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Broil King Crown Pellet Grill Review

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Broil King Crown 500 Pellet Smoker and Grill
Broil King Crown 500 Pellet Smoker and Grill

Broil King Crown Pellet Grill

Derrick Riches

Construction Quality
Temperature Control
Smoke Production
Versatility
Capacity

Specifications

General

  • 200 to 600 degree F temperature range
  • 18 pound hopper capacity
  • 16 gauge steel construction
  • Cast iron cooking grates
  • Full Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities with a proprietary app
  • 5-degree increment PID control settings
  • Two meat temperature probes
  • Powder coated construction
  • Fire Pot ash cleanout
  • Made in China by Broil King a division of Onward Manufacturing Company

Broil King Crown 400

  • 445 square inches of primary cooking space divided between two levels
  • Total weight 135 pounds
  • Price: $1049USD

Broil King Crown 500

  • 560 square inches of primary cooking space divided between two levels
  • Total weight 160 pounds
  • Price: $1,249USD

Full Review – Broil King Crown Pellet Grill

PROS

  • Solid Construction
  • WiFi/Bluetooth Enabled
  • Thick Materials
  • High maximum temperature
  • Excellent app

CONS

  • Recommended pellet brand

So you want a pellet grill. You’ve heard that they are easy to use and can make some really great barbecue. You might also want to grill a steak or two. When you look around at the dozens of pellet grills on the market you begin to notice that you get what you pay for. Particularly when it comes to controllers. You want a pellet grill that you can run from your phone, but that is a feature you don’t find all that often in the more affordable grills. Furthermore, many inexpensive units seem to struggle to get to a good temperature.

Enter Broil King. As one of the largest grill makers in the world, they have the experience, but they came late to the market. In the Summer of 2019, they introduced their Regal Pellet Grills, which are truly magnificent, but comparatively expensive. The Broil King Crown Pellet Grill comes in two models, the least expensive of the two sells for $800USD. That is a competitive price. Where most grills in this price range are pretty basic and underpowered, the Crown Pellet Grill has a full WiFi/Bluetooth controller and an advanced smart app. It can also hit 600 degrees F in the middle of winter.

What this grill offers is a straightforward pellet cooking experience that can sear a steak and smoke a brisket. The engineering is excellent. Ashes can be cleaned from the firepot and dropped into a tray under the grill. No more taking the grill apart to clean it out. The grease drains out the opposite side from the controller and pellet hopper. A grease fire would be annoying, but it won’t ruin the grill. Also, it probably won’t happen.

About the Pellets

Broil King recommends using their brand of wood pellets with this grill. Okay, everyone does, but in this case, there is a reason. Broil King wood pellets have a smaller diameter than most. They work better in this grill. Not to say that this grill can’t handle any brand of wood pellets, but it will run quieter with its own brand.

The Bottom Line

This is a full-function pellet grill. It might look basic, but the controller is networked and robust. This grill is also easy to clean and maintain. The airflow is very good. For the price, this grill is better than the competition and certainly one that should make your shortlist when looking to buy. The two sizes are just that, size differences. The smaller unit is 26 inches across while the larger is 32 inches wide. Either one should provide ample space for the average backyard cook (not that you are average in any way). I really do recommend this pellet grill. At this price, this model is highly competitive.

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