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When you pick out a new grill from Big Green Egg or Kamado Joe, you can enjoy all the benefits of a ceramic grill. Shaped like large oval eggs, ceramic grills are easier to clean than traditional grills and often have better temperature control too. You’ll find that these grills are more efficient when it comes to charcoal usage also and that you can save charcoal for your next time grilling.
Grills from these companies are completely unlike the standard grill that you already have. Instead of using a long and narrow design, these grills look more like large eggs that are squatter and more compact in shape. This design allows the smoke and heat to rise up from the bottom and cover your food for even cooking, and the lid on top keeps that heat from escaping.
One thing you should know about these grills is that you usually need to purchase a stand for one. Big Green Egg calls its stands nests, and both companies sell some grills that come with a stand. You can also buy a picnic table or an outdoor table with a cut out in the center that will accommodate that grill.
You may want to look at some of the accessories available too like a chimney cap that vents excess smoke or grill light that fits inside the grill and illuminates the racks for cooking at night. The most important thing that you need is a cover, which will completely cover the top and sides of the grill to keep it safe from the rain and snow.
As Kamada Joe and Big Green Egg both make ceramic grills that are similar in shape and design, we created a list of the top products from both companies. You can view those products to find out whether grills from Kamada Joe or Big Green Egg are right for your backyard barbecues.
Top Kamado Joe Products
1. Kamado Joe BJ24NRSH Big Joe Stand Alone Ceramic Grill
This Kamado Joe BJ24NRSH Big Joe Stand Alone Ceramic Grill is one of the best products from the grill company because it is one of its only grills that does not require any type of stand or table to use.
The base of the grill features three small feet that keep the heat from the grill from burning your grass or leaving scorch marks on the table, but the feet also allow cool air to move underneath the grill, which can keep food from burning because it helps regulate the temperature inside. Though this grill is similar to the larger Big Green Egg models, it comes with a red ceramic on the outside instead of a green ceramic.
Kamado Joe made many of the metal pieces on this grill, including the vents, handles and bands, from stainless steel to ensure that you make an investment that will pay off and to ensure that this grill lasts for years. The ceramic used in its construction actually helps insulate the inside, which makes this model perfect for smoking. It has so much space inside that you can smoke two or more racks of ribs, but it can also accommodate a turkey and whole fish.
This grill also lets you sear and bake outside, which helps keep the temperature of your house down and lets you mingle and entertain guests instead of feeling chained to your grill. It comes with a gripper for moving the grates while the metal is still hot and an ash drawer that slides out from the bottom.
2. Kamado Joe BJ24RH Big Joe Grill
When you want to grill multiple dishes and still have time to have fun with your guests, you want the Kamado Joe BJ24RH Big Joe Grill for your backyard.
This 24-inch ceramic grill has a layer of insulation inside that regulates the temperature when grilling and also lets you turn the grill into a smoker. You can use it with ordinary charcoal to give meats and other ingredients a slightly smoky flavor, or you can use your choice of wood to enhance the natural flavors of those ingredients.
Kamado Joe designed a “Divide and Conquer” cooking system that comes with a stainless-steel cooking grate that you can use in different positions inside the grill and two smaller racks that are roughly half the size of the full rack.
Those smaller racks are great for cooking certain foods closer to the heat and keeping other foods warm and ready to serve at the same time. The grill also comes with ceramic heat deflectors that help deflect the heat away from your foods when needed.
The manufacturer includes a heavy-duty metal cart that acts like a stand with this model, but the wheels on the bottom of this cart add to the portability of the grill and also lock in place on your porch or deck.
Near the bottom of a grill is a small metal drawer that slides open to give you convenient access to the ash that your wood or charcoal produce. An included ash tool makes emptying that drawer easier, and you also get a gripper for adjusting the hot metal grates inside.
3. Kamado Joe Classic II Freestanding Grill
Similar to the last Kamado Joe grill, this Kamado Joe Classic II Freestanding Grill has a freestanding design that comes with its own attached cart for using the grill anywhere around your lawn or on a patio or deck.
That cart has four wheels that help you move the grill while it’s in use or still hot without burning your hands, but each of those wheels has its own mechanism for locking down the wheels too. The air lift hinge that Kamado Joe designed reduces the overall weight of the grill’s domed lid to help you more easily lift that lid to check on your food.
Included with this grill is a stainless-steel grill grate that is the same size as the grill and two half-size grates. The full grate is perfect for cooking a rack of ribs, a few burgers or other dishes that cook at the same temperature. When you want to cook foods at different temperatures, you can use the half-racks at different levels inside the grill.
The top vent, which Kamado Joe calls a tower vent, is aluminum and resistant to both water and rust, and this vent lets you adjust the airflow inside the grill to better regulate the flow of smoke as well as the temperature.
It comes with two small wood panels that attach to each side of the cart that serve as prep areas and give you extra storage with hooks for hanging tools. The grill has a fiberglass gasket that will last up to 10 times as long as other gaskets to prevent air loss.
4. Kamado Joe KJ23RH Classic Joe Grill
One of the best reasons to buy a Kamado Joe grill is because you can purchase a grill in the exact size that you need like this Kamado Joe KJ23RH Classic Joe Grill, which is small enough to use on an apartment patio or on a camping trip.
This 18-inch grill comes with a sturdy cart that has two work areas attached to the stand near the top of the grill, and both of these work areas have hooks that you can use for cooking tools and cleaning equipment. The cart also has locking wheels that you can lock and unlock with a simple motion before moving or setting up the grill.
Kamado Joe includes its patented “Divide and Conquer” cooking system that lets you cook all your favorite dishes at the same time. This system features two half-racks and a larger rack that is roughly the same size as the grill.
You can use one or more of those grates and racks to cook several dishes or ingredients at the same time but at different temperatures.
Its ash drawer makes cleaning up after grilling easy because the drawer slides right out from the bottom of the grill. Any ash or dust will drop down inside the grill and into this drawer, and you can even use the included ash tool to empty that drawer to reduce the risk of the grill catching on fire.
With the included grate gripper, you can adjust any of the grates or racks that you use, even if the metal is still hot to the touch.
Top Big Green Egg Products
1. Big Green Egg Kamado Grill MiniMax Portable Outdoor Smoker
There is little doubt that the Big Green Egg Kamado Grill MiniMax Portable Outdoor Smoker ranks as the top grill from Big Green Egg because this is the only one lightweight enough for using away from your yard and home.
The MiniMax is a portable outdoor smoker that functions as a grill and a smoker. A cap on the top helps regulate the flow of air inside the grill, and a wood handle on the front lets you check on your dishes and lift the lid without touching the hot exterior of the grill.
The MiniMax is pretty impressive because it can cook quite a bit of food, including a whole rib rack, a chicken or turkey that weighs 12 pounds, a few steaks or even five burgers.
As the metal grate has a coating on the top, your food shouldn’t stick to the grate. The MiniMax has 133-square inches of cooking space and stands just under 20-inches tall.
Though this is a smaller grill, it can do all the same things that a larger Egg can and can even let you experiment with different cooking methods like baking or searing.
The included stand or nest wraps around the grill and features four small feet on the bottom, two handles on each side and the company’s name across the front. It also features an ash drawer that you can slide open on the bottom to pull out the dust left behind by the wood or charcoal that you use for grilling and smoking.
Big Green Egg vs. Kamado Joe: Who Wins?
When we started our comparison, we assumed that Big Green Egg would easily come out on top, but we actually gave Kamado Joe a slight advantage.
The company makes grills that look like eggs and grills that come in different sizes for those who want to entertain at home and those who want to go tailgating.
Kamado Joe also offers more products than Big Green Egg does and sells grills that are more affordable, which is why we think it wins in a direct showdown.