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I baught a RecTec, here is my first weekend with it

motsco

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my RT first dance.


got my RT on Friday, I ordered it Monday,pretty fast shipping for 500lbs of goodies.

assembly took about 30 minutes. took about 20 minutes to unpack everything.

Rec Tec customer service is top notch A+. i forgot to install the front shelf, and when I went to remove the leg bolts to install the front shelf I stripp the nuts, I emailed RT, new bolts nuts etc. on the way.

I purchased the best deal combo plus a six pack of pellets. thanks to 12 month financing.

the temp settings are easy, the temps recover well when opening the lid.
my grill has a extra smoke button that works great at 225 but I have not used the Xsmoke while cooking.

on this post I will show my first cooks from this weekend.

Tom
 
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oconeeal

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Enjoy I have had mine for just over 3 month and already used over 500 lbs of pellets.  I am cooking every weekend and love it.  
 

motsco

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when I got the RecTec assembled it was about 330 pm so I fired it up for the 1 hour break in at 400. it took about 25 minutes to get to 400.

around 430 pm I put some bacon on a frog mat to add a little seasoning at 400 degrees, took about 20 minutes.

my plan for my first cook was steak an baked potatoes, I figured since I had the grill temp running at 400 why not.

I put my tators on and let them cook for an hour.

the grill grates for the RT are back ordered, so I used the ones off my ol reliable kettle and placed them on the RT grate on the right side and let the GG warm up. I also left the drip pan in.

my first cook attempt turned out err ok. learning curve incoming :)

the RT isn't exactly like a oven per the tators. they wher way under done, needed maybe 1/2 hour more.

the steaks, well because I left the drip plate in and used GG on top of grates, they wer ok. they were greasy not juicey and had no sear but had good flavor.

cooks falt not the grill.

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motsco

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Enjoy I have had mine for just over 3 month and already used over 500 lbs of pellets.  I am cooking every weekend and love it.  
thanks, so far I'm loving it, I can't believe how good the temp controller works and recovers.
 

motsco

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also let me say that the light inside IS THE GREATEST THING EVER.
 

motsco

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Day 2- Saturday I decided to do ribs.

I baught 2 racks of Smithfield flintstones (big bones) (dinosaur bones) [emoji]128516[/emoji] I quick trimmed them and added the magic stuff.

my cook assignment 2-2-1.

2hrs @ 225

2hrs @ 300 foiled

1hr 250 no foil.

learning curve:

I got close, ribs where good, they had a good tug, really good flavor, very good smoke taste, but a little greasy and falling of the bone in certain areas.

I pulled them 30 minutes to early, I was hungry and they looked good. cooks fault. impatient.

 

motsco

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Sunday dinner on the RecTec.

PIZZA.

Desert
Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Pizza

store baught dough
can of cento pizza sauce.
shredded mots and cheddar cheese.
melted butter w/garlic powder added to it.

bla bla bla

roll out dough
brush with melted butter garlic powder mix.
add cento to desired taste
add cheese and toppings.

I made 2 pizzas one to go on a frog mat on the left side of the RT and one to go on a pizza stone placed on the right side of the RT.

I put the stone on and preheated the RT to 410.

I put both pizzas on at the same time.
I can tell you all, FORGET using the pizza stone! it didn't do anything wrong, but the pizza on the frog mat got good and bubbley, the pizza stone just laid there flat. I mean a pizza ain't a pizza if it doesn't have some sort of bubble.

a small learning curve here. no matter what the bottum of the crust looks like, pull them off at 18 or 20 minutes. I went 25 minutes and the crust was a little to hard.

I will tell you all after years of making pizza on my gas grill, kettle grill or indoor oven. the pizzas I mad on the RecTec where the best I have ever made!

the pizza on the cutting board was the one on the frog mat
 
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motsco

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lastly

chocolate chip cookies no pictures.

the store baught premade ones.

350 degrees for 15 minutes.

turn out great if you use a cookie sheet.

do not use the frog mat. lol. I tried you lose most of your cookies.

Tom
 

seenred

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Hey Tom...looks good so far! Glad to hear you're liking the new grill!

Red
 

bigtrain74

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Did yours come with the new extra smoke button? Just curious how it works and if you like it.
 

motsco

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Did yours come with the new extra smoke button? Just curious how it works and if you like it.
yes it did, I tested the extra smoke option at 250 and 225 looks like it works pretty good. but I have not used it with meat on the RT yet.

Tom
 

flubyu

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i have had one for almost a year now ,,man oh man i love ,,,im guessing i have gone through 1500 lbs of pellets already lol
 

motsco

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it been some time folks.

i still have my rectec and it’s weather,/cook beaten, has some good rust issues especially under the horn handles. and where that and food grease has dropped on. and where the heat spots are the highest.

i lost my interest in my slo n lo cooking around 2017, but i did us the rec to make some late night3/ 5 hour rib racks. and some high fast ribs.

just posting to say -

for the last 2 years i never put a cover on it - i’ve used cheap pellets- and caused myself some work in cleaning out the auger / like having to disassemble the auger/ motor . all my doing by not giving attention to the rectec during its long down times during humid or wet months.

for my 5 year review for my rectec that most of the time sits on my deck just looking old used and abused / disowned because i got lazy .

i’ve had a few issues with the rectec - wouldon’t get over 400 deg - bad pellets- rectec sent me new pellets prob solved. fan motor went bad that was a easy fix with the awesome service from the rectec team and their warranty. inside light not working, again rectec sent me the parts, and um the problem was on my side bad ground on the extension cord i was using .

last week i wanted to start using the rectec and my newest problem is my fault. i haven’t used my rectec since june 2019. it’s been sitting since then uncovered and DOH i left the pellets in the hopper again.

i called rectec 2 days ago to to ask for pricing on a new auger motor/set pin and auger bushing. guy at rectec ask my name and tells me it’s still under warranty, today i received the parts.

talk about standing behind your product! the rectec guys do that! honest real people! i’m amazed at the quality of service and how they looked out for me their customer from 2014.

why would anybody deal with those other pellet smokers companies?

my rectec is a tank.

its been used and abused.

most of the problems i have had with it are my fault.


if anybody is looking for the best pellet grill/ smoker it’s the rectec.

i have had many grills and smokers - and the only 2 that have survived my abuse are the weber kettle and the rectec .

RecTec is a amazing product and business. i’m glad i got one and amazed on their service. top notch.
 

sandyut

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Great story! had mine about a year-love and the company. I have talked to them a few times about they are overly awesome!
 

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it been some time folks.

i still have my rectec and it’s weather,/cook beaten, has some good rust issues especially under the horn handles. and where that and food grease has dropped on. and where the heat spots are the highest.

i lost my interest in my slo n lo cooking around 2017, but i did us the rec to make some late night3/ 5 hour rib racks. and some high fast ribs.

just posting to say -

for the last 2 years i never put a cover on it - i’ve used cheap pellets- and caused myself some work in cleaning out the auger / like having to disassemble the auger/ motor . all my doing by not giving attention to the rectec during its long down times during humid or wet months.

for my 5 year review for my rectec that most of the time sits on my deck just looking old used and abused / disowned because i got lazy .

i’ve had a few issues with the rectec - wouldon’t get over 400 deg - bad pellets- rectec sent me new pellets prob solved. fan motor went bad that was a easy fix with the awesome service from the rectec team and their warranty. inside light not working, again rectec sent me the parts, and um the problem was on my side bad ground on the extension cord i was using .

last week i wanted to start using the rectec and my newest problem is my fault. i haven’t used my rectec since june 2019. it’s been sitting since then uncovered and DOH i left the pellets in the hopper again.

i called rectec 2 days ago to to ask for pricing on a new auger motor/set pin and auger bushing. guy at rectec ask my name and tells me it’s still under warranty, today i received the parts.

talk about standing behind your product! the rectec guys do that! honest real people! i’m amazed at the quality of service and how they looked out for me their customer from 2014.

why would anybody deal with those other pellet smokers companies?

my rectec is a tank.

its been used and abused.

most of the problems i have had with it are my fault.


if anybody is looking for the best pellet grill/ smoker it’s the rectec.

i have had many grills and smokers - and the only 2 that have survived my abuse are the weber kettle and the rectec .

RecTec is a amazing product and business. i’m glad i got one and amazed on their service. top notch.
That’s good to hear. Mine is 2 years old and gone through a bunch of smokes. It’s made me look like a pro. Everything turns out great. I haven’t had a single issue with it (knock on wood).
 

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