Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Pellet Smoker Review: It Will Help You Become a Pit-master

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The Lowdown

The Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Pellet Smoker packs 1,322 inches of cooking space on five porcelain-coated racks in a relatively portable size. The smoker is built on four easy to maneuver wheels, making it easy to use and store wherever convenient. The 5-in-1 cooking system has a temperature range from 150°F-420°F, which should cover any cooking situation.

Overall
5

Pros

  • A large amount of cooking space for the price
  • Small footprint, and it’s moveable
  • Hopper holds a huge amount of pellets

Cons

  • As a wish-list item, I would like to be able to connect to it  over WiFi to manage temperatures
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One of my favorite hobbies is smoking meats, and in Texas, we do it all year long. I have used several pellet grills, but all of them are in a traditional grill layout. Pit Boss recently allowed me to try one of their upright smokers. The Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Pellet Smoker is my first upright experience.

The Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Pellet Smoker packs 1,322 inches of cooking space on five porcelain-coated racks in a relatively portable size. The smoker is built on four easy to maneuver wheels, making it easy to use and store wherever convenient. The 5-in-1 cooking system has a temperature range from 150°F-420°F, which should cover any cooking situation.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

Assembly of the Pro Series 4 is straightforward and easy to follow. If you have skills with a screwdriver, there should be no problems. The entire process took me just under 45 minutes, and I was following instructions carefully and not getting in a hurry.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

Most of the assembly involves getting the bottom of the smoker put together, and it is quite simple to do.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

Once assembled, take off all stickers and tape and follow the instructions to prime the pellets and do the initial burn-in. The instructions are easy to follow.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

The Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Pellet Smoker has a huge amount of cooking space. The racks can be removed and moved around to fit just about anything. I plan on doing several briskets next month, and the Pro Series-4 will be perfect.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

The hopper holds a whopping 45 pounds of pellets, which should allow for 50 hours of smoking at 250°. I cannot imagine what I could smoke that would take 50 hours, but the capacity is nice to have. As you can see, there is a window to check pellet levels, and you can also see that I did not have a full 45 pounds available with which to fill it.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

Once the initial burn-in is complete and the smoker cools, it is ready to go. The instructions included will walk you through start-up, but it is pretty simple. Always start the smoker with the door open. You will hear a fan and pellets dropping into the burn pot. Smoke will begin to appear after a couple of minutes then will really pick up. At this point, the fan will begin to race, and the smoke will kind of blow out. Now you can close the door and let the smoker reach the desired temperature. Make sure to add water in the pan above the heat source. From what I read, it will produce some steam circulating through the cooking chamber and help regulate temperatures.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

I did two cooks the first day to run the Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Pellet Smoker through its paces. First up was some pork country-style ribs and Pollok’s Polish sausage. I followed that up with a beef shoulder roast, which went for about six hours.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

After the first cook, I did clean the grill grates and vacuumed the burn pot. I have to say that the nature of the vertical smoker makes for quick and easy cleanup. I generally clean the ashes and burn pot out between every cook to ensure there are no issues. The digital controller is super easy to use and see, and the provided temperature probe ensured my meat temps were perfect.

Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Smoker

The Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Pellet Smoker is a lot of bang for your buck. The 1,322 square inches of cooking space is more than enough to take care of a large family or a party. My family raved about the final meat products; the meats were cooked to perfection, juicy, and had a great smoke ring. I love the small footprint and the wheels, as does my wife when I store it in the garage. The Pro Series-4 is a welcomed member of my outdoor cooking lineup.

The Pit Boss Pro Series 4 Vertical Pellet Smoker sells for $399; it is available from Lowes and other retailers, including Amazon.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I like: A large amount of cooking space for the price; Small footprint, and it’s moveable; Hopper holds a huge amount of pellets

What could be improved: As a wish-list item, I would like to be able to connect to it over WiFi to manage temperatures

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About the Author

Travis Ehrlich
Travis is a high school teacher and coach in a small South Texas town. His love for gadgets began at a very early age, and he has been a cross between a jock and a geek for most of his life. He has two boys and a wonderful wife who lets him be a gadget freak. He is a Mac convert and has drank the whole pitcher of kool-aid! He is also an avid guitar player and loves the outdoors, especially hunting with both a bow and rifle.