Rec Tec Grill Reviews – Can We Believe in The Rec Tec?

Despite of being introduced to the market several years ago, REC TEC has convinced many prissy customers by their reliable pellet grills and excellent customer service. 

If you’re a huge fan of grilled foods who eat them on the daily basic or who need to cook about 10 slabs of ribs at the same time, those expensive models might be worth to spend. Otherwise, a pellet grill which is about $400-$500 is enough. REC TEC offers these affordable tools, and today we’ll discover two of their best products in our Rec Tec grill reviews!

Rec Tec Grill Reviews

The elegant and beautiful design of this Rec Tec Wood Pellet Grill shall attract you first. I like the orange color on top of this grill, making it different and easy to be recognized by customers. The stainless steel of the lid protects it from being eroded time after time. I must say that this appearance of Rec Tec Wood Pellet Grill reminds me of the image of a buffalo.

Two handles on the right and left of the orange lid represent the buffalo’s horns. The orange color, on the other hand, represents the color of buffalo’s skin. Well, its design has a story behind to make me interested in.

In terms of performance, I have to say that this pellet grill is flawless. With the smart temperature control, it automatically lights and heats up to the selected temperature with just a press of a button. Once it starts, it keeps the temperature with surprising precision throughout the cooking process, only 1-3 degrees F of error, which is as good as an indoor oven.

The temperature varies between 180 to 500 degrees F, and you have 5-degree increments to change it. Thanks to the 40-pound hopper that automatically feeds one pound of pellet every hour, you can get extra smoke in the grill for up to 18 hours of smoking. So, no longer do you need to load the grill with new pellets while cooking large meals.

With REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill, you can grill, smoke, bake or sear. Whichever method you choose, you always get delicious foods that taste awesomely. Some customers even say that it gives foods the better taste and deeper flavor than charcoal grills. Besides, because the heat only comes from real wood, your food will get the natural wood flavor that makes it really stand out.

This model has the cooking surface of 702 square inches, so it’s spacious enough for around 30 burgers. As the lid is pulled down, it reveals the grilling area of 9 inches tall, which means you can easily fit a few turkeys inside.


Some technical features of this product are as below:

  • Modern Smart Grill Technology ensuring precise temperature controlling of both grills and foods
  • Full mode allowing you to heat up your grill quickly and reach the temperature of 500ºF
  • Dimension feature for cooking area: 19.5 inches x 36 inches
  • Weight: 250 pounds
  • Hopper Capacity: 40 pounds
  • Multiple functions: you can grill, bake and smoke foods
  • 4 wheels for easy movements: 02 larger tires next to temperature setting box and 02 smaller tires on the opposite side
  • A bottom shelf large enough for restoration

Pros:

  • Smart Grill Technology allows the heating up easily even in winter and maintain the exact and stable temperature during cooking process
  • Ease of use and assembly
  • Ease of movement thanks to 04 wheels
  • A versatile grill for smoking, grilling, and baking
  • Beautiful and elegant style making it unique against other grills
  • Sturdy and large enough for large cooking portions

Cons:

  • The heating up sometimes cannot be as committed by the producers

How Does It Work?

Hopper is a box designed for holding pellets. It is also where the smoke comes from. All pellet grills have this part because if they don’t, they won’t be pellet grills anymore!

Pellets are the result of real wood compressing process. They come in a wide range of flavors that will affect the flavor of the food being cooked.

The grill feeds pellets into its fire pot. This process is automatic until there are no pellets inside the hopper.

How to use?

To be able to use the REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill in a correct manner, you should follow three simple steps below:

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    Step 1: Pour wood pellets into the hopper located on the side.
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    Step 2: Adjust your desired temperature. Then, wait for the grill to get this temperature. You don’t need to light it up because it’ll do this automatically thanks to a built-in ceramic igniter.
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    Step 3: Put your food into the grill to cook. To see how many temperatures inside the grill, you simply look at a toggle on the controller which is responsible for displaying the set temp and the actual temp.

For a detailed guide to using the REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill, you can check this video:

This mini portable Rec Tec Grill shares the same design with the above Rec Tec Grill I mention earlier in the first place. 

It is one of the most convenient grills on the market that you can get. The special design with folding legs makes it really portable, allowing you to bring it to camping spots or along your travel easily. It’s very rare to get this feature on other pellet grills, and the fact that this one has is just mind-blowing!

Moreover, as the name suggests, this grill has a "mini" size. In particular, its cooking surface is only 341 square inches, which is nearly half the size of the REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill above. This makes it more compact but still able to fit a turkey, 4 full slabs of ribs or 15 burgers at once. So, feeding 10+ people with this grill is totally possible.

Like the REC TEC Wood, this mini model still gives you the same constant temperature control system (180-550 degrees F) in 5-degree increments and allows you to get your desired temperature quickly. In particular, you only need to wait for 4 minutes to get 225 degrees F, 8 minutes to get 400 degrees F, and 15 minutes to get 615 degrees F.

Because there are no significant variations in temperature, you can know the correct cooking time for your food to be fully and evenly cooked. The result will be amazing ribs that are better than 99% of BBQ joints.

Despite being smaller than the standard model, one great thing remained in this mini model is the 15-pound pellet. So, you don’t have to worry about the fire dying down while making your perfect meals.

Pros:

  • Portable and Flexible enough to move around
  • Suitable for small portions of meal
  • Folded legs easier to bring along during long day trips
  • Ease of heating up to 600˚F
  • A versatile grill for smoking, grilling, and baking
  • Maintain stable temperature during cooking process

Cons:

  • The heating up sometimes cannot be as committed by the producers

How to use?

There are no differences between using this mini model and the standard one. The smaller size and the lack of a wheel for ensuring the sturdiness of the grill do not make it harder to use. In general, you simply follow these simple steps:

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    Step 1: Pour wood pellets into the hopper located on the side.
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    Step 2: Adjust your desired temperature.
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    Step 3: Put your food into the grill to cook.
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    Step 4: Enjoy your meal!

How to clean?

There are no many differences between cleaning a pellet grill and other grills. Probably, cleaning a pellet grill might be a bit more difficult because some parts are more heavy duty and thus heavier to handle. In addition, sharp edges on the sheet metal and folding tray can hurt your skin. Therefore, knowing how to clean a pellet grill is really important.

 For a detailed guide to that, you can check this video:

To Sum Up

Both Rec Tec Wood Pellet Grill and Rec Tec Mini Portable Pellet Grill are great products because they give surprisingly accurate temperature control and really good taste and flavor for your food. Overall, the first model is terrific with the capability of cooking big meals for 20 people. On the other hand, the second model is more suitable for those who are looking for a small-size pellet grill for household and portable purposes.

Now it’s your time to make your own decision. Which one should you buy? If you find this post useful, please share it with your friends. And don’t forget to leave your option in the box below. Thank you for reading!

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