The Bottom Line
Improved for 2015, the Traeger Texas Grill, or Texas Pro Pellet Grill as it is now known has some new features to like. The pellet hopper now has a clean out for quickly changing pellet flavors and the digital pellet controller, while still relatively primitive has two meat probes for monitoring food temperatures without opening the lid. This pellet cooker is even available in two colors now.
The problem is that it is still somewhat of a lightweight pellet grill reducing temperature precision and efficiency.
- Wide cooking range
- Hopper cleanout for changing pellets
- Primitive 10-position dial pellet controller
- Maximum temperature of 450 degrees F
- 646 square inches of primary cooking area with a total 892 square inches of space
- 150 to 450 degrees F/65 to 230 degrees C temperature range
- 20-pound capacity pellet hopper mounted on the side
- Steel cooking grates
- Collapsible legs for storage and transport
- Simple 10-position electronic temperature control unit with two meat probes
- Powder coated steel construction
- Made in China by Traeger Wood Pellet Grills
Guide Review - Traeger Texas Pro Pellet Grill
Traeger, of course, is the inventor of the pellet grill. For years, they enjoyed a near monopoly on the idea while their patents held. Once those patents expired, an army of imitators and innovators hit the market.
Currently, I count 16 different manufacturers in the market space producing some 60 models of pellet grills and I am probably missing a few. Traeger correctly predicted all this and choose to leverage their brand name and experience against all comers.
To do this, they shipped manufacturing to China to hold down production costs and then they marketed.
It is their marketing and access to retailers that keep them strong. Traeger pellet grills can be found virtually everywhere. Traeger has been criticized for sacrificing quality and innovation for market share, but it is hard to argue with the results. Traeger still dominated the market space and is the loudest advocate of pellet cooking.
The Traeger Texas Grill now called the Texas Pro Pellet Grill is their large, mid-range unit. Large enough to do some serious smoking, this newly improved grill now has a standard upper rack for additional cooking space and two meat probes for monitoring food temperatures. This is actually a serious improvement though the pellet controller is still the old 10-position unit that doesn't provide for a high degree of temperature precision. Of course, pellet grills tend to be less accurate than implied, but while many competitors have moved to a much more sophisticated level of technology, Traeger is still lagging behind.
While a competent pellet grills (including all the limitations pellet grills are prone to) the overall construction quality of this Traeger remains relatively low. While a large grill with all the necessary equipment to make it a pellet grill (motors, fans, auger, etc) it only weighs 165 pounds.
This is because the metal body of the grill is thin and the lid does not close tightly. This means that this pellet grill is not as efficient as it could be or able to hold in higher temperatures on a cold and windy day.
Traeger does not build a bad pellet grill, and the Texas Pro has a number of features to like. At around $1,000USD, it is inexpensive for a pellet grill, but there is a lot of competition these days and many of those companies have worked to innovate design and functionality.