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Pellet Cooker

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Description

The pellet cooker is a relatively recent innovation in the barbecue field.  Some smart guys in the Pacific Northwest applied popular pellet stove technology to cooking. Their patent expired and a bunch of folks have since entered the fray. These units have several upsides:

  • They operate unattended for long periods of time.
  • They control temperature automatically.
  • Pellets of a wide variety are available by mail or at specialty shops.

On the downside:

  • They give the pit boss no control over the combustion process itself. In general, they produce a lighter flavor profile at higher temperatures and a heavier one at lower temperatures.
  • Their system of hoppers, gearmotors, fans, augers and electronics is relatively complex.
  • Fuel is comparatively expensive and must be kept dry.
  • Some folks enjoy the “Playing-with-Fire” part of making barbecue, and there’s none of that going on with a pellet cooker.

Operation

Fill the hopper and push a button.

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