Breakfast—the most important meal of the day. What could possibly make breakfast food any better? Whipping it up on your MAK Grill of course! Making breakfast on your pellet grill is undeniably the best way to spend your morning. If you’ve never had an early morning grill session, we highly recommend giving it a go. There’s just something indescribably therapeutic about watching the smoke roll out of your grill as the sun slowly makes its way into the sky. You’ll also get to enjoy some cool morning air, along with a little peace and quiet before the rest of the household wakes up.
There are endless breakfast options that can be cooked up on your MAK—french toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, pancakes, sausage, bacon, potatoes, omelets, etc. All made possible with a little help from our nifty accessory, the griddle! We’ve included steps on how to prepare a classic breakfast favorite on your MAK: pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage. Let’s get cookin’!
The first thing you’ll want to do is turn your grill on and preheat to 375F. Once it comes to temperature, go ahead and start laying out your bacon on the back grill rack because we’ll be using the griddle for eggs and pancakes. Our favorite types of bacon are hickory and peppered, but feel free to experiment with different bacon types/pellet smoke combos. You may happen upon a winner! (not that there are any losers when it comes to bacon)
Along with your bacon, you’ll want to lay out your sausage patties on the back grate. You can get pre-prepared patties at your local grocery store or make your own from scratch. If you’re not using pre-cooked patties, USDA recommends cooking to an internal temperature of 160F. We love a good maple or zesty hot sausage, but again, feel free to try out different types. No matter what you choose, you’re sure to get great results; your MAK grill will make sure of it!
Our aluminum griddle is the perfect tool for preparing breakfast foods on your MAK. Aluminum cookware does a great job at spreading heat evenly and browning your food just right (also known as the Maillard reaction). The one thing we do recommend when using the griddle is to either coat the surface in cooking oil or butter. This helps make sure your food doesn’t stick and create a crispy mess.
While the bacon and sausage sizzle away, you can go ahead and crack open your eggs. There are different techniques for preparing eggs. If you like them sunny side up, simply let your eggs cook until the whites and yolk are no longer clear. If you’re looking to fry them up, simply let one side cook and then flip them to get an even browning on both sides. If scrambled eggs are more your jam, crack a few eggs onto the griddle and use your spatula to scramble them up. Whichever way you prefer, your MAK is sure to deliver.
At this point, your bacon and sausage should be just about done. Once your breakfast meats have reached your desired crispness, remove them from the grill and place on a plate. Also, remove your eggs and either place on the same or a different plate (if you’re one of those who doesn’t like when your food touches). We recommend laying a paper towel over everything or placing them in a bowl with a lid instead, to help keep them warm while you cook the rest of the food.
Once you’ve finished cooking your eggs and breakfast meats, it’s time for the pancakes. You want to use a soup ladle or 1/4 cup to add the batter to the griddle. If you try pouring the batter straight from the bowl, you may have very oddly shaped pancakes of varying sizes and thicknesses. You can cook more bacon and sausage while the pancakes brown, depending on the number of people you’re cooking for.
General Tip: Add blueberries or chocolate chips during this step to spice up your pancakes.
This step can be tricky for a few different reasons. When it comes to figuring out when to flip your pancakes, a clear indicator is when the batter starts to bubble. Using your spatula, you’ll slide it under your pancakes and peek to see if it’s finished browning. If they’ve reached that perfect golden brown color, you can go ahead and flip them over. Now, this is where disaster often strikes… We get how tempting it can be to get fancy with your flipping and try to get a little air on them. We certainly won’t tell you how to live your life or crush your pancake flipping dreams, but we will recommend low, quick flips for best results.
After you’ve finished cooking up the last of your pancakes and breakfast meats, it’s time for the final and best step of them all. Smother your pancakes with butter, fresh berries, your favorite syrup and then dig in!
Who doesn’t love fluffy, golden brown breakfast cakes? They’re easy to make, easy to cook and extremely easy to consume! Although cooking pancakes seems pretty straightforward, there’s always room for error. We don’t want your pancakes to be just ok… We want them to be so outstanding that the local diner around the corner will be begging you for your secrets.
We know how tempting it is to continually mix and work the batter until every single clump is gone. Resist the urge! The more you work the batter, the more gluten develops, resulting in a much denser pancake. Of course, if you’re wanting a thick and chewy pancake then mix away! But if you’re looking for a light and fluffy texture, then only mix until the dry ingredients have melded with the wet ones. We promise the lumps won’t affect the quality.
Once all the ingredients are combined, give the batter about 10-20 minutes to rest. This allows time for the gluten that was activated during the mixing to relax. It also allows time for the starch molecules in the flour to absorb the liquid in the batter, which should ultimately help you avoid runny pancakes.
General Tip: Mix the pancake batter and let it rest while your grill preheats to be more efficient!
Flipping pancakes is unarguable the most enjoyable part of the whole process. We know everyone secretly wants to be that person that can execute a flawless triple flip. No matter how tempting, we strongly recommend that you resist the urge to continuously flip your pancakes. Flipping too often can cause them to deflate, which leaves you with a sad lumpy mess…
The MAK Griddle is made from hand-welded 6061-T6 Aircraft aluminum with a Hard Anodized finish. It can be used on both the One-Star General and Two-Star General grills. It’s great for preparing vegetables (asparagus spears, broccoli, etc.), steak, fried chicken, baked beans, breakfast foods, and countless other foods. We created this accessory due to an overwhelming amount of customer feedback and requests. We love when our pellethead community tells us what they need or gives us advice on how we could make their pellet grilling experience better. That being said, we’re always open to feedback and product requests, so if you have anything on your mind, let us know!