Summer is officially here, and for many, that means backyard barbeques or grilling food while you enjoy the great outdoors. Nothing beats the delicious smoky flavor you get when you cook food on the grill, and if you’re looking for a new pellet grill to help you take your cooking skills to the next level, Gateway Design and Home is here to help! In today’s post, we will discuss some of the things you should look for as you begin your search for the perfect pellet grill.
While Gateway Design and Home is known for helping you choose the right flooring for the inside of your home, we also offer home and garden services for the outside of your home! We are proud to offer Green Mountain pellet grills to help you achieve the deliciously smoky flavor in all of your food, whether you’re grilling at home or in your favorite camping spot. Our grills also come with WiFi capabilities, allowing you to monitor your food without even lifting the lid. Explore our website to learn more about our pellet grills and our home and garden services, or stop by our Loveland showroom to view our selection in person! In the meantime, continue reading below to learn more about what you should know when you start shopping for a pellet grill.
What Is a Pellet Grill?
The most common types of grills are gas and charcoal grills. However, pellet grills are becoming increasingly popular. A pellet grill uses wood pellets to create heat and smoke and is designed with both a firebox and a hopper. The wood pellets are stored in the hopper, and when the pellet grill starts to cool down, it signals to the hopper to release some of the pellets into the firebox where they will burn and create the heat and smoke necessary to cook the food and give it that delicious, smoky flavor.
The significance of using a pellet grill over a gas or charcoal grill is that you can set the temperature needed to cook the food, close the lid, and walk away. The lid keeps the food hot and traps the smoke, so that your food is not only cooked to perfection, but it also has an amazing flavor.
Grill or Smoker?
Based on the description above, you may be wondering if a pellet grill falls under the category of a grill or a smoker. The answer is that it’s both! In fact, a pellet grill is actually more closely related to a convection oven than a grill or smoker. Much like an oven, a fan is used to circulate the heat and smoke, which then escapes through a vent or chimney. Heat is generated by the burning pellets, meaning your food isn’t directly exposed to the fire like it would be if you were using a gas or charcoal grill. The smoker aspect of the pellet grill comes from the smoldering of the wood pellets. However, if you desire the really strong, smoky flavor in your food, it may be a better idea to use a smoker instead of a pellet grill.
Searing is a technique where the food you are cooking is exposed to high temperatures until a browned crust forms on the outside. Many people believe that you can only sear food when it comes into contact with fire, but that’s not necessarily the case. While the searing technique is most commonly used in grilling, you can also sear food on the stove or in the oven.
Because searing requires high temperatures and not an open flame, searing is possible on a pellet grill. However, this capability depends on the pellet grill you purchase. Some pellet grills aren’t made to reach the temperatures necessary to sear the food, but there are some high-end pellet grills that are designed to reach temperatures high enough to use this technique.
The idea of having a grill that can connect to WiFi may seem a little strange, but with pellet grills it’s a little different. With traditional gas and charcoal grills, there’s no way to regulate the temperature except for moving the food either closer or farther away from the heat. A pellet grill, on the other hand, regulates the temperature on its own. As we mentioned above, using a pellet grill can be as simple as setting the temperature, closing the lid, and walking away. What if something goes wrong? That’s where the WiFi capabilities come into play! This feature allows you to connect your grill to your phone so that you can monitor the temperature of the grill, set a timer, or receive alerts! Not only does this make it easy to keep an eye on your food, but it also allows you to walk away and do other things while your pellet grill takes care of the rest.
Order Your Pellet Grill Today!
With so many unique features, it’s no wonder pellet grills are becoming so popular, and if you think a pellet grill is right for you, Gateway Design and Home can help! In addition to offering a variety of flooring options for the inside of your home, we can also help you improve the outside with our home and garden services! Explore our website to learn more, and be sure to stop by our showroom in Loveland to talk to our experts about the right pellet grill for your needs.
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