Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker Review – Longhorn Reverse Flow

Oct 3, 2018 | Reviews

Oklahoma Joe has been building smokers since 1987, and since then Joe Davidson has gone on to produce many winning grills, including the Jack Daniels World Championship, and American Royal Championship. To put it simply, this is one guy who knows his grills!

With that said, in 1998 the brand Char-Broil acquired them. Truth be told, we aren’t huge fans of char-broil. Usually, there are always problems with the grills due to manufacturing.

In this review, we’re going to look at the Longhorn to see if Oklahoma Joe and Char-Broil have maintained the quality that Joe used to put into these pits.

Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Reverse Flow Smoker

Our Rating


Char-Broil is known for making a series of low-cost offset smokers. Truly, we don’t recommend using one. You don’t have to take our word for it though. Just from reading the reviews of other customers you start to see a trend of problems related to manufacturing and poor performance.

With that said, the line of Oklahoma Joe that they own is still somewhat decent. It’s definitely not the same quality back when Joe was making them but they are a step above what Char-Broil puts out

The cooking area of this smoker is impressive at 1,060 square inches, the Longhorn is designed to smoke lots of meat.

Of that 1,060 square inches, 751 is dedicated to the main smoking chamber, while the remaining 309 is in the offset smokebox. This is about standard for this style of smoker, and most cooks will love the ample space.

As always, there’s the usual thermometer on the top of the hood, plus a neatly built rack at the front for storing meats just before grilling them. The wheels and carry handle are also exceptionally well made, and point to a smoker that can be moved around your yard somewhat easily. With that said, this grill is rather heavy at nearly 200 lbs.

One of the remarkable things about the Longhorn is that reverse flow system mentioned earlier. Put simply, it takes the heat from the smokebox and gently distributes it around the grill. This means that wherever you put your meats, they’ll be cooked evenly.

Upon further research, you will discover a number of mods that the grilling community have created. In the video below you can see a number of strategic mods to the firebox and grill itself to distribute heat more effectively. Aftermarket modifications should only be done if you know what you are doing. Even something like the clamps can help and are easy to implement.


Overall you can’t go wrong with this range hood. It comes with relatively basic features, meaning it won’t break the bank. It performs well and is up to snuff for most kitchen odors and smoke. AKDY is often used by professionals, but nothing beats having professional equipment at your home at a budget price.

Billy Stewart

Chef and Reviewer for Barbequesmoked.com

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