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Thoughts on Traeger Wood Pellet Grill

Discussion in 'Food Talk' started by csuviper, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. Jun 11, 2016 at 12:07 PM
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    csuviper

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    Thinking of getting a Traeger. http://www.traegergrills.com
    Recommended by a few friends.
    Anyone have experience with them?
    Recommendations?
    Reviews?

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  2. Jun 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM
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    Get it and I'll stop by for testing.
     
  3. Jun 11, 2016 at 3:53 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    This^^

    My old coworker has one and he would bring me in pizza or steak cooked in the Traeger. Amazing.

    There are cheaper options out there as well if you have sticker shock.
     
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  4. Jun 11, 2016 at 5:26 PM
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    That website is actually an interesting read if you have a few min.

    The How It Works part is right underneath the guy fly fishing for marlin
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  5. Jun 11, 2016 at 5:37 PM
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    My brother has had one now for several years. It's very good. Well made, although the new ones are all now made in China for the last couple of years. They were made in Oregon. You would think that there could have been some kind of a price drop.
     
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  6. Jun 19, 2016 at 11:53 PM
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    I was just in the market for a smoker and looked at the Traegers. Like mentioned above, the build quality is off just a hair, but they're so simple it doesn't seem to be a huge issue.

    The downside to these is they are NOT a BBQ so you wont be throwing steaks or hamburgers on here. They are for cooking low and slow.
    I opted for the Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) smoker as I already have a Weber gas grill.
    The WSM uses charcoal instead of electricity and is much dirtier for the environment which I'm OK with.
    You also have to buy charcoal briquettes, and wood and all the other peripheral items that go with using charcoal.
    With the Traeger you add whatever flavor pellets you choose to use, set the temp and a timer and you're done.
    With the Weber, it's more of a religious ceremony with much pomp and circumstance when the meat is done. That's how I roll.
     
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  7. Jun 20, 2016 at 6:12 AM
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    I personally have two. I picked up my first one about 5 years ago and loved it so much I got the junior to have a more portable one. I had a gas grill and it was never used again. Get one and you won't be disappointed!
     
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  8. Jun 20, 2016 at 6:52 AM
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    Right from the website....

    VERSATILITY
    GRILL, SMOKE, BAKE, ROAST, BRAISE & BBQ.
    Traeger 6-in-1 versatility allows you to cook hot and fast or low and slow. When you fire up your Traeger, you ignite the power to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ – you’re the master of all trades. From baby back ribs to wood-fired pizza, smoky mac & cheese and even homemade apple pie, anything you can cook up in your head, you can cook up on your Traeger.
     
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  9. Jun 20, 2016 at 6:58 AM
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    On of the big reasons why i am considering this is because i had some of the best hamburgers off of a grill at a friends house that had a Traeger. He told me that the downside of cooking fast is that you speed through the wood pellets.
     
  10. Jun 20, 2016 at 7:34 AM
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    Sure cooking at 425 is going to burn more pellets, but it does make a great burger. You will also find that cooking in colder weather will do the same even when cooking at low temps. For me the flavor of wood smoke is worth the extra couple $$ you might have to spend.
     
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  11. May 28, 2017 at 4:53 PM
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    Anyone know of any deals on Tragers this weekend?
     
  12. May 31, 2017 at 2:12 PM
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    The best possible deal you can get on one of these is when they do a "Road Show" at either Sam's Club or Costco.

    When I was in the market, my wife checked their websites for the dates they would be in local stores.

    Other than that, you'll find that they are priced exactly the same no matter where you buy them.
     
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  13. May 31, 2017 at 2:13 PM
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    Yep that is what I am seeing. No deals. I think I'm just going to pull the trigger on the Costco one.
     
  14. May 31, 2017 at 7:43 PM
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    yup. got mine at costco for $200 off ($799). I agree that the quality is lacking since sending their stuff to China. However, their technology is top notch. One of the major reasons for buying from Costco was that they offer a 2 year, no questions asked warranty. I had something break and they had it shipped within the week. Yes, you will burn thru some pellets on high temp or in cold temps. Be prepared to burn thru an $11lb bag with a 9 hr smoke at 250 degrees. Smokers are so nice that you can set it and forget it.

    If I weren't buying a Traeger, I'd buy a Green Mountain. The only two for consideration IMO. Traeger on!
     
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    I opted for the Green Mountain and love it. I have the WiFi version so I can control the smoker from my phone as well as get alerts and temps (grill and food).
     
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    Love my Traeger. Killer ribs and brisket, even in 20-degree weather. A friend got me an employee discount at ACE.
     
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    I saw a never ending infomercial on it and until now thought it was just a gimmick like the Ron Popeil set and forget it thing...lol
     
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    I've eaten from one but never "grilled" with one. Great results from minimal effort seems to be the consensus. Can't say much about current or past build quality.

    "Smoking purists" would turn their nose at it, but those guys are often modding out their "drums" to also reduce the effort and headache associated with maintaining a low steady temperature for 12 hrs at a time.

    I've got an offset smoker that requires a little more blood sweat and tears but it's also fun for me. There are times when I wish I could start a slab(s) or shoulder(s) overnight and still be able to sleep through it.


    I say go for it!
     
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    The Traeger is nice and easy to use, makes great food but doesn't get as hot as I'd like. I like to sear my steaks and make my own pizza from scratch.
     
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    I love mine bought it this year and bought a 40 pound bag of flavored pellets. I also like the fact that it can be used as a smoker or a grille all by pellet no propane
     
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    You CAN and SHOULD cook steak and burgers on a Traeger. Some of the best of both I've ever had have come off a Traeger. It just takes a little longer.
     
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    Got it today at Costco. I liked their exclusive version the best at that price range. Same as the lil Tex in size and price but it has added features that the lil tex doesn't have.

    Went with BBQ chicken tonight for the first grill on it. Turned out amazing. Cooked at 350 degrees and it was nice and moist when done.
    Next is steak then I'm sure pulled pork.
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  24. Jun 13, 2017 at 4:45 PM
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    @csuviper still liking the grill? I have a Weber l.p. and a masterbuilt elec smoker but am interested in this technology.
     
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    Going to spend money on a traeger might as well buy a Cajun grill. Same concept but you could use it anywhere unlike traeger you need a power supply
     
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    I absolutely love it. Was considering a new thread with the food that i am cooking on it.
     
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    Did you take a look at any of the other pellet fired options other then treager?
     
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    I really didn't. Have friends that have them and highly reccomended. The others I'm sure work the same but I guess I went for the name
     
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