If you’re a big fan of smoked meats, you may be interested in getting a pellet smoker.
It’s a great investment. And learning how to use a pellet smoker is simple. Their ease of use in creating fantastic smoked meats has made them very popular.
Plus, because they work with internal temperature control, there’s no standing around and continually checking the smoker to see how things are progressing.
If you’re looking for how to smoke meat without all the hassle, the pellet smoker is the way to go.
How to Use a Pellet Smoker
Pellet smokers are versatile in that they combine elements of smokers, grills, and ovens. They use all-natural hardwood pellets as their fuel source to provide direct or indirect heat.
Along with this internal temperature control, another aspect of the pellet smoker that makes it unique is that it requires electricity. So you’ll need to keep this in mind if you’re looking for a smoker to keep outside or that is far away from an electrical source.
A cover for the smoker to keep it dry, as well as the proper extension cord, will be critical. But once you have all of that in place, you’re good to go.
Obviously, the first thing you need to do is plug in your pellet smoker.
Then you pour your desired wood pellets into the storage container, also known as the hopper.
From there, you set your desired temperature. Similar to an oven, pellet smokers give you precise temperature control. Depending on the type of smoker you have, you can set this either digitally or with a dial. The available range is typically between 180°F and 500°F.
Then click the button to start the grill/smoker.
The Smoking Process
How does a pellet smoker work?
The pellets are fed by an auger from the hopper into a cooking chamber that’s powered by electricity. The wood pellets ignite through combustion, thereby heating the cooking chamber.
Air is then brought in by intake fans and smoke is then dispersed evenly throughout the cooking area.
The burning of the hardwood pellets infuses the meat with the smoky flavor of real wood. And whether you’re using direct or indirect heat, there is fan-forced convection to ensure that hot smoky air continues to circulate evenly around in the cooking chamber.
Aside from adding smoky flavors, you can smoke foods low and slow for hours.
How Long to Smoke?
One of the big advantages of vertical pellet smokers is that they include a meat probe that connects with the control board to monitor the internal temperature of the meat.
That means if you want to do a long and slow smoking process, you can walk away from the pellet smoker and not have to worry. Some folks even let their steamers run all night while they sleep.
Similar to a regular grill, just brush off the grill grates, throw out the ash, and empty the drip pan every so often.
Now that you know how to use a pellet smoker, there’s nothing stopping you from making your own smoked meats with relative ease.
So make the investment and start enjoying immediate rewards.
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