Pellet grills are versatile grills on which you can grill, barbecue, roast, bake, braise, and smoke.
If you own one, at one point or another, you have probably wondered what the best dishes to cook on it are. Well, I prepared a list of the best food to cook on a pellet grill.
You have certainly made some of these dishes yourself, while some others will give you an idea of what to cook the next time you fire up your pellet grill. And do not expect to find only meat on the list – pellet grills can be used to cook a variety of food types.
1. Smoked Brisket
Brisket is one of the most popular pieces of meat to cook on a pellet grill.
Pellet grills come in handy for two reasons when smoking brisket – they ensure that the brisket will be smoked at a constant temperature during the cooking session and enable you to experiment with different pellet flavors that will further enrich the taste of the brisket.
Smoking the brisket does not require much work but requires a lot of patience as preparation, smoking, and rest can take anywhere from 12 to 20+ hours – depending on the size of the brisket.
But those who are willing to wait will be well rewarded as the rich texture and flavor of the brisket’s meat is hard to beat.
2. Smoked Corn on the Cob
Smoked corn on the cob is one of the surprisingly simple yet delicious recipes you can make on a pellet grill.
Corn tastes great grilled, but corn tastes even better when smoked at 225°F.
The best part of smoking corn at 225°F is that the corn can be added onto the pellet grill as you are about to finish smoking brisket or ribs at 225°F.
All you need are some smoked potatoes or even veggies and you have yourself a complete meal by just throwing on some corn 1.5 hours before the meat finishes smoking at 225°F on the pellet grill.
3. Smoked Ribs
Another popular smoked meat that is frequently cooked on pellet grills is ribs!
Every pellet grill owner needs to smoke a rack of ribs sooner than later since ribs completely transform on a smoker.
Similar to smoked brisket, smoked ribs is a type of dish that smokes best at “low and slow” cooking temperatures.
Using the 3-2-1 method, which is probably most popular, will take you 6 hours (and some 30 minutes for preparation) to make tender and delicious ribs that fall off the bone and are simply irresistible.
The secret to a good hamburger is fresh ground beef with 20 percent of fat to get that specific juicy and meaty taste.
Burgers taste great on grills but taste even better when smoked on a pellet grill.
Not to mention burgers are easy to make on a pellet grill.
Click here for a smoked burger recipe that will add a nice smoky flavor to the traditional grilled hamburger that you know and love.
5. Smoked Turkey
Thanksgiving is a tradition that brings the family together every year, and cooking and eating turkey is an indispensable part of this tradition.
However, as pellet grills are finding their way into people’s backyards and gardens, more and more people are smoking this holiday dish on the pellet grill instead of roasting it in the oven.
It does not require any more work, and the smoky flavor will add another layer of deliciousness.
Not to mention the turkey will come out juicy when smoked correctly in a pellet grill.
When you try turkey smoked in a pellet grill, you may not wait until the next Thanksgiving to eat it again.
6. Grilled Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are probably the best finger-licking food on the planet.
But why fry them when you can put your pellet grill up to use and make an even tastier delicacy?
There are countless ways to marinate wings, but after you put them on a pellet grill, the end result is always the same – the ultimate snacking experience in the form of crispy treats.
See this recipe for temperatures and cooking times for smoked wings.
7. Grilled Vegetable Salad
I know… a salad on a pellet grill recipe list sounds crazy but hear me out.
A lot of people are not fans of vegetables and/or salads, mostly because of their “bland” taste.
However, after trying grilled vegetable salad, your opinion on this topic is bound to change.
Making the salad does not require any “special” knowledge or effort, which is all the more reason to try it next time you find yourself thinking about what to do with those veggies in your fridge.
And the best thing about grilled vegetable salad? Most vegetables will do.
Tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, carrots, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, eggplants, and the list goes on.
Throw in any of the items listed above, and do not worry because you can not go wrong when grilling or smoking vegetables on your pellet grill.
8. Grilled and Smoked Salmon
Grilling fish is probably not at the top of the list of dishes people want to try when buying a pellet grill. However, smoked salmon is a simple and healthy dish that delivers every time.
Salmon’s characteristic orange-colored meat contains healthy fats, such as Omega 3 fatty acids or essential fatty acids that our body cannot produce on its own.
But it is not only the healthiness of the fat that counts – the richness of fat is what makes salmon ideal for smoking on a pellet grill.
If you properly season it and leave it to marinate long enough, smoked salmon will become one of your favorite recipes.
Pizza is on everyone’s favorite food list. That is because, with the right toppings, you can make a pizza that will satisfy just about anyone.
Cooking pizza in an electrical oven is okay, however, if you are after the combination of authentic wood-fired flavor, melted cheese, and crispy dough that you only get when you order a pizza from a restaurant, well, that is where the pellet grill comes into play.
The advantage of the pellet grill is that we can reach a higher temperature on the grill than in the oven.
By short-term baking at very high temperatures, the dough remains soft and spongy in the middle while it gets a delicious crust on the outside and becomes crispy.
See this recipe for cooking times and temperatures for making a pizza in a pellet grill.
10. Apple Pie
A dessert such as an apple pie might not be the first thing you expected to find on a list of the best food to cook on a pellet grill.
But as with some other items on this list, the pellet grill adds that extra layer of flavor that is impossible to replicate with the electrical oven.
Light and crispy, juicy apple pie is always a good choice when it comes to desserts – you can eat it at any time of the year, and it is a real refreshment. It provides an irresistible fruity pleasure, and you will not need much time to cook it.
See this smoked roasted apple pie recipe.
11. Smoked Garlic Bread
While there is nothing wrong with grilling regular ole bread, what makes bread with garlic especially delicious is the ability to combine your favorite flavors.
Parsley, dill, basil, or rosemary will go great with creamy butter and sumptuous garlic aromas.
Plus, when you add crispy bread to the combination, it just makes for a perfect side dish, appetizer, or snack.
Making it is as is easy as rubbing the bread with the mixture of garlic, butter, and herbs and grilling it for a couple of minutes.
See this recipe for smoked garlic bread.
Pellet grills are versatile cooking machines that can not only smoke and grill food but also roast, bake, and even sear food.
The 11 recipes on this list should inspire you to try out other cooking recipes that you like.
You never know what will taste better when you toss it on the pellet grill and add a bit of smoky flavor to the dish!