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Searing with cast iron on a pellet grill?

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  • Ted Levine
    Former Member
    • Oct 2020
    • 1

    Searing with cast iron on a pellet grill?

    Hi everyone. Ted here. I’m new to the club. I’m planning to reverse sear some steaks, but I ONLY have a pellet grill. My Green Mountain Daniel Boone goes up to 550 F. Meathead’s instructions suggest using a superheated cast iron skillet or griddle. Just wondering if heating it in my 550 F pellet grill will be enough, or if I should just do the searing over the stove inside the house. Anyone ever try either way or have thoughts?
  • Jfrosty27
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 1304
    • Muskego, WI
    • Current cookers:
      Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
      Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
      Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
      Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
      Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
      Onlyfire rotisserie kit for 22" kettle
      Weber Smokey Joe
      SnS Deluxe
      The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
      Blackstone 17" griddle
      Joule Sous Vide circulator

      Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
      Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

    I also have a pellet grill. Sure you can crank it up and sear on it. But if it were me, I would do it in the CI on the stove. Takes a lot of fuel to kick the pellet grill that high. Plus it will take a bit of time to heat up. On the stove is quick an cheap. One caution though. It will smoke up the kitchen unless you have a decent exhaust fan.


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  • RichieB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2018
    • 1769
    • Western Mass

    I can't chime in as I do not have a pellet grill.
    What I can do is say, Welcome from Western Massachusetts.


    • RonB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2016
      • 13525
      • Near Richmond VA
      • Weber Performer Deluxe
        Pizza insert
        Smokenator 1000
        Cookshack Smokette Elite
        2 Thermapens
        lots of probes.

      I can't help either, but welcome to The Pit.


      • rickgregory
        Founding Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 1126
        • Seattle, WA

        I'm withJfrosty27 - much easier to sear on the stove.


        • lonnie mac
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 1352
          • Bacliff, TX
          • Motovlogging for the freedom of old Hippies...


            Home of Brutus Ten!



            Weber Performer Deluxe W/ SNS, Craycort CI grates

            WSCGC (Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center W/ SNS Plus, DNG

            Texas Original Pits Offset Smoker

            RecTec 590

            WSM 18" W/ Upside-down door mod

            Camp Chief Flattop, The big one...

            Weber Genesis II S-335

            Texas Fire Pit


            Maveric's Most all of em...
            FireBoard W/ Fan Control, GURU Fan
            ThermoWorks, most all of em...


          I am in the camp to do it on the stove. I have seared in CI many times on the pellet grill, but really it is a waste of fuel and a LOT of time to get the grill and the CI hot enough to impart absolutely no smoke flavor in the end. I avoid everything I can to not heat up my house here in Texas, but I would do your reverse on the grill, and the sear on the stove.


          • Sweaty Paul
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        • bbqLuv
          Club Member
          • Jan 2020
          • 1481
          • Milwaukie, OR

          HI from Portland OR.


          • swartzster
            Charter Member
            • Aug 2014
            • 198
            • Marysville Washington

            Have you tried GriilGrates?


            • treesmacker
              Club Member
              • May 2018
              • 1009
              • Grants Pass OR
                • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
                • O-Grill 600 Portable Grill with O-Dock
                • Cuisinart 360 Griddle
                • Ooni Fyra (coming soon)

              If you want to do it on a stove without smoking up the house, think about getting an induction burner. Works great with cast iron. Smoke and splatter stay outside.
              The cast iron will certainly work in your pellet grill, though will use lotsa pellets and time as previously mentioned.
              If you want to dispense with some cash, I really like searing in cast iron in my Ooni Fyra using pellets... and bonus - you can make pizzas in it too.




              • Sweaty Paul
                Founding Member
                • Aug 2014
                • 1619
                • Hays, KS
                • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
                  (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

                  Weber Genesis Gas grill
                  Weber Kettle grills x 2

                Salutations from Hays, Kansas!


                • Loren
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2019
                  • 247
                  • Texas

                  Welcome from the Portland (Or) Metro Area!

                  I am not a fan of using pellet smokers for high heat...I have an older (still made in China though) Traeger and I can watch the hopper level visible drop every few seconds when it's cranked to max (coughcleaningcyclecough). And then when the door is opened....byebye heat hello long warm up cycle :/


                  • Mr. Bones
                    Charter Member
                    • Sep 2016
                    • 10019
                    • Kansas Territory
                    • Grills / Smokers

                      Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
                      Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
                      Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
                      Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
                      Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
                      Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
                      Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
                      Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
                      Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
                      Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
                      Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

                      Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
                      Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
                      Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

                      Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
                      Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
                      Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
                      Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
                      Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
                      Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
                      (Lime Green)
                      Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
                      Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!

                      Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
                      Maverick ET-732, (Black)
                      Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
                      ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
                      Blue ThermaPen Mk4
                      Orange Thermapen Mk4
                      Pink Thermapen Mk4
                      ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
                      ThermoWorks Smoke
                      ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
                      4 Pro Series cable extensions
                      Smoke Gateway

                      2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
                      BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
                      Warming shelf
                      MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
                      Backyard Grill marinade injector
                      Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
                      Bear Paws
                      Meat Rakes
                      BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)

                      Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
                      G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
                      '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
                      60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
                      50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
                      Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
                      Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

                      Cutlery, etc.:
                      Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
                      Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
                      Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
                      Multiple steels, from all over the planet
                      Crock sticks
                      Diamond stones, various
                      Lansky Sharpening System

                      Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
                      Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
                      Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

                    Howdy from Kansas Territory, Welcome to Th Pit!

                    Lookin forward to learnin along with, an from ya!

                    Agree wholeheartedly to CI Pan on a burner, vs pellet cooker


                    • klflowers
                      Club Member
                      • Sep 2015
                      • 3671
                      • Tennessee

                      Welcome from TN. Agree with what they said - if you want to do it outdoors, and you have some extra cash, what about one of these:


                      We have one and it works great. Caution about me and my bro's and sis's - we like to spend other peoples money lol


                      • glitchy
                        Club Member
                        • Jul 2019
                        • 1050
                        • Central IA
                        • MAK 2 Star General
                          Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
                          w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
                          Weber Q1000
                          Fireboard 2 Drive
                          Anova Precision Sous Vide
                          All the (pellet) grills I’ve loved before:
                          Traeger Junior Elite^
                          GMG DB
                          Traeger Texas Elite
                          Memphis Pro§
                          Traeger Pro 575
                          CampChef SmokePro STX (ugly grills need love too)
                          Weber SmokeFire EX4§
                          Traeger Select
                          CampChef Woodwind WiFi w/SearBox^
                          Weber SmokeFire EX4§

                          ^ = Favorites
                          § = Love/Hate Relationships

                        My experience was that traditional style pellet grills take a long time to get to 450+ and recover slowly after opening the lid and putting steaks in the pan or flipping them. I gave up pretty quickly on this method, but it can/will work with enough patience and practice.


                        • willxfmr
                          Club Member
                          • Apr 2017
                          • 496
                          • Fondy

                          Welcome from Wisconsin. Glad you could Join us!

                          I'm going to join the club and say yes to CI on the stove. That's how I have been doing it for years, so it must be the "right" way.




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