Grilla Silverbac Pellet Grill Review

Grilla Silverbac Pellet Grill

$750
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Construction Quality

9.0/10

Temperature Control

9.0/10

Smoke Production

9.0/10

Usability

9.0/10

Capacity

9.0/10

Pros

  • Simple Operation
  • Pellet Dump
  • Good Capacity
  • Solid Construction
  • Meat Probe

Cons

  • Lid Leaks Smoke

Off the success of the Grilla Pellet Grill comes the Silverbac. This pellet grill is much more traditional in design and operation and hard to beat for the price.

Specifications

  • 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
  • Dual mode controller
  • 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. 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 operating temperature range isn’t far off of the competition, increased heat means using fewer pellets. One of the biggest costs of operating a pellet grill, is, in fact, the pellets themselves.

New Controller

The temperature controller for this model has a dual mode function that they call Alpha Smoke. This allows you to choose how you want the temperature controlled in the grill. The original model uses a wave

Grilla Pellet Controller
Grilla Pellet Controller

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 addition to offering functionality, this model’s controller is simple but accurate. My read of the internal cooking temperature doesn’t fall far from the controller reading. It also has a single meat probe, though not WiFi enabled. This will require the consumer to watch the grill for their desired temperature setting. This is hardly a downfall in this price range, but just something worth mentioning. Make no mistake, the controller is intuitive and easy to use.

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.