GUEST ARTICLE: ANDREW KOSTER
Picture this: Joe Traeger, founder of Traeger Industries, entertained his family when disaster struck. The grill he used caught fire, ruining dinner for his loved ones. Frustrated, Traeger had an idea. He realized he could use the same pellet system he was using in his stoves in a grill to create a convection effect, and thus the pellet grill was born. This incredible invention has revolutionized how we grill, and Traeger has been a leader in the industry ever since.
The pellet grill uses indirect heat to cook your food to perfection. The auger moves pellets to a fire pot, where a fan creates a self-sustained fire, and the auger turns on and off to hold the temperature while creating smoke. Pellet grills were lit initially by hand, with a small handful of pellets placed in the fire pot and a fire starter lit. But today, we use an igniter to superheat the pellets, lighting them before turning them off. This ingenious technology has turned grilling into an art form, making cooking on a grill as easy as cooking in your indoor oven.
THE VERSATILITY OF A PELLET GRILL IS UNMATCHED
With a pellet grill on your porch, you can smoke, grill, bake, braise, BBQ, roast, and sear. The versatility of these grills has made them incredibly popular, and they are now the fastest-growing grill in the category in the 2020s. After Traeger’s patent expired in the early 2000s, multiple pellet grill manufacturers began popping up, each taking their spin on the original pellet grill to make it their own. New technology like Wi-Fi connectivity, open flame options, and innovative builds emerged. Pellet grills became available worldwide, including in some of the world’s largest retailers.
But with so many options available, it’s essential to research and selects the perfect grill based on your needs. Sear stations, dual fuel systems, Wi-Fi connectivity, and stainless-steel builds are all essential options unavailable on all grills. What is a dealbreaker for some customers may be different for you, and vice versa. To make the most personalized choice, list your most essential features and evaluate grills accordingly.
THE FUTURE OF THE PELLET GRILL
As the pellet grill market expands, innovation is still happening in the high-end market. Companies like Coyote and Traeger are pushing the boundaries to give their customers the best and most personal experience. The Coyote Pellet Grill takes the build and performance of the pellet grill and takes it to the premium level. This grill is rock solid with a 304 stainless steel build preassembled from the factory. The dual auger drop shoot burn system helps to negate some of the downsides of the original burn system while increasing the top-end temperatures to those comparable with a gas grill. With a sear grate included, the ability to char over an open flame gives pellet grill users a feature not found in other brands. Finished with a touchscreen controller, the Coyote grill offers customers a superior feel and experience.
In conclusion, the pellet grill has come a long way since its invention in the mid-80s. It has changed how we grill and made cooking outdoors as easy as cooking indoors. With so many options available, there is a pellet grill for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, take the time to find the perfect grill for your needs, and you’ll be grilling like a pro in no time.