Louisiana Grills Country Smokers TG-300 Review

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Small boxy pellet smoker on four short legs. A box attached to the left side has an oval plate labeled "Louisiana".
TG-300 "The Tailgater"

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. Keep in mind; wherever you go with the TG you need access to electric power. In 2014 it underwent significant upgrades. 

The new Country Smoker 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. As a safety feature the meat probe can be set for your desired target temp. When internal meat temp rises within 10⁰ of the target, the controller automatically drops the smoker down to 170⁰ to avoid overcooking. So if you're cooking low and slow BBQ temps of 225⁰F and looking for an internal meat temp of 200⁰F, when the meat hits 190⁰ the controller switches to the holding temp of 170⁰.

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The Arched Flavor Guard, (above) is unique to LGs. Unlike flat diffuser/drip plates found under the grates of most pellet smokers, the Flavor Guard with sliding broiler plate is a 14 gauge curved metal sheet that conforms loosely to the shape of the hood, cresting in the middle of the cook surface and dropping off in the front and back of the cook box. LG feels this design presents a larger surface for meat drippings to sizzle and enhance flavor. The Flavor Guard has a section over the fire pot which can slide out of the way to expose large, slotted openings that allow meats to sear over open flame. This feature, previously optional, is now standard for all Louisiana CS smokers. Some other pellet manufacturers have their own versions of this "sear zone". They kinda-sorta work, but fire pots are small and don't crank enough intense radiant heat over a large enough area to do serious searing. They will, however heat up griddles, cast iron pans, or cast aluminum GrillGrates for conductive searing. You can do a nice reverse sear using the flat side of a GrillGrate on this system.

Instead of a chimney, Louisiana Grills uses a row of holes at the back located several inches above the cook surface. The Grease bucket hooks underneath the smoker rather than off to the side like most other brands. Options include a hopper extension and side shelf. All Louisiana Grills have porcelain coated steel grates.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
$699
Primary Function: 
Smoker
Tailgater
Fuel: 
Wood Pellets
Primary Capacity: 
300 square inches
Main Burners: 
1
Made in the USA: 
No
Review Method:

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We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer,  owners, and other reliable sources.

Louisiana Grills

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Louisiana Grills is headquartered in Alberta, Canada. Along with Traeger, they were one of the early entrants to the pellet smoker market.  Among pellet cooking enthusiasts, Louisiana is an established name with some history to it. Their Country Smokers are standard, horizontal smokers made of black, powder coated steel. They also make Colonial smokers available in black or stainless steel. Colonials look like gas grills on enclosed carts with doors and side shelves. Lastly they offer the Estate line which consists of three drop-in smoker heads for permanent installations. Colonial and Estate are in process of being upgraded.

Parent company, Dansons, also owns Kentucky Komfort animal bedding and IBT Industrial Bulk Lubricants. Louisiana Grills are available in the USA online and at a limited selection of independent hearth and patio stores.

Country Smokers Grills Series

For years Louisiana-Grills has experimented with different designs and manufacturing sources to improve their products and bring a wide selection of quality, feature rich pellet smokers to market. Progress was slow, and the path often bumpy, but it appears they've turned the corner with their Country Smokers in 2014 and they have plans to upgrade their Colonial and Estate lines as well. Many older models may still be floating around in warehouses and showrooms. We do not recommend buying these older versions. Be sure to get the new CS smokers that come standard with a flame broiler sliding diffuser plate, and a factory installed digital thermostatic touch pad controller with a built in meat thermometer, (pictured below).

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