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Kamado Joe Big Joe Review

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Updated April 25, 2022
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For those who look at the Kamado Joe Classic 2 and think, “I wish it were bigger,” your wish has been granted. Much like its smaller cousin, the Kamado Joe Big Joe is in our best grills category, for much of the same reasons. An easy-to-use air lift hinge, aluminum frame, and half-moon cooking system help the Big Joe place in our best kamado grills list. Although it might be bulky and pricey, it’s more than worth it for those who want the most out of their grill.

Why We Like It – Kamado Joe Big Joe

The Kamado Joe Big Joe’s command and conquer flexible cooking system continues to set it apart from the rest. A heavy-duty grill featuring a wide cooking surface.

Pros
  • Air lift hinge makes opening lids easy
  • Aluminum frame provides superior heating.
  • Half-moon cooking system enables cooking several items at once
Cons
  • One of the more heavier grills
  • High price point

Power/Heating

Unlike the Primo Grill, which features a cast-iron frame, the Kamado Joe Big Joe comes with an aluminum body. This combined with stainless steel racks, provide a heating experience that is on par with cast iron. The Kontrol tower top vent helps keep heating to where you want it, regardless of how many times you open the grill.

Size/Versatility

Just like the Char-Griller Akorn Kamado, the Kamado Joe Big Joe doesn’t take its name lightly. Both larger and heavier than grills like the Blaze Kamado, it fully takes advantage of it’s cooking space. The half-moon divide and conquer cooking system is able to be used to its fullest potential. With the ability to cook separate portions with different temperatures can make setting up a whole meal done in the matter of minutes.

Related: Also check out our Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill review.

Durability

As with all Kamado Joe grills, the Kamado Joe Big Joe is built to last. Features such as the stand and cast iron locking mechanism ensure that no matter where you put it, the Big Joe will be staying there. However, the George Foreman indoor/outdoor grill is durable and portable.

Ease of Use

Although the Kamado Joe Big Joe may be large and heavy, general use of the grill is a breeze. Mostly due to the air lift hinge mechanism. Having the ability to effortlessly open the lid while cooking ensures you never exhaust yourself while grilling.

Related: If you like this grill, you might be interested in our Kamado Joe Classic 2 review.

Value

The one thing stopping most from purchasing the Kamado Joe Big Joe is the price point. To help ease both the wallet and the mind, think of it like this. Both this grill and the Weber Summit Charcoal grill are priced the same, while also providing the same quality. What you pay for is what you get, especially with a ten year warranty.

Kamado Joe Big Joe Wrap Up

The Kamado Joe Big Joe ceramic grill does not fail to live up to its name. This large grill comes with a large cooking space to cook virtually anything that can fit in it. Coming in with features such as an all-aluminum frame, air lift hinge, and a half-moon divide conquer flexible cooking system, the Big Joe is a serious contender. Even with issues regarding the weight and price, those who want a large grill should seriously consider the Kamado Joe Big Joe.

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