What pellet grills do extremely well is provide a consistent and reliable temperature, and great, real smokey flavor. Traeger Grills have solidified their spot as one of the best pellet grills out there, but are often criticized and questioned about how much smoke they really produce. Although they are producing thin blue smoke which is packed full of pure smokey flavor, it does often look underwhelming.
If you do want that extra oomph of smokiness, then there are a few easy things to adjust to get the most smoke from your Traeger.
How Do I Get More Smoke From My Traeger?
What Do Traeger Grills Say?
As this was such a frequently asked question, Traeger Grills gave a response stating that although you may not see heavy smoke, it is there, and you can see the smoke ring and taste the results.
Their recommendation was to try cooking for longer at lower temperatures. Although, this works well as you allow more time for the smoke to impart its flavors. This isn’t the only way you can get more smoke from your Traeger.
Four Ways To Get More Smoke From A Traeger Or Pellet Grill
1. Lower & Slower
One of the most effective ways you can get more smoke from a Traeger or pellet grill is just to allow the smoke more time to impart it’s flavors on the meat by simply turning down the temperature by 25-50°F. Usually it’s within the first half of the smoke that the smokey flavor really imparts on the meat, until the bark is properly formed and the smoke can’t penetrate further than the smoke ring it leaves. So, by lowering the temperature and extending the cook, you are also extending the sweet spot of time that the smoke can impart on the meat.
Sounds simple, but what if that’s not enough or if you don’t have the patience to take a 12-hour brisket to 16 hours. There are other ways that are just as effective in adding more smoke in your Traeger, without extending the cooking time!
2. Try Different Wood Pellets
There’s no debating that there are both great quality wood pellets for smoking and some pretty shocking wood pellets. Some are known for their consistent and reliable burn quality, such as Traeger, but others pack more a true smokey flavor, such as BBQr’s Delight.
It doesn’t hurt to try a different brand here and there so you get the feel for what works and what doesn’t. But, I would always do a bit of research before trying a standard unknown brand you find at the local, as some wood pellets are known to crumble and dust too easily. This makes for an inconsistent temperature, smoke, and can even lead to troubles in the auger.
Click here for my full breakdown of BBQr’s Delight vs. Traeger Wood Pellets.
3. Use Traeger Super Smoke Setting
If you’re equipped with the Traeger Timberline, Ironwood, or Silverton 810 models then you’ll notice you have a setting called super smoke. Just to be clear, super smoke doesn’t actually produce more visible smoke at all. Super smoke mode actually pumps out increased, clean “blue smoke” by making use of their precision fan control.
It’s important to note that this setting only works for lower temperatures between 165-225°F, and by using this mode the temperature is much more likely to fluctuate. Although you won’t have the super smoke setting If you’re using an older model, such as Traeger Pro, you can still dial the temperature right down to 165°F and experience very similar results.
4. Use A Pellet Tube Smoker
Similar to a wood smoking box, a pellet tube smoker can be filled with wood pellets, set alight, and used to provide additional smoke in your cooker.
Pellet tube smokers are specially designed to gradually burn through wood pellets, adding constant smoke for up to 5 hours in some larger models. A quality pellet tube smoker will be made of stainless steel, relatively inexpensive, and has good ventilation to keep the smoke consistent, and prevent them burning up too quickly. Given that they burn low and slow, a smoke tube can be used for both hot or cold smoke.
Although called a pellet tube smoker, this handy device can be used in any type of smoker, including a classic charcoal grill, just to give that little extra boost and give you more control over the smokiness. This can be used in any type of grill to add any wood flavor you desire, from hickory and mesquite to more fruiter woods like cherry and apple. Fill it a half full for a 2 hour smoke, and full for a 5 hour smoker.
Even though there are various models at various different price points, the fundamentals stay the same, and you’ll find even the more affordable pellet tube smokers are durable and very effective at adding more smoke to your Traeger or pellet smoker.
Other Simple Tips To Get More Smoke From Your Traeger
- Don’t open the hood unless absolutely necessary, as you’ll be letting out all the smoke that’s circulating, and lowering the temperature which makes the smoke less consistent.
- If you love a strong smokey flavor, try using a strong smoking wood such as hickory or mesquite.
- Make sure the area around the hot rod is clear of dust, ash, and old pellets. You can even grab a slim-tipped vacuum and carefully vacuum that whole area to make sure nothing is getting in the way of a clean burn.
- If you are going for a longer smoke, such as with a brisket or pork butt, then you can try using a water pan in your pellet smoker, as the humidity and steam are said to help the smoke flavor impart into the meat.