Traeger pro 575 review
Updated 12-06-2021 – Dan Alvazrez
The Traeger Pro Series is the primary line in the company’s first release of Wi-Fi pellet smokers. The series includes popular products like the mid-tier Ironwood and first-class Timberline products. The medium-sized Pro 575 comes with a 425 sq in the large cooking grate and a second 150 sq inch grate that sits 4.5 inches over the main one on some brackets, bringing the total capacity to a whopping 575 sq inch. Both these grates utilize steel rods covered in porcelain.
The Pro series is essentially stripped down and straightforward, yet still well-made. Traeger’s “WiFIRE” provides excellent remote control via Wi-Fi and comes with a user-friendly application with multiple valuable features. The Traeger Pro 575 is also famous for its new D2 Direct Drive, which is sturdier and more dependable than other previous control mechanisms.
Pellet smokers work similarly to a kitchen oven, using a temp regulation system. An internal thermostat lets the smoker read the temperature and informs a controller when it has dropped below a set level or value. In return, the controller adds more wood pellets and directs air into an active firepot until the set temp is ready. Traeger founded and commercialized pellet smokers. While they control this rising market section, competitors have succeeded in enticing buyers away. They frequently use progressive technology such as touchpad controllers or Wi-Fi remote configurations that the Traeger products didn’t possess until the release of their first WiFIRE product, the Timberline, back in 2017.
This unique controller, placed right in the front of the grill’s pellet hopper, can be used both at the grill or remotely using an app that you can download onto your smartphone. It comes with a meat probe that you can plug into its control panel and connects using a tiny hole on the side of the Pro 575. Just fix your optimal cooking temp, place the probe in your meat and go about your business as usual. An inbuilt timer tells the app when the scheduled cooking time is over. Better yet, you can let the probe inform you when the temperature of your food reaches the level you desire.
If your food is ready in a shorter amount of time than the projected estimate, push the “Keep Warm” button found on the app to lower the cooking temperature and save the food until you get back. What’s even better is that Traeger provides users with a vast library of useful recipes that you can download and save on the app.
Last year, Traeger updated their app for each of their Wi-Fi products. The newly updated app now has newer recipes and more video libraries, useful tips and tricks, easy controls with more real-time details, and smart hub compatibility with devices like Alexa and Google Home.
In 2019 Traeger integrated with Amazon Alexa in each WiFIRE product from the Ironwood, Timberline, and Pro series. This integration allows users to cook using voice control by altering temperatures, checking real-time updates, setting timers, and turning the smoker on or off.
Useful, right? But we should warn you. Some buyers have complained that they had issues connecting WiFIRE to their home systems. In response, Traeger states that plenty of WiFIRE smokers are out and about, with only a small minority brought in for connectivity issues. So, we can see that these could be isolated incidents.
Regardless, if you are not tech-savvy, you might have some trouble with the setup. Many home networks use outdated hardware, with individual routers being kept far away from the outside cooking space and walls hindering the Wi-Fi signals. If someone aware of your Wi-Fi and the home network’s ins and outs have, then this shouldn’t be so much of a problem. Otherwise, you might want to take the time to talk it out with Traeger’s customer support or even your network provider. Once everything’s set up and running, you will enjoy using the WiFIRE app for its easy control and efficient monitoring while cooking.
Speaking of complaints, while there wasn’t a lot related to connectivity, we did come across many customers complaining that the temp control on their machines wasn’t all that great. They stated that the actual temperature was different than what the WiFIRE app showed. Some also complained about extreme temperature swings during the cooking. Again, these could be isolated instances as we still found most buyers fully satisfied with the temp control.
The smoker’s WiFIRE Controller can handle temperatures ranging between 165° and 450°F. A little fluctuation from the set temp should be expected and is completely normal. Like a kitchen oven, the controller makes audible clicks while turning its burners and heating components on and off, allowing it to maintain the set temperature. You can set the temp as low as 165°F and notice an initial shoot-up to 200°F, but with time this swinging temperature resides within A 5°F interval. The temp is felt more towards the smoker’s left side, where all the heat and smoke escape from the chimney, which is entirely normal.
When working with lower temp ranges, the variance between temperatures on the left and right sides comes to about 10°F, while the app splits the difference. The pattern remains the same on higher temp levels until the max 450°F value, though the temp difference increases with each new temp level, maxing at around 30°F.
Pellet smokers are best known for their “Low and Slow” way of cooking. Many machines need a specific level of expertise and concentration to ensure that smoke temperature and quality are ideal. Pellet smokers eliminate the need for this by setting the cooking temperature just like an inside kitchen oven, but without the constant attention. The Pro 575’s WiFIRE app is the best asset, specifically for extended BBQ cooking and smoking. The remote control and monitoring give you time to rest, do chores, go out for errands or watch a show without worrying. You can slow cook a massive pork shoulder on the Pro late in the evening, go to sleep, and wake up to your pulled pork at the ready. And wherever you are, you can always check that the smoking and cooking are going swimmingly, using the WiFIRE app, so that puts your mind at ease.
Pellet smokers tend to have milder smoke, but Traeger’s D2 Direct Drive Control is known to give an excellent smoke. What’s great is that the Pro 575 can produce more smoke than a lot of other pellet smokers, leaving your meats with a gorgeous mahogany look. However, the smokey flavor may not be as strong as the number of smokes lets you believe. Even so, it does the job right.
Cooking with Chicken
Most people tend to cook chicken within a 325° to 350°F temperature range. This range is ideal, where the poultry comes out crispy golden without any dryness or overcooked bits. But this is where the Pro sort of falls flat. Chicken tends to come out pale and rubbery, probably because the temperature is not high enough for the cook. That said, the solution is simple – increase the temperature to 400°F, and you’ll still get some good chicken.
The Searing Challenge
Pellet smokers aren’t famous for their searing. Specific models can reach temperatures of 550°F, and others can go even higher. The Pro’s highest temperature is 450°F, which is a modest level, but it falls short of searing, leaving steaks without char by 5 minutes of cooking on the highest temp. So, if you’re looking to sear, you’re better off with cheaper charcoal grills like a mid-range Hibachi.
The Pro 575 boasts an 18lb pellet hopper that comes with a unique pellet chute. This feature is useful. Since it lets you effortlessly vacate the hopper when changing different wooden pellets or using it for storage. The chute door is visible in the lower right edge right beside the drill. This directs the fuel and pellets to the firepot.
Unintentionally open chute door cause pellets to spill all over the floor. To prevent this, Traeger provides a tiny thumb screw to keep it locked chute. And during times when you’re emptying the tube and opening the door, its magnetic screw keeps the door in place, which is a great detail.
The Pro 575 stands on four legs that come with dual wheels. It also has a handle on its left side the lets you lift the model and roll it around wherever you need it. The unit is pretty heavy and can use a pair of casters on its left legs.
Traeger Pro 780
The Pro series also offers a more giant 780 sq inch model. You can also get a beneficial foldable work shelf for each size that goes over the front.
Assembly and Packaging
The Pro comes in well-handled packaging using hefty external cardboard and foam that custom-fit parts to protect them from damage. The pieces come smartly organized so that the assembly is just as simple and exclusively as intended. And the best part, Traeger prints the inside of the cardboard box. So that you can turn it inside out and have your kids play in a fun playhouse!
Traeger offers a three-year warranty on the Pro series against faults in features and designs under fair use. That said, it doesn’t cover labor or shipping issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Traeger Pro 575 worth it?
Well, Traeger Pro 575 pellet grill reaches the upper margin in terms of pricing for BBG cooking or grilling. That said, it is still worth it and much more if you love outdoor barbecues and good quality cooking.
Not only is it an extremely capable smoker and slow cooker. But it’s also a dependable way to grill traditionally without relying on scorched food on cinders.
For beginner cooks and barbecue users, or people who prefer spending time with their guests instead of watching the grill throughout a party, the Traeger Pro 575 is a bonified treat. It’s also an excellent tool for pro chefs who want to respect their ingredients.
Is the Traeger Pro 575 big enough?
The Pro 575 is the optimal size for a home grill. With 572 sq inches of grilling space, you have plenty of room for eight oversized burgers at the very least. The company states it can handle six racks of ribs, 36 burgers, or six entire chickens simultaneously.
If you do not require both racks while cooking meat. You can also use the other shelf to grill your vegetables or keep proteins that need a little less heat.
Is there a smoke setting on the Traeger Pro 575?
What is great about the Pro? Well, you can start the grill just by opening the lid and choosing the Smoke setting. Within 2 minutes, you’ll begin to get smoke, and by 5 minutes, the flames will start to rise. This timed schedule in the smoke setting is a company pre-set recommendation. It produces a “Smoking” temp between 150 and 180 degrees F.
You can then let down the lid and increase the temperature to whatever level you need it to be. The smoke setting is entirely separate from the temperature setting so that you can alter the temperature manually.
Are Traeger grills worth it?
If people want durability and high quality during their grilling time, yes, Traeger grills are worth it. It all depends on the amount of money you’re willing to put into your cooking or smoking experience. Many pro smokers also recommend pellet grills, considering them worth the time, money, and effort.
The Traeger Pro575 is a great, well-built pellet smoker produced by an industry maverick. Only time will tell if the D2 Direct Drive Control works as well as Traeger claims it to be. The WiFIRE app is a breath of fresh air. And we think it’s the main selling point of these new Traeger products. That said, if you’re not tech-savvy, you can find other competitive models with more features and at a lower price.
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