Until Ninja sent me this Woodfire Outdoor Grill, I had pretty much stopped cooking outdoors. We haven’t had a gas bbq for years and I can’t be bothered to fire up the charcoal grill just to make 2 pieces of salmon. Our space is tight and I don’t want it dominated by a huge BBQ. Already a devoted Ninja fan, I was very intrigued.

What Is This Thing?

Billed as an outdoor smoker/grill, it does so much more than that. Its integrated smoke box works with the convection fan to allow you to get as close to an actual wood fire smoker as you can get. You use 100% wood pellets to give an authentic smoky flavour. It has multiple functions so you can use it for tons of things. The seven functions on the knob are grill, smoker, roast, bake, dehydrate, air crisp and broil.

Just to the right of the knob, there is a button that says “Woodfire Flavor Technology.” Press this button if you’d like to add smoky flavour to any of the cooking modes outside of the “Smoker” mode on the dial. When in “Smoker” mode, the pellets in the pellet cup will be ignited automatically, but in the other modes this button will need to be pressed to ignite the pellets.

This appliance is a game changer for those of us who only have a balcony or tiny patio. As long as you have access to power, you can take it anywhere.

What’s In The Box?

First of all, it’s super easy to assemble and start using right away. I had to screw on the handles (everything included), slip the grease tray in and slap on the grill pan. My outdoor extension cord meets the specifications laid out in the user manual, so that was easy enough. Ninja also sent along the stand that is made specifically for the Woodfire Grill but it could easily sit on any table or other surface as long as it is not right up against anything at the back. I also got the cover for it but it says that you can keep iit outdoors year-round. Personally, I will keep it covered.

The Ninja Woodfire Deets

  • +Powered by electricity
  • +Portable and compact
  • +Cooks faster than estimated times
  • +Seven different cooking functions in one
  • +Includes an air fryer basket and two wood pellet bags
  • Fuel type: Electric, woodfire pellets
  • Weight: 30.62 lbs.
  • Dimensions: H 13.31 in, W 18.58 in, D 23.62 in
  • Cooking area: 141 sq. in.
  • Cord length: 4 ft.
Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill

The control panel is placed front and center on the base, with a dial that turns on the power and lets you select one of seven cooking functions (Grill, Smoker, Air Crisp, Bake, Roast, Broil, Dehydrate); a Woodfire Flavor Technology button for injecting additional smoke into your food; Temperature and Time buttons; and a Start/Stop button. Setting your times and temps is easy and the machine tells you when it’s preheated and time to add the food.

Pros

Great for bar smaller, urban apartments and condos due to its compact size and the fact that it uses electricity instead of propane. many buildings have outlawed propane and charcoal grills.

Has a bigger interior space than either of my indoor air fryers. I can make a bigger batch of air fried food than I can in either of my indoor air fryers.

You can adjust the time and temperature during your cook, which is handy, especially when you are first using it.

Way more versatile than a small BBQ as It also works as a mini oven. You can roast a small chicken and bake things like brownies, bread and cakes etc. I love not having to heat up the kitchen in the summer.

Very easy to use, clear instructions in the guide.

You can use any real wood pellets meant for smoking although the Ninja guide will say only to use their branded pellets.

This thing is very sturdy and well-built, like all of my other Ninja appliances.

Cons

If you want to do longer cooks like brisket or pork shoulders, you should invest in a good digital meat thermometer with a probe because, as I said, I find the provided times are too long for my preferences.

Not as large of a cooking surface as a traditional grill so if you are cooking for more than 4-6, you might have to cook in batches

smoking – pellets seem to last about 45 minutes so if you are planning to smoke something for hours, you might have to play with adding more pellets

My Thoughts on the Ninja Woodfire Grill

So far I have made grilled jerk chicken using the grill function with added smoke, I have air-fried a bunch of things, and I use it to cook my frozen Porta pizzas so I don’t have to turn on my oven. I also did some chicken kofta sliders using the grill function without smoke. My preference is for a light smoky taste so I have been playing with the wood pellets. Instead of a full scoop of pellets, I’ve been using 1/4 to 1/2 of a scoop. I haven’t had enough time to really play with it but I have smoked ribs, grilled lamb chops and salmon coming in the near future.

As with my other Ninja products – air fryer and Speedi, I also find that my food cooks faster than the times given in the sample recipes and charts. It might take some experimenting to find your perfect cook times. A good digital meat thermometer with a probe will make life much easier. Personally, I love this thing. It’s the perfect size for the three of us. The grill pan and the lid are easy to clean and I find myself using it more than I anticipated. I think I am using it as a mini oven and an air fryer as much as I am treating it as a smoker/outdoor grill.

Bottom line, is it’s perfect for my family and will get a ton of use year round. Ninja gifted me the grill and stand but, as always, my opinions are 100% my own. You still have until June 12th to try to win one so go enter! Our Woodfire Grill giveaway