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.
Be that as it may, from a functional standpoint it should produce good results. Digital, thermostatically controlled pellet smokers are often more accurate than your indoor kitchen oven and allow you to BBQ smoke meats for hours virtually unattended.
Traeger pioneered and popularized the pellet smoker and remains the best known brand since it is in wide distribution. In fact about 85% of pellet smokers in the USA are Traeger. The consensus is they are reasonably well built, but some buyers complain that since manufacturing moved to China quality has dropped, especially on entry level models. Of course we hear more complaints as well as praise about Traeger since 8 out 10 pellet smoker owners have one.
Lovers of pink pigs: this one’s for you.
Traeger pioneered and popularized the pellet smoker and remains the best known brand since it is in wide distribution. And they aim to keep it that way even though competition is growing. New owners took over in 2014 and they appear to be on the move, investing heavily in product development and marketing. Traeger has an interesting variety of pellet smokers from a small portable, to large commercial models, to one that looks like a pink pig.
They offer a full line of branded extras from Traeger Pellets and rubs to Traeger insulation blankets and cold smoker add-ons.
Published On: 1/17/2013 Last Modified: 2/15/2021
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