best smoker recomendations
The only thing better than a big fresh tomato from the garden on your BLT is to add your own home made bacon. This was my first attempt at making it. Takes a week with the curing and then smoking but well worth the wait and effort. It came out really good, a bit more salt than we like but I'll tweak the recipe for the next one.
Bought the Green Mountain pellet grill and have done a couple batches of fish. It is way easier than my old Masterbuilt and better control. I use the meat probe so there is no guessing if it is done. It comes with a real easy to use probe that works off the controls of the grill. I smoked some bows for 5 hours at 150* and then brought them up to 140* with the 200* setting. They were mild and still soft. The next batch was cohos at 150* for 8 hours and then 200* until it reached 145* in a thick chunk. That batch was drier and smokier as expected.The smoky ones are good for dips and spreads. I was searching for the outside parameters. Chicken , Ribs and loin chops have all been good too. The meat probe is way more useful than I thought it would be. Loin chops are done in about 20 minutes at 400*. I would have left them on too long without the probe. Mrt.
BB read some reviews on pit boss. Does your auger run 4 min. after u change heat up or down? They said it did, but may be a older review. I would check temps, the review said 20 degress higher than seton one side and 20 degress cooler than set on other side. Not cutting them, just what I read. The good thing is that the review said everything they cooked turned out good.lol
pellet use depends on several factors...temp you are cooking at weather its smoke setting up to about 500 degrees. Also external temp. Longer cooks like pork I might on average use 2-3 pounds of pellets. Burgers, chicken breast, steaks maybe a half pound. I use my pellet grill about 1-2 times a week and a 40lb bag lasts about 2 months.
From what I have heard, the Traeger is one of the best smokers you can use at home. I have a Masterbuilt electric, and it is decent...not many complaints. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about Traeger, however. It creates heat through burning wood rather than an electric element. Better smoke infusion than an electric. I am considering upgrading to one from my Masterbuilt...