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Bought a Traeger...
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:07:37 AM »
...for the new house.  It is just the small one. Costco is having a sale this weekend in Burlington on them.

Anyways, I see all of the things that can be done with them, but what is everyone's experience with the DON'TS?


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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 11:14:43 AM »
I steer my wife by those every year trying to get one for father's day. I love good venison that's cooked to perfection, and I'm certain a muley doe tenderloin done in one of those would be beyond belief. As for a don't, I'd say ice cream would have to be near the top of the list.
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2017, 11:21:34 AM »
I steer my wife by those every year trying to get one for father's day. I love good venison that's cooked to perfection, and I'm certain a muley doe tenderloin done in one of those would be beyond belief. As for a don't, I'd say ice cream would have to be near the top of the list.

Ice cream... haha.

My wife does not like to grill meat or fish as she feels she does not have the experience to get it just right. I think with the thermostat, that should take some of the guesswork out of it for her.

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 11:21:42 AM »
Don't let your wife run it  :chuckle:


J/K I've been training my wife and she's getting good with it, when I get home today off work I'll have a dry rubbed smoked pork loin waiting for me  :EAT:


DON'T - let it run out of pellets ever, always check and make sure you have enough pellets in when you start it.

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2017, 11:44:49 AM »
The things are very idiot proof, its hard to ruin a piece of meat on one. Just watch the front and back edge of the grill where the heat comes up around you can burn things there if not careful, that's where you toast the hamburger buns etc. A good meat thermometer is helpful also.

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2017, 12:34:09 PM »
I second the "don't let run out of pellets".

Get a good thermometer. I use a dual sensor remote one. I was always over cooking everything until I did.

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2017, 12:36:24 PM »
...for the new house.  It is just the small one. Costco is having a sale this weekend in Burlington on them.

Anyways, I see all of the things that can be done with them, but what is everyone's experience with the DON'TS?
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2017, 12:43:10 PM »
Get a fitted cover for it.  You don't want those pellets to get wet.

I have a GMG pellet grill and it's pretty much hands off.  Set the temp and a timer and wait.

Only thing I've learned so far is it's possible to get too much rub on chicken legs.  The cayenne pepper does build up.  :yike:

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2017, 02:07:29 PM »
I steer my wife by those every year trying to get one for father's day.

That's a bummer.  My wife asked me if I wanted one for our anniversary, and I happily accepted.

I smoked a cow elk tenderloin for a couple of hours and it was amazing.
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2017, 02:19:40 PM »
It is really hard to mess things up with a traeger.  It is much different than a grill.....and there is a small learning curve to cooking with one but once you figure it out...... they are amazing.  And very addicting.  welcome to the club.......

Oh yeah....one don't!!!!  Don't open the lid to look.  You will be tempted to.....but don't!!  Trust it is doing it's job and leave the lid closed.....unless you need to do a quick baste. 

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2017, 08:20:28 PM »
Don't forget to clean it out every so often. Ashes will build up and eventually choke out the ability to keep a fire going.  I use a shop vac to suck out the inside base and the hot pot after about every 4 uses, unless long cooks like brisket you will need to do it more often.

Cooked 16 cheddar pork burgers on it today... :drool: :drool: :drool:

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2017, 08:26:39 PM »
It is really hard to mess things up with a traeger.  It is much different than a grill.....and there is a small learning curve to cooking with one but once you figure it out...... they are amazing.  And very addicting.  welcome to the club.......

Oh yeah....one don't!!!!  Don't open the lid to look.  You will be tempted to.....but don't!!  Trust it is doing it's job and leave the lid closed.....unless you need to do a quick baste.

Exactly this. I have a green mountain grill. Pretty much same deal.

But it did take a few trial and errors with some meals until I found the right groove for cooking on it. I now cook on it just about every other night.

Cleaning it out every few uses with a shop vac (as mentioned) is also a must. If you notice your smoke not being as billowing as it once was, clean er' out and she'll start really smoking good again.

There's a bunch of good recipes online, good luck!

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2017, 08:58:13 AM »
Get a fitted cover for it.  You don't want those pellets to get wet.

I have a GMG pellet grill and it's pretty much hands off.  Set the temp and a timer and wait.

Only thing I've learned so far is it's possible to get too much rub on chicken legs.  The cayenne pepper does build up.  :yike:

The deal at Costco comes with a cover.   :tup:

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2017, 09:02:52 AM »
Yep, clean with shop vac. I added a cloth gasket around lid to have more of an airtight seal. I noticed lots of smoke leaking out from around lid.

Wrap the big drip pan in foil, allows you to pull off dirty foil and replace with clean foil.

I upgraded the control module to a Savannah smoker. Pretty happy now I can smoke things st lower temps and don't have the same temperature swings I used to have.

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2017, 09:08:26 AM »
I seen an advertisement for a campchef pellet bbq with a sear box on the side,  anyone seen one in person?


It's woodwind by campchef.

https://www.campchef.com/woodwind/woodwind-grills/camp-chef-woodwind-pellet-grill-with-sear-box.html




It's got some neat features, one I like is you can dump the firebox ash out of the bottom of the burn pot instead of taking everything out and using a shop vac. 
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2017, 09:31:34 AM »
We bought the biggest model Traeger made 12 years ago, and still use it 3 or more meals a week. 
I've never tried ice cream, don't see any way that would end well.  We've done about everything else though.   My daughter tried a LOT of stuff on it, and only found that you shouldn't bake cookies, or cakes in it.  That's all the "don'ts" I can think of.   Some casserole dishes aren't that great, but some are incredible!  Take and bake pizza is much better on one.   

Takes a bit longer to cook just about everything.   Remember that "good things come to those who wait".  In other words be patient!
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2017, 09:36:15 AM »
Follow the directions for starting it, open lid and for 5 minutes start on smoke.  This gives the time for the pellets to catch fire.  If I don't do this with mine it will get over whelmed w pellets and go out.
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2017, 10:29:01 AM »
For the coming winter do yourself a favor and get the insulated blanket they sell for your unit!! You will use less pellets and your temperature will run a little higher and will be more stable when smoking. Had our for years and use it every week. The burn pot will eventually burn out and the igniter will also but both are easy to change out. Kick back and enjoy!!!

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2017, 11:34:31 AM »
Do's.  If you bought the small one take it back as you will want the bigger one in short order.  :tup:  They are great as we use our weekly.  I love doing pizza's on them as well.  Get the vegetable tray as they taste way better on the Traeger.  I think we do all our vegetables on it and the kids even eat them this way.

Pick up a large roll of Costco aluminum foil and keep it down on the pan. Makes clean-up easy and helps prevent them from catching on fire.  I shop vac out the pan usually after each use as well.  I also line the drip bucket to keep critters out of it and toss it after use.

Lot of good recipes on the Traeger forums!
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2017, 10:17:13 PM »
I bought one today Costco in LACEY. Excited to play with it. Rick
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2017, 10:50:11 PM »
For the coming winter do yourself a favor and get the insulated blanket they sell for your unit!! You will use less pellets and your temperature will run a little higher and will be more stable when smoking. Had our for years and use it every week. The burn pot will eventually burn out and the igniter will also but both are easy to change out. Kick back and enjoy!!!
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
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Congrats I love my GM

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2017, 07:56:44 PM »
DONT.....forget to do some ribs, They are delicious.  :chuckle: :chuckle:

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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2017, 08:41:07 PM »
I use the Bear Mountain pellets.   Great price and smoke. 
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Re: Bought a Traeger...
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2017, 09:03:25 PM »
Don't trust the temp gauge. Buy a good dual thermometer digital gauge so you know how hot the temp is inside the grill and the internal temp of what you're smoking. This totally changed my cook times. Also, buy quality pellets, they make a difference.


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