Cooking Brussels sprouts on the Pit Boss pellet grill is a great way to add a smokey flavor while still keeping the sprouts tender. It’s also a great way to get your kids or anyone who doesn’t like eating their veggies to start enjoying them. I’ll walk you through how I cook them on my pellet grill.
Cooking Brussels Sprouts On A Pit Boss
I can’t tell you how often I’ve cooked veggies on my Pit Boss. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorites because they taste so much better than cooking on the stove.
The small cabbage-looking veggies taste delicious when roasted over indirect heat and wood-flavored pellets.
Not to mention, you don’t have to worry about dirtying up your kitchen through the cooking process.
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We’ve got you covered to cook the perfect Brussels sprouts on a Pit Boss pellet grill, Traeger, or any other brand. You can adjust any of the settings to work with your grill type.
So, let’s go!
- Pit Boss pellet grill (I use the 820 Pro Series)
- Fresh Brussel sprouts
- The right cooking technique
- Grilling Pan
- Firesafe gloves
This may sound confusing, especially if you’ve never grilled vegetables on the grill. But don’t worry, I will cover each step in complete detail.
Can You Cook Brussels Sprouts On A Pit Boss?
The Pit Boss makes it easy to cook anything, including Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots, or any of your other favorite vegetables. If you can cook it on propane, gas, charcoal, or your indoor oven, it can be cooked in the Pit Boss.
To roast Brussels sprouts on the grill, set the temperature to high indirect heat, then cook for about 10-12 minutes or as long as it takes before becoming mushy.
Can You Smoke Brussel Sprouts On A Pit Boss?
Yes, there are several recipes online that will walk you through smoking Brussels sprouts on a pellet grill. To smoke it, close the flame broiler plate and keep the temperature below 350°.
How long it takes to smoke depends on the temperature setting, but the smoke time will vary from 5 to 10 minutes.
I prefer grilling it on the Pit Boss. The last time I tried roasting it, the Brussels sprouts became too soft and mushy.
How to Prepare The Brussel Sprouts for Grilling On The Pit Boss Pellet Grill?
The preparation will depend on the type of veggies you’re cooking. For instance, purchasing a bulk-size package from Costco or Sam’s Club will differ from buying a small pack from your local grocery store.
Open the package and remove the amount you’re going to cook.
Next, wash and trim the sprouts before cooking. There’s no need to cut them in half unless you want to. Instead, trim off any black spots, leaves, or other discoloration you see.
After washing and trimming the Brussels sprouts, use a paper towel to pat them dry before adding any seasonings.
I recommend investing in this grill basket to cook it on the grill. This grill basket makes it easy to cook the food you don’t want to cook directly on the grates.
I’ve used it to cook small potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and other veggies.
Do I Need to Cut The Brussel Sprouts In Half?
It’s not necessary to cut the Brussels sprouts in half. However, if you’re short on time, cutting them in half or quarters will speed up the cooking time.
So, you’ll need to monitor the time closely, otherwise, you’ll end up with mushy veggies.
Can I Use Frozen Brussel Sprouts?
While it is possible, I’ve never done it. If using frozen Brussels Sprouts, it’s best to let them thaw before grilling. This will ensure you don’t have to leave them on the grill too long.
Just know that the texture of frozen Brussels sprouts won’t be the same as the fresh ones. However, frozen Brussels sprouts cost less, and it can be a great way to save money if you’re not sure if your family will enjoy them.
How to Cook Brussel Sprouts On The Pit Boss
Preheat the Pit Boss
While prepping the Brussels sprouts, preheat the Pit Boss to 400 – 500° Fahrenheit. Then, wait till the grill reaches the set temperature before putting them on the grill. Finally, close the sear plate as you’ll cook the vegetable over indirect heat.
If you want to smoke the Brussels sprouts, set the Pit Boss to the smoke setting, which is 180°F. Smoke for about 10-12 minutes. If you leave them in the grill too long, they will become too mushy, making them impossible to eat.
Don’t worry; even if you don’t smoke the Brussels sprouts, they will still have a hint of smokey flavor from grilling them in the pellet grill. You can even open the sear plate and sear
What P-Setting to Use?
Leave the P-Setting on the default P-4. Unless you’re cooking in the cold winter months, the P-4 setting is the recommended default setting for all cooks.
Place The Brussel Sprouts on the Grill
Once the grill preheats, place the Brussels sprouts directly on the grates or in a grill pan. When using a pan, leave it on the grill while it is preheating. Doing so gets the pan hot before placing the veggies in it, which will speed up the cooking process.
If you place the heads directly on the grates, make sure you clean the grates thoroughly before cooking.
Flipping the Brussels sprouts
Unlike broccoli, carrots, or other veggies, you won’t be able to flip the Brussels sprouts. Instead, use an oven mitt or fireproof gloves to shake or toss them around in the pan.
Of course, this only works if you cook the veggies in a pan or a grilling basket. We prefer cooking our veggies in a pan because it’s easy to use and prevents them from falling through the grates.
Monitor The Brussel Sprouts
You don’t need a meat thermometer to know when the Brussels sprouts are done. Instead, use a fork and your eyesight to know when they are ready to eat.
When cooked perfectly, the sprouts will have a golden brown color and will be fork-tender. If it’s overcooked, it’ll be mushy and wilted.
Remove the Brussel Sprouts
Once cooked, remove them and serve immediately. As with meats, you don’t have to let them rest after grilling.
Instead, it’s essential to time the preparation of the veggies just right. Otherwise, the veggies will sit on the counter while you prepare the rest of the meal and become mushy.
I’ve found that cooking the meats first when the last 10-12 minutes before the rest of the meal is done, I start preparing the veggies.
How Long Does It Take to Cook Brussel Sprouts On A Pit Boss?
Ask anyone how they like their Brussels sprouts grilled, and you’ll get several answers. I’ve found that they taste best when they have a crisp-tender texture.
So to get the perfect texture, it usually takes about 10 minutes or so at a temperature of 400-500° Fahrenheit.
That said, the time it takes to prepare them depends on the size of the sprouts, the amount, and the weather.
However, whenever I cook mine on the Pit Boss, it takes about 10-15 minutes. So the cooking time will vary from grill to grill.
How Do You Know When The Brussel Sprouts Are Cooked?
You’re not cooking the Brussels sprouts. There is no minimum internal temperature to reach. In fact, cruciferous veggies are safe to eat raw.
The downside to eating raw Brussels sprouts is it gives some people gas.
You’re just grilling until charred and fork tender. Meaning you can pierce it with a fork easily.
Best Pellets to Use For Grilling Brussel Sprouts On The Pit Boss?
Whenever cooking any vegetables on the Pit Boss, use mild flavored pellets such as apple, cherry, or the Pit Boss competition blend. The right flavored pellets come down to personal choice.
The veggies won’t be on the grill long enough for the pellets to affect the taste. You will still get a slight hint of smoke flavor, but the flavored pellets won’t matter much.
You can even burn whatever you have in your hopper when you’re ready to grill the sprouts.
What Sides to Serve With Brussel Sprouts?
Brussels sprouts pair well with pork, poultry, lamb, and beef. It makes the perfect side dish for any meal. The different ways to serve it are only limited by imagination and creativity.
Can I Cook Brussel Sprouts At The Same Time With Meat?
While it is possible, it’s best not to. It doesn’t take as long as cooking meat, so it’s best to throw it on the grill while the meat is resting.
What to Do With Leftovers?
Don’t throw it away; instead, store it in a shallow, air-tight container, plastic wrap, or foil and put it in the refrigerator. It will last up to 3-5 days, just don’t expect it to taste the same.
Tips and Tricks for Grilling Brussel Sprouts on the Pit Boss
- Cook Time: I want to stress the importance of cook time. Monitor the veggies closely, so it doesn’t overcook. Overcooked Brussels sprouts are still edible, but they will be mushy. Cook it until it has a little charred and caramelized look, and then it’s ready.
- Fresh Brussels Sprouts: Use fresh Brussels sprouts that are firm. Look for bright green heads with tightly packed leaves. Avoid sprouts with black spots, yellowing leaves, or look old. I prefer the smaller heads because they taste sweeter than the larger ones.
- Seasoning: We keep it simple and use olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper. But feel free to follow any recipe online and try different ways to season the veggie.
If you have a Pit Boss or any other pellet grill, consider roasting Brussels sprouts. Cooking the veggies over indirect heat at a medium to high temperature gives you a flavor you won’t get from the oven.
Next time you’re at the supermarket or farmers market, pick up fresh Brussels sprout heads and throw them on the grill. You’ll be amazed at how delicious it is.
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