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The following product reviews are personal opinions from our customers and do not reflect the official stance of Big Poppa Smokers.
(Posted on 11/23/2018)
Alright, so about a year and a half ago I spent hours and weeks researching pellet grills and decided on the 2 Star General as it had the best controller of all the units I looked at. I had read about other products needing countless firmware updates to correct problems with their operation or ot... read full review
(Posted on 7/1/2018)
I had searched for a year after I bought my Camp Chef WoodWind Pellet grill as I knew I made a mistake after I bought the Camp Chef. Using the Camp Chef grill for almost a year, I was finding temperaute swings of 50degrees. My food was cooking to fast and over cooking, not to mention a slew of other... read full review
(Posted on 5/15/2018)
My brother bought a traguer and it broke in less then 6 months I really did my home work before i bought . very pleased with Mak 2 Star and Bigpappa 5 star is not enough they are a TEN all the way
(Posted on 2/10/2017)
I have now owned my 2 star for 2 years and have loved it since day 1. I live in S.California so mostly warm-hot weather and use my MAK at least every other week much more during summer smoking everything from cheese/nuts/spices to 15lb briskets. Now there have been some issues that arose once with... read full review
Alright, so about a year and a half ago I spent hours and weeks researching pellet grills and decided on the 2 Star General as it had the best controller of all the units I looked at. I had read about other products needing countless firmware updates to correct problems with their operation or others that did not have a feedback loop from inside the grill area to precisely control the heat. I was looking to buy a grill that would REMOVE the skill from smoking meat, not make me a beta tester for an unrefined product. I can happily say that after over a year of ownership I am extremely happy with my purchase. The 2 Star General works exceedingly well for what it was designed. It gives outstanding results and is truly plug and play. One tip - if you intend to grill with direct head (at high heat) with the Flame Zone covers removed you should heat the grill to your desired temperature and saturate the grill with heat BEFORE you put anything on to cook. If you can afford this unit you will not regret the purchase. (Posted on 11/23/2018)
I had searched for a year after I bought my Camp Chef WoodWind Pellet grill as I knew I made a mistake after I bought the Camp Chef. Using the Camp Chef grill for almost a year, I was finding temperaute swings of 50degrees. My food was cooking to fast and over cooking, not to mention a slew of other problems. I was very dissapointed with the CC and knew I wanted something else.
So I began to look for better pellet grills and my searches landed me on to a Yoder Pellet grill and then I found MAK grills and my searches ended. I had found many reviews on how good the MAK grills are and how close to a stick burner they are and they are right. I bought my MAK 2 Star from BPS and everything went smoothly. Anthony Gonzales was great and answered all my questions and he was super fast at getting my questions answered. I am totally happy with the MAK 2 Star, best grill I have ever owned. I made ribs last weekend for the first time on the new MAK and they were fantastic, I had made a few other things, but ribs are my favorite thing to make on the pellet grill. My wife said they were the best ribs I had made yet and that is not a joke!!! I used BPS Money and I was super impressed with the rub. I had heard it was a great rub and I have to agree with the great reviews finally getting to use it, just great stuff. This was the first time I have made ribs and felt they did not need sauce. That is a first for me as I am a sauce fanatic, my ribs are usually drenched in sauce, but again the flavor was so good between the Hickory smoke (BBQ’s Delight Hickory Pellets) and the Money Rub, no sauce was needed.
The grill worked flawlessly, temps stayed right on the mark and there was tons of smoke flavor. This grill is light years better than the Camp Chef, I don’t know how else to put it. I cannot recommend the MAK 2 Star General enough. The MAKS may be a few more bucks over the cheap Chinese competitors, but if you want a solid grill that is built to last and has one of the best computers on the market. The grill is feature rich so you have many cooking options, not to mention some really cool features. It even has a restart feature if the fire pot should go out, that is pretty awesome!
Be sure to keep the MAK on your short list, you will not be disappointed if you decide to join the MAK family. Happy Smokin!! (Posted on 7/1/2018)
My brother bought a traguer and it broke in less then 6 months I really did my home work before i bought . very pleased with Mak 2 Star and Bigpappa 5 star is not enough they are a TEN all the way (Posted on 5/15/2018)
I have now owned my 2 star for 2 years and have loved it since day 1. I live in S.California so mostly warm-hot weather and use my MAK at least every other week much more during summer smoking everything from cheese/nuts/spices to 15lb briskets. Now there have been some issues that arose once with my pellet boss and twice with temperature probes which is definitely an inconvenience, but I must say both BPS and MAK have some of the BEST customer service I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Being that the smoking/food/BBQ business is there niche, there's no run around with questions responses/fixes are to the point. Both my pellet boss and probes were replaced under warranty and mailed out quickly. I have seen reviews of people complaining about the searing aspects of the MAK as well as other pellet s, but imho this is a smoker, use it as one and you'll never go wrong, buy a grill to sear. I consistently buy different wood pellets every month 20-40#s ($18-35) keep them stored in 5 gallon homer buckets with lid and I always have fresh pellets on hand with what ever flavor combination I could want. The 2 star is one of my favorite investments and if you get into 12-24hr smoking sessions, but need to maintain a regular job and family not just a full ice chest :) you cannot go wrong with the MAK!! 1 more shout out to MAK and BPS customer service YOUR AWESOME!!! (Posted on 2/10/2017)
This pellet smoker is amazing. It can do long BBQ cooks, grill, sear, and even act as an outdoor oven. The food is consistently good every time, my family loves it. I have really enjoyed the versatility of this pellet grill as well. The temp control system is really cool and makes it fool proof. The price put me off at first, but I know I will have this bbq grill for a long time. I also like that this smoker is made in the USA. (Posted on 7/30/2015)
Spending this much money on a pellet smoker was hard at first, but once I started using my MAK I was blown away at the quality and ease of use. I got the upper half rack and the searing grate. I like that this smoker can grill or smoke, the food is amazing. (Posted on 4/7/2015)
I've had a 2 Star for almost two and a half years and it has been hands down the easiest to use and most reliable cooker I've ever used.
Just by virtue of the fact that you can turn this on, set your temperature, and go back to watching TV gives me reason enough to recommend this to all of my friends. Not to mention it gives everything great flavor! (Posted on 3/13/2015)
We love our MAK grill so much we bought two.This is our everyday cooker. Turn it on set the temp and MAKe great food. from low and slow to high heat chicken. It is the best!
Neat add on accessories too (Posted on 2/6/2015)