Congrats and Welcome
Looks like you were good all year! Well, except for that one time. But what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, am I right? Other than that one time, you somehow made the nice list and under your tree was a brand new REC TEC! You just received the best pellet grill on the market. Santa did his research and knew it was just the right grill for you and your family. So what do you do now? How do you proceed? Just follow along and we will hold your hand through the entire smoke filled journey.
First, we have to get this beast assembled...
Don’t worry about assembly though, as we always keep the customer in mind when it comes to putting your grill together. We want you to knock it out of the park, right out of the box, so we have manuals for every grill that we offer. These manuals detail assembly and troubleshooting, and they are readily available to anyone at rectecgrills.com under the "Support" tab. We also have some very informative YouTube videos available on our YouTube channel. Most customers watch the assembly video one time and they are good to go. These videos detail tools, tricks, and tips for each model and cover start up as well. Do yourself a solid and check out the assembly video first. There are no holes to drill and nothing has to be cut off. This is child's play compared to Ikea furniture… Assembly will always go much more smoothly with a buddy and brew. The time is cut in half and you will have someone to cook for after your initial burn-in. Before you get crazy, make sure you read all the safety information so no one gets hurt!
If you purchased our flagship, the RT-700 Bull, use this video as a helpful assembly guide:
Now that you’ve got that beast assembled, stand back and marvel at its beauty.
The shine, the stance, the engineering… Gorgeous, isn’t it? Now let’s get it dirty! Before we get it dirty, we recommend you perform a 400°F burn-in for one hour before you cook anything. This burns off any residual oils that may have been left on during the manufacturing process. If you have ever owned one of our competitors’ grills, you will notice our deflector shield and drip pan do not have to be lathered in oil before they are packaged. No scrubbing an oversized pan to remove excess oil. Awesome, right? You can also run your grates through the dishwasher to get them super clean before burn-in if you like. Before turning the grill on for the first time, you must first prime the auger tube. The auger tube comes void of pellets and your auger motor must run for about 10-15 minutes with pellets in the hopper in order to fill the auger tube and to feed pellets into the fire pot to burn. Speed this process up by placing 1/2 cup of pellets in the fire pot before adding your deflector shield, drip pan, and grill grates. If you don’t add pellets to your fire pot, it will take much longer to light. If you plan to line your drip pan in foil, you can go ahead and add your foil now. Make sure to line the drip pan and not wrap it, as wrapped foil can cause airflow issues. When your burn-in is finished you can go ahead and begin cooking. Turn your grill on and set it to 400°F (if you have the REC TEC-B380 Bullseye, that’s notch 7). After turning your grill on you should hear your blower fan immediately. Your grill can take about 30 minutes to get to 400°F for the first time, so be patient. Go grab a drink or a snack and come back in 20-30 minutes. After it reaches 400°F, let it run for one hour. When the hour is up, it’s time to cook!
After your initial burn-in, we recommend cooking something fatty for your first cook.
A Boston butt, chicken thighs, or anything fatty works. Cooking fatty foods allows seasoning to build up in your pit, and seasoning equals flavor! Just like a cast iron skillet, you want to build up that seasoning. This is recommended but not required. If you want to cook a less fatty food, that’s fine too! With pellet grills it’s all about the airflow. Every 4-5 cooks, check your fire pot for any excess ash or pellets and remove it. There will be something in there, so go ahead and clean it out. I use the REC TEC nitrile gloves to scoop out my fire pot regularly. Most of the ash accumulates at the bottom of the barrel and I really only clean it about once a year. You can clean it as often as you like, but keep some down there to soak up the grease that misses the drip pan. If you foil your drip pan, change it regularly to reduce your risk of a grease fire. After every 100 pounds of pellets used, you will need to clean your hopper out. Pellet dust from the bags can accumulate at the bottom of the hopper and auger tube and give you issues down the road. You can allow your grill to run empty of pellets or vacuum it out with a shop vac.
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Now it’s your time to shine!
Grab the bull by the horns, and grill big or go home my friend. It’s up to you to see what your grill is capable of. We are only here because of customers like you, and we encourage you to post your pitmaster progress on social media for all to see. Make sure you tag us @rectecgrills so we can share it with the #RECTECFAMILY. Give me a follow on Instagram @johndillionsr and add me on Facebook @JodyFlanagan. Feel free to reach out to me if you ever have any questions by messaging me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Most importantly, if you want more exclusive content and behind the scenes fun, make sure you sign up for our newsletter. Get ready REC TEC family, 2019 is gonna’ be wild!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jody Flanagan is our resident REC TEC Grills Expert, and can be seen on all social media platforms, including the weekly Funday Friday program. Jody has years of experience in the cooking industry and enjoys the art of grilling just as much as he loves the REC TEC Lifestyle.