Yoder Smokers YS480/YS640 Direct Grilling Setup | Product Roundup by All Things Barbecue


– Hey everyone, I’m Chef Tom
with All Things Barbecue. Today I’m gonna be showing
you the direct grilling capabilities of Yoder Smokers
YS480 and YS640 pellet grills. So our favorite thing about
the Yoder Smokers line of pellet grills is that you can
direct grill on them with ease We get people asking us all the time, “can this unit replace my
gas or my charcoal grill?” And the answer is yes,
without a doubt the YS480 or the YS640 can replace
your current grill and give you more versatility. The wood pellets create a
flavor that’s unmatched by any grill I’ve had the
pleasure of cooking on and the ease of use is unbeatable. Let’s break down the
standard grilling setup. First we remove the standard grates. You can see that the second
shelf has already been removed and then remove the diffuser. In place of the standard
grates we will place three grill grates in that position. Interlocking them in their grooves. Then fill the rest of the
grill with the standard grates. Now you’re ready to grill. It’s really that simple. This setup is perfect for
90% of the direct grilling that you’ll be doing. From burgers and brats
to steaks, pork chops, tenderloins, and more. And this setup goes
from zero to 400 degrees in about 15 minutes. This means you can use your
Yoder Smokers Pellet Grill for those last minute meals. Just like you would
your gas grill but with all the wood fired flavor. The Yoder Smokers Pellet
Grills go up to 600 degrees for high heat searing. What that means with the
grill grates in place is over 800 degrees at the grate. Due to the heat absorption
and radiating properties of the anodized aluminum grill grates, combined with the ability
to remove the diffuser plate and expose the grill
grates to the direct fire. Which is unthinkable
on most pellet grills. Now if you watch our recipe
videos, you’ve seen the grill grates in action
a lot and that’s because it’s our favorite direct grilling surface out of anything that we sell. They reduce flare-ups and put more flavor back into the food as the fats and oils cook back up into the meat. For those large gatherings
when you need more space for a large direct grilled meal, you can simply add three
more grill grates to your YS640 and you have 640 square
inches of grilling space. One thing to remember is
that without the diffuser in place, the grill will be cooler on the right hand side. Which will allow you to take
advantage of an indirect cooking space while still
getting the benefits of the grill grates. One other area where the
grill grates are amazing is when you need to grill a lot of food. Like, chicken wings or burgers and they all need to be
done at the same time. In this instance we will
actually place the diffuser back on the grill, set it to 400
degrees at the controller and give it a few minutes to heat up. Once you’re up to temperature
you can cook a grill full of food without worrying
about large temperature differences across the surface. I hope this gives you a
solid understanding of what the Yoder Smokers YS
series can do as a direct grill. Now, as always if you have any
questions about these grills or any of the other Yoder
Smokers products that we carry do not hesitate to
get in touch with our team. All Things Barbecue. Where barbecue legends are made.

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