If you want to impress your guests or neighbors at your next cookout, try using these top wood pellets to cook, smoke, or simply add a distinctive flavor to some of your tender, fall-off-the-bone meats.
Because of the vast variety of woods, mixes, and opinions on which are the best grilling pellets, we will be looking at a few companies that produce pellets and the types of woods they provide.
All pellets will generally work with Camp Chef, Smoke Pro, Traeger, Green Mountain, and many other grills, but be sure to check your grill/smoker manual to be sure.
Top Wood Pellets
Here are 5 of the top wood pellet companies that produce a variety of types and flavors of wood pellets.
Both choices come in 40-pound bags and get very high praise with 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The Perfect Mix uses the top four smoking/cooking woods in their pellets starting with a hickory base and then cherry, hard maple, and apple.
The positives with this mix are the 100% pressed hardwoods producing a great aroma, consistent burns, and very low moisture content. The only negative was the production of denser residual ash.
The Hickory Choice consists of 100% hickory with a guarantee of NO oak or alder filler in these pellets.
The hickory produces a strong unique aroma, as expected and is the preferred flavor for many when it comes to barbecue.
The well-known manufacturer of smoker and grill kits, as well as sauces and spices, also produces five flavors of exceptional BBQ pellets:
All are made from 100-percent hardwood, contains no fillers or additives, and produces little ash, while producing a consistent, clean burn with high efficiency.
All five flavors come in 20-pound bags and receive high reviews, so no need to just pick one. Try them all!
Camp Chef produces six premium wood flavors and two blends of BBQ pellets:
All are made from 100-percent hardwood and are all natural, containing no fillers and no additives.
These premium hardwood pellets come in 20lb bags and contain a proprietary mix of alder wood and the scented wood on the label, according to the company.
If you were looking for 100% of a particular wood this would not be your first choice; otherwise it consistently receives great reviews for the price.
Smokehouse BBQ pellets are made from 100% natural hardwoods, with no binders, waxes, or unknown secret ingredients. They produce five premium wood flavors of BBQ pellets
They are flavored with 100% real hardwoods, not oils or additives, and can be used on all outdoor BBQ grills, gas grills, and charcoal grills.
Packaged in 5-pound bags these hardwood pellets produce unique aromas suitable for grilling or smoking all your poultry, pork, or beef.
BBQ’rs Delight wood smoking pellets come in the following wide variety of flavors:
Why not try all the different flavors to see which ones you like the best and then order 20 pound bags for the summer.
Not All Wood Pellets are Created Equal
Wood pellets come in a variety of mixes or 100% of a particular wood and everything in between.
Before you buy, read the description on the package carefully so you are not buying pellets with a bunch of fillers or lower quality woods.
There are numerous options of wood pellets for your grill, but you should stick with well-known name brands because they tend to be better quality, have less fillers, and are less likely to clog your auger.
Hardwood vs Softwood
Opinions will vary dramatically from the choice of hardwoods vs. softwoods to 100% pure woods vs a blend.
Deciding between hardwood and softwood pellets is entirely up to what you intend to cook or smoke.
Some like to mix different flavors or types of wood for unique aromas and tastes.
Others are more traditional and stick with one type of wood, such as hickory, and that’s it.
There are some very high quality softwood and hardwood pellets available that perform very well, but for the most part, look for pellets that will provide you with more heat per pound and less ash, delivering a better value for the money.
Another factor to consider is the quantity in which the pellets come.
Some come in smaller quantities such as 1-pound or 5-pound bags where as others come in 10-pound, 20-pound, or even 40-pound bags.
Once you find a type and brand you like you can save money by buying in bulk. But it is nice to buy a couple different varieties in 1-pound bags before committing.
Once you find a type and brand you like, you can save money by buying in bulk.
But it is nice to buy a couple different varieties in 1-pound bags before committing.
Which are the Best Wood Pellets?
While there will always be a debate on which are the better pellets for cooking or smoking, as well as which brand to choose, in my opinion, there’s no better excuse to grill/smoke up your favorite meats and test out a variety of flavors and aromas.
What suits your needs best is a matter of trial and error and experimentation.
Other questions you'll need to consider are 1) do you need higher BTU’s to grill or 2) are you slow smoking at lower temps?
Which have you found to be the best wood pellets?
Do you have a favorite brand or flavor?
Do you like to mix or stick with one wood type/flavor?
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Happy Outdoor Cooking!