Knotty wood pellets are the ideal choice for many people who want to grill or smoke meat or seafood at home. You can even use them if you don’t have a dedicated wood pellet grill. And that’s great news because cooking with wood pellets is going to change your life. Not only can you add new flavor to foods you cook all the time, but it opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Use this article to help you get started.
The Sprinkle Method
One way to optimize flavor and share meals with friends and family that they won’t soon forget is the sprinkle method. This is great for charcoal grills but also works with wood pellets. Simply sprinkle the pellets on hot coals. Leave the lid open to get a flame or close it if you’d prefer to smoke the meat. Then let it cook until it reaches the desired temperature. It’s as easy as that!
The Pan Method
This method works for electric, gas and charcoal grills. You’ll need a small baking pan. Any flames that occur during the cooking process may discolor the pan so it’s best to have one dedicated to this method. Fill the pan about ⅓ full with your wood pellets. Cover the pan with foil and use a small knife or other cooking implement to pierce small holes in the foil. Place the pan on your grill and close the lid to create smoke, but not flame if it can be avoided. Then place your meat or seafood on the grill and cook it to your desired temperature.
The Foil Pouch Method
This method is similar to the above-mentioned pan method but utilizes just the foil and forgoes the pan. You’ll wrap the pellets inside the foil (a large handful is probably enough), then seal the edges by rolling or crimping the foil. Poke a few holes in the foil, evenly spaced around the entire packet. Then place it on the grill, coals or other heat source and allow it to smoke. Place your meat nearby and cook until it reaches the desired degree of doneness.
Pellet Grill Accessories
The methods listed above are affordable and easy to carry out, but you can also purchase and use accessories that optimize cooking with wood pellets. Several stainless steel attachments are available. The most popular is a smoker tube that creates smoke for up to 5 hours, making it easier to smoke meat without having to refill the pellets like you would with the methods above. If you’re really into wood pellet cooking and do so often, these accessories may be worth the cost. If you only do so occasionally, you can save quite a bit of money by simply trying the sprinkle, pan or foil pouch methods.
No matter which method you use, you’ll need to stay stocked up on Knotty wood pellets. Remember that higher-quality pellets create better meals because they provide optimal smoke and flavor. If you need wood pellets, cooking ideas or other help with your pellet grill, contact Knotty Wood Barbecue Company today and we can assist you.