Pellet smoker grills are excellent at BBQ ribs and chicken and even cold smoking foods like cheese. But once you get that pellet smoker, what kind of pellets should you buy to go in it? We tried out several top brands of wood pellets in a smoker tube on our grill before picking these favorites.
One thing we quickly realized is how expense pellets can get—they can really add up! It can take 15 pounds to slow cook a brisket.
Good news: we found a brand of wood pellets that provided excellent smoke flavor . . . but at a price that is easier on the wallet: Bear Mountain’s BBQ All Natural Hardwood Smoky Gourmet Blend BBQ Smoker Pellets. Yes, that’s a mouthful!
Here’s why we chose them:
What We Liked
• Great aroma.
• Balanced flavor.
• No flavorings, fillers or additives.
• Mix of 100% natural hardwoods: hickory, maple, cherry oak.
What Needs Work
• Dust? The bag we tried was all pellets, but we see occasional reports online that some bags contained sawdust (or ground up pellets). We don’t think this is a widespread issue, however.