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Traeger Junior Pellet Grill

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 128.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 70 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0047WJFSU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,558 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

Traeger Junior Pellet Grill Ideal for small households, tailgating, or college living, the Traeger Junior Grill is a great introduction to pellet cooking. This grill offers a 292 square inch primary cooking area that offers up to 19,500 BTUs. It's 15" x 20" cooking surface includes a porcelain coated grilling grate, and features convection technology that circulates hot smoky air around your food for even cooking. It's multi-stage thermostat allows for precise temperature control, including a smoking setting that maintains 150 degrees throughout the cooking chamber. The grill features a steel construction and uses hardwood pellets to get the fire going. The system has a convection blower and auger that automatically feeds pellets into the firepot for consistent heating. Simply set your desired temperature and let the Traeger do the cooking for you. The indirect heat, along with the eco-friendly wood pellets, allows for versatile and healthy grilling, smoking, baking, and roasting. This Junior Grill also includes an electronic auto-start ignition, an EZ drain grease system, and a smoke exhaust that lets you cook like a pro.View the full Traeger Junior Pellet Grill Collection hereFeatures: 292 sq. in. primary cooking area 15" x 20" cooking surface Up to 19,500 BTUs 20-gauge steel construction Wood pellet grill Internal pellet hopper Electronic auto-start ignition EZ drain grease system Porcelain coated grilling grate Smoke exhaust Multi-stage thermostat for precise temperature control Smoking setting maintains 150 degrees Requires standard 110 volt electric outlet 3-year warranty Model: BBQ055


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Customer Reviews

There are other pellet smokers out there but I will not buy another Traeger product ever again.
D. Learned
If you are into bbq (or even use an oven in the house), you know that there is almost no food that called for being cooked at those temps.
Justin W
I've done pork ribs, beef brisket, whole chickens, chicken wings, and my absolute favorite... pork shoulder -> pulled pork!
Noe Bustamante

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Robert Campbell on February 27, 2012
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A friend had this grill and made chicken thighs on it. They were to die for! I had to have one and ordered it within days. There is a learning curve in using it. I have tried salmon, chicken, pork ribs, and beef on it. Everything has been good and it is getting better the more I use it. The things to learn are the cooking and smoking times and marinating and cooking sauces. There are things that seem better if they are smoked for a while and then cooked. Of course, timing is the key. It did come with a cook book and this has been a great help.

Unlike normal BBQ grills, there are some things that can be cooked with sauce on them. As the temperatures are lower than traditional grills, the sauce normally doesn't burn.

The grill itself is very well made. Assembly is straight forward and it is very sturdy. I would buy it again and recommend it without reservation.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Calvin on April 26, 2012
If you want a smoker that is convenient, affordable, and not too big, then the junior is for you. You will get the same results as the larger more expensive pellet grills but in a much smaller size. The junior is large enough to smoke a whole turkey, fit a large pizza (take and bake pizzas come out amazing!!!), or anything you can think of.

The only drawback to the junior over its larger brothers is the size of the pellet hopper. The hopper is intentionally smaller than it needs to be, probably as an incentive to buy a larger more expensive Traeger. You can expect six hours or so of smoke time before having to add more pellets. It is not too difficult to extend the hopper using sheet metal from the local hardware store (thin gauge from the project center for $12). With that done I can smoke for 16 hours without refilling the hopper, set it and forget it!

As a smoker the junior excels, everything comes out amazing. As a grill, the junior works very well but it takes longer than a propane or charcoal grill. Cooking burgers for example can take 30 minutes or more, but they are fantastic, like nothing you have ever had! I use my junior almost everyday. Sometimes several times a day. It will make the best baked potato you have ever had. Try an apple pie, corn bread, smoked salmon, vegetables, jerky, anything you can imagine. Just read and follow the simple directions, and the included cookbook is a nice surprise.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Harris on May 14, 2013
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We've used the Jr for a couple of months now. We've gone through 2 bags of pellets. In order to use the Traeger, we had to replace the switch with a custom on/off/fan only configuration. This allows you to switch to fan for the last 10 minute cool down/burn out. We got the idea from another commenter that claimed the bigger Traegers have this system. This puts the fan on the pot so that any unburned pellets finish burning, turn to ash, and blow away from the auger. This keeps it from burning backward into the hopper.

I'm giving this a 1 star because Traeger should be ashamed of themselves for not including this configuration in the first place. Otherwise you are almost guaranteed a backburn into the hopper if you cook for an hour and then turn it off. Yep, that happened again as my son didn't realize you had to turn to fan and as the backburn starts, you can't stop it easily. We really hate this BBQ.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:

We got one from a local store about a month ago. Since then we cook about 2-3 times a week on it: whole chicken (small), steak, baked potato, chicken breast, hamburger, asparagus, skewer-less kabob, etc. I would return the darn thing if the food didn't turn out sooo good.

Now for the bad bits. The hopper is constantly hanging up the pellets so that if you don't check the hopper every 10 minutes (and keep it filled to the top), your food stops cooking. We think this is a serious design flaw. I don't know how people are expected to smoke up to 10 hours on the thing.

The second problem is that the fire pot is so small that you end up plugging it up causing the pellets to catch on fire inside the auger. So we have to vacuum it out every single time after we use it (after it has cooled).
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Chris Earl on December 17, 2011
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It works very well. I did have trouble with the igniter but Traeger sent a replacement overnight. Everything I cooked so far has turned out to be delicious. The best baby-back ribs I have ever eaten.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Learned on June 16, 2013
Summer before last I stumbled across a demo of the Traeger grills at a local Costco. Although I really wasn't in the market for a grill, I have been intrigued by several TV programs on smoking. Supposedly the main strength of the Traegers. So, I bought one.

Living alone, the Junior model seemed ideal for my needs. Once together I tried it on a ham steak. Wonderfully tasty with the added smoke flavor. A day or two later tried pork chops then later with hamburgers. All these were cooked using the analog temp control set on high. These first 3 uses yielded excellent results and especially tasty meals. Had me thinking that this might be just what I've been hoping for.

OK, now I'm ready for the real test...slow smoking a rack of ribs. Started the grill per instructions then set for low temp. The analog gauge settled on 225-240 degrees, perfect for this. Checked about 45 minutes later, found the pellet screw feed rotating, pellets in the burner but the 'fire' had gone out. This became the norm every time I have used it since.

An email to the distributor suggested I had put it together wrong. After I explained wire by wire, connector to connector he agreed it was assembled correctly. Several more emails and phone calls about this, the digital controller was sent.

Again, the same problems...little or no control over the heat settings. I've photographic proof of the controller set at the LOW setting yet the temp gauge is reading in excess of 570 degrees!!! but half hour later, it all shuts down and slowly drops to ambient temperature. Sometimes it would go crazy with incredibly high temps usually followed by a shut down. Regardless of the controller settings, it does whatever it feels like doing which is never what you have in mind.
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