April 23, 2024

Ninja’s out of doors climate proof electrical oven / grill / air fryer / smoker put to the take a look at

Put merely, there isn’t a simpler strategy to get cooking outdoor than with the Ninja Woodfire Professional XL. It is a jack of all trades that provides a giant cooking space, for an inexpensive worth, with an array of cooking modes together with air frying, roasting and grilling. But it surely’s undoubtedly the smoking factor of the setup that impresses essentially the most, making it tremendous easy for even essentially the most novice of BBQ cooks to create tender, smokey meat with little or no prep or consideration wanted.


  • Unbelievable smokey flavours

  • So easy to make use of

  • A number of cooking choices

  • Weatherproof for all-year spherical cooking


  • Lacks dehydrating, reheating and baking

  • Pre-heating is kind of gradual

  • Cannot dishwasher clear

Ninja Woodfire Professional XL: Introduction

Ninja Woodfire Pro XL cooking grill
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In the event you’re already a fan of Ninja’s nice air fryers – such because the Ninja Foodi FlexDrawer – and / otherwise you’re trying to dip your toes into the world of American-style BBQ smoking, then the Ninja Woodfire Professional XL could also be simply the system for you.

In contrast to a conventional smoker, the place the smokey flavour is achieved via burning wooden that additionally acts as the primary gas for the warmth, the Ninja permits you to cheat by including pellets to the combination, that are infused to offer you a variety of smokey finishes, mixed with dependable digital heating parts and a convection fan for even cooking.

Competitively priced at across the $400 / £400 mark, and following up on the success of the non-XL Woodfire, the Professional XL is an absolute beast of an outside cooking machine, with a plethora of cooking choices accessible, and straightforward to make use of, for even essentially the most unskilled cooks.

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Learn on for my full Ninja Woodfire Professional XL overview to seek out out simply why it has scored an ideal 5-star overview.

Design and construct

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  • Measurement: Cooking plate is 30 x 45cm
  • In actual phrases: Can deal with two 3kg chickens
  • Weatherproof: IPX4 rated with RCD plug

Getting technical earlier than we get into the main points, and the Ninja Woodfire Professional XL is offered each side of the pond, albeit with very slight variations.

The mannequin I had on take a look at for the needs of this overview was the OG850UK mannequin, readers based mostly within the US might be trying on the OG851HGY in the event that they’re going (nearly) like-for-like.

No matter variant you go for, you’re getting the most important Woodfire on provide. Nonetheless, though it’s 30% larger than its non-XL brethren, it has really misplaced just a few options from the smaller unique, specifically dehydrating, reheating and baking.

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I feel that’s as a result of Ninja sees the massive boy of the bunch as a meat first machine, particularly with the addition of a in-built temperature sensor probe on board.

The XL, because the identify suggests, is an absolute behemoth of an electrical cooker, weighing in at a whopping 18KG and measuring 41cm x 57cm x 51cm.

It’s in no-way a transportable machine; when you’ve discovered a spot for it in your backyard then you definitely’ll need to depart it there. And you’ll, protected within the data that it’s totally weatherproof, with its premium supplies designed to resist out of doors use and year-round cooking and it’s water-proof to score IPX4.

Ninja does promote a canopy for it for those who do need to preserve it a bit safer and there are additionally leg and table accessories that flip it right into a extra conventional trying grill.

As talked about, it’s utterly protected to prepare dinner outdoor with it in all parts; the plug itself is an RCD one, that has its personal weatherproofing and shut-down capabilities in-built. There’s additionally a bodily energy button on the again of the Professional XL, with a water-resistant rubber cowl.

That huge bulk of the XL permits for loads of cooking; Ninja informs us that the 45cm x 30cm grill plate is able to dealing with as much as 10 burgers, 40 hotdogs, 2 full racks of ribs, 6 steaks, or two 3kg chickens. The crisper basket can air fry as much as 1.8kg of meals.

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Options

  • Smoke field and pellets present smokey flavour
  • Grill, smoker, air-fry and roast modes
  • Constructed-in BBQ thermometer
Ninja Woodfire Pro XL pellets in smoke box
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On the aspect you’ll discover a smoker field that burns pure hardwood pellets, which is what offers the meals you prepare dinner that BBQ smoke style.

Ninja offers a few baggage of pellets within the field, and a scoop to pour them in, and suggests you solely use Ninja-branded pellets with the Woodfire. A fast Google suggests some customers have taken that recommendation frivolously, with no ill-effects.

Ninja Woodfire Pro XL pellet bags
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The bottom, with all of the controls, feels very Ninja-ish with the completely different cooking modes – grill, smoker, air-fry and roast – all accessible to decide on by way of a dial.

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There’s additionally a Woodfire Flavour button which signifies that it’s not simply the smoker mode that advantages from the pellet infusion.

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By default, the smoker mode will ignite the pellets and create a smoke-based prepare dinner, however all the different modes don’t – until you press this button. Meaning you’re in full management of precisely what meals you need to smoke when cooking on different modes.

For longer cooks, the smoker could be refilled twice, you simply want to recollect to press the Woodfire Flavour button while you prime up, to restart the ignition course of.

Ninja Woodfire Pro XL smoke ignition mode
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A brand new addition to the Professional XL is the built-in BBQ thermometer; a digital probe you insert into your meals to maintain observe of ingredient temperatures. Conveniently saved on a tray that slides below the entrance panel, the probe plugs in like a pair of headphones when you want to use it.

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You possibly can clearly manually prepare dinner with this probe, serving to you to attain actual goal temperatures however you may as well use Ninja’s Sensible Prepare dinner System to select from pre-set meals sorts, and choose your good end from uncommon to properly carried out.

Ninja Woodfire Pro XL temperature probe
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Each the interior cooking temperature, and the temperature of the meals is displayed on the LED on the entrance and also you’ll additionally get messages when the prepare dinner is completed.

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The LED show can be helpful throughout the ignition modes of the smoke field and pre-heating; which is important for all modes besides the smoker one.

Pre-heating could be a bit gradual really however you’re knowledgeable of the progress on the LED show.

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Ninja Woodfire Pro XL pre-heating
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Efficiency

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I’ve had the Ninja Woodfire Professional XL setup in my backyard for just a few weeks now and over the Easter weekend I actually acquired an opportunity to place it via its paces by testing all 4 cooking strategies.

Let’s begin with the smoker as I feel that’s the most important promoting level of the Woodfire vary.

Clearly, the extra conventional meats for this side can be brisket, pork butt, ribs and the like however, it being Easter, I believed I’d put it via its paces by smoking a shoulder of lamb.

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Ninja does provide a short prepare dinner e book with the XL however smoked lamb shoulder isn’t precisely mainstream so I needed to take to Google to seek out somebody who’d smoked a shoulder of lamb and supplied a recipe.

That was simple sufficient however that particular person – an American with a formidable beard and a lumberjack shirt, natch – had carried out his smoking the standard means.

Nonetheless, that didn’t matter as all I actually wanted was steerage on the cooking and goal temperatures to get the right prepare dinner.

The great thing about the Woodfire Professional XL is that it’s so, really easy to each preserve a gentle temperature and hit your goal temperature. For the lamb, I cooked at 120°C (248 Fahrenheit) to attain a goal meat temperature of 94°C (201 Fahrenheit).

If you’re cooking extra conventional cuts comparable to brisket or ribs then there are literally pre-set modes on the system itself that you need to use, however for my prepare dinner I used to be simply in a position to set my prepare dinner temperature after which manually choose my goal temperature, with the sensor accurately positioned within the meat.

My stereotypical American recipe information advised this prepare dinner would take round 4 hours and he was just about spot on.

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Lamb shoulder cooked on the Ninja Woodfire Pro XL
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And the outcome – a triumph. Smokey, tender, juicy meat with little or no effort on my elements. I principally rubbed some oil, seasoning, garlic and rosemary on the lamb, shut the lid and let the Ninja do its factor for 4 hours or so.

I didn’t open the lid as soon as, as I wished to maintain that smokey goodness locked in, with the boldness that the meat wasn’t going to be overdone, because of the interior sensor probe protecting me up to date with the meat’s present temperature.

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Whereas the lamb was resting I replicated a dish that the Ninja skilled cooks had really demoed for me again on the launch occasion.

It was a easy grilled courgette and prawn starter and I requested the cooks on the time in the event that they’d marinaded or carried out something particular to the substances earlier than cooking and so they assured me it was merely the smoke infusion offering the additional flavours.

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Ninja Woodfire Pro XL grilling courgette and prawns
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They usually weren’t mendacity, I merely used the grill mode, with the Woodfire Flavour button pressed, and inside about 5 minutes, I’d just about replicated the dish.

Subsequent up, I used the roast mode, once more with the Woodfire choice chosen and a few pellets inserted, to prepare dinner some pigs-in-blankets and stomach of pork in a ‘oven’ model setup. Once more, I didn’t need to do something and the extra-smokey flavour was current and actually added to the style.

Ninja Woodfire Pro XL cooking sausages and pork
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My last take a look at for the Easter prepare dinner out was the air-fryer mode, and a few candy potato wedges. As you’d anticipate from Ninja, the air-frying was excellent and, once more, the additional infusion of the smoke flavour made an enormous distinction.

Throughout cooking – on all modes – the system makes a little bit of a hum, which might be most notable on air-fry mode, nevertheless it’s not precisely loud.

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You additionally would possibly panic in regards to the quantity of smoke popping out, particularly proper at first of a prepare dinner, however that’s completely regular.

One draw back is that, as soon as you’re carried out cooking, both by the grill plate or the air fryer basket, then you’ll have at hand wash these elements as they aren’t dishwasher protected.

Ninja Woodfire Pro XL drip tray
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All the fats pours out a gap in the back of the grill and right into a drip tray. Ninja really provides disposable drip trays that match into the primary one, so you possibly can preserve all the things a bit cleaner; however I’ve simply been washing up the metal tray after each prepare dinner, and it’s not a giant problem.

Remaining thoughs

The Ninja Woodfire Professional XL is an excellent, all-in-one, out of doors cooking machine meaning you can obtain the prefect BBQ style in your meat, each time. But it surely goes past simply meat because the smoke infusion can even take grilled and roasted greens, and even air-fried meals, to the following degree too.

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How we take a look at

Once we publish our evaluations, you possibly can relaxation assured that they’re the results of “dwelling with” long run exams.

As a result of we’re testing new gadgets all day, on a regular basis, we all know what issues and the way a selected gadget compares to alternate options that you may additionally be contemplating.

Our evaluations are complete, goal and honest and, in fact, we’re by no means paid on to overview a tool.

Learn our information on how we take a look at to be taught extra.

FAQs

How a lot are the alternative Ninja pellet baggage for the Woodfire Professional XL?

Substitute 2lb / 900g baggage value £14.99 within the UK, $15.99 within the US.

Is there a clean griddle plate for the Ninja Woodfire Professional XL?

There’s, however not within the field. You should purchase this for $40 / £40.

Is the Ninja Woodfire Professional XL an air-fryer?

Sure, you possibly can air-fry with the Professional XL however it could additionally roast, smoke and grill.

Ninja Woodfire Professional XL: Specs

UK RRP £399.99
US RRP $424.98
Measurement (Dimensions) H:41 x W:57 x D:51cm
Weight 18KG
Launch Date 2023
Sensible house Ecosystems N/A
Modes Grill
Smoker
Air Fry
Roast
Coating Ceramic coated
Temperature Vary Thermostat as much as 240°C​
Grill Measurement 45cm x 30cm

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