Best Smoker Grill Combo Barbecues: 7 Reviewed

If you love barbeques then you probably already know all about smokers and grills. But if you want a barbeque that can do it all, then you have to try using a smoker grill combo barbeque. 

You might be wondering though, can one unit do a good job of both grilling and smoking? We’re here to tell you that yes they can.

Smoker grill combos are an excellent choice if you don’t have the space or money for two barbeques, and it will also make the whole cooking process easier to manage as well. 

With this in mind, we’ve reviewed the 7 best smoker grill combo barbeques you can buy. To make your buying experience even easier we’ve made a buyers guide that you can find at the end that will tell you what you need to look out for when buying one of these units. 

So whether you’re looking to replace your old barbecue or are buying a smoker grill combo for the first time, here are the best ones on the market.

OUR TOP PICK

Traeger Grills Pro Series 575 Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker with Alexa and WiFIRE Smart Home Technology - Black

Product specs

  • Barbeque material - stainless steel
  • Total cooking space - 575 Square inches
  • Pellet Hopper capacity - 18lbs
  • Max temperature - 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fuel type - wood pellets
  • Model - Pro Series 575
  • Assembled size - 53 x 41 x 27 inches (H x W x D)
  • Weight - 124lbs
  • Warranty - 3 years

The Pro 575 is unique for a lot of reasons other than being an excellent combo smoker. 

This barbeque can provide you with classic American-style barbecuing while adding a few modern twists to the process. The unit gets its name from the 575 square inches of cooking surface it provides. 

What Fuel Does it Use?

One of the best features of this unit is that the high-tech Pro 575 uses compressed wood pellets, rather than the usual charcoal or gas.

Many barbecue fans love this feature as they say that pellet grilling provides a real wood smoke flavor to food that is difficult to replicate with charcoal and gas. 

The 14 types of wood pellets offered for the Pro 75 include hickory, cherry, and oak among others. Each one gives the meal a distinct aroma and taste. 

To fire up the barbecue, you'll need an electrical outlet and a 9kg bag of pellets. Although the bag of pellets may seem expensive, a single bag should last a few seasons at least.

Wood pellet BBQs are more expensive to run than charcoal or gas BBQs, but the pellets are easily available to order online.

Cooking

The Traeger Pro 575 is an excellent slow cooker and smoker. One of the Pro 575’s best abilities is to smoke meat beautifully at low temps. 

The Pro 575 isn’t just good at smoking though, it is also one of the best BBQs for slow cooking. With the lid on, it's also great for regular indirect grilling. It can also roast, bake, and braise, so no matter what your cooking style is this BBQ can do it all. 

Although the Pro 575 can sear steaks at its highest setting of 230C, it isn't as efficient as a super-hot charcoal or gas grill, meaning that you will have to keep adding the pellets often to maintain this temperature. 

Other features

Unlike charcoal and, to a lesser degree, gas grills, which are known for quickly scorching food when you look away from the grill, this unit works more like an electric oven, maintaining a consistent temperature with hardly any changes.

It does this by using an electrical controller to ensure that the temperature you set on the LCD interface's push-button interface stays constant during the grilling process.

The algorithm in this high-tech barbeque means that if you set the temperature to 200C for example, it will stay at this temperature for as long as you need it to, or until the meat probe that comes with the unit signals the end of the cooking process. 

This wonderful feature means that you can set the temperature to whatever you need it to be, add the meat, shut the lid, and then you are free to chat with your guests or leave the barbeque alone for a long time.

You will no longer be stuck in one spot while your friends or family are free to roam around your house or backyard. All you have to do is return once in a while to turn the meat over. 

Another cool feature of this barbecue is that Traeger's WiFIRE Wi-Fi connectivity and app. To use it, use Traeger's well-designed apps to link your phone to the Pro 575's Wi-Fi equipped controller.

The software not only allows you to start and stop cooking from anywhere as long as you're connected to the internet, but it also offers a variety of ideas, advice, and recipes. Hundreds of unique barbecue recipes are available for beef, poultry, pork, fish, lamb, vegetables, and wild game.

Simply launch the app, choose a recipe, prepare the food according to the instructions, and tap 'cook now' – the Pro 575 will begin heating automatically and send a notification to your smartphone once the temperature has been reached.

This feature is also very useful for keeping you in the loop when you’re off entertaining your guests or doing other things.

This is one of the best and high-tech smoker grill combos you can buy. It allows you to cook delicious food with minimal effort, and lets you actually enjoy the company of your guests without needing to be stuck in the same spot for the whole time. 

Pros

  • Wi-Fi connectivity - this feature makes the whole unit even more automated than it already is, allowing you to focus on other things rather than cooking
  • Amazing grilling results - as you can choose the temperature and the unit maintains it, you’re guaranteed to make the perfect steak or burger every time

Cons

  • Built-in fan is loud - the built-in fan and burning wood pellets make this unit quite loud, but it’s not too loud to disturb any conversations or be too noticeable

EDITORS CHOICE

PIT BOSS 700FB Pellet Grill, 700 sq. in.

Product specs

  • Barbeque material - stainless steel
  • Total cooking space - 700 Square inches
  • Pellet Hopper capacity - 20lbs
  • Max temperature - 180 - 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fuel type - wood pellets
  • Model - Pit Boss 700FB
  • Assembled size - 41.29 x 43.77 x 26.65 inches (H x W x D)
  • Weight - 134.48lbs
  • Warranty - 1 year limited

This is another high-quality pellet grill and smoker, and though it doesn’t come with all the extra features that the Pro 575 does, it is still an excellent choice for barbeque season.

This is a grill for people who will be cooking large meals, as it has a grilling area of 700 square inches. Not only is it a great grill for searing, but it also provides plenty of space for you to smoke your meats. 

The Pit Boss 700FB is essentially an 8-in-1 grill, as it has options for smoking, grilling, barbequing, baking, braising, char-grilling, roasting, and searing. So no matter what your cooking style is you’ll be able to easily use this unit. 

What Fuel does it use?

The Pit Boss 700FB uses wood pellets as its fuel source. With a lot of pellet grills, manufacturers often force you to use their brand of pellets as only these will work with their barbecues and grills.

This can be very annoying as it makes stocking up on pellets a chore and can also be quite expensive to the customer as the brand can charge whatever they want for this product knowing that the customer can’t use anything else. 

This isn’t the case with Pit Boss as they allow you to use whatever wood pellets you want in their products.

This allows for more versatility in your dishes, as you can choose different pellets that will add other flavors to your dishes. It also means that you can save on money by buying cheaper pellets if you wanted to. 

How does it cook?

The Pit Boss 700FB is very easy to cook with, as you don’t have to do anything at all. All you have to do is set it up and then you can go off and enjoy yourself elsewhere rather than being tied down to one spot all day.

You just need to fill up the hopper with pellets, select your target temperature, and then leave the Pit Boss to cook your food. 

Maintaining stable temperatures is the key to an excellent BBQ, especially when it comes to BBQ smoking. The Pit Boss includes a digital control board to take the guesswork out of controlling the temperature, and to make it easier to regulate it.

It allows you to quickly change the temperature, as well as the cooking duration and the type of grilling you want to do.

Because of this feature, the grill is an excellent choice for beginners to start their barbequing journey because the intimidating task of temperature control is no longer a factor.

The Pit Boss 700FB has a temperature range of 180-500 degrees, which is a great range and is the standard on most conventional grills. This is perfect for all levels and types of cooking but works especially well for searing. 

Other features

The 700FB comes with a metal broiler plate that can be moved into place so it can be directly above your flame. This will give your meal a char-grilled sear while also indirectly cooking it. It also comes with a second rack, allowing you to use your Pit Boss as a smoker.

Pit Boss uses cast iron to provide the 700 square inches of cooking space it offers, which is the industry standard for durable, dependable grilled grates.

The cast iron grids of the Pit Boss gill have been coated with porcelain, which is known for holding and evenly dispersing heat while cooking. It also makes your grill much more energy-efficient than non-enamel versions, while also increasing their durability. 

The upper half of the cooking chamber's grates can be removed to create more cooking space or inserted to convert your grill into a smoker and indirectly cook your food. This comes in handy for cooking for large groups or smoking whole turkeys, brisket, or beer can chicken.

The 700FB is really a griller’s dream as they’re heavy-duty, durable, easy to clean, and will let you cook your meats to perfection. 

Pros

  • Super easy to clean - you won’t have to spend hours scraping and scrubbing
  • 8-in1 feature - makes this grill suitable for beginners and advanced users alike

Cons

  • Chamber temps can fluctuate - while you can control the temperature almost exactly, it can still fluctuate so you may need to keep an eye on it

BEST VALUE

Oklahoma Joe's Highland Reverse Flow Smoker

Product specs

  • Barbeque material - steel
  • Total cooking space - 900 Square inches (primary and secondary cooking space)
  • Hopper capacity - N/A
  • Max temperature - 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fuel type - charcoal or wood
  • Model - Highland Reverse Flow Offset Smoker - 17202052
  • Assembled size - 53 x 57 x 33.5 inches (H x W x D)
  • Weight - 180.80lbs
  • Warranty - 2 years

This grill is a different type of smoker, as rather than using pellets like the ones mentioned before, this grill uses the usual charcoal or wood that is found in most other barbecues.

What’s different about this grill though is how it distributes the heat, and how this affects the cooking experience and the taste of the food once cooked. 

How does it work? 

Traditional offset smokers direct heat and smoke from the fire into the main cooking chamber, where it cooks the meat before passing out through the chimney at the other end.

While this design is ideal for a clean burn, it does have considerable temperature swings, making it difficult to achieve consistently good results.

The Highland Reverse has four baffle plates behind the cooking grate that act as heat sinks and smoke deflectors, reducing hot spots and evening out the distribution of smoke, guaranteeing a more consistent temperature across the cooking chamber.

Having a more even temperature throughout makes it easier to create great results every time you cook. 

How to use?

Offset smokers aren't set-and-forget, but Oklahoma Joe's has made making next-level-good smoked meats as simple as possible.

The dampers are easy to use and precise enough to provide you with full temperature control.

The device's built-in temperature gauge is fairly accurate, but if you want more information, there's also an extra bung so you can add another gauge to keep an eye on the temperature difference between the two sides.

The Highland Reverse comes with a heavy-duty charcoal basket that not only simplifies loading and cleaning but also increases burn efficiency by keeping all of the hot coals close together. The more efficient the burn the less your running costs will be so this is a bonus.

The firebox is also large enough to use small logs instead of charcoal if you want a more smokey flavor

Capacity

The Highland Reverse gives 619 square inches of smoking space on one grate in the cooking chamber. The firebox also offers an extra 281 square inches of grilling space, which is more than enough to reverse sear a couple of steaks.

This is an all-around versatile barbecue that will make cooking a breeze. 

Pros

  • Easy to clean - the swing open fire-box door makes it super easy to clean out the ash
  • Versatile - can be used as a normal offset smoker, grill in the firebox, or charcoal grill

Cons

  • Paint could peel off after a few uses - This could be because of the heat, but sanding and respraying it seems to fix the problem

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Camp Chef PG14BB 14” Sidekick Sear (Includes Stainless Steel BBQ Box), Silver

Product specs

  • Barbeque material - steel
  • Total cooking space - 811 Square inches
  • Hopper capacity - 22lbs
  • Max temperature - 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fuel type - wood pellets
  • Model - PG24CLSK
  • Assembled size - 49 x 48 x 30 (H x W x D)
  • Weight - 162lbs
  • Warranty - 3 years

While this is another pellet grill, the biggest selling point of the Woodwind is how big it is. 

The main grate is around 3 feet wide, so you'll have plenty of space to cook, roast, or smoke whatever you choose. There are even some videos online of people smoking a 64-pound whole hog on the grill! 

But the size isn’t the only selling point of the Woodwind, here are some other features.

The fuel

This grill runs on pellets. While refilling pellets can be quite annoying, this won’t be an issue here as the hooper can hold 22 pounds (more than a full bag) at a time.

You probably won’t need to change these pellets for a season or two if you only have a barbecue a few times a year. 

But what if you want to change the pellets to change the flavor of your meats? Well don’t worry, it’s super easy to do. The hopper has a simple clean-out option that allows you to pour your pellets back into the bag before switching to other pellets. 

The temperature

With a temperature range of 160°F to 500°F, you can smoke even the most delicate meals on the low end, or crank up the heat for roasting, baking, or quick grilling on the high end, 

The PID controller is the heart of this system. With a large display and hook-ups for four meat probes which are included in the purchase, it's exactly what you need for accurate temperatures and excellent cooking without guessing when the meal is done.

Cooking

The Woodwind comes with a Slide and Grill feature. Pull out the knob to reveal the firepot, which allows you to cook directly over the flame.

You can now sear your meat to perfection before finishing it to your preferred doneness. True searing is only possible on a few pellet grills, so this is a feature any griller would love. 

There is also a Sidekick cooking station. You'll appreciate the little but powerful propane burner on the right side of the Woodwind. Pumping out more than 28,000 BTUs, it's ideal for preparing sides, sauces, soups, and more. While the main cookbox is being used for smoking, you could even cook a few burgers or chops.

Other features

This grill has a Wi-Fi feature, so you can control the temperature with an app, making cooking even easier. 

Clean-up is also super easy, as the ash falls into a removable cup under the cookbox so you can easily throw it away, and the grease management system funnels drippings into a handy can on the side. 

This big, rugged, and versatile pallet grill delivers high-quality food first time every time. 

Pros 

  • Huge cooking area - you can cook a massive amount of food at once
  • Slide and Grill feature - good for direct flame cooking and searing

Cons

  • The sidekick feature requires a propane tank - while pro grillers may be used to using one of these, beginners may not be comfortable with trying this out on their first time. It also takes up a lot of space

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Char-Griller 5050 Duo Gas-and-Charcoal Grill

Product specs

  • Barbeque material - Alloy steel
  • Total cooking space - 438 Square inches (charcoal) + 438 Square inches (gas)
  • Hopper capacity - N/A
  • Max temperature - 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fuel type - charcoal or gas
  • Model - 5050
  • Assembled size - 65 x 49 x 28 (H x W x D)
  • Weight - 168lbs
  • Warranty - 5 years

If you can’t decide whether you want to grill with gas or charcoal then this is the unit for you.

This model is a combination of Char-Griller’s gas and smallest grills mounted on a single frame. This gives you a three-burner gas grill and a similar-sized charcoal grill mounted on a single frame with a 12,000 BTU burner on the side. 

The gas side

On the gas side, there is a three-burner gas grill with about 40,800 BTUs, 438 square inches of space, and medium-weight porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates which helps in dispersing the heat evenly and makes it more energy-efficient.

 While some of these parts aren't of the highest quality, they are inexpensive, bringing the overall price of the grill down. 

Although the BTU output is low for the size, the barrel shape, and thicker steel body keep the heat in well enough to provide good grilling power.

The attached side burner has enough power to heat a large pot, but the mounting is a little fragile, so you will have to be careful with how much weight you put on it. Aside from that, this is a typical low-cost gas grill.

The charcoal side

On this side, there is a conventional barrel-shaped charcoal barbeque that offers 438 square inches of grill space. The cast-iron cooking grates transfer heat well, and the dual-layer bottom keeps the heat in while protecting the painted surface. 

By adding the optional offset firebox, you can utilize this charcoal barbecue as a smoker. While this charcoal grill is small, it has enough area to do a range of grilling tasks. However, if you are wanting to grill a lot of food on this side then you will have to do it a bit at a time.  

Other features

The Char-Grill 5050 has AA battery electronic ignitors to light the fuel needed to cook, though you will have to buy the propane tank needed separately. 

There is a 12,000 BTU brass-capped side burner under a flush-mounted lid, and hood-mounted thermometers on each cooking chamber to help you keep an eye on the temperature on each side. 

While this barbecue doesn’t come with all the extra features that some of the other ones on this list have, it is an excellent choice if you don’t want to choose between gas and charcoal grilling. 

Pros

  • Allows for flexible cooking - you can choose the side that is right for your cooking style or the meal you are preparing
  • Enough space for grilling if using both sides - while one side may be too small to cook a large amount of food, using both should provide enough room

Cons

  • More chance of breakdown - as there are more parts, there is more of a chance that one part will malfunction or break, though with the proper care this shouldn’t happen

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Z GRILLS 6002B Wood Pellet Grill & Electric Smoker BBQ Combo with Auto Temperature Control | 2021 Upgrade | 573 sq in Bronze

Product specs

  • Barbeque material - Alloy steel
  • Total cooking space - 572 square inches
  • Hopper capacity - 8lbs of pellets
  • Max temperature - 750 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fuel type - Wood pellets
  • Model - 6002B
  • Assembled size - 48 x 46 x 22 (H x W x D)
  • Weight - 77.2lbs
  • Warranty - 3 years

Another pellet grill, the 6002B is a 6-in-1 product that offers tons of features to make cooking super easy for you. The 6002B aims to make pallet grilling more accessible, meaning that even beginners to the barbeque will be able to easily use this unit.

While it’s easy to use, it’s also massive, providing up to 700 square inches of space for you to cook all your meats on, and can smoke, grill, braise, roast, and sear. 

Here are some of the key features. 

Cooking

Able to produce a temperature range of 200-500 degrees, you may be worried that this will be too low for your cooking needs when in reality it is the perfect range to cook a wide variety of barbeque meats.

If you’re worried about how you will monitor and maintain this temperature, then you can make use of the two heat probes that are included in every purchase.

These allow you to check the temperature at two different points of the grill, letting you worry less about guessing the temperature. 

Wi-Fi connectivity

Like some other grills mentioned here, the 6002B has a Wi-Fi connectivity feature.

This lets you control the temperature and time that the meats will be cooking for, all from an app on your phone. You will then have the freedom to roam around your yard or mix with guests rather than spend all your time sweating over the grill. 

This is also a useful feature for beginners as it acts as a sort of guide as to how long the meat should cook for and at what temperature. 

Other features

You will be able to make use of a 700 square inch cooking area space so you will be able to grill a large amount of meat in one go. But if this isn’t enough for you then you have the option to enlarge this space by 50% if you buy the optional second rack. 

For the casual cooker or someone who is after a convenient grill that needs very little effort to run, your best bet is to go with the 6002B. 

Pros

  • Light and mobile - it rolls easily on its wheels and is surprisingly light
  • Hardly fluctuates in temperature - Despite having thin stell walls, very little heat is lost from this grill meaning that the temperature mainly stays consistent

Cons

  • Low pellet capacity - the hopper is only able to hold 8lbs of pellets. While this is fine for standard cooking, if you are slow-cooking you will have to refill it at least once

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Kamado Joe BJ24RH Big Joe Grill, Red

Product specs

  • Barbeque material - Ceramic
  • Total cooking space - 256 square inches
  • Hopper capacity - N/A
  • Max temperature - 750 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Fuel type - charcoal
  • Model - Kamado Joe Classic II
  • Assembled size - 33.88 x 25.75 x 30.88 (H x W x D)
  • Weight - 250lbs
  • Warranty - 1 year

The unique design of this grill is based on ancient clay ovens that originated in China before spreading around the world. Now, Commando Joe is known as one of the best barbeque and grill brands in America.

Their products put high-quality performance before anything else, and so while their girls may be on the more expensive side, they are some of the best ones that money can buy.

Performace

The Classic is built of heavy ceramic, from the robust walls to the internal firebox that holds the coals. By adjusting the bottom and top vents, users can control the amount of air that enters the firebox, and therefore how hot the grill gets.

The top vent allows you to fine-tune the temperature in 25-degree intervals, while the bottom vent regulates the heat on a macro scale,  meaning you can raise or reduce the temperature by 100-degree increments.

Because the thick porcelain holds the heat so well, you won't need to use as much charcoal to keep the grill at the right temperature. 

The walls of the grill are so thick that no matter what the temperature is outside, the temperature in the grill will stay the same. 

Design

The Kamado Joe Classic II, like other kamado-style grills, is egg-shaped and includes a thermometer in the domed lid.

It comes with a strong welded metal stand with locking back wheels and plastic side shelves that can be locked or folded down when not in use. There are also hooks on the shelves for hanging grilling gear.

The Kamado Joe is designed to be simple to use. The thermometer gauge is large and easy to read, featuring Fahrenheit and Celsius measurements.

The cleverly constructed "Divide and Conquer" rack system allows you to place food close to the fire for scorching or higher for moderate heat. The height of the half-moon stainless steel grill grates on the rack can also be adjusted. 

It also allows for effortless cleaning due to the ash draw at the bottom. This slides out easily to allow you to throw away the ash. 

If you’re wanting a high-quality grill that not only cooks food to perfection but also can be used as a style statement, you can’t go wrong with the Kamando Grill Classic. 

Pros 

  • Versatile and easy to use - while it may look complicated to beginners, the two-tier grill rack system is super easy to understand
  • Eye-catching design - if you are bored of the typical grill design then this is a welcome change

Cons

  • Very heavy - though it looks nice, this grill is very heavy and may require two people to move it 

Best Smoker Grill Combo Barbecues: 7 Reviewed Buying Guide

Now that we’ve taken a look at the best smoker grill combo barbecues, here are the main features you should look out for when making your purchase.

Power source

Whether powered by pellets, gas, wood, or charcoal, each power source will impact how you cook the food and what the flavor will be like once it’s done.

Picking a barbecue without knowing how it is run may leave you disappointed with the final result, so make sure you know and understand what fuel source it uses. 

Temperature range

Most smoking is done in the 225-275 degrees Fahrenheit range, so if this will be the primary use of the barbeque then make sure it can make it to this temperature, as well as accurately maintain it. 

Materials and durability

Barbecues are often expensive, and therefore are a huge investment that you want to last you as long as possible.

That is why you need to pay attention to the materials used in the construction. The best way to test the durability of a barbecue is by looking at the handles. These are important for everyday use and can be a sign of how robust the overall barbecue is. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can smokers also grill?

If you’re just buying a smoker, then it won’t be able to also grill your food, with the same being said for grills and smoking. That is why people who like to do both prefer getting smoker grill combos.

Is smoked meat better than grilled?

The biggest difference you may find is the time it takes for the meat to cook. Smoking can take all day at a consistent temperature to make sure that the meat is cooked evenly.

Grilling on the other hand is much quicker and more accessible. Many people prefer the taste of smoked meats though as this makes the meat more tender and flavorful.