I absolutely love my Traeger Pellet Grill and you can pretty much use it right out of the box! But over the years I’ve definitely found that there are some Traeger smoker accessories that make everything a lot easier!
Here’s my ultimate list of pellet grill accessories for the smoking on the Traeger (or any pellet smokers)! I’ve also included a price guide as well as my favorite recipes for those accessories.
Price guide (as of 2022)
$ – Under $25
$$ – Between $25-75
$$$ – Over $75
Best Traeger Accessories: Pellets & Storage
- Wood Pellets $ – I have stuck with Traeger pellets and always use the Signature blend of Maple & Cherry. That said, they have many varieties which you can use for different types of meats! Traeger even has a little cheater on the label to distinguish between the hardwoods – i.e. Apple is good for Chicken & Pork, Mesquite is good for Beef & Fish, etc. These different pellets definitely add different flavor to your cooks!
- Pellet Storage $$ – Traeger has their own pellet storage but I came across this outdoor storage container on Amazon and it’s worked amazingly! I’ve used it for 8 years under no coverage and the pellets have stayed completely dry!!! This one holds probably 5 bags of pellets.
- If you’re using a variety of pellets – you might want to get the smaller Traeger tubs or 5-gallon buckets with tight lids.
- Pellet Scoop $ – this big plastic scoop is great to keep in the pellet container
- Magnetic hooks $ – these outdoor heavy duty magnetic hooks are great to hang on the side of the Traeger for your spatulas, tongs, etc. Be sure to get ones that hold a heavier weight – otherwise they’ll just fall off.
Best Smoker Accessories: Tools
- Grill basket $$ – this is what I use the MOST! I like it because there are some things like vegetables or bite size items that can easily slip through the grates and now – won’t happen! Also – this still has holes so all the good smoky flavor still comes through. It’s just so much easier to pull on and off with this basket.
- Smoked Pig Shots – I used the basket for these – so easy to contain them all!
- Grill tools – obviously an essential! I’ve been gifted so many bbq tool sets as a blogger and I don’t use any of them. I use just a few tools and here they are:
- Silicone tongs $ – I think a lot of the big tongs that come in the tool sets are too big! I love these silicone tongs and I use them for everything. This set is great because there are multiple sizes – I use the small ones more than anything!
- Grill brush $ – I have this hanging on the grill and run it over the grill grates after it’s preheated. It’s nothing fancy – but it works.
- Meat claws $ – I have a small set with short wood handles but these with the longer handles are much better and more versatile. If you’re not making pulled pork/chicken often – you don’t need these. But they do make that job easier. Also – these with the handle are nice to help turn bigger items as well.
- Baking sheets $$ – I don’t put these baking sheets on the grill but when I’m prepping in the kitchen and then carrying out to the back yard (along with my phone, camera, grill tools, etc) – these sheets are super handy. They’re heavy-duty and hold all the food and more. Plus – they’re great for oven use as well.
- Knife sharpener $ – everybody has knives and for the most part – they’ll work fine – IF they’re sharp. Get a knife sharpener – they’re easy to use, cheap and make a world of difference! A good boning knife is essential though – if you don’t have one – get one!
- Spray bottle $ – get a cheap bottle from Dollar Tree if you make ribs often because it’s good to spritz them while cooking.
- Dutch oven $ – A Dutch oven is great when making Over the Top Chili, Cobblers and more. The smoke gets in with the lid off and they’re heavy duty and indestructible. That said – I got my favorite one for $3 at an estate sale. This is a good affordable option as well.
- BBQ Gloves $ – These heat resistant gloves are great because they can handle the heat and they come up on your wrist a bit. When you open that smoker and that heat hits – it’s HOT! I can’t tell you how many times I used cheap potholders and had to set the pans down on the ground because they weren’t doing the job!
Best Pellet Grill Accessories: Thermometer
- Wireless meat thermometer $$$ – I just got a Meater this spring and WOW – it’s great!!!! It was life-changing on a long cook like pulled pork or brisket! It’s also great even on things like a whole chicken, etc. Set it and forget it! I bought the Meater Plus and it doesn’t quite reach to my couch – so I set my phone on the counter so I can keep up to date. You can also set alerts to go off at certain temperature points – which are so handy. I wish I’d bought this a lot sooner because every time you open the lid, you lose heat and add time. This takes all the guess work out – it’s awesome! The more expensive versions come with multiple probes which are handy if you’re cooking more than one piece of meat at a time for larger cooks.
- Instant read thermometer $ – a cheap instant read is just a must for anybody that cooks meat – inside, outside or anywhere. I use mine all the time!!! I actually was gifted a Thermapen One – which many chefs use – it’s pricier but very durable and comes in fun colors. That said – the $15 one is fine too.
- Grill cover $$$ – My grill is outside year round under my gazebo and when it’s winter and I’m not using it near as often – I keep the cover on to protect it. I got my cover at the time I got the grill and it’s been very helpful. Be sure to get the one made for your model – they are not universal.
- Traeger grill cleaner $ – Traeger enthusiasts swear by this cleaner – it’s great to use and keep those grates nice and clean! It’s a Traeger accessory you definitely need!
- Traeger Drip Tray Liners $ – These drip pan liners are great because you just lift the grates and lay these on top of the drip tray and when they’re nasty – switch them out. So handy!!! Make sure you get the right size for your pellet grill.
- Ash vacuum $$ – Basically you need a shop vac to clean out the ashes but they have these handy dandy ash vacuums you can use as well.
- Traeger Insulation blanket $$$ – If you cook in cold weather, this is essential! These pellet grills can lose temp quickly in the cold and these thick insulated blankets really help retain the heat.
Best Traeger Accessories: More Smoke
- Pellet smoke tubes $ – If you want more smokey flavor or you want to cold smoke things like cheese – these smoke tubes are essential! You fill them with pellets, light them with a butane lighter and then set them in the grill.
- Butane lighter $ – Lighting the pellets needs something stronger than a candle lighter – the butane is much quicker.
Best Smoker Accessories: Marinades, rubs, injectors
- Meat Injector $$ – these are really necessary for brisket or larger pieces of meat – you don’t need injectors for steak, chicken, etc. That said – get a decent injector if you’re going to use one. The cheap one falls apart after one use.
- BBQ Rub $ – there are THOUSANDS of rubs and you know what – they’re all good – but my favorite is Historic BBQ. I use the Red more than the Black because I cook pork/chicken more. That said – use what you like! I also like this Butter Pecan rub.
- Sauce $ – If you’re looking for a barbecue sauce to try – I recommend Williamson Brothers out of GA. It’s a very light sauce with lots of seasonings. I love it because it’s not that thick syrupy sauce and it’s great in soups, as a glaze, as a dip, and more. I literally go through 4 big jars a year!!!