Pellet grills are always known for their versatility and convenience, making them the perfect all-around grills for both beginners and experts. However, there are very few of them designed for tailgating or traveling. This is mainly because a pellet grill requires a pellet hopper.
Fortunately, Green Mountain Grills have thought about this and designed a grill perfect for trekking, camping, and tailgating.
Green Mountain Grills are a player in the top manufacturers of pellet grills. They have produced various high-quality grills on the market, including the go-to grill that you can take with you when camping and tailgating – the Davy Crockett Grill.
1. Wi-Fi Enabled
The Davy Crockett Grill comes with a Wi-Fi controller, which makes temperature monitoring easier.
You just need to download the Grill Mountain Grills app on your phone and sync the grill with it. On the app, you’ll find two temperature readings and a timer. You can set the temperature and number of hours using the phone.
You’ll also find some recipes there that you can use, and also so that you can set the right temperature, depending on the meat you’re cooking.
Monitoring the temperature on your grill and your meat can be done on the app, too. This means that you can spend a lot of time with your family while waiting for the meat to cook. It makes trips more enjoyable for you.
2. Meat Probe
The grill already comes with a meat probe so that you can monitor the meat’s internal temperature easily. The meat probe connects directly to the digital controller, which allows you to get an accurate reading. The exact temperature also reflects on the app.
3. Thermal Sensor
Aside from allowing you to monitor the meat’s internal temperature, tracking the grill temperature is possible, too. This is made possible by the grill’s thermal sensor, which also somehow helps regulate the temperature and allows it to maintain to a heat level you’ve set.
4. Convenience Tray
One thing we love about the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill is its convenience tray. Considering that this is a portable grill, having this addition is an excellent move for Green Mountain Grills.
As the name implies, a convenience tray should provide you with great convenience. It’s mainly a side shelf where you can place all the tools and extra ingredients you’d need. But what makes this grill’s side shelf different from most pellet grills is that it already comes with built-in hooks. This way, you can hang some of your tools, and you’ll still have more space left for condiments or food prepping.
5. Open Flame Technology
One disadvantage pellet grills have is that it has limited capabilities when it comes to searing meat. Usually, manufacturers would recommend that you buy a sear box so you can achieve a good sear.
However, the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill comes with an optional two-piece grease tray that offers you an open flame cooking. By opening the grease tray into two, you’ll gain access to an open flame, which would give you high temperatures and direct grilling.
If you want it to go back to a much lower temperature, just put the grease tray back to its closed position for indirect smoking.
6. Multiple Powering Options
Another thing you’ll love about the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill is that powering it up would be no problem at all. It comes with multiple powering options:
- 110V AC/DC Mains Plug-in
- 12V Vehicle Power Take Off Cable
- Double Clamp Battery Hook-Up
This way, wherever you go, and no matter what power source you have, you can use the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill without any problems at all.
With this grill, you no longer have to sacrifice your cooking convenience from your traveling convenience.
7. Compact Size
The grill has an overall dimension of 30 x 15 x 22 inches. It’s generally smaller than many pellet grills, making it perfect for those who have small spaces or would want a grill for camping or tailgating. The total cooking area is only 219 square inches, which may not be suitable for large barbecue parties, but it’s large enough for a small-sized family.
8. Wide Temperature Range
Despite its small size, the grill does offer a wide temperature range of 150 °F to 550 °F. This is already a big range for a small grill, which somehow makes up to its size. This way, even if you are grilling different dishes, you’ll be able to cook them fast if you set the grill at high heat.
9. Foldable Legs
Another portable feature of the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill is its legs. The grill comes with foldable legs, which makes carrying it easier for you. It also allows you to fit it well on your car or store it in a small space in your house.
10. Heat Shield
The grill also comes with one heat shield to allow you to deflect heat on a sunny day. This ensures that you get even temperature throughout your grill. Simply place the heat shield on an area where the sun is hitting it the most so that the heat won’t increase in that area. Thus, giving you even cooking throughout.
11. Starter Bag of Pellets
Lastly, we love that the grill already comes with a started bag of pellets that you can already use. This bonus somehow makes your investment more worth it, and you’ll also be able to get an idea of what kind of pellets you should buy the next time.
When choosing a good grill, it’s essential to weigh the advantages (pros) and disadvantages (cons). Below, we enumerate the things we liked and didn’t like with the Green Mountain Grills Davy Crockett Pellet Grill:
What We Liked
- Good-quality and well-designed build: Despite its small size, the grill is of good quality. It features a high-quality stainless-steel construction that is very sturdy while being affordable. It also looks very expensive with its matte black color, and all its parts serve a purpose.
- Excellent for tailgating: Want to go on a road trip, camping, or tailgating and make cooking easier? The Davy Crockett Grill is for you.
This grill is designed mainly for outdoor family trips. With 219 square inches of cooking space, it’s large enough for you to cook for a party of 3-4 people. The foldable legs also make it easier for you to store and carry the grill.
- Wi-Fi enabled: The Wi-Fi feature of the grill is what makes the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill better than most pellet grills. This feature allows you to enjoy campings more as you no longer have to stay beside the grill to monitor how you’re cooking it.
- Extra features: We also love how the grill comes with extra features: heat shield, side shelf with built-in hooks, meat probe, and a bag of pellets. This way, you get to save more money instead of buying all this extra stuff.
- Excellent Fuel Feed System: Although you only have a 9-pound hopper size, the Davy Crockett Grill uses that efficiently. Also, the firebox comes with a venturi design that allows heat to distribute widely on the grill, even if you’re using a minimal amount of pellets.
So, while burning the pellets, the grill ensures full consumption, which can also lead to minimal ash production, so you’d have less to clean after use.
What We Didn’t Like
- Temperature is hard to manage: The temperature can be very hard to manage, especially when you’re using it for smoking. It’s observed that the grill usually runs on high heat that lowering it down seems to have a problem. However, this is only often noticed when outside temperatures are changing.
- Hard to assemble (vague instructions):We had a hard time assembling the product due to vague instructions. You might need to have an extra hand when you’re setting up the unit, especially during the first start-up process.
- Auger is loud: Another thing that we don’t appreciate is that the auger sounds louder than other pellet grills. Although it’s not a major issue, it’s still good to point out in case it will become a problem if you want to enjoy a relaxing family trip.
Green Mountain Grill offers a 3-year limited warranty for the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill. This includes replacing or repairing any defective parts. But, others do note that they sometimes go beyond that time frame as this manufacturer has one of the best customer services.
Ease of Use
The Davy Crockett Grill, like many pellet grills, offers great convenience. It’s very versatile and has many automated features.
Start-up would only require a push of a button. The wood pellet feeder is also pretty much automatic and won’t require you to make many adjustments. The digital controller is also very easy to use and read.
With its Wi-Fi feature, you can monitor the grill even if you’re at a distance doing chores. And because it comes with three power options, you can certainly use it anywhere you go.
It’s a grill designed for anyone to use, whether you’re a beginner or an expert griller.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Davy Crockett Pellet Grill doesn’t come with features that can make cleaning easier. However, this doesn’t make it hard, too.
Like many grills, the grate would just need to be scraped and brushed to remove any food residue. You just need to remove the grease pan and throw away any grease and wash it. If you’ve used aluminum foil to line some parts, then just simply remove it.
With the grill’s efficiency, ash cleanout is now made easier. Because there’s very minimal ash left, you just need to vacuum the remaining amount.
After that, wipe down the interior and exterior parts of your grill, put everything back in, and you’re done!
It’s highly recommended to clean your grill after every use so that it lasts longer. If you have a cover, place it on your grill to keep it looking its best for years.
Alternatives to Consider
Camp Chef also belongs to the top best manufacturers of pellet grills, and one of the best portable grills on their list is the Pursuit Portable Pellet Grill.
The grill features two wheels and foldable legs, which allows the grill to transform into a suitcase, making it easier to transfer from one place to another. The materials used are all of high-quality and can surely last for years.
The grill also has most of the features you can find in any Camp Chef Grills, like the PID controller for precise temperature adjustment, smoke control, and a heat range of 106°F to 500 °F.
Unlike the Davy Crockett, this grill comes with a larger cooking space of 501 square inches and a hopper capacity of 10 lbs. However, unlike the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill, it is not WiFi enabled.
Traeger Grills is one of the pioneer manufacturers of pellet grills. So, you can say that they know a lot about making these grills. One of their best portable pellet grills is the Traeger Tailgater Pellet Grill and Smoker.
This grill is one of the most affordable Traeger grills that you can rely on during long camping or tailgating trips. It’s compact, versatile, and well-built with its overall stainless steel construction and porcelain coating.
It features an Arc controller for accurate temperature set-up, and it also comes with foldable legs so that it’s easy for you to carry it anywhere.
It has a cooking space of 300 square inches, larger than the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill. However, compared to the latter, the hopper capacity is smaller, and so is the heat range.
If you’re looking for a grill that already speaks a lot about reliability, consistency, and versatility, this is for you.
The Pit Boss Sportsman Portable Pellet Grill is another durable and reliable grill for camping, tailgating, and other outdoor family trips. It features an overall powder-coated stainless steel construction and porcelain-coated cooking grates, making it a high-quality grill, too.
With a cooking area of 387 square inches and a hopper capacity of 19 lbs, it’s a bigger grill than the Davy Crockett Pellet Grill. It also offers longer hours of cooking.
However, the grill doesn’t come with WiFi technology that would come in handy if you don’t want to stand over the grill to monitor the temperature.
The Davy Crockett Pellet Grill is undeniably a high-quality and well-designed grill. It comes with features that offer convenience and versatility, two things that we look for in a pellet grill.
The fact that the grill is compact and lightweight makes it desirable for those who love going out on long trips. And because it’s one of the few portable pellet grills that come with a WiFi feature, it already comes on top.
Overall, this is a grill to buy if you’re frequently going out on camping trips and if you want a high-quality grill without breaking the bank.