In our previous blogs, we focused on single-purpose gas grills and gas-charcoal combo appliances. This brings us to another crucial aspect of barbecuing meals that tingles the sense of smell before affecting the taste buds. We always see celebrity chef judges invite food aromas closer in a universal hand gesture to catch the distinct smoky flavor in the air. Connoisseurs of the grill know that you just cannot make-do with secondary ways of smoking your BBQ – for example, replicating the taste from spices and sauce. Authentic BBQ flavors can only be captured from a smoker firebox. After hunting high and low for popular designs, we rounded up the best gas charcoal smoker grill combo appliances in this blog.
How is a smoker different from gas and charcoal grills?
Smoking is a BBQ technique that allows tough meat to cook slowly, taking its time to absorb smoke from a dedicated source. Offset barrel smokers, pipe smokers, and horizontal smokers are used synonymously for such smoker grills. Since the meat cooks at lower temperatures at around 200°F for a long time, it reaches a tender consistency that crumbles off the bone and simply melts in your mouth. The smoke firebox sits adjacent to the main grilling area, so you get to control the charcoal and wood levels without disturbing the meat. Smoke travels from the firebox and wraps the food until it becomes moist and infused with an earthy, woody flavor.
Best Combo Appliances
Oklahoma Joe’s Charcoal/LP Gas/Smoker Combo
This liquid propane gas charcoal smoker grill contains a massive grilling area of 1,060 square inches. Its gas grill heats up at 36,000 BTUs from 3 burners. The 3-in-1 equipment ignites electronically and helps you achieve top-notch BBQ results with an offset firebox. A 12,000-BTU side burner adds to the overall versatility of this combo grill, so fresh sauces can simmer at their leisure as the intense smoky flavor builds up in the cooking chambers. The firebox and smoking grill have dampers to regulate heat. You can organize utensils and extra charcoal/wood on the storage shelf. Cooking “slow and low” for smoked accuracy requires temperature supervision, and the lid-mounted gauges deliver just that. A firebox access door allows charcoal and wood replenishment without needing to open the main cooking area. The heavy-gauge steel structure really is an outdoor kitchen on wheels, designed for years of durable barbecuing.
Char-Griller Triple Play 3Burner Gas,Charcoal Grill and Smoker Plus Free Custom Fit Cover!
Char-Griller’s 3-in-1 grill combo features gas and charcoal grills with a smoker firebox. It is a refurbished design that has undergone standard tests to prove superior craftsmanship. The gas grill has 3 burners under cast-iron grates for a quick appetizer meal of grilled figs, corn, stuffed jalapenos, and sweet potato wedges. The vast overall cooking space of 1,248 square inches takes your BBQ indulgence a step ahead by infusing the meat with organic, smoky flavors. Heat tents and dampers keep the smoldering heat at optimum levels, measured by stainless-steel temperature gauges. The firebox has its own access door, so you can fuel it with more wood and charcoal throughout the grilling process without affecting the main chamber. An easy-dump ash pan collects burnt charcoal and residues. A side burner is included to accommodate a skillet. The electric ignition can be adjusted through simple twist knobs to control the flames.
Smoke Hollow TC3718SB Gas-Charcoal-Smoker Combination Grill with Side Burner
This gas-charcoal-smoker grill contains porcelain-coated grates across 858 square inches of total grilling area. Chrome-plated warming racks in both chambers create additional space for keeping cooked foods warm. The gas grill has three 7,000-BTU stainless-steel burners. A front basket is attached to the charcoal chamber for easy access to utensils and condiments, making a clever substitute for side shelves by leaving room for the burner and firebox. Embedded chimneys take care of drafts through the charcoal grill as ashes pile up in a removable pan. An 11,000-BTU side burner creates a valuable back-up cooking area. A generous wire-mesh rack helps you store all essentials; it is contoured to make space for a gas cylinder. The dedicated firebox diffuses woody smokiness into your grilled meals, essentially ticking all boxes for a complete alfresco dining experience.
Smoke Hollow 4-in-1 LP Gas Charcoal Smoker Searing BBQ Grill Model PS9900
This is another model of Smoke Hollow’s gas charcoal smoker grill. Its incredible 4-in-1 cooking feasibility stood out among other grills, drawing our attention to the infrared side burner apart from the standard LP gas, charcoal, and smoker firebox features. In this way, you get to prepare a diverse grill assortment to suit everyone’s chosen method of cooking. The infrared burner can sear steaks and seafood for those who do not prefer smoked barbecues. The 3-burner gas grill is spacious enough to cook 20 burgers at once. Charcoal content can be restored from the front door of this crank-adjustable charcoal grill. All the grates and warming racks are made of porcelain-coated cast iron. Two wide stacked shelves below the cooking area make up for missing side racks, as each side is taken by a burner and firebox. Also, two narrow racks are incorporated to assemble condiments, spices, and seasoning bottles. The offset firebox is fueled by charcoal pieces and flavored wooden chips to customize the rich, smoky taste of your barbecued meals.
Pit Boss Memphis Ultimate 4-in-1 Gas & Charcoal Combo Grill with Smoker
This gas-and-charcoal grill with smoker features dedicated grills and a glass-door electric smoker below the chambers instead of the usual side-by-side linear layout. Its unique design and a colossal 2,100-square-inch cooking area have made Pit Boss Memphis Ultimate our best choice for this blog. You can grill skewered kebabs and salmon over 3 burners delivering 36,000 BTUs on the gas grill. At the same time, your favorite steak and lamb chops will sear on the charcoal grill in a fully-ventilated enclosure. A front door allows adding charcoal, adjusted using a crank. Smoke from the electric smoker below can be offset through vents into both gas and charcoal grilling chambers. Moreover, this smoker compartment has 3 racks to cook savory pies, ribs, and a whole chicken as the smoke rises towards the grills for simultaneous versatility. Wooden chunks are added to the removable box underneath. Side shelves, pull-out drawers, and tool hooks create ample utility space. The locking caster wheels allow this truly ultimate combo grill to become a backyard mobile kitchen.