If you’re something like me, you’re in all probability not accustomed to completely smoking practically 50 kilos of pork shoulder utilizing a smartphone whereas mendacity in your mattress. But there I used to be with the brand new Traeger Timberline, hitting the “super smoke” button and checking my temps at 6 am earlier than my morning espresso, making sufficient meat to feed 100 folks at my city’s annual yard kegger.
I haven’t simply been cooking huge quantities of pork on Traeger’s freshly redesigned premium smoker. In reality, this summer time, it’s turn out to be uncommon for me to cook dinner something that isn’t ultimately smoked. Chicken salad? Smoke that rooster first. Steak? Smoke it earlier than you sear it on the built-in induction burner. A contemporary juicy melon? Throw it on the Traeger for 30 minutes for a wonderfully caramelized desert.
This sensible smoker and induction burner gives the proper all-in-one out of doors kitchen. Minus a middling Wi-Fi connection (you’ll wish to make certain your yard has strong protection), the brand new Timberline delivers all the pieces I’d need from a contemporary smoker and extra: You can bake, sauté, and smoke in a single unit that’s power- and fuel-efficient. After about two months, I’ve barely used a bag and a half of wooden pellets. The fly within the smoke-ringed ointment? It prices $3,500. That’s a whole lot of money for any kitchen equipment.
A New Rig
The Timberline is available in a big orange field with clear directions for setup, however it’s your decision a accomplice that will help you transfer a number of the heavier bits. The coronary heart of the system is a large insulated smoke field with room for six pork shoulders, or concerning the equal racks of ribs or chickens (the corporate additionally sells an XL model with roughly a 3rd more room for an extra $300). Inside the smoke field, there are three tiers you possibly can put all the pieces on, with a vent for the smoke reduce halfway alongside the bottom of the smoker in order that it circulates absolutely to the highest earlier than venting.
There’s a drip tray and ash/grease catch in an easy-to-detach compartment within the cupboard under the smoker, which additionally serves as an important place to retailer additional pellets and metallic liners for the drip tray. You’ll get a whole lot of use out of these metallic drip liners earlier than it’s essential to exchange one; the six pork shoulders solely stuffed one up about midway.
Besides the smoke field, on the correct of the unit you’ll discover a field the place you possibly can fill your wooden pellets of alternative (Traeger despatched me an assortment of their very own in-house pellets, however you should use different manufacturers). There’s even a plastic bin and particular entice door so you possibly can drop one kind of pellet out of the auger for storage and put one other kind in if you wish to smoke one thing with, say, hickory earlier than switching again to applewood.
The important management space for the Timberline is on the correct aspect of the unit through a really comfy push-button knob and a colour LCD show. The finest manner to make use of it although is to attach your telephone to the grill through the Traeger app. Once you could have it linked to your Wi-Fi, you possibly can management each side of the machine (together with setting timers and temperature alerts) out of your smartphone. It’s fairly rattling nifty. You simply wish to make certain your router has sufficient vary as a result of I skilled a spotty connection on the Traeger every now and then.
The left aspect of the Timberline homes an induction burner, which pairs completely with forged iron pans for searing objects you’ve simply cooked to perfection on the smoker, or for cooking companion dishes whilst you await one thing to complete smoking.
Accessory rails encompass the entrance and sides of the smoker and offer you a spot to place issues like a paper towel holder, a pop-up holding tray, and hooks for grill instruments. Traeger despatched me these equipment, that are good and all, however not obligatory, particularly since they value lots. You’ll pay $120 for a entrance shelf, $60 for a bin to retailer utensils, and $120 for a stainless-steel grill tray. Yikes. The one accent you want—a grill cowl—prices an astonishing $180. No, it’s not fabricated from silk.