Buy Traeger Pro 575 for £719 at Riverside Garden Centres (was £799)

It’s barbecue … however, not as we realize it. The ground breaking Traeger Pro 575 pellet grill is fairly unlike any other model inside our guide to the very best barbecues. It might also sit inside our set of the very best smokers.

Why? Because rather than charcoal or gas, the wonderful, tech-laden Pro 575 uses compressed wood pellets. Many barbecue aficionados swear by pellet grilling since it infuses food with a really real wood smoke flavour that’s difficult to achieve using charcoal, aside from gas.

I was knocked out by this grill, in all honesty. You can view why pellet grills are gathering popularity fast – UK market leader Weber gets the Weber SmokeFire system to arrive 2020. Here’s why…

Traeger Pro 575 pellet grill: design

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The Pro 575 originates from Salt Lake City-based Traeger, and is known as for this 575 square inches of meal estate. Obtainable in a selection of two lid colours – classic black or rustic brown.

The fuel pellets that it uses are transported from a sizable storage hopper to the Pro 575’s electric-powered furnace by a motorised auger (basically a huge corkscrew).

Really, when you get a Traeger, you’re also buying into its whole ethos of classic US-style barbecuing. The price tag of the Pro 575 is £719 at Riverside Garden Centres , and that’s a lot more than justified by its blend of battleship-like construction – it actually looks similar to a mini steam engine -and high-tech software control.

There are 14 several types of wood pellet designed for the Pro 75, from hickory, cherry and oak to apple, pecan and maple. Each one infuses food with a subtlety different aroma. Traeger also produces a variety of outstanding rubs and spices that are worth searching for whatever barbecue you’re using.

To fire it up does require having an electricity source and a 9kg bag of pellets at hand, admittedly. The latter costs around £18 a go, although one bag should last a few sessions. Wood pellet BBQs are more costly to perform than their charcoal or gas counterparts and, while pellets are plentiful online, they’re not the sort of thing you’ll easily find on a Sunday.

You will also desire a cover for this – way more than other barbecues, because of the electrical components. B&Q sells the one that fits correctly for £11.

Traeger Pro 575 pellet grill: cooking performance
Mamma! The Traeger Pro 575 absolutely excels at smoking and slow cooking. I could vouchsafe that, at low temperature, the Traeger smokes meat phenomenally well, because of the obligatory pink smoke ring on the outer 5-8mm of the meat.

However, the Traeger isn’t just brilliant for smoking, it’s also one of the better barbecues for slow cooking over eight hours and more, with occasional pellet popups. It’s equally brilliant at conventional indirect grilling with the lid on. Oh, looked after bakes, roasts and braises.

Although the Pro 575 is with the capacity of searing steaks if the temperature is whacked up to its highest 230ºC temperature setting, it’s much less efficient as an ultra-hot charcoal or gas grill, so bear that at heart if you are a al fresco steak fiend.

Where charcoal and, to some extent, gas barbecues are notorious for burning food rapidly invest the your eye off the ball, with that one there is little potential for scorching anything, and that’s since it works just like a power oven, keeping heat at a regular temperature with almost no fluctuations.

It does this using an electric controller that means that the temperature you set on its push-button LCD interface remains regular through the entire grilling process. The bottom line is, the bigger or lower you set the temperature, the faster or slower the auger gives the pellets. Traeger’s nailed its algorithm so well a temperature of, say, 200ºC stays like this for provided that required, or before meat probe it includes signals the finish of the cooking process.

Personally, I haven’t burned anything to date – I simply tap the ‘ignite’ button, slap on the meat, leave the lid shut and talk with the guests, returning a few times to turn the meals over. It truly is that foolproof and the subtle, wood smoke-suffused food it produces is really as succulent and tender as you could want. Granted, the built-in fan and burning wood pellets make it appear to be a quieter version of an professional blow heater, but it’s not too loud to disturb conversation and hey – that may be a conversation topic.

Another cool feature with this BBQ is that in addition, it incorporates Traeger’s WiFIRE Wi-Fi connectivity and app. To utilize it, download the company’s comprehensive and incredibly smartly designed iOS and Android Traeger app, and hook up it to the Pro 575’s Wi-Fi enabled controller.

This could be just a little challenging since you have to hook up to your router. Of course, practically all smart home gizmos need to be linked to your router, but almost all of them don’t live in the bottom of your garden. You should move it nearer to the house, or spend money on a patio Wi-Fi extender.

Once you’re connected, apart from allowing you to get started on and modify cooking from all over the world, the application offers a variety of hints, tips and recipes. Actually there are a huge selection of exotic barbecue recipes for beef, poultry, pork, fish, lamb, vegetables and wild game. Simply decide on a recipe in the app, prepare the meals in line with the instructions and tap ‘cook now’ – the Pro 575 will automatically start warming up and send a notification to your smartphone when it has reached the right temperature.

Now, slap on your own pre-prepared ingredients and retreat in the data that you’ll be kept informed every step of just how. This is a particularly useful feature to need to hand because it keeps you informed through the entire cooking process when you can get on with other tasks like maintaining your guests, reading a book or just chilling in sunlight – or sheltering from the rain.

Traeger Pro 575: verdict

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The Traeger Pro 575 pellet grill could be in the upper price bracket for barbecues in the united kingdom. However, it really is worth that and more if you are seriously interested in your outdoor cooking, and optimistic about the elements.

It’s not only a remarkably competent smoker and slow cooker, it is also a trusted way to grill conventionally without ever scorching meat, fish and vegetables to a cinder.

For incompetent barbecuists and the ones who’d prefer to spend additional time with the guests instead of being chained to a grill, the Traeger Pro 575 is a veritable bonanza. It is also an excellent tool for skilled chefs who would like to get the most out of their ingredients.

The Pro 575 may have quietly started a revolution in the united kingdom barbecue scene because we have now know there’s a rival pellet grill via Weber – by far the largest name in UK BBQ. It’ll have a difficult job beating this Traeger, though…