Kamado style cookers have been used in the Orient for over three thousand years and their unique ability to function as a grill, slow cooker, roaster, and baking oven has brought their attention to the West. While there is a slight learning curve over traditional grills, people swear about the superior taste and quality of Kamado grills with many refusing to go back to the traditional grilling standard.
Kamado grills have a diverse range in prices. What makes up the huge difference between the prices is the material that the Kamado cooker is made of. You see, Kamado grills are usually all ceramic with only a few being made of metal or other sturdy material. However, ceramic Kamado cookers are usually the best way to go because of the unique heating of the cooker itself.
Kamado cookers use a combination of infrared cooking and convection cooking to achieve a wide range of versatility. The ceramic material helps both retain the heat and distribute the heat correctly so your food not only cooks quickly but is done all the way through with no hot or cold spots. All while sealing in the juices.
The key to Kamado grilling is getting the right balance in air flow from the bottom to the top. Air should flow into the bottom into the fire space and then take the heat and move it upwards to the top vent where it escapes back into the surrounding air. By getting the balance correct, your food cooked evenly and the flavors are sealed in as well. There is no doubt that Kamado cookers will become a mainstay in grilling. While it may not replace standard grills, it is something worth having.
Five Great Kamado Cookers
Best Kamado Charcoal Barbecue Grill and Smoker
This Kamado cooker – Char-Griller Model #06620 Grill is great for beginners or if you just want to supplement your existing grill. The inside is a porcelain coated steel with the cooking surface being cast iron. The dampener is coded so you can keep track of the position and the top vent is easy to control The cart has very sturdy legs and there are two rear wheels for mobility.
This cooker has a built in temperature gauge on the top and the cart has two side shelves for prep work. People who purchased this model love the results and how easy it is to use and get used to.
Top Value Kamado BBQ Grill and Smoker
While admittedly, there is a big difference in price between the Char Griller and the this one and the rest on the list, it goes back to the material. This Kamado cooker – Cal Flame Model #BBQ15K21 Grill uses a internal ceramic that not only distributes the heat but absorbs and refracts the heat to where it is most useful.
This is a heavy duty cooker and it can do everything, grilling, smoking, roasting, baking and more. The lower cart is heavy duty as well and has four lockable casters to protect from tipping. This model is highly spoken of in terms of quality and results.
Best Classic Kamado Grill/Smoker
This model is part of the Kamado Joe series, the series that started the craze. This model – Kamado Joe Model #KJ23RH Grill is fully ceramic and uses a patented cleaning system for removing ash. The lid is spring assisted and the lower dampener is the slide version so it is easy to make minute adjustments for the perfect flow.
Dual shelves on the side help with plenty of space and the cart is a quad style with lockable casters. People who purchased and use this Kamado grill love the fact that they can cook anything and everything.
Best BBQ Ceramic Grill Cooker
A 24 inch Kamado grill with attitude. This model – Pit Boss Model #71240 Grill comes with a dual, internal grate system for even more room over other Kamado grills and the body is fully ceramic, including the charcoal pot. Slide style dampener with large, adjustable top vent make getting the air flow perfect, a breeze and the cart uses a quad leg system with lockable casters.
The dual side shelves are thick bamboo and there is a top, built in temperature gauge for exacting control. People who bought and use this model love the superior heat control and the excellent performance.
Best Kamado Grill for the Money
This Kamado cooker – Saffire Brand Silver Series Grill is a top class Kamado that will do everything you need it to do. From baking pizza to smoking a brisket, this will get the job done. The body is all ceramic and thick resulting in a life time warranty on the ceramics. The finish is a high gloss coat that helps with retaining heat.
The lower dampener is steel with the top vent also being steel and easy to control and adjust. Top mounted temperature gauge and dual side shelves are just some of the features of this cooker. People who own and use this model love the high quality results and the quality make of the grill.
Kamado grills can get very hot, do not use around flammable material. For the best results, be sure to read the operators manual for both operation and cleaning instructions. The ceramics can break if handled without care. Be sure to cover your grill when not in use to protect it from the elements.