Whatever season it is, it’s always time for a good barbecue or two. Of course, that presupposes that you already have a grill in your backyard. If you don’t, then you’re going to need to get one stat. Of course, finding the right grill for the job isn’t going to be easy. What your dad, brother, friend, or neighbor has might not be the best grill for you. This is because everyone has different grilling needs and preferences. And the market is overflowing with options – gas grills, pellet grills, ceramic grills, charcoal grills, etc. Fear not, however, because we’ve got some handy recommendations that might just fit your bill. And these grills all come from Pit Boss.
Pit Boss has become the go-to brand for grillers who want budget-friendly pellet grills. It is owned by Dawson’s Inc which also owns the Louisiana Grills. While their grills are considered one of the rookies in the pellet grill market, that doesn’t mean that they’re anything to scoff at. Costing less doesn’t mean cheap construction and subpar performance. At least, that’s not the case when it comes to Pit Boss grills. These babies perform much like a Traeger grill AND has extra features, don’t miss to read our Traeger vs Pit Boss comparison. More importantly, a lot of Pit Boss grills come with an extra two years of warranty (which totals to 5 years of warranty). And here’s one more interesting thing to note about this brand – Joe Traeger, the founder of Traeger grills, is now designing pellet grills for Pit Boss.
If you’re not interested in pellet grills, don’t you worry. Pit Boss also offers other types of grills to suit all types of backyard chefs. They also offer models of different sizes and shapes which means you’re bound to find one that will suit your needs to a T. Of course, the question is, which Pit Boss grill is right for you? If you’re unsure about which grill to go with, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a list of the best Pit Boss grills in the market AND reasons why they’re better than anything else.
PIT BOSS PB440TG Pellet Grill Review
Looking for something small but powerful? The Pit Boss 440TG should be right up your alley. This pellet grill feature 440 square inches of cooking space which is big enough to feed a family of 4 or 5. It can be used to broil, bake, roast, grill, and smoke your favorite meals. It has a temperature range of 180 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. The digital control center allows you to easily set your desired temperature while the unique rear exhaust convection system ensures that it stays there. The LED display makes it easy for you to check the temp at a glance while the state-of-the-art flame broiler allows you to enjoy direct flame cooking – a feature that you won’t always see in the most expensive pellet grills in the market. When it comes to performance, this is a pellet grill that more than exceeds expectations. Even better, it comes with a collapsible leg design and rolling wheels just in case you want to use it at a tailgate party or camping. There are only two issues with this particular grill. One, it has a small hopper capacity – only 5 lbs – which means meat overnight won’t be an option unless you plan on refilling the hopper sometime during the night. And two, assembling the grill isn’t easy. Other than that, this is one Pit Boss grill that gives you value for money.
PIT BOSS 71820FB PB820FB BBQ Pellet Grill Review
If you want or need something bigger than the 440TG, then the Pit Boss 71820FB Pellet Grill may be what you’re looking for. It comes with 580 square inches of primary cooking space and 240 square inches of secondary cooking space provided by a removable upper rack which is a total of 820 square inches. Not bad, right? The perfect size for feeding a horde of hungry teenagers. The grates are made of porcelain-coated cast iron grates. The entire body of the grill is made of heavy duty steel. And the hopper capacity is a whopping 20 lbs which means long and slow cooking anytime you feel like it. Similar to the 440TG, this pellet grill features temperature dial control and can produce 180 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. As you can see, this grill comes with a lot of great features that will allow you to cook in a variety of ways and enjoy a variety of foods anytime you feel like it. Plus, you even get a bottom shelf for extra storage and wheels for easy maneuverability. The only drawback with this particular grill is the lack of a side shelf where you can place cooked or uncooked meat. It’s an important feature to have when you’re cooking for a large group of people.
Pit Boss 72700S Pellet Grill Review
Speaking of side shelves, here’s one that we recommend – the Pit Boss 72700S Pellet Grill. This pellet grill is a lot similar to our other previous picks. It features porcelain-coated cast iron grids, a digitally controlled burned system with a temperature range of 180 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and heavy gauge steel construction. The large capacity hopper can hold up to 21 lbs of pellets. The flame broiler increases the versatility of the grill, allowing you to utilize either direct or indirect cooking. The cooking surface on this grill is quite large as well, measuring 700 square inches. The warranty is 5 years. Plus, you get the upgraded cart which features a bottom shelf and locking caster wheels, so you can keep it stationary or easily move it around your backyard. Aside from slight differences (like the cooking space and the side shelf), this model is actually quite similar to the Pit Boss 71820FB. Performance and durability remain top-notch. The grill is easy to use and the learning curve isn’t steep. Moreover, it gives you a lot of bang for your buck. So, which one is better? It depends. Only you can decide based on your grilling needs and lifestyle.
Pit Boss Grills PB100P1 Pit Stop Single-Burner Portable Tabletop Grill Review
If pellet grills are not your style and you’re more of a tabletop guy, then the Pit Boss PB100P1 is exactly what you need. This “baby” grill is going to allow you to take your grill on your adventures, wherever that may be. This is a tabletop grill fueled by propane. It features a push-button ignition and a 10,000 BTU burner. There is 305 square inches of cooking space which is enough to feed 2 to 4 people. The stainless steel body, hood, cooking grid, and flame tamer ensure durability and great heat retention. The legs of this grill collapse so you can easily store it in the trunk of your car or the back of your truck. The grease stray easily slides out for quick and effortless cleaning. Plus, the lid comes with a latch to keep the grill closed when not in use or during transport. For grilling on-the-go, nothing beats the Pit Boss PB100P1. However, there are some drawbacks that you’ll need to take note of. One, this baby gets hot quickly which can make it a bit hard to cook your food without keeping an eye on it. Otherwise, it’ll get burned pretty fast. There’s a bit of a learning curve as well when it comes to cooking on this grill. Two, the edges are very sharp and can cut you. Both of these aren’t really dealbreakers, especially at this price point. Just some things you need to consider before shelling out some cash.
The Pit Boss Austin XL Pellet Grill Review
The Pit Boss Austin XL offers one of the most massive cooking spaces ever – a whole 1000 square inches. That’s like cooking 52 whole burgers at a time. Feeding your local football team just became possible. Now, the cooking space is just the beginning of how different this pellet grill is. It features a high temperature copper finish on its lid, chimney, and side shelf hood that not only protects the grill from rusting due to weather conditions and other elements. It also gives it a really cool aesthetic. The hopper capacity of this grill is a whopping 31 lbs which means there’s no way you need to keep refueling even if you cook meat all night long. The epitome of setting-it-and-forgetting-it. Also, you get stainless steel side shelves for extra prep space, a hood handle for easy opening, and a full function LED control unit. Plus, there’s even a meat probe as well as a digital display so you can make sure the grill maintains your desired temp and the food gets cooked beautifully. It also features an automatic start and shut down control system which makes using it incredibly convenient and easy. So, what’s the catch? It’s quite heavy at almost 200 lbs. Plus, the temperature has been reported to fluctuate by at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit at times.
72440-PB440D LGrill Pit Boss 440 Deluxe Wood Pellet Grill
The Pit Boss 440 Deluxe Wood Pellet Grill is a versatile piece of equipment that will help you create an enjoyable dining experience in your own backyard. It features 440 square inches of cooking space which will allow you to host huge parties with friends and family. You can use it to smoke, grill, roast, bake, braise, and/or sear your favorite meals. The digital temperature control allows you to set precise temperatures ranging from 180 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit while the LED display makes it easy for you to monitor the temperature. The side shelf provides you with extra work space but it can also function as a serving tray. The bottom shelf is great for storing your pellets and other grill accessories. Like other pellet grills from Pit Boss, this model comes with automatic start and cool down features. The 16-gauge solid steel construction increases the unit’s durability and features a two-tone black and copper finish black and copper finish which gives it a more luxurious aesthetic. The one complaint that we’ve found when it comes to this model is temperature fluctuation which can only be fixed if you reset the “P” setting. Other than that, this is an amazing grill that is well worth the money.
Pit Boss Grills 77221 2.2 Digital Smoker Review
While Pit Boss is well-known for its pellet grills, that’s not the only smoker that it offers. They also make great dedicated smokers like the Pit Boss Digital Electric Smoker. This unit has quite an innovative design; it comes with a multiple-position racking system so you can smoke meats of various sizes. It also features an elevated stand which makes it easy for cooks to load and unload their meats. No stooping required! Moreover, the smoker comes with locking caster wheels so you can easily move it in and out of storage whenever you’re planning on cooking. The three porcelain coated cooking racks add up to a total of 593 square inches of cooking space. The push-button digital control button is easy to use while the LED display is easy to read. The unit also comes with double-walled blanket insulation which enables you to smoke at really low temperatures (100 degrees Fahrenheit) and reach up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit if needed. You also get a programmable meat probe and a large viewing window with a high temp door seal. There’s no need to open the smoker to check on your food because you can keep an eye from the outside. However, this is an electric smoker which means it doesn’t offer the same flavor as a charcoal one.
Pit Boss Grills 77550 5.5 Pellet Smoker
While the Pit Boss Digital Electric Smoker is great and all, some outdoor chefs require more flavor in their meat. And what better way to get that than through wood pellets? Which is why the Pit Boss 77550 5.5 Pellet Smoker is on our list. This vertical smoker uses pellets and a hopper to fuel your “fire” and create that smokey flavor that we just can’t get enough of. The hopper capacity is 40 lbs which will enable you to smoke the day away (and we’re talking 24 hours straight here). There are 5 porcelain coated cooking grids which amount to a total of 1830 square inches of cooking space. Inside the smoker, there’s also a porcelain coated water pan to keep your meat moist and a heat deflector to ensure even heat distribution. The unit comes with a meat probe as well as a digital display to make it easier for you to monitor temperature. The temperature range of this smoker is 150 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit which increases the smoker’s versatility. Plus, there’s an auto-start igniter and an auto-shut off function to make the smoker convenient and easy to use.
PIT BOSS 77435 Vertical Lp Gas Smoker Review
If an electric smoker and a wood pellet smoker don’t interest you, then you might be looking for one fueled by gas. The Pit Boss Vertical LP Gas Smoker first caught our eye because it looked so cool with its red rock color. But that’s not why we recommend it. This smoker features a dual valve burner system; a 3,500 BTU stainless steel burner for the wood chips and a 10,000 BTU stainless steel burner which heats up the cooking chamber. Both of these burners are controlled by a single control knob. The temperature range of this smoker is 100 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Inside the cooking chamber, you’ll find 3 porcelain-coated cooking racks which provide you with 884 square inches of cooking space. The wood chip drawer and grease tray can be accessed from the front without opening the door of the cooking chamber, ensuring that cooking temp is maintained all throughout the session. More importantly, a large viewing window makes sure that you don’t have to keep opening the door to check your meats, reducing the likelihood of temperature fluctuation. As an added bonus, this smoker comes with rear wheels and a handle for easy maneuverability.
Pit Boss Grills 71240B 24-in Ceramic Kamado Charcoal BBQ Grill – Review
Looking for a kamado grill? You’re in luck because Pit Boss also makes one that we recommend – the Pit Boss 71240 Kamado BBQ Ceramic Grill Cooker. This ceramic charcoal grill is incredibly versatile and easy to use. You can use it to smoke, bake, sear, roast, or grill meals at your leisure. The grill features a two-tiered stainless steel cooking surface that provides 662 square inches of cooking space. The heavy duty ceramic body of the grill is excellent at retaining heat and enables the grill to reach more than 700 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature control is achieved by adjusting the top and bottom dampers which will require a bit of learning to get your cooking temp right. The grill comes with built-in wheels for portability and foldable side shelves for extra prep space. The exterior of the grill has a glossy blue coating which will definitely catch your neighbor’s eye. But it’s the amazing cooking performance that will capture his interest and awe. However, you should take note that kamado grills such as this one takes a while to cool down. Overshooting your desired temperature can mean waiting a while before you can get to cooking. In addition, ceramic is breakable which means that you need to be careful transporting the grill even if it does come with a cart.