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.
* Achieving minimum and maximum temperatures can be limited by pellet selection and weather conditions.
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Posted by Quentin Buswell on 29th Apr 2017
I used a Lil Tex traeger for a while and needed more room. I chose the rec tec and the great things about it is the ability to fill up the huge pellet hopper and not worry about running out, and the PID controller is rock solid. I've used it in warm and cold weather and it always stays right on temp. It seems to cook even and the build quality is excellent. A plus is the customer service. No automated answering. Someone will answer you when you call and they always respond to emails and social media. Awesome support for an awesome product. The six year warranty is a nice piece of mind but doubt I will have any issues with the grill. They even upgraded the hot rod to a new longer lasting ceramic igniter.
Posted by rgrmelling@gmail;.com on 29th Apr 2017
Received my pellets smoker a few weeks ago. Assembly was every easy and instruction was very detailed. I was very impressed on the how well this smoker is built, definitely built to last a long time. I've smoked several things and everything has came out great. Hold temperature very well and produces a ton of smoke. I would highly recommend this smoker to anyone. By far the best pellet smoker on the market for the price.
Posted by Unknown on 27th Apr 2017
Nice unit,Quality works well
Heavy duty.Easy put together instructions
First smoke was ribs,,excellent
Second smoke was a brisket,set up overnite and was perfect in the next day....no baby sitting
made burgers,chops all were excellent
Posted by Mike M. on 27th Apr 2017
My grill developed a paint issue that I discovered after I removed my cold weather blanket this spring. I contacted the boys at Rectec and with little ado they took care of my problem in a completely satisfactory manner. They made the remedy as easy on me as possible and I really appreciated that! Oh, by the way I really like how it's cooks!
Posted by Doug Tilney on 27th Apr 2017
Makes it easy to do bbq and steaks on the same grill! I consider myself a pretty good cook but this grill will definitely take it to the next level!
Posted by Ron LaRose on 26th Apr 2017
Received the grill just before Easter, I have made steaks which were marginal, need to develop the technique. Also have smoked, 30 lbs of home cured ham that was exceptional, jerked chicken, duck & Boston Butt, (pulled pork), which all came out excellent. Grill performs as avertised. No problems with the grill so I have had no need to test the customer service group. So far a great product. I have been smoking meats & making home made cure hams for many years. This grill/smoker makes the process easier.
Posted by Tommy Fryar on 26th Apr 2017
Approaching a month with my Rec Tec. Extremely pleased. It is so nice when something is as good as advertised. Hard to believe that there is so much difference in the Rec Tec and the Holland grill which was a great grill for many years but everything wears out. Just pleased that myh research led me to Rec Tec
Posted by Unknown on 26th Apr 2017
Phenomenal quality and great customer service and instructions for assembly.
Posted by phillip johnson on 25th Apr 2017
This grill is the best grill I have ever had . I can't believe how easy it is to use.
Posted by patrick brown on 25th Apr 2017
This is the real deal great smoke output and tite 2 degree temp control. Heavy duty lid and well built smoker and hopper that will last forever. Once you go RECTEC YOU WILL NEVER USE ANOTHER PIT.
Posted by Jeff D on 25th Apr 2017
I purchased mine, within an hour my initial burn in I was already prepping for a over night smoke. I ended up doing an overnight smoke on some brisket. I can proudly say that it's the best brisket I've had to date, including my MasterBuilt electric smoker which does not even compare in regards to results from the Rec Tec. When you see peoples excitement on YouTube talking about their Rec Tec I wondered why someone could get so excited about a pellet grill. I liked my MasterBuilt smoker but didn't feel compelled to express it on YouTube. The Rec Tec is another story, I now understand and share their excitement. I"ve owned it for 2 weeks and I've smoked 4 briskets, 6 racks of ribs and 2 bone Ribeye steaks. Everything has been spot on regarding smoke and flavor. I've also questioned why people need to use alternate devices to enhance the smoke flavor. The extreme smoke feature creates more than enough flavor IMO. I currently own or have owned electric smokers and stick burners and I believe they all provided adequate smoke flavor. The type and quality wood plays heavily into the end result. The Rec Tec with Smokin Pellets premium blend provides the best around flavor.
Posted by Paul Ruskanen on 25th Apr 2017
Like most people, I was hesitant to spend this much on a grill, but after having it for about two weeks, everything Rec Tec has exceeded my expectations. Grill is well made, was easy to set up, and has worked exactly as I would expect. I'd forgotten how much better food tastes when it's cooked with wood, even frozen pizza!
Customer service has been just as awesome. My order didn't come with any pellets, but after a quick call, they were shipped 2nd day to me. After my initial burn-in, I noticed a small flaw on the lid and tweeted @rectecgrills. Within five minutes, I had a reply, and a confirmation E-mail that a new lid was on the way.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this grill to my friends, or anyone looking for a grill.
Posted by Tom D - Maryland on 25th Apr 2017
As you can tell by all the other reviews, you will be glad you decided to go with REC TEC! I did a lot of research before I went with the RT and I was skeptical by the lack of negative review out there. I pulled the trigger and once it arrived (three days later!) I knew I made the right choice. This thing is absolute QUALITY! You can just tell you bought a product that was built to last and not just something mass produced for profits. I've been smoking every weekend and it's allowed me to actually have a life outside of my cook for a change. I no longer need to monitor my temp every 15min or worry that my temp will spike if a wind gust comes through. I literally throw a butt or packer on before I go to bed and wake up to the same temp as when I went to bed. It's amazing! No more constantly playing with the dampers to "try" to get the perfect temp. Simply set this thing at whatever temp you're looking for and walk away for hours!
Posted by M. Harold Epstein on 24th Apr 2017
Within the last 2 weeks I received my RecTec 680 grill. It was shipped quickly and everything I ordered was in place on the pallet. The grill was easy to set up and handle. Since I did not have a helper I removed the lids on the main grill and the pellet chamber to reduce weight. I was then able to assemble and place the unit myself without an assistant.
The burn in demonstrated how precisely the temperature is maintained. My overall impression is that this grill has been made with outstanding quality that is not seen in the big box store units. I have yet to do much cooking on it but I am convinced that the any problems with cooking will be mine and not the grill's. I have not had any problems with the unit to date but have made two phone calls to custormer service with prompt answers to all questions.
The 6 year warranty is outstanding even though there is a $90 charge after year 4. I Recommend this grill to anyone
who wants to smoke and grill with a quality product.
Posted by DrBox on 24th Apr 2017
I gotta tell ya, ....WOW!
We had a cow working this weekend and I'm considered the Chuck Wagon cook. I smoked 2 pork butts, 6 slabs of St. Louis ribs, and a lamb roast.
I fed 25 cowboys and boy howdy did the compliments roll in. I may have even sold a couple RT-680's for ya.
Best cooking purchase I've made in a little bit.
Posted by Victor Ramos on 24th Apr 2017
I cooked my first set of ribs on my 680 this weekend and everybody loved them. I had friends asking how i learned to cook ribs like that. It makes it so easy to cook or favorite foods with the taste of award winning BBQ. It's worth every penny plus more. If your thinking about pulling the trigger on one of these bad boys, all i can say is "PULL IT" you won't be let down.
Posted by Chris on 24th Apr 2017
My Rec Tec RT-680 arrived very quickly. It was easy to set up and prepare for use. This smoker is constructed of heavy-gauge SS material. It isn't like the lightweight competitors in any way. The product works very well. Using the RT-680 is significantly easier than the wood smoker that it replaced. The flavor of everything I have smoked on it so far has been wonderful. I look forward to many years of cooking on this product. Highly recommended.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Apr 2017
I have loved my rec tec - even when I was having to light it manually when the igniter failed. It was a pain lighting it manually - it reminded me of manually lighting my Weber kettle grill for many years.
I emailed customer support and received a phone call the same day. After a couple of questions, they figured out the problem was a faulty igniter, which they put in the mail the same day. A couple days later, I had a grill that fired up right away - which is great!
Posted by cameron morgan on 23rd Apr 2017
I was skeptical on a electric pellet smoker to replace my egg, had electric smokers in the past and hated them, wife and I have wanted to dabble in the catering business, I needed something that would hold a lot of meat and that I didn't have to babysit, the 680 has blown away my expectations with the quality of food it puts out! First cook with it was a 70th birthday party for my dad, at the party we got asked to cater a wedding for 100ppl and a golf tournament for 150ppl, this thing is built like a tank and customer service is above and beyond the best ive ever had pleasure of dealing with, I look forward to being part of the rec tec family for many many years.
Posted by Ben Sanders on 22nd Apr 2017
I did a lot of research looking for a good pellet grill. I of course started out looking at Traegers, which lead me to the higher end brands. I came across Rec Tec almost by accident. I started watching videos and reading all the reviews I could on various Facebook pages and Independent barbecue and smoker sites. I didn't find a product with more positive reviews from the quality of the build, the size of the hopper, the temperature control, the look, space, probably most of all their Customer service.
After about 4-5 months of researching I pulled the trigger and ordered the Rec Tec 680. My first weekend I smoked couple chickens that turned out great. A brisket that was probably the best I ever smoked. A pork shoulder that my friends couldn't stop eating, and a 14 pound whole ham that was some of the best ham I've ever had.
This grill does it all and so far has been worth every penny I spent on it. I'm looking forward to adding a couple more accessories as well as the 300 in the future for smaller meals.
Posted by Wes Edwards on 21st Apr 2017
Very impressed with the simplicity of your product. However there's nothing more powerful for the chef of the family. Cooking just went to a whole new level with the purchase of my RecTec!
Posted by Chris Hall on 21st Apr 2017
Hands down the best pellet smoker/grill on the market for your money. I compared this to the Traeger and the green mountain pellet smoker grills. The rectec is by far much better constructed than the competition. All of the components on the rectec are by far more superior as well. The rectec has a 6year warranty that the competition does not match. It is built to last a lifetime, it will be your forever smoker/grill.
Posted by Unknown on 20th Apr 2017
Shelf was bent but Rec Tec sent a new one immediately. When putting the grill together some of the nuts were hard to get a wrench on. But the grill is very easy to use. I have cooked bacon, hamburgers, and brisket and everything has been great. Highly recommend this grill and this company.
Posted by Brad Coleman on 20th Apr 2017
I have cooked 4 weekends in a row on our new Rec Tec 680, and I am extremely pleased with every aspect of this grill. So simple to use, Quality is superb, Everything just as described. It heats up quick, holds temp perfect and looks awesome doing it. Recently I was in local hardware store and noticed a Traeger smoker similar to my Rec Tec, I lifted the lid and it was so thin and flimsy , I laughed and realized my research had paid off, and Rec Tec has delivered.
Posted by Clayton on 20th Apr 2017
Great quality and SUPER happy with customer service.
Customer support is why I bought this grill.
Lots of other good ones out there but Rec Tec was best Quality in its field and you can talk on the phone to a "Good Ole Boy' or "Girl" like it was your neighbor and get help, recipies and support.
6 Year warranty!!!! No Brainer....................
Posted by Jen on 20th Apr 2017
Couldn't be happier with the grill. Everything I've made has tasted amazing! I can't say enough about the folks at RecTec as well. Extremely friendly and helpful.. not so common this day in age. I would definitely recommend this company and of course this grill!
Posted by Don Torre on 19th Apr 2017
Only had it for a couple of weeks. Smoked a tube of Blue & Gold sausage,and some country ribs. Turned out great. The best part besides how the food turned out was i was able to leave it and go into town to do some errands..
Posted by tony marheine on 19th Apr 2017
Posted by Ryan Agnew on 19th Apr 2017
I Absolutely love it, it seems impossible to make a bad meal with this grill.
Posted by John Rotchford on 18th Apr 2017
Thought about this purchase for a few weeks. Finally emailed about the store hours to go pick it up in Georgia. Rec Tec called me the next day to ask if I had any questions. Great support. Shipped next day after I ordered. Took me a few hours to assemble. Cooked on it that night. This grill is superior to any grill in my 35 years of grilling. Already have friends ordering their own.
Posted by Adam Hoppin on 18th Apr 2017
Its the best grill for the money! Excellent quality, and awesome taste. I have it less than 3 weeks and last night I made T-bones that were out of this world. I made a full brisket, 2 pork roasts, sirloin tip roast, smoked eggs, asparagus, and even a pizza. All I think about is what's next to put on the Rec Tec! I LOVE THIS GRILL!!!
Posted by V D'Andrea on 18th Apr 2017
Has a great look, built well and performs as advertised.The grill is handling Toronto's cool wet spring great. My family loves the smoke flavor.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Apr 2017
My neighbor got me interested in pellet grill smokers. I came across the rec tec and fell in love with the look! I got it home and fell in love with the quality build. I proceeded to cook pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket, chicken, and pork chops over the first 2 weekends I had the grill and fell in love with the taste! The thing is a work horse. I had it going for 24 hrs straight cooking for the final four(Go Gamecocks!) point blank get you one! You will love the wood grill flavor!
Posted by frankie "lawless" vitale on 17th Apr 2017
the RT-680 is an amazing piece of grilling equipment... its so easy to use and the results are spectacular... the body is top grade and its got the weight to prove it and the heating control is spot on... if you want to not only enjoying grilling food but eating it as well you need to get a Rec Tec
Posted by Scott on 17th Apr 2017
Purchased the Rec Tec 680 pellet grill. Debated what to buy for months. Considering it's just my wife and I we were looking seriously at the mini grill. We went with the larger grill and glad we did.
Purchased a pellet BBQ cookbook online, learning all the possibilities. Smoked a ham along with smoked vegetables for Easter dinner. The real surprise was how good vegetables taste smoked vs steamed.
The talk about RecTec quality is true. This is a well made grill. Best overall value in my opinion. Really like the recent product updates including the stainless steel additions and meat temp sensor opening.
Posted by Unknown on 16th Apr 2017
Well built and easy to assemble. Just received the Rec Tec 680 a couple weeks ago and have used it almost every day since. Cooked ribs, steak, salmon, pork chops and chicken so far and everything has turned out great. Holds temperatures spot on and heats up quickly. Ordered the searing grates and grill mats too. Would definitely recommend it.
Posted by Chuck H. on 16th Apr 2017
Couldn't be happier with my grill. Customer service people extremely helpful when trying to find where the shipping company had my grill. They replied within 8 hours to an email with my inquiry. Was worried about the cost at first but once it arrived and I started using it there are "0" regrets. Extremely well built, very sturdy, and quality components. Thanks to the people at Rec Tec, very well done (not in the sense of overlooked)!!
Posted by Sharon Walb on 16th Apr 2017
I received my Rec Tec smoker grill as a birthday gift. It is very user friendly and I have had excellent results everytime. Assembly would have been easier if I were not following directions from a phone- assembly instructions are online.
The quality of this product is outstanding, sturdy and durable. It cleans up very easily. I love it and would highly recommend to anyone.
Thanks Rec Tec :)
Posted by Sean S on 15th Apr 2017
So far, so good!!! This is by far the best grill that I have ever cooked on!
Had some problems with damage from shipping and Ben immediately fixed the problems, going above and beyond. This is a very well build product and when problems arise, RecTec stands behind their product without fail.
Haven't done a ton of cooking with it yet, but what we have cooked has been fantastic! Slow cooked pork loin, burgers and chicken have all turned out excellent. The grill does definitely impart a smokey taste which a lack of was a concern of mine based on other reviews.
5 Stars and two thumbs up!
Posted by Sam Harris on 14th Apr 2017
I received my Rec Tec about 3 weeks ago. I have since cooked briskets, port loin, ribs and whole chickens all of which turned out very good. It is very easy to use and makes anyone a master griller. I have friends who have other brands of pellet grills and the Rec Tec is more robustly built than the competition. I should also mention that dealing with Rec Tec on the purchase and shipping was a pleasure. Everyone I spoke was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Posted by Fletcher Helms on 13th Apr 2017
Am excited to learn more about cooking/grilling on REC TEC.
Posted by Unknown on 13th Apr 2017
We recently purchased the RecTec 680 and we love it! My husband researched all the pellet grills before our purchase and we couldnt be happier with our choice! Easy to clean,cooks evenly and wonderful smoke flavor everytime!
Posted by Unknown on 13th Apr 2017
Bought this smoker because it seemed to be the best around,and it was.I've made a few things on it and they have been awesome.They even sent me pellets woth my grill and I didn't order them,and I also received a call the day I ordered it about how the shipping works.These guys are great people answer customer service is the best I've seen in a long time
Posted by Tom on 13th Apr 2017
The Grill was easy to assemble. It works very well, maintains set temperature and cooks / flavors food perfectly. Performs great as advertised. Look forward to using it every time.
Posted by ny on 12th Apr 2017
very pleased with cooker!,spot on with all other reviews looks and feels like it will last a long time witch is important to me.
Posted by Jay on 12th Apr 2017
I am new to the pellet grill group and did a lot of research. After seeing many pellet grills and talking to informed people I purchased a RecTec. When a neighbor that Bbqs in competitions and ranks tells you bought a great grill you know you made the right choice. I also had a opportunity to stop in the store over spring break very helpful and willing to help answer questions. It was a long drive back to Iowa wishing it would have fit in the wife's van.
Posted by Unknown on 12th Apr 2017
Pork Loin, Smoked Salmon, Turned out great. Set the Temperture and walked away.
Posted by Glenn Starnes on 12th Apr 2017
I have cooked just about everything with this smoker and Im amazed every time. It makes you look like a pro, I brag about my new smoker love it.
Posted by Jim on 11th Apr 2017
So very happy with my Rec Tec. Everything about it is as advertised. Wanted one a few years back but as a surprise my wife bought me a Traeger for Father's Day. Nothing but disappointment with the Traeger - could not hold temperature within range even when I upgraded to the Pro Controller. too small a bin for long cooks. Found a friend wanting to buy a Traeger and promptly sold it for half of what we paid and glad to get rid of it. My Rec Tec holds temperature perfectly. The cold smoker add on is perfect for cheeses and jerky. Looks great and Grills great!!
Posted by Dan Gorenschek on 11th Apr 2017
I received my grill and assembled it in about 2 hours. All parts and hardware were there, no missing parts. All materials are heavy duty, and assembly was easy. The wheels are top notch, and the bull horn cover handles are awesome! I seasoned the grill as per instructions. The controller maintained temp throughout the seasoning. My first smoke was an eight lb pork shoulder. Again, the controller preformed flawlessly. I would recommend this grill to anyone looking for a high end grill. This grill is a bargain for the price. I'm looking forward to many years of service and awesome Q! I just wish it came with a recipe book.
Posted by Unknown on 11th Apr 2017
I have only used my Rec Tec a couple of times and I love it. The quality is excellent and does everything they say it will do. It will be the only grill I own from now on
Posted by Rick on 10th Apr 2017
Been really wanting to find something to make smoking (and grilling) possible. The rec tec has been AWESOME! I'm still learning how to best make each different meat type but I even love the process!! 1st thing I smoked (after bacon) was ribs...AWESOME!! I just look for days where I can cook on it!! Definitely want to master the meats...and then whole meals. Great smoke taste on everything so far!
Posted by tim milburn on 10th Apr 2017
This grill has been great from the moment I first fired her up. I haven't had one bad meat come off of it yet. I even finally grilled a chicken with no dryness, or undercooked. I for some reason always had a hard time grilling chicken, but not this time with the Rec-Tec! Perfect grill. I only wish it came with the top shelf, but I will order that soon.
Posted by Steve Payne on 10th Apr 2017
The 680 is just as awesome as all of the testimony. You can load this baby up, set the temp and forget about it. What an amazing smoker. It is all but fool proof.
Posted by Ken on 10th Apr 2017
I have smoked Ribs, Steak (sear kit is the bomb!) and brisket. All have been phenomenal!! I have been smoking meats for years on regular charcoal grills and was always tied to them feeding wood and adjusting for temperature. Now I basically set and forget. This grill is built using excellent materials, the set up was so easy my grandchild could have put it together. All I hear from the neighbors is how much they like the smell when I am smoking. The next plan is to smoke several racks of ribs or a couple of briskets for the neighbors. If you are going to buy a top notch smoker then this is what you want. I have the Rec Tec RT-680.
Posted by Unknown on 9th Apr 2017
Great smoker awesome temperature control add the searing kit and it's even better very easy to assemble and very nice looking
Posted by Bruce Snow on 8th Apr 2017
Easy to assemble, first wood pellet grill for me. Researched others and thought 680 to be best and it proved true. Still experimenting. Have smoked chicken breasts, rib steak,,,and you would not believe how delicious smoked sweet potatoes are. Throw some butter on them in an open pan and smoke 'em. We are stocking up on different meats for summer cookouts. Thanks for Rec-Tec.
Posted by Jim on 8th Apr 2017
My new RT-680 arrived last week and I am very pleased with my decision to go with Rec Tec. Assembly was easy and the grill simply looks great. I love the bull horns!!
Past grill expirence includes my Big Green Egg and a gas "smoker" from Great Outdoors. The Rec Tec puts them both to shame. Temperature control is exceptional and ease of use is outstanding.
First cook was a Tri-tip and I used the extra smoke feature at 230F for 40 minutes (internal temp 115 F), removed the meat to rest while I installed the searing plates and fired up to 400F. Seared for 4 minutes a side and served the best tri-tip I have done!!
Second cook was a "take and bake" pizza from Popa Murphy's that came out perfect. It was really too easy to really be considered a "cook", but it proved to my wife how easy the grill is to use, which was worth a lot to me.
Not sure what is next, but a brisket using both the Rec Tec and my large Sous Vide water circulator are in the near future. Smoke first at 200F, then into a sealed bag and the water bath at 140F, then back into the Rec Tec to finish. Goal is great taste, cut with a fork tender, with just the right amount of smoke, without being cooked to over-done temperature.
Posted by J Stevens on 8th Apr 2017
I did a lot of research on this grill prior to buying one . I even went down to the local shops that sell pellet grills and the competitor grills that I looked at were flimsy and seemed to use cheap materials. The best part of the whole purchase was we ordered it a week before my B Day and it arrived on my birthday. I have had it almost 3 weeks and every thing I have cooked came out great!
Posted by Mike Wheeler on 7th Apr 2017
Calling the Rec Tec just a grill does not do it justice. I have had my 680 for a month and just about every meal we've had since then has had some or all cooked on the Rec Tec. It's an outdoor wood fired oven, a smoker and a grill. We find ourselves getting creative and buying meals to put the 680 to the test. So far it has surpassed all our expectations. I love my grill and am very happy to become a part of the Rec Tec family.
Posted by Les Howard on 7th Apr 2017
I'm blown away by this pellet grill.
Easy to put together, quality parts, well organized in a box that is made to protect it during shipping.
If you think it looks good in the videos and pictures, wait till you see it in front of you. The fit and finish is the best I've ever seen on any product I have ever purchased.
Plug it in, press the start button and bam it goes to work right away.
It does smoke a lot on the initial burn off coming up to 400*. The pivot wheels lock down smooth and solid. When they say it holds the temperature you set, it does just that ! It might adjust a degree here or there, but then again we had high winds gusting to 45 mph that day.
Over all this Rec tec rt680 is a quality product, and the design makes it easy to use . The warranty is 6 years which is unheard of these days.
Customer service is the best.
Most of all, you will be amazed at just how great the food tastes.
Posted by Kenneth Perry on 6th Apr 2017
I have had my Rec Tec grill for 4-5 years now. I can't say enough good things about this smoker. My family and I use our Rec Tec 2-3 times a week and we have smoked brisket,pork butt,ribs,jerky, and a ton of other things. It is a great product. But what means more to me than the product is the customer service and these folks know how to give Unmatched customer service. I have had the pleasure of calling a few times. ( mostly due to my mistakes) Two years ago I burnt up my smoker due to my fault and not paying attention. Rec Tec customer service bent over backwards to help me in every way they could from great advice to getting me the parts I needed to get my Rec Tec up and running again. They are extremely knowledgeable about there product and I don't think I have ever been placed on hold with them. Just like many other people I have had to deal with customer service before on many other products and I usually don't look forward to it. I even tend to put it off cause I don't want to deal with it. These folks are one of very few that I call right away due to the fact it is a breath of fresh air dealing with them. I can't say enough about this company. I recommend them any chance I get. You folks are doing it right. A great product with UNMATCHED CUSTOMER SERVICE. I wish more company's run your game plan.
Posted by Chad S., Kansas City on 5th Apr 2017
So far I've smoked one of best pork butts I've ever made, I've baked a pizza, I've hot smoked the best salmon I've ever made, and cold smoked cheese for the first time. All have been excellent.
Tonight I tried grilling with the Grill Grates for the first time. It's cold out with a strong wind, and although I've cleaned the grease out of the smoker I have neglected to clean the ash out of the fire pot yet...so with all that the grill had a hard time getting much above 300 degrees. With a bit of an expectation of a poor result I went ahead and put on 4 burgers.
Sizzle. Even with the temp being too low they sizzled. Waited a few minutes and rotated them. Got grill marks and a sear. A few minutes later I turn them over, looking beautiful. Well, my wife agrees these are the best burgers I've ever made. Better than the gas grill, better than in a cast iron skillet. Nice crust and grill marks, no char at all from flare ups.
Excited to see how it does after I clean out the fire pot.
I already sold my Weber bullet smoker. I am selling my gas grill next. The REC-TEC can do both beautifully.
This beast has surpassed all my expectations.
Posted by Scott on 29th Mar 2017
I am telling you this is an amazing smoker. I have cooked everything from burgers to beef tenderloin and everything in between and the food has been the juicy and great tasting. My first rib cook was so tasty and juicy that the juice was running down my arm. Smoke taste is subtle when needed and I use a smoke tube when I want a stronger smoke flavor.
I have historically competed using a gravity feed smoker and loved it. But now I am selling my gravity feed and buying a second one of these to compete with. I can't wait.
I recommend one to everyone I know.
Posted by JP Silver on 27th Mar 2017
The grill is well built, and except for a minor issue with a temp probe that was resolved very quickly by the Customer Service guys, the grill works just as advertised. There was lots of packing waste to deal with and assembly was time consuming, but straight forward. Break-in went without a hitch.
Posted by Jason on 27th Mar 2017
Can't ask for a better product. Too notch.
Posted by Chad S. on 25th Mar 2017
My RT-680 arrived about 24 hours ago. Since then I've assembled it, cured it, smoked a pork butt overnight for 12 hours (it came out great, every bit as good as out of my Weber bullet but I was able to do something besides just sit nearby and tend the smoker while it cooked), smoked sausage this morning for breakfast, and just pulled some blocks of cheese out of the cold smoker box. I am loving it so far.
Excited to try high temp grilling with the grill grates and see if that does as well as it smokes.
Overall the quality is what I was hoping for. Everything seems well thought out and made with quality materials.
My only complaint, if you can even call it that, is that the longer bolts for attaching the legs seem to be about 1/4" shorter than they should be. Once you put on the flat and lock washers, the nut only threads on about halfway before you run out of thread. It seems sturdy enough so no major issue, but a slightly longer bolt might be a nice thing.
Posted by Michael Swatsenbarg on 25th Mar 2017
I have done several briskets, turkey, chicken, ribs, since getting my Rec Tec and today doing a couple pork butts. Everything has come out perfect, very tender and juicy great smoke flavor. This smoker is the way to go all you have to worry about is getting good quality meat and after seasoning let the Rec Tec do the rest.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Mar 2017
Had another pellet smoker wasn't pleased with it. Decided to buy the rec tec. Couldn't be happier. Had an issue with the lid and they sent me a new one no questions asked. Have used it every weekend no camparison to my sawtooth smoker. Thx rec tec.
Posted by Tom Reda on 17th Mar 2017
I bought a Rec Tec late last year. Two emotions that this grill triggers is pride (in what you cook) and guilt (because it's so damn easy). Your guests will be amazed at how amazing your ribs, brisket, ribs and wherever else you make are. Rec Tec has some great recipes and videos to help you get the most out of this amazing machine. Another great website to check out is "amazingribs.com. Rec Tecs are not cheap but you get what you pay for. Like others have said,"These things are built like a tank.", and they truly are. In fact, they are almost over built with heavy gauge metal inside and outside.
I have no connection to Rec Tec whatever. These are honest opinions with no gain to myself for expressing them.
Posted by ryan on 15th Mar 2017
Dont waste time looking at anyother grill, the rec tec is the only pellet cooker to buy. Great construction great quality excellent customer service
Posted by Sam Fattori Newburg Md. on 14th Mar 2017
This grill is awesome! I've been cooking on it just about every day since I got it! It was easy to put together and definitely built to handle the load! I've had friends tell me that my ribs were the best they have tasted in a long time and the brisket was off the hook! I would definitely recommend the Rec Tec for all of your smoking! Thanks for such an awesome smoker!
Posted by Michael P. on 14th Mar 2017
Rec Tec RT680 came a few days ahead of schedule. Received 2 phone calls saying what day it would arrive and they also told me they would call to set up a time I would be at home to accept delivery. That call never came, was just left outside my door and came home after work to find it.
The unit is somewhat easy to put together but easier if you have 2 people. The leg bolts are a bit too short as it was difficult to start to start the nut on being about only one turn of thread was left after the washers were added.
The RT680 started right up and heated rather quickly. Have only used it about 3 times so far and cooks great. The smoke flavor is ok, but I was really expecting this glorious smoke flavored food from all the hype online and honestly I didn't get that but it was still good.
I did get the new unit that had the latest updates at no extra cost so that was great. It holds the heat to what you set it for, so, yes, it works as I had hoped for.
I was leary buying this because I haven't seen one in person before and had nothing but reviews to go by. Rest assured, it turned out to be a good purchase. I bought the basic unit and added the sear kit and cooking mats. The sear kit is incredible and the cooking mats are as advertised.
I would recommend this product to anyone.
Posted by Kevin, Texas on 14th Mar 2017
I have truly enjoyed learning my new Rec Tec Wood Pellet Smoker. I would like to address 3 concerns; 1. The screw heads on the bolts are not user friendly, thus torquing the legs was not without stripping a couple. Recommend bolts with Hex/Metric or Standard heads instead of a number 3 or 4 Phillips Head Bolt. 2. The height is kinda low, the addition of 3 inches to the legs would make it comparable in height to average grills. 3. The High Temp Silicone Sealant on the bottom interior edges of my grill has already been sucked up by my shop vac (less than 2 months). Recommend a weld bead complete the bottom area that seals the two ends to prevent any spillage. Not bitching, just want to help you have a greater product. Love the Grill, neighbors are having me cook for them. Thank You and God Bless.
Posted by Raul on 14th Mar 2017
This grill lived up to the hype. I initially caught the Traeger infomercial on TV and was super excited to get one. Being a chef that loves to cook indoors and grill I had never forayed into BBQ but I was curious.
I ordered my Traeger almost instantly while watching the infomercial and then I did my research afterwards. A lot of the forums and all of the reviews pointed to the RT-680 being a superior product.
I cancelled my Traeger order the following morning (still waiting on that refund BTW) and ordered my Rec Tec. It took around 5 days to get it and I put it together the following weekend. It took an hour or so and I did it myself.
This past Saturday night I smoked some ribs and Sunday night a tri tip. They both came out great. It is truly a set it and forget it machine. I set the temp at 250 and came back in a couple of hours to a perfectly cooked tri-tip.
My wife says "since you got your new toy" you are always looking for an excuse to smoke something and it is very true. I am already looking forward to my first brisket and though it is only March, I can already taste the Thanksgiving turkey and the Christmas prime rib.
Thanks guys for making such a great machine and like many people have said it is built like a tank. It is the most solid piece of cooking equipment I have ever owned.
Thanks Rec Tec!
Posted by Tim Adams on 13th Mar 2017
I've watched several videos about the pellet smoker. I was finally able to purchase one. All I can say is that it is spot on. Exactly as described and like they are in the videos. The build quality is incredible. Very,very easy to setup and operate. I was and am still thoroughly impressed with it. I've already done 2 butts. They were very good. I've even smoked a pan of chess bars. The ability to keep the temp so stable is incredible. Would highly recommend this product.
Posted by chuck on 13th Mar 2017
it has taken me along time to purchase a pellet grill as so many of them out there but i finally purchased a rec tec and i am telling everyone now it is hands down best i have alot of friends that have other makes and we have compared all of them and yup i am king
Posted by Brian Blevins on 11th Mar 2017
After getting over the initial purchase price it's easy to see why these smokers are leading the market. They are extremely well built and make the long smokes a breeze. No more babysitting the fire, the PID controller holds the temp precisely and lets you go about your day. I thoroughly enjoy smoking now, not just the final product like before!
Posted by Jeff Beulke on 10th Mar 2017
This is extremely well built. Quality materials and the installation and parts are presented well. My only comment would be they need to look at a way to dump the hopper contents more easily. In the Midwest our humidity is going to swell those pellets if I don't clear it each time. Once we get rid of the snow I look forward to firing this up.
Posted by Garrett on 10th Mar 2017
Great company with a great product! Got my grill quick. Cooked on it every day since. Great controllability, high quality product, great finish. Extremely happy and satisfied with the grill!
Posted by G. Jones on 9th Mar 2017
I certainly made the right choice buying my Rec Tec! I started with ribs, pork loin and this past weekend, I smoked my first brisket following Aaron Franklin's advice and my guests were impressed. One is a long time smoker who owns another brand and he couldn't believe how the Rec Tec maintains a constant temperature and who evenly it cooks. Can't wait to do my first turkey breast this weekend.
Posted by Jim on 9th Mar 2017
Like many I was concerned about buying a product sight unseen but let me put those concerns to rest. This grill is amazing.
The materials used are excellent. Have done steaks and a boston butt so far and they were wonderful. Some comment about lack of smoke flavor but I found the flavor to be good--just right for my taste, added to the taste without overpowering the meat itself. Was also very pleasantly surprised to see the improvements that were made--the hopper lid, controller shelf and smokestack top are now stainless which adds a lot to the look. Also a temperature probe port has been added. Can't go wrong buying this grill IMO.
Posted by Unknown on 8th Mar 2017
EVERYTHING about Rec Tec is top notch. The Rec Tec is built like a tank and the company stands behind its product.
Posted by Chris on 8th Mar 2017
First pellet grill and I think it's going to be my last this thing is awesome everything I cook on it turns out perfect . no more gas grill from this deck it's going in the yard sale if you are reading these reviews you are thinking about buying a pellet grill don't look no further this is the one . Great product heavy-duty holds temp right on the nose and I'm grilling in 20 degree weather right now in pa
Posted by Unknown on 8th Mar 2017
This is hands down the best grill I've ever owned. I've had it for about 2 weeks and have cooked chicken wings, ribs, whole chickens, steak, beefy jerky and pig candy and will be doing my first pork butt this weekend. This really is a set it and forget it type of grill because of the spot on temperature control. I could not be happier with my purchase and I am looking forward to buying some more accessories for it! The only thing I wish I did was buy the front shelf and searing kit for it so definitely do it, you will thank me later!
Posted by Mike and Holly on 8th Mar 2017
Well we haven't had the grill long but it is built very durable. We have tried cooking a few different things and it is not like using a traditional grill. There is a learning curve!!! The ribs my husband cooked after watching a Rec Tec video were amazing!!! You must also cook bacon if you got the cooking mats, delicious! We are finding that you do not need to season as much as we used to as the favor the pellets provide plenty of flavor. Everything has been juicy and completely cooked. We look forward to continuing learning to cook with our Rec Tec.
Posted by George on 8th Mar 2017
I had been researching for months looking at quality and the 1k price point
I found this one and a friend owned one. I was able to check his out
When I got home I made the purchase. Great smoker!
Posted by Mark F - Boulder, CO on 7th Mar 2017
High quality build with thoughtful details engineered for real-world use. Simple to assemble and fire for the first time. I'm always amazed at how fast it fires up and gets up to temp. Perfect results so for both smoking and grilling chicken (using Grill Grates).
Posted by AL on 7th Mar 2017
well worth the money looked at many pellet smokers and decided to go with the REC TEC and this smoker is far superior than i ever expected. this smoker is very well made and keep perfect temperature and the pellet consumption is great was able to smoke 14-16 hours and still had tons of pellets left over to do three more long smokes before i had to add pellets in total over 35 hrs on my first 40lbs of REC TEC pellets. higly recommend this smoker over the other out there, wont mention names but if you do your home work you know the ones....
Posted by Unknown on 7th Mar 2017
FOR THE FIRST TIME I COOKED A PORK BUTT AND IT CAME OUT PERFECT. VERY EASY TO USE AND HOLDS THE SELECTED TEMP. VERY WELL. I THINK YOU CAN COOK ANYTHING ON THE 680 WITH NO PROBLEM. GLAD I MADE THE MOVE TO BUY THIS.
Posted by Clif in Arizona on 6th Mar 2017
I'm a big fan of wood pellet grills. I just retired my last grill, a grill I purchased from a competitor.
The Rec Tec grill is superior in so many ways. Precise temperature control, large pellet hopper, ease of assembly, reliable cool down mode and outstanding fit and finish.
Customer service personnel are knowledgable, helpful and friendly. Delivery was prompt and painless.
My wife and I live in a 55 and over active community which is code for entertain and party every day. With this new grill I seem to have a lot more friends showing up at dinner time.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Mar 2017
I spent the last several years learning the ins and outs of BBQ smoking with the traditional side firebox barrel smoker. This helped me appreciate the simplicity and ease of use of the RecTec system.
Everything worked as promised from the ordering process all the way through to the first batch of baby back ribs. The assembly was easy and the smoking was even easier.
Posted by Kelly Peterson on 6th Mar 2017
I have had my RECTEC for about 6 month and while I have had a couple of minor issues (igniter rod and blower fan failure) the customer service is no joke. Anytime I have had an issues I just email support and tell them what is happening and what I suspect the problem is and immediately they have replacements parts on the way. This is truly the world class customer service provided by a small business that is serious about customer satisfaction. On top of all that the food that comes off the grill is absolutely amazing. I am convinced this is the best value out there for a pellet grill, you can spend more or you can spend less but in my opinion neither option makes sense.
Posted by Jason Marr, New Hampshire on 6th Mar 2017
So I got this product with-in a week from ordering after many weeks of research and kicking tires. This thing is amazing. The first week I did ribeyes, then ribs, chicken and meatloaf. First four days I couldnt stop using it. It's been 3 weeks now and I still can't stop using it. The quality is top-notch and beautiful to look at. There is one huge downside to this setup, and I' like to file a formal complaint. I have no idea what to do with my downtime when I am not checking the temp, adding charcoal, emptying the burn bin and re-lighting durning the long cooks. I just turn it on, add food and wait for it to be done. Thanks RecTec, now I dont have any excuses for not cleaning my garage, fixing the whatever and whatnots. Still worth 5 stars though.
Posted by Mike M. on 6th Mar 2017
I have had Kamados, barrels and and gas cookers, but none of them can deliver the smoke flavor profile of the REC TEC with the simplicity of an on/off switch. Fire management is a challenge, and for some is part of the experience. For me I would rather turn out great BBQ without the mess and the hassle. The fabrication is high quality and the temperature management is awesome....dead on all the time. Would like to see an option to remote the controller for a built-in. GREAT job REC TEC!
Posted by bryan w on 5th Mar 2017
I had the small grill and loved it so much I got the 680.
Wow it is the perfect size. Only thing I can say is that I Love it.
Posted by Mark on 3rd Mar 2017
Go the the Rec Tec 680 a few weeks ago and what a wonderful investment I made. Set was about 2 hours by myself. Smoked a butt for first cook. Nice smoke ring and tender meat. Love the simplicity of the smoker just set temp and go. Customer service is very helpful too. You can't go wrong with this stylish looking smoker.
Posted by Joe Johnson on 3rd Mar 2017
Have cooked ribs and pork tenderloin so far. Both were delicious. Will cook a brisket this weekend. So much easier than the charcoal smoker that I have been using, and the results are just as good or better. May order the searing kit.
Posted by Adam on 3rd Mar 2017
Built and constructed well, holds temperature accurately, easy to assemble, 100% satisfied with the purchase! It's hard to screw up a meal with this baby!
Posted by Doug W. on 1st Mar 2017
Got this as a Christmas present (2016). Have made a turkey, beef brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, bacon, meatballs, vegetables, and even smoked some prepared side dishes. Everything has been great! Thinking of many more things I could try on it. I luv it!
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