Pit boss pellets question

Discussion in 'A-Maze-N Smokers' started by atomicsmoke, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Are the pit boss apple pellets 100% apple or are they blends?

    Thank you

    P.s. these are for amazn smoker not a pellet burning smoker.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2017
  2. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have also inquired with Pit boss sales. They responded quickly - the apple pellets are a blend 40% apple, 60% hickory.
  3. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic

    That seems like a strange blend for Apple. I would think the Hickory will overpower any contribution from the apple. 
  4. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    I guess they are going for a muted hickory flavor rather than an apple flavor.  I did some bacon to 145F with 70% apple and 30% hickory and man was it good flavor.  I could definitely taste the apple eating as is or fried very lightly/soft.

    My blend was meant to be apple with a little bit of hickory to prop it up.   I don't see how a 60% hickory to 40% apple would do the same but I have not tried those proportions in a blend.

    I can say the Pit Boss Competition Blend (PBCB) is 50% Maple 25% Cherry 25% Hickory from product description I managed to find online.  It is awesome once you get about 4 hours of some or if you double up the smoke burning from both ends using an AMNPS.

    I love the PBCB on chicken wheIn I light the pellets at both ends.  Chicken cooks so quickly that I still get good flavor only lighting one end of the AMNPS using PBCB but getting double the smoke on the short cook is even better!
  5. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree. Unfortunately that's what they offer. Don't understand the point of all these blends. Sell each wood separately, let people mix they way they like it.
  6. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    I think it's a cost cutting strategy.  Blend with cheaper woods for your area and get a bigger profit margin.  I could be wrong but don't think so.

    Some blends make sense like competition blends, or reducing the harshness of Mesquite that some people get from using that wood.  I'm with you on blending yourself though.  I just wish I didn't have to buy in 20 or 40 pound increments.  It's cheaper to buy 20 pounds than 2-5 pounds so I have all these bags of pellets when I only need like 5 pounds of each hahaha.

    Now that I have gotten my mother an electric smoker the plan is for us to buy different wood pellets and then trade half of what we have to one another to get smaller batches of each wood :)
  7. bregent

    bregent Smoking Fanatic

    Sure, that's the main reason  - but typically the base wood is something more neutral like oak or alder, so the flavor wood comes through. Calling a blend Apple when it is 60% Hickory seems silly as hickory has a strong flavor that would likely overpower any contribution from the apple.
  8. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    I agree 100%.

    I need to play around with some more Hickory smoking but I'm leaning towards the notion that I only like pure Hickory for bacon, smoked turkey legs, summer sausage, and things like that.  Outside of those types of smokes I imagine I will be blending my hickory at no more than 30% Hickory with some other fruit wood.
  9. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    That's the same thing that BBQ'rs Delight brand pellets do. All of their Fruitwood options are typically 60% Oak, and 40% whatever fruitwood they put on the label. I agree with others that this is just a cost cutting gimmick. My experience with those pellets has been pretty good though, and you do get the fruitwood flavor shining though; however, I would prefer it if they would just sell you 100% of the wood you want even if it cost more, then you could dial it however you want to.
  10. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    The BBQ'rs Delight 1lb. Bags of pellets are 100% wood on the bag. I think Todd sells them or did. They may say grilling pellets and show a diagram on the back on how to make a foil pouch.

    Traeger pellets are blended with Oak or Alder and I use their Apple and Pecan with no complaints. I like Todd's Pitmasters Choice and all the other pellets I've bought from him. I haven't blended different pellets together yet.

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