Those who have used Traeger pellets
know the pellets are pretty darn good. I have used them for
a while now but one thing I have noticed is regardless of
the flavor I use they all tend to smell the same and the
flavor is close to the same. There is a difference in flavor
but its very subtle. I have heard they used mainly alder and
add flavored oil to their pellets. I'm going to do some
research on this so I make sure I'm accurate. Regardless the
fact remains the same. I can change from mesquite to hickory
and near the same flavor.
All Things BBQ recently offered me a
chance to try the BBQr's Delight brand and that shipment
arrived just a few days after they were shipped. I love fast
shipping! Today I gave those pellets a try in my Louisiana
WH-1320 pellet grill. What better way to test them then a
bunch of boneless chicken breasts. I prepared the chicken by
rinsing and letting them marinate for a few hours in Zesty
Italian dressing. As my pit was coming up to temp I gave
them a light dusting with garlic powder and a nice coating
of Jack's Old South Hickory rub by Myron Mixon himself.
Jack's Old South Web Site
Igniting: The pellets ignited
quickly no different then the Traeger brand. Immediately I
could smell a difference. I have been cooking all week on
Traeger Hickory pellets and I can tell you the BBQr's
Delight pellets smelt like Hickory wood burning. This is
what I would expect from "Hickory" pellets. Once the smoker
came up to temp I put the chicken onto the cooking grates
placed a temperature probe from my digital Maverick ET-73
thermometer near the center of the cooking grate. Over the
next two hours I closely monitored the chamber temperature
as well as the color and density of the smoke. The
temperature stayed true as it should. The smoke was a nice
thin blue smoke as it should be.
Two hours into the smoke, I opened the
hood and flipped the chicken. The smell was amazing. Again
during the course of the smoke, the smell of the pellets was
closer to wood then what I have experienced with other
products. I kept monitoring things
for approximately two more hours. I have to admit, I do not
time my cooks. I pull my meats from the smoker based only on
internal temperature and I always recommend others do the
same. This way you will have perfection in your cooks on a
taking the final temperatures of the chicken, I could not
wait any longer as the aroma was way too good. I picked a
chicken breast up of the grate and pulled it apart to sample
it. I was amazed at the flavor. The chicken was moist with
just the right mix of seasoning and marinade. The smoke
flavor was without a doubt Hickory flavored and was just
Feeding: The size of the pellets
are what I consider a standard size. They seemed to feed
through my auger without issue. Now the Louisiana pellet
grills have a short throw auger design. They are less apt to
have feed issues. That said, I fired up my Traeger Texas and ran it for
a couple hours just to make sure they fed the Traeger
without issue. This test was a success as I figured it would
Burn: As I mentioned above the
pellets seemed to burn flawlessly providing a nice thin blue
smoke. How efficiently the burn will be apparent in the
inspection of the fire pot. Upon inspecting the fire pot and
lower chamber of the smoker the pellets appeared to burn
down completely leaving a fine ash behind.
in all I am very impressed with this product.
BBQr's Delight pellets can be purchased
in 1 lbs. and 10 lbs. bags online from
All Things BBQ.
Order online and they will have your pellets to you quickly.
Don't want to order online, just call (316) 440-3950.
I have spoke with their folks on several occasions and they
are great to work with. They are among the few these days
that truly believe customer satisfaction comes first.
Also see my
on Bear Mountain Forest Products BBQ Pellets.