AmazingRibs.com is supported by our Pitmaster Club. Also, when you buy with links on our site we may earn a finder’s fee. Click to see how we test and review products.

The Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler Rated And Reviewed

Share on:

If you’re in the market for a heavy duty cooler, this might be the one for you.

The Pelican Elite 50 Quart Cooler‘s “Press and Pull” latches are easy to use by young and old, strong and weak alike, and I think the most secure latches of all the coolers we tested.

Pelican’s rotomolded polypropylene coolers are BPA-free, feature 360 degree freezer-grade gaskets, 2 inch thick polyurethane insulators in the inner lid, have a built-in aluminum bottle opener, non-skid and non-marking raised feet, a molded-in lock hasp with a stainless steel plate, four molded-in tie downs, and integrated cup holders with drainage channels so liquid doesn’t pool in them. The lid also features both metric and US rulers. Coolers are IGBC (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee) certified against destruction by grizzly bears. Popular Mechanics tested these coolers with a Grizzly bear, and the Pelican was the only cooler capable of preventing a 450-pound Grizzly bear from getting in.

Test Details:

Ice retention. Final cubes of ice melted after 13 days

Heat retention. It took 4.3 hrs. for a ham to drop to 145˚F.

Leakage/Dropped Damage. Did not leak when turned over on its side or top or when dropped from pickup truck. Only suffered minor abrasions on the corners from the test.

Hinges, latches and lid. Sturdy hidden hinge, easy-to-use unique two-stage and low-profile latches, and the lid is comfortable and safe to either sit on or stand on.

Drain efficiency and speed. Sloped channels drained 100% of the water in 49 seconds, the 2nd fastest of all the coolers we tested. Drain plug has an attached plastic lanyard and is threaded to connect to a garden hose.

Handles. Molded polypropylene fixed handles

Dimensions. 30”L x 20”W x 20”H

Weight. 26.39 lbs.

Extras. Available in 9 colorful designs: white/grey, brown/tan, tan/orange, seafoam/grey, dark grey/white, Realtree Extra/OD Green, light blue/grey.

Cost. Approx. $299

Warranty. Lifetime Guarantee, 90 days on gasket.

Country of Origin. Torrance, CA, USA.

Click here to check price and purchase from Amazon

Published On: 11/2/2018 Last Modified: 1/25/2021

  • Rick Browne, Ph.B. -

    Rick Browne does product testing and recipes. A renowned TV cooking show host, photojournalist, and author of 16 barbecue books, he was the creator, host, and executive producer of public television’s popular Barbecue America TV series, a cooking and travelogue highlighting the world’s outdoor culinary landscape. It has aired on more than 230 stations.

    Browne has [...]


 

High quality websites are expensive to run. If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and a lot of freebies!

Millions come to AmazingRibs.com every month for high quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 2,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club. But please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get MANY great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial, and help keep this site alive.


Post comments and questions below

grouchy?

1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.

Moderators

  Max

Click for comments...

Spotlight

These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs


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.

Click here to read our complete review


The Efficiency Of A Kamado Plus The Flexibility Of The Slow ‘N Sear Insert

kamado grill
Built around SnS Grill’s patented Slow ‘N Sear charcoal kettle accessory, this 22-inch kamado is a premium ceramic grill that brings true 2-zone cooking to a kamado.

Click here for our article on this exciting cooker


The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One


The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our complete review

 

Comprehensive Temperature Magnet With 80+ Important Temps

Amazingribs.com temperature magnet
Winner of the National BBQ Association’s product of the year award. This 8.5″ x 11″ magnet contains more that 80 benchmark temperatures for meats (both USDA recommended temps as well as the temps chefs recommend), fats and oils, sugars, sous vide, eggs, collagens, wood combustion, breads, and more. Although it is not certified as all-weather, we have tested it outdoors in Chicago weather and it has not delaminated in three years, but there is minor fading.

Click here to order.


The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

Click here for more about what makes this grill special



Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
Click here for our review of this superb smoker