The Best Smoker Grill Combo Options of 2018

Oct 16, 2018 | Grills, Reviews

Grilling and smoking meat is a fun, delicious pastime for many. Yet you cannot have a decent batch of smoked meat without the best smoker grill out there. Luckily, 2018 has given us many different products that can smoke your meat to perfection.

Among the five products, you’ll read about our choice for the best smoker grill is the Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Reverse Flow. It’s durable, easy to use, and has everything you need to smoke some delicious meat. It should be noted that the choice for the best smoker wasn’t easy, as all five of these products do a splendid job at smoking meat. No matter which of the five smokers you purchase, you’ll always have a delicious meal.

Top 5 Smoker and Grill Combo

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Oklahoma Joe

900 sq. inches

Charcoal/Wood

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Weber

481 sq. inches

Charcoal

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Masterbuilt

205 sq. inches

Wood Chips/Electricity

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Z Grills

700 sq. inches

Pellets/Electricity

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Smoke Hollow

475 sq. inches

Propane

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Oklahoma Joe

Cooking Surface

900 sq. inches

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Charcoal/Wood

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Weber

Cooking Surface

481 sq. inches

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Charcoal

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Masterbuilt

Cooking Surface

205 sq. inches

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Wood Chips/Electricity

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Z Grills

Cooking Surface

700 sq. inches

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Pellets/Electricity

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Smoke Hollow

Cooking Surface

475 sq. inches

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Propane

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1. Best Overall

Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Reverse Flow Smoker

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Oklahoma Joe has always delivered in terms of high-quality smokers. One simple look at Highland Reverse Flow will tell you why.

Why reverse flow? An offset smoker would usually create fire in an adjacent firebox. The heat and smoke then go through the smoke chamber and exit via the smokestack. Normally the smokestacks are placed opposite of the firebox, but not with Highland Reverse Flow. As you can see, it’s right there next to the firebox. Aside from that little change, the Highland Reverse Flow also sports four porcelain-coated baffles that go under the cooking grates. Smoke and heat that come from the firebox then go under AND over the meat you’re smoking, which means that you get an equal amount of heat distribution and a better batch of smoked meat.

The firebox itself contains a stainless-steel charcoal basket, which prevents the fire from spreading too much. Furthermore, the whole smoker is made of flame-resistant stainless steel and coated in high-temperature black paint. It comes with a temp gauge, a cold-touch handle, and an expanded front metal shelf.

Pros and cons

  • Huge grilling capacity
  • Four porcelain coated baffles
  • High-quality outer materials and temperature gauge
  • A bit expensive
  • Assembly is a bit more complex

2. Best Value

Weber Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker

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There are entire leagues dedicated to these “bullet” smokers and for good reason. This is the grill people turn to when they want to enjoy some classic, old-time feel of grilling and/or smoking. The very design of Smokey Mountain Cooker is stunning, as its smooth edges and ellipsoid shape make it very pleasant to look at. But don’t let looks fool you — this is a powerful tool.

With the Smokey Mountain Cooker, you get a set of high-quality stainless steel grates and enough room inside the cooker to smoke or grill. On the lid and at the bottom you’ll find aluminum dampers, which you can turn in order to regulate heat. Also, you can see the aluminum fuel door, which gives you easy access to the area where you add more charcoal or wood chunks. Don’t worry about getting burned — the handle on the lid is made of glass-reinforced nylon. In addition to all of this, you get a nice, porcelain-coated water pan. While this grill might not be big in size, it packs quite the punch.

Pros and cons

  • High-quality grilling grates
  • Easy access to the charcoal
  • Aluminum dampers and built-in lid thermometer
  • The cooking area is a bit smaller than other grills

3. Best in Electric

Masterbuilt 30″ Digital Electric Smoker

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The first electric smoker on this list, the Masterbuilt brand may intimidate some users. Fear not, all you need to do is plug it in, and you’re all set.

The Masterbuilt has four smoking racks, all with a chrome coating. You will never worry about space with this smoker. In addition, the top of this bad boy has digital controls, where you turn it on and off, adjust the temperature and time. Next to it is the air damper, where you control the flow of the heat by sliding it open or closed. But that’s not all. With this smoker, you also get a lovely water bowl for that added bit of moisture, which is also useful to catch excess dripping. You can remove it easily and clean it after use.

However, possibly the most interesting part of Masterbuilt is the wood chip loader. If you want, you can add any wood chips of your choice without opening the whole smoker.

Pros and cons

  • Small and compact
  • Perfect for ribs and low heat smoking
  • Easy to use digital controls
  • Even distribution of smoke and heat
  • You can’t use it during a rain storm or power outage

4. Best in Pellet

Z Grills Pellet Smoker

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Once more, we have a first on our list, this time the first wood pellet grill. ZGrills has always put out high-quality wood pellet products, with 7002E being their latest major success.

This is more than just a smoker, mind you. It’s a proper combo 8-in-1 machine. Besides smoking, you can use it for grilling (including char-grilling), searing, barbecuing, roasting, baking, and braising. What’s amazing is the huge area you’ll be using to do so — it has the total grilling area of 700 square inches!

It comes equipped with much more than that. The pellet hopper has a 20-pound capacity, and like most of the smoker, it’s coated with rust-proof materials. In addition, the smoker comes with a set of all-terrain wheels, so you can take it most places safely.

You no longer need to stand around and watch the heat as the automatic electric auger system will keep the core temperature anywhere between 180ºF and 450ºF. It also has digital controls, with an automatic electronic ignition and a shutdown mode. The keyword here is “safety…” other than “quality,” of course.

Pros and cons

  • Automatic ignition, shutdown, and temperature regulation
  • Very large grilling area
  • Great durability
  • No pellet shoot
  • Ash management is lacking

5. Best in Gas

Smoke Hollow Pro Series Propane Smoker

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And here we have an example of a propane gas smoker, courtesy of Smoke Hollow. The PS4415 model looks very good and is very large, standing at a 5 feet. It’s perfect if you have a lot of meat to smoke at once. One look at it, and you’ll notice two wood chip trays and two independent stainless steel burners. These burners allow you to adjust the heat to whatever suits your needs.

Smoke Hollow comes with five different grids. Two of those are for regular cooking, two for jerky-style preparation, and the last is a rib rack. Naturally, you can assemble and arrange them inside the smoker any way you see fit.

The wood chip trays are on the outside of the grill, which means you can feed wood chips without losing any temperature. Furthermore, the temperature gauge is on the see-through door, so you can check the temperature more easily.

Pros and cons

  • It can smoke large qualities of meat at a time
  • External wood chip trays
  • Five different grilling grids
  • Some of the materials used are lower-grade than other smokers

What to Look for in a Smoker/Grill Combination

More often than not, new users will ask this question. Before you read the answer, you ought to know what types of smokers exist out there. Long story short, there are four types of smoker grills: charcoal, electric, pellet, and gas smokers. Each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages, but a few of them overlap across the board.

Temperature Maintenance

It’s very important to maintain temperature when smoking meat. This is where electric and gas smokers usually excel, as well as charcoal smokers. It’s a good idea to get a smoker with dampers and a visible thermostat.

Price and Materials

Of course, this goes without saying. Cheap smokers can save you money, but they can be made of less than adequate materials, which can lead to potential accidents. Expensive smokers, on the other hand, tend to be of higher quality, but not many people can get them. You might want to find a balance between the two when shopping.

Access

The easier your smoker is to use, the better. Usually, it’s the electric ones that are the hardest to use, but all models can have this problem. Always pick a model you can assemble, use, and clean easily.

Grilling Area and Size in General

Depending on what you’re planning to use the smoker for, you must think about its size and how much you can smoke in it. For example, large smokers such as PS4415 can take up too much room. However, smaller ones like Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker can only smoke a certain amount of meat at a time. Your safest bet is to buy something in the middle, size-wise.

Conclusion

When you take all of these details into account, your safest bet for 2018 is to get the Oklahoma Joe’s Highland Reverse Flow smoker grill. It will fit your needs across all of the criteria, and though it might cost more, you’re sure to get your money’s worth out of it. You deserve the best-smoked meat, and this little smoker can and will deliver it.

Billy Stewart

Chef and Reviewer for Barbequesmoked.com

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