posted May 20, 2022
recteq RT-B380 Bullseye Review
Gather ’round grill masters! It’s time for a review of one of the most unique and versatile pellet grills on the market today, the recteq Bullseye RT-B380! This lightweight bruiser gives you all of the sweet, sweet grilling power you need, whether you’re at home or taking it on the run. Recteq says the Bullseye will grill, smoke, bake, and even sear anything you throw at it; all while being light enough to be considered portable. Does the RT-B380 live up to those lofty expectations? Well, let’s get after it!
recteq sent us this grill for testing and review purposes; however, all opinions are our own.
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recteq Bullseye Features
The versatility recteq has crammed into this grill is impressive!
Check out the great features of the recteq RT-B380 Bullseye pellet grill:
- 22″ rack, providing 380 sq. in. of cooking space
- Removable carbon steel flame deflector
- Stainless steel cooking chamber and lid
- Easy to use PID controller technology
- 225℉ – 749℉ temperature range via RIOT mode
- Direct Flame Grilling, unique to the pellet grill market
- 15lb hopper
- One Meat Probe included
recteq Bullseye Build Quality
The RT-B380 is on the short list for the easiest pellet grill I’ve ever put together. The whole process from unboxing to finished assembly took me a measly 20 minutes maximum. I built it by myself with basic hand tools.
The first thing anyone will notice when they look at this grill is the massive stainless steel dome lid and matching grill body underneath. The finish work on my unit is great, but there was one spot where the lid had some light rub marks.
Lift that dome lid and you’re quite likely to find a nice 22″ grill grate above a heat deflector. The grate is about the quality you’d expect from a grill similar to the Weber Kettle, but that deflector is solid. It’s a bit heavier than it looks due to its carbon steel construction and it does a great job keeping the temperatures in the cook chamber even.
Obviously, the cooking grate and deflector system come right out, revealing the real muscle behind this grill; the fire pot and ignition system. The HotFlash Ceramic igniter is rated for over 100,000 lighting cycles, according to recteq documentation.
Lookin’ a little to the left, you’ll find the 15lb hopper. The construction of the unit feels solid and features a giant embossed recteq bull logo on the stainless steel lid. The handle screwed to the hopper feels a tad bit flimsy when pulling the grill around, but it’s nothing I’d consider a deal breaker. It doesn’t take a super stout handle to pull around a 70lb grillin’ machine! If you look inside the hopper you’ll notice the care recteq puts into making sure every part of their grills are sealed as tightly as possible!
Now, onto the support system below. I know, I know, you’re all thinking those leggies are looking like they skipped one too many leg days at the gym, and you’re not wrong. This is the only real qualm I have with the Bullseye, but this is what makes this grill as light-weight as it is.
That’s not to say they don’t do their job, they just don’t do it particularly well. When stationary, the RT-B380 Bullseye is plenty stable. Grab that handle and start pulling, and it feels like the grill is going to wiggle itself apart. After a few times of moving the recteq RT-B380 around I went back around and retightened all the hardware to make sure it wasn’t my assembly job that was the wiggly culprit. The loose feeling persisted, much to my dismay.
Where this grill makes up for loosey goosey though is in straight up portability. Only clocking in at a measly 70lbs makes the recteq RT-B380 Bullseye a breeze to move around. The grill can be lifted into a truck bed by one person with relative ease, and the big wheels roll over grass, gravel, and concrete without complaint. If you’re needing a grill on the go and you have a power source, the RT-B380 Bullseye will fill that role nearly as easily as the common kettle grill.
Cooking with the RT-B380 Bullseye
First, I just want to point out that the temperature range on this grill is incredible for a pellet grill. With a 225℉ – 749℉ temperature range, the possibilities are nearly endless. When recteq says you can grill, bake, sear, or smoke, they aren’t pulling your chain. The grill heats up quickly and is easy to control, especially since the Bullseye features the PID technology recteq is known for.
Yes, it will hit that upper temperature. In fact, when placed in RIOT mode, the unit I was sent hit an impressive maximum temperature of 763℉, plenty of heat to sear that wagyu ribeye your significant other is still mad at you for buying.
This spatchcock chicken was cooked at 375℉ and turned out absolutely beautiful. The grill packed in as much flavor as it could and I had to fight my wife for the leftovers the next day.
Full, the 15lb hopper lasted around 13 hours for me at 225℉ with an ambient temp around 55℉. They claim it’ll last a bit longer on the recteq website and it probably will under the right conditions. That length of time is plenty long enough for most low and slow cooks and, even if you have to refill you’re only doing it once. Pellets will burn much faster at higher temperatures, but I promise 15lbs will provide enough heat to cook all the burgers you can handle.
The recteq RT-B380 Bullseye held 225℉ without a hitch for the entire 5 hours while cooking these spare ribs. The smoke flavor imparted by the grill and recteq-brand pellets were on point, the ribs maintained a ton of moisture, and a killer smoke ring was produced to top it all off. The RT-B380 Bullseye produced the best rack of ribs I’ve had from a pellet grill in a long time.
When cooking low and slow on the Bullseye, you’ll notice that grease will build up in the bottom. There is no grease collection system, so if you don’t keep your grill clean you can have a monster grease fire. I mitigated this with a quick, RIOT mode burn off after each low and slow cook. Another option is to just clean the grill after a greasy session.
What We Like
Here are some of our favorite things about the recteq RT-B380 Bullseye:
- Unique and Versatile – The RT-B380 Bullseye is in a category of its own in the pellet grill world and excels in categories where most others fall short.
- Portable and Light-Weight – At 70lbs it’ll easily go wherever you do, provided there is AC power close by.
- PID Controller – recteq is known for their controller technology and it works well with the RT-B380 Bullseye
What Could be Improved
Even though this is a great grill, there are a few things that could be improved with the recteq RT-B380 Bullseye:
- The Legs – Seriously guys. The only thing I didn’t like is the flimsy feeling stance this has when moving it around. A better attachment method or a brace or two would go a long way.
Recipes to try on the RT-B380 Bullseye
Do you have the recteq RT-B380 Bullseye in your back yard, or are you planning on buying one in the future? If so, I recommend trying these awesome recipes with your pellet grill.
- Grilled Spatchcock Chicken
- Low and Slow Ribs (No Wrap)
- Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Roasted Garlic Resting Butter
recteq RT-B380 Bullseye Review: Final Thoughts
The Bullseye from recteq is a solid buy whether you’re looking for a grill that is a solid performer for your backyard or for your most high-profile tailgating sessions. The ultra light weight and massive temperature range make this grill one of the most versatile setups on the market, making hot ‘n’ fast or low ‘n’ slow an option wherever you need it to be. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this grill to anybody, provided they can handle the less-than-optimal leg setup.
For all my Utah friends, recteq is opening a new brick and mortar location in Lehi! Head on down and check one of these out in person, then come back and tell me how wrong I am about the legs! The new location opens the week of the 23rd, May 2022.
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