You might notice that there has been a substantial amount of grilling of Orts lately. Well, let me remind you that it is summer here in Kansas and that means it is HOT.
As beautiful as I, a lifelong Kansan, think that my state is I can attest to the Kansas Summer Heat. Generally the heat holds off from the scorching temperatures until August, but this year the triple digit heat started in June.
I’m not saying it’s been Hot in Kansas, but
Summer is always a good time to grill, but I’ve been asking The Hubs to grill more than usual. I know how to grill. It’s something my dad taught me to do when I was younger. In fact, my parents bought me my first charcoal kettle grill. In fact, we still own one that we use.
However The Hubs decided last year that he wanted a Traeger® pellet smoker. He assured me that it would be worth it and that I would grow to love it. He was not wrong. I have grown to love what comes out of or off of the smoker.
If you’re not familiar with a Traeger®, it is a wood fired pellet smoker. Unlike charcoal or propane grills they are electric and therefore require an outlet to be close. It uses hardwood pellets which are come down from a side-mounted hopper into a central burn chamber by an auger. They are then ignited by a hot metal rod. The Traeger® provides precise, digital temperature control. It is as easy to operate as an oven; all you have to do is fill the hopper with pellets, flip a switch to on, and select the temperature you want from smoke to the maximum temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
The first thing that The Hubs did to make me a believer was he smoked water in the Traeger®. Bear with me. He used a bread pan and put some distilled water in it and smoked the water in the smoker. When it returned to room temperature he froze it. Then I used the smoked ice in my whiskey. Can you believe it?
Next, he smoked some cheese. He has gotten so good at smoking cheese that I have given smoked cheese as gifts. Amazing.
The Traeger® can bake breads, like the Naan we had for dinner recently. It grills and smokes meats and vegetables to perfection. Also, it’s as good to use in cold weather as it is in the scorching summer heat.
As far as downsides, I have yet to find one in almost a year. It takes about 20 minutes to come to temperature which is about the same as a charcoal grill. The cleanup is the same or less than with a charcoal grill, because there is limited ash to clean up from the pellets.
This might be the best cooking ‘gadget’ or device that my husband has ever asked for. The food that comes off of it is amazing, it is easy to use, and I don’t have to be the one cooking! Oh, and it can smoke water to make smoked ice for excellent whiskey drinks.
Who doesn’t want to own a Traeger®? Smoked ice for whiskey??? If that doesn’t sell you on it, then the smoked cheese surely will.
*This review is not sponsored by Traeger®, and is the opinion of this writer.