The Pit Boss Sportsman Pellet/Gas Combo Grill is a great choice for outdoor cooking enthusiasts who want the convenience of gas and the authentic flavour of wood pellets. Let’s look a little closer at this combo grill to see if it might be the right fit for you and your smoking needs.
Pit Boss Sportsman Pellet/Gas Combo Grills Review
With a generous cooking surface of 1,124 square inches, this grill can impressively hold up to 62 burgers, making it perfect for large gatherings or parties.
One of the standout features of the PB1230SP is its dial-in digital control board with LED read-out, which allows you to reach temperatures from 180°F – 500°F with ease. Additionally, the 21 lbs capacity hopper with hopper cleanout ensures that you have enough pellets to cook even the lowest and slowest dishes.
The versatility of this grill is also impressive, offering 8-in-1 cooking capabilities that include smoking, baking, braising, roasting, grilling, barbecuing, char-grilling, and searing. The Flame Broiler Lever™ is a great addition that allows for direct or indirect heat, providing instant temperature adjustments and the ability to achieve a perfect sear up to 1,000°F.
The three stainless-steel gas burners provide 30,000 BTU, which is plenty of power for any cooking task. The porcelain-coated cooking grates and cast-iron lower rack make for easy cleaning and provide excellent heat retention. The inclusion of two meat probes is also a welcome addition, allowing you to monitor your food without having to open the lid.
The Pit Boss Sportsman Pellet/Gas Combo Grill also has some great additional features, including a built-in spice rack and bottle opener, a hopper viewing window, and solid legs with inline-style wheels for easy portability. The high-temperature powder coat finish ensures that the grill will look great for years to come, and the 5-year warranty from Pit Boss is one of the best in the industry.
However, there are some cons to consider. While the removable side shelf and folding front shelf offer more prep space, they may not be as sturdy as some users would like. Additionally, the steel bucket for the grease management system is a simple solution but may not be as effective as other more sophisticated options.
Pros & Cons of the Sportsman Combo Grill
- Large Cooking Area: With a total cooking area of 13,000 cm2, you can cook up to 62 burgers at once, making it perfect for large gatherings.
- Versatility: The Sportsman Series Combo Grill offers 8-in-1 cooking versatility, allowing you to smoke, bake, braise, roast, grill, barbecue, char-grill, and sear all in one machine. You have the convenience of gas AND the flavour of wood smoke pellets
- Dual Fuel System: The grill uses both 100% all-natural hardwood pellets and propane gas, giving you the option to use real-wood flavor or the convenience of a gas grill.
- Adjustable Smoke Vent: You can adjust the vent between the pellet and gas grills to allow smoke from the pellet chamber to the gas chamber for cold smoking or extra smoke flavor.
- Digital Control: The dial-in digital control board with LED read-out lets you easily set and monitor the temperature of the pellet grill, while the gas burner control knobs on the gas grill allow you to adjust the heat.
- Meat Probes: The two meat probes included with the purchase let you monitor meat doneness and adjust cooking temperatures without having to open the lid.
- Flame Broiler Lever: The Flame Broiler Lever allows for direct flame searing up to 1,000°F (538C), giving you the option for direct or indirect heat cooking.
- Warranty: The Pit Boss Sportsman Pellet/Gas Combo Grill comes with a best-in-class 5-year warranty, ensuring you are getting a quality product.
- Heavy: The grill weighs 88.5 kg when assembled, making it difficult to move around.
- Price: The Pit Boss Sportsman Pellet/Gas Combo Grill is on the higher end of the price spectrum compared to other grills on the market – it’s $1049 in the US, £860 in the UK and A$1577 in Australia. Although there are monthly payment options using Affirm Payments. Pit Boss are known for their budget friendly options overall, but there’s no denying that other grills such as Masterbuilt don’t come with as high a price tag.
- Assembly: The assembly of the grill can take some time and requires two people due to its weight and size.
- Unlike the Pit Boss Pro Series you don’t have Wifi connectivity, and you can’t control the grill from the Pit Boss Smoke it app. If you more of the hands on type, rather than the set it and forget it kind of person, that probably won’t matter much to you.