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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Just In Time For Memorial Day Weekend; Pellet Grill!

I'm beginning to think I have a problem. I reread some of my past posts and noticed there's been a lot of kitchen gadgets purchased lately. Not counting my new range, there's been a sorbet maker, a pressure cooker, an ice cream maker, and even a Sprilizer! So, I write today (a little embarrassed) to say, I bought a pellet grill!!

Keep in mind that although there have been a lot of gadgets purchased for food making, they've been used a lot! In fact, we don't eat out near as much as we used to so I believe they haven't just been frivolous purchases (well, maybe the Sprilizer....)

Ok, now that that's off my chest, back to the pellet grill.

It all started with an innocent statement from my son, "you should go to Home Depot, they're demoing Traeger Grills and you can cook pizza on them." Whaaaa!?? Fast forward two days later and I'm at Home Depot talking to the Traeger guy.

Needless to say, at $800 I didn't leave the store with one that day. I did what every normal(?) person would do and stewed on it for a couple days then took to Google and started researching them looking for a good, less expensive one. And I found it! The Davy Crockett Green Mountain Grill!

At $350 this grill is a bargain! It's compact as it's meant to be portable, but it's still large enough for a 15 lb turkey. I gave it a good test last weekend to celebrate my son's birthday. I smoked ribs, grilled chicken, sausages, and corn on the cob. It was delicious! The ribs literally fell off the bone.

Prior to this purchase, I wasn't real big on barbecuing. I hated how messy it was what with the lighter fluid and charcoal and besides that, recent studies have shown that eating food chard over a charcoal grill may not be all that good for you or the environment. Consequently, we seldom barbecued.

The pellet grill is so much easier to use! I add pellets to the hopper, turn it on, and set the temperature! Once the grill gets to cooking temperature (about 15 minutes to reach 350 degrees), I add the meat and set the timer on my phone app (yes, you heard that correctly, there's a phone app where you can control the temperature and turn the grill off and on!) While the grill is getting up to temperature, there is smoke, but once it hits temperature and is cooking there is very little smoke leaving it.

Supposedly you can bake a cake, pie, or even bread in it. I haven't tried that (yet) but yes, we made pizza!

I grilled the pizza on my stonewhich I just laid on the grill grates. At 420 degrees, the pizza was ready to eat in about 15 minutes

The pizza had a nice brown crust and a smokey, wood-fired taste. Grilling the pizza on the pellet stove will definitely be a weekly occurrence around here this summer and may even extend into the fall and winter!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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