can also be operated from a smart phone ap.

MSRP:$5399.00

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Green Mountain Grills Ledge (Formerly Daniel Boone) Prime Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Dave Joachim

The Ledge Prime from Green Mountain Grills might be the pellet cooker to show you the pleasures of these machines. It’s their most popular model, a mid-size, mid-priced smoker with WiFi, a robust smartphone app, solid all-around performance, and more extras than most in its price range. Read our full review!

MSRP:$899

Published On: 9/28/2021 Last Modified: 9/30/2021

Pit Boss 5-Series Wood Pellet Vertical Smoker

By:

John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

The Pit Boss 5-Series Vertical Cabinet Smoker is a good unit for this price point. It’s easy to use and maintain, produces great results on a variety of meats and has a small footprint coupled with a large cooking capacity. Read our review to learn why we give the Pit Boss 5-Series our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$659

Published On: 9/11/2020 Last Modified: 10/19/2021

Cuisinart Woodcreek 4-in-1 Pellet Grill

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why Cuisinart has once again won us over with their bounty of useful extras that make their Woodcreek an appealing package deal. The charcoal insert provides sear power, and if you haven’t used a griddle outdoors, you will after trying theirs. Both items expand Woodcreek’s versatility and merit our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 6/25/2020 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

Grilla Silverbac Alpha Wood Pellet Grill Review

By:

Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

Grilla Grills’ Silverbac pellet cookers are solid, well-built and well thought out pieces of BBQ equipment with solid, heavy-duty construction. Silverbac offers a few extra perks beyond the competition at a price point below most in this league. We tested and reviewed this cooker and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$799.00

Published On: 8/26/2019 Last Modified: 3/18/2021

Traeger Pro 575 Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The Pro Series is the entry level line in Traeger’s first wave of WiFi enabled pellet smokers. Pro is a good, solid pellet smoker from an industry leader. We love their WiFIRE app and believe it is a primary selling feature of the new Traeger lines. We tested and reviewed the Pro 575 and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$800.00

Published On: 7/29/2019 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Pitts & Spitts Maverick 1250 Pellet Grill Review

By:

Dave Joachim

We reviewed the Pitts & Spitts Maverick 1250 pellet grill which is their most popular mid-size model and rivals the best thermostatically controlled cookers in the business. This premium set-it-and-forget-it pellet smoker does not disappoint, although all cookers have their little quirks, and Pitts & Spitts is no different.

MSRP:$2199.00

Published On: 11/13/2018 Last Modified: 2/27/2021

Smokin Brothers Premier 30 Pellet Grill Review

By:

Clint Cantwell

Here’s a comprehensive, hands-on gold medal review of the Smokin Brothers Premier 30 pellet grill, the best selling model for this family owned and operated smoker and grill company. The “made in the USA” Premier 30 is a high quality pellet cooker featuring a total cooking surface of 792 square inches.

MSRP:$1499.00

Published On: 10/2/2018 Last Modified: 4/13/2021

Traeger Timberline 850 Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Traeger’s Timberline is a technologically advanced wood pellet smoker with a sturdy design and a muscular look and feel unlike anything in their extensive catalog. We tested and reviewed Timberline. You quickly get spoiled using the intuitive smartphone app to control and monitor this AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winner.

MSRP:$1799.00

Published On: 5/23/2017 Last Modified: 9/23/2021

Grilla Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

We always liked Grilla, but the original price seemed steep. We felt a premium was being placed on the cool cosmetics. Read our review because in 2016 Grilla Grills made a substantial price cut. That drew us off the fence and earned Grilla our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$930

Published On: 8/26/2015 Last Modified: 9/23/2021

Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

This mid-sized pellet smoker is comparable in capacity to Traeger’s popular Lil’ Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. It’s one of the few pellet smokers we’ve seen with an ash removal system. We tested and reviewed this innovative smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$700.00

Published On: 11/19/2013 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack FEC100 Review

By:

Meathead

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack FEC100 is the smoker that competition teams dream about when they are sleeping in a tent next to their smoker so they can get up at 3 a.m. and shovel in more coal. You can set it and forget it just like an indoor oven. We reviewed FEC 100 and give this famous smoker our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$4895.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone Choice Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

We reviewed the Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone Choice and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. Green Mountain includes some features not common in lower price pellet smokers and that often cost extra even in higher cost cookers.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 1/23/2013 Last Modified: 9/27/2021

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack PG500 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this backyard pellet smoker designed by award winning competition BBQ Pit Master, Fast Eddy. Aspiring pitmasters dream about Fast Eddy’s pellet smokers when waking at 3 a.m. to throw logs on the fire. Set the temperature, go to sleep and wake up to smoked brisket. We tested PG500 and gave our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2200

Published On: 1/23/2013 Last Modified: 9/24/2021

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack PG1000 Review

By:

Meathead

A backyard pellet smoker designed by award winning competition BBQ Pit Master, Fast Eddy. Aspiring pitmasters dream about Fast Eddy’s pellet smokers when waking at 3 a.m. to throw logs on the fire. Set the temperature, go to sleep and wake up to smoked brisket. We reviewed the PG1000 and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2900

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Yoder YS640 Review

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Max Good

Yoder is a brand revered by competition cooks for well-designed high end charcoal and wood fired smokers and BBQ grills made in the USA. In 2010 they introduced a line of pellet cookers. We reviewed their YS640 and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2229

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 10/12/2021

Yoder YS480 Review

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Max Good

Revered by competition cooks for well-designed, high end offset smokers and grills, Yoder recently introduced a line of heavy duty two pellet cookers. We reviewed the YS480.

MSRP:$1969

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 10/12/2021

Memphis Advantage Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this beautiful, high tech, stainless steel pellet smoker award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. Fit and finish are impeccable on these luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller.

MSRP:$2500

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Memphis Pro Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We tested and reviewed this beautiful, high tech, stainless steel smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. Fit and finish are impeccable on these luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller.

MSRP:$4199.00

Published On: 12/26/2012 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Z Grills 450B Review

By:

John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

The Z Grills 450B is part of their Basic Series and, true to the name, it is a straightforward, no frills, mid-size pellet smoker. This generic model looks like many other value priced pellet smokers and has similar features and performance. It competes with lower priced models from Camp Chef and Pit Boss and is worth a look if you’re on a tight budget. Read our review to learn why it gets our Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$499

Published On: 8/19/2021 Last Modified: 9/21/2021

Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Weber has a new pellet smoker and it is alone among pellet cookers in that it can properly sear steak across the entire cooking area. Read our review of this groundbreaking design.

MSRP:$1150.00

Published On: 3/23/2020 Last Modified: 3/11/2021

Camp Chef SmokePro SG 24 Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

SG is short for Slide and Grill. The metal heat diffuser slides away exposing foods to the direct wood pellet flame for high temp searing. Read our review. After testing SG we were disappointed in the Slide and Grill Sear function, but it is otherwise a solid, well made smoker with many useful features earning our Silver Medal.

MSRP:$750.00

Published On: 7/30/2018 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Pit Boss 820 Deluxe Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Pit Boss by Dansons, makers of the popular Louisiana Grills, has moved quickly into the growing pellet smoker arena dominated by Traeger. Danson’s strategy to create a likeness of Traeger at a much lower price apparently worked. We tested and reviewed this model and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$479.00

Published On: 3/7/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Sawtooth Pellet Grills SPG-610 Review

By:

Max Good

The SPG-610 is Sawtooth’s mid-size pellet smoker. Light weight, only 149 pounds, 47″ wide x 22″ deep x 50″ high. The high profile hood has a 14″ clearance which also facilitates use of an optional second shelf to increase capacity. We Reviewed Sawtooth and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1250.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers Super Hog Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this over size pellet smoker and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The Super Hog is an extra-large pellet smoker, basically two smokers joined together with two independent fire pots and two dedicated hoppers. Remove the middle partition and free up all 2400 square inches of cook surface to smoke a whole hog.

MSRP:$4495.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers Whole Hog Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We give this pellet smoker our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The Whole Hog is an extra-large pellet smoker, basically two smokers joined together with two independent fire pots and two dedicated hoppers. Remove the middle partition and free up all 1750 square inches of cook surface to smoke a whole hog.

MSRP:$2995.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers CS-450 Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We tested and reviewed this pellet smoker and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The CS-450 is one of Louisiana Grill’s smaller smokers. The controller toggles between set temp and meat probe temp. Set it and forget it, the thermostat will maintain cooking temperature just like your indoor kitchen stove.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Traeger PTG Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

There aren’t many portable pellet smokers and the PTG (Portable Traeger Grill) is the smallest we’ve reviewed. With 169 square inches of cook surface and about 6 inches of head room, cooking possibilities are limited. Still this unique little cooker has some useful applications and earns our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$299.99

Published On: 1/16/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Sawtooth Pellet Grills SPG-410 Review

By:

Max Good

The SPG-410 is Sawtooth’s mid-size pellet smoker. Light weight, only 149 pounds, 47″ wide x 22″ deep x 50″ high. The high profile hood has a 14″ clearance which also facilitates use of an optional second shelf to increase capacity. We reviewed Sawtooth and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1150.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Oklahoma Joe’s Rider DLX Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Oklahoma Joe’s Rider DLX Pellet Grill has some very unique and clever features: a lever that shifts from smoke to sear and the best pellet hopper clean out system we’ve seen. During our testing and review we found a lot to like about OKJ’s Rider DLX, but some serious flaws prevent us from recommending it at this time.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 10/27/2020 Last Modified: 4/19/2021

recteq RT-B380 Bullseye

By:

Max Good

When the previous iteration of Bullseye rolled out, we were among the many who were disappointed. It was quickly discontinued. Read our review of this new model which appears to address some of our complaints.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 8/7/2020 Last Modified: 3/1/2021

Englander 21-PG100 Review

By:

Max Good

Englander’s 21-PG100 Pellet Smoker was designed in conjunction with Fast Eddie Maurin, whose award winning pellet smokers are well known on the competition circuit. We reviewed this model which indeed has many similarities to Fast Eddy’s PG500. Unlike most pellet smokers both the PG100 and PG500 have one direct and two indirect zones.

MSRP:$1200.00

Published On: 11/21/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Cookshack Charbroiler CB036 Review

By:

Max Good

The Cookshack Charbroiler CB036 is a commercial, pellet fired grill meant for professional use. We reviewed the 36″ model. It also comes in a smaller 24″ model and larger 48″ model. Unlike most pellet cookers that are designed for smoking, CB036 reaches searing temps of 700° to sizzle steaks and burgers while imparting a nice whiff of smoky flavor.

MSRP:$4675.00

Published On: 11/14/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Royall Grills RG5000 Review

By:

Max Good

A large pellet smoker with an old fashioned Ortech style digital controller with notched temperature settings. We reviewed the RG5000 which Royall claims burns 2.35 lbs. of pellets/hour, but doesn’t specify at what temp. They offer custom colors and stainless steel options

MSRP:$3095.00

Published On: 9/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack FEC500 Review

By:

Max Good

The FEC500 is a big commercial/competition grade pellet smoker, the second largest in Fast Eddy’s catalog. We reviewed this 100% wood burning, pellet fired rotisserie smoker which cooks 500 lbs. pork butts (hence the FEC500 name), 450 lbs. brisket, 150 lbs. ribs or 70 whole chickens fully loaded.

MSRP:$16975.00

Published On: 9/15/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Blaz’n Grill Works Gridiron Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed the Gridiron pellet smoker which is Blaz’n Grill Works’ largest model. The basic design is typical of many pellet smokers, but Blaz’n Grill offers a few unique features. Foremost is the easy clean burn pot which allows you to bypasses the task of lifting the greasy grates and drip pan to clean out ash.

MSRP:$1450.00

Published On: 4/11/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Sweet Home Pellet Grills SH650 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed SweetHome Pellet Grill’s SH650; the biggest of their two smokers. The pellet hopper is on the left and the top doubles as a prep shelf, and there is a small shelf on the right. Each size has three configs, one that is all black, one with stainless shelves, and one with stainless shelves and hood.

MSRP:$1349.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Sweet Home Pellet Grills SH450 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed SweetHome Pellet Grill’s SH450; the smallest of their two smokers. The pellet hopper is on the left and the top doubles as a prep shelf, and there is a small shelf on the right. Each size has three configs, one that is all black, one with stainless shelves, and one with stainless shelves and hood.

MSRP:$949.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Smokin Brothers Traditional “30” Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this mid-size pellet smoker that has an old style Ortech digital controller that is a dial with notched temperature settings. Smokin Brothers has heavy wheels and casters, includes a warming rack and locates the chimney in the middle of the hood rather than off to the side.

MSRP:$1100.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Royall Grills RG3000 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this mid-size pellet smoker with the an older style Ortech digital controller that is a dial with notched temperature settings. Royall has heavy 14 gauge steel construction and locates the chimney in the middle at the back of the smokebox. They offer custom colors and stainless steel options.

MSRP:$1600.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Pro Smoker BBQ – Model 100SS Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Read our Pro Smoker review. The manufacturer claims this system will hold a set temperature between 1 and 2 degrees. That’s a mighty tight tolerance and some competitors have questioned the credibility of this statement.

MSRP:$4199.00

Published On: 1/10/2013 Last Modified: 4/4/2021

Blaz’n Grill Works Grand Slam Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review. Blaz’n Grill has the basic design is typical of many pellet smokers, but offers a few unique features. Foremost is the easy clean burn pot.

MSRP:$1199.00

Published On: 12/26/2012 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Green Mountain Davy Crockett Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of Green Mountain’s Davy Crockett. Green Mountain describes their small portable smoker as the Ultimate Tailgater Pellet Grill. It’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it smoker to their BBQ arsenal. We tested Davy Crockett and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$329.00

Published On: 6/19/2014 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Ooni 3 with Gas Burner Review

By:

Meathead

You’ll love making pizza outdoors in the Ooni portable pizza oven. The standard model is wood fired with pellets, but we prefer the optional gas fired system and award it our Gold Medal. With the gas burner, pizza doughs and toppings cook perfectly with slightly charred bubbles and leopard spotting on the crust.

MSRP:$384.00

Published On: 9/11/2018 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

FireCraft Pellet Q-450 Review

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Max Good

After testing, we award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to FireCraft’s Q-450. In addition to being made almost entirely of stainless steel this mid-size pellet smoker has a couple other unique features. Foremost is an impressive optional sear station with a three stage small flame, medium flame, and high flame firepot.

MSRP:$1000.00

Published On: 10/24/2017 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Green Mountain Grills Jim Bowie Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

We reviewed Green Mountain Grill’s Jim Bowie, their biggest model, and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. Green Mountain includes some features not common in lower price pellet smokers and that often cost extra even in higher cost cookers.

MSRP:$799.00

Published On: 1/23/2013 Last Modified: 9/28/2021

Memphis Select Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award goes to Memphis Select Pellet Smoker. Fit and finish are impeccable on these high tech, stainless steel luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller.

MSRP:$1399.00

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

REC TEC Grills RT-680 Review

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Max Good

We reviewed REC TEC’s now discontinued RT-780 and found it was similar to Traeger’s Texas Grill with significant upgrades. We smoked ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, chicken and salmon with the greatest of ease and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$998.00

Published On: 10/22/2012 Last Modified: 2/10/2021

Traeger Select PRO Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Traeger Select PRO is a large residential pellet smoker mounted on a double door cart. Although it has an upgraded digital controller, it is still an older style notched dial control like those made by Ortech. Not as good as a touch pad, but not bad. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1199.00

Published On: 10/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Traeger Lil’ Tex PRO Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

The Lil’ Tex PRO is a medium size starter model in Traeger’s line of residential pellet smokers. Although it has an upgraded digital controller, it is still an older style notched dial control like those made by Ortech. Not as good as a touch pad, but not bad. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 10/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

Traeger Texas PRO Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

The Texas PRO is a large model in Traeger’s line of residential pellet smokers. Although it has an upgraded digital controller, it is still an older style notched dial control like those made by Ortech. Not as good as a touch pad, but not bad. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$999.00

Published On: 10/14/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Traeger Junior Elite Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

As the name indicates, this is a smaller version of Traeger’s popular, full size, entry level Lil’ Tex Elite smoker. With 292 square inches of cook surface, Junior Elite is about 3/4 the size of Lil’ Tex. With the small size comes a small price. We give Junior Elite our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$449.00

Published On: 11/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers CS-680 Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We give this pellet smoker our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The CS-680 is one of Louisiana Grill’s large smokers. The controller toggles between set temp and meat probe temp. Set it and forget it, the thermostat will maintain cooking temperature just like your indoor kitchen stove.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers CS-570 Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

We give this pellet smoker our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The CS-570 is one of Louisiana Grill’s mid-size smokers. The controller toggles between set temp and meat probe temp. Set it and forget it, the thermostat will maintain cooking temperature just like your indoor kitchen stove.

MSRP:$999.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers TG-300 Review

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Max Good

TG-300 is the smallest smoker in Louisiana Grill’s Country Smokers line. The tabletop body has short legs and no wheels. At 26.5″ H x 36.5″ W x 19.5″ D weighing 94 pounds it is big enough to smoke a turkey and small enough to transport in a truck or van. Our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal goes to this tailgater.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 1/21/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Traeger XL Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

The XL is Traeger’s largest residential pellet smokers. With 836 square inches of primary cook surface it can cook 24 chickens or 16 slabs of ribs. This big boy has a large pellet hopper in front, two chimneys and two drip buckets. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1995.00

Published On: 1/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Select Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Traeger is the most popular pellet smoker in the USA.

MSRP:$1199.00

Published On: 1/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Texas Grill Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Texas Grill is a large model in Traeger’s line of residential pellet smokers. Although it has an upgraded digital controller, it is still an older style notched dial control like those made by Ortech. Not as good as a touch pad, but not bad. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$999.00

Published On: 1/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

Traeger’s Lil’Tex Elite is a mid-size pellet smoker featuring digital thermostatic control. Thermostatically controlled pellet smokers can be more accurate than your kitchen range and let you load up your smoker at 11 pm, then go to bed and sleep soundly. Our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal goes to this model.

MSRP:$799.00

Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Myron Mixon Pitmaster Q3 Review

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Max Good

AmazingRibs.com readers should take note, however, that Q3 is not made by Myron Mixon Smokers: it’s made by Mojak, a company that manufactures mower lifts, hand trucks and other material handling products. Made cheap to sell cheap with a couple bells and whistles thrown in. We give it our Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 5/15/2014 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Ooni 3 Pellet Burner Review

By:

Meathead

Ooni 3 comes standard with a wood pellet burner, which we found lacking and is Not Recommended. Click now to find out why we strongly prefer the Ooni 3 with their optional gas burner. With the gas burner, pizza doughs and toppings cook perfectly with slightly charred bubbles and leopard spotting on the crust.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 9/24/2018 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

REC TEC Grills Bullseye Review

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Max Good

This pellet smoker that looks like a charcoal kettle grill caused a bit of a stir, capturing our attention with the claim that it can smoke and grill for “the best of both worlds.” Alas, we are disappointed in REC TEC’s Bulleye and cannot recommend it. Click here to find out why.

MSRP:$499.00

Published On: 5/9/2018 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Black Olive Pellet Kamado Grill Review

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Max Good

Black Olive’s patented design is billed as “The World’s First Pellet Kamado Grill”. The novel concept grabbed the attention of many. If Black Olive had worked as envisioned by the creators, and been brought to market for the right price, it couldda been a contender. Alas we cannot recommend this product.

MSRP:$1899.00

Published On: 7/13/2015 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Char-Griller Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

Not recommended. Char-Griller tried to hop on the pellet smoker bandwagon with this halfhearted attempt at making a mid-size product. Had they introduced this closer to 2010 at the same price, it would have been a viable entry level pellet smoker. Now it’s a relic from a company with notoriously poor quality.

MSRP:$500.00

Published On: 12/1/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Louisiana Grills Colonial Greenwood Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

Louisiana Grills are one of the first pellet smoker companies. Their Colonial Barbecue Grills are pellet smokers mounted on carts and resemble gas grills with doors and cabinet enclosures.

MSRP:$1999.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Louisiana Grills Colonial Savannah Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

Louisiana Grills Colonial Barbecue Grills are pellet smokers mounted on carts offered in two styles. They resemble gas grills on carts with cabinet enclosures.

MSRP:$1599.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Lil’ Tex Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

In the past this popular cooker served as a great starter for people interested in pellet cooking. Alas, because there is no thermostatic control, it will not always cook at the same temp because it will not respond to ambient air temp. We don’t recommend this model.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Traeger Junior Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

As the name indicates, Traeger Junior is a smallish pellet smoker. Unfortunately it has no thermostatic control, so temperature is inaccurate because it will not respond to ambient air temp. We don’t recommend this model.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Pellet Fuel Grill Review

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Max Good

In 2012 Brinkmann designed this smoker to be a knock off of Traeger’s popular Lil’ Tex pllet smoker. Since then, however, other manufacturers have brought newer, better pellet smokers to market, making this one a relic. We don’t recommend this antiquated device.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 12/26/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Lil’ Pig Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

The Lil’ Pig is a novelty smoker that consists of Traeger’s Lil’ Tex Elite dressed up to look like a pink pig. On the upside it has a digital controller and an eye catching appearance that Traeger believes is sure to make your guests “squeal”. BUT it weighs and costs twice as much as an Elite.

MSRP:$1795.00

Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Blaz’n Grill Works Tailgater Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Tailgater Grill pellet smoker by Blaz’n Grill Works their smallest model. The basic design is typical of many pellet smokers, but Blaz’n Grill offers a few unique features. Foremost is the easy clean burn pot which allows you to bypasses the task of lifting the greasy grates and drip pan to clean out ash.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 12/26/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021


MAK Grills 2 Star General Pellet Grill Review

By:

Meathead

MAK took the pellet world by storm and quickly developed a reputation as a best in class producer largely due to their sophisticated “Pellet Boss” controller. MAK makes some of our favorite pellet smokers that we’ve ever tested and reviewed, easily winning our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal Award.

MSRP:$3199

Published On: 8/17/2020 Last Modified: 7/13/2021

Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill With Sear Box Review

By:

Max Good

Comparable in capacity to Traeger’s popular Lil’ Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. Woodwind includes Camp Chef’s super hot gas Sear Box which is attached to the right side. We tested and reviewed this innovative smoker and gave it our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$1250

Published On: 7/5/2017 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

MAK Grills 1 Star General Pellet Grill Review

By:

Meathead

MAK took the pellet world by storm and quickly developed a reputation as a best in class producer largely due to their sophisticated “Pellet Boss” controller. MAK makes some of our favorite pellet smokers that we’ve ever tested and reviewed, easily winning our Best Value AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$2000

Published On: 1/10/2013 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Memphis Elite Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this beautiful, high tech, stainless steel pellet smoker and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Platinum Medal. Fit and finish are impeccable on these luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller that can also be operated from a smart phone ap.

MSRP:$5399.00

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Green Mountain Grills Ledge (Formerly Daniel Boone) Prime Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Dave Joachim

The Ledge Prime from Green Mountain Grills might be the pellet cooker to show you the pleasures of these machines. It’s their most popular model, a mid-size, mid-priced smoker with WiFi, a robust smartphone app, solid all-around performance, and more extras than most in its price range. Read our full review!

MSRP:$899

Published On: 9/28/2021 Last Modified: 9/30/2021

Pit Boss 5-Series Wood Pellet Vertical Smoker

By:

John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

The Pit Boss 5-Series Vertical Cabinet Smoker is a good unit for this price point. It’s easy to use and maintain, produces great results on a variety of meats and has a small footprint coupled with a large cooking capacity. Read our review to learn why we give the Pit Boss 5-Series our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$659

Published On: 9/11/2020 Last Modified: 10/19/2021

Cuisinart Woodcreek 4-in-1 Pellet Grill

By:

Max Good

Read our review to learn why Cuisinart has once again won us over with their bounty of useful extras that make their Woodcreek an appealing package deal. The charcoal insert provides sear power, and if you haven’t used a griddle outdoors, you will after trying theirs. Both items expand Woodcreek’s versatility and merit our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 6/25/2020 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

Grilla Silverbac Alpha Wood Pellet Grill Review

By:

Aaron “Huskee” Lyons

Grilla Grills’ Silverbac pellet cookers are solid, well-built and well thought out pieces of BBQ equipment with solid, heavy-duty construction. Silverbac offers a few extra perks beyond the competition at a price point below most in this league. We tested and reviewed this cooker and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$799.00

Published On: 8/26/2019 Last Modified: 3/18/2021

Traeger Pro 575 Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

The Pro Series is the entry level line in Traeger’s first wave of WiFi enabled pellet smokers. Pro is a good, solid pellet smoker from an industry leader. We love their WiFIRE app and believe it is a primary selling feature of the new Traeger lines. We tested and reviewed the Pro 575 and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$800.00

Published On: 7/29/2019 Last Modified: 3/2/2021

Pitts & Spitts Maverick 1250 Pellet Grill Review

By:

Dave Joachim

We reviewed the Pitts & Spitts Maverick 1250 pellet grill which is their most popular mid-size model and rivals the best thermostatically controlled cookers in the business. This premium set-it-and-forget-it pellet smoker does not disappoint, although all cookers have their little quirks, and Pitts & Spitts is no different.

MSRP:$2199.00

Published On: 11/13/2018 Last Modified: 2/27/2021

Smokin Brothers Premier 30 Pellet Grill Review

By:

Clint Cantwell

Here’s a comprehensive, hands-on gold medal review of the Smokin Brothers Premier 30 pellet grill, the best selling model for this family owned and operated smoker and grill company. The “made in the USA” Premier 30 is a high quality pellet cooker featuring a total cooking surface of 792 square inches.

MSRP:$1499.00

Published On: 10/2/2018 Last Modified: 4/13/2021

Traeger Timberline 850 Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Traeger’s Timberline is a technologically advanced wood pellet smoker with a sturdy design and a muscular look and feel unlike anything in their extensive catalog. We tested and reviewed Timberline. You quickly get spoiled using the intuitive smartphone app to control and monitor this AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award winner.

MSRP:$1799.00

Published On: 5/23/2017 Last Modified: 9/23/2021

Grilla Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We always liked Grilla, but the original price seemed steep. We felt a premium was being placed on the cool cosmetics. Read our review because in 2016 Grilla Grills made a substantial price cut. That drew us off the fence and earned Grilla our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$930

Published On: 8/26/2015 Last Modified: 9/23/2021

Camp Chef SmokePro DLX Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

This mid-sized pellet smoker is comparable in capacity to Traeger’s popular Lil’ Tex Elite, but much more sophisticated and easy to find for well below its list price. It’s one of the few pellet smokers we’ve seen with an ash removal system. We tested and reviewed this innovative smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$700.00

Published On: 11/19/2013 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack FEC100 Review

By:

Meathead

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack FEC100 is the smoker that competition teams dream about when they are sleeping in a tent next to their smoker so they can get up at 3 a.m. and shovel in more coal. You can set it and forget it just like an indoor oven. We reviewed FEC 100 and give this famous smoker our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$4895.00

Published On: 4/6/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone Choice Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed the Green Mountain Grills Daniel Boone Choice and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. Green Mountain includes some features not common in lower price pellet smokers and that often cost extra even in higher cost cookers.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 1/23/2013 Last Modified: 9/27/2021

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack PG500 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this backyard pellet smoker designed by award winning competition BBQ Pit Master, Fast Eddy. Aspiring pitmasters dream about Fast Eddy’s pellet smokers when waking at 3 a.m. to throw logs on the fire. Set the temperature, go to sleep and wake up to smoked brisket. We tested PG500 and gave our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2200

Published On: 1/23/2013 Last Modified: 9/24/2021

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack PG1000 Review

By:

Meathead

A backyard pellet smoker designed by award winning competition BBQ Pit Master, Fast Eddy. Aspiring pitmasters dream about Fast Eddy’s pellet smokers when waking at 3 a.m. to throw logs on the fire. Set the temperature, go to sleep and wake up to smoked brisket. We reviewed the PG1000 and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2900

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Yoder YS640 Review

By:

Max Good

Yoder is a brand revered by competition cooks for well-designed high end charcoal and wood fired smokers and BBQ grills made in the USA. In 2010 they introduced a line of pellet cookers. We reviewed their YS640 and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Gold Medal.

MSRP:$2229

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 10/12/2021

Yoder YS480 Review

By:

Max Good

Revered by competition cooks for well-designed, high end offset smokers and grills, Yoder recently introduced a line of heavy duty two pellet cookers. We reviewed the YS480.

MSRP:$1969

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 10/12/2021

Memphis Advantage Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this beautiful, high tech, stainless steel pellet smoker award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. Fit and finish are impeccable on these luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller.

MSRP:$2500

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Memphis Pro Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We tested and reviewed this beautiful, high tech, stainless steel smoker and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. Fit and finish are impeccable on these luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller.

MSRP:$4199.00

Published On: 12/26/2012 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Z Grills 450B Review

By:

John “Spinaker” Bowlsby

The Z Grills 450B is part of their Basic Series and, true to the name, it is a straightforward, no frills, mid-size pellet smoker. This generic model looks like many other value priced pellet smokers and has similar features and performance. It competes with lower priced models from Camp Chef and Pit Boss and is worth a look if you’re on a tight budget. Read our review to learn why it gets our Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$499

Published On: 8/19/2021 Last Modified: 9/21/2021

Weber SmokeFire EX4 and EX6 Wood Fired Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Weber has a new pellet smoker and it is alone among pellet cookers in that it can properly sear steak across the entire cooking area. Read our review of this groundbreaking design.

MSRP:$1150.00

Published On: 3/23/2020 Last Modified: 3/11/2021

Camp Chef SmokePro SG 24 Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

SG is short for Slide and Grill. The metal heat diffuser slides away exposing foods to the direct wood pellet flame for high temp searing. Read our review. After testing SG we were disappointed in the Slide and Grill Sear function, but it is otherwise a solid, well made smoker with many useful features earning our Silver Medal.

MSRP:$750.00

Published On: 7/30/2018 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Pit Boss 820 Deluxe Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Pit Boss by Dansons, makers of the popular Louisiana Grills, has moved quickly into the growing pellet smoker arena dominated by Traeger. Danson’s strategy to create a likeness of Traeger at a much lower price apparently worked. We tested and reviewed this model and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$479.00

Published On: 3/7/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Sawtooth Pellet Grills SPG-610 Review

By:

Max Good

The SPG-610 is Sawtooth’s mid-size pellet smoker. Light weight, only 149 pounds, 47″ wide x 22″ deep x 50″ high. The high profile hood has a 14″ clearance which also facilitates use of an optional second shelf to increase capacity. We Reviewed Sawtooth and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1250.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers Super Hog Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this over size pellet smoker and awarded our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The Super Hog is an extra-large pellet smoker, basically two smokers joined together with two independent fire pots and two dedicated hoppers. Remove the middle partition and free up all 2400 square inches of cook surface to smoke a whole hog.

MSRP:$4495.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers Whole Hog Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We give this pellet smoker our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The Whole Hog is an extra-large pellet smoker, basically two smokers joined together with two independent fire pots and two dedicated hoppers. Remove the middle partition and free up all 1750 square inches of cook surface to smoke a whole hog.

MSRP:$2995.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers CS-450 Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We tested and reviewed this pellet smoker and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The CS-450 is one of Louisiana Grill’s smaller smokers. The controller toggles between set temp and meat probe temp. Set it and forget it, the thermostat will maintain cooking temperature just like your indoor kitchen stove.

MSRP:$899.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Traeger PTG Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

There aren’t many portable pellet smokers and the PTG (Portable Traeger Grill) is the smallest we’ve reviewed. With 169 square inches of cook surface and about 6 inches of head room, cooking possibilities are limited. Still this unique little cooker has some useful applications and earns our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$299.99

Published On: 1/16/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Sawtooth Pellet Grills SPG-410 Review

By:

Max Good

The SPG-410 is Sawtooth’s mid-size pellet smoker. Light weight, only 149 pounds, 47″ wide x 22″ deep x 50″ high. The high profile hood has a 14″ clearance which also facilitates use of an optional second shelf to increase capacity. We reviewed Sawtooth and award our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1150.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Oklahoma Joe’s Rider DLX Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

Oklahoma Joe’s Rider DLX Pellet Grill has some very unique and clever features: a lever that shifts from smoke to sear and the best pellet hopper clean out system we’ve seen. During our testing and review we found a lot to like about OKJ’s Rider DLX, but some serious flaws prevent us from recommending it at this time.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 10/27/2020 Last Modified: 4/19/2021

recteq RT-B380 Bullseye

By:

Max Good

When the previous iteration of Bullseye rolled out, we were among the many who were disappointed. It was quickly discontinued. Read our review of this new model which appears to address some of our complaints.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 8/7/2020 Last Modified: 3/1/2021

Englander 21-PG100 Review

By:

Max Good

Englander’s 21-PG100 Pellet Smoker was designed in conjunction with Fast Eddie Maurin, whose award winning pellet smokers are well known on the competition circuit. We reviewed this model which indeed has many similarities to Fast Eddy’s PG500. Unlike most pellet smokers both the PG100 and PG500 have one direct and two indirect zones.

MSRP:$1200.00

Published On: 11/21/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Cookshack Charbroiler CB036 Review

By:

Max Good

The Cookshack Charbroiler CB036 is a commercial, pellet fired grill meant for professional use. We reviewed the 36″ model. It also comes in a smaller 24″ model and larger 48″ model. Unlike most pellet cookers that are designed for smoking, CB036 reaches searing temps of 700° to sizzle steaks and burgers while imparting a nice whiff of smoky flavor.

MSRP:$4675.00

Published On: 11/14/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Royall Grills RG5000 Review

By:

Max Good

A large pellet smoker with an old fashioned Ortech style digital controller with notched temperature settings. We reviewed the RG5000 which Royall claims burns 2.35 lbs. of pellets/hour, but doesn’t specify at what temp. They offer custom colors and stainless steel options

MSRP:$3095.00

Published On: 9/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Fast Eddy’s by Cookshack FEC500 Review

By:

Max Good

The FEC500 is a big commercial/competition grade pellet smoker, the second largest in Fast Eddy’s catalog. We reviewed this 100% wood burning, pellet fired rotisserie smoker which cooks 500 lbs. pork butts (hence the FEC500 name), 450 lbs. brisket, 150 lbs. ribs or 70 whole chickens fully loaded.

MSRP:$16975.00

Published On: 9/15/2014 Last Modified: 3/17/2021

Blaz’n Grill Works Gridiron Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed the Gridiron pellet smoker which is Blaz’n Grill Works’ largest model. The basic design is typical of many pellet smokers, but Blaz’n Grill offers a few unique features. Foremost is the easy clean burn pot which allows you to bypasses the task of lifting the greasy grates and drip pan to clean out ash.

MSRP:$1450.00

Published On: 4/11/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

Sweet Home Pellet Grills SH650 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed SweetHome Pellet Grill’s SH650; the biggest of their two smokers. The pellet hopper is on the left and the top doubles as a prep shelf, and there is a small shelf on the right. Each size has three configs, one that is all black, one with stainless shelves, and one with stainless shelves and hood.

MSRP:$1349.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Sweet Home Pellet Grills SH450 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed SweetHome Pellet Grill’s SH450; the smallest of their two smokers. The pellet hopper is on the left and the top doubles as a prep shelf, and there is a small shelf on the right. Each size has three configs, one that is all black, one with stainless shelves, and one with stainless shelves and hood.

MSRP:$949.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Smokin Brothers Traditional “30” Pellet Grill Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this mid-size pellet smoker that has an old style Ortech digital controller that is a dial with notched temperature settings. Smokin Brothers has heavy wheels and casters, includes a warming rack and locates the chimney in the middle of the hood rather than off to the side.

MSRP:$1100.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Royall Grills RG3000 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed this mid-size pellet smoker with the an older style Ortech digital controller that is a dial with notched temperature settings. Royall has heavy 14 gauge steel construction and locates the chimney in the middle at the back of the smokebox. They offer custom colors and stainless steel options.

MSRP:$1600.00

Published On: 1/24/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Pro Smoker BBQ – Model 100SS Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Read our Pro Smoker review. The manufacturer claims this system will hold a set temperature between 1 and 2 degrees. That’s a mighty tight tolerance and some competitors have questioned the credibility of this statement.

MSRP:$4199.00

Published On: 1/10/2013 Last Modified: 4/4/2021

Blaz’n Grill Works Grand Slam Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review. Blaz’n Grill has the basic design is typical of many pellet smokers, but offers a few unique features. Foremost is the easy clean burn pot.

MSRP:$1199.00

Published On: 12/26/2012 Last Modified: 3/3/2021

Green Mountain Davy Crockett Review

By:

Max Good

Read our review of Green Mountain’s Davy Crockett. Green Mountain describes their small portable smoker as the Ultimate Tailgater Pellet Grill. It’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it smoker to their BBQ arsenal. We tested Davy Crockett and award it our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Platinum Medal.

MSRP:$329.00

Published On: 6/19/2014 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Ooni 3 with Gas Burner Review

By:

Meathead

You’ll love making pizza outdoors in the Ooni portable pizza oven. The standard model is wood fired with pellets, but we prefer the optional gas fired system and award it our Gold Medal. With the gas burner, pizza doughs and toppings cook perfectly with slightly charred bubbles and leopard spotting on the crust.

MSRP:$384.00

Published On: 9/11/2018 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

FireCraft Pellet Q-450 Review

By:

Max Good

After testing, we award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal to FireCraft’s Q-450. In addition to being made almost entirely of stainless steel this mid-size pellet smoker has a couple other unique features. Foremost is an impressive optional sear station with a three stage small flame, medium flame, and high flame firepot.

MSRP:$1000.00

Published On: 10/24/2017 Last Modified: 2/26/2021

Green Mountain Grills Jim Bowie Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed Green Mountain Grill’s Jim Bowie, their biggest model, and gave it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award. Green Mountain includes some features not common in lower price pellet smokers and that often cost extra even in higher cost cookers.

MSRP:$799.00

Published On: 1/23/2013 Last Modified: 9/28/2021

Memphis Select Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal Award goes to Memphis Select Pellet Smoker. Fit and finish are impeccable on these high tech, stainless steel luxury pellet smokers. The “Intelligent Temperature Control” is a sophisticated, touch-pad digital controller.

MSRP:$1399.00

Published On: 12/27/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

REC TEC Grills RT-680 Review

By:

Max Good

We reviewed REC TEC’s now discontinued RT-780 and found it was similar to Traeger’s Texas Grill with significant upgrades. We smoked ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, chicken and salmon with the greatest of ease and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal.

MSRP:$998.00

Published On: 10/22/2012 Last Modified: 2/10/2021

Traeger Select PRO Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Traeger Select PRO is a large residential pellet smoker mounted on a double door cart. Although it has an upgraded digital controller, it is still an older style notched dial control like those made by Ortech. Not as good as a touch pad, but not bad. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1199.00

Published On: 10/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Traeger Lil’ Tex PRO Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Lil’ Tex PRO is a medium size starter model in Traeger’s line of residential pellet smokers. Although it has an upgraded digital controller, it is still an older style notched dial control like those made by Ortech. Not as good as a touch pad, but not bad. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 10/15/2014 Last Modified: 2/22/2021

Traeger Texas PRO Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Texas PRO is a large model in Traeger’s line of residential pellet smokers. Although it has an upgraded digital controller, it is still an older style notched dial control like those made by Ortech. Not as good as a touch pad, but not bad. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$999.00

Published On: 10/14/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Traeger Junior Elite Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

As the name indicates, this is a smaller version of Traeger’s popular, full size, entry level Lil’ Tex Elite smoker. With 292 square inches of cook surface, Junior Elite is about 3/4 the size of Lil’ Tex. With the small size comes a small price. We give Junior Elite our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal.

MSRP:$449.00

Published On: 11/11/2013 Last Modified: 2/20/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers CS-680 Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We give this pellet smoker our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The CS-680 is one of Louisiana Grill’s large smokers. The controller toggles between set temp and meat probe temp. Set it and forget it, the thermostat will maintain cooking temperature just like your indoor kitchen stove.

MSRP:$1099.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers CS-570 Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

We give this pellet smoker our AmazingRibs.com Best Value Silver Medal. The CS-570 is one of Louisiana Grill’s mid-size smokers. The controller toggles between set temp and meat probe temp. Set it and forget it, the thermostat will maintain cooking temperature just like your indoor kitchen stove.

MSRP:$999.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Louisiana Grills Country Smokers TG-300 Review

By:

Max Good

TG-300 is the smallest smoker in Louisiana Grill’s Country Smokers line. The tabletop body has short legs and no wheels. At 26.5″ H x 36.5″ W x 19.5″ D weighing 94 pounds it is big enough to smoke a turkey and small enough to transport in a truck or van. Our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal goes to this tailgater.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 1/21/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Traeger XL Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The XL is Traeger’s largest residential pellet smokers. With 836 square inches of primary cook surface it can cook 24 chickens or 16 slabs of ribs. This big boy has a large pellet hopper in front, two chimneys and two drip buckets. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$1995.00

Published On: 1/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Select Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Traeger is the most popular pellet smoker in the USA.

MSRP:$1199.00

Published On: 1/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Texas Grill Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Texas Grill is a large model in Traeger’s line of residential pellet smokers. Although it has an upgraded digital controller, it is still an older style notched dial control like those made by Ortech. Not as good as a touch pad, but not bad. We give this one our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal.

MSRP:$999.00

Published On: 1/18/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Traeger’s Lil’Tex Elite is a mid-size pellet smoker featuring digital thermostatic control. Thermostatically controlled pellet smokers can be more accurate than your kitchen range and let you load up your smoker at 11 pm, then go to bed and sleep soundly. Our AmazingRibs.com Silver Medal goes to this model.

MSRP:$799.00

Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Myron Mixon Pitmaster Q3 Review

By:

Max Good

AmazingRibs.com readers should take note, however, that Q3 is not made by Myron Mixon Smokers: it’s made by Mojak, a company that manufactures mower lifts, hand trucks and other material handling products. Made cheap to sell cheap with a couple bells and whistles thrown in. We give it our Bronze Medal.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 5/15/2014 Last Modified: 10/20/2021

Ooni 3 Pellet Burner Review

By:

Meathead

Ooni 3 comes standard with a wood pellet burner, which we found lacking and is Not Recommended. Click now to find out why we strongly prefer the Ooni 3 with their optional gas burner. With the gas burner, pizza doughs and toppings cook perfectly with slightly charred bubbles and leopard spotting on the crust.

MSRP:$299.00

Published On: 9/24/2018 Last Modified: 2/28/2021

REC TEC Grills Bullseye Review

By:

Max Good

This pellet smoker that looks like a charcoal kettle grill caused a bit of a stir, capturing our attention with the claim that it can smoke and grill for “the best of both worlds.” Alas, we are disappointed in REC TEC’s Bulleye and cannot recommend it. Click here to find out why.

MSRP:$499.00

Published On: 5/9/2018 Last Modified: 3/9/2021

Black Olive Pellet Kamado Grill Review

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Max Good

Black Olive’s patented design is billed as “The World’s First Pellet Kamado Grill”. The novel concept grabbed the attention of many. If Black Olive had worked as envisioned by the creators, and been brought to market for the right price, it couldda been a contender. Alas we cannot recommend this product.

MSRP:$1899.00

Published On: 7/13/2015 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Char-Griller Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

Not recommended. Char-Griller tried to hop on the pellet smoker bandwagon with this halfhearted attempt at making a mid-size product. Had they introduced this closer to 2010 at the same price, it would have been a viable entry level pellet smoker. Now it’s a relic from a company with notoriously poor quality.

MSRP:$500.00

Published On: 12/1/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Louisiana Grills Colonial Greenwood Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

Louisiana Grills are one of the first pellet smoker companies. Their Colonial Barbecue Grills are pellet smokers mounted on carts and resemble gas grills with doors and cabinet enclosures.

MSRP:$1999.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Louisiana Grills Colonial Savannah Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

Louisiana Grills Colonial Barbecue Grills are pellet smokers mounted on carts offered in two styles. They resemble gas grills on carts with cabinet enclosures.

MSRP:$1599.00

Published On: 1/22/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Lil’ Tex Pellet Smoker Review

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Max Good

In the past this popular cooker served as a great starter for people interested in pellet cooking. Alas, because there is no thermostatic control, it will not always cook at the same temp because it will not respond to ambient air temp. We don’t recommend this model.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Traeger Junior Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

As the name indicates, Traeger Junior is a smallish pellet smoker. Unfortunately it has no thermostatic control, so temperature is inaccurate because it will not respond to ambient air temp. We don’t recommend this model.

MSRP:$399.00

Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

Brinkmann Pellet Fuel Grill Review

By:

Max Good

In 2012 Brinkmann designed this smoker to be a knock off of Traeger’s popular Lil’ Tex pllet smoker. Since then, however, other manufacturers have brought newer, better pellet smokers to market, making this one a relic. We don’t recommend this antiquated device.

MSRP:$599.00

Published On: 12/26/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Traeger Lil’ Pig Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Lil’ Pig is a novelty smoker that consists of Traeger’s Lil’ Tex Elite dressed up to look like a pink pig. On the upside it has a digital controller and an eye catching appearance that Traeger believes is sure to make your guests “squeal”. BUT it weighs and costs twice as much as an Elite.

MSRP:$1795.00

Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Blaz’n Grill Works Tailgater Pellet Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

The Tailgater Grill pellet smoker by Blaz’n Grill Works their smallest model. The basic design is typical of many pellet smokers, but Blaz’n Grill offers a few unique features. Foremost is the easy clean burn pot which allows you to bypasses the task of lifting the greasy grates and drip pan to clean out ash.

MSRP:$699.00

Published On: 12/26/2012 Last Modified: 2/15/2021

Published On: 12/23/2020 Last Modified: 11/19/2021


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Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker


Green Mountain’s portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it’s also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

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Blackstone Rangetop Combo: Griddle And Deep Fryer In One


The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, grilled cheese, and so much more. And why deep fry indoors when you can avoid the smell and mess by doing it outside!

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The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

3 burner gas grill

The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

ThermoWorks’ Thermapen ONE provides an accurate reading in one second or less. The ONE also includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight, rotating display, and water resistant seals. Don’t accept cheap substitutes.
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Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?


The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

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