Traeger grills are a popular choice for backyard cooks. They are simple to use, versatile and give your food a classic wood-fired flavor. One of the key features of Traeger grills is the ability to produce smoke, which is what adds that smoky flavor to meats and vegetables. In this article, we will discuss some tips and tricks to help you get more Traeger smoke when you’re grilling.
1. Choose the Right Wood Pellets
The type of wood pellets you use will impact the amount of smoke your grill produces. For example, if you want a strong smoky flavor, you can choose hickory or mesquite pellets. If you want a milder flavor, try fruitwood pellets like cherry or apple. Remember that the type of wood you use will influence the flavor and the amount of smoke.
2. Use a Smoke Boost Function
Many Traeger grills have a smoke boost function that increases smoke production. This function typically runs for 15 to 20 minutes, and it’s an easy way to boost the amount of smoke quickly. If your grill doesn’t have a smoke boost function, try setting the grill temperature to the lowest setting for 10 to 15 minutes once you’ve added your wood pellets.
3. Keep the Lid Closed
Keeping the lid closed while your food cooks will ensure that smoke stays in the grill and infuses your food. A common mistake is to lift the lid too often, which can release smoke and affect the flavor.
How do I maintain my Traeger grill to produce more smoke?
To maintain your grill, clean the pellets from the grill after each use. This prevents the pellets from being contaminated and affecting the flavor of future cooks. Also, check the airflow and make sure the grill is not clogged with debris or grease.
What can I do if the smoke taste is too strong?
If you want to reduce the amount of smoke, try using a milder wood such as fruitwood pellets like apple or cherry. You can also reduce the exposure of your food to the smoke.
Getting more smoke on your Traeger grill is all about the right pellet choice, smoke boost function, and keeping the lid closed. Experiment with different pellets to see what flavors you prefer and enjoy the delicious smoky flavor of your Traeger-grilled food. Remember, take care of your grill, and you will enjoy an amazing smoke flavor every time.