How to Use Smoke Pellets

Wondering how to use smoke pellets? BBQ wood pellets offer an excellent choice for anyone trying to bring out more of that delicious smokey flavor in your food. When used correctly, smoke pellets can take great BBQ and make it truly next level.

Whether you’re just trying them out for the very first time or you’ve used them before and need a quick refresh, we’ve put together this short guide to proper smoke pellet use—including what to know before you get started so that you can achieve the exact results that you’re looking for.

What are smoker pellets

Smoker pellets are small, cylindrical pieces of natural wood that lend flavor enhancements to your food and provide a more intense and more impactful smoke. Made from compressed sawdust, they’re one of the easiest ways out there to achieve deeper flavors in your BBQ and are even more effective than wood chips for imparting enhanced flavor to your food.

Grill pellets vs. heating pellets

Grill pellets and heating pellets aren’t intended for the same thing, so it’s important to understand their differences. While both are made from compressed wood, heating pellets contain added chemicals or other additives that you definitely don’t want to be cooking with. Grill pellets, on the other hand, are food-safe and are specifically made for bringing more flavor to the grill.

When you’re seeking out wood pellets for grilling, be sure to only use grill/smoke pellets and to never cook with heating pellets.

How to use smoke pellets:

Fill your hopper with smoke pellets and start heating them. Keep in mind that you don’t need to soak your smoke pellets prior to use like you do with wood chips.

(If you’re using a charcoal grill, lay down an even, blanket layer of smoke pellets over your hot coals. It’s important that this layer isn’t too deep, since that can block smoke and keep heat from emitting correctly.)

Once your pellets are good and hot you can add your meat to the cook chamber. Depending on how long your cooking time is, you may need to add more pellets as you go, however our pellet grills hold up to 20 pounds of pellets at a time for hours of hands-free cooking.

Grill pellet flavors

You’ve got a wide variety of options when it comes to the pellets and the flavors that you choose. These include:

  • Apple
  • Hickory
  • Pecan
  • Oak
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Mesquite

Choose the smoke flavor that’s most well suited to the flavor profile you’re looking to achieve and that’s considered ideal for your specific type of meat. Mesquite wood pellets, for example, are ideal for beef, while hickory is a staple for pork and chicken. (That being said, there’s nothing wrong with thinking outside of the box and trying out a non-standard pairing!)

Try the BARQ pellet grill

For best results when you cook with smoke pellets you need to start with the best grill. Our BARQ pellet grill collection is built for excellence, and offers all of the greatness of pellet BBQ without all of the hard work of needing to keep your pellets going over charcoal.

While you’re here, check out the rest of our smokers too, including our H20 smokers and Gravity smokers. Whatever you’re trying to do with your BBQ, we promise that we’ve got a grill that will help you excel.

Have a question? We’re here to help! Get in touch for more advice on getting the most out of smoke pellets or on choosing the right grill for your needs.