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Pellet Smokers item created by bmudd14474, Dec 23, 2012
Pros - smart controller, 40lb hopper, built heavy
Cons - leg mounts could be better
I've had my RecTec 680 for about three weeks or so. I've already cooked on it about 10 times I imagine. I've got baby backs smoking on it right now. This smoker is worth every penny you'll pay for it. I had an issue when I first got it, it ended up being me, not the grill, but Ben, the GM of RecTec called me to explain my issue. If every company had customer service like RecTec, the world would be a far better place. This grill holds temp really well. It's really heavy, even the grates. Everything is made out of stainless. Everything I've cooked on it so far has been the best version of whatever it is that I've ever done. Once you do your research and compare this one to all the other smokers, you're going to pay the grand and get the best pellet smoker on the market right now. The only negative thing I can say about this grill is how the legs mount to the barrel, it could be designed a little better. I put shims in between the legs and sockets on mine to make it tight. If you're like me and really like the smoke flavor, get a 12" smoker tube and put in there. The RecTec makes plenty of smoke, but why not add to it? At higher temps, it doesn't smoke as much so that's when I use the tube. It's not the grill, it's just science. It has to burn the pellets rather than smoke them. Bottom line, this thing is top of the line. Spend the money and don't look back.
Pros - Ability to Hold Temperature | Grill Bars | Quality Material | Customer Support
Cons - Cover
We have been using this unit for a year and a half, several times per week, year round in the Seattle area. Cook everything from pork shoulder to rack of lamb to salmon to blackened sword fish. This replaced a Traeger Lil Tex that we had nothing but problems with in the year we owned it.
The unit comes up to temperature very quickly, since it is started with the hood down. The front shelf and grill bars are necessities, from my perspective. Since the temperature will maintain at 500 degrees, steaks come out great on the grill bars. Flip the bars over and use the flat surface for blackened fish & meats and burgers.
Only negatives are the cover and the tendency to knock the grease bucket off when removing or replacing the cover. I fixed this issue by drilling a small hole in the drain, and passing a wire through that is then fastened around the bucket handle. I also shortened the cover by about 20", and it is much easier to take off and remove.
This is the best BBQ we have ever owned. Not only was it a far superior unit than our Traeger, I recently surplussed my Weber gas grill, as I no longer need it to sear food.
Pros - Size, Quality of build, Design and of course CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!
Cons - haven't found any
Bought the "kitchen sink" package after two years of looking, reading and information seeking---absolutely love the product! I have done bacon wrapped pork loin, pig candy, St. Louis style ribs, Babyback ribs, burgers, kielbasi, Ribeyes, chicken leg quarters and a Peking duck...I'm telling you all turned out SPECTACULAR!!!!
The burgers and steaks are game changers! The pig candy last about a day as the kid DEVOUR it!!!
Folks this thing hold almost perfect temperature. The quality of the build is also very impressive. I have a buddy that bough another brand and we were discussing, his grill holds 12 pounds of pellets --the REC TEC holds 40 lbs!!!!! 40 freaking pounds!!!!
I would also recommend the front shelf when ordering, I wasn't gonna get it, but it came with the "Kitchen Sink Package"...I'm glad I did it is very very handy!!! I also recommend the searing grates they sell, very good quality and works GREAT!!!
I can't say enough on this product, I also love the fact that it has the 6 year warranty, NOBODY comes close to that!!! NOBODY!!!!
Thanks REC TEC for delivering on your promises!!!!
Pros - Easy to use and the food always comes out perfect.
Cons - Nothing...
I LOVE this pellet smoker. I did about three months of research on which pellet grill to get. Looked into build, materials, ease of use, and value for the money. I even called them before I bought and put them threw the wringer with a few questions... No issues and no pressure to buy. When I did pick them, I called back with my order and was treated with how a customer should be treated, with respect. I try to use my RT year round... gets a bit smoky in the garage in the winter here in Northern IL, but I'll take it. A buddy has the big green egg... wishes he had this now.
Pros - when it works
Cons - get your tools out and wait
less then 6 mos old.. had to repair 3 times call customer service even more. tired of waiting on parts to come in the mail vs grilling. If this is what you want to do .. then go ahead and buy one.
i have asked for money back and replacement.. they only send parts and make me wait more.
Pros - Built well, great service, low maint
Cons - sometimes struggles with low temps, moderate smoke level
I am about 3 months into the Rec Tec adventure. I purchased the unit to be a smoker and figured that if the searing/grilling features worked as well as touted it would be a bonus. I was very surprised to see how well the unit does at grilling. I got the searing greats which give great grill marks. Cooking steaks on it is easy and produces the best steak I've ever had.
For smoking, the unit does well also. It sometimes struggles to maintain 225 and will run in the 240s instead. The higher the temp setting, the more reliably it is able to perform. I suspect it will be easier for it to handle when not in the heat of the summer.
Assembly was easy, around 30 minutes. Rather than read the manual, I put the youtube assembly video on and paused it while completing the steps.
The orange lid is hard to keep clean-looking, but no one notices. The first comment I get from guests are regarding how cool the handles are.
The unit is not very tight in terms of keeping the smoke in where you want it, it leaks all around the door as well as through the light. I have put a nomex gasket around the door which seals it up nicely. I suspect that I can find a way to seal the light as well but haven't gotten there yet. The interior light gets dirty quickly and I haven't been able to clean it up very well, but haven't tried too hard yet as I'm not cooking at night during the long days of summer.
Overall, I'm very happy with my rec tec.
Pros - Econimical, efficient easy to use and easy to clean
Cons - buying pellets, space
I have used this smoker to smoke everything besides a whole hog (space). Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, Pork...Then I started to expand; pizza, fish, steaks (reverse sear) and it's on point every time. This smoker is the best pellet cooker out there. Yoder's are nice, but expensive when you compare the two. Traegger's, just not my thing. The direct temperature setting is highly efficient so is the "heavy smoke" option; which increases the smoke between 185-225.
The only issue I have with this is the space and there is not a temp probe port. Sometimes when covering a brisket or a shoulder to push through the stall the there is a temperature gauge that get's in the way. The light is nice as well but often is in the way when trying to cram it full.
It would be nice in the future if they came out with another smoker that had an internal shelf. But all and all I love using this and would recommend it to anyone. Putting a brisket on for a 12 hour cook and not having to sit there all day is an incredible feeling...Don't get me wrong I own an offset as well and love the smell and having good old fashion fire but this is much easier and produces amazing results.
Pros - Gets up to temp quick. Very easy to use. Unbeatable customer service
Cons - Not self cleaning LOL
This was a present from my amazing wife. The grill was very easy to put together. This thing is built heavy. I was actually amazed at the construction. Burn in was effortless. I have cooked on it for several months now. I have smoked fresh bacon, briskets, sausage, made steaks. I also use it to cook pot roast in my cast Iron dutch ovens. Everything I have cooked on it taste amazing. The grill works great. Easy clean up. I love my Rec Tec.
Pros - Awesome temp control, looks really cool, love the light, great grill, food ROCKS!!!, excellent customer service
Cons - none worth mentioning
Ok, I was of the firm opinion that only a stick burner would smoke food the way I like it. WRONG!!! This grill not only looks great but made some of the best BBQ I have ever had using the same recipes I have used for years!! I have been smoking on an indirect for more than 15 years and never had BBQ like this. I did three slabs of ribs first and some bacon candy, awesome! Then I did a 24 hour brisket and it was the best I ever had. Nice smoke ring, tender, juicy and good bark. I had a hard time getting over the lack of smoke emitted compared to my indirect smoker but the flavor still comes through really good if not better than my stick burner and I don't have to tend a fire! Pellet use was minimal, I think it used 3/4 of a bag for a full 24 hour smoke. Oh and did I mention that I didn't have to mess with it even once? Great grill, you will love it. I sure do. This thing ran for 24 hours and only deviated temps +/- 2 degrees and was usually dead on when I checked it.
how it delivered;
all put together and ready to go;
3-2-1 ribs and bacon candy;
the smoke ring was impressive for such little smoke;
then the brisket, just a little rub and injected with beef broth, nothing fancy, kind of last minute really;
look at that BARK!!! Crunchy yum!!!
after the rest period....
sliced, again LOOK AT THAT SMOKE RING!!!
Pros - Ease of assembly & use; Temperature control; consistent quality in meat; Great customer service;
Cons - Not a single one!!!!
I interviewed to work for Traeger selling at Costco and that was my introduction to pellet grills. Thankfully, I didn't get the job. I researched all the pellet grills on the market and my research showed Rec Tec had the best customer service and the grill just looks so much better than the competition. I ordered my grill over the phone, I got it in 3 days and waited until the weekend to put it together (that was hard to wait). I had an issue with the wire for the light, I called on a Saturday not expecting an answer. I got a return call within a half hour with the answer. The legs are so much stronger than the Traeger due to the rack at the bottom, the steel is a heavier gauge than the Traeger, the control unit works flawlessly and keeps the temperature at the same degrees for the entire burn. You can use ANY pellets on the market (unlike Traeger). I have cooked pork shoulders, beef filets, salmon, chickens and just this past weekend baby backs. All of it has come out perfect. The baby backs were probably the best yet. They were moist and the meat just fell off the bone. I used to have an offset smoker. I used it probably 6 times in the six years I owned. It was such a hassle to use. I was constantly having to babysit the fire box. It was either too hot or not hot enough. I ended up selling both my gas grill and the smoker for $100 to one guy just to get rid of them. I will never go back to gas or another offset smoker. This is the best way to smoke, grill or cook. This Thanksgiving, I am going to smoke a huge turkey for my family and friends. I love smoked turkey and I can't wait to taste the turkey that is going to come off this grill.
I love to go to Costco when the Traeger road show comes to town. I have a blast walking up to the people looking at the Traegers and tell them to buy a Rec Tec instead. The Traeger guys give me the nastiest look. One Traeger guy was so ignorant that he said what is a Rec Tec? I told him the Benz compared to the Traeger Ford. He was so arrogant that he dismissed the Rec Tec like it was the best thing just because Costco is selling it. My comment back to him was "yes, Costco also sells HP computers."