If you’ve been considering buying a Louisiana Grill, this article will help answer all your pressing questions about the company and its products.
Louisiana Grills has its HQ in Alberta, Canada, and is known for making pellet grills. Founded by a father and son team, the company is now owned by Danson, which is headquarted in Phoenix, Arizona. Real reviewers give these grills 3 out of 5 stars.
Let’s dive down into the Louisiana Grills brand in more detail, and discover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about them – and more…
Are Louisiana Grills Made in The USA?
Louisiana Grills is a Canadian company, headquartered in Alberta. However, some of their grills and components are actually made in the US. It’s quite hard to definitively say where their products are made to be honest, as some components are shipped into the US and Canada from overseas.
Who Makes Louisiana Grills? (Are They Trustworthy?)
Louisiana Grills was one of the first big players in the pellet grill market, after Traeger. Both LG and Pit Boss are now both owned by Danson. Danson is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona; however the father-and-sons-owned company also began life in Canada. The company has been making grills since 1999.
What Products Are in The Louisiana Grills Range?
Louisiana Grills was an early producer of pellet grills, and the company remains among the leaders in this field. They have a large and growing range of pellet grills, including the Black Label and Founders’ series. The LG 900 is now treated as a classic among pellet grills.
LG also makes other related products such as a vertical smoker and a Kamado grill, and they’ve introduced new features such as Wi-Fi-enabled controls.
All grills are made from 304 grade stainless steel, so are pretty tough cookers. However, the real selling point with a Louisiana Grill is its temperature range. This is between 170 and 600 degrees fahrenheit, which gives you a greater range than its rivals (Traeger grills reach “only” 500 degrees).
What Size & Weight Are These Grills?
These grills come in a range of sizes. They are named after their cooking area size, which makes it pretty easy to work out what’s what. For example, the LG-900 is 166 pounds and offers a 913 inch cooking area, and the larger LG1100 has 1061 square inches (it’s approximate…)
The LG Estate 860C cart model has a smaller cooking area (yep, 860 square inches) but a mighty 28 pound hopper for wood pellets, and plenty of storage. So, what size you choose depends on both cooking area and hopper capacity.
Are Louisiana Grills Covered By a Warranty?
Louisiana grills are covered by a 5-year warranty. This covers the steel parts for all types and the electrical parts for the pellet and gas grills. The Kamado is also covered for the ceramic and wooden parts, the dome thermometer, and its wheels.
Do Louisiana Grills Also Make Accessories?
Louisiana Grills has a good selection of accessories. There are cooking tools, plus other grill accessories such as heat deflectors and buckets. They also stock cleaning products (more about cleaning your grill in a moment).
You can buy specialized smoker products such as smoker tubes and mazes, and sets that include pellets. Louisiana Grills has its own culinary brand, producing rubs, spice blends, and sauces.
If you want to keep your grill in shiny condition, invest in one of the brand’s purpose-made grill covers. The website offers a great choice of sizes. There are also fitted insulated thermal blankets for sale, which help you grill in cold weather (well, this is a Candian company, after all, so they know a thing or two about cold-weather cooking).
What Do Buyer Reviews Tell Us About Louisiana Grills?
We took a look at the LG series on Amazon. The three grills in this range (LG-700, 900, 1100) scored an average of three stars out of a possible five, from 101 reviews.
Fans of Louisiana Grills love the hot temperatures, and the fact that the grill was easy to assemble. A few people recommend getting a hopper extension, as the grills get through the pellets quickly. The downside seems to be the lower temperatures, which aren’t so easy to control.
How Much Do These Grills Cost?
Expect to pay around $1,000 for a mid-range Louisiana pellet grill, with variation according to size and sophistication. The LG Estate 860C pellet cart costs around $3,000, while at the other end of the scale, the SL300 portable model retails at around $250.
The 4 Series vertical smoker is in the region of $680, and the great-looking red Kamado grill will set you back about $900.
The Black Label bundles sold on LG’s own website are good value, as for between $800 and $1200, you get a 800, 1000 or 1200 grill with a cover, pellets, and the brand’s own set of flavorings.
How Do I Use a Louisiana Grill?
If you’re after a first foray into wood pellet cooking, the Louisiana Grills range looks like a good place to start. They operate using a mix of old tech (burning wood) and new tech (digital controls, and there are even Wi-Fi-enabled controls with some models).
To get the desired temperature for your meteor fish,you set the Programmable Meat Probe to the recommended internal temperature for your meat, and the Digital Control Center will adjust the heat to keep the grill cooking at this temperature. So, for a pellet-based system, it’s incredibly easy to control the heat.
But what about feeding it with pellets? Again, this is made easy. The auger feeds the wooden pellets into the grill’s “burn pot”. The ignition is done by an electric starter, so you don’t have to do so much as light a match.
One thing: because these grills need electricity to ignite, you’ll need a safe outdoor power source.
Here’s how you use your Louisiana pellet grill:
- Before lighting the grill, check all components for debris (including the auger and hopper. You don’t want any unexpected items going into the burn pot…).
- After you’ve checked everything, replace the burn grate into the burn pot. You must ensure that the hole in the burn grate is facing the igniter in order to light the pellets. The lip of the burn grate needs to be flush with the top of the burn pot.
- If this is the first time you’ve used the grill, burn it off for about 40 minutes at a temperature of up to 450 degrees fahrenheit.
- Fill the hopper with dry hardwood pellets. If they’ve gotten damp, don’t even think about it. Pause dinner and pop down to Home Depot for a fresh bag.
- Plug it in, put down the lid, and hit the Power button.
- The start-up cycle begins, which lasts around 10 minutes and takes the grill up to about 150 degrees fahrenheit.
- This complete, you can now set your grill to preheat, using the Temp control on the panel. Always preheat the grill to make sure you’re cooking your meat at the right temperature.
- Have fun! Try different pellets for different flavors, and mix uo low-n-slow cooking with high-heat searing.
Are These Grills Easy To Maintain?
Louisiana Grills is good at clear instructions, and they take you through how to clean your grill on their website. Here’s a quick summary:
- Start by taking care of the pellets. Empty the hopper, and burn off any pellets or debris in the auger by burning it off (about 15 minutes at 400 degrees should do the job).
- Turn it off when the pellets have burned away. Let the grill cool down.
- Grease is your grill’s greatest enemy. Try a degreasing spray (Louisiana Grills makes one). It lifts stains, burnt-on grease, and stuck debris without you having to scrub. You can also take off the grills and soak them in a degreaser.
- Rinse any degreased parts with clean water and dry with a towel.
- Burn off the grill again, for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.
- Re-season the grills, using something like avocado oil. Do this when the grill is still warm, as the oil will seal as the surface cools. Gloves and a long brush needed!
How Do I Store a Louisiana Grill?
Louisiana Grills describe their grills as “three season” grills in the manual, because of the single wall construction. This isn’t to say you can’t use your grill in winter, but you may need to add a thermal blanket.
The brand has a great range of grill covers, and it would be a shame not to use one. Before the winter, always clean, dry and cover the grill, before storing it in a safe, dry place like the garage. If you do get it out for a winter feast, remember that you’ll need to clean it every time.
Final Words: Where Can I Buy a Louisiana Grill?
You can buy these grills from the manufacturer’s website, where there’s also a great choice of accessories. BBQ Guys also sells them online.
Amazon has a few, but their choice is limited. There’s also a search function for local dealers on Louisiana Grills’ website, and you can pick up some models in Home Depot and Lowe’s.
Of course, you’ll also need a reliable source of wood pellets to run your grill, and this is where Amazon does come in handy.
Don’t forget to get the full wood pellet grilling experience by trying different varieties, for smokier, dryer and sweeter flavors.