- 507 square inches of primary cooking area (expandable)
- 180 to 500 degree F temperature range
- Temperature controlled in 5-degree increments
- 20-pound capacity side mounted pellet hopper
- Single meat temperature probe
- Wi-Fi enabled controller with proprietary App
- Quick change pellet hopper
- Stainless steel cooking grates
- Powder coated steel and stainless steel construction
- Total weight 170 pounds
- Made in China by Grilla Grills
Full Review - Grilla Silverbac Pellet Grill
When Grilla Grills, then Fahrenheit Technologies, introduced the Grilla Pellet Grill, they didn’t follow in anyone’s footsteps. That pellet grill was unique and very efficient but suffered from limited capacity. Riding on that success, Grilla Grills introduced the Silverbac; a traditional barrel style pellet cooker. This review is based on the new 2019 model of the Silverbac, though there are only a few changes.
Most pellet grills below $1,000USD don’t have a lot of variability. The Silverbac looks a lot like other models, though, built with more weight. In fact, it is considerably heavier than the comparable pellet grill from Traeger or Pitt Boss. This weight is found in the lid (because you couldn’t build a lighter lid than Traeger) and in the rest of the body. The Silverbac has efficient heat holding capabilities, and while the operating temperature range isn’t far off of the competition, increased insulation means using fewer pellets. One of the biggest costs of operating a pellet grill, is, in fact, the pellets themselves.
New for 2021
Grilla has finally gone Wi-Fi with a new controller for 2021. All of their pellet grills now include this new controller with only a small bump in prices. This controller connects to the Grilla App and allows for remote monitoring and control of the pellet grill. This is a dual mode controller, but it still only has one meat temperature probe. Basically, this is the Wi-Fi enabled version of the Alpha Smoke controller. This unit allows you to choose how you want the temperature controlled in the grill. The original model uses a wave
pattern that raises the lowers the temperature slightly. As the temperature drops, the Silverbac produces more smoke as the wood pellets smolder. The fan then accelerates combustion raising the temperature back up again. In this mode, the grill produces a smokier flavor. The second mode, a traditional PID configuration, keeps the temperature steady enabling it to hold a near flat temperature curve. While the first mode is superior for smoking, the second mode provides for more precise temperature control. This is an industry first and an added value, though I suspect that most users will stick to one over the other.
In this price range and given the capacity, this is certainly the pellet grill to buy. It is well packaged (which is important since it is frequently sold online), and the instructions are well written. Grilla provides a number of accessories for this grill and has a good reputation for supporting their products. I do suggest that if you are looking for a smaller unit with an even smaller footprint, that you consider the original Grilla Pellet Grill.