We have all seen or heard of ‘Life Hacks’ when scrolling though our Facebook and Instagram feeds. A ‘Life Hack’ is a trick, shortcut or skill that is effective and produces productivity. We all have them and sometime don’t recognize how effective they really are. I have been using my Traeger Grills daily, sometimes multiple times a day for the past sixteen months and during this time, I have developed my own set of Treager tricks that I have found effective and useful. Here are my Top Five Traeger Hacks.
5. Power Cable and Extension Cable Storage
Obviously Traeger’s run on electricity and come equipped with a power cord that is approximately 6 ½ feet long. We all like to enjoy our Treager Grills and take advantage of beautiful weather. If you’re anything like me, most of the time the doors and windows to your home are open while the grill is in use. Electrical outlets can normally be found within a few feet of a door or window. During these days Trager’s beautiful blue smoke has a tendency to roll into the home through open doors and windows. To prevent this I use an extension cord and position my grill away from any open doors and windows.
To prevent myself from searching for an extension cord every time I want to use my grill, I have found it easiest to roll it up and store it on my hopper. My extension cord is always with my grill and now has become routine.
I also had struggled with the power cord and wanted to keep it off the ground. After each use I allow my grill to cool down and wrap the power cord around the small gap between the hopper and the barrel. This keeps the power cord off of the ground and does not effect how the cover sits in the grill.
4. Drip Bucket
At some point we have all had one problem or another with our drip bucket. These range from falling off during cover removal, transportation, or leaking grease. When I first purchased my grill, Traeger brand disposal bucket liners did not exist. I covered my bucket with tin foil for easy disposal. It never failed and grease always seamed to leak into the bottom of the bucket.
I have found it convenient to place, a small amount of kitty litter or dry sand in the bottom of my drip bucket, before covering it with tin foil, or using a bucket liner. This weighs the bucket down and absorbs any grease that may leak under the bucket liner or tin foil.
3. Use of Temperature Probes
My Pro Series 34 grill has a handy little rubber grommet on the left side of the barrel. Grill-grate and food temperature probes can easily be threaded through the grommet and into the barrel of the grill. Not all Traeger Grills are equipped with this rubber grommet. For example, my Traeger Tailgater does not have this feature. For the longest time I would just place the temperature probe cables under the door of the grill. Because the door was just slightly ajar this caused smoke/heat to escape through the entire perimeter of the door. The Tailgater vents smoke through small holes on the back of the barrel. I have since started to thread my temperature probes though these existing holes. This allows the door to stay closed and prevents unnecessary smoke and heat from escaping.
2. Grill Grate Temperature Probe
I use a Theromoworks Smoke, which allows me to monitor the heat of the grill-grates and the internal temperature of my food. I like to place my grill-grate probe towards the rear of the barrel to maximize cooking space. When doing so the grill-grate probe cable will lie across the grill grates and can get in the way of my cooking area.
I recently started to slip the grill-grate probe cable over the grill’s internal temperature probe located on the left side of the barrel. I run the cable down the left side of the grill and wrap it around the rear left corner of the grill-grate before placed it in the desired position on the grate. This keeps the probe cable towards the left side of my grill with minimal affect to my cooking area.
1. Temperature Probe Storage
Most digital thermometers use some type of meat probe to monitor the internal temperature of the food wile cooking. These probes are made to withstand high heat and attached by a cable. These cables have a tendency to get kinks and can be difficult to store. I have found a convenient way to store my temperature probes on my Traeger Tailgater.
I attached a small zip-tie to the handle on hopper located on the left side of the grill. I place the tip of the meat probe through zip-tie and rest the probe on top the handle. I wrap the cable clock-wise around the handle and weave the plug end through one strand of the cable too secure it in place. I always know where my temperature probes are located and this prevents them kinking and getting damaged.
I hope you have found one of these hacks useful and can put them to use. Follow my Instagram @freedomsohard and subscribed on the right side of the home page. Until next time Treaeger on!