When the first iteration of the recteq Bullseye (the company was called REC TEC then) rolled out in 2018, we were among the many who were disappointed. It was discontinued. Click here to read our review of the original model and learn why we rated it "Not Recommended".
In short, we had four complaints. This new model appears to address some of our complaints. Although it is new, their website says they are sold out. We will try to get one and give a more thorough review. Stay tuned.
1) The old Bullseye didn't have a thermostatic control so you had to fiddle around with a dial to try and find the cooking temp you want. The new version has modern thermostatic controler and an integrated meat probe. Big improvement.
2) The old Bullseye lacked an exhaust vent in the hood. As a result, smoke tried to escape through the pellet chute up into to the hopper. The new model has vents.
3) Fire could creep up out of the burn cup through the auger chute and into the pellet hopper, a serious safety hazard. We cannot tell from the website how they have addressed this.
4) The manufacturer claimed the old model was capable of searing, which would have made it unique in the world of pellet smokers at the time. Alas, searing was better than some, but not what we consider a great sear. Description of the new version on the company website makes no such claims, at least not overtly.
Researched it from Afar
We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.
recteq offers an ever expanding line of pellet smokers and related products.
In 2020 the company changed their name from REC TEC Grills to recteq.
All sales are direct and online.