With so many different types of BBQ grills and smokers being sold nowadays, it can be difficult for the consumer to decide what type of grill best serves their needs. This causes people to ask themselves some important questions. Should they buy a grill or a smoker? Should they buy charcoal or gas models? These are important questions for people to ask themselves, and there are no easy answers. However, we do have a potential solution: Gas charcoal smoker grill combos.
These grills can use either charcoal or gas and they’re capable of smoking and grilling people’s foods. In fact, many of these grills can do even more than that, with some models being able to also bake, braise, and roast. We know because we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing some of the best gas charcoal smoker grill combos being made nowadays. A list we’re now sharing with readers.
- Editor’s Choice
Oklahoma Joe’s Grill/Smoker Combo (Amazon) – Review
- Also Recommended
Dual Fuel Combination Grill (Amazon) – Review
- Also Consider
Royal Gourmet 3-Burner Charcoal/Gas Grill Combo (Amazon) – Review
Editor’s Choice: Oklahoma Joe’s Grill/Smoker Combo
Although some people might balk at a gas charcoal smoker grill combo with a price-tag as high as this one, we would suggest that consumers put those concerns away and look at all of the features this model provides first. We feel that when compared with other grills out there that our readers will find that this model is a deal.
It’s not only capable of replacing the consumer’s need to buy a separate smoker to go along with their grill but is also built in a way that allows it to last for many, many years. This is a durable and high-quality model that cooks food better than just about any other grill or smoker we’ve reviewed, and believe us when we say that we’ve reviewed a lot of grills.
But don’t take our word for it, let’s look at some of this model’s features. This product is approximately 31.5-inches long, 74-inches wide, and 50.6-inches high. It’s made out of black steel and features porcelain-coated iron grates that provide the consumer with 1,060 square inches of the cooking surface to work with. That’s 750 square-inches of primary cooking space that’s combined with 310 square-inches of secondary cooking space. That’s plenty of space for most people to work with while grilling/smoking their food.
This combo grill has two separate cooking chambers—one chamber for gas grilling and one chamber for smoking. It also has an offset firebox and a gas side burner for convenience. That’s three 12,000 BTU burners that give this grill a combined total of 36,000 BTU of cooking power. It also features professional temperature gauges so that both cooking chambers can be monitored.
Some other things that impressed us about this grill/smoker combo were all of the little time and work-saving features built into it. It had cool-touch handles, a metal storage shelf under the main cooking chamber, multiple dampers to control smoke and heat, and lid-mounted temperature gauges. That’s a lot of features for any grill or smoker, which is why we think it’s worth way more than what its price-tag would suggest it’s worth.
– This is an incredible grill/smoker combo that cooks well.
– Gives the consumer control over grilling and smoking.
– This is a well-built model.
– It costs more than some other grill/smoker combos.
Also Recommended: Dual Fuel Combination Grill
Another grill that impressed us quite a bit was this one. This model is approximately 64-inches long, 28-inches wide, and 49.75-inches high. It’s a model that’s made out of steel and weighs approximately 90-pounds. This is a grill that has 557 square inches of cooking space. That’s large enough for a person to cook 16 cheeseburgers on each side—for a total of 32 burgers. That’s 262-inches of cooking space on the charcoal side and 295 square inches of space on the gas side. It also has an additional 188 square-inches of warming space.
This model also features chrome-plated cast-iron cooking grids and the gas side of this grill has stainless steel tube burners. There are three of them and together they provide about 24,000 BTU of cooking power. It also has a side burner that provides an additional 12,000 BTU of cooking power. This burner has a cover that can be closed when it’s not in use to provide the consumer with a little bit of table space.
All of the burners on this model have integrated ignition as well, so it’s easy for the consumer to get them up and running. This grill also has a side table for holding things such as utensils or bottles of BBQ sauce, and it has adequate storage space underneath the unit. This unit also has a painted steel control panel for easy operation.
If there was one complaint that we had about this charcoal/LP gas grill, it’s that it does require quite a bit of time and effort putting it together because it shipped mainly disassembled. In the end, we don’t think that’s a big deal—especially when you consider that it probably is one of the main reasons why this grill is so inexpensive. However, it is something that we felt that we should bring to all of our readers’ attention. All things considered, we felt that this was a quality model that did a great job of grilling and smoking our food.
– It’s a reasonably priced gas/smoker combo.
– It does a good job of smoking and grilling.
– It takes a bit of effort and time to put together.
Also Consider: Royal Gourmet 3-Burner Charcoal/Gas Grill Combo
The last charcoal/gas grill combo that we’d like to mention is this one from Royal Gourmet. This model is approximately 22-inches by 63.8-inches by 43.7-inches and weighs just a little over 100-pounds. It’s a model that provides the consumer with a total of 742 square inches of cooking space. This is more than enough to meet the grilling needs of most families.
The left primary cooking area is approximately 17.6-inches by 16.4-inches, which provides a total of 288.3 square inches. It’s right primary cooking area is about 17.6-inches by 16.4-inches, which provides another 288.3 square inches of cooking space. It also has warming racks on the left and the right that are approximately 17.8-inches by 4.6-inches in size and provide a total of 82.7-inches of warming rack space.
This product features three stainless-steel burners that provide about 27,000 BTUs of heat output. It also features a firebox that’s made from organic silicone and is capable of reaching approximately 600-degrees of heat without any problems. Underneath the charcoal side of this grill, the consumer can find a pull-out ash pan that allows ashes to be removed from the unit quite easily.
Additional features found on this model include a height-adjustable charcoal pan, three air vents (two on the lid and one in the front), and two casters with two wheels that make moving this grill around a lot easier. The main complaints that we had about this model was that it was difficult to assemble and that it was a bit difficult to clean. If it weren’t for those two problems, then we’d have no problem placing this product a little bit higher on our list.
– This is a reasonably priced charcoal/gas grill combo.
– It does a good job of grilling.
– It can be difficult to assemble.
– It isn’t easy to very easy to clean.
Now that we’ve gone over some of the best gas charcoal smoker grill combos that are available, it’s time to turn our attention to writing a guide that will help all of our readers choose the one that’s best for them. After all, we can list some of the best grills available, but it won’t do our readers any good if they don’t know which one would work best for them.
That’s why we decided that we needed to write a guide that was simple and to the point. We want to inform our readers of the features they’re going to want to carefully consider before they put several hundred dollars on a new grill. With that said, let’s jump right into this guide and begin with the size of the grill.
The Size Of The Grill/Smoker Combo
The first thing that the consumer is going to want to think about before purchasing a new smoker/grill combo is the size of the unit. Most grill descriptions list both the total grill size as well as a break down of both the left and the right grills. For example, Royal Gourmet lists its ZH3002-S model as being 742 square-inches in size, with each side contributing 288.3 square-inches to that figure. However, if you do the math, you’ll notice that only comes to 576.6 square inches of grill space. Where’s the other 165.4 square-inches of space? Let’s find out.
The other 165.4 square inches of cooking space actually comes in the form of warming racks. This model has two 82.7 square inch warming racks on each side—which comes to a total of 165.4 square inches of space. This manufacturer, like other manufacturers, put the total warming space rack space in with the total cooking space of the grill. Therefore, it’s important for the consumer to think about this carefully when buying a new grill.
In our estimation, most people are going to want to have at least 450 to 500 square-inches of Primary Cooking Space. That should be sufficient for an average family of four. However, consumers who have large families or want to use the grill for large gatherings are probably going to want to purchase a grill with a primary cooking space of at least 550 square inches.
The Build Quality Of The Grill/Smoker Combo
Something else that the consumer is going to want to consider is the build quality of the model. Since these grills have to cook with both charcoal and LP gas, they tend to have a lot of moving parts to them. Parts that can easily break if the grill isn’t properly constructed. That’s why it’s important for the consumer to choose a model that’s extremely well built and one that’s built with quality components.
At the very least, the grill should be made of steel with coated steel grates. Even better are models that are made of stainless steel and have cast-iron grates that are porcelain-coated. Those materials are often used on higher-quality models.
Another way to determine build quality is for the consumer to think about the gas charcoal smoker grill combo’s warranty. Quality models aren’t afraid of putting a good warranty behind their product because they know that their grills are made to last. The consumer should look for models that have at least a 2-year warranty.
Onboard Storage Space On The Grill
The consumer might also want to think about the onboard storage and/or workspace that can be found on the unit. Some models provide the consumer with a very small amount of workspace or storage, while other models offer a considerable amount of space to the consumer. When purchasing a grill, take into consideration the amount of workspace that can be found on the sides of the unit, as well as the storage space that can be found underneath the main cooking chamber.
Additional Features To Ponder Before Purchasing A New Grill/Smoker Combo
To conclude this guide, we’d like to talk about some of the other things that consumers are going to want to think about before purchasing their next gas charcoal smoker grill combo. Although grill/smoker combos don’t necessarily need the below features, they do make using them more convenient. All of our readers should look over the following list and see if it is relevant to what they need out of their next charcoal/gas grill/smoker combo.
- Removable ash pans.
- Stay-cool handles.
- Built-in thermometers.
- Electronic ignition systems.
- Utensil hooks.
- The number of smoke dampers.
- Wheels and/or casters.
- BTU of the gas burners.
- Additional shelf storage.