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  • DrJimmy2112
    Club Member
    • Oct 2020
    • 39
    • Southern Wisconsin

    New Grilla coming soon. Should I...

    ...try to do a turkey for Thanksgiving or hold off until I get some experience first? I ordered a Grilla and hope it will arrive in the next few days. We plan on a small 10-12 lb bird plus a breast to supplement which will be cooked indoors. My question is, this would be my first time on a pellet cooker and should I be patient and work on some less prominent meals first or just go for it? This assumes delivery will take place on time in the era of COVID misery...
  • ecowper
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3498
    • Maple Valley, WA
    • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
      Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

      Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
      Thermometer = Maverick ET732
      Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
      Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
      Thermapen Classic = Grey
      PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

      Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
      Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
      Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
      Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

      Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"

      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

    To be honest, I would do your turkey the way you are used to until you have the new Grilla figured out. Others may feel differently, but I am such a “holiday meal must be traditional and right” that my advise is to go with what you know until you are ready to change up.


    • DrJimmy2112
      DrJimmy2112 commented
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      Probably prudent. We have a 2nd breast that we pan to do indoors as a back up so to speak. 1st time for that as well.

    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      DrJimmy2112 I tend to avoid risk with holiday meals ..... the first year I decided to smoke a turkey instead of cook in the oven, I smoked two turkeys that fall to dial it in.
  • glitchy
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 727
    • Central IA
    • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
      w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
      Weber SmokeFire EX4
      Weber Q1000
      Fireboard 2 Drive
      Anova Precision Sous Vide

    Do you have a remote meat probe and instant read? If so, go for it! Cook at 350-375 until you hit 160 in breast and 170 in leg and you'll likely be very happy. Instant read is really the key, have to check a few spots to be sure and I never seem to hit the magic spot with the remote on poultry more than anything, Same really goes for cooking indoors, temping any protein is better than time. However, even a touch of smoke is better than an oven, IMO.


    • DrJimmy2112
      DrJimmy2112 commented
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      No remote probe though the cooker has some meat probe that reads on the display I understand. I have been using a instant read hand held, long ago gave up on time for cooks - Hope the thing comes in time. Thank you so much for the guidance -Happy Thanksgiving
  • MBMorgan
    Club Member
    • Sep 2015
    • 6370
    • Colorado
    • > Weber Genesis EP-330
      > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
      > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
      > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
      > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
      to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
      > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
      > Thermoworks Smoke
      > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
      > Thermoworks Thermapen
      > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
      > Anova sous vide circulator
      > Searzall torch
      > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

    If the assembly and burn-in of your new OG go smoothly, I’d say go for it. Just don’t try to get too creative for your first cook, e.g., avoid trying to lay on heavy smoke by cooking initially at low temps. Keep it above 250-275F at all times. Remember that a pellet cooker is nothing more than a wood-fired convection oven and I’d advise using it as just that ... nothing more and nothing less. Frankly, I’d just crank the OG up to at least 350-375F and just keep a close eye on your grate temp and turkey IT at all times using a good external thermometer (or thermometers).

    Before ignition, make sure that your burn pot and the surrounding area are clean ... no ash or unburnt pellets. For safety’s sake leave the OG door open during ignition until you see plenty of smoke and can see a happily flaming burn pot through the window.

    Please don’t believe for a second that a pellet cooker is totally set-and-forget. It’s not.

    I don’t know if you got the Grilla with the new alpha controller. If you decide to trust the old “classic” controller (you’ll get a bit more smoke if you do), be prepared to see +-30F temp swings. That’s perfectly normal and is by design.

    Finally ... and this is important ... if your OG shuts down due to ANY error condition (including a power failure or flame out), do NOT attempt to relight it before you thoroughly clean out the burn pot and surrounding area. Frankly, if that happened to me on a first cook, I’d move the turkey indoors and avoid the new cooker until you’ve had a chance to work with Grilla Support to sort out what happened.

    All that said, congrats on your new OG and best of luck with your Thanksgiving meal! Enjoy !!!


    • DrJimmy2112
      DrJimmy2112 commented
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      Thank you for the very thoughtful advice and counsel! I will definitely take it seriously.
      Unfortunately, I am not getting any shipping updates so am starting lose hope that the OG will be here in time for Thanksgiving. And yes I ordered the alpha controller.
  • Skip
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3538
    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
    • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

    Congratulations on the New Grilla. Have fun with it!


    • DrJimmy2112
      DrJimmy2112 commented
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      Thank you Skip!
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13159
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    Congrats on the new cooker. If you decide to use it, I'd follow MBMorgan 's advice.


    • DrJimmy2112
      DrJimmy2112 commented
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      Thank you for the help, will do
  • bbqLuv
    Club Member
    • Jan 2020
    • 1054
    • Milwaukie, OR

    spatchcock that bird, Just smoked on on my pellet grill in 40df weather @ 230-255df to internal temp 165df. Pellet grills are close to set it and forget it.
    Sipped sour mash whiskey during cook. A little cold for PBR.


    • DrJimmy2112
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  • DrJimmy2112
    Club Member
    • Oct 2020
    • 39
    • Southern Wisconsin

    Roger that, will do - thanks for the input


    • Huskee
      • May 2014
      • 15331
      • central MI, USA
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      I say your pellet cooker is just another oven with smokier air, cook it in your Grilla like you would your oven. Congrats on the new rig!


      • DrJimmy2112
        DrJimmy2112 commented
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        Still no sign of delivery, may have to try the old weber gasser

      • Old Glory
        Old Glory commented
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        Agreed Huskee. Just use it like an oven but watch it to be sure she is running right and make sure your oven is available as a backup.

      • DrJimmy2112
        DrJimmy2112 commented
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        Roger. Looking like it'll be the gasser or the oven as no OG yet
    • Bogy
      Club Member
      • Mar 2016
      • 625
      • North Central Iowa
      • Blaz'n Grill Works Grid Iron
        Weber Genesis E-310
        Original Grilla
        Smokey Joe® Charcoal Grill 14"
        Thermoworks ThermoPop
        Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
        Thermoworks Smoke Thermometer with gateway
        2 iGrillminis - from before they were Weber.

      It's the 30th, and I just saw this thread. Did you get your Grilla? If not in time for Thanksgiving, at least by now? I'm at our vacation home, where my OG is, so it's been getting some use. Turkey breast, pork butt, and brats. I vacuum out the ash from the fire pot and bottom of the smoker after almost every cook, especially long ones. When I gave you my opinion of what you should buy in the earlier thread I mentioned that it warms up quicker than my other, larger, Blaz'n Grid Iron. Partly why I love using the OG, and my gasser sat neglected for over a year. After close to 3 years I finally realized it would heat up even faster than I thought. After vacuuming I would start it up and let it prime itself. I've seen many others recommend putting a handful of pellets in a clean fire pot. Tried it, and according to my Smoke ambient probe I was up to about 310 in just over 10 minutes. It settled back down to the set level of 225 soon after. Just a suggestion. Just don't overload it, I think I may have dumped in more than I needed to get things going. Happy Smoking!




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