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How to Start a Pit Boss Pellet Grill: Step-by-Step

Learn how to start a Pit Boss pellet grill the RIGHT way, whether it is new, empty, or full of pellets, as each scenario requires its own procedure.

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starting a pit boss pellet grill

 

How to Start Up a Pit Boss Pellet Grill for the First Time or One That is Empty

Starting up an empty Pit Boss pellet grill is slightly different than starting up one that is already full of pellets.

If your Pit Boss pellet grill is truly BRAND new, you should go through the full process of seasoning it before cooking on it for the first time.

You can find our Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Season a Pit Boss Pellet Grill here.

Otherwise follow these steps as follows:

  1. Fill your hopper with pellets.
  2. Plug in and start up the pellet grill, keeping the lid open.  Set the temperature dial to “Smoke” and press the “Power” button.a pellet grill starting up
  3. Since there are no pellets in the auger or firepot yet you need to now hold the Prime” button until you hear pellets begin to drop into the firepot.using the prime button when starting a pit boss pellet grill
  4. The “Prime” feature on a Pit Boss pellet grill speeds up the auger so that pellets fill it quickly and get to your fire pot before the pellet grill “times out” from a lack of pellets coming into the fire pot.wood pellets in a pit boss pellet grill
  5. Once pellets are in the firepot, stop holding the “Prime” button and wait about 5-7 minutes with the lid open for a torchy burner lighting sound. This means the fire rod has come up to temperature and has ignited the pellets.  At this point, a more significant amount of smoke will begin coming out of the pellet grill.  This means the pellets are ignited and the pellet grill is workingNow you can close the lid. the lit fire rod in a pit boss pellet grill starting up
  6. Close the lid and change temperature setting to about 350°F.smoke coming out of a pit boss pellet grill
  7. This will take about 10-15 minutes to preheat the grill.
  8. Using a good bristle free grill brush, clean off the grill grates.long handled bristle free grill brush
  9. Now adjust the temperature to where you need it to cook your food.

 

Why Bristle Free? 

Check out our Ultimate Guide to How to Keep your Family Safe by using ONLY Bristle Free Grill Brushes, along with a selection of some of our favorites!

 

How to Start a Pit Boss Pellet Grill that has Pellets in it Already

Preparing to Start the Grill

  • Clean out your fire pot from any leftover ashes from the previous cook.  Make sure there are no obstructions in it.
  • Leave the lid of the grill open.
  • Add pellets to the hopper.a hopper full of pellets in the pit boss pellet grill

 

Note: It is alway best to empty the hopper and the auger each time you use your Pit Boss pellet grill rather than leaving the pellets to sit in there.

Pellets will not last very long if left in the hopper where, even when covered will be exposed to humidity and temperature fluctuations.

Keep your pellets in an airtight sealable container like a 5 gallon bucket indoors wher they will remain dry and fresh.

You will get better quality smoke out of them and they will last a lot longer.

Starting up the Pit Boss Pellet Grill

  • Plug in the grill
  • Make sure the temperature dial is set to the “Smoke” position and press “Power” on the control panel.the prime button on a pit boss pellet grill starting up
  • You will hear the fan kick on and the auger start to move.the fire rod on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Leave the lid open for about 5-7 minutes until you hear the firepot ignite.  This will sound kind of like a torch lighting or a gas burner igniting.a lit fire pot when starting a pit boss pellet grill
  • Close the lid and change temperature setting to about 350°F.
  • This will take about 10-15 minutes to preheat the grill.a pit boss pellet grill smoking
  • Using a good bristle free grill brush, clean off the grill grates.
  • Now adjust the temperature to where you need it to cook your food.

 

 

How to Turn Off a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

After you have finished cooking your food, turn off the pellet grill using the power button.

Leave it plugged in as the fan needs to continue spinning to burn off the remaining pellets in the firepot.

This is NORMAL.

Do not unplug the pellet grill or this process cannot happen. The fan will turn off automatically when it is done.

If you unplug the pellet grill the lit pellets will sit and smolder for a LONG time (kind of like lit charcoal) and leave you with a big pile of ash rather than quickly burning up and leaving you with a nice clean fire pot for your next cook.

Once the remaining pellets have burned off, the fan has stopped, and the grill is cool again, empty the remaining pellets left in the auger and the hopper and put them in a nice dry resealable 5 gallon bucket you keep inside.

Yes, we know how tempting it is to just throw the cover back on and leave the unused pellets in the Pit Boss.

However, you will quickly find out how poorly those pellets absorb moisture and can expand, rot, and even mold if left in there too long.

And pellets can get expensive pretty fast when you are throwing large batches away that have been ruined when left in the hopper.a bucket full of pellets from a pellet grill

So take the extra few minutes to transfer them out of the grill once the grill has cooled down.  You’ll thank yourself later!

 

Now What Food Can I Cook on my Pit Boss Pellet Grill?

Looking for some smoky inspiration for your Pit Boss?

So glad you asked.

Check out some of our great recipes of smoked and grilled food to try out after starting up your Pit Boss pellet grill!

Trash Can Turkey – OK, technically not made on a pellet grill but one of the most fun ways there is to cook a Turkey…at over 700 degrees in only 2 hours!  You’ve got to check it out!

 

 

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