Best Kamado Grills of 2020: Worth the Money?
Kamado is the Japanese word for stove or range, quite literally it means “place for the cauldron.” It is a modern version of the “mushikamado” created over 3,000 years ago. These styles of grills often have two things in common, the price-tag, and their odd egg shape.
In this review we look at whether or not the price-tag of the Kamado can be justified by the grilling quality they produce. Unlike other styles of smokers, these can reach temperatures up to 750 degrees! You won’t get that kind of heat even from the best infrared grills.
Primo Grills Kamado Round Grill with Shelves
Are you looking for an American made grill? The Primo Grill has USA written all over it. Given all the big plans that you might have for your next camping or tailgating trips, does this grill fit in? We will find out in a while. Let’s start with the standard product features.
The grill is made from high-quality ceramic. Included in the deal is a variety of items. It feels like Christmas when you receive the delivery. The package arrives with Cradle Shelves, Ash Tool, and Grill Lifter. Under the hood, you get 280 square inches of cooking space.
Available in a traditional egg shape, you can easily grill, smoke, bake, or roast any food or meat on this round grill. With precise temperature adjustment, you can do low and slow cooking, or high and heated cooking depending on your preference to retain all the natural taste of the food.
The thing that I love the most about this grill is that it does not rob the meat off its moisture. The meat stays nice and juicy. In fact, most of the foods that I cooked on this grill had amazing flavors. It simply returns flavorful dishes like nothing else in the market.
With its natural heat retention ability, it takes very little charcoal. I was able to cook one dish after another without adding additional coals. Until now, it has been my travel companion for a couple of camping trips. The wheeled cart makes it easy to move around and carry on in any outdoor trip.
It comes assembled for the most part (95% assembled). Plus, you get a 20% product warranty. With American made craftsmanship, you won’t really complain about the durability. I have been using this grill for more than a year now, and it still looks sparkling new.
The only issue that I have with this grill is that it doesn’t come with a firebox divider that’s seen in other oval grills of Kamado. Of course, it’s not the end of the world. The grill is easily worth the price tag!
Kamado Joe Jr
This 13.5 inches Ceramic Grill by Kamado Joe gravitated grill lovers. I must admit, I was hooked too. I bought it days after my last grill malfunctioned. Fortunately, this one lived up to its promise. This time around, my wife couldn’t make fun of me. I don’t blame her though. I have an unreasonably bad online shopping record. Anyways, let me tell you what I liked and disliked about this product. So, let’s meet Kamado Joe Jr Grill.
Lookwise, it’s the spitting image of the classic model with the size exception. In fact, this unit is a smaller version of the Classic model. Since I have used both Big Joe and the Classic Kamado, I would say that everything looked pretty much familiar from the inside.
It’s fitted with 304 Stainless Steel Cooking Grate. The interior provides 148 square inches of cooking surface. The externally fixed thermometer can reach temperature up to 750 degrees. It comes with a sturdy black colored stand. It also comes with a removable ash tray for easy cleanup. The ashes fall directly into the tray which can be pulled out through the bottom air vent. Now, let’s find out how it smokes up.
This proved to be a go-to grill for my pizza cooking. I have used it for meat, ribs, hamburgers, and other stuff as well, but mostly pizza. The entire grill area can be used for cooking. I liked the fact that it gets to the required temperature quite quickly and maintains it really well too.
The foods turn out amazing, to say the least. It does a splendid job of retaining the flavor. Also, it’s of perfect size for our small family. I plan to keep using this grill until the day I retire, and even after that. I might have to buy a new one though when the day arrives.
It’s one of the most affordable Kamado grills out there. It’s pretty sturdy and durable too. Also, it’s very easy to pick up and load the unit on the back of the car. So, it scores well on the portability front. To tell you the truth, I haven’t seen the gym doors in over a decade. Our cat has made more gains than me in the last decade.
Unlike the other Kamado grills, this one doesn’t arrive with any accessories. This pretty much justifies the low price tag for a quality product. It’s almost half the price of Big Joe and classic model. Also, the size is a little small to be used as a primary grill. I use it as a secondary grill.
Are Kamado’s Worth Your Money?
It’s time to cut to the chase. If you need something family size, go for Akorn Kamado Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker or Kamado Joe KJ13RH Joe Jr Grill. Between the two, Kamado Joe KJ13RH Joe Jr Grill will be easy on your wallet.
If you have a larger family or lots of friends to entertain often, investing on a larger grill would prove to be the best bet. The Kamado Joe BJ24RH Big Joe Grill would serve you well over here.
If you do a lot of outdoor cooking, Primo Grill and Kamado Joe KJ23NRSH Classic Joe Stand Alone won’t disappoint you. They are portable, and they will provide you reasonable cooking space as well.