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Pit Boss Oak Pellets

You’ve probably seen Pit Boss Oak Pellets for sale at your local hardware store, big box store or even online. The packaging is great, but are the pellets worth the price? How does the oak flavor and burn rate compare to similar brands? Are these heavily processed pellets, or are they 100% natural? At Everyday Pitmaster we put these pellets to the test to find out, and we were impressed with the oaky results!

Everyday Pitmaster Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5

  • Clean Burning

    Pit Boss pellets are engineered to burn cleaner, and deliver on that goal.

  • Great Oak Flavor

    The oak flavor from these pellets is exactly as expected for the price.

  • Competitively Priced

    When compared against comparable pellets, the pricing is very good.

  • All Natural Ingredients

    These pellets are manufactured using 100% natural hardwood.

Product Review:

We considered three main factors when rating wood these pellets:

  1. Flavor: Pit Boss Oak Pellets offer a mild, natural smoky flavor that is subtle but noticeable. The oak wood imparts a gentle smokiness that complements the natural flavor of the meat without overpowering it. These pellets are versatile and can be used with a wide range of meats and seasonings, making them a must-have for any Pit Master’s arsenal.
  2. Performance: These pellets are known for their efficient burn and minimal ash production. This makes your smoker easy to use and maintain. We appreciated the consistent heat and smoke that these pellets provided. The consistency helps to create a more predictable cooking experience.
  3. Price: While Pit Boss isn’t the cheapest option on the market, they offer a good balance of quality and value for the price. Overall pitmasters who are willing to spend a little extra for a reliable and flavorful fuel source will find these pellets to be worth the investment.

Pit Boss Oak Pellets hit all the marks for a top end wood pellet. The main in-class differentiator we noted was the price. Pit Boss is on average anywhere between 25% to 40% cheaper than the competition for the same quality of pellet. If you haven’t tried these yet, they are definitely worth checking out. Most pitmasters report great success with them.

For a more in depth analysis, checkout our additional research into manufacturing processes, similar products, and price comparisons below.

How are Pit Boss pellets priced comparatively?

Camp Chef Oak Pellets

$.85/ lb
  • Clean Burning
  • Great Oak Flavor
  • Competitively Priced
  • All Natural

Brisk It Oak Pellets

$.95/ lb
  • Clean Burning
  • Great Oak Flavor
  • Competitively Priced
  • All Natural

When it comes to comparing the price and value of Pit Boss Oak Pellets with similar products, it’s important to consider the quality of the pellets, the amount of pellets included in each bag, and the price per pound or per bag.

Pit Boss Oak Pellets typically come in a 40 pound bag. Their price can vary depending on the retailer and location. For our price comparison, we put Pit Boss Oak Pellets up against competitors with similar burn, flavor and composition.

As you can see, with all other things equal, Pit Boss beats the in-class competition with their price. There are cheaper pellets on the market, but they lack the product quality this class of pellets has. When looking at the pellet market, going any cheaper than Pit Boss is going to result in lower quality burn, oak flavor and pellet composition. Pit Boss Oak Pellets are definitely worth the price.

What Foods are Pit Boss Oak Pellets Best For?

Pit Boss Oak Pellets are a versatile blend of hardwood. Pit Boss recommends their oak pellet blend for beef, venison, fish, shellfish and breads. Don’t feel restricted by these recommendations though. Taste is subjective, so smoke according to you and your family’s personal preferences.

Pit Boss Oak Pellet Recommendations

There are a few meat cuts, food types, and breads that stand out as particularly good for smoking with oak wood. The subtle smokiness from these oak pellets pairs well with the following:

  • Beef: Brisket, Tri-Tip, Beef Ribs, Chuck Roast, Sirloin Roast and Beef Brisket Point
  • Venison: Venison Backstrap, Venison Jerky, Venison Sausages, Venison Roast and Venison Ribs
  • Fish: Cod, Halibut, Mahi-Mahi and Trout
  • Shellfish: Oysters, Clams, Shrimp, Mussels and Lobster
  • Breads: Sourdough, Rye, Pumpernickel, Whole Wheat and Ciabatta

How are Pit Boss Pellets Made?

Pit Boss Wood Pellets

Pit Boss makes their hardwood pellets by using a combination of high-quality hardwood sawdust and a natural lignin binder. The sawdust is sourced from North American hardwoods such as hickory, maple, and oak. The sawdust is then carefully screened and filtered to remove any impurities.

Finally they then compress the sawdust under high pressure using a specially designed pellet mill. This compression process creates a dense and uniform pellet that burns efficiently and produces consistent heat and smoke.

Pit Boss’s designs their pellets to produce minimal ash. Consequently this ensures that your grill or smoker stays clean and easy to maintain. With a range of flavors and blends available, Pit Boss’s hardwood pellets in general offer a flavorful and clean fuel source.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, we are definitely fans of Pit Boss Oak Pellets. They offer great value for the price of this class of pellet. Clean burning, 100% natural, and great flavor are the hallmarks of top end pellets. Not only do Pit Boss pellets hit those marks, but they do it at the lowest in-class price.

The low price point and high quality make these pellets an excellent value for at home Pit Masters. Whether you’re just getting started pairing woods with your food, or you are a seasoned backyard Pit Master, your family and friends will be impressed with the great oak flavor from these pellets.

While these are not the cheapest wood pellets on the market, they are the cheapest pellets in-class. Although you can find cheaper pellets, you’ll end up sacrificing wood quality, oak flavor and burn quality. If you can afford a few extra dollars and don’t want to sacrifice great flavor, 100% real natural wood, and a clean burn, these pellets are for you.

What qualities do the next generation of wood pellets have that set them apart from the past? We aren’t sure, because they aren’t here yet! Pit Boss Oak Pellets absolutely hold their own in the top end of the pellet market. Despite that, nothing about the quality, flavor, or burn of these pellets necessarily stand out from other in-class pellets. The differentiator is the value; the price for the quality. Accordingly, we rated these pellets a 4 out of 5 score, despite being extremely impressed with them.

If you haven’t tried Pit Boss Oak Pellets out yet, we highly recommend you give them a shot.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Pit Boss pellets 100% real wood?

Yes, Pit Boss pellets are made from 100% all-natural hardwood that is dried and ground into saw dust. The sawdust is then pressured at extreme heat to create the compact pellets that are coated and held together with the wood’s natural lignin.

Lignin is an important organic polymer which is abundant in cell walls of some specific cells. It has many biological functions such as water transport, mechanical support and resistance to various stresses.

How long do Pit Boss pellets last?

A significant factor in how many wood pellets you will burn with your smoker is the ambient outdoor temperature. A colder environment means more wood pellets will be burned to maintain temperature. Additionally the cooking temperature of the smoker will also dictate how many wood pellets your smoker burns.

Cooking TemperatureAmount of Pellets Burned
225°F0.5 – 1 lbs. / hour
250°F0.75 – 1.5 lbs. / hour
275°F1 – 2 lbs. / hour
300°F1.25 – 2.25 lbs. / hour
325°F1.5 – 2.75 lbs. / hour
Data based on a warm ambient temperature / environment

Can Pit Boss pellets be used in any smoker?

Yes, you can use Pit Boss pellets as long as your smoker is designed to use standard smoker pellets. Standard wood pellets for smokers are 1/4 inch in diameter and an inch or less long. If your smoker’s manufacturer recommends using these size pellets, then you absolutely can use Pit Boss pellets in your smoker.

Where can I buy Pit Boss pellets?

Pit Boss pellets are widely available. You can find them online, direct from manufacturer, or from these common retailers: Walmart, Lowe’s, Cabela’s, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware, Menard’s, and even Camping World.

What is the best way to store Pit Boss pellets?

When it comes to storing wood pellets for a smoker, it’s important to keep them dry and protected from moisture to ensure they burn efficiently and produce the desired smoke flavor.

Here are some tips for storing Pit Boss pellets:

  1. Firstly, use an airtight container: Store the wood pellets in an airtight container such as a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, or a 5 gallon bucket with lid. This will help keep out moisture.
  2. Next, keep them in a cool, dry place: Choose a cool, dry location for storing the wood pellets. Storing them in areas that are exposed to direct sunlight, high humidity, or extreme temperature fluctuations should be avoided as these conditions can cause the wood pellets to deteriorate and lose their effectiveness.
  3. Seal the bag tightly: If you’re storing the wood pellets in their original bag, make sure to seal it tightly after each use.
  4. Finally, avoid contact with water: Keep the wood pellets away from water or any other source of moisture.
  5. Rotate stock: If you use wood pellets frequently, try to rotate your stock by using the oldest pellets first.

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