This week’s review is on the Daniel Boone from Green Mountain Grills.
The Daniel Boone is a wood pellet grill with a long-lasting powder coated finish and a primary cooking area of 432 sq. inches.
It has a nice peaked lid with 13.5 inches of headroom, which is great for when you’re cooking whole chickens, turkey or for when using a rib rack.
The Daniel Boone is Made in China and the overall dimensions of the grill are (H x W x D) 51″ x 56″ x 24″ and the grill weighs 154 pounds.
Below is pictures of everything that was included in the shipping box. It took me less than an hour to put the grill together.
The Daniel Boone comes with a meat probe that reports the internal temperature of the meat being cooked to the digital control read-out on the grill.
I was also sent the optional remote control which works up to 100 feet away through walls and windows etc.
The remote allows you to adjust the temperature setting of the grill right from the remote and displays the temperature of the grill and the temperature of the meat you’re cooking as well.
This remote also displays “FUEL” on the screen when the low pellet alarm goes off and has a chirp sound to notify you.
I was also sent the optional form-fitted grill cover which is great to help protect the grill from the elements.
Below are pictures of the front and back of the Daniel Boone once I had it fully assembled.
The Daniel Boone has nice sturdy hard rubber tires and also locking front casters. This made it very easy for me to move from inside the garage to out front of the house to cook.
The Daniel Boone has a digital control and a temperature range of 150°F to 500°F (with 5 degree increments).
It also has a Sense-Mate thermal sensor that automatically kicks the grill into “Turbo” mode when it’s cold outside and will help the cooker get up to operating temperature much faster.
I like that the Daniel Boone has a pre-drilled hole to run the meat probe through. This can be seen in the picture below.
The Daniel Boone has a side mounted 16-pound capacity pellet hopper and a positive pressure fan which keeps sparks out of the auger to keep from having a hopper fire.
This grill also has a low pellet alarm which goes off when pellets get low in the hopper.
Now let’s take a look inside the grill.
Below is a picture inside the Daniel Boone showing the firepot.
The firepot has vertical grooves cut evenly on its sides so that the air “whirlwinds” around the fire and gives it a much more complete combustion due to increased air circulation. This “cyclone” effect means much more efficient pellet usage.
Below is a picture showing the heat shield in place.
The Daniel Boone also comes with two wind shields. I chose not to use them for my review since they’re optional when using this grill.
Below is a picture of the grease tray installed.
Again the Daniel Boone has 432 sq. inches of primary cooking area and comes with stainless steel cooking grates.
For my first cook on the Daniel Boone I decided on smoking a 6 1/2 pound pork butt rubbed with Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub.
I then went outside and made sure the pellet hopper was topped off with Green Mountain Hardwood Premium Fruitwood Blend Cooking Pellets.
After that I plugged in the cord from the grill into the outside outlet and turned on the Daniel Boone.
Once the grill is turned on the controller goes through three cycles. You can see what the three cycles are in the picture below.
After around 6 1/2 minutes the three cycles were finished and I set the grill to 250°F.
Once the grill was up to 250°F I ran the meat probe through the hole in the side of the grill and placed the pork butt inside with the meat probe inside of it.
Below is a picture of the remote while I was using it well inside the house during my overnight cook.
Here’s a picture of the pork butt 3/4 the way through the cook. The Daniel Boone held very steady right at around 250°F for the full cook.
After around 10 1/2 hours the pork butt reached an internal temperature of 198°F and was ready to come off the grill to rest for around an hour.
Once I got the pork butt off the grill to rest, I put the Daniel Boone into “Fan Only” mode. This is good to do when you’re finished cooking because it burns up most of the pellets left in the firepot. It also blows the ash out of the firepot as well and serves as an extended safety feature.
After letting the pork butt rest in a cooler for about an hour, it was time to pull it for our family cookout. The pulled pork was very delicious and my family and I really loved it!
For my second cook on the Daniel Boone I decided on grilling some pork chops. I followed the same start-up steps as the first cook and once the grill had reached 450°F I placed on the pork chops.
Once the pork chops were done I removed them from the grill and brought them into the house for my family and I to eat. The pork chops were very moist and juicy and perfectly cooked. My family and I really enjoyed them!
For my final cook on the Daniel Boone I decided on smoking a whole 5 pound chicken. Again I followed the same start-up steps and once the grill was up to 250°F I placed on the chicken and also put the meat probe into the thigh of the chicken.
Once the chicken thigh had reached an internal temperature of 170°F it was time to remove from the grill and bring inside the house to eat.
The chicken was very moist and juicy and had a wonderful flavor. I’m guessing my family also enjoyed it since it was gone within a couple minutes. 🙂
I have always been a big fan of pellet grills and the Daniel Boone met all my expectations. I was very impressed with the great quality build of this grill and love some of the standard features like the low pellet alarm and the included meat probe.
Everything I cooked on this pellet grill turned out delicious and I loved how easy this grill was to use. This grill also had excellent temperature control which is always a plus in my book!
In my opinion, the optional remote is a must buy with this grill. Who doesn’t like to be able to fully control your grill from inside the house, especially during the hot summer months we have here in the South.
This grill was easy to clean with a shop-vac and produced very little ash during my cooks.
If you’re in the market for a pellet grill, then I recommend looking into the Daniel Boone.
A list of local Green Mountain Grill dealers can be found at this link here.
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