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#574541 - 11/17/20 06:52 PM What's your favorite Treager Tip?  
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I'd be willing to be that I'm not the only one on here who uses a Treager grill. I've used mine for everything fro Baby Back Ribs to chickens to turkeys to baked beans, etc.

So I thought I'd start a thread where you could show off your favorite Treager tip. Not your favorite meal, but something that you have found makes cooking on the Treager easier, faster, smoother, etc.

Here's mine. It is a welding blanket from Harbor Freight, 6'x8', made of fiberglass. I fold it up so it just covers the "roof" of the Treager and doesn't droop down over the sides. It helps to keep the heat inside the grill thereby allowing you to cook using less pellets, and also keeps the temperature more even as things cook.

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#574542 - 11/17/20 08:28 PM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Got a Yoder instead of a Traeger, but some tricks are the same no matter which brand smoker.
Get your pellets at Cabela's. Surprisingly only $10 per 20 lb bag instead of $13-15 anywhere else. I had some really good luck with their Beer and Garlic hardwood pellets for Beef and Brown Sugar bourbon for Pork.
Wrapped Baked Potatoes go into the smoker about 4-5 hours before serving saves turning on the oven to bake them. If dicing potatoes instead only cook for about 1.5 hours uncovered.
Baked beans placed under the Pork Ribs allows juices to drip into the beans for yummy goodness.


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#574544 - 11/18/20 09:59 AM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Have been on the fence on buying a smoker for awhile. Been debating buying a new weber grill or traeger smoker. Been watching for a smoking deal -


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#574545 - 11/18/20 12:04 PM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
Have been on the fence on buying a smoker for awhile. Been debating buying a new weber grill or traeger smoker. Been watching for a smoking deal -

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I see what you did there..
Be warned about getting a smoker, be prepared to gain weight or to become an Adkin diet aficionado.


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#574546 - 11/18/20 12:35 PM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: captkevin]  
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Originally Posted by captkevin
Have been on the fence on buying a smoker for awhile. Been debating buying a new weber grill or traeger smoker. Been watching for a smoking deal -

Kevin, we bought our Treager several years ago. We got the biggest model they had at the time because I wanted to be able to smoke 3-4 racks of baby backs at the same time. Then early this summer Lowe's had a sale on their Weber gas grills. We have Natural gas (No, not the kind you're thinking about) piped in on the back porch so we had to order one (Lowe's only stocks the propane gas grills). Between their sale price and my Veteran's discount we couldn't pass it up. Plus, they delivered it all set up and ready to be hooked to the gas pipe.

Justi, there's an Ace Hardware in town that sells their brand of pellets for $8.99/20lb bag. You might see if you have one locally that has the same price.


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#574547 - 11/18/20 12:45 PM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks for the pellet lead.

The Pie tins that Costco chicken pot pie or Pumpkin pie come in make great drip pans. I put water and wine in mine to help moisturise the meat and to make clean up easier
The Costco 6X12 aluminum pans that some of the prepared foods come in make great pans for baked beans, finger potatoes, and the finishing steps of Pork Belly burnt ends.

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#574548 - 11/19/20 10:54 AM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Do guys with smokers use them exclusively or do you also have a gas grill also?


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#574550 - 11/19/20 11:43 AM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Kevin, Read back through my post on 11/18 at 5:35 p.m. We bought a new Weber from Lowe's to replace our decades old gas grill. It was getting pretty beat. Tina uses the gas grill for her cooking, I use the Treager for smoking. They both sit on the back porch almost next to each other. Makes a nice cooking area. We have both types because each grill will do things the other won't.


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#574551 - 11/19/20 03:23 PM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Like GFC I love having both a grill and a smoker. In fact I have two different smokers and each has it's own strength.
Which brings up another tip.
When Grilling a steak I'll occasionally put it in the electric smoker on it's lowest setting or about 130 degrees for about 45 minutes. This brings the steak up to an almost perfect rare while imparting a good smoke flavor into it.... then onto the Gas grill just long enough on each side (about a minute) to give it it a good sear on the outside while taking it to my favorite medium rare.. Delicious, but works better on thicker steaks where you don't overcook them.

Bought some Bison Tomahawk ribeyes on the way through Rapid City last month. Those are absolutely screaming for this treatment.

Next tip,
When you have left over brisket chop it up very fine and mix it into raw hamburger meat the day before you're going to grill the Burgers. Form patties from this mixture and grill as normal.


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#574553 - 11/19/20 03:28 PM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I usually cook my steaks to 130°F then toss them into a heated cast iron pan to sear them. I make my own Jalapeno BBQ sauce to go with it.


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#574554 - 11/19/20 04:40 PM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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#574556 - 11/19/20 11:03 PM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: MarkHB]  
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Originally Posted by MarkHB
I make my own Jalapeno BBQ sauce to go with it.

Mark, care to share your recipe? bow


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I bought something this week that I tried tonight and LOVED it. I'll try it again in the next few days and post some pics. It has nothing to do with the Treager but it's about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.


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#574558 - 11/20/20 07:22 AM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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It's red. It's plastic and I saw it advertised on Youtube. I bought one (~$17) on Amazon. It arrived a couple of days ago and last night I used it to prepare dinner.

I'll use it again in a few days and take some pics and a video of how it works.


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#574573 - 11/23/20 11:54 AM Re: What's your favorite Treager Tip? [Re: MarkHB]  
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Originally Posted by MarkHB
I usually cook my steaks to 130°F then toss them into a heated cast iron pan to sear them. I make my own Jalapeno BBQ sauce to go with it.

GFC also cooks his steaks to 130°F but he tosses them into the lake.


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Originally Posted by On Holiday
GFC also cooks his steaks to 130°F but he tosses them into the lake.


Dang it. A guys makes one tiny boo boo whilst attempting to impress/seduce the lady on his boat and that tiny boo boo becomes forever embedded in some people's minds.

OH, I must admit that your post got me to laughing hard when I read it. Then I had to stop reading and clean the coffee off my keyboard.


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