With the push of a button, your REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill will automatically light and heat to the temperature you have selected. Once your REC TEC has heated up, it will maintain its temperature throughout the cooking process.
This precise temperature control allows you to grill, smoke, sear, and bake. Since all of the heat comes from real wood, you get the benefit of all that wood flavor. Cooking over a real wood fire on a computer controlled REC TEC will make your next cookout the talk of your neighborhood.
At REC TEC Grills we strive to produce the highest quality, most convenient, and most versatile Grill on the market. This is why the RT-680 is backed by our unmatched SIX YEAR limited warranty. We want you to be able to "WOW" your friends and family with delicious food for years to come.
Our promise to you is that owning a REC TEC Pellet Grill will change the way you eat. Every REC TEC Grill is precisely calibrated to produce accurate reliable cooking temperatures when used with REC TEC Premium Hardwood Pellets.
Your REC TEC is a precision cooking instrument that will increase the repeatability of your favorite recipes by removing the variable of temperature fluctuation that plagues backyard enthusiasts and pit masters alike. Now grab the bull by the horns and take your grilling game to the next level.
Call 855-696-0890 and let one of our pellet grill experts answer your questions.
* Achieving minimum and maximum temperatures can be limited by pellet selection and weather conditions.
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Posted by TJ Johnston on 23rd Jan 2017
I have owned several pellet pits from another mfg and they have all been great cookers. I was a stick man for years until I stumbled onto pellets. Everyone has a wish list and after 10 years of cooking on a pellet pit,I had one for an ultimate pellet pit. Rec Tec came through with every one of my wish list items. Larger hopper, heavier overall construction, Stainless interior. The list goes on. I am very impressed with fit and finish. I am amazed. Well done Rec Tec.
Posted by Arthur P on 22nd Jan 2017
This grill is the best, great customer service, the grill is made with quality. Have been using a GMG Davy Crocket in our camper so this grill took some getting used to as it is much larger. It has met my expectations.
Posted by Ben Watson on 20th Jan 2017
This thing is amazing. I had been wanting to get into smoking but with so many options and differing opinions I didn't know where to begin. I went to a get together at a friends and he was smoking wings on his rt-300 and showed me how everything worked. It was engineered to make cooking almost idiot proof. I was hooked and got the 680 for myself. We use it atleast 3 times a week and have never had better tasting food. Love this thing and wish I bought it years ago. No going back to propane for this guy.
Posted by Clint Johnson on 20th Jan 2017
This is the best smoker I have ever owned.
Posted by Greg Houchin on 19th Jan 2017
I never owned a pellet grill before so while researching them discovered Rec Tec. Everything I read, people were praising the quality and customer service. I've only had the opportunity to cook 2 meals on it since I got it however, definitely fell in love with it and undoubtedly cooked some of the best BBQ I've ever cooked.
Posted by Jeff Albertson on 19th Jan 2017
Received my grill a couple weeks ago and have used it several times. The quality of material used and the ease of use is a testament to the company making them.
Assembly was fairly simple and took me about one hour by myself,although a helper wouldn't hurt. Food taste great and clean up is easy. Thanks for making a quality product and I look forward to many years of use.
Posted by Danny Thomas on 19th Jan 2017
Ordered the grill and was shipped roughly 2 weeks later, which i was aware this would be the case. It took the shipping company 9 days to deliver after several calls to them. Put grill together with instructions and video, was very easy to do. Attempted to grill the first time, and the fan would not work. Contacted Rec Tec and they sent another fan, very helpful. Install the fan and grilled first time. Worked great after changing the fuse due to power loss. The control panel is easy to understand and it held the set temp within a couple of degrees. The next time i attempted to grill, would not work, contact Rec Tec and it was determined the control board was faulty, (probably was the cause of the first fan problem and the blown fuse) currently waiting for the board and igniter rod to come in. Again their service after the sale is exceptional. They also sending me a free searing plate due to all the problems i have had. Due to the excellent service i have no doubt we will get the grill working great and dependable when i need it. I rated the review 3 stars due to all the problems, but would rate the service 5 stars.
Posted by Fat Toby on 19th Jan 2017
I've had the 680 for a few weeks and have done a few cooks on it so far, and it has been everything I hoped. Solid build, incredibly easy to use, and delicious food! I've checked the grill temps against a thermapen smoke, and it is consistently within 10 degrees of unit temp reading (center of the cooking area - internal probe on far right of grill). I look forward to many years of delicious BBQ to come.
Posted by Bill W on 17th Jan 2017
Switched from a Traeger grill to many auger motor replacements and would not hold a constant temperature. With the Rec Tec cooked ribs on Sunday 16 degrees outside worked great. Love the setup and the large hopper.
Posted by John U. on 17th Jan 2017
I had tried two different Traeger pellet grills with no satisfaction. The Traeger absolutely would not and could not hold a constant temperature. I understand that there will be some variances in temperature due to pellets being added. My dial could be set at 180 and it would go up to 340. I got my Rec Tec and it was everything it said it was. Easy assembly and unbelievable customer support! I have done a brisket, pulled pork, chickens and ribs. Some slow cooked and some at higher quick cooks. The Rec Tec 680 just works. I smoked a pork butt with an ambient temp of 15 degrees outside. I set it to 225 and after adjusting (quickly) to the external temp, it settled in at 225 and stayed there. I would see a change of 1 to 2 degrees for a minute or so, then it would go right back to 225. Cleaning is very easy and I can't imagine using anything but my Rec Tec. If you're considering whether or not to buy one, pull the trigger and go Rec Tec. They back up every claim on performance and quality. It's built like a tank and looks great. But most importantly, IT WORKS!!
Posted by Chris on 17th Jan 2017
We've cooked ribs chicken sausage brisket burgers pork butt and more... all came out fantastic! Easiest smoker to use period. No temp spikes, no adding wood or coal, no flipping necessary. Heat shield and fan create even cooking throughout, beautiful smoke ring in everything! Just amazing food with an easy cook. Service at Rec-Tec won't disappoint either, stand up folks that'll stand behind their product!
Posted by LaundryNumber36 on 17th Jan 2017
As a novice smoker, the REC TEC allows me to smoke like a pro. Although I do not recommend it, you could literally set the desired temp and forget about it. My first attempt was a Pork Shoulder. The wife said it was the best pork she has ever had. My brother-in-law, who I consider a master cook, rated it as excellent. I did have a very rocky start. The night after we put the REC TEC together, my dog ate the electrical harness. Although I was able to patch it, I called the support staff at Rec Tec and the immediately sent replacement harnesses at no cost. Thanks Guys!
Posted by Kent Spruill on 16th Jan 2017
As a new owner with 4 cooks on my 680, I must say that this is an outstanding product. Well built and very easy to use! Customer service is second to none!
Posted by Wayne E on 11th Jan 2017
By far the best grill I've ever owned. So much so I've bought two RT680's and a mini
Posted by Casey B. on 9th Jan 2017
Got mine just after Christmas, 2016. Bacon for first seasoning cook, then some ribs. Both were great. I smoked a brisket overnight this past Saturday/Sunday....unattended...while I slept!! No mopping, no spritzing, no wrapping. Very moist. I will use my smoke tube next time, as I like a little more aggressive smoke on a brisket, but the fact that the normal smoke level is not over the top actually makes it that much more versatile of a unit. I have a Weber Genesis grill and a Vision egg-style smoker, but this will be getting the most attention in the future!
Posted by Ryan P on 9th Jan 2017
This machine is AWESOME! My best friend has been trying ot get me into smoking for a few years and I'm not really much of a cook so was hesitant. I grilled on our gas grill occasionally but was difficult with hot spots, etc. The RecTec RT-680 is unreal - you literally can't screw it up! I've been using it all of the time. In the few weeks I've had it I've done brisket, pork butt, steak, pork chops and even lobster. Fantastic across the board! Highly recommended.
Posted by Unknown on 8th Jan 2017
This is a great grill and smoker. Clean up is easy. The small issue I had was resolved by customer service without any hassle. The ignitor rod was defective and would trip the GFI. I had a replacement in a couple days.
Excellent videos for assembly and troubleshooting. Can't say enough about the great experience. I really enjoy the grill.
Posted by Jim rom Bailey, CO on 8th Jan 2017
I ordered direct from Rec-Tec on November 2nd, 2016. Received the grill on November 9th. The assembly instructions and video were very helpful. Even though it was made in China the grill is of good quality. I have smoked on at least 3 different occasions including Christmas dinner. The grill operated perfectly and held its temperature just as advertised. Two of the cooks were at extremely cold temperatures here in Colorado. I had the opportunity to call Rec-Tec with a question about the temperature probe. The person who answered was very helpful. Rec-Tec keep up the great customer service. It was great to see that you not only care about the quality of your product, but that you also care about your customers. This is my first attempt at smoking and I am looking forward to using the grill for years to come.
Posted by Bernie on 5th Jan 2017
Awesome grill and a great smoker. Love the way it maintains cooking temperature. High quality build and once put together- great grill. CONS- I,myself, have been cooking on charcoal and gas grills for my entire life . I have to learn a new way to cook through RecTec recipes and other recipes to get the quality for which this grill was designed for. So it's not the grill, it does EXACTLY what it is suppose to do- I love it.
Posted by Mike on 4th Jan 2017
Wanted a pellet smoker for a long time ordered my Rec Tec about a month ago LOVE it. After seeing mine and comparing it to the treager at the local store two of my buddies have ordered Rec Tec 680s also.
Posted by marc boswell on 4th Jan 2017
The Rec Tec fully lives up to the hype...it is as advertised. It exceeds my highest expectation. I have been grilling and smoking enthusiastically for almost 5 decades and the Rec Tec is simply the very best grill I have ever used. It produces truly great meals with surprisingly little effort.
Posted by Keith on 4th Jan 2017
My neighbor has a wood pellet grill which prompted me to look at switching from a gas grill. Performed my investigation and settle on the Rec Tec. Could not be happier with my decision. Delivered quicker than I expected, easy to install and get up and running. I have done steaks, Roast, Ribs, vegetables and Brisket already. The grill maintains it's temperature and the smoke flavor is incredible. I have had to exercise patience in the grilling cycle as compared to using a gas grill. Let me be clear, the decision to go with Rec Tec was the best choice I could have made. Don't skimp, you want the searing racks, cooking mats and shelf. When I first started the Rec Tec my neighbor was with me and told me the temperature would never reach 400. I fired up the Rec Tec and it went to 500 degrees and my neighbor was shocked. Stated his grill would never reach and maintain temperature. He cooks on a Traeger. He marveled on the hooper size, the nice bull horns and the internal light just to name a few. I am learning how to smoke meat. I reviewed the various video's on the website which have been most helpful. Overall best purchase I could have made. I am totally satisfied!!
Posted by Tony C. Henderson, NV on 3rd Jan 2017
I never regretted that I bought this grill. The customer service is five star, the product is awesome, easy to assemble. My grill came in three days before Christmas and my family enjoyed our first smoked (20 lb) turkey and prime rib. They both came out perfect, very tasty and juicy. Thank you REC TEC
Posted by John Marcum on 3rd Jan 2017
Have always had gas grills and electric smoker. This thing does it all. We just built a new house and got the Rec Tec along with a gas grill. We have been in the house 4 months and use the Rec Tec at least twice a week, and the gas grill is still brand new. Wish I had gotten two Rec Tec's instead of the gas. We also purchased another Rec Tec as a present for our builder. he loves it.
Posted by Roy on 3rd Jan 2017
My wife must love me because she bought me the RT-680 for Christmas...either that or she wants me to grill more. Either way I've used it a few times and have already fell in love with it. The prime rib roast for Christmas day was unbelievably tasty, I'll never order one in a restaurant again, they wouldn't stand a chance to measure up.
Posted by Willie on 30th Dec 2016
Was leaning heavily towards the Traeger but luckily I came across the RecTec YouTube video. Like everyone else I started comparing and reading reviews and decided on the RecTec for its looks and price. Every since I purchased my RecRec I have grilled everything I have purchased from the store. My only problem when I start the grill for grilling it trips my GFI in the garage after resetting grill stays on.
Posted by William Schneider on 30th Dec 2016
By far the most versatile grill a person can own. I have smoked the pork to perfection, Eighteen hours of non-stop perfection at it's best. Steamed a bushel of oysters for fends and as I am w righting this reveiw, two ten pound Boston buts are gEttinger very happy.
Posted by Tom Kunz on 30th Dec 2016
I have had a Rec-Tec for over 3 years and have been extremely pleased with it. The temperature control is amazing and the simplicity of the setup and use makes this a pellet grill of choice.
For Christmas this year I bought 4 more of these for my married children. They were ecstatic! More importantly I don't always have to be the one to smoke meats for everyone else. I love my Rec-Tec!
Posted by Unknown on 30th Dec 2016
Bought the grill Dec 15th. It's the 30th. No sign of the grill. I would have just went and locally bought a trager if I would have known it would be weeks after Christmas before this christmas present would be here. Very disappointed. To be fair, it's the shipping company that's taking so long... so I can't review the grill itself. Looks good, I just hope it doesn't disappoint. I bought an item on amazon that weighed about the same on Christmas eve and it's already here with freight shipping. When I eventually receive the grill I will update my review.
Posted by Hermes Hernandez on 30th Dec 2016
After doing all my research, I finally decided on Rec Tec. I did not regret my decision. After placing my order, Rec Tec called me to confirm the order and verify the shipping. I requested a latter shipping date and they kindly accommodated my request. Before this purchase, I always had to personally handle all smoker duties. This grill is so simple to use, my wife just finished our "first" cook while I was at work. Great Smoker, Great Service. Thank you Rec Tec. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
Posted by Tony L. on 29th Dec 2016
Very well built ! Have only used it six times. Every thing I've cooked has been amazing.
Posted by Del Fleener on 29th Dec 2016
great smoker/grill only had it for 2-3 weeks. did three cooks burgers, porkk ribs & prime rib. all cooks were very good. every thing with your co. is top rate. as well the grill. i would recommend the rec-tec to any one.thanks for a great product.
Posted by Jim K on 29th Dec 2016
Forgive me for being long winded. Assembly is a respectable project. There are some nuts and bolts that require using a special or shortened screwdriver, and it's not always obvious from the instructions whether the nut or the bolt goes on the outside (I presume that the nut goes on the outside, even when it's hard to access, as in under the control table). The project also requires a large area (like a one car garage) and good lighting. Finally, it's almost impossible without some help in lifting at some stages. So, plan on some work putting it together.
Moving it is no joke. It rolls really well on flat ground, but if you have to traverse grass, gravel or steps - you'll need help. This baby is made out of steel, not plastic. I'm sure that it's structurally sound. Think "freight train," not "Ikea cabinet."
Functionally, this baby just works. Temperature control is really awesome. Set it and forget it. My own oven thermometer confirms its accuracy. In addition, the heating is very even across the grill because of good air flow. The burner cover and the drip pan create a kind of baffle system that moves hot air and smoke around, creating a very even heating process. This really comes in handy on a day when clouds move in, breezes blow through and it sprinkles. The REC TEC keeps the temperature constant, even in changing conditions.
What's more, the smoke is "clean." What I mean is that it burns pellets hot, and it makes "blue smoke," so you don't see lots of dark, sooty smoke coming out of the smokestack, which happens when you're burning chunks of wood.
Posted by Del on 28th Dec 2016
thanks to the crew at rec tec. the packaging was great( no damage to any parts) and assy instructions were spot on.after burn in i did burgers to try it out.they were great.so far I have smoked pork ribs & a16 lb prime rib roast.All 3 cooks have turned out great.Hats off to all of you at rec tec A GREAT product, heavy construction and well planed design.
Posted by T Mike on 28th Dec 2016
Opened the shipping box, assembled in one hour. The makers of the Rec Tec pellet grill have hit a home run. Quality workmanship. Not only is this the best pellet grill on the market, the videos on you tube are just another reason to be a part of the RecTec family. I recommend purchasing the searing grates, you have so many option with them, also the front shelf is a must. I reviewed and researched a lot of grills on the internet, after stopping by the Rec Tec facility it was a fore gone conclusion they had the best product. I am a Corporate Pilot and very particular about how things work and if they even work. Rec Tec surpasses all expectations. The results are fantastic.
Posted by Bill Hunter on 27th Dec 2016
I smoked a 23lbs turkey at 250 deg. F. for 5 1/2 hours. Pulled turkey off and placed foil over it. I cut the turkey up 45 minutes later and that is the the best turkey I have ever eaten. It was absolutely amazing.
Posted by BOYDDOG on 27th Dec 2016
We have only had our RecTec less than a month and we've cooked some the best meats ever. Cooked a big pork butt 13 hours recently and only opened the lid once just to peek. If I can get that kind of results--anyone can. Our neighbors can't wait for the next cook--it's that good! Buy one and don't look back--you won't regret it!
Posted by Anthony on 27th Dec 2016
I'm new to smoker type grills and I love this one so far.
Easy to use...get an external thermometer and doesn't get any easier.
Posted by Big Daddy Trucker on 27th Dec 2016
Unmatched customer service, excellent heavy duty material, well thought out design, industry leading warranty, excellent price/value, quality workmanship. Very simple to use, looks great, ships fast, easy to put together. Quit comparing and shopping around this is the grill/smoker to get!
Posted by Unknown on 25th Dec 2016
This is a very sturdy grill. We have used it multiple times already and love it.
Posted by Dave Moore on 24th Dec 2016
Much heavier than my Traeger and holds its temperature steady where it's supposed too! Easier to cook with when the temperature doesn't fluctuate!
Posted by Anthony C. on 24th Dec 2016
I use multiple grill/smokes for various reasons and tasks. This has to be the best all around grill/smoker I have used. Very impressed.
Posted by Meador on 23rd Dec 2016
I have have been a UDS equipped with BBQ Guru user for years and have won many Competitions with the set up. What I really didn't like was the prep time of the smoker and limited temperature ranges I could achieve and still produce good food. The Rec Tec has changed my ideas of easy and versatility. I have used it a dozen times now trying all of my classics. I decided to try my hand at Beef snack sticks at 180 degrees and then kicked it up to 350 for some chicken when I was done and then back down to 180 for my next batch of sticks. Flawless! The extra smoke button is the key!
Posted by Don on 22nd Dec 2016
When I first got the grill I was looking for recipes and that didn't last long. I just started cooking things like pork tenderloin, beer can chicken, burgers and you name it, smoke stuff for a couple hours and then crank the heat to 325 to 350 for another 2 hours or so and bingo some of the best food we've ever had. Smoked 3 5lb Boston butts for 11 hours and man were they good. If you tell people you have a Rec Tec your gonna be busy. Hope you've had as much fun as I've had in the past couple months. HAPPY SMOKING
Posted by Bill F on 22nd Dec 2016
Very well built and great to cook on. Everything about this grill exceeded my expectations. Had another very popular brand for many years but this surpasses it.
Good job Rec Tec.
Posted by Dennis Belken on 21st Dec 2016
I've owned the RT680 for about 2 weeks but I am impressed with the quality. Easily assembled, turned it on and watched the smoke start. Held the temperature setting and operated flawlessly. I have smoked ham steaks and chicken breasts on it so far and 12-22-2016 I will be doing my Jimmy Deans sausage rolls.
Posted by Todd - From Sacramento, CA on 21st Dec 2016
I had been doing research on different types and brand names of smokers for the past two years. I bought a cheap $350.00 smoker from Home Depot, used it once and returned it the next day!! It wasn't until this past summer when I went back to my home state of Wisconsin for a family visit and had the chance to use a Rec Tec my brother's friend had. Oh my!! This smoker was absolutely awesome! I told my wife, don't get me anything for my birthday, our anniversary and then combine all that money together for my Christmas present! All I wanted was this smoker!! I've had the Rec Tec now for two weeks now. The first weekend I smoked 3 racks of ribs! Wow! Amazing!! The second week I smoked my very first beef brisket and it just melted in your mouth! The smoke ring was awesome, the taste was amazing! I plan to smoke a spiral ham and a prime rib for Christmas on it. Can't wait!
The Rec Tec is so easy to use and does all the work for you, just monitor the time for what you are cooking and the Rec Tec does the rest!
In closing, I do want to give a shout out to the customer service of this company. I was missing the searing kit in my original order and called the day I received the grill and they apologized and said they would ship it out the next day. I received it overnight!
Posted by Dick HHn on 21st Dec 2016
I started with Traeger when it was made in America. When they changed to China, their products went way down. I have a Green Mountain at my other place. It's decent and has one feature I wish I had on the Rec Tec. However, with that exception (a built in meat thermometer with probe) this is the best of the bunch. The thickness of various parts holds the temperature in continually. The "extreme smoke" feature works very well and does give a more authentic smoke flavor. The large hoppers mean brisket without getting up during the night to refill. This is a great grill and a Maverick remote thermometer with dual probes solved my only nit pick.
Posted by Roy Murata on 21st Dec 2016
My office colleague recommended RecTec and I tasted the result of his smoked meat. I was definitely convinced of the result and decided to buy one for myself. My new RecTec was shipped in a crate and professionally packaged together with accessories and 5 bags of pellets ( 500 lbs weight!). The quality of the material used and the design is really heavy duty and robust with solid core stainless grills. I really like the solid stainless horn handle bar. It uses mostly large stainless bolts and nuts ( 3/8 or 5/16 dia) unlike the other flimsy brands which uses 1/4 diameter or less. The major components are preinstalled with only minor items such the legs and electronic box remains to be installed and is easy. Their service is outstanding helping me all the way from ordering to shipping and I’m looking forward to their 6 years warranty and continuing support. I already used it once since I bought it last week and the result is fantastic rib. The dozens Youtube support is another icing on the cake.
Posted by Jerry Z on 21st Dec 2016
Just got the Rec-Tec 600, and am thoroughly pleased with it. have used it to smoke sausage, sirloin, and filet mignon. Even with a cold wind, it does a great job of keeping temperature where I set it. I'm looking forward to smoking a pork butt for New Years Eve and doing the jalapeno slaw from the Rec Tec video library..
Posted by Steve Siracusa on 20th Dec 2016
It's not often where a product meets expectations, it's even more rare when it exceeds expectation. Well that's exactly what it does and the customer service is even better. The unit is the real deal and so is the staff that supports it. So if your on the fence or in the market pull the trigger you won't regret it!
Posted by Steve Siracusa on 20th Dec 2016
It's not often where a product meets expectations, it's even more rare when it exceeds expectation. Well that's exactly what it does and the customer service is even better. The unit is the real deal and so is the staff that supports it. So if your on the fence or in the market pull the trigger you won't regret it!
Posted by Jen on 20th Dec 2016
I've had this grill for about a year. It's been fantastic. I had a small problem with the grill plates not fitting exactly right. They were a little high not flat on serface the day I assembled it. It was a Sunday and thought "bummer I'll have to leave a message and then call back again on Monday" However I was extremely surprised when about 15minutes later someone calls me back! We were able to fix the problem over the phone and emailed pictures and I was up and running in 30 minutes! Wow! I've never experienced anything like that kind of commitment. It turns out it was just a shift in stuff during shipment. The grill has never failed me ever! I did a great smoked turkey on it for thanksgiving and I plan to do another one for Christmas! If you are on the fence... get off and buy this one!
Posted by Unknown on 20th Dec 2016
Awesome Customer Service before and after the purchase. I can't remember the last time a company has called to thank me for my business. Rec Tec did - within an hour of my purchase the day after Thanksgiving!
I have used it twice when temperatures were in the single digits with no issues. Temperature reached where I wanted, and never fluctuated during the entire cooking process. So far I have smoked two briskets, a pork butt, steaks, three racks of ribs, and some mac n' cheese. Took some of the food to my office, and people were asking if I would cater their next party...
Posted by Aaron Clark on 19th Dec 2016
Best customer service around, hands down!! Bought my 680 in June and absolutely loved it!! My house burnt down on November 20th of this year and Rectec blessed me with a new one!! Cook d on the new one for my inlaws and they raved and raved about how much they liked it so me and my wife purchased a new mini for them for Christmas! They have completely won me and my family over with their amazing products and amazing customer service!!
Posted by Unknown on 19th Dec 2016
So far I don't really have any complaints. It works as it should and the smoke flavor is perfect. I will still need more time with this to see how it does in the long run, but so far so good. I love it. Set it and forget it.
Posted by Henry Matthews on 19th Dec 2016
I have had other pellet cookers before learning about Rec Tec. I have the Rec Tec 680 and the performance has been more then expected. Have cooked in very cold weather and with great results. The temps have held steady throughout the cook. Pellet usage has been low considering the cold weather. I have also added a Winter Cover and was the best money I spent for this cooker. It has brought the temps up quicker and uses less pellets. I also have the Grill Grates which was a great addition. I plan on adding other options later on, but for now, I am more then satisfied with the cooker. I say (cooker) because it will do just about everything you would want to cook. Thanks again Rec Tec for a great product.
Posted by Keith Coan on 17th Dec 2016
Had a Trager grill researched Rec Tec and was blown away until I cooked on it. This is not my first rodeo but so far it has not reached what I thought it would be. I'm still trying work with it, but it took 1 hour to get to temperature tonight and it's 68 degrees outside
Posted by Glenn haney on 14th Dec 2016
I've been grilling for many years,gas,charcoal, wood and people loved what I cooked. But this rec tec pellet grill is the best grilling machine I've used.the food is awesome no matter what you grill .I love it
Posted by Cold Weather Cooker on 13th Dec 2016
I received my Rec Tec a couple weeks ago and have used it about 10 times already and couldn't be happier. So far I've done steaks, wings and even a casserole, and it works great every time. Last night it was -13F here in northeast Wisconsin and it had no trouble holding its temp. I have a good friend that we both decided to get pellet grills and he went with a certain big brand that starts with a T and has already had some issues with temp control. Long story short, if your undecided go with the Rec Tec it works great and looks awesome!!
Posted by Scotty on 12th Dec 2016
Really ,Really nice! Stayes within 1 degree of set point. Nice heavy duty barrel & components. Wish it had back lit control buttons as I cook a lot at night , only complaint I got ! Great Product ‼️Gonna be a great tastin Christmas.
Posted by Merritt Island Smoker on 11th Dec 2016
I have been waiting to write this review until I had the opportunity to put the RecTec to the test. (Review Spoiler, It passed with flying colors!!!)
For the last 10 years I have been a hardcore charcoal grill fanatic. At the time of my RecTec purchase I owned 3 charcoal kettle grills all set up for different cooking methods, direct grilling on one with the other two dedicated to indirect cooking/smoking. I also owned a rebuilt 5 burner gas grill with ceramic side burner and ceramic rear burner for rotisserie. The day my RecTec arrived I hauled the gasser to the curb and put two of the three kettles in the shed. Ok, on to the review, just wanted anyone reading this review to understand that while I am not a pro I use my grills 3 to 4 times a week.
From first contact with RecTec, asking about expected shipping times, to purchasing and delivery the RecTec team was outstanding. My grilled arrived on the date projected and the delivery driver even wheeled the pallet under my carport at my wife's request. Everything was well packed and protected with all the parts an instructions necessary to assemble. Assembly was straightforward, with clear instructions. I had watched a YouTube video of set up so knew what to expect and where to start. I really didn't note the total time spent in set up but it couldn't have been more than 30-45 minutes. I did the initial burn in and seasoning cook with bacon the following morning. I was super impressed with the temp control and how evenly the bacon cooked across the grill. (Right after cooking the bacon I cooked eggs using grill mats and enjoyed a fantastic breakfast!)
I cooked a spatchcock turkey and meatloaf for thanksgiving the next day (I know- don't experiment with new recipes and new grills for big occasions but after watching the temp control on the burn in and seasoning I knew the grill would perform to expectations.) I seriously did not know what to do with myself while the turkey grilled to perfection.
I have cooked chicken, burgers over the grill mates, smoked potatoes for smoked potatoe salad, and even tried my hand at my first "swineapple" All amazing!!!! The RecTec is an amazing grilling machine, looking forward to many many years of great cooking.
No review would be complete without mentioning the negatives. Only two that I can report. Since I no longer have to add charcoal and mind the temps like I did with my kettle it seems I am spending more on beer to keep myself occupied. The other negative is that I did not order the stainless steel front shelf, again my shortfall not the grills or RecTec's fault. :)
Posted by Unknown on 11th Dec 2016
It went together as directed, have cooked on it three times--every time it has been wonderful
Posted by Charles C Johnson on 10th Dec 2016
Got to use "THE BEAST" for the second time this weekend. 4 beautiful Boston butts low and slow at 225°, in 20° weather. This grill held it's temp perfectly for 12+ hours despite the bitter cold weather. Outstanding results! Don't look any further than a Rec Tec Pellet Grill!
Posted by LeRoy on 10th Dec 2016
I had always thought about purchasing a pellet grill ever since I walked by the Traeger display at a local Costco. I just wasn't really sure if I wanted to spend a lot of money on another grill since I own a gas and a charcoal one.
A co-worker convinced me to get a pellet grill. He owns a Traeger and swears up and down by it. So, I decided to do a few searches to see what the options were for a new pellet grill. When I opened up the Rec Tec page, my interest spiked. I really loved the look of the grill, but I wasn't quite sold about the price. I figured I would think about it more trying to justify buying it.
A couple of weeks went by, which during that time I had reviewed the other personal reviews on this site and on Amazon. The amount of positive reviews about the product and the customer service was incredible. Reading such feedback, I figured what do I have to lose. So I finally decided to pull the trigger and ordered mine on September 19th.
Assembly of the grill when it arrived was easy. The materials to make this grill are solid, so there is some weight to it. I do recommend that you have a 2nd person there to help you make the assembly easier.
So, to start seasoning the grill, I bought a couple of pounds of good thick cut bacon from a local butcher. That was the best bacon I had ever had. The Rec Tec gave the bacon such a great flavor, I was even more excited to try other foods on it.
Since then, I have cooked so many things on the Rec Tec including: Whole chicken, Chicken Wings, Whole Turkey, Pot Roast, Pork Ribs, Prime Rib, Steaks, Brats, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Meatloaf, Casseroles, Asparagus, Baked Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Green Beans, Pizzas, Cakes, Cookies, Pumpkin Bars, French Toast, Bacon, Sausage.
Knock on wood, I have not had any issues yet with my Rec Tec. If there is a problem, they give you plenty of contact information if there are any problems.
Overall, using the Rec Tec is as easy as setting an oven. Food tastes so much better on this grill than on gas or charcoal. The Rec Tec pellet grill is worth every penny.
I definitely recommend that everyone should "Grab the Bull by the Horns" and get your own Rec Tec pellet grill today.
Posted by Frank on 10th Dec 2016
This is an awesome grill. I was most impressed with the quality of construction and with the fact that it holds the set temperature within a degree. That is amazing, especially after using a Trager that could not hold the temperature within 100 degrees. However, I would recommend some re-engineering of the assembly process. When attaching the side shelf/control panel, it was very difficult and tedious to install the four bolts that hold it to the grill. The access space was tight and really does require two people to make the attachment. But once assembled, this grill is really awesome. I especially like the 40 pound pellet hopper. This allows you to smoke overnight without fear of running out of fuel.
Posted by Jamie D on 10th Dec 2016
I gifted this to the hubby right before t-giving, and he's totally smitten. Delivery thru Saia was excellent - don't stop using that vendor! Assembly is easy, truly, if you read directions. It should take less than an hour. Rig is sturdy, and heavy feeling. Hubby kept going outside just to open the lid and look in wonder at his new toy. After a burn-in day, we christened the smoker with a 17lb dry-brined turkey. Using the smoker is super easy, cleanup is easy, temp control is easy, and drip catching is easy. Turkey was truly the best we've made - had a lovely smoke ring that we've never had with our little r2d2 smoker. Can't wait to cook some pork, or steaks, or pizza in here. Love it! Wonderful buying experience, professional and friendly delivery, well-built and fun machine, AMAZING MEAT. Love it!
Posted by Beau on 9th Dec 2016
This thing is awesome. Easy to use and looks great in my backyard. Assembly was simple and straight forward.
Posted by Bud P on 8th Dec 2016
received the grill within a week of ordering it. the truck driver was gracious enough to deliver the grill right into my garage where I proceeded to unpack and put it together. I had an initial problem with the temperature probe and had a new one delivered within 2 days. Great service!! I have use the grill 4 times since and have loved everything about it. Everything I have cooked has turned out great. Would highly recommend for anyone planning to buy a pellet grill.
Posted by Unknown on 8th Dec 2016
I have used a couple different pellet grills and the rec tec is by far the best. If your looking for a pellet grill this is the one to buy
Posted by Richard Kahl on 7th Dec 2016
For the longest time I was afraid to cook any type of ribs. I had in mind how I wanted them to turn out. I cooked them in the oven using the 3,2,1 method and they would come out fine but no smoke flavor.
My wife had given the green light to purchase a smoker from whom ever I wanted. Man did I do a lot of research before my purchase.
With a 40lbs hopper, 6 year warranty, heavy stainless steel and customer service reviews I had finally made my choice.
I think I was driving my wife crazy with all the questions that I would ask her about extras that I might want to buy with the grill. (almost blew my chances). LOL!!
Well, I think its the best investment that I have made for my summer time fun. Prep is the hardest part about fixing smoked meat on this smoker. Recommend everyone choose for themselves but I know REC TEC made it easy to get the whole kit and kabootal.
Posted by Thomas Middleton on 6th Dec 2016
I've been trying to talk my wife into letting me get my Rec tec for 3 years now...she finally gave in. I haven't turned my oven on since. I LOVE my Rec tec!
Posted by J.Compton on 6th Dec 2016
Purchased another name brand pellet grill (Tr) last year and returned it the next day after one use, would not keep temperature setting and kept going out, tried several different brands of pellets.
Ordered RecTec in mid November 2016, asked if it could be delivered to 22554 by Thanksgiving, no promises but highly likely, came to my location in 4 days, excellent.
Have cooked a turkey and pork butts already, this thing is awesome, keeps temp within 2 degrees, and easy to clean. It took me a while to order a RecTec but it is without doubt everything it has been advertised and commented upon. I cannot say anything about other grills, I can say that RecTec is worth every penny its cost.
Posted by Jason on 6th Dec 2016
Everything about this grill is top notch. The extreme smoke option is invaluable! The grills slurry to hold a constant temp is far better than my oven-no joke! I live in Denver and it knocks it out of the park during the super cold mornings and 40-50° days.
I'll put my hands on all the other grills (treager, louisiana, gmg, egg, camp chef, etc) and this is it. It's a TON OF MONEY for me but I would buy this grill over and over again.
Posted by Jim hoffman on 5th Dec 2016
Never realized what I've been missing till I got this grill. This is the best grill ever, worth every penny.
Posted by Don on 5th Dec 2016
So far I am very satisfied with the grill. Very simple to put together and even simpler to use. So far I've cooked burgers, hotdogs, hot wings, and bacon. Next will be porkloin and brisket.
Posted by Clint B. on 3rd Dec 2016
I have had my Rec Tec 680 for about a month. Customer Service was attentive when I had an issue at getting it up to 500 degrees or so I thought. It was actually my fault I must have moves the thermometer probe to where it was touching the side of the grill. That makes it ever come up to temp on the computer. I thought I had a lemon or something but I just figured it out today. To make sure I was right I cranked it up on Full mode and it got up to 513 degrees within 25 mins!! I was relieved and happy to say the least. I love the grill it is so easy and my family is pleased to eat what I have been learning to cook. I have gone from a grill novice to a moderate grilled overnight with this grill. If I had to knock it I would say I didn't give it a 5 star only because I was expecting a little more smoke on low temps but it isn't bad. Like I said though great grill worth the money.
Posted by George M on 1st Dec 2016
Works great, well built and great customer service.
Posted by Doug Tennant on 28th Nov 2016
I have been smoking everyday since I got it and everything is wonderful. I can now say that charcoal and propane grills may cook good, but they gave me indigestion. I worried about this being worse with a smoker, but i have had no indigestion from anything i cooked on my RecTec. I slow smoked four turkeys for us and our friends for Thanksgiving and everyone was satisfied.
Posted by Adam on 28th Nov 2016
At this time, I have only had a chance for the burn in and a batch of my sriracha chicken thighs recipe. I have done this recipe on the grill, pan fried and baked and this was the juiciest and best tasting yet.
The build quality is outstanding. My cover came with a seam that had come apart and with a short phone call a new one was on the way within an hour along with return shipping label for the old one.
Getting it up and running took very little time after watching the videos online. I didn't necessarily need two people, but it made it much easier.
Overall, I'm really pleased with my smoker and can't wait to cook more on it.
Posted by J. Oakes on 28th Nov 2016
I have had my Rec Tec RT-680 for a few weeks now. I have smoked brisket, ribs (twice), multiple chickens and I completed a very successful reverse sear on ribeyes. I have to say that I am totally blown away by the Rec Tec. Starting with construction, every piece of it is quality made and beautiful. It was easy to assemble and it is even easier to use. This product is truly exceptional. In terms of smoking and grilling quality, it is off the charts. I have used both gas and charcoal, but nothing compares to the Rec Tec wood pellet smoker. It is easy to use, extremely reliable (in terms of heat and food consistency) and it produces championship quality meat.
Needless to say, I have become a walking, talking commercial for Rec Tec. I have recommended to several friends.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Nov 2016
Set it and forget it. I smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving and everybody said it was the best they had ever eat.
Posted by Mike W on 27th Nov 2016
Product is as good as advertised. Online order with quick delivery. Easy setup with just myself and even easier grilling. I would recommend it to anyone. Guests commented on the best Thanksgiving day Turkey they ever had that was cooked on the Rec Tec.
Only thing I plan on changing is the height. I'm 6'4" and an extra little height will make this grill perfect.
Posted by Unknown on 26th Nov 2016
Was everything as described. A very solid grill and has been great out of the box. Have been smoking every weekend since it arrived. Built like a tank.
Posted by Jack on 26th Nov 2016
Excellent product. I have been learning the way it cooks and could not be more pleased. Steaks...check, ribs....check (the best ever), turkeys (4) .......check, moist and tasty. Very versatile, trouble free, and great quality.
Posted by Bob. F. on 26th Nov 2016
Beau (my Rec Tec named after Beaudacious the bull) works as advertised. So far I've smoked ribs, and a Thanksgiving turkey. Add a pizza, and a filet with scallops on the sear kit to the mix. Everything has been spot on. If your on the fence on whether to purchase this our not, do yourself a favor and pull the trigger.
P.S. Customer service is top notch. I got a reply back to an email within 10 minutes on a Saturday.
Posted by MARK HALSAVER on 25th Nov 2016
This is the second smoker I have owned. Now I will never use my old one again. The REC-TEC model RT-680 with the Front Folding Shelf (a must have) and the Second Shelf accessory, makes cooking easier than ever. There is so much room inside, I smoked TWO turkeys at once this Thanksgiving. I love how the large front door opens up, making basting and mopping all sides of the food an easy task. In the past month, this has produced the best ribs, chicken, and turkeys I have ever had in my life. Everyone that comes over can't get over how beautiful and professional it looks too. Great job.
Posted by Steven Yates on 24th Nov 2016
First this review might be a little long so bear with me please. I wanted to wait a couple months so that I could give a true review. I'd like to start by saying that you can't go wrong with this grill. I've used a wood smoker with an offset firebox and I've also used a vertical propane smoker. Now I have the rec tec. Best of both worlds. It has the smokey flavor that comes with wood smoker and the temp control of the propane. I was nervous the first time I cooked over night so I didn't sleep much but the Boston butt turned out great. The grill itself is well built. All sturdy metal and the extra large hopper assures you can cook anything without a refill. Paint so far is holding up good even at high temperatures. The computer really does hold the temperature at the set point which makes this the easiest grill to operate and can turn anyone into a professional. The Extreme Smoke setting does a great job of producing more smoke than the normal setting. I brine all poltry that I smoke to keep the meat from being dry. Having said that I don't know if it's even necessary with the rec tec the meat is so juicy. Even a large 17 pound turkey which by the way was my first, and also the best I have ever had. Grilling is also possible on the rec tec. I already had a set of grill grates from a previous grill so I didn't need to buy them, but I do recommend them for nice char marks. That brings me to the one thing that I have to complain about. It takes a long long time to reach high grilling Temps. I live in North Carolina and it doesn't get super cold around here normally, but even when it's only in the 50's it can take 45 minutes or so to reach 500 degrees. I have adjusted to this so it is in no way a deal breaker. The ease of use and the flavor you get make up for it. I have come up with a solution to this problem but it takes a little money. A 6x6 felt welding blanket from amazon $70 Makes a perfect insulator for the lid which is where most of the heat is lost, and it can take all the heat this grill can throw at it safely. I know rec tec make a fitted blanket for the grill and I am not trying to loose the company any sales but it is not rated for high grilling Temps so it wouldn't help, but again this to me is a minor problem that I have learned to live with. Moving on if you're like me and like your meat extra smokey invest in a smoke tube. You fill it with pellets light them and it will smoke for 4 hours. It adds great favor and is very simple. Do yourself a favor and watch all the info videos on YouTube from rec tec. They provide all the info you will need to make your purchase decision and trouble shoot any problems after purchase. They also have some great recipe videos too! I don't know what else I can say at this point to let you know how happy I am with this purchase. I have had it sense mid September 2016 and have cooked a turkey, 3 Boston butts , chicken wings, brats, burgers, chicken quarters, and not one bad piece of meat! I was not given anything for this review. This is my personal honest opinion. Although if rec tec would send me anything as a thank you I wouldn't mind wink wink. I have nothing else to say. Give this company your money now. You can thank me later.
Posted by GEORGE BLANKENSHIP on 21st Nov 2016
After a couple years of searching and reading about pellet smokers i decided that the Rec Tec was the best choice and pulled the trigger on the RT680 last month. All I can say is WOW !!!! Still learning how to cook some things but the videos on Youtube put up by the folks at Rec Tec are very helpful. Best smoked wings I have ever eaten!!!!! Thanks Rec Tec for this great Smoker Grill.. I LOVE IT
Posted by Thomas Carr on 20th Nov 2016
Have grilled with charcoal the last 15 years because I enjoy the slower pace as well as the flavor. While visiting a friend 5 years ago, was exposed to the Green Egg and slow cooking. Absolutely loved the result and figured I would buy one when my trusty charcoal Weber finally died. Was clicking around one Sunday morning and started watching the infomercial on the Traegger. I have a pellet stove, love the efficiency, so I was intrigued. Scoured the net for info on all makes of pellet grills and felt Rec-Tec was likely to be the better option because of everyone's ardent approval of the customer service provided by this company. This grill, and this company, lives up to all the billing. Extremely satisfied with it's conventional grilling ability as well as my new found love of slower cooking beer can chicken and roasts. It is incredibly efficient, burning about 1lb of pellets per hour when set at 300 degrees or less, and leaving so little ash that I have not yet had to clean out the burn pot despite going through a 40lb bag of pellets. Dramatically easier to set up, use, and clean up than either my Weber or my friend's Egg. In fact, he is beginning his exploration into the world of pellet grills. Living in the Northeast, I was never a fan of winter grilling - but the Rec-Tec (or as my nine year old calls it, "Big Red") is sooooo easy I imagine I will be using it all winter. The searing racks and grill mats are very useful. My only suggestion would be to have the boys at Rec-Tec publish a "cook book" rather than having to refer to You Tube for ideas and tips.
Posted by Greg H. on 17th Nov 2016
I have had various smokers and grills. There is no better grill than the REC TEC wood pellet grill.
Posted by JERRY S on 17th Nov 2016
I have owned my 680 for about a month now. It is amazing the difference in food taste. What I thought were great ribs on my WSM doesn't even compare to the 680. The pork buts are super juicy with an amazing smoke ring. My neighbor only cooked on it one time and we just assembled his new 680 a couple days ago. I can't wait to throw two 12 pound turkeys on it for thanksgiving. There will probably be another pork but on also for dessert.
Posted by Doug Nordell on 16th Nov 2016
We've had the RT-680 for 2 weeks now and have done chicken, salmon, pizza, pork tenderloin, bacon and ribs. Each of them have come out excellent. We are on our 2nd bag of pellets. Only issue I had was that the auger motor fan blades were on the motor incorrectly so that it would not turn - but once that was fixed - it has worked perfectly. Great Product and wonderful customer service !!!
Posted by Russ Lannom on 14th Nov 2016
My first time to use a pellet grill and it Cooks even and with little effort. Very impressed with how it preforms .
Posted by Tracy Phillips on 12th Nov 2016
I owned a Treager grill a few years ago and wore it out. The RecTec is built so much better I know it will last a long time. It cooks like no tomorrow. I've had it just over a week and have done chops, pork tenderloin, steak, burgers, a whole turkey and bacon. Bought the seasoning bundle and have not been disappointed. All around great grill I'm happy I went for the Rec Tec and would recommend it to anyone. YumYumYumyum!
Posted by Unknown on 11th Nov 2016
This smoker has by far exceeded my expectations. It is a simple assembly and very well built. It's features are way better than any in its class. This has change the way I cook by far. This is a must have item for any residence.
Posted by ANTHONY MCWATTERS on 10th Nov 2016
My wife ordered me one last year for Christmas as i had tried a couple of cheaper smokers which didn't work out so well. We are in Canada so we don't have as much choice compared to the US. I love it!! The quality of construction is great - heavy duty and looks great. It makes smoking food a whole lot easier and enjoyable with the temperature controller. You can throw a whole brisket in before you go to bed, set the temperature nice and low at 200 or 225 and the next day it is perfect. I recently ordered a 2nd grill to take to the cottage. You can't go wrong. It costs me a little more by the time i pay duty and shipping, but it is worth it. I offered my services on the phone to be a Canadian Distributor!! by the way - it looks cool too!!
Posted by Brian Murphy on 10th Nov 2016
It is everything they claim it to be. it is built like a tank very heavy duty!! The customer service goes over and above handling questions and solving any problems quickly. The food is so easy to cook and has more flavor than you can imagine. quit wasting your time reading this and get one you wont be disappointed.
Posted by Unknown on 9th Nov 2016
It is what they say it is. Well built, almost as easy, as SET IT, and FORGET IT!!
Posted by Alan B. on 25th Jun 2016
I have smoked a few times on my new Rec Tec and have had some of the best tasting food ever from my backyard. The 1st pork butt was so much better than what I tried to smoke on my gas grill. Chicken was awesome, and the smoked meatloaf was outstanding. Now my son and son in law are dropping hints about me buying them one for Christmas. If you are on the fence about buying the Rec Tec, go ahead. You will get extreme results too.
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