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10 Things to Cook on a Pellet Grill

10 Things to Cook on a Pellet Grill

Whether you're wondering what a pellet grill is or you're here to find more inspiration for pellet grill recipes, you've come to the right place! With many different grill options available, a pellet grill is truly a special grill that stands out. Such unique, yet simple cooking process combined with the unmistakable taste, makes a pellet grill a perfect addition to your outdoor kitchen. We have ten different types of food you can cook on a pellet grill to spur your creativity. Let's get cooking!

Why Cook on a Pellet Grill?

Before diving into the delicious foods, you can cook on your pellet grill, let's first discuss why to choose a pellet grill? A pellet grill is powered by wood pellets instead of charcoal or gas used in traditional grills. Cooking with wood pellets uses a low and slow approach that provides a natural, delicious flavor that you can't achieve with other grills. Another benefit to cooking with a pellet grill is its versatility. You can grill, cook, and bake on a pellet grill because of its precise temperature capability. Now, here are some excellent foods to cook at your next gathering on a pellet grill.

1. Chicken

On a pellet grill, you can cook anything from chicken thighs, chicken breasts, and even whole chicken. A smoked chicken is genuinely delicious and works well with any of your favorite seasonings. Smaller chicken breasts or thighs may take about an hour to cook, whereas a whole chicken may take several hours. Smoking chicken on a pellet grill is something that can quickly work for a weeknight meal with your family or at a holiday meal with extended family.  

2. Burgers

Can you cook burgers on a pellet grill? Absolutely! The wood pellet grill's smoky flavor gives your burger a unique taste that everyone will love. In addition, pellet grills with a searing feature allow you also to get those desired sear marks on your burgers along with the smoked flavor that's notable with your pellet grill. Once you grill your first cheesburger on a pellet grill, you'll taste the difference.

3. Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is the perfect meat to start with when you're new to a pellet grill. A pork shoulder will cook low and slow for 8-10 hours, depending on the size, and produce a delicious meal for a crowd. This is a cost-efficient and simple meal to make on a pellet grill that doesn't sacrifice flavor!

4. Ribs

Smoked baby back ribs are hard to beat. If you get a craving for restaurant-quality ribs at home, the best way to cook them is with a pellet grill. The low and slow smoke approach gives the ribs an incredibly tender and flavorful taste. Put these baby back ribs in the pellet grill mid-day, and you'll have a crowd-pleasing meal ready by dinner!

5. Brisket

Brisket is another meat that works well for a crowd. It's also simple to cook with your desired seasoning rub in a pellet grill. You place your beef brisket in the pellet grill and let it smoke to perfection all day for a delicious dinner. Your result will be tender meat that everyone will rave about. 

6. Pie

No, that's not a typo! The pellet grill is surprisingly a great way to cook a pie or any of your other favorite desserts. A pellet grill acts as an outdoor oven because you can achieve a precise temperature with this grill. So cooking your favorite apple pie in your pellet grill is one way to get creative and leave all your guests in awe!

7. Vegetables

Roasted vegetables on the pellet grill are a divine addition to your meal. They are simple to prep and take a short amount of time to cook on your pellet grill. You'll serve beautiful vegetables with a deep and natural flavor to your family and guests.

8. Turkey

If you're hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, the pellet grill is the easiest and most delicious way to cook your turkey. Once your turkey is prepared and seasoned, you simply place it in the pellet grill and leave it until it's time for the big meal. Then, you and your guests will taste the difference in your holiday turkey cooked on the pellet grill!

9. Wings

It's time for the big game, and you need a meal that will feed your hungry guests. Instead of take-out, your pellet grill can whip up delicious wings that satisfy a crowd. Smoking and baking the wings make for an incredibly tender and tasty meal.

10. Salmon

For all the seafood lovers out there, you can make some of the best smoked salmon at home on your pellet grill. Salmon is the perfect type of fish to cook on the pellet grill because it holds up well to the low and slow smoking. Use your favorite seasoning rub, place it in the pellet grill, and you can have a tender and flavorful salmon in about an hour!

Cooking in a pellet grill is straightforward, provides creative opportunities and unforgettable flavors that will have everyone coming back for more. If you're in a rut on what to cook in a pellet grill, try out one of these meats, desert, or vegetables. For those ready to bring home your new pellet grill, view our inventory of pellet grills on our website or contact our expert grill team to learn more. Follow The Outdoor Appliance Store on Facebook and Instagram for even more tips and recipes!

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