One of our favorite questions we get is, “Which Cookinpellets hardwood pellets flavors do YOU use for your favorite recipes?” We love to talk about Cookinpellets, and we love to talk about food – this is a fun question to answer, and there are a few favorites that keep coming up. Check out these tips, recipes, and fun facts about what your pellet grill can do, and ideas for pairing pellet flavors with specific foods!
Meatloaf and Black Cherry Cookinpellets
We will never go back to cooking meatloaf in the oven! Pellet grilling meatloaf results in a juicy, delicious, meatloaf, and the smoke flavor from the quick smoke brings this simple dinner recipe to the next level. Black Cherry Cookinpellets are our preferred pellet for meatloaf – the hint of sweetness pairs well with the onion and garlic flavors, and is slightly less intense than other pellets flavors. Expert tip for meatloaf on the pellet grill – forget the loaf pan, wrap your meatloaf in a frogmat and place directly on the grill grates. Less grease, just enough texture on the outside, and overall perfection!
Prime Rib and Perfect Mix Cookinpellets
Our family’s all time favorite pellet grilled creation is a Bone In Prime Rib Roast (also called Standing Rib Roast) with Perfect Mix. The richness of the beef is perfectly complemented by the flavors – Apple, Hickory, Black Cherry, and Hard Maple. Because Perfect Mix isn’t as heavy as Hickory or as light as Apple, it is a great choice for longer smokes like a 6-8 pound Prime Rib Roast. Perfect for holiday meals like Thanksgiving or Christmas, but meat this good can’t be had on only once a year. Try it for family dinner!
Mock Rotisserie Chicken and 100% Hickory Cookinpellets
Rotisserie Chicken is a crowd pleaser, popular with kids and adults alike. You can make a mock rotisserie chicken on your pellet grill, matter of fact, you can make several! Because pellet grills operate like a convection oven, with the heat constantly moving throughout the closed grill, pellet grilling whole chickens results in a flavorful, tender smoked chicken that is way better than any store bought rotisserie chicken.
Use 100% Hickory Pellets for your Mock Rotisserie Chicken. The intense smoky flavor is perfect when you’re going for a rotisserie style chicken. You do need to brine your whole chicken for that rotisserie result.
Pellet Grilled “Rotisserie” Chicken
- Dissolve ½ cup Kosher Salt and 1 cup brown sugar into 1 gallon water, you can go down to ¼ cup salt if you don’t want it to salty. Fully submerge whole chicken into the brine, and refrigerate for 12 hours.
- Pat dry and simply season. Garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper, or use your favorite dry rub. Place a whole onion in the cavity and tie legs together
- Place directly on the pellet grill and smoke at 250 degrees for about 3 hours. Use a digital thermometer placed in the breast, and remove at 160 degrees. Depending on the size of your chicken and how many you’re pellet grilling, could take up to 4.5 hours for a larger chicken
- Rest, slice and serve. The leftovers are delicious cold!
Chocolate Chip Cookies and Apple Mash Cookinpellets
Dessert on the pellet grill, and this is a simple classic! Apple Mash pellets provide just enough sweet smoky flavor, and pair well with the chocolate. Mix up a batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough, arrange on cookie sheets like normal, and instead of in the oven bake them in your pellet grill with Apple Mash pellets, which are always best when you want a really light smoke flavor. Quick and simple, this is our favorite dessert lately! You could also mix it up with The Bacon Cookie. Don’t forget the milk!
Let us know your favorite Cookinpellets and recipe combinations. A lot of it is personal preference, but sometime those pairings come along that are just phenomenal. These favorites came about through lots of experimenting – make sure you have all your favorite pellets on hand to get you through the fall pellet grilling season!