All You Need To Know About Pit Boss P Setting | Detailed Guide

If you are a lover of grilling and love to have a grilled meal often or occasionally when friends and family are around, you must have a pit boss grill and smoker. This grilling product is undoubtedly the best in the market with the unique design and functions that it performs. And if you have this product, then you must be thinking about that “P” written setting option, which you might have noticed many times. Today, this article will inform you about the functions, usage, different levels, and all about the “P” setting.

What is P setting

In simple terms, “P” setting refers to the PAUSE function. Basically, you extend the span of time between each pellet cycle when you turn on the P setting. This setting is best fitted for different environments and conditions, like when grilling in chilled cold weather or preparing a meal when humidity is high and when you want to have a smoking setting.

We can say it is like a manual way to operate the change in the feeding cycle of the grill and boost or slow down the feeding of pellets to the firebox, which affects the functionality of grilling.

PROCEDURE OF USING “P” SETTING

After knowing what this is, we will have a click in our minds that how one can use it properly, so let’s discuss it. For using it, you should turn it on by clicking it with the help of a toothpick, ballpoint, or any sharp and narrower pointing tool, but a ballpoint is recommended.

DIFFERENT SETTING STYLES

P setting works like a manual way to operate your grilling food and maintain the auger feeding system on and off the system. There are different settings that range from P0 to P7, which all have different off timing but the same on timing. For example, P3 has an ON timing of 18 seconds, which means the setting will be feeding the firebox with pellets for 18 seconds, and this setting has an OFF timing of 100 seconds which reflects that the system will not operate for 100 seconds the grill will be paused for 100 seconds. This is actually the concept of  P setting.

Here, the moderate setting considered best is P4 which runs for 18 seconds and takes a break of 115 seconds. There is a table showing different settings with their respective timing of on and off.

Pit boss setting

ON (SECONDS)

OFF(SECONDS)

P0

18

55

P1

18

70

P2

18

85

P3

18

100

P4

18

115

P5

18

130

P6

18

140

P7                      

18

150

As you can see, whenever the setting is increasing, the pause frequency is also increasing while the running time of 18 seconds is the same at each level of setting.

For instance, suppose that you set the barbecue to its most reduced setting to smoke a pork butt, yet it is 30 degrees outside and a piece windy, and the barbecue is battling a touch of intensity misfortune. Rather than expanding the barbecue’s temperature by utilizing the temperature dial and ruining the meat, you bring down the P Setting to P3, which turns the drill on for 18 seconds and off for just 100 seconds, versus to P4, which turns the drill on for 18 seconds however off for a more drawn out 155 seconds.

So recommended temperature can vary according to weather and the place where you are cooking.

USAGE OF “P” SETTING IN SMOKE FEATURE  

The grill can be utilized for smoking meat, and also it consists of a preset setting for cooking at lower temperatures and smoke yield when cooking smoky food. This setting is also the cycling mode for initiating the grill.

The owners of this product can safely, without any hazard, initiate the grill and smokers while using smoke made, which will provide nice and correct required heat to the firepot.

Smoke mode sets the setting on the factory default level of P4, which then puts the auger system into a manual way where pellets are fed and are on for 18 seconds and off for 115 seconds.

SMOKE MODE TO ACHIEVE MORE SMOKE FLAVOR AND LESSER HEAT

To achieve a pleasant smoke flavor in your meat, you should have to let your meal get in touch with smoke. Exposing the meat to smoke will add up the smokey flavor in it and will provide a mouth-watering smokey dish ready to consume.

For this purpose, the P setting should have to be increased to a higher level where the gap in between every pellet cycle is large, so that much of the time, the meal in a grill is absorbing the smoke as if the pellet cycle is set at a lower grade the pause time will also be less which mean more frequently the heat will be given.

Fundamentally, you are increasing the period between every pellet cycle, keeping the inner temperature lower, and letting the meat sit in the grill longer so that smoke flavor can be added.

SMOKE MODE TO ACHIEVE MUCH HEAT BUT LESS SMOKE

So as of now, we have come to know that P setting is an auger pause process in between the pellet feeding cycle to achieve a favorable temperature for your meat.

This setting can also be utilized for less smoke flavor and for much heat provided if needed. We just have to set the setting at a lower grade, say P2 OR P3, which will provide less pause to the meat, reducing the smoke and continuously providing heat at a great pace.

USAGE OF “P” SETTING WITH A TEMPERATURE DIAL

The P setting is also used when you wish for higher-temperature cooking.  When the temperature dial is all set to heat at a temperature from 300-400 degrees F, the by itself feeds the firepot with pellets when the desired heat temperature is met.

It is like if you set the preset temperature at, say, for instance, 360o F  when the heat is continuously given, and the grill reaches a temperature of 360o, then by itself, the P setting will start, and the pellet feeding cycle will be in initiated. The grill is designed like this to facilitate its users.

PIT BOSS GRILLS WHICH CONSIST OF P SETTING

  • The original pro series
  • The Austin xl
  • The pit boss sportsman series
  • Pit Boss’ including the 700FB , 820 FB, and 1000SC
  • The pit boss navigator series

Final words

Finally, the P setting in pit boss is nothing but a pause setting where the pellet feeding cycle is adjusted according to different levels, which then stops and continues the process of heating according to the schedule set against every level from P0 to P7.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why I have to set the pit boss “p” setting on different levels?

This is because setting the setting on different levels gives a different taste to your meal preparation. As if you are cooking a  meal that you want to have a smoke flavor, you will be setting the p setting on a higher grade so that it may have a longer pause, and meat can interact with smoke for a longer period of time.