We’ve reached the halfway point of Meat Madness. The Sweet Sixteen results are posted. See if your preferred pit master made the cut at traegergrills.com/meat-madness. We’ve given away over $6,400 in prizes, but the best is yet to come. Vote your BBQ Hero to the top of the Bracket and help them win some killer prizes and bragging rights. It’s a colossal ‘cue competition for carnivores. #MeatMadness.
This ‘cue competition is heating up! From hundreds of entries, 64 moved on to the head-to-head #MeatMadness Bracket competition. Thousands of votes have been tabulated, and 32 BBQ Heroes will advance to Round 2 on the road to the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, and the Wood-Fired Final Four. Support the Chefs by voting. Surviving the Bracket is not going to be easy, but barbecue is not for the faint of heart. There can only be one Traeger Pit Master. Get your votes in at traegergrills.com/meat-madness.
Registration for Meat Madness is officially OPEN!
Submit your favorite grilled recipe, along with a photo of the prepared dish by March 14th at 11:59 PM PST. The 64 most amazing recipes will advance to the bracket to compete in head-to-head match-ups and win over $15,000 in prizes! It’s a colossal competition for carnivores. Sixty-four recipes. Six rounds. One Traeger Pit Master. #MeatMadness - Join Now!
Located across the street from the historic Los Alamitos High School, you can’t miss SouthCoast Supply. Family owned and operated for over 24 years, South Coast Supply/Garden Daze is pleased to offer the entire line of Traeger Pro Series Grills, all 8 flavors of Traeger Hardwood Pellets, and endless Traeger accessories. The owners, Bonnie & Dennis, can be found grilling in the shop’s garden on weekends, giving BBQ enthusiasts the opportunity to sample different foods cooked using a variety of Traeger pellets, sauces & rubs.
One of the most eye-catching additions to their impressive collection is Traeger’s iconic Longhorn Steer. Produced in a barn in Mt. Angel, Oregon in the early 2000’s, Longhorn Steer grills are no longer in production, but they are an important part of Traeger History. During that time period, the Traeger Team experimented with striking designs that made a real statement about the playful nature of Barbecue. Joining the Longhorn Steer in the ranks: the Lil’ Pig, the Train, the Red Razorback, and the Tractor, all with the same versatile functionality of traditional, barrel-shaped Traegers.
So if you want to check out South Coast Supply/Garden Daze to stock up on building and garden supplies, and visit a little piece of Traeger history at the same time, stop on by. Bonnie and Dennis will be happy to see you, and they may even be Traeger’ing up some grub.
South Coast Supply is located at 3626 West Cerritos Ave. Los Alamitos, CA 90720. (562)430-7576. @southcoastsupplyinc
TRAEGER GRILLS AND BALDFACE LODGE COMBINE FORCES
Portland, OR: Traeger Grills and Baldface Lodge have partnered to create a one-of-a-kind dining and destination experience.
Oregon-based company Traeger Grills features natural wood pellet grills that help people cook delicious meals outdoors. Designed to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise and barbeque- the difference of a Traeger Grill is in the taste. The Traeger Grill Company has been inspiring food enthusiasts for years and most recently British Columbia’s Baldface Lodge.
Jeff Pensiero, GM of Baldface Lodge, remembers- “The partnership with Traeger came to me from a long-time friend and mentor in the snowboard industry. He told me his Traeger Grill was nothing short of inspiring! That word resonated with me. I’m always looking to create the most aspirational experience for our guests. Our lodge and our food, alongside our 32,000 acres of world-class terrain, is what sets Baldface apart. This partnership has inspired our chefs, as well! They’ve purchased all grass-fed beef and organic turkeys and keep finding unique ways to use our Traegers: smoked apricots in our salads and a smoke infused butter cream topping for our carrot cake are just a couple new additions.”
The Baldface Lodge, featured on the front page of the New York Times and named as one of GQ’s Top Ten Hippest Hotels in the World, is barbecuing exclusively with Traeger Grills. Traeger Grills’ outdoor cooking products produce unique flavors that only natural wood pellet grills can offer and the Baldface Lodge felt the partnership would be a great addition to their resort experience.
Recently, some members of the Traeger Grill team traveled to British Columbia to spend a few days at the Baldface Lodge. Together they had an unforgettable powder experience and ate delicious food prepared by Baldface Chefs cooked exclusively on Traeger Grills. Team members mentioned, “We’ve finally found something better to smoke than weed in British Columbia,” and “Even gnu get’s better on a Traeger!”
Both companies are excited about the partnership and look forward to creating more unique experiences for visitors. “We look forward to many years of great food, great snow and great people to share them with,” concludes GM Jeff Pensiero.
Often times, we find the simplest of recipes to be our favorites. Likely because they are so easy to prepare and require so few ingredients we can throw them together in a snap with full confidence they'll taste amazing. So it is with these Cajun Smoked Smrimp. The ingredient list is short, the cook time... also short. The flavor is huge, however, and never fails to please our crew.
The lemon, garlic, Cajun flavor combo knocks our socks off without overpowering the subtle sweetness of the shrimp. Throw these on the grill next time you're looking for a quick-cooking dinner to impress. Everybody who tries them will complement your cooking prowess and it can be your secret that it was the easiest meal ever.
Cajun Smoked Shrimp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
Serves: 6-8 people
Recommended Pellets: Alder, Hickory, Oak
2 lbs raw, peeled, deveined shrimp
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves carlic, finely minced
1 tablespooon Traeger Cajun Shake
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
In a large zip-top bag, combine all ingredients and gently toss to ensure all of the shrim are covered. The shrimp can be covered and marinate for 3-4 hours, if desired, but it's not necessary.
When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid, turn the temperature setting to High, and allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.
Thread the shrimp onto bamboo skewers and place directly on the hot grill grate. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the flesh is opaque.
Serve immediately. We love them tossed into pasta and sprinkled with parmesan, or served on a bed of fresh greens with avocados and a creamy dressing. Enjoy!
Click below for a printable version of this recipe:
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Hopefully you are already signed up to receive our e-mails and follow Traeger Grills on Facebook so you can get the earliest heads up on our latest deals, recipes, and specials. If you are already a connected member of Team Traeger, then you have seen our recent posts about our new Digital Thermostat Kit. If you aren't already familiar with this ridiculously handy upgrade, let me be the first to introduce you. Traeger Nation, meet the New and Improved Digital Thermostat Kit:
This beauty includes all of the temperature settings of our original Digital Thermostat, plus the newly added Shut Down Cycle. This unassuming little notch on the switchplate leaves the fan running on your Traeger for 10 minutes after you finish grilling then shuts off automatically. It seems like such a small and simple addition, but this tiny change makes a big difference in your grill maintenance. The extra time the fan spends blowing helps to cool your grill and firebox more quickly, thus reducing the amount of residual ash left behind in your firebox and grill bottom. We spend a lot of time using our Traeger (if you can imagine) and had a dedicated shop vacuum that we used weekly to clean out all of our excess ash and debris. With the new shut down cycle, our shop vacuum sits in the corner for at least a month at a time now. We promise, it is worth every second of the five minutes it took to install and will pay you back in time saved cleaning and maintaining your machine.
So, now that you know what it can do, the question remaining is do I need one?? Our Junior and PTG grills come with the basic three setting thermostat kit (Smoke, Medium, High). Older Lil Tex, Lil Tex Elite, Texas, and Select Grills came with our original digital thermostat kit (pictured below) while the newer versions of this model come with the new thermostat kit standard. Basically, if you look at your thermostat and you don't see the words "Shut Down Cycle" in white letters under your Smoke setting, you are ready for an upgrade.
So grab one today and enjoy cleaning your grill less. You're welcome.
Quality is not determined by size. Nothing demonstrates this better than our Junior Grill. It is small but mighty. The Junior is our solution of how to get your smoking fix on a smaller budget, in a smaller space or just want to add a second Traeger to your arsenal.
The Junior is nice because it can be used for tailgating, camping, or boating. Traeger makes it easy to traevel with the Folding leg kit, or Tailging Kit designed just for the Junior Grill. With it's cooking space, and easy mobility, it's our most versital grill.
Here are the specs:
- Grilling Area Dimensions: Height - 38 inches, Width - 36 inches, Depth - 16 inches
- 292 square inches of cooking surface
- Our easy electronic autostart ignition and E-Z drain grease systems
- 19500 BTU's
- 3-speed Control (Digital Thermostat Control Available)
- Weight: 68 lbs.
Just like the rest of our grill models, the Junior creates excellent tasting food every single time.
There's a whole lot to love about our classic, most affordable pellet grill, our Junior grill. So of course we had to polish her up a bit, turning her into our sleek and even more impressive
href="http://www.traegergrills.com/shop/detail/BBQ155" target="_parent">Junior Elite. She's a beaut that any brisket would be lucky to have.
The Junior Elite still has enough space to roast 3 juicy chickens (292 square inches) but with the added bonus of our multi-position digital thermometer and a dashing and durable powder-coat finish.
It's time to upgrade your Junior and enjoy some of the finer things in life.