Below are the tools I use to make delicious BBQ. However, while the focus of this blog is BBQ, I also like to share all my cooking experiences, so I have also included some of my favorite small appliances.
1.) 2018 Traeger Renegade Pro
The newest member of my BBQ/Grill family. I love my Grilla, but one problem I have run into is when I am cooking for a big crowd, I was running out of room so that’s why I decided to pick up a smaller Traeger for a little added cooking space. I had a specific space I was trying to fit a new pellet grill into, and the size of the Renegade Pro was perfect for what I needed. The dimensions were almost exactly what I was looking for. Plus, in a weird silly way it’s kind of nice to now be a part of Traeger Nation. Now I can use the words Traegering or Traegered, because Traeger has become a verb in the pellet world.
I got the “As Seen on TV” Renegade Pro because it came with a cover, 2 bags of pellets, and a rub for less than the Pro Series 22 model. Since this was a second pellet grill it seemed like a great option. It was either this, or I was going all out and getting the Timberline, but that would have just been glutenous.
The new for 2018 Renegade Pro comes with the updated Digital Pro Controller with AGL giving it a temperature variance of +/- 15 degrees. It has duel meat probes, the new Seahorse Chasis, an 18lb pellet hopper, and a hopper clean out. It has everything I am looking for in a nice compact model measuring 39″ W x 50″ H x 27″ D. It can hold 3 chicken, or 3 racks of ribs, or 16 burgers. It’s compact in size, but stacked with new technology and delicious cooking power.
2.) Grilla Grills Silverbac Pellet Grill
My pride and joy, my pellet grill. You complete me.
My choice for pellet grilling is the Grilla Grills Silverbac. I did a ton of research and after comparing all the models, for the money the Silverbac was the best deal. I took a risk since I couldn’t see it in stores, but I trusted the user reviews and YouTube videos online, and I am so glad I did. This thing is built like a tank, and anytime I have a question, the people at Grilla Grills answer almost immediately, even on holidays!
What I love about the pellet grill is that there is no propane tank or crazy hot charcoal to ignite, you just plug it in, push start and set to your desired temp. It holds a temp perfectly, and the pellet hopper is quite large so you can do a 16 hour brisket on there without ever having to worry about refilling your pellets. I have cooked everything from brisket to ribs to chicken, fish and veggies and everything has come out perfect.
One of the things I don’t like about the ceramic/charcoal grills is that bitter smoke taste that can occur. That is never an issue with a pellet smoker, it’s just clean, light smoke flavor with a beautiful smoke ring and juicy delicious final products.
About the Silverbac from Grilla Grills:
Grilla Grills Silverbac wood pellet grill gives you rich wood flavor in a quick grill or an all day smoke. Large grilling surface ( 8 whole chickens!), heavy-duty hinged stainless steel lid, ample work surfaces, convenient storage, automatic wood pellet feed and Set ‘n Forget digital controls. Silverbac has a pellet dump door for fast pellet changeover, plus stainless steel firepot, drip tray and key construction features. Thermal Metal Jacket for year around efficiency. Autostart means no matches, lighter fluid or gas required. EZ glide wheels. High temperature, powder-coat finish weathers season after grilling season.
3.) Blackstone 4 Burner 36″ Flat Top
Sometimes you just want that flat top sear. Maybe you want to make breakfast for a crowd, or fried rice Benihana style. All that, and so much more can be done on a flat top, and that’s why I have it in my arsenal of outdoor cooking tools.
About the Blackstone 4 Burner 36″ Griddle from Blackstone:
The Blackstone 4 Burner 36” Gas Griddle in Classic Black is the master of outdoor cooking. 4 independent heat controls and a scorching 60,000 BTUs for truly epic meals. Serve an entire crowd with full-sear restaurant-quality steaks, flip up to 28 burgers or 72 hot dogs! Any size party is served with a Blackstone. Cook anything, anytime, anywhere! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Now fully equipped with the new rear grease management system for non-stress cooking and easy cleanup.
4.) Blackstone Outdoor Pizza Oven
Who doesn’t love pizza? My family is originally from New York, so I like a good NY style pizza. I like the thinner crust with a little bit of char, and ooey gooey bubbly cheese. So when I was putting my outdoor kitchen together, I knew this was a must have.
About the Blackstone Outdoor Pizza Oven from Blackstone
The Blackstone Gas Outdoor Pizza Oven makes classic brick oven cooking portable and easy. Heat up pizza, pasta, bread, veggies, sandwiches, and even desserts with that authentic brick oven taste. With 60,000 BTUs and unique convection design, cook up an entire 16-inch pizza in less than 3 minutes – makes you feel like a real Italian chef! It’s as if you have a fully equipped portable kitchen oven ready for any occasion! Works at the campsite or the backyard! The possibilities are endless, and so are the culinary rewards.
5.) Kamado Joe Classic
My first love will always be my pellet grill, but sometimes you want more smoke, more char, more charcoal flavor, and when that happens, I turn to the Kamado Joe.
About Kamado Joe Classic from Kamado Joe
Our Kamado Joe Classic II features a thick-walled, heat-resistant shell that locks in smoke and moisture at any temperature. The easy-open dome includes our counterbalanced Air Lift Hinge and element-proof, ultra-precise Kontrol Tower top vent, while the large cooking surface underneath is crafted from commercial-grade 304 stainless steel. Other featured innovations that come standard with the Classic II include the Divide & Conquer® Flexible Cooking System, our Advanced Multi-Panel FireBox, a heavy-duty rolling cast iron cart and a patented slide-out ash drawer for easy cleaning.