The experts agree, if you want the ultimate BBQ experience, you will need to use hardwood.
Just the names of hardwoods like mesquite, hickory and cherry make your mouth water because we all recognize that they add flavor to the BBQ… But, because of the time and effort that were required to use hardwood to cook, it was left to the professionals and the pit masters. For the past 90 years, we have settled on using propane and charcoal because they were convenient for a backyard BBQ. Using hardwood was simply not convenient.
Green Mountain Grills
The reason that pellet grills win far more than their fair share of BBQ competitions is that the food simply tastes better when cooked over real wood. Propane has absolutely no taste, and the process of making briquettes destroys the flavor molecules in the wood they are made from. Our pellets are made from clean, kiln-dried sawdust, with the flavor molecules totally intact! And what could be easier than pushing a button – set it and forget it! Now you can “turn pro” in your own back yard. (From the Green Mountain Grills Website)
Pellets – Made from 100% pure hardwood sawdust, Traeger wood pellets are the source of both fuel and flavor in your Traeger Barbecue. Traeger cooking pellets are manufactured using heat and pressure (10,000 psi) and provide more than 8,500 BTUs of heat per pound. Traeger hardwood cooking pellets contain no added substances-just pure hardwood goodness.