GMG Davy Crockett Grill Review
Are you a serious grilling enthusiast? Today, we’ll cover one of the most robust, professional grills available on the market today. Introducing the perfect alternative to electric or gas grills – the Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett grill. If you are a seasoned griller, this tailgate smoker is well-suited for you because it offers a large space to cook lots of meat and vegetables on, is easily portable, and delivers on quality and versatility.
Why a Davy Crockett Pellet Grill?
With pellet grills, you have the option of searing, smoking, roasting, or baking your meats. Providing outstanding flavors, you can grill virtually anything on a Davy Crockett pellet grill – from mouthwatering steak, burgers, and brisket, to shrimp and even pumpkin pie.
With its ease of use, excellent portability, great warranty, and a large surface area for cooking, the Davy Crockett, designed by Green Mountain Grills in California, has it all! The GMG brand and their Davy Crockett grills consistently receive great reviews from grilling experts and casual grillers alike. Weighing in at just under 70 pounds, (making it realistic for portability), this portable grill has earned the nickname of “ultimate tailgate grill.” Your tailgating party just got way better.
GMG Davy Crockett Specs
The Davy Crockett pellet grill is the ultimate portable grill! Grilling enthusiasts can enjoy the following benefits of a Davy Crockett:
- It comes with a Sense-Mate, a thermal sensor which constantly monitors grill temperature.
- The grill can run on 12V or 120AC, so it’s perfect for home grilling on your patio, camping, tailgating, music festivals or anywhere you can take it!
- The Davy Crockett weighs 68 pounds and features foldable legs so that it can be easily placed in the trunk of any car.
- Open flame technology grease trays are optional and can be purchased in our parts section.
Pros & Cons to the Davy Crockett Grill
Are you a serious griller? To make an educated decision, you’ll want to know some of the pros and cons to the Davy Crockett grill and why it’s one of the best picks in the pellet grilling market:
- Quality temperature control
- Excellent, wide cooking range
- Turbo heat up system reaches high temperatures, even in colder weather
- Large capacity pellet hopper
- User-friendly Wi-Fi connected app
- Thin metal will not contain the heat
- The grill reaches only a maximum temperature of 500° F
GMG Davy Crockett - Why Should I Buy?
GMG Davy Crockett Grill Specifications
- 219 sq. inches of cooking area
- 150° to 550° F (or 65° to 288° C)
- 17 lb. capacity pellet hopper
- Wi-Fi option
- Baked on enameled steel construction
- Product designed by Green Mountain Grills
The Davy Crockett grill provides a handy Wi-Fi feature. This allows grilling enthusiasts to be able to monitor cooking temperature through their smart phone. Grillers enjoy using the Wi-Fi connected app because it is quite user-friendly, making grilling with a pellet smoker a more enjoyable, hassle-free experience.
Controlling your grill from your phone comes with quite a few advantages. You can set time, adjust temperatures with accuracy, get a notification when the time/temperature are all set, and you can even reduce the number of times you walk back to check on your grill. The Wi-Fi functionality is one of our users’ favorite aspects about the grill.
The GMG auger system is built with a high RPM motor and designed with optimal torque in mind for a smooth and consistent feed of wood onto the fire.
The auger motor RPM is 4.7~5.2, and the fan motor works at 0.45 A and 4100 RPM. One thing to note: the auger in a Davy Crockett is louder than in some other pellet grills.
A motor turns the auger which feeds pellets into the firebox. There, a hot rod automatically ignites the pellets, and a combustion fan below keeps them burning. Vents vertically line the inside of the firebox, which creates a circular air flow.
A fan inside the pellet hopper maintains positive pressure which prevents burn-back in the auger tube. When met these two air flows create the ultimate wood burning fire circulating pure hardwood smoke flavor.
Primary function: Grill, smoker, tailgater
Surface cooking area: 219 sq in
Number of burners: 1
Fuel: Wood pellets (9 lbs)
Grease tray: 13 gauge steel
Grease tray function: Open flame technology
Voltage: 110V or 12V with adaptors for 3 Power Options
Wattage: 60 avg
Auger motor RPM: 4.7~5.2
Fan motor RPM: 0.45A; 4100 RPM
Dimensions (legs open): 34 x 31.75 x 23 inches
Dimensions (legs closed): 27.75 x 20.5 x 17.5 inches
Weight: 68 lbs
Warranty: 2-year limited
Assembling the Davy Crockett Grill
The Davy Crockett is a compact grill weighing 68 lbs. You’ll find that assembling this grill is a simple process, and instructions are easy to follow. The grill can be put together by one person, and the only hard part of assembly will be raising the grill from its spring mounts to the folding stand.
Once the legs are attached, the next step is to install the lid handle and heat-proof washers. Then three bolts attach the chimney and fireproof gasket to the grill housing. Lastly, add the drip bucket, place the small bag of pellets in the smoke pot, and install the heat shield, drip tray, and grill grates. The average assembly time takes around 30 minutes to complete.
The grease tray and heat shield are designed with high-quality and heavy-duty materials. When you cook, grease is channeled to a bucket with an angled drip pan, which is fitted around the temperature sensor of the control box, a practical way to eliminate build-up and the need to brush or scrape frequently. The Davy Crockett is made of steel, with a 14 gauge body and 13 gauge lid, making it stronger and heavier than its competitors while still portable. Below is the complete assembly process explained step by step:
Once you remove the Davy Crockett grill from the box, remove the Styrofoam and packaging, and then pick it up to spread out the legs front and back. Doing this allows the legs to swing underneath and stand it up to a workable height once you pick up the grill.
Now that your grill is standing, go ahead and switch the lid handle so that it faces out toward the front. Be sure that you have the two thermal washers on the front and back of the lid, then install the decorative washers so they fit right into the handle.
Next, remove the three bolts that will hold the chimney on, and take off the gasket. Place the gasket against your chimney, and then re-install the bolts. Note that instead of bolt holes, what you’ll see are long slots. This is so you can loosen and then slide your chimney down if you plan to store your grill in tight spaces.
During grilling, however, you’ll want your chimney to stand upwards and keep the chimney cap wide open.
Next, slide in the side tray. At this time in the assembly process, you can also go ahead and hook in the grease bucket.
You’ll need to prime the unit only upon first use. GMG provides a bag of pellets to add to burn pot for the auger tube (which is empty since this is the first use.)
Next, you’ll want to install your heat shield. Install it with about four inches from the left wall of the grill. During this step, also go ahead and install your grease tray and grates.
Add your antenna to the back of your grill. Now, we can prime the auger, which means, we’re going to let it run through what we call the “zero cycle,” so that the auger feeds pellets. Allow your auger to the feed the pellets until it hits the “one cycle.” Once it does, unplug it, replug it back in, and now your auger is primed. Once primed, you can now start up your Davy Crocket.
When first starting up your Davy Crockett, you’ll first see “0” as the auger is feeding the pellets. When you see a “1”, you’ll know that the igniter is getting hot. A “2” indicates that the fans are kicking on. A “3” means that everything in the grill is calibrating and getting ready for grilling. Finally, you will see your temperature display, which will be approximately accurate to the outside air temperature. The temperature will continue to rise until 150 degrees until you adjust it.
When you first use your Davy Crockett, you’ll want to run it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes prior to actually grilling any food in the grill. When you are done cooking, press the power button again and you will see “Fan” display, and you can safely walk away from your grill. As the grill cools down, it will run a time cycle, burn through any leftover pellets, and blow out any remaining ash so it’s ready for next time you use the grill. For your subsequent uses, all you’ll have to do is press the power button again.
This pellet-powered, portable smoker is the perfect choice for tailgating parties with friends and family. From camping trips and football parties, to family reunions and casual grilling on a Sunday afternoon, GMG Davy Crocketts are a favorite among pellet grill enthusiasts. With a lightweight, yet sturdy build, the Davy Crockett is the go-to for travel and home grilling alike.
When you choose the Davy Crockett, you will be satisfied with a well-designed product with excellent temperature control and Wi-Fi technology. Enjoy excellent tasting food and robust flavors when you grill with the GMG Davy Crockett grill!