You are probably aware that many of the appliances you buy for your home while purchased from an American brand/retailer they are actually made in another country, typically China. The reason is to produce sufficient margin/profit to cover manufacturing costs, marketing and dealers percentages while at the same time offering an affordable product to consumers. As shown in my wood pellet grill/smoker guide there are lots pellet grills/smokers on the market today. Many of those pellet grills/smokers are also made in China and other countries with lower manufacturing costs. However, there are some pellet grill/smoker brands who do still manufacture their wood pellet grills in the USA, and there is probably more than you’re aware of.
You can use the Table of Content below to jump to the pellet grill brands which are made in the USA today. However, first I wanted to discuss brands which used to be made in the USA but have now had to move manufacturing abroad. I completely understand why many people want to support pellet grill brands that still manufacturer in the USA, as it supports US manufacturing jobs. However, US jobs as a whole also need to be considered, and I’ll discuss that in my conclusion below.
Aren’t Traeger Grills Made in the USA?
Traeger, the longest and most established pellet grill brand were originally manufactured in Oregon and were produced in the USA up until 2006 when the Traeger family sold the company. In 2006 the patent that Traeger had on the design of pellet grills/smokers since 1986 ran out, then more makes/brands of pellet grills started to enter the market. Traeger felt they had to move manufacturing abroad to expand the company to make it viable while still offering a product at a price their customers are happy to pay. Hence, today Traeger pellet grills are made in China.
Are There Other Pellet Grill Brands That Used To Be Made In The USA?
Another example, while a much smaller company than Traeger is Grilla Grills. They are an American owned company that’s more than 40 years old with a factory based in Michigan focused on metal processing. Hence, making their own pellet grills just seemed a natural step for them to take. And for the first couple of years when Grilla Grills came onto the market they were 100% made in the USA, at the Michigan based factory. While their pellet grills were very well received by their customers, and still are, the price of their grills was stopping them from being able to grow. Hence, they chose to move the main manufacturing of their grills abroad. Though they still manufacture some of the accessories in the USA. You can read more about it here, but I’ve also included a video below from Mark Graham who is the sales and manufacturing manager over at Grilla Grills.
Pellet Grills Made In The USA
Below I’ve put together a collection of pellet grills I’m currently aware of which are still made in the USA as of June 2020. However, as noted with the example of Traeger and Grilla Grills above, circumstances can change. Hence, whether all the pellet grill brands below will continue to be made in the USA in the future is obviously an unknown. If you click the brand name below the page will jump to that particular section.
- American Made Pellet Grills/Smokers in 2020
- Smokin’ Brothers
- Blaz’n Grill Works
- MAK GRILLS
- Yoder Smokers
- Cookshack (Full Stainless Steel)
- Memphis (Full Stainless Steel)
- Twin Eagles (Full Stainless Steel)
Smokin’ Brothers Pellet Grills/Smokers
Based in Southeast Missouri, Smokin’ Brothers was started in 2008 and is a family-owned business. Their desire to produce their own wood pellet grills started from hosting family gatherings and competing in BBQ competitions. By 2011 the Smokin’ Brothers had developed their own range of wood pellet grills. Below is a quick video from Ryan discussing the foundation of Smokin’ Brothers.
As you can see from the video above the Smokin’ Brothers have got some interesting pellet grill designs that I’ll do a more in-depth review of in the future. Quickly though as shown in the video above they produce traditional style pellet grills and their premium and premium plus models with a front positioned hopper which also conveniently acts as a shelf. Smokin’ Brothers now also manufacture a range of commercial pellet grills.
Blaz’n Grill Works
The owner and founder of Blaz’n Grill Works started in metal fabrication in the 1970s. In 2011 Blaz’n Grill Works was formed to manufacture residential wood pellet grills in Beatrice, Nebraska. Similar to many of the small pellet grill brands made in the USA, their journey started with competing in BBQ competitions and they decided they wanted to develop their own design of pellet grill. The company takes a lot of pride in the fact their pellet grills are 100% made in the USA.
They offer an extensive list of accessories and customizations for their pellet grills. For instance, as you can see from the video above they recently released a direct sear option for their pellet grills. Essentially its a new design of grease tray with a removable section over the pellet firepot. I must say, its the thickness grease tray I think I’ve seen on any pellet grill made out of 12 gauge steel. Notably, Blaz’n Grill Works is providing their direct heat sear kit with a set of GrillGrates. If you are not aware of the advantages of GrillGrates I would encourage you to click the link to my article above. GrillGrates can transform the capabilities of many pellet grills. Especially budget pellet grills under $500.
MAK GRILLS is family and veteran-owned pellet grill company based in Dallas, Oregon with foundations in steel fabrication. After the 2008 financial crisis, the family decided to turn their love of back yard BBQ into a new product, their own line of premium/high-quality wood pellet grills. Before they developed their own line of made in the USA pellet grills they spent over a year getting pellet grill owner feedback on what features/capabilities they felt needed improvement. The owners of MAK GRILLS then took that feedback on board when designing their own range of wood pellet grills/smokers.
MAK GRILLS decided to set their pellet grills apart from other manufacturers by only using the best materials available. For instance, where they use stainless steel they only use 304 grade which is the highest grade found on any pellet grills/smokers. They also wanted to focus on making sure their pellet grills can exceed the typically 450-500 degree maximum temperature limitation found on many lower cost pellet grills. Even their introduction pellet grill the One-Star General can achieve 600 degrees. MAK GRILLS were also one of the first pellet grill brands to offer WiFi integration and more durable ceramic fire igniters. When I get around to it I’ll write an article reviewing the features/capabilities of the full MAK GRILLS pellet grill range.
Started in 2008 in Yoder, Kansas, Yoder Smokers are some of the most heavy-duty pellet grills you can buy today. These pellet grills are made from 14 and 10 gauge steel. From someone who spends a lot of time reviewing the features and construction of pellet grills let me tell you, 10 gauge steel stands out. Therefore, Yoder pellet grills are also known for being some of the heavies pellet grills on the market today. For instance, even their smallest/lightest pellet grill comes in at 255 pounds! Therefore, while these grills will (and are guaranteed) to last a lifetime you do need to be aware of how heavy these grills are if you need to move your pellet grill around a lot. I discuss this more in my Traeger vs Yoder post.
Yoder Smokers not only focus on the heavy-duty construction of their pellet grills/smokers but also their versatility. They wish to emphasize that their pellet based products are not only convenient smokers with convection oven performance, but they can actually grill and sear. Yoder was one of the first pellet grill manufacturers to offer direct flame grilling. They were also one of the first to install PID temperature control panels into their pellet grills and they now also offer WiFi integration. Yoder, like MACGRILLS referenced above, are also now using more durable and faster ceramic igniters in the base of the pellet firepot. I’ll be writing a roundup article soon on the full range of pellet grills offered by Yoder Smokers.
Cookshack/Fast Eddy Pellet Grills/Smokers
I’ve previously written a full article on the Cookshack pellet grill range, so please check that out that article for the full details. Here I’ll just quickly run through a few details about the company and their products. Cookshack is based in Ponca City, Oklahoma and they have been producing electric smokers since the 1960s. Then in collaboration with BBQ expert and Pit Master Fast Eddy they developed their range of residential and commercial pellet grills/smokers. Their smallest unit is the PG500 seen at the top of this post, their other residential pellet grill is the PG1000 which is a more conventional design and features an insulated construction.
All Cookshack pellet grill/smokers are made from stainless steel. They feature a 4 cooking zone design. The first area is the hottest cooking area directly over the pellet fire where direct flame broiling is possible. The heat/smoke is then carried up to the upper rack which is the second cooking area before it is pulled down over the second grate which is the third cooking area. Below that is the fourth cooking area in a draw. Frequently used as a area to keep cooked food warm it can also be used as a cold smoker.
Memphis Wood Pellet Grills/Smokers
Another brand of full stainless steel pellet grills and smokers is Memphis, their design and manufacturing facility is based in Bloomington, Minnesota. Memphis offer a couple of different sizes of pellet grills starting with their smallest model the Beale Street which is one of the best pellet grills available for under $2,000. Their larger models are the 28″ Pro and 39″ Elite. Both Pro and Elite models are available as either freestanding or built-in units for outdoor kitchen setups. The Pro range is available in cheaper 430-grade stainless steel and the more expensive/better quality 304-grade stainless steel. The Elite range is purely available in 304-grade stainless steel. Learn more about the specific features/models in my Memphis pellet grills post.
As Memphis explain in their own sales literature if you live in a coastal climate you really want to opt for 304-grade stainless steel. The reason being it will stand up to the salty sea air much better. The maximum cooking temperatures possible vary depending on the specific model. Where the Beale Street can achieve 550 degrees, the Pro can achieve 650 degrees and the Elite can reach an impressive 700 degrees. The whole range of Memphis pellet grills also offers direct flame broiling capabilities.
Update: It would appear that Memphis is no longer manufacturing their pellet grills in the US (cheers Vincent).
Twin Eagles Pellet Grills/Smokers
Last in this list of USA made pellet grills but certainly not least are Twin Eagles. If you want the absolute best pellet grills/smokers on the market today and you can afford it (they’re quite expensive) then you should definitely be considering a Twin Eagles pellet grill. As you would expect these Twin Eagles pellet grills only use the highest quality 304-grade stainless steel for their outer bodywork. They feature effectively a tablet computer as their control panel giving full-colour images for the various recipes and cooking settings for various meats etc. With WiFi integration, the app and control screen on the Twin Eagles have the same design. Read more about these features and more in my full article on Twin Eagles pellet grills.
The Twin Eagles pellet grills also offer a discretely integrated rotisserie kit. Furthermore, the centre grease tray insert can be replaced with either a ceramic briquette insert or charcoal insert. As standard, the Twin Eagles pellet grills can provide a best in class 725 degrees of indirect heat. However, with the ceramic briquette and charcoal insert, 1000 and 1500 degree surface temperature cooking is possible. Hence, the Twin Eagles pellet grills offer the highest grilling/searing temperatures of any pellet grill to date.
Conclusions On Made In The USA Pellet Grills/Smokers
As you can see from the list above there are still quite a few companies manufacturing wood pellet grills/smokers in the USA. You also have several companies such as Traeger and Grilla Grills who originally made their pellet grills in the US, but then moved manufacturing abroad. As you are most likely aware, to manufacturer a pellet grill in the USA costs more, quite a bit more in most cases. Therefore, its simply not possible to produce a pellet grill under $1,000 for instance and make it in the USA.
I do also want to point out that companies such as Traeger and Grilla Grills as they moved manufacturing abroad they were able to grow their companies and bring on more American staff to design the grills and work in their marketing and service centres. However, if its specifically US manufacturing jobs you wish to support there is quite a range of pellet grill manufacturers to choose from as you can see above. Though you should obviously expect to have to pay above the average price of a pellet grill to own one.
That’s it! I hope you found the list of USA made pellet grill/smokers above interesting/useful. I’ve written a few more in-depth articles on several of the brands above and I will be writing more soon. you can check out my wood pellet grill/smoker guide to read more of my articles. Enjoy 🙂