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Old 10-22-2020, 10:49 AM   #1
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My first ever pellet grill is arriving tomorrow rt-700 can’t wait. I’ve never seen a pellet grill in action. Do y’all have any tips ? What’s the best brand of pellets to buy ? What’s your favorite pellet to smoke with ?
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Old 10-22-2020, 11:46 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new arrival!! I've only been using my Z-Grill pellet grill for about 3 months now but, I really like competition blend pellets(Hickory, Maple, Apple/Cherry blend) they have seemed to produce the best flavor for me so far. As for brand I'll leave that to someone else since like I said i'm still new to the pellet game but I use Grillers Gold from Rural King
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Old 10-22-2020, 11:55 AM   #3
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I tried a bunch of different pellets in my pit boss and never noticed a real difference so I went back to burning pit boss competition blend. A lot of people around here like lumberjack pellets from Dick’s sporting goods. I tried them and didn’t notice a real difference in flavor. You may have different results with your cooker.
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Old 10-22-2020, 12:23 PM   #4
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Well I tried the competition blend in my Pit Boss Austin XL and didn't like it at all. I really like hickory for anything pork and fo grilling steaks. Mesquite or oak I like for brisket.
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I have used pit boss competition blend, lumber jack competition blend, and lumber jack 100% Hickory. The LJ 100% Hickory puts a greater amount of smoke. Several on here also like Cookin pellets and Bear Mountain. I will tell you this how you use the cooker will determine a lot too. Some people use it like a grill this will minimize smoke flavor. I use mine more like a smoker, use Extreme smoke (180* on RT) to produce larger amounts of smoke. Once you get to 250* you can notice the smoke produced is lighter. Good luck on an excellent decision. #RecTeqlifestyle
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:30 PM   #6
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I’ve tried a bunch of different pellets and right now I am happiest with B&B Post Oak pellets. Great smoke flavor and they get HOT for grilling.
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Old 10-22-2020, 01:42 PM   #7
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I like CookinPellets, solely for the reasons that they don't use Oak or Alder as base and remove bark. I think they burn cleaner and provide a little more smoke flavor than the others I've tried. However, that's only really been Weber, Traeger and Lumberjack. Now that other brands are more prevalent here, I just haven't gone through trying them when I have something I like.

As far as tips, get a cheap shop vac to vacuum out barrel and fire pot (after letting it cool several hours or overnight of course), wrap the drip tray in foil - wide heavy duty - for easier clean up, and start most long cooking proteins really low (like 180-225) for the first hour or two to get more smoke flavor.

Burgers and Meatloaf are great on pellet grills. Bake some banana bread or a pecan pie on it. Give about anything a shot, not just the traditional ribs, butt, brisket, etc.
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I will second the shop vac recommendation. I bought the "bucket head" version from Home Depot. $25 plus the $3 for a bucket and you have a nifty little ash vac that also can act as a blower.
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Thanks guys some very useful tips for sure. Seems like I’ll be trying a lot of different pellets
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Thanks guys some very useful tips for sure. Seems like I’ll be trying a lot of different pellets
THATS the ticket right there!
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Definitely try different pellets, I can’t taste a difference between brands or type of wood. I haven’t used any mesquite pellets (not even sure if they’re out there). You will probably be able to smell a difference, but I don’t think anyone would pass a blind taste test. I bought 240 pounds of Lumberjack on sale from Dick’s, but I’m back to using Pit Boss competition blend.

I had to lower the minimum feed rate a good bit on my RT700. It was going way over temp. I also replaced the meat probes. I have the version from when they first came out and you can’t adjust the calibration of the probes. They were reading 15 degrees apart in the water test. The ones I bought were on Amazon made by Elgin and they seem to be more accurate.
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I really like lumberjack pellets.
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Definitely try different pellets, I can’t taste a difference between brands or type of wood. I haven’t used any mesquite pellets (not even sure if they’re out there). You will probably be able to smell a difference, but I don’t think anyone would pass a blind taste test. I bought 240 pounds of Lumberjack on sale from Dick’s, but I’m back to using Pit Boss competition blend.

I had to lower the minimum feed rate a good bit on my RT700. It was going way over temp. I also replaced the meat probes. I have the version from when they first came out and you can’t adjust the calibration of the probes. They were reading 15 degrees apart in the water test. The ones I bought were on Amazon made by Elgin and they seem to be more accurate.
Just actually finished a bag of Mesquite pellets. Personally didnt like them but that could be the brand. I believe they were Cuisinart? Can't remember fully. Got them at Walmart
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Old 10-22-2020, 09:39 PM   #14
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I have tried, in my short time of ownership, Pitboss, Traeger, and Lumberjack. The Lumberjack is the best smelling and tasting for me. I can get those three locally. I do 2:1 apple to hickory.
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I can't add much here. I'm a new pellet guy myself. I've tried Bear Mountain, Cookin' Pellets and B&B in a number of flavors. Right now my plan (always subject to change) is to standardize on B&B Championship Blend and 2 flavors of Cookin' Pellets (Hickory and Cherry). I'll mix some of the Hickory and Cherry and save some non-mixed. That should be enough variety to cover most of my cooks. I think. If I get more convinced that there's little/no taste difference, I'll probably just go B&B.

PS - the best/strongest smelling is the Cookin' Pellets Hickory.
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