Traeger Grill Model TFB42LZBC Lil Tex Review

Traeger Grill Model TFB42LZBC Lil Tex Review
Written by Alyssia Walmsley

In the 1980s, Traeger sparked a different way of smoking and grilling meat in place of the conventional propane or charcoal grill when they introduced the use of wood pellets in grilling. This review focuses on the best grills from Traeger and will help you figure out the one you need.

Traeger TFB42LZBC Lil Tex

If you want to experience the best wood pellet grilled flavor you may not have tasted anywhere else, the Traeger TFB42LZBC is an easy grill and smoker that is worth the try. You now have the chance of leaving behind the trouble of charcoal lighting and move on to convenient grilling.


An excellent feature of this Traeger grill is that it is versatile. It performs wonderfully on low and slow cooking as well as hot and fast grilling. You can use it for grilling, braising, among others.

In addition to its versatility, the grill is big enough to take care of your needs right away, whether home-based or commercial. Its grilling capacity is 418 square inches, so it can grill up to 16 burgers, 5 racks of ribs, or 4 whole chickens.

To help keep the temperatures of the grill within +/- 20 degrees F, it has a built-in digital elite controller.

Who Should Use This Grill?

Medium and large families – this grill is huge enough to cook food for a big group of people. So, if you want to prepare food with a smoky flavor for your gatherings and clean it up fast afterwards, this is the grill for you.

Business people – you can also use this grill if you are running a business. Even if you are just planning a small business and thinking about buying a smaller capacity grill, time will come when your business will expand and grow. Because of this, it is recommended that you purchase a grill that is as huge as the Traeger TFB42LZBC.


  • Electronic ignition for easy start
  • Food is cooked evenly
  • Great for a variety of foods
  • Smoky smell and flavor
  • There is a tray at the bottom for easy grease draining
  • Perfect for hot and fast grilling as well as slow and low cooking
  • Safe to grill


  • Power bill may go up if you use it often because the grill runs on electricity
  • You cannot use the grill when the power goes out


Everything about the Traeger TFB42LZBC is great. Although there are a few drawbacks, you can manage it if you are a dedicated user. As matter of fact, if you love grilling, you can explore the big size of the unit and share the fun of grilling with your loved ones. The price of this grill is in line with the wide of benefits that it offers.

Traeger TFB65LZBC Texas Elite

The Traeger TFB65LZBC has even larger grilling capacity to accommodate all your grilling needs at one go. In fact, it has one of the largest grilling areas available in the market. With 600 inches of grilling capacity, your whole family and guests will surely enjoy the food you will prepare for them using the Texas Elite.


This grill has an automatic start ignition. You do not have to place your hand in the ignition and use a match to light it. With just an easy flick on the on/switch, the grill will get up to your desired temperature quickly. The wood pellets will be smoking within a few minutes.

The huge grilling space is split up into racks wherein you can cook directly into the heat, but there is also an area where you can keep the food warm without burning. It is perfect for grilling up to 6 whole chickens, 9 racks of smoked ribs, 24 burgers, or 32 hot dogs. Because of its large interior, you can cook your entire meal, from the main course to the side dishes, at the same time.

With the Digital Elite Controller feature, you have complete control on how you cook your meals using the Traeger TFB65LZBC. If you want it low and slow, you can turn it to the “Smoke” setting. For hot and fast grilling, you can set the temperature up to 450 degrees F. the Monitor temperature settings via the LED display.

This grill is portable, thanks to its wheels with locking casters. The durable wheels make it easy for you to glide this grill anywhere and the locking casters will keep it firm when parked and in use.

The Traeger TFB65LZBC also features porcelain grill grates. You can now grill any saucy rib racks without worrying about cleaning because its surface is non-stick, which makes it easy to clean.


  • Easy to use
  • Easy to disassemble for cleaning
  • Versatile with huge grilling capacity
  • Has dual meat-probe options for easy monitoring
  • Low maintenance
  • Durable
  • Superior quality
  • Has wheels with locking casters


  • Quite expensive for average buyers


If you have been grilling for many years now and have not owned the Traeger TFB65LZBC Texas Elite, you have been missing a lot. While it is more expensive than other grills, its quality is unmatched. For smoking and grilling with the juiciest and best-tasting food, you can never go wrong with this grill.

Traeger TFB29PLB Bronson

With some added features, the Traeger TFB29PLB Bronson is an upgrade of the Traeger Junior pellet grill. It has a great shape, design, and assembly, which will suit both professional and amateur home chefs. Its small size is perfect for those who have a small backyard or for those who do not want immobile or bulky grills.


The Traeger TFB29PLB is easy to work with. You can start it with just a single push of a button. Unlike the conventional grill, you do not have to use gas, lighter fluid, or fire. It has an electronic ignition that automatically starts it by pushing the on/off button. Once you start it, you just have to adjust it to the right temperature and make sure the grill has enough pellets.

This grill has a Digital Thermostat, which is a great feature to allow you to grill without having to check it all the time. There is no need to always monitor if your food is burning, undercooked, or overcooked. You can adjust the temperature of the grill, so it automatically controls the pellets and airflow to make sure that it maintains a constant temperature all throughout.

Using this grill, you can do all sorts of cooking that an oven can do. You can use the Traeger TFB29PLB not just for smoking and grilling, but also for roasting, baking, and braising.

You will have a fun and trouble-free cooking experience with this grill. Once you put the food in it, most of the grease and drippings go into the drainage system that is installed within the grill. This means you do not have to do a vigorous cleaning when you are done grilling. Plus, it has grill grates that are porcelain-coated steel for rust protection and easy cleaning.


  • Compact
  • With drainage system for easy cleaning
  • Has oversized plastic wheels for easy moving
  • Cooks food evenly
  • Durable


  • No meat probe option


The Traeger brand is recognized for its quality, dependability, and durability, and the TFB29PLB Bronson is not an exception. Because of its tires and small design, you will find this grill easy to carry and move around. For a cheaper price than other models, you will have a great grilling experience with it. Although not as high quality as the abovementioned options, the features of the Traeger TFB29PLB Bronson is worth the money you invest on.

About the author

Alyssia Walmsley

Alyssia is a Cornell University graduate of 2003 and a former lead technology development manager for Microsoft and Cisco Networking Systems. Between writing on her blog, Blubbr, she likes adventures and chocolate sprinkles.

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