Looking for a super easy portable grill? This Traeger Tailgater is could be what you are looking for!
The Traeger Tailgater 20 is an efficient, compact and ultra-portable smoker grill. It is specifically designed to please tailgating fans and home cooks alike.
If you love cooking for people in multiple locations you will love the Traeger tailgater series.
From one pit master to another, I think that Traeger sets the standard for pellet grills. If they are designed for tailgating or backyard use.
I couldn’t believe it that back in 2008 Traeger was one of only two companies selling pellet style smokers.
This Traeger Tailgater 20 pellet smoker uses hardwood pellets and helped us produce ensures full-flavored smokey flavors in every cook.
This comprehensive Traeger Tailgater 20 review will help you see if this grill you have been searching for!
In This Review I Will Cover
An Overview of the Tailgater 20
The Tailgater 20 Specifications
Is it Easy to Use?
Constructions and Design Quality
Cleaning and Maintenance
How Does it Work?
Traeger Warranty Details
What Are Wood Pellets?
Tailgater Pros and Cons
My Rating and Final Thoughts
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want a portable smoker look no further than the Traeger Tailgater 20.
This is a true tailgaters dream. It is lightweight, spacious and has lots of features to make tailgating, camping or fishing much easier.
The Tailgater 20 can hold up to 2 chickens, 3 rib racks, 12 burgers or 18 hotdogs. That’s thanks to its 300 square-inch grilling area. Giving you more than enough for a decent backyard or carpark party.
Lets check out the key features of the Traeger Tailgater 20 review below.
At most, it shouldn’t take any more than an hour and a half to put together the Traeger Tailgater 20.
The instruction manual that comes with it is detailed and easy to follow. You can also find the manual for the Tailgater 20 here.
Overall, the Traeger Tailgater possesses a top-notch construction and design quality.
Made out of heavy-duty steel, this Tailgater is intended to withstand not only the heat from within but the elements from outside. You don’t have to worry about leaving this grill outside in the rain for a few.
The two lockable wheels can strong and sturdy. We liked these elements as it is a portable grill you don’t want the wheels to cause any trouble.
Keeping this grill clean is vital if want to get the most of it. Old debris such as food and ash can affect the effectiveness of the unit.
Cleaning couldn’t be much easier as all the grease drippings are directed away from the cooking chamber into the drip tray.
Removing the ash does not need to be done after every cooking since the ash collector is sizeable enough to hold ash for several cooking sessions.
Once you have done this all the grill requires is a wipe on the exterior surfaces with a damp cloth.
It functions by being plugged into an electrical outlet. The outlet provides it with the power to heat up its hot rod. You simply turn the built-in thermostat on the grill to your desired temperature.
There are also pre-sets including “Smoke”, “High” and various points between 180 and 375°F.
After you’ve set the thermostat, you ignite the fire by placing wood pellets into the grill’s hopper.
The hopper will drop the pellets down to the hot rod, which will set them ablaze so that smoke and fire is produced.
Traeger offers a warranty period of 3 years on the Traeger Tailgater 20, ensuring the unit is free from defects in workmanship and materials. The warranty period starts from the purchase date.
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Wood pellets have many advantages to them.
First and foremost they are one of the greenest fuels to burn . They also leave a very small amount of ash.
Not only are they environmentally friendly they are also kind to your wallet. Much cheaper than using propane or wood. See what else we like about them below.
This is a high-quality wood pellet grill It gives you the real value of your money.
We think that if you’re looking for something that is easily loaded into a truck to a friend’s outdoor party, it’s certainly is the ultimate choice.
I mean look below isn't she a thing of beauty!
Apart from portability, it also gives you the option to grill, bake, smoke, barbecue and braise without any problems.
The Traeger Tailgater has full-size functionalities in a portable package.
I think this has to be one of the best portable grills on the market.
The Traeger Tailgater falls right into the bargain end of our $400-$1200 suggested price range.
While you might be able to pick up a pellet grill for cheaper, but we really don’t think you can beat the Traeger reputation for quality.
How does this come in the box, what assembly is required?
It comes in the box partially assembled. You will attach the legs then the pellet box. Instructions are very clear and simple. You even receive the appropriate wrenches to assemble the handful of hardware. Takes less than 30 minutes to assemble.
Is it big enough for a full size brisket?
Yes, maybe even 2 briskets.
Can it run off an inverter? How much power does it draw?
Yes, you can Make sure you have alligator clips to a 12 volt battery or car battery. Initially, it draws around 400 per Traeger then will back off to under 100 once ignited.
Is this safe to use in a covered patio?
Yes. As long as it is well ventilated for the purpose of letting smoke flow out it will be fine. The risk of fire is almost nonexistent with the fire being so well contained.
Hungry For More?
You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!
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