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Tips for Baking in a Pellet Grill

It’s hot in Kansas in the summer, and while your stomach says, “Bake something,” your need for cool air says another. So, what do you do when it’s too hot to turn the oven on?

You bake outside in your pellet grill. In this article we look at tips for baking in a pellet grill. It’s easier than you think!

The Magical Pellet Grill

Grills, like Traeger, are powerful.  They heat up quickly, and with WI-FI controls, you can even walk away and let it do its job.

What’s more, you can change the type of hardwood pellets you use to change the flavor of meat, veggies, and yes, even baked good, including dessert!

Your Traeger grill works like a convection oven, allowing your dessert and other baked goods to cook quickly and without heating up the house. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Use Lighter-Flavored Wood

Switching up your hardwood changes the flavor of what you’re cooking.

You’ll want to leave the big smoke flavors for meat and veggies and use a lighter-flavored wood for your baked goods.

You simply want the wood flavor to lightly touch your baked goods. Go ahead and experiment to see which flavors you like the best. Go ahead and combine them, too.

Prep Your Ingredients

Just like with baking in the house, you want to prep your ingredients ahead of time. Then, put it all together so it’s ready to cook when you are.

For example, if you’re having an evening party, put your dessert together in the morning, so you just have to slip it into your grill when you’re ready to cook.

Keep It Simple

Whether you’re a novice baker or a seasoned expert, let the flavor of your hardwood season your baked goods and give it a light smoky flavor.

So, keep your dessert simple and let the grill do the work. There’s no reason to over complicate your dessert. After all,  the fun of having a party is hanging out with friends and family.

Think cookies, cake, crumbles, and even fruit. Grilled fruit is delightful and refreshing when you put some cool whip on the side.

Use a Recipe You Know

A great tip is to use a recipe you know and are comfortable with. You can basically make anything you’d like on your pellet grill. So, pull out your favorite cookie, brownie, cake, pie, or cheesecake recipe. You don’t really have to make any modification to cook on your Traeger.

Do note, though, that recipes may cook a bit faster, so you’ll want to check often for doneness.

Final Thoughts

Baking breads and desserts on the Traeger grill is great fun. Not only do they taste great, but you can leave the heat outside. If you have any favorite recipes, we’d love to hear about them!

Happy grilling!