Pellet grills are perfect if you enjoy a smoky flavor to your grilled items. They are incredibly easy to start and offer a level of temperature control without equal. They also excel at cooking pork chops, chicken breasts, veggies—just about anything you can think of that is taken to the next level with a touch of smoke. And if you are looking for a small unit to go in the back of your vehicle to take tailgating, camping or a day at the beach, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five great portable pellet grills:
Green Mountain Grills Trek
The Trek is the ultimate portable pellet grill. Because of its peaked lid design, you can easily smoke your baby back ribs and a full chicken without worrying about space. The Trek’s pellet feed auger system can hold up to nine pounds of pellets, allowing for hours of uninterrupted cooking time, and it also features a thermal sensor which keeps track of the temperature. It comes with a digital WiFi controller (control and monitor through the Green Mountain Grills iOS or Android mobile application) and can run on 12V or 120AC so it is perfect for home or camping, tailgating, hunting, house-boating, music festivals or anywhere you can take it!
Camp Chef Woodwind
If you want the ease of pellet grill smoking and the satisfaction of toggling indirect cooking on and off with a convenient knob, you’re in the right place. The Woodwind’s temperature range can reach up to 500 °F, and thanks to the brand’s smart smoke technology, you can choose how much smoke you want to be incorporated by adjusting the smoke number. The higher smoke level allows the pellets to smolder and smoke rather than burn, increasing the smoky flavor infused in your food!
Pitt Boss Sportsman 500
Your next outdoor adventure awaits, with the help of a Pit Boss Sportsman and its powerful 8-in-1 cooking versatility to grill, smoke, and everything in between. The dial-in digital control board works together with meat probes so you can monitor meat doneness, adjust cooking temperatures and track fuel without having to open the lid. What’s more— you can truly turn up the heat with the Flame Broiler Lever which allows for direct flame searing up to 1,000°F!
Z Grills Cruiser 200 A
Best suited for those last-minute weekend camping trips, the 40-lb Cruiser is ready to be packed up for a ride. While it isn’t designed to feed a big family, the 202 square inches of cooking space work well on smaller cuts of meat like pork chops or chicken legs. Even if you’ve never assembled a grill before in your life, putting together the Cruiser is super straightforward. The main part of the grill is already completely assembled. All you need to do is attach the legs, the side handles, the front handle, and then unwrap the grease pan and install it.
Recteq’s build quality is top-notch. With the RT-700, you get stainless steel everywhere it matters and, boy, do I love my stainless steel. The cooking chamber, grates, firepot, heat deflector, drip pan, side shelf, and even the smoke cap are all made of stainless, where others in the market usually choose cheaper powder coated steel instead. Construction bonuses don’t stop short at the materials. The leg system recteq has built for their larger grills is extremely sturdy.