KAMADO JOE GRILLS
Want to learn what benefits makes the each grill the best? Go to the style page you want to learn about to get the description of each design. If you google Kamado cookers you will find the style has been around for a long time. Kamado Joe has perfected it. Why is the Kamado Joe the best? Because it's a grill, smoker and oven. From high heat sears to low and slow barbeque it will meet your needs. With the Joe's accessories it can become a rotisserie or even a pizza oven.
Why the Kamado Joe?
Innovation, not only are they always coming out with new products they are revamping older models with new accessories. Such as the SloRoller to upgrade your Classic or Big Joe to level III. Out of the box it comes with more accessories than the Big Green Egg. The BGE is only available at select retailers as well.
In my opinion you will get a better value at with the Joe and it will be less expensive in the long run with the included accessories.
Is it worth the upgrade?
One of the main differences between the II and the III or the Big Joe II and III is the SloRoller accessory. Aside from the cart and the metal shelves you can now purchase the SloRoller for the older models and it will be cheaper than buying the newest style Kamado. I'll let you decide on that one. Check out the accessories page to find the lowest prices on the SloRoller.
Watch the YouTube Video of the KJ crew designing it with Harvard.
Divide and Conquer Cooking Rack
The Divide and Conquer Cooking rack makes the more Joe versatile than most of their competition out there. The half moon grates and heat deflectors allow for it's flexible cooking system to be set up for many different style cooks. My favorite setup is for reverse searing a great steak. The best part of Divide and Conquer rack is that it comes with the purchase of the Joe. It isn't an expensive aftermarket accessory. When you are spending thousands on a ceramic style kamado you don't want to drop another $500+ dollars on accessories. Check out the video below from Kamado Joe on the Divide and Conquer Rack.
Yet another reason why the Kamado Joe is the best ceramic kamado out there!
You can take the wood chips/chunks and the lump off the list to make this a top 10 because they are fuel and the lump is required. So that leaves us with the KJ Classic III and the Big Joe III with 3.5 accessories included out of the box out of the 10 must have items. Why 3.5? The Divide and Conquer does off tiered cooking so it can act as an expander. The catch is you need another grate, but the good news is that grate can be the sear grate saving money om just buying one item instead of two.
In fact Kamado Joe makes everything on this list with the exception of the wood chips and a BBQ Thermometer. They do however have an electric starter. By having branded products that will ensure there are no fitment issues or no modifications needed. Some accessories can void warranties as well which can be extremely costly.