Traeger and Louisiana Grills used to be pretty much the only game in town for pellet smokers less than a grand, but Green Mountain Grills changed that in 2008 and has run up significant sales numbers. They make two residential smokers, one large trailer smoker and recently introduced a small portable model. They also offer pellets, sauces, rubs and various accessories.
In 2014 Green Mountain drastically lowered prices on their residential models making them a best buy. We always liked Green Mountain, now we love them. Jason Baker of Green Mountain explains, “We have dramatically lowered our prices to allow the WIFi units to come in at better prices. The move towards WiFi will be interesting. We hope to bring a whole new consumer into the pellet grilling umbrella.”
WiFi adds about a hundred bucks to our posted MSRP for GMG's full size Daniel Boone and Jim Bowie models and fifty bucks for the portable Davy Crockett. No other pellet smokers currently on the market in GMG's price range are offering WiFi control. Download the GMG ap to your smart phone to enable a point to point connection to the pellet controller. You'll get system malfunction and low fuel warnings - the ability to turn the cooker on and off - monitor and control internal meat temp, cooking temp and timer – you can even store time/temperature based profiles of your favorite recipes. For example, "Tri-Tip Beef Roast" STEP 1: Cook at 225° until the internal meat temp hits 110°, STEP 2: Crank to 500° for browning until the meat registers 135°, STEP 3: drop cooking temp to 150° to keep warm.
GMG doesn't sell much on the internet, but the company website has a dealer locator to help you find their products. The dealer network is expanding and GMG products can now be purchased in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Africa. The cookers are assembled in China, but management, sales and distribution are headquartered in Reno, NV.