Monday, February 27, 2012

Design Tips: The Best BBQ - at home!





Cooking outdoors is getting more and more popular all the time. And with Spring right around the corner, it's time to think about sprucing up your outdoor kitchen. Even if your outdoor kitchen is just your trusty ol' grill and a pepper shaker!

Here's a new twist on the old propane and briquette grilling standards. The Traeger wood pellet grills are a different way of cooking outdoors. Think of your regular oven, add real wood smoke and you're sort of there, if your oven had convection and a "smoke" feature.

I just picked up a Traeger grill at Costco, they had another one of their amazing weekend deals. Since then I've made beef jerky, cooked pizza (mmmm!! wood fired!), roasted whole chickens, cooked steak and a lot more. And I bought a simpler model than the fabulous "Select" model shown here...

Unlike my little propane grill, the Traeger can cook large quantities of meat really well. And the meat comes out tender and moist, not all dried out and charcoaled like on my propane grill.

I love how easy it is to control the temperature, like your oven. You load up the hopper with the Traegar all-wood pellets (not impure heating pellets for stoves, those aremade with all kinds of recycled stuff youdon't want near yourfood), turn it on and the electronic ignitor does the rest.

The setup instructions are great, the website is easy to use and the Traegar staff is helpful and knowledgeable. The grills come with a wonderful cookbook that's a help for temperature settings and timing, even if you have other recipes for seasonings.

And, Traeger has its own line of tasty sauces and rubs, if you just want to get cooking without a lot of research.

At first I thought the Traeger might be a replacement for my old grill, but now I'm not so sure. The Traeger might be a replacement for my oven, but a good propane or briquette grill is still great for putting that final sear on a steak that is cooked to perfection on the inside with the Traeger.

At any rate, I'll be prepared for parties and entertaining, with lots of new options. Do you like your steak medium, or medium rare?

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe

Photo and resources courtesy of Traeger Wood Pellet Grills.

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