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We started out our pellet grill journey with a Traeger grill and quickly added another one to the collection. Pellet Grilling is my new favorite cooking method, and really the only way I’ll grill these days. We used to have a gas grill but it has long been out of commission.
Just this summer we got a Camp Chef pellet grill to test (thanks team Camp Chef!), along with a Sidekick attachment with a Pizza Oven and Griddle, and it is one of my favorite tools.
You can find my Traeger Recipe Collection here, and I also have some eBooks that feature the most popular recipes on the site and collect them all in one place, recipe only – no ads and no scrolling involved.
This is a powerful grilling machine, and the sidekick makes it even better. The perfect grill for reverse searing, long smokes, or a quick grill sesh.
Our first experience with pellet grills was enough to get us hooked. Our Traeger is reliable and gets used several times a week. There are some newer models available now I’m drooling over, but this older trusty model will live on my deck for many years to come, I’d imagine.
GRIDDLE & FLAT TOPS
In 2019 we also added a 36″ Blackstone Griddle to our outdoor cooking collection. We’ve made a few things on it so far, like this Blackstone Steak and our Blackstone Omelets, and they’ve been fabulous.
We have a smaller griddle that fits on our Camp Chef Sidekick attachment too, and the Hibachi Fried Rice that came off of that thing was out of this world.
These griddles are both powered by propane, so make sure you have a tank handy!
I do not actually have this one because I have a griddle attachment for my Camp Chef Pellet Grill, but it has great reviews and is a solid option if you are on the hunt for a large flat top, and the Camp Chef brand has been great to use and work with.
Grilling Tools and Accessories
If you are a serious griller, you need some serious grilling tools. Set yourself up for success, or get the griller in your life an awesome present with the added benefit of upping their grilling game significantly.
This is the best instant-read thermometer on the market, and I’ve tried a lot of them. Accurate and fast results, which is paramount when pellet grilling.
For all of your wireless grilling needs, the Smoke is the most reliable wireless thermometer I’ve ever used.
If you are going to grill, you need grilling tools to make your life easier. These fit that bill, without breaking your budget.
A grilling enthusiast in your life would love to get this! Great present option!
Flat top griddles have flat top tool needs, and this kit will set you up for griddle success. It also comes with a handy carrying case, for the win.
Set yourself up for the best griddle-fried eggs, pancakes, steaks, and anything else you can dream up.
SPICES & SEASONINGS
In 2015 I discovered a local Washington spice brand that lept into my “CANNOT COOK WITHOUT” list, immediately, and they are blowing up in the years since and have yet to disappoint. You can see their whole product offering here, or read below to see which ones I have in my collection. (Spoiler alert, it is a LOT.)
These are the things that I just can’t live without, and go into almost every dish I make. I’m listing the big food-service sized container because they usually wind up being less expensive per pound, and we go through a lot, but most of these have smaller-sized equivilents if you don’t have friends you want to split with.
Amazing flavor. Makes a big difference in the end result. Highly recommend over white table salt for all the things!
Love this stuff! Fresh ground black pepper from only the best sources. The only kind of pepper I’ll buy!
This is new, and is going to become my MOST USED SPICE because if I put anything on everything, it is salt, pepper, garlic. Every time.
Onion powder is another one of those things that really just makes everything better. Plus, it comes with the added benefit of not being detectable to the small people in your life who don’t yet realize that onions are freaking AMAZING.
Love love love this Italian Seasoning blend! Perfectly balanced. Make your own spaghetti sauce, Italian meatballs, or a big loaf of garlic bread.
This is the only taco seasoning I will use. Throw those grocery store packets right in the garbage because you will never want one of those tacos ever again. Seriously. I love it that much.
More awesome products and recommendations to come!