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Traeger Industries, Inc. LIL' TEX BBQ070


Pros: Simple, reliable

Cons: Lack of an adjustable temperature control, constructed of lighter gauge metal, doesn't get hot enough to cook a good steak

I've owned this model of Traeger grill for 7 or 8 years, and I cook on it almost every night year-round.  I cook chicken, skirt steak, tri-tip every week, and pork ribs and pulled pork fairly regularly.  All of these come out great.  I've cooked regular steaks like rib eyes on it, but I prefer them done at a higher heat, this unit only gets up to about 450 degrees on high.


Over the years I've replaced the ignition rod ("hot rod") probably 4 or 5 times.  With daily use they seem to last a year to 18 months -- which I think is OK.  I had to replace the fire pot once, and will probably need to do that again this year.  That part is under-built in my opinion.  I replaced the controller twice, once under warranty when the smoker was about 10 months old and wouldn't regulate the heat properly, and again last year when it just died.  The internal baffles are light weight sheetmetal, they work OK but warped from the heat and rust.


Anything I can cook on "smoke" for a long period of time, at a steady 225 degrees, comes out great.  Pork shoulder, baby backs, spare ribs, fatties.  Smoked chicken is OK, but the temp is too low to consistently get a good bite-through on the skin.  I've ruined several briskets on this, that's probably on me, although I think they should be cooked a little hotter than 225.


Overall I like this unit, but for what a new one costs it should really be made of a little heavier metal for heat retention, and I'd say the adjustable temperature control is a must-have (assuming it does what it claims).  I;m thinking seriously about upgrading to a Yoder soon.


Pros: Puts out a great smoke ring adds just the right amount of smoke flavor

Cons: Product on the exspensive side. Needs a second cooking rack

I've owned this unit for almost a year now. Even with the factory thermostat with only three settings smoke, medium and high this thing puts out some good smoked meat. Leaves a nice deep smoke ring on poultry, port and beef. Leaves a very nice smoke flavor to all meats. The hopper will take a 40lb bag of pellets and smoke for 12 to 15 hours I'm getting the pellets for 17 to 20 dollars a bag and am getting 4 separate smokings out of a bag. Compared to buying one bag of wood for 20 bucks and getting one smoking out that. O and don't forget about frozen pizzas. I love taking a cheap frozen pizza like red baron and just makes it taste so much better it will rival your chain store pizzas for sure.

Traeger Industries, Inc. LIL' TEX BBQ070

All natural wood pellets are poured into the hopper. When you push the On switch, the hot rod activates for about 4 minutes, igniting the pellets in the firepot. The auger automatically feeds pellets from the hopper to the firepot where convection air is added, acting like a miniature forge. Heat and wood smoke surround the food, resulting in fantastic taste. Drippings are channeled out of the cooking chamber into an external bucket for easy disposal. Flipping the 3 position switch to High allows you to grill. On Medium you can slow cook. The Smoke setting allows you to hot smoke food. In the Smoke mode, the grill delivers an even smoke to your food without having to tend the fire. Traeger gives you the convenience of gas, the flavor of real wood. Grill area 418 sq. in. (16.5'' x 22.5''). 20 lb. pellet hopper capacity. Chrome handle. 20,000 BTU hour. 135 lb. unit weight. 49'' H. x 40'' W. x 20'' D. unit dimensions. 49'' H. x 22'' W. x 28'' D. boxed dimensions. 3 speed smoker control system. 50W 120V electrical. 10 minute assembly time.

Weight123.5 pounds
LabelTraeger Industries, Inc.
ManufacturerTraeger Industries, Inc.
Package Quantity1
Product GroupKitchen
Product Type NameHOME_BED_AND_BATH
PublisherTraeger Industries, Inc.
StudioTraeger Industries, Inc.
TitleTraeger Industries, Inc. BBQ070 Pellet Grill
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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