Pros & Cons – Pit Boss Pit Stop Onyx Edition

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There is now another new Pit Boss model to add to their Onyx Edition range, the Pit Stop, a portable tabletop pellet grill/smoker. However, besides the paint job and branding, the Pit Stop is purely an Onyx Editon model in name, as its missing an important feature. Right, let’s review its Pros & Cons.

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The Pit Stop, being a tabletop pellet grill/smoker, it’s the most portable of portable pellet BBQs, meaning it can be taken and used pretty much anywhere.

With a weight of under 44lbs the Pit Boss Pit Stop Onyx Edition is a true go anywhere pellet grill/smoker.
With its small size and weight of under 44lbs, the Pit Boss Pit Stop can easily be taken to a day at the beach or a tailgating party

Now, granted, such a small pellet grill/smoker is not going to meet the needs of a large family/group of friends on its own, but for small groups, its well capable of doing the job.

While the Pit Stop can indeed be used in the back of a car/truck, it cannot do so without the assistance of a separate power inverter to go from 12V DC to 11V AC power.

The Pit Boss Pit Stop Onyx Edition does require the assistance of a separate power inverter.
To use the Pit Stop as a portable pellet grill, you will need to purchase a separate power inverter

Now, the Pit Boss Pit Stop is not the only tabletop pellet grill this Con applies to (Traeger Ranger), but its an additional cost I don’t think all consumers are aware of when they make the purchase.

With a tabletop pellet grill such as this, while you can indeed smoke food on it, in most scenarios, you will be grilling up burgers, hot dogs, and steaks. Therefore, grilling performance is important.

The Pit Boss Pit Stop will have good grilling performance as it features a flame broiler.
The Pit Stop benefits from a flame broiler for good grilling/searing performance

As with any pellet grill/smoker that offers a flame broiler, it’s very important for safety that it’s cleaned frequently to avoid the associated risks of a grease fire.

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The biggest Con with the Pit Stop is the fact that while it’s branded as an ‘Onyx Edition’ model, it doesn’t actually get the same controller technology as other Onyx Edition models!?

The controller fitted to the Pit Stop Onyx Edition does not offer 5-degrees temperature adjustment.
The controller fitted to the Pit Boss is more basic than other Onyx Edition models

The controller is not running a PID temperature algorithm, and it only offers temperature adjustment in 25-degree increments.

The typical price point of the Pit Stop Onyx Edition is under $230 (check our database). As such, it is one of the cheapest means to get into the world of pellet grills and smokers.

The Pit Boss Pit Stop Onyx Edition is one of the cheapest pellet grills currently on the market.
If you’re new to pellet grills/smokers, the Pit Stop could serve as a relatively low-cost introduction

As of writing, the Pit Stop Onyx Edition is currently the cheapest pellet grill/smoker in our database. Matched only by another Pit Boss tabletop model.

Now, obviously, on a tabletop pellet grill, it’s not going to be able to accommodate a large hopper, and its capacity of 7 lbs is fine for several hours of grilling foods.

The 7lb hopper on the Pit Boss Pit Stop means on a long smoking session you would need to keep checking the hopper.
For long smoking sessions, you would want to keep an eye on the pellet level in the hopper

If you are smoking a piece of meat over several hours, and particularly if its cold (this is not an insulated BBQ), you would want to keep a close eye on the level of pellets in the hopper.

My Final Thoughts On The Pit Boss Pit Stop Onyx Edition

I think tabletop pellet grills/smokers such as this Pit Boss Pit Stop are great little BBQ tools and can also serve as a low-cost entry into the world of pellet grills/smokers.

However, the Pit Stop is a bit disappointing being branded as an Onyx Edition model as it does not get the 5-degree PID temperature adjustment of other Pit Boss Onyx Edition models.

Really, the Pit Stop is just like existing Pit Boss tabletop models with a different paint job and badge. You can check for yourself by using the link below to review the results of our database.

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