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Traeger Grills Tailgater 20 Portable Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker - Grill, Smoke, Bake, Roast, Braise, and BBQ (Bronze)
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- Never Use Gas or Charcoal Again: Cooking with wood just tastes better. Traeger created the original wood-pellet grill as the ultimate way to achieve wood-fired taste
- Versatile Barbecue Cooking: Hot and fast, or low and slow, the Traeger Tailgater pellet grill offers 6-in-1 versatility to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and bbq food to juicy perfection
- Easily Transportable: Features EZ-fold legs that allow you to pack it up and grill on the go; Multi-Position Thermostat Control
- Grilled to Perfection Every Time: Integrated Digital Elite Controller keeps temps within +/- 20 degrees F and makes setting the grill temperature as easy as turning a dial
- Great for Home, Camping, and Tailgating: Enjoy 300 sq. in. of portable grilling space that can accommodate up to 12 burgers, 2 whole chickens, or 3 racks of ribs
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300 sq. in. grilling area
Get big wood-fired flavor in one portable package. The Traeger Tailgater 20 grill can comfortably hold up to 12 burgers, 2 whole chickens, 18 hot dogs, or 3 racks of delicious Traeger-smoked ribs so you can grill out for a group.
Digital Elite Controller
Setting your grill is now just as easy as setting your oven. The Digital Elite Controller maintains precise temperatures within +/- 20 degrees and allows you to cook low and slow on the 'Smoke' setting to hot and fast at up to 450 degrees. The LED display makes getting a read on your grill temperature clear and easy.
Fueled by 100% pure hardwood pellets
Get amazing wood-fired taste that gas and charcoal grills just can't compete with. Traeger's hardwood pellets are made of pure, virgin hardwood with no fillers or binding agents, so you get amazing wood-fired flavor any nothing else.
Electronic auto-start ignition
No more dealing with fire starters and charcoal chimneys, or having to light your propane grill with a match. With the simple flip of an on/off switch your Traeger is up, running, and ready to go.
Pack up your grill and head over to the parking lot for tailgating glory. The EZ-fold legs make this grill compact and ready to pack up for wood-fired grilling on-the-go.
Easy to clean porcelain grill grates
A non-stick surface makes these grill grates easy to clean after smoking a saucy rack of ribs or juicy burgers. Less time cleaning = more time enjoying your Traeger creations with family and friends.
Whether it's smoking a rack of ribs or grilling a wood-fired pizza, to even baking a homemade apple pie, do it all with Traeger's 6-in-1 versatility. No matter what you grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, or BBQ, it all gets flavored with amazing Traeger wood-fired taste. Don't settle for a grill that can only grill or smoke when you can do it all with a Traeger.
|Select Elite||Texas Elite 34||Lil' Tex Elite 22||Bronson 20||Tailgater 20||Junior Elite 20|
|Control Style||Digital Elite Controller||Digital Elite Controller||Digital Elite Controller||Digital Elite Controller||Digital Elite Controller||Digital Elite Controller|
|Grilling Area||586 sq in||646 sq in||418 sq in||300 sq in||300 sq in||300 sq in|
|Hopper Capacity||18 lb||18 lb||18 lb||10 lb||8 lb||8 lb|
|Grill Size (HxWxD)||46x57x25||49x54x22||49x42x22||38x35x22||36x37x18||36x39x18|
|Weight||170 lb||125 lb||98 lb||76 lb||62 lb||60 lb|
Big wood-fired flavor in a portable barbecue package. The Traeger Tailgater 20 pellet grill features the same wood-fired convection and versatility as other larger Traeger models, but with EZ-fold legs so you can grill on the go. Be the talk of the parking lot by grilling, smoking, roasting, baking, braising or BBQ food to perfection. The integrated Digital Elite Controller keeps temps within +/- 20 degrees F and makes setting the grill temperature as easy as turning a dial.
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The reason that I did not give a 5-star rating is the inadequate instructions on assembly, start-up instructions, and the steps that need to be followed to light the grill so that the pellets light properly and stay lit. The good news is that the customer service department is OUTSTANDING! I have called them twice; no long wait times--friendly people that know their product and how to answer your questions, and patiently step you through the questions not covered in the instructions that come with the grill. I loved it when they acknowledged the poor instructions, apologized for this deficiency, and stepped me through my questions. (BTW: They are domestically located and speak and understand US English.)
I will only use the Traeger for smoking. While it can be used as a traditional grill, it is more work than I will use for my normal grilling. (My Weber grill is still my first choice for grilling at home. However, the ability to grill with it when I use it at non-home location will be handy.) The addition of a second specialty unit for smoking and slow cooking meats is worth having the second unit if you are a serious outdoor cook.
A couple of side notes. 1. The unit is small enough to take for tailgating, camping, church and beach/lake parties. Its energy consumption is low enough that it can be hooked up to your vehicle with a converter or if you have a 110v outlet on your vehicle. This will be a handy feature this summer. 2. The add-on side tray that easily installs on the front of the unit is well worth buying; it avoids meat drippings dropping on your patio when you put meat on and take it off of the smoker.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied now that Traeger has provided me with the additional instructions not in the printed instructions that came with the grill.
Called Traeger support (first time), they were nice enough. I told them I thought I had a bad auger motor. They told me I had done the initial burn wrong. We talked through the instructions—I didn't think I had. Regardless, I went and followed instructions again. Same result as before. I called Traeger support again (second time). They instructed me to open the hopper housing swap the wire harness on the induction fan and the auger motor and power up. Diagnosing a bad controller. Both worked fine as far as I could tell. I swapped it back and tried the initial burn in one more time. This time auger just stopped on priming the fire box and would not start again.
I called Traeger support (third time) and they offered to ship me a new controller—I'm guessing that is where they see their highest defect rates. I pointed out a few things:
a) I expect new things to work out of the box—I pointed out that if this were a car (or anything else really) this would be beyond unacceptable.
b) It was presently July 3rd and I had made meat based plans for the 4th of July, so shipping me a controller wasn't going to do me any good.
c) Despite there being a 3 year warranty, I did not want to talk to them for the next three years.
I contacted Amazon and have disassembled and boxed it up for return. Good thing I got 3 bags of different pellets to try out. Suffice it to say, my father's Traeger, purchased 10 years ago is a war horse (and why I went with Traeger). In the intervening time, it would appear that cost savings have been passed on to the buyer in the form of poor quality.
Don't worry, about my 4th. Still have my Weber 14401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black that delivers every time.
I need to amend my previous comments about the Traeger Grill .... Last night, with company waiting the Traeger delivered a fantastically cooked Prime Rib .... The grill performed flawlessly for 8.5 hours on the smoke setting ..... Very, Very little ash .... to clean up .... I cooked the prime rib in a low sided steal pan with an elevated meat rack to allow for smoke circulation within the grill ..... This grill is proving to be a very nice tool to have around the house ... So far so good !