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Big Green Egg vs. Kamado Joe

Big Green Egg vs. Kamado Joe

The Kamado Joe vs. Big Green Egg – which one of them is better? Ah, the never-ending battle for supremacy between the two top-rated ceramic Kamado grills in the heavy-weight category. A head-to-head battle for the top spot as a newcomer and a timeless classic are pit against each other.

The best thing about these two egg-shaped grills is that they are not just outstanding grillers, but also excellent smokers as well. Their unique design allows smoke to rise from the charcoal-filled grates at the bottom to the narrow air vent at the very top, completely engulfing the food in the process. This infuses a characteristic smoky flavor that every barbecue lover craves.

Truth be told, you can’t go wrong with either one. But hey, a side-by-side comparison never hurt anybody.

Kamado Joe vs. Big Green Egg

 

Kamado Joe

Big Green Egg

Overview

  • Established in 2009
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty for the ceramic elements
  • Limited warranty for the smaller metallic elements
  • Manufactured in China
  • Body construction is a red-glazed egg-shaped high-fire ceramic
  • Available in three sizes: 16, 18 and 24 inches in diameter
  • Uses charcoal as the primary fuel source
  • Established in 1974
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty for the ceramic elements
  • Limited warranty for the smaller metallic elements
  • Manufactured in Mexico
  • Body construction is a green-glazed egg-shaped high-fire ceramic
  • Available in six sizes ranging between 10-inches and 29-inches in diameter
  • Uses charcoal as the primary fuel source

Cooking System

  • Has a “Divide and Conquer” cooking system. This integrates a half-rack multi-cooking design to allow for different kinds of foods to be cooked at the same time at different temperatures
  • Comes with a mesh fiberglass gasket for an airtight seal
  • Comes with Kamado Joetisserie and Do Joe Pizza Oven add-ons for more cooking versatility
  • Built with a cast aluminum Kontrol Tower Top vent for consistent airflow and shields against the rain to prevent water from running into the grill
  • Has high-quality cooking efficiency
  • Has a basic single-level cooking system
  • 5-piece EGGspander kit sold separately to allow for both direct and indirect cooking
  • Has a rain-shield for the top vent which is sold separately from the main grill
  • ConvEGGtor half-moon deflector plates are available but also sold separately
  • Has high-quality cooking efficiency

Accessories

  • Comes with a wheeled iron cart with metal locking wheels
  • Side-shelves included
  • Stainless steel grate included
  • Has a SloRoller hyperbolic smoke chamber insert to create a cyclonic airflow to further enhance the smoky flavor of food
  • Half-moon heat deflectors for direct/open flame and indirect cooking included
  • 304-gauge stainless steel grill grate gripper included
  • Airlift hinge included
  • Slide-out ash drawer included
  • Has a Kontrol Tower Top Vent
  • Comes with an SS-locking latch
  • Mesh fiberglass gasket included
  • Wheeled cart with plastic wheel locks sold separately
  • Side-shelves sold separately
  • Stainless steel grate sold separately
  • Diffuser plate for smoking sold separately
  • Grill Gripper sold separately

Price

  • Price is on the higher side although all the accessories are included for convenient cooking
  • It is cheaper; however, all the accessories are sold separately

Cleaning

  • Easy to clean since it comes with a stainless steel ash drawer that you can easily pull-out to dump the ashes
  • Messy to clean since it does not come with an ash drawer. You would need to remove the ash manually using an ash rake

Delivery and Assembly

  • Sold online
  • Has to be handled with care since ceramics are prone to cracking
  • Assembly process is quick and easy
  • Only sold in-store
  • Has to be handled with care since ceramics are prone to cracking
  • Assembly process takes longer

The Verdict

Both are excellent choices for grills and are guaranteed to give your food a delicious smoky flavor that cannot be replicated with any other grill. However, if you’re looking for a grill whose price is inclusive of all the accessories, then you’re better off with the Kamado Joe.

If you have a limited budget and you’d rather skimp on the bells and whistles, then the Big Green Egg is exactly what you need. Kamado Joe vs. Big Green Egg? Both are winners.

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