Rec Tec Grill Review (Is This The Best Pellet Grill?) (2024)

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After the RecTeq grill reviews, I did there is not much other to say than that these grills come highly recommended by many users as a top-rated pellet grill.

The quality of the used materials in the recteq pellet grills in combination with the large hopper and the great performance of the auger in combination with the controller make this Rectec pellet grill what someone mentions as a “grilling machine”. (1)

Remember that all Reqtec wood pellet grills need a 110-volt GFCI outlet.

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What impressed me most doing the Rectec Grill Reviews, was the state-of-the-art temperature controller in this pellet smoker. Although Rec Tec claims a steady temperature range within 5 degrees of the setpoint we have read many times that it is actually within 2 degrees.

Rectec Reviews I Did

I did 4 models in this Rec Teq grill review for you. This will help you find the size and options you need for your type of grilling and smoking. I also added the camp stove Matador to it.
This guide will give you a quick review of the Rec Tec models and the differences to help you find the model that fits your needs the best

Sq. Inches
Range (F)
Recteq rt 700702200-500FYes40 Lbs
Recteq 340592200-500Fyes30 lbs
Rec Tec Trailblazer340200-500FYes15 Lbs
Recteq rt 700380200-550No15 Lbs
Recteq Matador397 low-medium-highNoN/A
Recteq BFG2335200-500FYes53 Lbs
Recteq Wyldside11301000NoCharcoal
Recteq Chuckwagon2380200-500FYes66 Lbs
Recteq Beast200-500FYes66 Lbs.

Recteq RT-700

This short look I did at the Recteq rt-700 showed me that this is the most popular Rec Tec pellet grill.

The reason for this is the large grill surface and the option to add an extra shelf to even add more grill space to it.

Read my full Recteq RT-700 Review.

The Rec Tec RT-680 has been one of the top wood pellet smokers and is kind of the standard for other brands to follow. With the Recteq RT-700 bull, they have raised the bar again.

Features of the RecTeq RT-700

I have made a list of the main features of the RT-700 bull.

  • Stainless steel cooking chamber
  • 40 Lbs Hopper for long cooks
  • Wi-Fi technology
  • PID controller
  • Dual meat probes

My Opinion Of The Recteq RT 700

If you cook for multiple people or like to cook larger amounts this is the pellet grill to go for. A little higher in price than most other brands but I think that compared to the quality and what you get it is worth the money you pay for it.

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Recteq Stampede

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The Rectq Stampede rt-590 shows us that it is what you could call a family-size pellet grill with its 592 sq inches.

This might look small but is big enough for even a large family. With the optional grate, you can total the cooking space of the Stamped to 772 sq inches.

Features of the Recteq Stampede

Although many of the features of the are the same as the bull there are a few differences.

  • PID controller
  • Wi-Fi technology
  • 30 Lbs hopper
  • 200-500 F temp. range
  • Extreme smoke setting under 200 F
  • Full setting for temp higher than 500F

One of the differences is that the Stampede rt-590 comes with 3 smoke vent holes and as far I understood and read this allows the heat to escape more evenly and improves a more even temperature in the grill.

just like the Bull, the Stampede is made from stainless steel from top to bottom and this is almost a rule and no exception we found in most of the Recteq grill reviews I did.

Rec Tec Stampede Pros & Cons

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Not much more to add here than that this is a great grill with its so-called family size. The controller got a lot of positive comments and as I mentioned PID is the top-rated controller that is not used by many brands

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Hard to find any complaints also because there are not too many Recteq stampede reviews available yet, but that will change fast and we will keep updating our reviews with them.

My Opinion Of The Recteq Stampede

All the stainless steel components are in my opinion a big plus and with the use of a grill cover, this grill will last for many years. The grill space is large enough for a normal family and can be upgraded with the optional extra grill grate.

Overall we could not find any negative points and can only recommend it as a good buy and bang for your buck! Unfortunately, this pellet grill was not available in online stores for a long time but now it is and you can find it here: so you have to Recteq Stampede price.

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Recteq Trailblazer

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One of the things I found about the Recteq trailblazer rt-340 is that this is the easiest to assemble Recteq.

Main features of the trailblazer

  • 15 Lbs hopper
  • 340 sq inches grate (upgrade optional)
  • folding legs
  • Full setting for temp. above 500 degrees
  • Dual meat probes

Recteq Trailblazer Pros & Cons

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I read a few times that people switched from a big green egg to the trailblazer and never looked back.
This pellet smoker is not been on the market too long so again finding too much negative news is hard.

My Opinion Of The Rec Tec Trailblazer

The trailblazer from Rec Tec may maybe more affordable for a lot of people.

Read the full Recteq Trailblazer review here and find out everything there is to know about this pellet grill.

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Rec Tec Bullseye

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The first time I started reading about the Bullseye I thought it was gas and pellet-powered but found out while doing the review that it gets so hot that it can be compared to a gas grill.
This is probably the cheapest Recteq grill you can buy.

TIP! Here you can find the full Recteq Bullseye Review

Features of the Recteq Bullseye

This is a simpler version of a Recteq grill and does not come with the PID controller. It comes with a knob to control the temperature and this also works automatically. No need to check the temperature all the time.

  • Dome thermometer
  • 200 – 550 Fahrenheit
  • Heats up fast
  • 15 Lb hopper
  • Weighs 55Lbs

The porcelain-coated chamber is well insulated and in combination with the flame deflector, this will help to keep the temperature steady and even in the cooker.
I personally like the porcelain cooking grates as you can read in many of my grill reviews I did.

Recteq Bullseye Pros & Cons

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The Bullseye is the first wood pellet grill that offers the option to grill with the lid open and that is a big plus in my opinion and maybe the reason some people call it the Rec Tec BBQ.

With its 380 square inches, you can cook a truckload of about 25 hamburgers at the same time. The porcelain-coated grill grate makes some nice grill marks.

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There are not many cons but you just have to know that compared to the other Rec Tech grills we reviewed, the temperature is controlled by a knob and this might need some adjustments before you have it right.

It depends on things like outside temperature, the amount of meat you put on the grill, and how much adjustment you need to make. But it still works great compared to messing with charcoal and adjusting all the dampers.

My Opinion Of The Recteq Bullseye

This Bullseye is a very high-quality grill just like all other Recteq’s.

It is, however, a simpler version so do not expect the same features.

I like this grill very much because you can crank it up pretty hot and use it with the lid open. This is not an option and any other wood pellet grill as far as I know since you would lose too much temperature with the lid open all the time.

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Recteq Matador

The Matador is not a pellet grill like the ones we reviewed here but I decided to have a good look at it since it can be a great addition to your whole outdoor cooking. It works like any other camp stove but is of very good quality.
Reed my whole Recteq Matador review here.

Recteq BFG-2500

This new model is pretty big and I am not sure but the BFG might stand for the big friendly giant.
It is not too long available yet so there are no reviews, but just some news from Rec Tec itself.

Here is a video from the Rec Tec BFG:

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Features of the BFG

  • 200-500 F
  • 53 Lbs hopper
  • 2535 square inches grill surface
  • 3 racks
  • Hydraulic lid

There is a lot more to tell of course and I will do that later. Just to let you know this is not a cheap grill. It comes with a price tag of almost 2800 dollars.

Recteq Wyldside

The wyldside is also new at the time of my writing this and again not much is available. This is a so-called Argentina-style grill. Meaning that you can build a big fire and can lower or raise the grate.

Here is a video of the Wyldside:

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Features were not easy to find on the website, but here are a few.

  • Recteq quality
  • Adjustable grill grate
  • About 580 Square inches of grill grates
  • About 550 sq inches warmer holding place
  • Blower for airflow

As soon as I find more information I will add it here. The price on the website is just under 1700 dollars.

Rectq Chuckwagon

The Chuckwagon is also new and again no reviews available. It seems to me that this is the beast mounted on a trailer.
Here is a video from their YouTube channel.

Features of the Chuck-wagon I was able to find:

  • About 1800 sq inch rack
  • About 580 sq inches second rack
  • 66 lbs hopper
  • 2 hydraulic lids
  • 2 meat probes

As soon as I can I will add more information here The price I found is just under $11000.

Recteq Beast RT-CMG

A new product again is the Rec Tec Beast. Just released and no reviews I could find yet.

Here is a video of the Rec Tec Beast.

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Some of the features I found so far.

  • Dual 66 lbs hoppers
  • One 1800 sq inch rack
  • One 580 sq inch rack
  • Dual smoke stack
  • Dual meat probes

It looks to me that the beast is the home version of the chuckwagon with the wheel under it instead of being mounted on a trailer.

I just had a quick peek at it online and will add a lot more information here later. The price I see on the website is just under $900.

How Does A Recteq Grill Work?

Rec Tec grills are very easy to use and all you have to do is flip a switch. There are still questions to be answered after doing our Rec Tec grills reviews and the question of how a Recteq grill works was one we found many times. Here is the answer we found.

As soon as you turn on the grill the smart grill computer will start the ignition rod to light up the pellets that are fed in there from the hopper by the auger.
Sound complicated? Don’t worry the smart technology does it all for you!

This makes the grill heat up to the temperature settings you have used and it begins to adjust the number of pellets that it feeds to reach the desired temperature.

When it reaches that temperature it will automatically adjust the number of pellets to ensure that the temperature stays at that point and there will be enough smoke to give your meat that great taste.

Sometimes you have to open the grill to look or to maybe spray some juice on it. The Rec Tec Sensors recognize the drop in temperature by you opening the lid and instantly start to add more pellets to get the temperature back in the right setting.

After you close the lid it will adjust again and slow down the process of adding wood pellets to the auger.

My Opinion After Doing The Rec Tec Grill Reviews

It is pretty simple to conclude after doing this Recteq pellet grills and smokers review that the Rec Tec pellet grills come highly recommend.

The fact that the so-called smart technology controller in the Recreq’s keeps the temperature very accurate is of course one of the best features of this pellet smoker.

They started with the Recteq 680 and improved this to the Bull and added some other models to their store. If you look at average pellet grill ratings I have not been able to find higher ratings yet.

The high quality of the used materials received a lot of pros in the Rec Tec reviews and we are sure they will let you enjoy these grills for many years. Although for most parts manufactured in China, the quality has not changed since the first Rec Tec rt-680 I had a good look at a long time ago.

Some people like to know how Rec Tec grills vs Traeger perform. I think what this grill separate from other brands like the Traeger grills I reviewed is the way the Recteq controller takes care of the temperature setting.

Most pellet smokers add more or fewer pellets per so many seconds to keep the temperature steady and without too many fluctuations.

They do this without measuring the actual temperature of the smoker.

My Rec Tec grills reviews show however that Rec Tec grills increase or decrease the speed that the pellets are added depending on the real temperature in the smoker.

If the temperature is too high they add fewer pellets and when the temperature is too low they add more pellets. The cruise control in your car adds more or less fuel to keep the speed you set it on.

This makes the temperature control process very accurate because it uses the real temperature and not some timing schedule to add pellets like those used by other brands.

For the more technical readers here is a link to a website that explains what a => PID controller <= is like used in the Recteq pellet smoker.

What I also think is a great plus is that the seems are all-welded and caulked to make this grill “airtight”.

In case of a problem with the RecTeq pellet grill, the customer service is mentioned as top-notch and great to work with. Replacement parts are shipped very fast and over-the-phone help is great.

The fact is that most, if not all, parts are made of high-quality stainless steel is a very high-scoring point and will keep your grill going for many years

Recteq Trouble Shooting

Although there are not many problems we found with the Rec Teq pellet grills we still have to keep in mind that there are electronics involved and electric-powered parts. This means that something can go wrong. This is pretty simple.

I found a video on how to test the Rec Tec controller since this will probably give you the best indication of what can be wrong in case of a problem.

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There are more videos on the Recteq YouTube channel with dozens of Rec Tec troubleshooting videos and also recipes and tips on how to use any of their pellet grills.

If you still have problems with your Rec Tec wood pellet grill, I found that the Rec Teq customer service is one of the best you can deal with.

In case of any problem like temperature problems, the Recteq replacement parts are shipped very fast and I have read stories that depending on the problem and the age of the grill they even send it for free. Now that is what I call customer service.

I still believe that if there were more buying choices for Recteq wood pellet grill it might lower the price with more competition.

FAQ and More About Recteq

I have found several questions doing the Rec Teq grills reviews about the Rec Tec pellet grills and am trying to answer them below. If you have any questions feel free to contact us and I will do my best to find the answer for you.

How To Clean a Recteq Grill

Cleaning is not our favorite thing as grillers, but it is part of the whole grilling and smoking experience.

Cleaning a Recteq is not too hard. When you look at this video it will show you an easy way to do that. It is the old 680 model that is updated with the Recteq RT-700 Bull but the principle stays the same.

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Where are Recteq grills made?

Every Recteq grill is made in China with some parts that are made in the USA. This is done under very strict rules that will ensure high quality and is done without compromising the Recteq companies’ high standards.

Recteq has been using the same manufacturers now for 8-9 years. Customer support wrote us that the assembly and testing however is done in Augusta GA.

Where To Buy Recteq Grills

This was one of the questions we found while doing this review. Many people wonder where to buy Rec Tec pellet grills because there are no Recteq dealers.

The easiest way to buy Rec Tec grills is online through one of the links on this Recteq grill review page. I have tried to find the best prices for you.

The second way to order a Rec Tec is directly on their website (1). The Recteq free shipping option is available at both of the ways to buy a Recteq.

The third option is to have a look at the RecTeq Amazon page and see prices there.

Recteq Grill Prices

Yes, pellet grill prices are higher than regular grills. The reason is the used technology and in the case of the Recteq , also the used materials.

This justifies in my opinion the price.

If you look at what this pellet grill brand offers and what I read in the Rec Tec grill reviews, I think the price is reasonable.

Taking into consideration that there is no shipping fee like many other brands have and it is shipped right to your door that is a big pro in my opinion.
The Recteq free shipping is as far as I know for many buyers still one of the reasons to buy a Rec Tec.

Recteq has a few models and the price ranges from model to model. The bigger Bull is more expensive than the smaller Bullseye grill. It is very important to choose the model that fits your way of grilling.

By choosing the right size you also save on the use of the pellets of course.

In general, I suggest shopping around and clicking on our links where I think we found the best prices for the Rec Tec Pellet grills.

Recteq financing

The Rec Tec company offers financing on many of what I call high-end pellet grills. You can visit their website for more information because if I tell you here they might have changed the program or interest rates and I don’t want you to get mad at me.

At the moment of this writing, I see a thing like 6 months with no interest in all models and of course their free shipping.

10 Things To Know Before You Buy a Recteq

Although this video is a little older it is still very up-to-date. They show the Recteq 680 that is replaced by the Rec Tec bull.

The only thing they mention they will never add a remote control but they have added an app for the Rec Tec Grills.

If you still have questions about wood pellet smokers and what to look for before buying one feel free to contact me and I will try to find the answers.

I know these Recteq smokers and grill reviews are far from complete and I will probably keep adding content to it in the near future.

There are too many things to mention and explain about these what people also call electric wood pellet grills that I can make a whole new website about it.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you think I left something out of these reviews and you think that should be included.

If for some reason you think after reading the Recteq pellet grill reviews this is not your brand, have a look at all our other pellet smoker reviews on the menu on our homepage we did.

Rec Tec changed its name to RecTeq but many people still look for the old name so I used both here.

Happy Grilling!

Eddie van Aken

Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he can find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews he is doing. You can read more on theabout page for Eddie van Aken

Rec Tec Grill Review (Is This The Best Pellet Grill?) (2024)


What's the number one pellet grill? ›

After extensive testing, our top pick is the Traeger Pro 575. It has thicker walls and better seals than most other grills in the price range giving you better heat retention and temperature control.

What is the build quality of the recteq? ›

Durable Stainless Steel

Stronger stainless steel means recteq simply lasts longer and performs better, even through the longest, hottest cooks. It's that quality and durability we have built our reputation on.

How long do tec grills last? ›

We build grills to last a lifetime.

TEC's first customers are still cooking on their very first grills that we manufactured almost 40 years ago. That's because we build grills to last a lifetime.

Is recteq made in China? ›

Like most of REC TECs pellet-grill competitors, the grills are manufactured in China. But Carnes said he went through 11 manufacturers before finding one that could meet his quality standards.

What is the best pellet quality? ›

Heat output - This is measured in BTUs, so look for pellets that have higher BTU ratings. The best pellets are in the 8,000-8,500 range. Low Moisture Content – pellets with low moisture content ignite faster.. The best pellets have a moisture content of 6.5% and below.

Can you use a recteq as a grill? ›

You can smoke, bake, grill, sear, and even dehydrate on a pellet grill. This means you can slow smoke a brisket, or bake a pizza all at the push of a button.

What time of year are grills cheaper? ›

Early summer and late summer are the best times to buy grills, with Black Friday sales and Labor Day weekend being the worst time. However, early fall can also be a great time to find grills at the lowest price during Labor Day sales.

Do expensive grills last longer? ›

High-quality Materials:Expensive gas grills are typically made from high-grade stainless steel or cast iron, which ensures durability and longevity. These materials are resistant to rust and corrosion, making them ideal for outdoor use.

How long does it take for a rec tec grill to heat up? ›

This is rare as the PID controller is equipped with an algorithm that helps prevent flame outs. Give the grill 20-25 minutes to achieve your desired temperature. ALWAYS START YOUR GRILL WITH THE LID CLOSED AND ALL INTERNAL COMPONENTS IN PLACE.

Can you use charcoal pellets in a recteq? ›

Designed for all wood pellet grills: Royal Oak 100% charcoal pellets are designed for all wood pellet grills on the market including Traeger, Pit Boss, Weber, Camp Chef, RecTeq, and Green Mountain Grills.

Who makes recteq grills? ›

Co-founded in 2009 by Ron Cundy and Ray Carnes, recteq was founded on the idea of creating the highest quality wood pellet grills on the market. recteq has since grown into a multi-faceted designer, marketer, and direct seller of premium pellet grills, accessories, and other outdoor products.

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