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Z GRILLS Portable Pellet Smoker CRUISER 200APro: A Game-Changer for Outdoor Cooking

As an avid grilling enthusiast, I’m always looking for new equipment that combines innovation and efficiency. The challenge lies in finding a portable grill that can match the performance of its larger counterparts. The Z Grills Portable Pellet Smoker Cruiser 200APro caught my eye as it seems to bridge this gap by offering most of the features found in larger models. In this post, we’ll delve into the key features and benefits of the Z Grills Portable Pellet Smoker Cruiser 200APro. We will explore how it could be the ideal solution for grilling enthusiasts seeking both portability and functionality.

Portable Pellet Smoker

Specifications: Cruiser Portable Pellet Smoker 200APro

Model Name:ZPG-200APro
Power Source:Wood Pellet
Outer Material:Alloy Steel
Item Weight:52.2 Pounds
Item Dimensions LxWxH:25 x 20 x 13 inches
Inner Material:Alloy Steel
Fuel Type:Electric
Product Dimensions:20″D x 25″W x 13″H
Wood Pellet Grill

Can you use a pellet grill for something other than smoking?

Absolutely! You can grill, smoke, barbeque, bake, sear, braise, smoke, and char-grill.

Are pellet grills worth the money?

Definitely. If you are doing more than just burgers, brats, and hot dogs. You can infuse you foods with an incredible smokey flavor that is sure to have them coming back time after time.

Does food taste better on a pellet grill?

If you are looking for that smokey flavor that grilling infuses into the food then a pellet grill may be the way to go. You will get a flavor similar to what you would get from a charcoal grill. It may not be as fast as a gas grill but with the probe inserted into the steak you will get better control over the cooking process.


The portability of the CRUISER 200APro’s compact design makes it a breeze to take on camping trips, picnics, or tailgating adventures. If you live in a small apartment or have a small family this grill fits right in. You no longer have to worry about carrying heavy equipment. The CRUISER 200A Pro makes life easy with its foldable legs and durable wheels ensuring easy transportation, and eliminating the hassle of lugging around heavy equipment.

Pellet Smoker

Smoked food has always been a favorite of mine. One of the many features of the CRUISER 200 A Pro is the ability to smoke almost anything on it. This changed everything. Having the ability to infuse my food with just the right amount of smoke to so many dishes takes them to a new level of deliciousness. Whether it’s juicy cuts of meat, succulent poultry, or even vegetables, the pellet smoker adds a distinctive touch that traditional grilling can’t match.


The CRUISER Portable Pellet Smoker 200APro allows you to use a variety of cooking techniques. Not only can you use this grill as a smoker but also allows you to braise, bake, roast, char-grill, barbeque, or sear. You have all of these options at your fingertips with the adjustable temperature control. This allows you to master several cooking techniques in a short period of time.

Wood Pellet Grill

Easy To Use

If you have never assembled a grill before, don’t worry. The CRUISER 200APro is a breeze. It should only take 30 minutes to 1 hour. Z Grills sends all the tools you will need along with an instruction booklet. It has a user-friendly interface and an electronic auto-start ignition system makes firing it up quick and hassle-free. The digital temperature display ensures you can monitor cooking progress with ease, giving you more time to mingle with guests or enjoy the great outdoors.

Quality Construction

The CRUISER 200APro is crafted with high-quality material and is constructed with processes that are leading-edge. The heavy-duty steel body and porcelain-coated grates are just part of the emphasis placed on the durability of this grill. Each component helps manifest the sturdiness and quality of this grill so you can enjoy it for years to come.

Time To Grill

You may have heard that using a pellet grill is hard because of running out of wood pellets, this in not true on the CRUISER 200APro. The hopper has the capacity to hold 8 pounds of wood pellets at a time. This is more than enough to grill most items for your gathering.

You can grill for several hours before you have to reload your pellets. Reloading your pellets is easy to do if you need to during your cooking time. Relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

Large Cooking Area

You may get the wrong impression when you first see the size of this grill. You will have more than enough room to grill or smoke most of your favorites. Having 202 square inches of cooking area allows you to prepare meals for small get-togethers or for small families. The room available for cooking on this grill allows you to cook more than one item at a time, you just need to watch time and temperature for each item. **Tip** For items that don’t take long to prepare, put them on toward the end of the cooking cycle. This allows you to have all of your meals prepared at the same time.

My Final Thoughts

After having downsized, I found the Z Grills Portable Pellet Smoker has replaced its larger sibling. I still have the larger grill for when all of my family and friends gather. But, for my wife and I, we use the portable grill now. If you love the smokey flavor from grilling but don’t need a large grill this should be on your list of grills to have for just a couple of people. You will still enjoy all of the functions of a larger grill, especially its portability and versatility.

Even if you are a seasoned pitmaster or just love to grill occasionally, this pellet smoker will help you achieve mastery of the grill. It is often hard to say goodbye to what you know and love but the CRUISER 200APro can make changing very easy. Say goodbye to the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary with the CRUISER 200APro.


22 responses to “Z GRILLS Portable Pellet Smoker CRUISER 200APro: A Game-Changer for Outdoor Cooking”

  1. This review has given me some valuable insights into the Z Grills Portable Pellet Smoker CRUISER 200APro. I’ve been considering a portable grill for my outdoor adventures, and the versatility of this one is really appealing. The fact that it can handle different cooking techniques like smoking, roasting, and even baking is a game-changer. 

    The portability, ease of use, and large cooking area are also major pros that caught my attention. I appreciate the thorough breakdown of its features and benefits. It’s great to know that even downsizing doesn’t mean compromising on the quality of outdoor cooking. 

    I’m definitely considering the CRUISER 200APro for my next grilling investment!

    I just have to wait until we get back to the US next year!



    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      My wife and I love grilled food but with only the two of us grilling became something we only did when we had an event to prepare for. This grill now allows us to grill anytime we want and it is affordably priced. We enjoy our grill at least 4 times a week. I wish you a safe journey.


  2. This is definitely something that I would invest in. We are in the midst of downsizing and going off the grid so to speak. This grill would really benefit someone who is interested in saving the environment.

    1. Shay,
      This grill may be just what you are looking for as long. It is just the right size for a small family that still loves the taste of grilled food. The size may seem small at first but as you gain experience with it you will find that you can grill most foods with no problem. You may find other foods you love to grill and you may also come up with your own ideas. I wish you the best of luck in your new adventure.

  3. Alan Edwards Avatar
    Alan Edwards

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading about the pellet smoker cruiser product and all of the different ways it can be used to produce delicious food. I am looking for such a product for use at my home and take away on day trips, and it seems to fit the bill admirably, thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      I have found this grill to be excellent for home and day trips. My wife and I downsized recently and decided to go with a grill that was designed for small families or small get-togethers. This grill was the perfect fit. We have all the benefits of a larger grill but the advantages of taking it on day trips or camping. You will find many cooking options available for your enjoyment.



  4. Parameter Avatar

    I am excited with the ability to infuse my food with the smoker flavour. In Africa we cook with fire wood, it gives that smoker flavor. My being able to get that same flavor without the firewood stress gets me excited. Top of it is getting the same flavor during our camping events. Thus the Z grill is a must get for me and my family 

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      You will be very pleased with the results of this grill. The flavors you get when using this grill will make you wonder why you haven’t done this sooner. You will find there are several cooking options with this grill that you may not have enjoyed in the past.


  5. John Avatar

    Absolutely loved the in-depth review, Jerry! Your article on the Z Grills Portable Pellet Smoker CRUISER 200APro was a thoroughly enlightening read. I appreciated how you highlighted not just the specs but also the real-world utility and versatility of the grill, especially its portability aspect—something essential for those of us who love outdoor grilling but are constrained by space.

    The focus on the quality of construction and ease of use are key points for me. It’s reassuring to know that the grill is made of durable material and yet user-friendly enough for even novices to get started. I was particularly intrigued by the pellet smoker feature, and the fact that you can basically cook everything from meat to vegetables with that added smokey layer of flavor. This makes it seem like an all-in-one cooking solution for any outdoor gathering.


    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      This grill is great for camping but also for those of us who have had to downsize in recent years. You get all the benefits of a larger smoker but on a smaller scale. For my wife and I, this came at just the right time. We love to take day trips and have small gatherings.

      We love to experiment with different types of food on the grill and this allows us to try different things. I was surprised when my wife wanted to bake an apple pie to go with some homemade ice cream. The results were outstanding.

      This grill is built to last. Maintaining this grill is simple and easy. If you maintain this grill properly, it will last for years.


  6. Michel Maling Avatar
    Michel Maling

    The CRUISER 200APro looks amazing, especially because it is so versatile for its size. It looks like the ideal size to take with when going for camping trips as it is small enough to fit in the boot of a car.  I see you mention it uses electricity and pellets. Will the grill still work if there is no power supply?

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      The CRUISER 200APro is outstanding. I have been very pleased with its performance so far. It is great for camping and day trips. You can buy a power converter kit for this grill. You still need electricity for the fan. You won’t be able to use it without electricity. That may be a drawback, but as I stated earlier you can purchase a power converter kit.


  7. Dale Avatar

    Thanks for this comprehensive post. 

    For me the real winning feature is the portability of the pellet smoker. As the name states, Z Grills portable pellet smoker, this is where it has great value above and beyond an ordinary smoker. 

    But I’m also a big fan of its versatility. The options that this has to offer are quite amazing. You can really adjust your cooking needs depending on the number of people you are cooking for and their unique tastes. 

    It seems to have a high-quality finish and the little extra’s, such as latches to close the lid when being transported, digital temperature display and dial control! perfect. 

    Thanks for your detailed post, this has been really helpful. 

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      This grill has all the cooking options of the larger grill but with the bonus of transporting it for grilling while camping or on a day trip. I have used Z Grills products for a couple of years and find them to be very reliable. I have used other grills as well and tend to switch them out whenever I feel the need.


  8. Liam Tremblay Avatar
    Liam Tremblay

    Having recently embraced the Z Grills Portable Pellet Smoker Cruiser 200APro, I can attest to its transformative outdoor cooking experience. Its compact design and foldable legs make it a breeze to transport for camping or picnics. The ability to smoke, grill, bake, and more opens a world of culinary possibilities, enhanced by the rich, smoky flavor. As a seasoned grill enthusiast, I’ve found the Cruiser 200APro’s quality construction and adjustable temperature control a delight. It’s a game-changer that marries convenience with flavor, perfect for intimate gatherings or solo adventures. I wholeheartedly recommend this grill to fellow enthusiasts seeking versatility and taste.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      This grill is gaining in popularity. Most people like the portability of this grill. The ease of use with this grill is outstanding, you have all the options of the larger grills. Having control over your temperature certainly makes it easier to use without worry. I certainly have enjoyed the more intimate setting with my wife. We now enjoy grilled food more often.


  9. Simon Avatar

    Thanks, Jerry. Wow! What a tremendous amount of fun you must have with your CRUISER 200APro. It looks fabulous. The 8 lbs capacity would keep you cooking for ages – as you say, it gives you time to enjoy the company of the people you are cooking for.

    Food cooked and eaten outside, there’s surely nothing better.


    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      I am enjoying this grill more than I did the larger one. The main reason is that I can now take it on a day trip with my wife and enjoy grilled food on a scenic outing. I do have more time with family and friends, that is one of the reasons for purchasing this grill. My wife and I find it the right size for our needs.


  10. Matias Avatar

    Let me tell you about my experience with the Z GRILLS Portable Pellet Smoker CRUISER 200APro. When I finally got this grill I was ABSOLUTELY THRILLED. The portability is unmatched, making it perfect for outdoor adventures. I love how easy it is to use and the delicious smoky flavors it produces. Also the temperature control is spot-on. I highly recommend this grill.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      I am glad to hear that you love this grill. I am pleased with mine, especially after my wife and I downsized recently. I get all the flavors on this grill that I did on the larger grill. I still have all the features with this as I did with the larger version. I get that perfect smoke flavor every time.


  11. Ebony Avatar

    This is a great review thank you! It is very informative clearly breaking down all the need to know aspects. As someone who loves to go outdoors and camping this seems like a must bring item. The versatility of this portable pellet smoker is a big selling factor for me. 
    I have a few questions before I buy this product, how durable is it and how long would you expect it to last before I would need to buy a new one?

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      This product is very durable. If you follow the recommended cleaning and storage procedures for this grill it should last several years without any problems. Proper cleanup after use will help extend the life of this grill. You also have a 3-year limited warranty.


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