Pellet grills



  • I recently upgraded to a pellet grill after struggling with temp issues with both gas and electric stick burners. I love the set and forget features. My quesrion is that so many of your recipes for sausage call for an initial period of low temp and no smoke. My smoker has various 7 levels of smoking with low temp and high smoke or high temp and low smoke. I have yet to determine what these temps are and I can go independantly of these ranges and set the temp directly. I understand that higher temp burns the fuel more completely, reducing smoke, but how can you burn at a low temp without smoke?


  • Walton's Employee

    @FarmerRon Great question on the “No Smoke” initial phase that we often recommend. We use a PK 100 which can cook and smoke at very low temperatures, far lower than most grills or even pellet grills. We say not to use smoke because it is a waste at that point, the smoke won’t adhere and since we are doing a drying phase with dampers wide open you could potentially run through a lot of chips. Also, if your product doesnt spend that first hour drying and get a lot of smoke on it it could be streaky at the end.

    I hope I answered your question, let me know if I didn’t Im typing this on a treadmill trying to wake up on a Saturday Morning!

    Have a great day and I hope anyone reading this has something good to smoke, cook and drink tonight!


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    @Jonathon @LaBarca-cf What I take @Jonathon is saying is that you might just want to “pre-grill” your fresh sausages all the way up to full cooked temperature (71 C/160 F) and then bag them. Store them on ice until you are ready to serve them. When you get ready to serve them, throw them, bag and all, into a 160 F/71 C kettle of water for 20 minutes. Your sausages will be serving temperature, smoky and delicious. You will also bypass any chance of serving bad meat. This will work especially well if you have a vacuum bag sealer. If not, slowly work the air out of a ziploc bag and seal that as well as you can.

    let us know if any of this is helpful.

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    @Jonathon sure did, and so did the other 11 out of 12 people conpared to that half hog i did. They said that both were delishous but like the black bull better. Now with that said the 1/2 hog had alot more hours of smoke time which gave it alot of smoke flavor where the black bull had more seasoning flavor. 1/2 hog was 23 hour cook with approx 6 hours smoke and one 8 lb pork butt only had 2 hours smoke. Took both meats up to 160° then cut off smoke, wrapped in foil and finished cook to 200°. Both were extremely juicy

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  • @Dave-R Interesting. I would have not expected that much difference between the two.

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