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How to Grill on a Pellet Grill

Pellet grills are renowned for their convenience and ease of use, often considered as “set and forget” devices. However, if this is your first encounter with one, you likely have some questions. This article will guide you through 9 essential steps to mastering the use of a pellet grill, complete with helpful tips to enhance your grilling experience.

Whether you’re brand new to pellet grilling, or you have prior experience, here are some tips/steps for how to grill on a pellet grill so that you enjoy the best flavors possible!

1. Season Your New Smoker

First, you should season your new smoker. This step involves an initial run without food to burn off any residual manufacturing oils and to apply a thin layer of cooking oil inside the smoker. This helps prevent rust and simplifies cleaning later on.

  • Start with a dry burn to eliminate any leftover oils or contaminants from the manufacturing process.
  • Preheat the smoker to the maximum temperature allowed.
  • Conduct a dry burn for about 20 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to about 225 degrees Fahrenheit, a typical slow-cooking temperature.
  • Spray a small amount of high smoke point oil, like groundnut or rapeseed oil, inside the smoker.
  • Run the grill for 2-4 hours, then let it cool. Your smoker is now ready for use.

2. Ensure Your Grill is Clean

If it’s your first use, the grill should be clean. Always clean your grill after each use to avoid unwanted flavors in your food.

  • Remove the grates and wash them in the dishwasher if removable, or scrub them with a grill brush if not.
  • Mix water and vinegar in a 50/50 solution and spray it inside the smoker.
  • Wipe the interior with a damp cloth after waiting for 15 minutes.
  • Vacuum out the firebox and inside of the grill.
Add Wood Pellets

3. Add Wood Pellets

Pellet grills use wood pellets stored in a hopper.

Pellets are an essential part of the grilling process since they provide both fuel and flavor to your grilling experience.

Ensure you have enough pellets for the entire cooking session.

  • Fill the hopper with pellets, and consider using different types for varying flavors, such as hickory, oak, or cherry.
  • Monitor pellet levels during cooking to avoid running out.
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4. Preheat Your Pellet Grill

The next step to grilling on your pellet grill is to preheat it. To start, you should:

  • Plug in the smoker and fill the hopper with pellets.
  • Set the desired temperature and wait for the smoker to preheat.
  • Keep the lid open initially if recommended by the manufacturer, otherwise keep it closed.


Once the grill reaches the desired temperature, it’s time to add your meat.

  • Wait for the initial smoke to clear.
  • Space out the meat to allow heat and smoke to circulate evenly.
You can cook virtually anything you want on your pellet smoker! Ideas include ribs, pork, brisket, hamburgers, chicken, turkey, fish, lobster, vegetables, pie, and more.

6. Insert a Temperature Probe

Using a temperature probe helps ensure your meat is cooked perfectly.

  • Insert the probe into the thickest part of the meat to monitor the internal temperature accurately.

7. Cook at Lower Temperatures for More Smoke

Lower temperatures yield more smoke, enhancing flavor.

  • Maintain temperatures between 225 and 250°F for optimal smoke production.
  • Increase the temperature after a few hours if desired.

8. Try the Reverse Sear Method

The reverse sear method is excellent for cooking thick cuts of meat.

  • Cook slowly at low temperatures first.
  • Sear over high heat for a crispy exterior. Utilize any additional searing features your grill might have.

9. Shut Down Your Grill Properly

Proper shutdown is essential for safety and longevity of your grill.

  •  Ensure all pellets are extinguished and the grill is cool.
  • Disconnect the power and remove pellets from the hopper.
  • Clean and store the grill in a dry, safe place.

By following these steps, you can maximize your pellet grill’s performance and enjoy delicious, perfectly cooked meals every time!

GMG & Brisk It Grills

It’s important to note that while the general steps for using a pellet grill are similar, specific instructions can vary significantly between different brands and models. For instance, Green Mountain Grills (GMG) may have proprietary technology or features that adjust the standard operation procedures, such as unique pellet feeding systems or specific preheating instructions. Our GMG grills include the GMG Trek 2.0, GMG Davy Crockett, GMG Ledge, and the GMG Peak.

Similarly, a brand like Brisk It offers may different functionalities in their grills, like advanced temperature controls or specialized smoke settings that necessitate adjustments to the cooking process. Earth Sense sells the Brisk It Origin-940 and the Brisk It Origin-580.

Generally, we recommend always consulting the user manual for your specific model to accommodate any unique features or requirements it might have. This ensures not only the best cooking results but also safe and efficient use of your pellet grill.

Shop Pellet Grills with Earth Sense Energy Systems!

Let Earth Sense Energy Systems be your local and online resource for GMG pellet grills, Brisk It pellet grills, grill accessories, and pellets. Founded in the early 1990s, we focus on providing our customers with high quality pellet heating and grilling solutions.

Whether you need troubleshooting support, a grill part replacement, or are looking to invest in a brand new pellet stove, our team has you covered.

Any questions on how to grill on your new grill? Contact our team today!

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