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Which pellets do what on a Traeger Smoker Grill?

Which pellets do what on a Traeger Smoker Grill?

Confused by all the different pellet flavours? So were we. Hopefully we have cleared some of that up for you now in this blog.

Traeger Pellets

Which pellets are best for which food on my Traeger Grill?

Pellet grills have gained huge popularity among barbecue enthusiasts for their versatility and ease of use. Traeger, a well-known brand in the world of pellet grills, offers a wide range of pellet flavours to enhance the taste of your grilled dishes. But, they can be confusing, so with blog, we hope to de-mystify the pellets and their flavours, so that you can be sure of which one to use, to give the best results, and satisfied tummies all round.

The Basics of Pellet Grilling

Before we go into pellet flavours, it’s essential to understand how pellet grills work. Pellet grills use hardwood pellets as fuel, imparting a distinct flavour to the food. Traeger grills and their pellets, are known for their consistent temperature control, making them a preferred choice for grill masters.

The Pellet Flavour Spectrum:

Traeger offers an array of pellet flavours, each derived from different hardwoods. Lets look at what each does, and how it helps and alters the taste of your food on the grill:


Traeger's Signature flavour pellets are the gold standard of barbecue excellence, designed to elevate your outdoor cooking to a whole new level. These pellets are a carefully crafted blend of premium hardwoods, including hickory, maple, and cherry, offering a well-balanced and versatile flavour profile that's perfect for a wide range of dishes.  They are a superb all-rounder, and can be used with any meat or vegetable.  This one is great if you are a Ranger user, as it will cover everything.

Consistency is a top priority for Traeger, and their Signature pellets reflect this commitment. They are manufactured with precision, ensuring consistent pellet size and clean, even burning, which translates to precise temperature control and reliable results every time you fire up your grill.  This is why we highly recommend that you only use Traeger pellets in your grill.

In summary, Traeger's Signature flavour pellets are a versatile and dependable choice for achieving exceptional barbecue flavour. Whether you're slow-smoking ribs, grilling steaks, or roasting poultry, these pellets provide a balanced and delightful smokiness that will make your outdoor cooking experiences truly memorable


Hickory pellets are known for their robust and smoky flavour. They are a classic choice for grilling and are particularly well-suited for red meats like beef and pork, and would be immense with Venison.  Traeger's Hickory flavour pellets are a grilling essential that brings the robust taste of hickory wood smoke right to your backyard. These pellets are expertly crafted to deliver a bold, smoky flavour that's synonymous with that classic American barbecue.

Traeger's Hickory flavour pellets are an essential for anyone who craves the timeless taste of hickory smoke in their barbecue. With these pellets, you can create mouthwatering, smoky masterpieces that capture the essence of traditional American barbecue cuisine, making your outdoor cooking experiences truly exceptional.  You just need the baseball hat, and beer in hand to finish off the look entirely!


Mesquite pellets have a very bold, intense smokiness that pairs excellently with grilled chicken, fish, and vegetables. However, due to their potency, it’s advisable to use them sparingly. Traeger's Mesquite flavour pellets are a barbecue aficionado's dream. Mesquite wood imparts a bold and distinctive smokiness that can elevate your grilling game to new heights.

Mesquite pellets from Traeger are made with 100% pure mesquite hardwood, ensuring an authentic and consistent taste. The robust and slightly sweet aroma of mesquite smoke adds a unique character to your meats, particularly beef, chicken, and pork. It's the choice for those seeking a hearty, Southwestern-inspired barbecue experience.  It has been described as an acquired taste, so this one is going to be great fun to experiment with.


Applewood pellets impart a sweet and mild flavour, making them ideal for poultry, pork, and desserts. They add a subtle, fruity essence to your dishes. Traeger's Apple flavour pellets are a delightful addition to any grilling adventure. These pellets are carefully crafted to infuse a subtle, sweet, and fruity aroma into your culinary creations. Made from 100% pure apple hardwood, they provide a unique twist to your BBQ experience.

What makes Traeger's Apple pellets stand out is their versatility. The mild, natural apple flavour pairs wonderfully with a variety of meats, including pork, poultry, and even fish. It's perfect for those who prefer a lighter, fruitier smoke profile that won't overpower the taste of the food.  This would be another one to use with venison, as that sweetness from the apple would be incredible with the gamey taste of venison.

Traeger's Apple flavour pellets are a fantastic choice for those looking to add a touch of sweetness and fruitiness to their BBQ creations. Whether you're smoking, roasting, or grilling, these pellets will infuse your dishes with a delightful apple-kissed flavour that will leave your taste buds craving more.


Cherrywood pellets offer a delightful balance between sweet and tart. They are a great choice for poultry, ham, and pork, creating a slightly fruity undertone. Traeger's Cherry flavour pellets offer a delightful twist to your grilling and smoking endeavours. Crafted from 100% pure cherry hardwood, these pellets infuse your dishes with a sweet and fruity aroma that elevates your outdoor cooking to a new level.

What makes Traeger's Cherry pellets special is their versatility. The mild, subtly sweet cherry smoke pairs exceptionally well with a wide range of meats, including pork, poultry, and fish.  We are excited to see what would happen with venison too! It's the perfect choice for those seeking a lighter and more delicate flavour profile that enhances, rather than overwhelms, the natural taste of the food.


Pecan flavour pellets are a savoury delight for grill masters seeking a rich and nutty twist to their outdoor cooking. Made from 100% pure pecan hardwood, these pellets infuse your dishes with a distinctive and flavoured essence that stands out in the world of barbecue.

What sets Traeger's Pecan pellets apart is the depth of their flavour. Pecan wood imparts a complex, smoky profile with a hint of sweetness, making it an excellent choice for a variety of meats, particularly poultry and pork. The result is a delicious and aromatic experience that keeps you coming back for more.

Traeger's Pecan flavour pellets are a superb choice for grill enthusiasts who desire a distinctive, nutty, and subtly sweet smoke flavour. Whether you're smoking, roasting, or grilling, these pellets will elevate your culinary creations to a whole new level, making your outdoor cooking truly exceptional.

Remember you can bake in your Traeger too, so which would be your choice of pellet if you were baking, or making bread?  We would love to see what happens with that!

Pairing Pellet Flavors with Food:

The choice of pellet flavour can significantly impact the taste of your grilled dishes. Here’s a breakdown of which pellets pair best with different types of food.  Signature works with them all, and often the best one to start out with:

Red Meats (Beef Venison, and Pork):

Hickory: Ideal for a bold and smoky flavour.

Mesquite: For those who prefer an intense, southwestern taste.

Cherry and Apple will work very well with these too.

Poultry (Chicken and Turkey):

Apple: Adds a sweet, fruity note.

Cherry: Offers a subtle fruitiness.

Fish and Seafood:

Mesquite: Best for a pronounced smokiness.


Apple: Adds a mild sweetness.

Let’s get cooking!

The best pellet flavour ultimately depends on your personal taste preferences. Traeger encourages grill masters to experiment with different flavours to discover their favourites. Mixing pellets can also create unique profiles, allowing you to tailor the flavour to your liking.  You can always mix them up and see what happens too……

Just a wee remimder:

It might seem frustrating to recommend Traeger pellets for the grills, but there really is a reason.  The quality of your pellets matter, and you must use hardwood ones for the best results.  If you use another kind, there can be no guarantee that the food will come out as well as with Traeger pellets.  Our pellets are also designed to work with the augur and grill to give the best results, so again, using different sizes or density of pellets can totally change the end results.  So handle with care.

To grill or not to grill?

So did we help?  Or make it more confusing?  Hopefully it has given you some ideas to get going, and be brave enough to experiment with your cooking.  We have all 6 flavours here at Scotia Cabins, so can supply you with these as needed.  We do recommend when you first get your grill to start off with at least the Signature and 1 other flavour to get you going and then build up from there.

And don’t forget to send us photos and tell us all about what you have made.  Just be warned, we might come and visit!