For years I resisted the pellet-grill trend. No matter how hard my Traeger-loving buddies pushed, I always asserted that pellet grills weren't grills at all. They were, and are, automatic smokers that just didn't have the ability to get hot enough to do anything I would call grilling. Do pellet grills turn out good, smoked food? Yes, but it was missing that delicious texture and flavor only a kiss from fire can provide.