Looking for a super easy portable grill? This Traeger Tailgater is could be what you are looking for!
The Traeger Tailgater 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 pellet smoker uses hardwood pellets and helped us produce ensures full-flavored smokey flavors in every cook
I found that Tailgater 20 Series griller can hold up to 2 chickens, 3 rib racks, 12 burgers and 18 hotdogs. That’s thanks to its 300 square-inch grilling area which was more than enough for a decent backyard or carpark party.
This comprehensive Traeger Tailgater 20 review will help you see if this grill you have been searching for!
Traeger Tailgater 20
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. Lets check out the key features of the Traeger Tailgater 20 below.
- Dimensions (lid closed): 35 x 37 x 18 inches
- Total Cooking Area: 300 square inches
- Weight: 62 lbs
- Hopper Capacity: 8lb
- Wheels: yes with EZ fold legs
- Warranty: Traeger limited 3 year warranty
- Ignition: Automatic
Key Features of The Traegar Tailgater
What I Liked
What I Didn't Like
Why We Love Using Wood Pellets
Wood pellets have many advantages to them. First and foremost they are one of the greenest fuels to burn and 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.
Construction & Design Quality
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.
Ease of Use
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 here
How Does The Traegar Tailgater Work?
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 LCD built-in thermostat on the grill. They are pre-sets including “Smoke” “High” and various points between 180 and 375°F.
After you’ve set the thermostat, you ignite a 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.
Cleaning and Maintenance
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.
Warranty Details of Traegar Tailgater
Traeger offers a warranty period of 3 years, however the unit must be free from defects in workmanship and materials. Warranty period starts from the purchase date.
For more information on Treagar Tailgaters warranties
Do You Get Value For Money?
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 Treagar reputation for quality.
From The Manurfacturer
FAQ About The Traegar Tailgater
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.