Z GRILLS Review: ZPG 10002E 8-in1 Wood Pellet Grill

by Chris Johns | Updated: September 26, 2020

Z GRILLS ZPG 10002E Review

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This is a review of the new Z GRILLS ZPG 10002E Pellet Smoker.

There are a couple of things about the Z GRILLS that set it apart from the competitors and some cool things that I really like about this smoker.

This is a stainless steel pellet smoker from Z GRILLS. If you’re not familiar with pellet smoking, essentially, it gives you all the convenience of a gas grill but all the smoke flavor of the true fire smoker. And how it does that is it works just like every other smoker grill combo.

It has a hopper that you fill with pellets and an auger motor that feeds the pellets into the middle of the grill. Then, it basically has a mini fire in there that creates smoke and convection action, and that’s how your food is cooked. It essentially works just like every other pellet smoker on the market.

So, what makes it different? Why would you go with a Z GRILLS type product?

Well, there are a couple of features about this BBQ smoker that really set this thing apart.

One, they’ve added a stainless-steel hood option which is very nice. The advantage of the stainless steel is it looks very nice and a personal preference. Also, the stainless steel will be a little bit more durable than a powder-coated finish.

Two, what sets Z GRILLS apart from every other competitor in this category and price range will be the amount of cooking space. Z GRILLS is a relatively affordable pellet smoker, but usually, you don’t get a ton of cooking space when you go into these affordable pellet smokers. Z GRILLS has done the opposite here.

They call it an 8-in-1 because you’re able to grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and barbecue with this type of grill. This saves you space on your patio or balcony since you only need one device to do it all.

Z GRILLS ZPG 10002E Grill Tiers

This model has three tiers of cooking space, and that’s why it’s called the 1000, as it has over 1000 square inches of cooking space.

The tiers are removable, and that’s nice if you don’t need to be using all that space. You can take them out and then just have the large grilling area. You can have as much cooking real estate as you want, and that’s nice when you’re cooking for a family of four; you can take it all out of there, and you’re set.

If you’re having a big old party and you need all that extra real estate, and you’re going to put 50 burgers on, you can make it happen with the 1060 sq inch cooking area.

It comes with an automatic igniter for precise temperature control and consistent cooking temperature. The digital temperature control dial is easy to use, so you can start up and cool down pretty easily, and it can maintain a temperature range of 180 f to 450 f.

It has a nice big hopper capacity. It allows you to cook for about 20 hours with 20 lbs. of hardwood pellets.

What’s pretty sweet about this model that I like is it does have a front shelf that is retractable. If you want to get that up out of the way, you can, but then if you want to use it, you can set it back down, and then you have it as a front shelf.

It also comes with a bottom storage shelf standard too. It also comes with an accessory rack on the side so you can hang your grilling tools on it. There are also convenient handles on both sides for moving the grill around.

Overall, I would say this is a really well-designed pellet smoker, and just that extra cooking space alone is a really nice feature.

Z GRILLS ZPG 10002E Drip Pan

It also has one of the most really unique things I’ve ever seen on a pellet smoker. On the back, it has a full removable drip pan. I have not seen this in a pellet smoker and think it’s a pretty cool design.

The biggest problem that many people have with a pellet smoker, regardless of the brand or design, is if you’re not cleaning your pellet smoker very frequently, you get grease buildup. If grease builds up on the drip pan, you’re eventually going to get a grease fire. That’s unavoidable with any pellet smoker unless you’re really diligent about cleaning it.

So, what many people will do is cover the drip pan with aluminum foil. All you have to do is pull the aluminum foil off, and you have a nice clean drip pan, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning it or grease buildup.

Often, you get a lot of grease and ash buildup in the unit’s bottom because the burn pot is constantly blowing ash and grease up.

The bottom pulls completely out on this model, which is a great feature for cleaning that bottom area. I’ve rarely seen pellet smokers with a full false bottom like this.

I would recommend covering both the drip pan and the bottom pan with foil to make both of them really easy to clean. I don’t think there would be a pellet smoker that’s easier to clean than this one. The removable drip pan is really a game-changer for cleaning your pellet smoker. I really like this feature a lot.

So, the question is, why would you ever buy a Z GRILL? Should you buy a Z GRILLS ZPG-10002E?

The answer is yes. Why do I say that?

Z GRILLS’ niche is providing great value without sacrificing quality.

For an outdoor grill that will give you 1000 square inches of cooking space, I don’t think there’s something better out there for the dollar.

What you’re getting is a grill with over 1000 square inches of cooking space, auto temperature control, a retractable front shelf, and a cover for an extremely affordable price.

That being said, of course, there are higher-end grills out there that are gonna offer a thousand square inches of grilling area and more, but you’re certainly going to pay for them.

Z GRILLS tend to be about 1/3 of the price of their competitors, so you’re getting an extremely affordable product that has a good warranty, and you’re not going to have to make a huge investment.

So, if you’re on a budget or just dipping your toes into the pellet grill category and not sure if you’re ready to take a huge plunge and make a big investment, the Z GRILLS ZPG-10002E is a great grill to get started with.

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Chris Johns is the founder of The BBQ Report® and has been an avid barbecue fan for over 20 years. His mission is to make grilling and smoking the best food possible easy for everyone. And each year, he continues to help more people with grilling, smoking, and barbecue recipe recommendations.