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Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 Review: The Ultimate Guide

by Lianne Jones June 30, 2022

Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 Review: The Ultimate Guide

Finding the perfect grill is an important part of creating the perfect outdoor cooking experience.

However, choosing the right grill can seem like a daunting task as there are so many different options available on the market.

So to help you with your research, we’ve reviewed the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150.

We’ve created the ultimate guide to this grill so you have all of the important information you need in order to make a decision about if this is the right grill for you.

Pit Boss Grills: Manufacturer Rating

Pit Boss Grills is a brand of grills that has a reputation for producing high-quality grills. Pit Boss is a division of Danson Inc. that was founded in 1999.

Pit Boss was founded by Dan Thiessen and his sons Jordan and Jeff. Since they began this company, they have been able to grow Pit Boss into one of the leading brands of grills.

In fact, the founder Dan Thiessen was one of the first companies to make a contribution and enter the wood pellet grill industry.

Pit Boss has expanded to be a full-service barbecue provider rather than just producing grills.

Pit Boss produces grills that are affordable but are still high-quality.

Due to this, Pit Boss is not the leading manufacturer of grills as they try to keep their grills at a budget-friendly price.

Other manufacturers, such as Traeger or Weber might produce grills that are larger and have better features but these tend to come at a higher price.

Pit Boss grills are ideal if you want a grill that is affordable but still promises to deliver high-quality results.

As mentioned above, Pit Boss also offers a variety of products that allow you to have a complete barbecuing experience.

Some of the products they sell include spices, sauces, and cooking accessories.

Product Information: First Impressions

Size Of Grill

When it comes to the size of the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150, the size of the grill is in the name.

The Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 has an overall cooking area of 1150 square inches.

This cooking area is divided into two parts which are the primary cooking surface and the secondary cooking surface.

The primary cooking surface has an area of 697 square inches. And there are 394 square inches of cooking surface area for the secondary cooking surface.

Anyone who is familiar with using grills will know how vital it is for a grill to have enough cooking space.

There is nothing worse than trying to cook for a lot of people but you keep running out of cooking space.

The great thing about the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 is that you are not likely to run into this problem when using the grill.

The multiple surface areas available for cooking, mean you safely cook multiple items at once and you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination.

In terms of cooking space, the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 provides you with enough space so that you can grill all of the hot dogs and burgers for your friends and family to enjoy.

Not only is the cooking area of the grill an important feature but the overall size of the grill is important for ensuring that you enjoy using it.

Some might say that the bigger the grill the better, however, the space you have to put your grill is what really matters.

That being said, there are some elements that need to be taken into consideration when looking at the size of the grill.

One of these is the height of the grill. The height of the grill can impact how comfortable you are when cooking on the grill.

The last thing you want to be doing whilst cooking on the grill is to be hunched over it.

Well, with the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 you do not have to worry about this.

The height of the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 is 52 inches, making it a comfortable height for you to stand straight and tall when cooking on this grill.

In terms of fitting in smaller spaces, the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 has a width of 62 inches and a depth of 32 inches.

This makes the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill a decently sized grill, that is not too big or too small.

However, it is a larger grill, so it would be best to use measuring tape to get the exact dimensions of the area you are looking to put the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill to see if it will fit.

Temperature Range

Another important element to consider before purchasing a grill is the temperature range of that grill. Without a good temperature range, you might often find yourself limited as to what you can cook on your grill.

This is one of the worst feelings to experience when using the grill to cook and it can take away the enjoyment of grilling.

The Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill has a temperature range of 180 degrees Fahrenheit to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

This means this grill is great for cooking almost anything. The temperature range of this grill is also beneficial for those who would like to sear their food.

Since searing steak on a grill needs a high-temperature range of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit to 650 degrees Fahrenheit and the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 falls in this range, it is a good grill for searing.

In fact, the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill even has a unique feature to make searing your food much easier.

On this grill, there is a flame broiler that you can control as you can switch it from direct flame to indirect heat.

All you have to do is pull a handle and you can control whether the flame is exposed.

This is an amazing feature as you can change the flame even when there is food already cooking on the grill.

When it comes to controlling the heat the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill allows for a 10-degree increment control up until 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Many other grills only allow you to cook with a temperature at increments of 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Unlike the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150, these do not allow you to have the precision you might need to cook certain foods.

This control over the heat means you are less likely to overcook or undercook your food.

Pellet Hopper

When it comes to the capacity of pellet hoppers, the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill knows what we want. This grill has a hopper capacity of 32lbs.

The great thing about this hopper capacity is that since it is large it should be able to last for the entire time you are cooking on the grill.

This includes times when you might be slow-cooking food.

However, don’t take this hopper capacity for granted.

It is important that you keep checking on the amount of pellets in the pellet hopper so that you don’t accidentally run out while cooking on the grill.

If you do run out of pellets in the pellet hopper, it will cause the temperature to drop when cooking on the grill.

Assembly

Now that we’ve looked at some of the main features of the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill, we are going to review the assembly of this grill.

It can be incredibly frustrating setting up grills, especially since there can be a lot of parts to fit together.

However, when it comes to assembling the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill it takes most people around 45 minutes to an hour to set up.

When setting up the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150, make sure to have someone who can give you a helping hand, as it is much easier and quicker to set it up with two people.

Having two people assemble the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 is beneficial when attempting to attach the legs onto the body of the smoker.

At this point, getting the angles perfect is a bit tricky, so crewing the legs on becomes a little harder to do.

So, having another person holding the legs and making sure the angle is correct can save you a lot of time here.

After you have assembled the grill, you’ll need to have it turned on and burning at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 30 or 40 minutes.

This is a requirement that most pellet grills have before you first use them.

Allowing the grill to burn for this time helps to get rid of any oils that were used during the manufacturing process. This makes your grill clean before you put on any food.

Durability

The Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill is one that is a heavy-duty grill. This is evident by the weight of this grill as it weighs around 188lbs.

The Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill is made from thicker metals compared to other grills. This design feature helps it to be more sturdy and durable.

In fact, this grill is one that has been known to withstand cold winters with little to no damage.

The grill does not come with a cover, but you can purchase one separately as an accessory for the grill.

This grill has been known not to show any signs of rusting after being left outside during extreme weather.

Smoke IT App

The Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill also comes with an app. This app allows you to keep an eye out on your grill without having to actually watch it.

Not having to stand around beside your grill is one of the main bonus features of owning a pellet grill that people love.

So having this grill come with an app to further aid this, is a great benefit.

The Smoke IT app has features that allow you to see if the fan, igniter, and auger are on.

The Smoke IT app also allows you to see the temperature of the grill and allows you to adjust the temperature.

This app also has a feature that allows you to see the temperature of four probes.

However, the only feature the app does not tell you is if the pellet hoppers are running low.

If you are worried about not being tech-savvy, then you have nothing to fear when using this app.

Setting up the app and connecting it to the grill takes a few minutes.

Warranty

Purchasing anything that you’ve spent a bit of money on requires you to think about the warranty.

The last thing you want is to buy an item that was somewhat expensive, only for it to break and there is nothing you can do about it.

Well, the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 has a 5-year warranty that the manufacturers agree to.

In the chance that you do experience parts of your grill breaking, you can reach out to the manufacturers and you will end up speaking to someone who knows a lot about the grill.

In terms of having your grill fixed, you might experience that they have a few spare parts that are out of stock but these usually come into stock every couple of weeks.

So eventually, you should be sent whatever you need in order to fix your grill.

Grilling And Smoking Review

If you are buying a new grill then you want to make sure you know what the strengths of the grill are.

The Pit Boss Pro Series 1150, is a grill that is best for smoking foods. However, this doesn’t mean it is bad at grilling.

In fact, the Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 has features such as the flame broiler that have been added to improve the grilling experience.

The Parts We Loved

Now that we have covered the important features of this grill, here are some of the features that we loved about it.

Handle

As mentioned before this is a very heavy-duty grill and the features such as the handle of this grill is no exception.

The handle of this grill is solid and does not feel flimsy. Whilst this might not seem like an important feature, it helps when moving the grill around.

Probes

This grill comes with two probes but can be connected to up to four probes.

Having multiple probes means you can cook different meats and keep track of their internal temperatures at the same time.

There is also storage for the probes in the hopper.

Storage

The Pit Boss grill is ideal if you want a grill with enough storage space.

There are shelves where you can set your foods down or place your tools. In fact, the side shelf has hooks so you can hang your tools.

Final Thoughts

The Pit Boss Pro Series 1150 grill is a great grill if you want something larger but still affordable.

This grill is easy to assemble and durable. With features such as the 32lbs pellet hopper, this grill allows you to cook for longer without needing to top up the pellets.

Overall, this is a great grill, especially if you want a lot of cooking space. Thank you for reading!

Lianne Jones
Lianne Jones


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