The Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill Creates Amazing Flavor – Review

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How to Create Amazing Flavor With the Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill is easy after learning how to use the firebox. You will learn how to grill for tasty savory and smoky flavor. We have all seen reviews. Some are honest, while some are not. I will give you my unvarnished opinion of how to create amazing flavor with the Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill and hold nothing back.

The Pit Boss PB440D2 gives you the opportunity to learn about becoming the next Pitmaster. Now you have the opportunity to gain experience with your grilling. Gaining that experience will help you become a Pitmaster in your own right. After all, a great grilling experience is what the event is about. Your love grilled or smoked food is what led you to buy the PB440D2. Now is the time to put that desire for great grilled food front and center.

You will find that with the PB440D2 that gaining the experience you need becomes easier the more you grill. Learning how to manage your heat and keeping your grill clean all become second nature to you. Soon you will find that you are looking for ways or excuses to grill or smoke for your family and friends.

One of the first things you notice about your new PB440D2 grill is how light it is by comparison to similar grills. This lighter weight is deceptive since you have a grill that is designed to last for years. Doing proper cleaning after or during each use will help increase the life of your grill.

The Pit Boss PIT-BOSS-PB440D2-Pellet Grill
PB440D2 Charcoal Grill for Beginners


Model NamePB440D2
Power SourceWood Pellet
Item Dimensions LxWxH50.2 x 24.02 x 39.8 inches

Your Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill Is Easy To Assembly

I know that when it comes to putting a grill together it can be a scary experience. In my case; it was due to lack of experience. I found that by following the directions it was easy peasy. The first thing I did was look for the owner’s manual. Following the owner’s manual kept me from making some serious mistakes and helped me have a grill that would last for years. My frustration level was next to nothing once I started following directions.

The first thing I did was to read the instructions. I then used the owner’s guide to make sure all the parts were there. Once I had made sure the parts were there; I began the process of putting the grill together with little trouble.

This video is of a similar grill from Pit Boss but the directions are the same. This video gives great information on assembling the Pit Boss PB440D2.

Cleaning That New Pit Boss PB440D2 Before Grilling

Before grilling on that new pellet grill; there is some housekeeping that needs to be done to obtain the best grilling experience and best flavor. The grill grates need to be cleaned and the firebox will also need to be cleaned. By cleaning the grill grates and firebox of residue from the manufacturing process you will increase the life of both.

Create Amazing Flavor With The Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill
Cleaning Brush for Your Grill The Pit Boss PB440 D2 Grill

This process may take a little time but there are no toxic chemicals used. Taking the time to clean the porcelain grill grates adds years of life to the grates and the grill; it also helps you have better tasting food. Just use caution as with any cleaning process.

Another trick I have found that helps prevent sticking is to take some paper towels and soak with olive oil. Run the paper towel across the grill grates to prepare them for grilling.

Easy Way To Clean Your Grill Grates

This video shows how to clean the porcelain grates thoroughly. Having clean grates makes sure that food will be grilled or smoked with little amount chance of sticking.

Creating Amazing Flavors With The Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill Is Easy

Finding ways to create amazing flavors to use when grilling comes from experimentation. I found that my family appreciated my efforts at finding just the right combination of herbs and spices.

Grilling hot dogs, steaks or hamburgers may be one way to get some experience with the pellet grill. This is also one way to find out about which spices and herbs give the best flavor. Grilling vegetables is similar to grilling meats another key point to remember is vegetables and fruits have more water than meat. There are videos out there that will give a good idea of which vegetables can be grilled for best flavor. There are also some excellent books that not only give tips but have recipes as well.

Experienced grillers may want to smoke something such as a pork butt on the new Pit Boss PB440D2 to find out how well it smokes. This will be a new experience for you.

Another thing to remember is to keep your temperature the same throughout the smoking process. Keeping an eye on your temperature with a probe that you link to your phone can help reduce the amount of charcoal used for smoking a pork butt and also give you a better experience.

Selecting the flavor of wood for the flavor profile that is desired will determine which herbs and spices that are needed. Some herbs and spices do not go well with some wood flavors that are available. Some of the flavors that are available are pecan, cherry, hickory, mesquite, and maple. Choosing the right wood will help your smoking experience. Check some of the books and videos to find the best combination.

The Right Heat Gives Great Results on Your PB440D2 Grill

Once you learn to control the temperature there will be no stopping you from becoming a Pitmaster. Each item you grill has to be cooked at different temperatures or different times. Temperature control is very important for having a great grilling experience. You get better with more experience.

Take time to learn about flavor profiles and cooking times. You now have the ability to develop your own recipes and flavor profiles. The more often you grill the better you become.

As you become better at your grilling or smoking you will find the taste you prefer. There will be a tendency to stay with that one flavor. Learning to create amazing flavors with your Pit Boss PB440D2 gives you the freedom to try new recipes and develop your own recipes.

You should never be afraid to try new recipes or recommendations on how to do a particular cut of meat. There will be times that you did not achieve the results you wanted but that is part of the learning curve with all new knowledge. You are starting to master your skills as a Pitmaster. Gaining more experience grilling will help you achieve your goal of Pitmaster.

Your Pit Boss PB440D2 is Portable

One of the great features of your new grill is that it is portable. You can move it from one place to another on your patio for convenience. This is important for those windy days. Windy days can be a problem with airflow, you may need to change the position of your grill for proper airflow. We all have our favorite spots to set our grills up at but you need to maintain the right airflow.

Just as with any grill you need to have the right airflow in order to grill or smoke properly. If you have windy conditions change how your grill is setup. You will want to move it just a little to cut down on the amount of wind which causes you firebox to burn faster. This can cause you to get a false reading on your screen.

Taking a few minutes to block out the wind or reducing the amount of wind will make the difference between a great grilling experience or a total bust.


  1. Easy to put together following the owner’s manual.
  2. Cooks items at a consistent temperature for desired length of time
  3. Cleanup is a breeze. It does not take any time to clean the grates after grilling. The firebox is easy to clean once the box has cooled.


  1. Temperature control may not work properly and cause a fire.
  2. The slide plate bypasses the louvres and causes a hot spot in the middle of the grill causing a quick cook time.
  3. The temperature gauge onscreen will display a hot temperature while the temperature gauge on the grill will display in the low to mid 200 degree range.

My Thoughts On The Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill

After reviewing the Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill, I find that this pellet grill would make a great addition to anyone wanting to start their path to becoming a Pitmaster. The learning curve for the PB440D2 is small, it takes very little time to master this grill and its features.

It may take a bit of time to adjust your way of grilling with the Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill. The affordability of this grill makes it a treasure you will enjoy. The value of this grill only increases with the amount of time you use it.

You have the tools at your disposal to become a Pitmaster. Now you will find that you are grilling more than using your kitchen. The days of having someone else do the grilling for you have long since disappeared. Mastering the grill is something you have long dreamed of and now your dream is coming true. You will often have friends and family over for another one of your grilling adventures.

This pellet grill offers you a way to expand your knowledge of grilling. Using that new found knowledge has made you more confident about your abilities to grill for yourself and others. You will find excuses to use your Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill. Applying your knowledge of your grill makes you desire to grill for others become overwhelming. You will start making your own recipes and looking for ways to experiment.

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20 thoughts on “The Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill Creates Amazing Flavor – Review”

  1. This is an excellent review on Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill.

    The video is a great addition to help you more and get your grilling made easier.

    Everything new needs practice to get acquainted to make your better at it.

    Giving yourself time will help you.

    I love perfectly grilled vegetables and will put my learning to eat to enjoy summer week ends with my friends outsided

    The setting up the grill with cleaned fittings make your like easy. 

    Learn the pros and cons to leverage your grilling practice.

    Cleaning seems fairly easy. 

    One thing I like to know this this wood pellet burning an environment concern?

    • Anusuya,

      Using this grill should not be a hazard to the community. The pellets are made from pressed wood and has no artificial binders to hold the pellets together.

      You are right when you say that it takes time to get adjusted to a new device for grilling. There is always a learning curve.

      Thanks for reading and commentin.


  2. Thank you for making this great review about this Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill overall seems to be a great smoker and easy to use, plus for only $ 305 dollars is not that bad for what we can do with this grill, I love grilling almost all my food from burger, vegetables, fish etc. I love the flavor that a smokers gives to food.

    My only concern about this grill is Temperature control that not work properly and cause a fire but I think I can deal with it.

    I can wait to try this grill thank you

    Do you have any recommendations for a grill cover for this grill? I rather buy everything together at the same time.

    God Bless You 

    • Guildemar,

      Thanks for the question about the grill cover. There is one that you can buy either at Amazon or from Pit Boss. You may even get a deal at Amazon if you order from them, this could actually give you a larger discount on the overall purchase.

      You will be able to grill or smoke almost anything on this grill. It just takes a bit of time getting used to the way it works.


  3. That does look like a pretty sweet grill, and thanks for providing a good reference guide youtube video for the assembly process. I personally have a lot of experience with the Napolean Preistiege grill! My favorite recipe to cook is Bobby Flay’s perfectly grilled steak. Do you have any recipe books or websites that you like to use?

    • My favorite book is authored by Steven Raichlen called Project Smoke. It has some great techniques and recipes that I have used in the past. I also like to watch Meathead on You Tube. He also gives some great information.

      The assembly process is straightforward and easy to follow.


  4. Hi Jerry,

    I am excited for some nice weather to sit on my patio and enjoy the grilling season!  The Pit Boss looks like a great grill, I do like that it is not overly huge as some grills are and that it is portable, in case I want to move it to a better spot depending on where my guests are seated or if the wind picks up.

    My husband is the main “grill master” in the house, I do like how you included video instructions of how to put this grill together because he rarely reads the manual.

    Great tip on wiping the grill grates with a paper towel and olive oil to prevent sticking, I’ll be sure to pass that on to my husband.


    • Jenny,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. This Pit Boss is able to handle almost anything you may want to grill or smoke. The portability of this grill is a great opportunity for changing the atmosphere of your grilling area. You can move it to a place where it is not the focal point of your patio but still have the ability to grill and serve your guests with ease. I found the video to be very helpful since so many people were having problems putting it together.


  5. This article a good and really interesting, love it here keep it up

    Thank you for making this great review about this Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill overall seems to be a great smoker and easy to use, plus for only $ 305 dollars is not that bad for what we can do with this grill, I love grilling almost all my food from burger, vegetables, fish etc. I love the flavor that a smokers gives to food.

    My only concern about this grill is Temperature control that not work properly and cause a fire but I think I can deal with it.

    • Barry,

      They have been working on that particular issue with the firebox and the control. They feel they have solved the problems with fire. 

      I agree with you that there is no flavor better than food grilled with smoke. It has a flavor that can’t be duplicated. This smoker is very easy to use.


  6. This is an amazing review of grill machine or how you call it. I really like that you wrote a realistic review and added video to make it even more helpful. I think this type of grill is an excellent opportunity to make our life more interesting and enjoy some good food. I have a small copy of such a grill at home and can say it is highly recommended to have such a grill. We love it and can’t imagine how we lived without it before. This one reviewed by you is even better than mine. And I see that the price is affordable. 

    • Rufat,

      Grilling is a way of life for a great number of people. Grilling is done in all parts of the world, just by different names. Grilling gives you the opportunity to enjoy your food the way it has been prepared for thousands of years. We all have our specific tastes that we enjoy. Grilling gives you the opportunity to explore what taste you prefer.


  7. Now that I and my husband no longer drive over the road, we can buy a grill and create amazing flavors such as the Pit Boss. Need to start eating more healthier and knowing how to create amazing flavor for our foods with the pit boss will help. Healthier eating is a must for me now and I need great flavor so I will not stop eating. 

    • Janette,

      Now that you have more opportunities to grill, find the grill that works best for you. I have found since I started grilling more often that I am healthier. I have even been able to come off some of my medications.

      You will find that you can experiment with flavors more easily on the grill than you can indoors. I recommend reading the book “Project Smoke” by Steven Raichlen. It has some great information in it.


  8. This is an excellent review on Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill, great job Jerry.  The best part is the video “Learn with Noah- Cleaning porcelain grill grates”, he is just cute as a button.  I was looking for the next video of the next day though, it’s not there…lol.  

    I do not own one of these amazing grills, but I’ve had the opportunity to use one before.  I totally agree, this is the grill for me.  I loved it, and I want one.  I love cooking outdoors, and this is the grill to have.  For a great cooking experience, I also recommend the Pit Boss PB440D2 Pellet Grill.  

    • Marlene,

      Noah is adorable, but I was unable to find what the grill grates looked like the next day. I have used that particular method in the past and it is amazing at how clean the grates become. Cooking with the Pit Boss PB440D2 is easy to master and gives you plenty of options on the technique you use.


  9. Enjoyed reading this review of the Pit Boss PB440D2 grill. You really have got me salivating for something off the grill now! Thank you also for the tip about cleaning before you use to cook. I have never really thought about that before.

    What flavours do you think would work best on smoking some fish? Just your average cod or haddock. I would love to try smoking the fish this year once we pull our grill out.

    • Michelle,

      For some people now is the beginning of the grilling season, but I grill year round. Cleaning your grill is a big must, you don’t want to take the chance of becoming ill from cooking on a dirty grill grate. I normally use garlic, chives, tarragon and dill. You will want to experiment to find the flavors that you like best.


  10. This review on the ‘How to Create Amazing Flavor With the Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill’ offers some valuable pointers. Although I am not a very experienced griller, I have been known to get a steak or two right. When using this type of grill, is the cooking heat like a gas or charcoal grill? Can the temperature be controlled the same way?

    • Canty,

      When you use the Pit Boss PB440D2 Grill, it is very similar to cooking with charcoal. The biggest difference is the pellets are fed into the fire zone by the regulator. The regulator is Bluetooth and will stay at the temperature you set it at. The temperature is on the control panel, you just set it and when it gets to the right temperature begin grilling.



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