10 Tips For Baking On Pellet Grill

Pellet grills, known for their versatility and ease of use, have gained immense popularity in outdoor cooking everywhere. Pellet smokers use wood pellets as fuel and provide precise temperature control and a steady heat source, which makes them perfect for various cooking methods.

Baking On Pellet Grill

One rising trend is Pellet grill baking, where the grill’s capabilities extend beyond traditional grilling to include baking appetizers and desserts.

You can bake your appetizers and desserts all at once on the pellet grill, and you can spend more time outside with friends and family.

With pellet grills, you can bake everything from cookies, and cakes to casseroles, all while enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family.

These baking tips apply to all pellet grills, whether you’re using a Traeger, Pit Boss, or any other brand, making them accessible to all pellet grill users.

You might also like to read our Pellet grill and smoker tips for beginners, tips to put out pellet grill fire and Easy pellet grill recipes.

Can We Do Baking On A Pellet Grill?

A question that often comes up is, Can you bake in a pellet grill? The answer is yes, you can bake in a pellet grill and it won’t taste like smoke. Pellet grills can retain consistent temperatures, never flare up, distribute even heat, and require little maintenance.

A pellet smoker is about as close as you’ll get to a professional commercial convection oven, and you can bake food, too. Pellet grills are powered only by wood pellets. This adds an extra layer of smoky flavor to your dishes.

The smoke flavor is much more subdued when you cook for a short period at a high temperature. This is because of the type of pellets being used.

Interestingly you can control the type of flavor when you use different pellet types. If you’re making a dish like brownies, I would recommend using Alder pellets. For apple pie, you can use maple pellets and it will make it taste great!

Anything over 300 degrees Fahrenheit doesn’t provide much-smoked flavor, but you’ll still taste the wood fire flavor. The wood fire flavor enhances the quality of your food!

How to Bake on a Pellet Grill

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Baking on a pellet grill requires adjusting the grill’s settings and using the right techniques to ensure even cooking and delicious results. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Preheat and Set Temperature: Preheat your pellet grill to the desired temperature for baking. Pellet grills often have a wide temperature range suitable for baking (usually between 180°F to 450°F).
  2. Use a Pizza Stone or Baking Sheet: Place a pizza stone or baking sheet on the grill grates to create an even cooking surface. Preheat the stone along with the grill to help distribute heat evenly.
  3. Choose the Right Pan: Opt for heavy-duty pans or cast iron skillets for baking. These retain heat well and promote even cooking.
  4. Monitor Temperature: Keep an eye on the grill’s temperature using the built-in thermometer or an external grill thermometer. Pellet grills tend to maintain a consistent temperature, but slight adjustments might be necessary.
  5. Positioning the Food: Place your baking dish, cakes, bread, or other baked goods on the preheated stone or baking sheet. Ensure there’s enough space around the food for proper air circulation.
  6. Check and Rotate: Periodically check the food to avoid overcooking or uneven baking. Depending on your grill’s hot spots, consider rotating the baking dish for uniform heat distribution.
  7. Avoid Excessive Opening: Limit opening the grill lid to maintain a consistent temperature. The frequent opening can lead to temperature fluctuations, affecting the baking process.
  8. Use Foil or Covers: If needed, cover delicate baked goods with foil halfway through to prevent excessive browning or drying out.
  9. Check for Doneness: Use a toothpick or cake tester to check if baked goods are fully cooked. For bread, tap the bottom; it should sound hollow when done.
  10. Cool Down: Once baking is complete, turn off the grill and let it cool down before removing your baked items. This allows for safe handling and prevents accidents.

Experiment with different recipes and techniques to find what works best for your preferences and grill model.

Adjusting temperatures and placement may vary based on the specific grill’s characteristics, so practice and observation are key to perfecting your pellet grill baking skills.

What You Can Bake In Your Pellet Grill

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Traeger has been a leader in pellet grills for over 40 years and there’s no denying that Traeger is one of the best pellet grills.

Traeger Pellet Grills are not just for barbecue. They come with a variety of cooking settings including the ability to bake bread, pizza, cookies, cake, pie, fruits, muffins, and vegetables.

When baking with a pellet grill, the drier air needs to crisp up the outer crust faster than the interior of your pie, bread, cake, etc. The use of a water pan in your smoker helps to soften the crust.

If you don’t want a harder crust on the bread, particularly on pumpkin or banana bread, leave the water out.

Baking Pie on a Pellet Smoker

Baking Fruit pies on a pellet grill is absolute perfection, although it does require some extra steps. The indirect heat source ensures that the pie bakes caramelizes and crisps all of the best parts without burning.

To make a successful pie, you’ll need either a cast iron or ceramic pie tin. The better heat distribution and absorption they offer, the better your baked goods will turn out.

Once the crust has formed on the pie to your liking, cover it with foil or a pie crust saver. This will prevent the filling from burning and ensure that the pie is baked all the way through.

For BBQ cobbler, set the temperature to 350°F (175°C) and cook for about 30-45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown

Here is a famous Traeger Smoked Apple Pie recipe!

Smoked Pumpkin Pie recipe

– Baking a Cake on a Pellet Grill

Here is a Sweet Cream Cake Dessert Recipe by Traeger Grills

Baking on a Traeger

– Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies on Traeger

baking on pellet smoker

Traeger Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies are a great dessert for the holidays. They are made with high-quality ingredients and have a smokey flavor that is perfect for winter. For chocolate chip cookies, set the temperature to 350°F (175°C) and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown

Here is a famous Traeger Smoked Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

Baking Bread on a Pellet Grill

Baking bread on a pellet smoker infuses a smoky flavor while creating a crisp crust and tender interior. Pellet smokers can be used as a fan-forced (convection) oven for baking bread, biscuits, and cookies at higher temperatures with minimal smoke. The cooking times will be slightly longer than in a conventional oven.

Baked Rustic Country Loaf Recipe 

9 Tips for Baking On A Pellet Grill

Here are a few tricks and tips for baking in a pellet smoker.

1. Choose a Right Wood Pellet for Baking on a Pellet Smoker

To achieve the truest flavors from your pellet grill/smoker, you should always use a lighter-flavored 100% hardwood Pellet. When you do baking on a smoker, the flavor of smoking won’t permeate the dish in the way that it would when barbecuing for almost an hour.

You want the wood flavor to lightly touch your baked goods. Experiment to see which flavors you like the best and combine them, too. When baking on the Traeger pellet grill, be sure to match dishes with complementary pellet favors so they can enhance each other as well.

Always use pellets specific to the type of flavor you want. Use the gentle smoke flavor pellet for the baking desserts on pellet grill. You can use a subtle flavor like sweet maple pellets in your pellet grill that are perfect for baking a pie and go well with most of the smoked desserts.

Definitely experiment with cherry pellets for a stronger flavor on muffins or smoked chocolate chip cookies.

Avoid using pellet like hickory or mesquite because these will change the flavor of baked goods significantly.

2. Use a Pie Crust Shield

For recipes involving crust, it is a good idea to use a pie crust shield. It will prevent the edges from burning and keep your baked goods looking more appealing.

3. Types of Pans to Use for Baking on Pellet Smoker

I much prefer using recyclable aluminum pans over cast iron ones while baking on a Traeger pellet grill because they don’t require much cleaning.

You can use Pyrex glass dishes for baking, but the only downside is that the smoke from the grill will make it hard to clean. Check out what types of dishes you can use in a pellet grill in this article.

4. Keep the Lid Close While Baking on Smoker

Keep the pellet grill lid closed while baking. Monitor the internal temperature with a Smoke Wi-Fi or external thermometer. Opening the lid will keep your dessert from baking and can make your cake collapse.

The rush of cold air also prevents the cake batter from rising.

5. Don’t Overthink it

Treat your pellet grill as an oven. We love how easily the pellet grill makes cooking appetizers, food, and even baking desserts and you get those great smoked flavors to boot.

The rule is the same for all types of pellet grills whether you own a Traeger, Pit boss, or a portable pellet grill.

6. Keep it Simple

The star of baking in a pellet smoker is its light smoke flavor.

Whether you’re new to baking or an expert, smokey flavor will add a deep richness of flavor to your desserts.

Keep things simple and let the grill do all the work. There’s no need to overcomplicate the dessert at your party. After all, it should be about spending time with friends and family.

Cookies, cake, crumble, and fruit are all examples of baked desserts on a pellet grill.

Fruit doesn’t only have to be eaten raw. It can be grilled too and served with some whipped cream for an extra treat. You don’t need to make this more complicated than it needs to be, so use store-bought pie dough or cake from the freezer section.

Here are the best smoked fruit dessert ideas.

Smoked Watermelon

Cut a nice, sweet watermelon into small triangles and keep it at room temperature.

Set grill at 400. Smoke the watermelon on the pellet grill for 5 minutes per side. After removing the watermelon from the grill, lightly drizzle maple syrup over the pieces. Serve and Enjoy!

7. Follow a Recipe You know

A simple way to keep the food you cook on your pellet grill tasting delicious is to use a recipe you know. For example, if you have an apple pie recipe that never fails, pull it out!

The options are limitless when it comes to what you can bake on a pellet grill. You can bake cookie, brownie, or cheesecake recipes, on the pellet grill with little modification. 

8. Use a Thermometer to check Doneness

For perfect baked goods, it is essential to know the doneness temperature – and a thermometer will do just that. Do note, though, that the cooking times may be slightly faster on a pellet grill so you’ll want to check on your dish often for doneness.

Most people (myself included) had no idea that breads, pies, and other baked goods should be baked to a specific temperature.

Here’s a list of the doneness temperatures for different types of baked goods.

9. Prepare Ingredients in Advance

Preparing ingredients in advance is a great way to save time. Prep your ingredients ahead of time so that it’s ready for cooking when you are.

For example, you can prep your dessert for a party in the morning for an evening event so that all you’ll have to do is throw it in the pellet grill.

Final Thought: Baking on Pellet Grill/Smoker

If your pellet grill/smoker can reach the right internal temperature needed for the recipes in a convection oven, it’ll be just as good for most of your other baking.

The result of a smoked dish is dependent on the type of food you place in the smoker and how much you cook it. It doesn’t need to be prepared in any specific way before being placed in the smoker.

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