Oklahoma Joe’s Smoker Review – Longhorn Reverse Flow

by | Sep 13, 2017 | Reviews

Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Reverse Flow Smoker

Our Rating:  
Offset Firebox  
4 Baffle System  
Cooking Surface 1060 sq/inch
Price $$$

Oklahoma Joe, has been building smokers since 1987, and since then he’s gone on to build many a winning grill, including the Jack Daniels World Championship, and American Royal Championship.

To put it simply, this is one guy who knows his grills!

The Longhorn Reverse Flow Smoker, is a large grill that uses a side box to produce all the heat and smoke. That’s great as it means you can keep on cooking long after the first embers have died down, you can keep on feeding the fire long term.

In this review, we’re gonna look at the Longhorn Smoker to see if it’s going to be a great addition to your yard.


The cooking area on this smoke is unbelievable. At 1,060 square inches, the Longhorn really is designed to pump out the meats for a serious party.

Of that 1,060 square inches, 751 is dedicated to the main smoking chamber, whilst the remaining 309 is in the offset smoke box container. This is about standard for this style of smoker, and most cooks will love the amount of space in the grill section.

As always, there’s the usual thermometer in the top of the hood, plus a neatly built rack at the front for storing meats just prior to grilling them. The wheels and carry handle are also extremely well built, and point to a smoker that can be moved around your yard easily.

One of the awesome 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. That must be a good thing on a grill setup for serious catering!

Setting It Up

As with most Oklahoma Joe’s, there’s not a massive amount of assembly to do prior to first grill session. Unlike many grill manufacturers, they’ve never skimped on quality either, so what little there is to put together, takes a couple of minutes, with everything neatly pre-measured.

The wheels, lower base and smoke chamber are the mains parts that need assembly, and as I just said, they only take a few minutes to put together.

If you’re worried about the detachable smoke box, don’t panic! Once fitted, the seal is absolutely air tight, and really does stand testament to the quality of Oklahoma Joe’s manufacturing. You’ll also find the wheel fit snuggly, and all the latches close properly too.

You can fire this smoker up using a variety of fuels, yet for this test, we used wood pellets to lower the grill. They only cost $1.50 per pound, and if you’re an infrequent cook you’ll find they store quite nicely.

In Use

In use, the Oklahoma Joe holds its temperature nice and steady. That reverse flow system really does evenly distribute heat, with meat cooking regardless of where on the grill it’s placed.

It’s a real shame that we couldn’t test this grill with many more people! Our party consisted of 6, yet this smoker could easily cope with way more than that! We believe this grill would easily cope with parties of 20 guests, maybe even more if you’re organized!

As for negative points, there aren’t that many to think of. The wheels are good, fit and finish is great for the price point, plus it cooks so evenly it’ll be a winner for larger groups and parties. The main issue, is going to be portability, which we’ll cover next.


Oh dear, this is really where everything falls for the Longhorn. To be fair, the lower stand and smokebox do come apart, so transporting this smoker isn’t going to be impossible. Even so, it’s a heavy beast that’s designed to be installed in one yard.

The grill is also 196 pounds in weight, which is a two person lift any day of the week and far more than most small cars could hope to carry.

If you’re gonna be transporting this beast, you’ll need to get handy dismantling it, and lifting it into your pickup truck!

Round Up

The Oklahoma Joe Longhorn is a good party grill, that’s been built for a respectable price. Quality is great, and we had no trouble getting parts to fit smoothly against each other.

We genuinely couldn’t come up with any negative points about the grill. Sure, it’s a heavy piece of kit, and you won’t be transporting it about too much, yet for those who just need a decent grill for the bottom of their yard, it’s gonna do well.

Personally speaking, this grill is going to work well for people who cater for multiple guests during cook outs. This grill would easily feed 10+ people, and would probably top out at something like 20, depending on how you organise things.

All in all, it’s a great grill, and should be a real asset for enthusiasts and weekend warrior cooks alike!

Pros: Well made, good price, extremely even grill temperature, wheels and handles make for a true outdoor grill that can be moved about easily. It also looks extremely impressive, the same model as you would see rocking out a grill championship!

Cons: The only negative is the size. At 196 pounds, you’ll be fitting this into a yard or garden and forgetting about it! If you need true portability then look elsewhere.

Billy StewartBilly Stewart

Founder of BarbequeSmoked.com

My dad is a true mans man, and has owned a number of grills. Ranging from gas to charcoal. Growing up with him allowed me to see what different types of rubs, spices, brines, etc went into making the best BBQ. Although my dad was a truck driver, and I had a degree in Information Technology I knew that I wanted to do something about grilling and our recipes.  That’s where Barbeque Smoked comes in.


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