Traeger Pro 780 Review – Does Grill Space Make a Difference?

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Traeger Pro 780 Review

There are so many options available now when it comes to buying a grill for your backyard that nobody can be blamed for not really knowing where to begin.

In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the Traeger Pro 780, which is a very solid option for anyone looking for a pellet grill.

We’ll go through its features, including pros and cons, so you can decide whether or not it’s right for you and your needs.

Contents

Hardware

It’s hard to know quite where to begin with its features – there are so many! But the best place to begin is probably with the bread and butter basics, i.e., the grilling space.

This model is called the Pro 780 for a reason – the grilling space is 780 square inches.

That’s enough space to grill all the meat you’d need to feed an army (or a very hungry extended family) with no problems.

It can reach a maximum temperature of 500°F, perfect for getting a great sear on steaks and the like.

This might also be a good time to mention that the Pro 780 is an electric grill, rather than a gas or wood-fuelled one.

This, of course, means that it needs an electrical connection to work, even if you’re going to be using it outside.

There’s also a drip tray for the grease just under the grill racks, angled so that all the grease that’s caught by it flows towards the same spot.

There’s a valve you can open here that then allows the grease to fall into a grease bucket (which comes with the grill).

This makes it easy to dispose of the excess grease. You can also buy drip tray and grease bucket liners if you want to make the process even easier and reduce the amount of cleaning that needs to be done.

It’s not just a grill either – it also includes a pellet hopper, which is a box containing specially made wood pellets.

These pellets are moved onto the heating element on the grill with an auger, producing wonderful smoke to give your meat a great smoky flavor.

The hopper can hold up to 18 pounds of pellets, which should be good for all the smoke you’re likely to need.

It’s also easy to open it up to clear out the pellets you have in it, so you can replace them with another kind.

Different woods give different flavors, so try a few to discover what you like best

Another piece of good news is that the grill comes on a wheeled frame – it weighs around 150 pounds, so you’ll be glad that you don’t have to carry it yourself!

This doesn’t make it the heaviest item in Traeger’s range, but it is definitely towards the heavier end.

There is an electronic controller which you can use to operate the grill.

From here, you can start the grill, set temperatures, timers, and also set up the auger that moves the wooden pellets to the heating element.

The company also sells its own range of different kinds of pellets (apple, hickory, and others).

You don’t have to use theirs, of course, but it can be convenient to have some shipped with the grill so that they arrive together.

While you can do everything you need to operate the grill from here, that’s not the only way you can do a lot of these things.

This grill is making good use of modern technology, as we’re about to see.

The App

This is something that marks Traeger as being different from a lot of its competitors.

Their app is available for both iOS and Android systems and can be used to do lots of useful things with the Pro 780.

This includes not only basic things like setting timers and turning the grill on and off, but more complicated things like checking the internal temperature of the meat being cooked.

This app connects via your home WiFi network rather than Bluetooth.

This is a real advantage (as long as it’s in range of the network) because it means that you can stay connected to it wherever you are – even if you’ve left your house to go and buy some more meat for the grill.

The app also includes thousands of recipes, most with video guides, so if you’re stuck for ideas on what to smoke next, then you’ll be able to check the app for inspiration.

You can search by type of meat or even by individual chef to find what you’re craving.

Finally, the app also includes a guide for how to set up the grill itself, which you’ll probably find very useful if you haven’t used it (or another Traeger grill product) before.

Performance

One notable thing about this grill is just how straightforward it is to use.

It’s very much a set and forget kind of setup, and you probably won’t need to even check on the meat all that much (though checking every hour or so is officially recommended).

There’s no fire that you’ll need to keep an eye on and if you use the app, you can probably do all the checking you need even if you’re not at home.

This allows you to set meat to smoke all day without needing to be there to keep an eye on it, which is ideal.

You can set it going in the morning, go out for the day to do whatever you need to, and then come back home to perfectly smoked meat.

If you’re using higher heats, it’s still almost as simple – you only need to turn your meat at the appropriate time. Since it’s an electric grill and doesn’t use any flame, there’s no fire for you to worry about.

Even setting the grill up isn’t as hard as you’d think. You can have it unboxed and ready to cook in under an hour, although we’d recommend having two people do it, as some of the parts (the legs in particular) are a bit heavy and take some work to attach.

The instructions are pretty simple to follow, and use more pictures than words.

As we’ve mentioned already, it’s an electric grill, which means it needs to be connected to an electric outlet to function.

The cord that comes with the grill is probably not going to be long enough to connect to a socket inside your house, so you’d be wise to invest in a long extension cord to make sure you’re not disappointed when you try to use it.

We’ve also already mentioned the WiFi connection.

While it’s great that it can connect to the WiFi, allowing you to keep track of it wherever you are, you might have a problem if your wifi signal is unreliable, or if it doesn’t extend to the place where you want to use your smoker.

Getting a WiFi signal booster might be a way around this, though.

One other consideration is for the smoker purists. Since this is an electric product, you won’t get quite the same experience smoking meat with it as you would on a traditional chip and charcoal grill that cooks with a fire.

That’s not to say that it’s worse or that you won’t like it, just be prepared for it to not be exactly the same. It will certainly require a lot less supervision, so it’s up to you to decide whether the extra convenience is worth it.

Extras

We’ve already talked about a couple of these already – the drip tray and grease bucket liners – but Traeger offers plenty of other extras to enhance your grilling experience too.

This ranges from aprons and grilling utensils to their own range of rubs and wood pellets, among many other things.

Some people prefer to use their own carefully developed rubs to season their meat, which is fine, of course.

However, if you don’t have one of your own, or if you’re new to grilling and smoking meat, then they’re a great option to help you get started.

Similarly, you might already have some of the other things like aprons, but if not, this is a solid source of good quality gear as well.

Final Thoughts

All in all, the Traeger Pro 780 is a very fine piece of machinery when it comes to grilling and smoking meat, and it deserves your serious consideration if you’re in the market for a larger sized grill

It has the capacity to cook huge amounts simultaneously, which makes it ideal for large groups and/or big parties.

You’ll be able to grill many different kinds of meat together to make a varied menu, and you’ll be able to smoke it all with wood pellets of your choice as well.

It’s really almost impossible to go wrong, and the app lets you keep an eye on the state of the cooking process from wherever you are.

Add to that the catalog of recipes it provides you, and it’s an ideal package both for those new to grilling and veterans.

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