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Traeger...Where's the smoke??

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Posted by RJ on June 01, 2011 at 04:59:53:

Traeger...Where's the smoke??

I've about had it with this Traeger 075. Early the other morning I put on an 8lb butt, using Traeger hickory pellets. I put the unit in SMOKE mode, and left it for 7 hours. I then turned up the thermostat one click to 225F, and let it go for 6-7 more hours until I hit 197F internal temp. The smoke flavor is almost nonexistent. Neither I, my wife, or my grandkid could taste any smokiness. I've had this Traeger for 2 1/2 years now, and have never gotten good smoke flavor from it. The other day I bought a brisket sandwich from a new local bbq joint. I could smell the smoke as I opened the sandwich wrapper. The guy cooks on a Charbroil $150 smoker!! And I'm not talking about burnt, creosote smoke flavor either.
Some folks have told me that Traeger pellets are not too good. What? Is Traeger using inferior trees, inferior wood? How can pellets possibly vary in the smokiness they produce from one brand to another?? Thanks, but I'm at a loss to figure it all out.

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