The Traeger Ironwood Sequence 885 Grill Reviewed

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Take into consideration the final time you had fall-off-the-bone ribs or a superbly juicy steak––it took some critical time, devotion, and ability to supply such flavors. Not less than, that’s what you’ve been led to imagine. With a grill from Traeger, producer of hardwood pellet-fueled barbecues, even beginner grillers can obtain pitmaster-quality meats.

 

 

We skilled this phenomenon for ourselves with the Traeger Ironwood Sequence 885 Pellet Grill––a state-of-the-art grill that produces extremely constant outcomes and scrumptious taste due to next-gen grilling options like WiFIRE, TRU convection, and a downdraft exhaust system. However don’t be intimidated by the flowery names. This feature-packed barbecue is designed for one particular objective: to assist yard cooks produce mouthwatering meals.

What It Is

Traeger’s well-known pellet-burning grills are divided into three product traces: Professional Sequence, Ironwood, and Timberline. The Ironwood is the mid-range choice of the three, but it surely arguably gives essentially the most bang to your buck.

The Ironwood 885 options 885 sq. inches of cooking house (a 650-square-inch choice can be out there). The cooking house is split up into two racks, with the bigger backside rack taking on 570 sq. inches, and the highest rack providing 315 sq. inches. To place these numbers into phrases of precise meat capability, this beast can cook dinner 10 entire chickens or seven racks of ribs on the identical time.

Firing up the grill requires little or no effort. Simply plug it in, flip the ability change, and use Traeger’s modern D2 Controller to set a exact temperature. The Ironwood Sequence lets you attain 500 levels (the Professional Sequence maxes out at 450) and is adjustable by five-degree increments. To acquire that stage of precision, the D2 controller mechanically controls an inside variable-speed fan to achieve and preserve your required temperature and smoke stage.

The Ironwood 885’s pellet hopper has a 20-pound capability, which is simply sufficient to carry a full bag of pellets (they price 19 bucks a bag). It could not appear to be an enormous deal, however not having to wrap up and retailer further pellets is a pleasant contact and an enchancment over Traeger’s Professional Sequence Grills, which solely provide 18 kilos of hopper capability. The Ironwood additionally incorporates a low-pellet sensor, which retains you from working out of pellets in the midst of a grilling session.

To assist customers preserve pellets and preserve higher warmth retention, the Ironwood 885 additionally comes with double side-walled aluminized metal insulation and a gasket-lined lid. The distinction was noticeable—our pellet ranges lasted for much longer than anticipated, even throughout high-heat cooking.

The Ironwood 885 additionally options Traeger’s new WiFIRE expertise, which lets you management the grill by your smartphone. To set it up, you join the grill to your private home WiFi after which pair it together with your smartphone. From that time, you need to use the Traeger app to remotely monitor and management temperatures, set timers, and even shut off the grill.

Higher but, the Traeger app is stocked with 1000’s of easy-to-follow recipes for all types of meals, together with many you wouldn’t anticipate to return from a grill. That’s as a result of the Ironwood 885 doesn’t solely do grilling––you may also smoke, bake, roast, and braise meals starting from burgers and ribs to apple pie and a cocktail (sure, actually).

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Why We Like It

Whereas the precision of the grill temperature permits for constant outcomes each time you fireplace it up, the manufacturing and distribution of smoke contained in the Traeger Ironwood 885 is what really units it aside.

The pill-shaped design of Ironwood’s barrel mixed with the highly effective fan creates a vortex of smoke contained in the grill. Traeger calls this “TRU Convection,” and it coats meals with a scrumptious smoky taste. In the event you set the grill to “Tremendous Smoke Mode,” out there at temps between 165 and 225 levels, you possibly can actually amp up the smokiness.

The convection works in tandem with a downdraft exhaust system, which is completely different than the smokestack generally seen on pellet grills just like the Traeger Professional Sequence. On the Ironwood 885, the exhaust vents are situated alongside the again of the grill, and the smoke can solely exit as soon as it’s rolling round within the vortex and being drawn down throughout the meat. This imparts extra smoky taste than different pellet grills can present, and cooks meals sooner. In our assessments, the system labored extraordinarily effectively, and we might positively style the distinction.

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One other good, attainable under-appreciated function: The Ironwood’s direct-drive pellet auger (the gadget that strikes pellets into the fireplace pot) that’s powered by a brushless DC motor. Lots of the early wooden pellet grills had been plagued with underpowered augers that will clog ceaselessly. Traeger’s new brushless motor achieves increased torque at a decrease RPM––meaning it might carry on churning with no need any upkeep.

Whereas old-school pit masters will seemingly scoff at digital grilling expertise like WiFIRE, we completely beloved the power to manage, alter, and monitor our grill from the consolation of the sofa. Whereas it’s not obligatory for shortly grilling up burgers or brats, it actually turns out to be useful when gradual cooking ribs or tri tip. Particularly when you’re cooking in sub-par climate, the power to observe the interior meat temperature and tweak the grill’s warmth settings with out venturing exterior is fairly rattling cool. Climate apart, WiFIRE’s temperature readouts enable for extra exact cooking—you’ll by no means over- or undercook meat once more.

Nitpick

There’s a lot to like in regards to the Ironwood 885, however a premium grill like this comes at a steep price. And if you would like the folding entrance shelf––good for setting down a chilly beer or a slicing board––tack on an extra 70 bucks. Having to pay further for a shelf on a high-end grill feels a bit like nickel-and-diming, but it surely’s additionally not one thing you must purchase.

$1,500 is rather a lot to pay for a grill, however persistently unimaginable taste is difficult to place a value on. If it’s inside your finances, this state-of-the-art grill is price it. After one chunk, you’ll perceive why.

[$1,500; traegergrills.com]

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