Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Review: Kingsford 100% Pure Premium Hardwood Pellets

Product: Kingsford 100% Pure Premium Hardwood Pellets
Company: Kingsford
Price: 10lb bag $11.99 | 20lb bag $18.99

Kingsford contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their new wood pellets they are bringing to market. Of course, I said yes. I use a Louisiana Grill for most of my cooking now and have competed with it. It's a great cooker and I love that I can set it and "leave" it. Lately though I've been noticing certain pellets tend to back up the auger and cause fire in the hopper, which is very bad. So I was hoping that the Kingsford ones might be another alternative.



Kingsford on top.
Here is a comparison of the Kingsford pellets. The ones on the bottom are what I have been using. The top ones are the Kingsford ones. You can see they look like they are tighter packed and  smoother. One of the claims of the of the Kingsford pellets is that they have "no fillers." They are 100% wood which gives them a cleaner burn. Traeger makes a similar pellet that I have had good luck with in the past but I can't always find them at my local stores.

I found the Kingsford pellets to burn clean, hold the temperature and leave less ash then the other pellets. I'm not sure about the "long burn" as towards the end of my 8 hour cook I had to add some extra pellets to make sure I didn't run out.

Starting up the cooker
I had a full cooker with a pork butt, chuck roast and two chickens.  The cook went very smoothly and once the cooker was going I had a nice thin blue smoke to flavor the meat with.


The family loved the food and the smoke on it was perfect. Giving the meat a nice smoked flavor without being overpowering. 

Chickens done.

Chuck roast ready to serve.

Chicken ready to go. 

Pork is pulled. 

The bag had some additional information on it that was very helpful. They suggest different woods for different meats which is nice if you're new to smoking or want to make sure which wood to use. They also have directions for using the pellets on a regular grill which opens them up to more people using them to get that extra flavor in their grilling.
The back of the back.

Conclusion

I like the Kingsford pellets and plan to pick some up from the store (Amazon and select Lowe's and Cabela's stores) for my next cook. While a little more expensive than other pellets I have used, I think the quality and flavor is better and worth it. I didn't experience the fire back up into my hopper; the cooker ran smoothly and maintained temperature and everything came out great. On the Gibbs Ribs* scale they get a full rack.  If you have a pellet cooker or are looking for some extra flavor from your grill pick up a bag and give them a try. I plan to.


*When I do reviews, books or otherwise, I rate the items with ribs (they are my favorite BBQ dish). A full rack is great and a single rib is poor. I will tend to stick to a full rack, half rack or one rib. 



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