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Best Grill Smoker Combo

Updated On May 21, 2020

"You can't have your cake and eat it too."

Most of us are familiar with that old saying, and in most cases it is true.  But when it comes to combination grills, you CAN grill your foods and smoke it too!

Today we will discuss the benefits of a combo grill and why it's getting popular with grillers. We have chosen 11 Best Grill Smoker Combo and why it's worth considering if you're on the market for a new grill.  

Our overall top pick for the best grill smoker combo is the Char-Griller E16620 Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill.

Short on time? Here's a quick roundup of our top 3 picks and why you need them!
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Cost
Pros
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*Best Overall

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Kamado type design at an affordable price with 447 square inch cooking space
*Runner Up

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Large capacity pellet hopper for continuous cooking with 570 square inch cooking area
*Also Great

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High quality cast-aluminum body construction with 300 square-inch of cooking surface

Top 11 Best Grill Smoker Combo

Best Overall

A great and proven design that is highly durable and efficient in producing great tasting foods.  
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: N/A  (temperature up to 700F)
  • Cooking Surface: 447 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 97 lbs.
Kamado cookers are egg-shaped, ceramic, wood-burning grills that are known for producing smoky flavor in foods. They are ideal for slow cooking and are also great in searing meat at high heat levels.

The Char-Griller E16620 Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill is both a griller and a smoker that can hold its own with other more expensive Kamado grills in the market.  Made from 22-gauge steel and a powder-coated exterior finish, it is a durable and capable grill and smoker combo. With a combined 447 square inches of cooking space, cooking multiple foods is easy and fast.  The cooking grates are made from durable cast-iron which retain heat effectively allowing foods to cook faster.

The insulated design of the Char-Griller E16620 and the dampers on the top and bottom means airflow can be regulated and the internal temperature is controlled. This enables the griller to vary the cooking temperature which is very important for slow cooking or searing foods. The design of this grill combo makes it fuel efficient using less charcoal in cooking food, which translates to bigger savings.

Other features of this charcoal smoker include 2 side tables for prepping space, hooks for tools, rubber wheels with locking caster for easy mobility and stability when being used. There's also a built-in thermometer plus a warming rack that measures 133 square inches for holding food. An ash pan ensures easy cleanup after every use. Definitely one of the best smokers on our list that deserves consideration especially for Kamado grill-type enthusiasts mainly because of its features and price. 
Pros
  • Kamado type design at an affordable price
  • 447 square inch cooking space
  • Made from 22 gauge steel and powder-coated exterior finish
  • Insulated design with top and bottom dampers for controlling the temperature
  • Ash pan for easy cleanup
Cons
  • Tubular legs are not as durable 
Runner Up

A great and proven design that is highly durable and efficient in producing great tasting foods. 
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: N/A  (temperature up to 500F) 
  • Cooking Surface: 570 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 18 lbs.
If you're new to the world of pellet grills, this smoker could be a good one to start with. Pellet grills have a sort of cult following when it comes to different grill users. There are endless debates on which type produces the best smoky flavor in foods. But if flavor in foods is what you're looking for, then the Camp Chef SmokePro is one of the smoker combo grills out there that should be on top.  

It has an upper and lower rack made of stainless steel when combined gives a total of 570 square inches of grill space. The hopper capacity is 18 lbs. of pellets which depending on your style of cooking could last you for 14-20 hours. When smoking foods, the digital heat control automatically feeds pellets to maintain temperatures and infuse that sought-after flavor into the food. Since it works like a convection oven, there are no cool or hot zones when grilling, so you are assured of even and consistent cooking.

While it doesn't reach temperature beyond 450 F, necessary to sear meat, where it shines is in slow cooking and the quality stainless steel metal probe ensures that temperature is easily monitored. Cooking brisket, rib eyes, baby back ribs, turkey, and more is going to be a breeze with this smoker grill combo. And when you're done cooking, a dump tray is convenient for cleaning.  
Pros
  • Large capacity pellet hopper for continuous cooking
  • 570 square inch cooking area
  • Stainless steel temperature probe for easy monitoring
  • No cool or hot zones for even cooking
  • Dump tray for easy cleaning
Cons
  • Uses electricity for the pellet hopper 
Also Great

An award-winning grill with an iconic design that produces great-tasting food and is built to last.
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: N/A  (temperature up to 750F)
  • Cooking Surface: 300 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 45 lbs.
When PK Grill says that their grills are made to last for a very long time, they weren't kidding.

In fact, there are still PK grills that are still working for more than 50 years.  And that's because of the cast aluminum construction which is rust-proof, durable and lightweight in spite of the thickness of the aluminum. And surprisingly, it conducts heat 4x more efficiently than charcoal grills made from steel. Just for its durability and longevity, and the 10-year warranty that comes with the PK Grill PKO-SCAX grill and smoker, it deserves to be on our list.

With 300 square-inch of cooking area, the PK grill can handle everything from brats to a large Thanksgiving turkey. Winner of multiple grill awards, the PK's patented 4-Point Venting System is designed to provide direct and indirect cooking, known as 2-Zone Cooking.  It allows exceptional airflow inside the capsule maintaining consistent heat resulting in perfectly cooked foods. The thick aluminum capsule design that is air-tight, makes it possible to have a steady temperature between 180-750 F.

It's no wonder why most grill enthusiasts who own multiple grills make the PK their go-to-grill because of it's durability and functionality. Use it to cook your favorite burgers, steaks, hot dogs or as a smoker for your racks of ribs, brisket, pork shoulders. It comes with a cart with a side shelf and 2 wheels for space and mobility. This smoker combo deserves its good reputation. One thing PK Grills can be proud of is that all their grills are proudly made in the USA. 
Pros
  • High quality cast-aluminum body construction 
  • Patented 4-Point Venting System
  • 300 square-inch of cooking surface
  • Cart with side shelf and 2 wheels for easy transport
  • Lid depth allows large cuts of meat and whole turkey for cooking
  • 10-year warranty
Cons
  • No built-in thermometer
Also Great

A feature-packed pellet grill & smoker that cooks great foods in multiple ways. 
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: N/A  (temperature up to 450F)
  • Cooking Surface: 450 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 84 lbs.
Another pellet & smoker combo on our list is the Z Grills ZPG-450A.  It's a 6-in-1 barbecue grill which simply means you can use it for barbecue, bake, roast, braise, smoke, and grill. ​

his smoker combo is a 2020 Upgrade that fixed issues of an earlier model and now has a more precise temperature control and pellet feed control system.  The newly upgraded digital control board auto ignites the combo grill which allows you to set the cooking temperature between 180 to 450F. The automated electric feed system with a cast-iron auger, lets you set it once and it immediately goes to work on its own without the need for constant checking.

The huge 450 square inch cooking area and the 15 lbs of wood pellets capacity make it convenient in cooking multiple foods for hours with no need for a constant filling. With an electronic auto-start ignition, starting up your Z Grill is a breeze. The digital auto temperature control allows you to set it on your desired temperature and it will maintain it all throughout the cooking process. The upgraded cart with locking caster wheels makes it easy to transport and stabilize during use. A deep grease catcher collects all grease produced from foods for easy disposal. 
Pros
  • 6-in-1 grill and smoker with a system upgrade
  • Digital auto temperature-control system
  • 450 square-inch of cooking surface
  • Upgraded cart with locking caster wheels
  • Deep grease catcher for easy cleanup
Cons
  • Uses electricity for the hopper system
Also Great

An affordable entry point combo grill that can cook large amounts of great tasting foods fast.
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: N/A  (temperature up to 700F)
  • Cooking Surface: 800 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 57 lbs.
For its price, the Royal Gourmet is one of the least expensive smoker combo on our list. This is a good entry point for grillers who want a grill and smoker without making a dent on their wallets. While it doesn't have the bells and whistles of other combo grills on our list, it cooks great just like any pricier brand. 

It boasts of an 800 square inch of cooking surface area broken down as follows: main grates:  438; warming rack: 179; and offset smoker with 183 grilling space. The heavy-duty lid is large enough to accommodate large cuts of meats for grilling. The smoker with porcelain steel cooking grates is big enough for slow cooking decent-sized food. The big capacity charcoal pan can hold up to 5 lbs of charcoal and a lifting lever conveniently adjusts its height.

A steel mesh front table and a bottom shelf are great for working and storage space and are very easy to clean up. The large damper on the side allows airflow to control the temperature and heat inside the grill. Two wheels allow this combo smoker to be easily pushed or pulled for transport. The paint should be cured based on instructions to prevent peeling or chipping. With proper maintenance, this grill and smoker combo can give you years of enjoyment.  
Pros
  • One of the least expensive smoker grill combo in the market
  • 800 square-inch of cooking surface area with warming rack 
  • Smoker with extra grilling space
  • Front and bottom shelves
  • Adjustable charcoal lifting handle
Cons
  • Paint may chip or peel if not cured
Also Good

A very versatile grill that is large enough to accommodate multiple large cuts of meats at the same time.  
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: 15,000  (temperature up to 500F)
  • Cooking Surface: 784 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 57 lbs.
If you need to invest in a large charcoal smoker with almost 800 square-inch cooking space,  that accommodates 100 lbs of food at one time, this is for you. With 6 height-adjustable stainless steel grates, you can cook different sizes of food that produce that smoky flavor thanks to its smoker on the side.

The dual door design reduces heat loss while adding wood chips or charcoal during the smoking process. The firebox, with a heavy-duty steel body construction and a high-temperature powder coat finish, is designed to provide durability for this smoker grill combo. The air vents on the smokestack and smoker allow the temperature to be controlled especially for slow cooking such as brisket, ribs, whole chickens, turkeys, etc., in which consistent heat is required for even cooking.

The built-in temperature gauge with an ideal "smoke-zone" indicator helps to ensure a perfectly smoked food. A charcoal/wood chip basket is large enough to accommodate charcoal and wood chips for a long period of cooking. A removable ashpan is large enough to catch all dirt and ashes for easy cleaning and disposal.  
Pros
  • One of the least expensive smoker grill combo in the market
  • 784 square-inch of cooking surface area
  • 6 height-adjustable stainless steel grates
  • Dual door design 
  • Built-in temperature gauge with "smoke-zone" indicator
Cons
  • Paint may peel or chip in time
Also Good

An 8-in-1 modern-designed grill that is highly capable of producing great tasting foods in multiple ways of cooking. 
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: 25,000  (temperature up to 450F)
  • Cooking Surface: 700 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 84 lbs.
This is the second Char-Griller that's on our best grill and smoker list. And why not when you consider the great features and capabilities this combo grill and smoker has.

If you love Texas-style barbecuing, the Char-Griller Smokin Pro is a good choice with its traditional charcoal grill with a side firebox. Its frame is made from heavy-gauge powder-coated steel construction, With a 580 square-inch of cooking surface and 250 square-inch space for the side firebox, cooking multiple foods should not be a problem. Side dampers allow you to control the flame and temperature easily.

With an adjustable fire grate and built-in temperature gauge in the hood, you can either warm or sear food by just moving the fire grates up or down. Once you're done cooking, the easy dump ashpan allows for an easy clean up of this charcoal grill smoker combo. 
Pros
  • Heavy-gauge powder-coated steel construction body
  • 830 square-inch total cooking space
  • Large dampers to control airflow
  • Adjustable fire grate and built-in thermometer
  • Easy dump ashpan for easy clean up
Cons
  • Paint tends to peel off in time
Also Good

An 8-in-1 modern-designed grill that is highly capable of producing great tasting foods in multiple ways of cooking. 
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: 25,000  (temperature up to 450F)
  • Cooking Surface: 700 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 84 lbs.
This is the second Char-Griller that's on our best grill and smoker list.  And why not when you consider the great features and capabilities this combo grill and smoker has.  

If you love Texas-style barbecuing, the Char-Griller Smokin Pro is a good choice with its traditional charcoal grill with a side firebox.  Its frame is made from heavy-gauge powder-coated steel construction, With a 580 square-inch of cooking surface and 250 square-inch space for the side firebox, cooking multiple foods should not be a problem. Side dampers allow you to control the flame and temperature easily.

With an adjustable fire grate and built-in temperature gauge in the hood, you can either warm or sear food by just moving the fire grates up or down.  Once you're done cooking, the easy dump ashpan allows for an easy clean up of this charcoal grill smoker combo. 
Pros
  • Heavy-gauge powder-coated steel construction body
  • 830 square-inch total cooking space
  • Large dampers to control airflow
  • Adjustable fire grate and built-in thermometer
  • Easy dump ashpan for easy clean up
Cons
  • Paint tends to peel off in time
Also Good

A great affordable offset smoker grill that gives great flavor to foods in a large cooking space. 
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: N/A  (temperature up to 400F)
  • Cooking Surface: 800 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 54.2 lbs.
The Royal Gourmet may not be as durable as the other grill and smoker on our list, but with its price, it's hard to bet against it.  

Unless you're willing to spend hundreds of dollars more for pricier brands such as Traeger or a PK, this is a good introduction to the combo smoker grill world. With an 800 square inch of cooking space, you will have lots of room for your steaks, briskets, pizzas, sausages, or vegetables and guarantee that they will come out of your grill smoker combo tasting really great. The offset smoker with porcelain steel cooking grates is big enough for slow cooking decent-sized food. (1)

The big capacity charcoal tray can hold up to 5 lbs of charcoal and a lifting lever conveniently adjusts its height. A steel mesh front table and a bottom shelf are great for working and storage space and are very easy to clean up. The large damper on the side allows airflow to control the temperature and heat inside the grill. It has a side table for prepping and hooks where you can place your barbecue tools.

Two wheels allow this combo smoker's portability so taking it for a cookout, camping, or outside party gatherings is very convenient. The paint should be cured based on instructions to prevent peeling or chipping. With proper maintenance, this grill and smoker combo can give you many years of grilling fun. 
Pros
  • One of the least expensive smoker grill combo in the market
  • 800 square-inch of cooking surface area
  • Smoker with extra grilling space
  • Front and bottom shelves
  • Adjustable charcoal lifting handle
Cons
  • Paint may chip or peel if not cured
Also Good

A highly durable Kamado-style combo grill that is capable of grilling at low and high temperatures for slow roasting and searing meat.
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: N/A  (temperature up to 700F)
  • Cooking Surface: 153 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 37 lbs.
The Char-Griller Akorn Jr. is made from durable steel construction that is built to last. It features a powder-coated exterior finish, and a porcelain-coated steel interior finish. Its triple-walled insulation allows it to retain heat much better compared to other grills. It has a 153 square inch of cooking surface with cast-iron grates.

The triple walled 22-gauge steel allows it to maintain cooking temperatures ranging from 200-700 degrees Fahrenheit.  At this temperature range, slow roast and searing meat are possible producing flavorful and juicier meat. The adjustable top and bottom dampers allow you to control the airflow in lowering or increasing the temperature inside. The built-in lid thermometer lets you monitor the correct heat temperature of the food you are cooking.

This combo grill is ideal for camping, tailgating, RV, and more. With the convenient handles, it's easy to take it anywhere you want to go. When you're finished using it, the easy dump ash pan at the bottom makes for easy cleanup.  This is really one smoker grill combo that deserves its place on our list.  
Pros
  • Kamado-style is designed for even heating to enhance flavor
  • Triple walled insulation for durability 
  • 22-gauge steel allows to maintain temperatures from 200-700 F
  • Top and bottom air dampers for easy adjustment of temperature
  • Easy dump ash pan for cleanup
  • Highly portable
Cons
  • Ash pan may rust in time
Also Good

A great alternative to expensive pellet grill & smoker that is packed with modern features and convenience. 
Quick Summary
  • BTU's: N/A  (temperature up to 500F)
  • Cooking Surface: 811 square inches
  • Portable: Yes
  • Weight: 145 lbs.
Last but certainly not the least on our best smoker grill list is the Camp Chef SmokePro Slide Smoker. While it's not as popular as a Weber or a Traeger, features-wise it will give those brands a run for their money. But more importantly, this smoker and grill combo is way cheaper than most known brands.

With a total of 811 square inches of grill space, cooking whole chicken, turkey, pork butts, slabs of steaks, and other large cuts of meat is easy with this smoker grill combo. The Smart digital temp. control and automatic auger feed pellets into the grill maintaining the required heat to produce the right amount of smoke. All you need is to set it to your desired temperature and leave it - no more babysitting!

The Camp Chef also comes with a metal probe that you can stick in your food to get an accurate temperature reading. Another cool feature is the pellet release and bucket holder to remove all pellets in the hopper. This is useful if you want to change the wood pellet flavor quickly. A see-through glass allows you to see the level of pellets inside the hopper so you know if it needs refilling. After grilling you can easily pull a lever and all the ashes will collect onto the ash pan.  
Pros
  • Slide and grill system for direct and indirect cooking
  • 811 square-inches of cooking area
  • Smart digital temp. control 
  • Digital metal probe to monitor food's temperature
  • Hopper pellet release and transparent glass for easy monitoring
  • Ash collection system
Cons
  • Paint may chip or peel if not cured

What To Look For When Buying A Grill Smoker Combo

Best Grill Smoker Combo
Choosing a grill smoker combo doesn't have to be complicated.  All you need is to determine what are the features that you need to be able to have a fun and enjoyable grilling experience.  Here are some of the things to consider when searching for the best grill smoker combo for you.

Charcoal or Pellet

Each has its own strengths and weaknesses but in the end, it's really a matter of choice. Some people swear that pellet grills give the best flavor but charcoal barbecue grill purists would beg to disagree. It's an endless debate as to which one is better so it boils down to preference. However, if you decide on a pellet grill combo, bear in mind that it has an auger mechanism that requires electrical power. This means you can't just bring it camping or in cook-outs where there is no access to a power supply. (2)

Cooking Area 

This is important if you are going to grill for four, eight, or twenty people. Bigger cooking area means more food can be cooked at the same time. There's no sense in buying an 800 square-inch combo grill if you will only use it for 2-4 persons. That would be considered an "overkill". 

Price

Prices of combination grills vary depending on the features and brand name. While it may be true that branded smoker grill combos may be more expensive, there are lesser-known companies that produce quality grills at a more affordable price. The Camp Chef is one example of a quality grill that is comparable to more popular brands but at a fraction of the cost. 

Final Words

A combination grill and smoker is having the best of both worlds that's why it's getting more and more popular. Some people instead of spending big money on a regular grill see the wisdom of smoker grill combos simply because it's more practical and economical. Whatever your reason is, it's hard not to appreciate the cost-effectiveness and versatility of combination grills. So go ahead and pull the trigger, so that you can soon enjoy the benefits of your future grill smoker combo! (3)
Best Overall

A great and proven design that is highly durable and efficient in producing great tasting foods.  

References

(1) porcelain - ​https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/porcelain-history-from-china-to-europe-4067213
(2) power supply - ​https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/p/power-supply.htm
(3) economical - ​https://www.yourdictionary.com/economical

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Albert Thompson

Albert hails from Kentucky where grilling is a lifestyle. He brings with him his years of experience in the cooking sector and the product sector, but dont let that fool you, he practices what he preaches and enjoys a big rack of ribs every weekend.


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  1. Are combo grills good? I’d love to hear from those who had experience having one of the above products, before I decide to buy. But, thank you for this one. I find this complete and comprehensive guide for the grill smoker combo. Thanks!

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