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Picking the Perfect Pellet {A How-To Guide}

Posted by Susie B. on April 14, 2014

Picking the Perfect Pellet {A How-To Guide}

Whether you are a new member to Traeger Nation or you've been with us for a while, you've probably noticed we like to post our recipes with a little bonus information at the top. In that one little line, we like to recommend certain types of pellets to accompany whatever dish we have created. This small tidbit of information might have previously been overlooked, or skipped because it just didn't seem that important. Well, please let me be the first to tell you... THE PELLET MATTERS! Here at Traeger, we take a lot of pride in making pellets out of the purest wood available. Each bag of pellets you buy is special, and each type of wood creates a unique flavor profile that you are adding to your food. One of the best things you can do when smoking with your Traeger is learn to consider the flavor of your pellets as an additional ingredient in your recipe.

Below we have a handy little graphic that helps you see exactly what pellets work best with what types of food. Save this image, print it off, and most importantly, take your own notes as you cook. Just because maple typically works great with turkey doesn't necessarily mean it will be your favorite, you might prefer something lighter like apple.

Picking the Perfect Traeger Pellets {A How-To Guide}

 

Alder: These pellets are the most versatile because of their mild flavor and aroma. Alder wood gives off a great amount of smoke without overwhelming even the most delicate flavors like chicken, fish, or baked goods. Try the Bacon Wrapped Scallops next time you are looking to add that perfect wood fired taste with your Alder pellets.

Apple: Most often used with poultry and pork, apple wood pellets offer a lightly fruity smoke that helps enhance mild flavored meats. Apple pellets take Smoke Roasted Apple Pie to a whole new level of awesome. Think about it, apple wood smoked apple pie? Unbelievable.

Cherry: One of the more flavorful pellets, cherry wood lends itself to application where you want to add a hearty smoke flavor. Try some Marinated Beef Ribs with Cherry pellets. Between the marinade and the cherry smoke, these flavorful ribs don't require any sauce to be exceptionally flavorful.

Hickory: Probably the most widely used pellets in barbecue, hickory pellets release a strong flavor and complement most meats. Some people find hickory can be a little strong and like to mix it with a more mild pellet like oak or apple. Using hickory pellets to smoke some Peppered Beef Jerky to add a perfect level of smokiness to the meat.

Maple: Mild, with a hint of sweetness, maple pellets are great on pork and especially turkey. Using maple pellets to smoke your holiday Herb Roasted Turkey and your family will request that you cook every year.

Mesquite: A favorite of Texas BBQ, Mesquite pellets infuse your meat with hearty smoke flavor. That super smoky flavor is great for recipes that are begging for a little something extra like Southwestern Stuffed Peppers.

Oak: Oak is a great middle ground as far as smoke intensity goes. A little stronger than cherry or apple, and a little lighter than hickory, Oak is great to use with fish and veggies or both at the same time like Mahi-Mahi Shish Kabobs.

Pecan: Deliciously nutty and even a little spicy, Pecan pellets are great with beef, pork, or poultry. They add a great depth to baked goods as well. Be sure to try Mom's Best Pumpkin Bread and enjoy the added nutty flavor from the Pecan smoke.

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Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Tetrazzini And Cover Blubber

Posted by Mary M. on December 1, 2013

Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Tetrazzini

Admit it, second to the great feast on Thursday we all look forward to the leftovers! Heck, we even cook a few extra pounds of turkey, ham or beef and some additional casseroles of stuffing to ensure we've got a few nights of easy, guaranteed-to-please meals and don't forget those midnight snacks, of course. (Don't we all love that midnight turkey-cranberry-stuffing sandwich enjoyed by the dim light of the refrigerator?)

When talking about leftovers you've got a myriad of options for reviving them. There's always the head-to-toe warming turkey soup and a variety of creative sandwich options. But don't forget to make sure that you store your leftovers properly. Once the food has cooled, store all of the remnants in containers with tight-fitting lids. Or to save time, and because you know that you lose all energy as soon as you get hit by that potent L-tryptophan, just stick some CoverBlubber on the bowls and you're done! CoverBlubber is not only great for left overs, but it's great for prepped food as well. Never worry about losing a lid again! 


CoverBlubber is reusable, seals airtight and replaces pesky plastic wrap. Its super-stretchy properties helps it fit on almost any container and simplifies the clean-up detail immensely.

cover blubber

So we'll share with you a few of our favorite ideas for reliving that Thanksgiving glory each time you pull out those leftovers. Why give your stomach a break from all of that deliciousness? Let's dive right in with some creamy homerun Turkey Tetrazzini.

TURKEY TETRAZZINI

PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOK TIME: 30 minutes
RECOMMMENDED PELLETS: Any
SERVES: 6 to 8

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup frozen peas
3/4 cup carrot
1/2 cup white wine (or sherry or broth)
1/2 cup flour
4 cups chicken broth (or turkey broth)
1 cup parmesan cheese, divided
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 (8 ounce) package thin spaghetti, cooked
2 cups leftover turkey meat, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or panko
Fresh oregano, for garnish

PREPARATION

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Preheat to 350 degrees F with the lid closed for 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan along with the olive oil. Add onion, celery, pepper, salt, carrots, and ground pepper and saute until vegetables are tender.

Add flour and stir until vegetables are coated and flour is all golden.

Add wine or 1/2 cup of stock and stir quickly until flour is absorbed. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Add the nutmeg, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and the cream cheese, stirring until cheese melts. (A whisk will be the best tool to break down and incorporate all of the cream cheese.)

Add the peas, turkey and pasta. Stir until blended.

Coat a casserole with non-stick spray and transfer mixture to the casserole.

Combine breadcrumbs (or panko) with the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.

Place on the grill grate and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbling.

Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Tetrazzini

Let rest for 15 minutes before serving. Top with a sprinkle of fresh oregano.

Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Tetrazzini

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Limited Edition Lil'Tex Elite And Texas Grills

Posted by Brady P. on November 21, 2013

Limited Edition Lil'Tex Elite And Texas Grills

Introducing Traeger's new limited edition Lil'Tex Elite, and Texas Grills.

 

What makes these grills different you ask? Well these limited edition grills have a sleek metallic blue paint color, and a new stamped Traeger logo stainless steel lid that really brings out the awesome metallic blue paint. We also decided to add an extra grilling rack inside for more grilling room, for those big holiday, and summer parties.

Don't miss out on this hot new grill. With only 400 total in stock, quantities are limited! Give someone you love the Traeger grilling experience this holiday season, with the limited edition Texas or Lil' Tex Elite grills.

Limited Edition Lil'Tex Elite And Texas Grills

Limited Edition Lil'Tex Elite And Texas Grills

Limited Edition Lil'Tex Elite And Texas Grills

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Traeger Insulation Blankets

Posted by Mary M. on November 20, 2013

Those cold winds a blowin' mean one big thing when it comes to you and your Traeger: Heat Loss. Which means more pellets used and possibly longer cooking times. Ain't nobody got time for that!

The solution? Insulation Blankets. By using a snug insulation blanket in 35 degree weather, and below will help your Traeger maintains a consistent temperature while grilling, and you save money. (We know it all comes down to the money.) And we make them for several of our illustrous models.

INSULATION BLANKET FOR JUNIOR

INSULATION BLANKET FOR LIL' TEX/ELITE

INSULATION BLANKET FOR TEXAS

So don't let the cold weather bleed you dry or hold you back from your Traeger'ing (especially during the holidays!).

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Traeger Essentials: Limited Edition PTG Elite

Posted by Susie B. on October 20, 2013

Traeger Essentials: Limited Edition PTG Elite

 

Traeger Nation, hopefully you have had a chance to check out the PTG, our most versatile

portable Traeger. We'd love to introduce you to our newest version, the Limited Edition PTG Elite. With bonus features like a classy bronze coating and digital thermometer upgrade, the PTG Elite is the perfect solution for anyone looking to bring the same great Traeger taste to camping, tailgating, picnicking, the college student, boating or whatever awaits you.

Wherever you can go, The PTG Elite can go! Here at Traeger HQ, we love hearing where your Traeger Grills are traveling. Ever since introducing the PTG we have heard some amazing tales of delicious food in faraway places. Some of our favorite stories, however, are those Pellet Heads cooking up some hot lunch in the office parking lot or the college student eating grilled chicken instead of pre-packaged chicken flavored noodles. Now you can do all that with the sleek look and increased temperature control of the PTG Elite. Friends, coworkers, and all the guys in the next parking spot over at your tailgate won't be able to ward off their jealousy when they see what you're cooking up on your Traeger.

Coming in at 40 lbs and 13 in high x 21 in wide x 17 in deep, the PTG Elite is just begging to be carried off into the sunset (we even have a nifty carrying case!!). Pair those specs with 169 sq. in. of grilling space (15"x12") and 16000 BTU's and you are ready to cook some serious grub in unparalleled style. So grab the PTG Elite and Traeger it up all over the place! Just be sure to send us pictures!

Traeger Essentials: Limited Edition PTG Elite

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Traeger Essentials: Traeger's Texas Grill

Posted by Mary M. on October 2, 2013

Traeger Essentials: Texas Grill

Back to basics. We are currently running a sweet deal on our grills so we thought we'd remind you of just why Traeger's pellet grills are in a league of their own and never cease to amaze.

So let's start with the masterful bells and whistles of our Texas Grill.

The Texas has all of the standard features that make our grills superior like the high-tech auger-fed burner (fueled by our flavorful selection of wood pellets), multi-temp digital thermostat control, swift EZ-drain grease system and fire that ignites at the flip of a switch. It has all of that ingenuity and pure smoke power along with 646 square-inches of grilling and smoking possibilities. Since we're not all "number people", let's put 646 square inches into a language we can all understand. On the beast of a Texas grill, you can easily fit two full size chickens, a brisket and two racks of ribs. Now that's a mouthful.

Just imagine the feast that's awaiting you.

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Traeger Accessory Guide: The Remote Probe Thermometer

Posted by Susie B. on September 13, 2013

Traeger Accessory Guide: The Remote Probe Thermometer

Traeger Nation: Meet The Remote Probe Thermometer


The most versatile of the Traeger Thermometer Family, the Remote Probe allows you to stay inside, sip on some lemonade, and monitor your grill and meat temperatures. The probe goes directly into your meat, the receiver goes wherever you do. Get this: you can check the internal temp of your meat from up to 300 feet away from your Traeger. The receiver even comes with a belt clip and a built in stand. Make sure your meat is never over done again. Handy? We think so.

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Traeger's Ultimate BBQ Sauce Guide

Posted by Susie B. on August 7, 2013

 

 

You might have spent hours perfecting that brisket, pork shoulder, chicken, etc. etc... but if you can't finish it off with the perfect sauce, what was the point in all of the effort? A good sauce is the perfect Traeger accessory to take your regular old meals and transform them into something special.

Here at Team Traeger, we have the privilege of working with each sauce and developing recipes that highlight and feature the best qualities of all of them. Lucky for you, we are having a sweet sale on our sauces so you can try all of our recipes using the same sauces we've got in our pantry! Let me give you a rundown of what each sauce can do, so you'll be perfetly prepared to do some serious Traeger'ing when your shipment of sauce comes in.

 

Apricot BBQ Sauce

A sweet and tangy sauce, with a rich finish is ideal for chicken, turkey, pork tenderloin, or ribs. This sauce is our best seller, and seriously addictive! Just check out what this beautiful sauce did glazed over some cornish game hens!

Traeger's Apricot bbq sauce

Carne Asada Marinade

This thin sauce is perfect for use as a marinade, or even as a meat injection. Can be used to infuse a little south of the border flavor into pork, poultry, or fish but out favorite is beef. We love it as a marinade for flank or skirt steak in this recipe for Cinco De Mayo Carne Asada.

 

Traeger;s Carbe Asada Marinade

Chili Sauce

Satisfy your need for a little heat without overwhelming every other flavor you have worked to create in your recipes. We seriously love mixing the Chili Sauce with Traeger's Regular BBQ Sauce and dousing that on one rack of our 3-2-1 Baby Backs for those who love a little extra kick.

 

Chili bbq sauce

Honey Bourbon BBQ Sauce

One of our newest sauces, and sure to become a Team Traeger favorite, this sauce is bursting with flavor. From the richness of the honey to the smooth finish of the bourbon, this sauce is a winner on pretty much anything. Just imagine it over some juicy Traeger'ed Chicken Breasts.

Honey Bourbon bbq sauce

Mandarin Glaze

A perfect fusion of sweet and hot, this glaze adds an amazing flavor to chicken, or pork. Our favorite way to use this sauce is to coat some wings and Traeger them up for a crowd come game day.

Regular BBQ Sauce

The real workhorse of our Traeger sauce line-up, the Regular BBQ Sauce gets thrown into recipes for every type of meat we cook. Even if it's not in the recipe, we typically pour it on the side and help ourselves to some serious dipping. One of our most unique is a burger condiment we developed using the Traeger Regular BBQ sauce mixed in with some mayo and pickle relish. Slathered over these Pork and Bacon burgers, we developed a serious sauce crush on this classic.

Texas BBQ Spicy Sauce

This BBQ Sauce is a favorite among our BBQ purists and competition cooks. Rich and tangy sauce with just a little Texas kick, this sauce is a favorite on beef, ribs and chicken. Check out these Spicy Chicken Drumsticks to get a real idea of what this sauce can do for your Traeger'ed goods.

Texas Spicy bbq sauce

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Traeger's Recipe Ebook Guide

Posted by Brady P. on August 7, 2013

Traeger has compiled a bunch of recipes to help you get the most from your Traeger Grill. Here is a quick breakdown of all of our cookbooks so you will know which ones are right for you and your taste buds. Traeger's Cookbooks, features all the latest and greatest Traeger recipes and cooking tips. These books are your passport to great eating.

 

Traeger's Recipe Cookbooks

 

Traeger's Everyday Cookbook, features all the latest and greatest Traeger recipes and cooking tips. This book is your passport to great eating. Packed full of secret recipes and helpful grilling advice. Over 80 recipes. Includes recipes for appetizers, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, seafood, vegetables, and baked goods & desserts. Includes: Pellet Guide, Sauce Guide, Spice Guide

 

 

Traeger's Recipe Cookbooks

 

 

A new recipe for every week of the year! All of the past year's Recipes of the Week compiled into one convenient eBook! 

 

Traeger's Recipe Cookbooks

 

Traeger’s most ambitious cookbook to date. It features over one hundred all-new, easy-to-follow recipes celebrating the incredible range and versatility of Traeger Pellet Grills. You’ll find dishes for every occasion.

 

 

Traeger's Recipe Cookbooks

 

"Traeger's Jerky Cookbook" featuring over 50 original recipes developed exclusively for owners of Traeger Pellet Grills. Learn how easy it is to make delicious homemade jerky using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Turn beef, turkey, chicken, venison, salmon, and other lean proteins into smoked meat snacks the whole family will love. Teriyaki Jerky, Pizza Jerky, Holiday Turkey Jerky, BBQ Jerky, and Rumrunner's Jerky are examples of the many tried-and true recipes featured in "Traeger's Jerky Cookbook". No special equipment is necessary! You'll be making your own jerky in no time.

 

 

Traeger's Recipe Cookbooks

 

With this collection of 14 of the best Traeger Game day recipes, you're sure to be the MVP on the day of the big game! Recipes include:

PIZZA POTATO SKINS

CORN ON THE COB KEBABS

DEVILISH SMOKED EGGS

BAYOU WINGS

TEX-MEX TURKEY SLIDERS

CRABBY JALAPENO POPPERS

SMOKY PARTY MIX

GUACAMOLE WITH GRILLED ONION AND ROASTED GARLIC

LEMON-BRINED SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE SKEWERS

TONGUE ON FIRE CHICKEN WINGS

MEXI MAC ’N CHEESE

MUFFINS

AU GRATIN POTATO SQUARES

GAME ON BURGERS

BARBECUED CAJUN SPARE RIBS

 

 

 

 

A collection of familiar recipes that have been reworked to be more health conscious without sacrificing flavor.

 

Traeger's Recipe Cookbooks

 

 

Whether the children you feed are in booster seats or taller than you, a Traeger grill is the solution to satisfying and encouraging youthful, discriminating - even finicky - palates. And for bringing the family together for meals again.

 


Traeger's Recipe Cookbooks

 

Anyone who shops for food is aware that food prices in America are always rising. Nowhere is this more evident than at the meat counter. To help you and your family spend less on food while eating better, we’ve compiled our favorite budget-friendly recipes in one handy cookbook.

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Traeger Accessory Guide: Extra Grill Racks for Lil' Tex/Elite and Texas

Posted by Susie B. on July 16, 2013

Traeger Accessory Guide: Extra Grill Racks for Lil' Tex/Elite and Texas

One of the complaints we hear most often from new Traeger owners is "I wish I had just bought the bigger grill!" In our best (and most affordable) attempt to remedy the situation, we developed the extra grill racks for the Lil' Tex/Elite and Texas model Traeger Grills. Our extra grill racks are made from the same high quality porcelain coated steel as the grilling grate and are perfectly sized to fit your grill. Just imagine being able to fit that extra pound or two of jerky or having the grill space to cook a few additional chickens to shred and freeze. With the extra grill grates, you can make your current Traeger work even better for you!

The Extra Grill Grate for the Lil' Tex/Elite adds 149 square inches of additional grilling space.

Traeger Accessory Guide: Extra Grill Racks for Lil' Tex/Elite and Texas

The Extra Grill Grate for the Texas adds 229 square inches of additional grilling space.

Traeger Accessory Guide: Extra Grill Racks for Lil' Tex/Elite and Texas

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