Timothy Woods
Published by Timothy Woods
Last Updated On: September 23, 2022

Smoking and grilling are two of my favorite ways to cook food; they both produce flavorful cooks, yet each has its individual highlights.

If you want the best of both worlds, it’s time to start looking into smoker and grill combo units. They’re easy to use, relatively affordable, and produce great food.

On the flip side, buying the wrong smoker grill combo model can provide a big headache with leaking smoke and poor cooking.

To help you choose the best grill smoker combo, we’ve tested and reviewed 10 units to highlight their features and best bits. We’ve also included a guide to what to look for when purchasing a new smoker grill combo.

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The 10 Best Grill and Smoker Combos

1

Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

Z Grills are first on our list, with their Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker. One of the reasons this is best among our smoker and grill combos is the ample 450-square inch cooking surface.

The cooking temperature on this grill and smoker combo ranges between 180 and 450ºF.

This is the ideal temperature for baking, BBQ, roasting, braising, searing, and char-grilling a wide variety of meats.

The hopper can hold up to 20lb of wood pellets for over 20 hours of total cooking time.

We like the temperature gauge most about this smoker grill combo, making it easier to control the temperature and use the grill.

Pros
  • 450 square inches of cooking area
  • Holds 20lbs of wood pellets
  • Can cook for over 20 hours
  • Easy temperature control settings
Cons
  • Minimal shelving space
2

Royal Gourmet Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker

Royal Gourmet is next on our list, specializing in durable grills ranging from offset smokers to propane grill & smoker combo models.

Their Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker features an 800-square inch cooking space made from stainless steel for quality construction.

This charcoal grill has a large firebox with plenty of room for wood and charcoal.

The BBQ grill has two shelves for storing plates and extra wood underneath. We like the easy-open side door on the firebox, making it convenient for cleaning and loading fuel.

Pros
  • 800 square inches of cooking space
  • Easy to assemble
  • 5 lb (2.26 kg) charcoal capacity
Cons
  • Plastic wheels
  • Some users noted paint peeling
3

Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Smoker Roaster & Grill

This Char-Broil Infrared Smoker Roaster Grill features 180 square inches of cooking space, with an internal cooking basket big enough to fit 21lbs of turkey.

This versatile grill is ideal for roasting, grilling, and smoking, with temperature control from 9,000 to 18,000 BTUs per hour.

We like this combination grill due to its easy-to-use temperature controls and clean design.

We find it easy to clean, with its removable grease tray and mess-free cleanup, and convenient to transport due to the carrying handles mounted on both sides of the unit.

Pros
  • 1200-square inch smoking basket
  • Stainless steel construction smoker box
  • Convenient side-mounted carrying handles
Cons
  • Smaller cooking grate space
4

Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker & Grill

Dyna-Glo Signature Series Vertical Grill Smoker stands at over 58 inches tall with over 1,300 square inches of usable cooking surface.

This cooking area is spread over five chrome-plated cooking grates, with a grill body made from heavy-gauge stainless steel construction.

The lid of this offset charcoal grill comes with an easy-to-read thermometer with a “best smoke zone indicator” for easier monitoring.

We specifically like the sausage hooks and the removable charcoal drawers and ash pan that makes the firebox easy to clean.

Pros
  • 1,382-square inch cooking surface
  • Five cooking racks and sausage hooks
  • Removable ash pan for cleaning
Cons
  • Cover sold separately
5

Realcook Charcoal BBQ Grill and Smoker

This Realcook grill and smoker combo is a vertical model, offering a 635-square inch cooking surface over two cooking racks.

It accommodates large cuts of meat and is tall enough to hang large chickens, turkeys, and other foods with the four hangers placed inside the lid.

This grill and smoker combo model is made from heavy-gauge steel and porcelain. It is put together with only four parts, making it one of the most portable and easy-to-build models on this list.

We like this charcoal grill smoker combo because it has a removable water pan, and it can be used for cold or hot smoking along with grilling, steaming, baking, braising, and roasting.

Pros
  • More portable than some grills
  • Large cooking space
  • 2-door design
Cons
  • No viewing window
6

Char-Griller Charcoal Grill with Side Fire Box

Next is this Char-Griller offset grill and smoker combo offering a total of 830 square inches of grill space.

The non-stick cast iron grates are made to avoid warping, and the base of the model is made from a heavy steel construction for maximum durability.

The steel frame of this grill and smoker is powder-coated to help increase durability and improve the seasoning process.

We like the ample shelving space on the front, side, and bottom of this combo grill. This Char-Griller model has an easy dump ash pan to help make cleaning more accessible and convenient.

Pros
  • Easy clean ash pan
  • Powder-coated steel construction
  • Shelving on bottom, side, and front
Cons
  • Heavier construction
7

Dual Fuel Combination Charcoal/Gas Grill

This gas grill smoker combo from Dual Fuel allows you to grill with gas and smoke with charcoal. It is separated into two different sections with a total of 557-square inch cooking area. The charcoal side of the smoker has 262 square inches, while the gas side is 295 square inches.

We like that each chamber has a thermometer for easy monitoring, and the gas side has three tube burners with an easy-to-control temperature gauge. This gas smoker combo also has shelves on each side and one under-shelf for holding the extra charcoal and the propane tank.

Pros
  • Stainless steel temperature control panel
  • 557 square inch cooking area
  • Adjustable charcoal pan
Cons
  • Cover sold separately
8

Pit Boss Memphis Ultimate 4-in-1 LP Gas, Charcoal, Smoker

The Pit Boss Memphis 4-in-1 smoker packs over 2,000 square inches of total cooking space spread out through a charcoal chamber, gas chamber, and an electric smoker.

This gas smoker and grill combo is ideal for slow cooking as well as hot and fast grilling.

The Pit Boss model comes with multiple storage racks along with hooks for hanging grilling utensils, which we are fans of.

Pros
  • 4-in-1 grill and smoker combo
  • The grill grate is porcelain-coated cast iron
  • Durable stainless steel design
Cons
  • Some assembly required
9

Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

This wood pellet smoker grill from Z Grills features a 550-square inch cooking surface, with the ability to hold up to 10lbs of wood chips in the hopper. This gives you around 10 hours of total cooking time.

We found this combo grill to have the most user-friendly digital control panel among many pellet grills, with an easy-to-read, LED temperature display.

It is also one of our best pellet grills when it comes to appearance, with a unique bronze design.

Pros
  • 10 hours of cooking per hopper fill
  • Automated electrical pellet feed system
  • Rustproof cover
Cons
  • Less portable than some models
10

Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill and Smoker

Last but certainly not least is this wood pellet grill and smoker from Camp Chef. This BBQ grill has a large pellet hopper capacity, providing the user with longer cooks.

According to Camp-Chef, the hopper has a taller chamber that provides 40% longer cook times.

We like this pellet smoker and grill combo because of the WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to wirelessly monitor the temperature and other aspects of the grill.

Monitoring is made even easier with four probes for internal food temp monitoring, and it also has an easy dump ash system that makes cleaning easier.

Pros
  • Wireless temperature monitoring and control
  • Easy-to-clean grill and smoker combo
  • Four meat probes included
Cons
  • The grill cover comes separately

Best Grill and Smoker Combo - Buyer’s Guide

When searching for the best smoker and grill combos, there are a few things to look out for to ensure you’re getting the most for your money.

Check out our buyer's guide to find the best smoker grill combos.

1. Construction Materials

Meat inside a smoker grill

If you’re planning on using your grill and smoker combo for more than a year or two, it’s best to purchase one made from durable materials.

Cheaply manufactured grills will often break down or can have other issues and are not the best choice. It applies regardless of whether it's a propane grill or pellet grills.

One of the most common issues will be paint peeling, exposing your grill to the elements. Given enough time, this can lead to rust and corrosion, which will eventually break even the best grill.

Ideally, you want to look for steel or cast iron grills as these materials are less prone to corrosion and rust [1].

Regardless of the material your grill and smoker combo is made from, you should make sure to season the offset smoker properly before the first use and keep it covered when not in use.

2. Fuel Type and Power Source

Depending on where you want to use your smoker and if you're going to travel with it, the fuel type will determine what kind of grill you want.

Some fuel types, such as propane and charcoal lumps or briquettes, are best for portability, more so than natural gas and electric grills.

“Propane is great for low and slow grilling. Especially with the fattier cuts, propane requires less maintenance.”
- Matt Hinckley, Owner of Hinckley’s Fancy Meats 

With electric grills, you need to have a steady source of power, which means using a generator if you want to travel. Natural gas will require you to have the proper piping in your backyard to feed gas to the burners, and these will severely hamper where you can use your grill.

3. Hopper or Fuel Storage Capacity

Close up image of a wood pellet storage

If you plan on doing long cooking sessions for briskets or ribs or even turkeys with your pellet grill, it’s best to have a grill and smoker combo that you can leave cooking overnight.

This means you need to be able to add enough fuel for at least six to eight hours of continuous smoking.

It’s best to ensure that the firebox or pellet hopper can safely and efficiently hold that much fuel.

For pellet hoppers, the general rule is that 1 lb (0.45 kilograms) of wood pellets will equate to around one hour of cooking time.

So, you should look for a hopper that holds at the very least 10 lbs (4.53 kilograms) of pellets.

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4. Temperature Range

When regulating temperature for smoking, lower temperatures for more extended periods are best [2].

On the other hand, higher temperatures are good for cooking faster or searing steaks.

You can also purchase smoker combos with an additional side burner or sear box.

Not all smokers are best for grilling, so it’s essential to check if the temperature range will allow you to grill properly.

All of the above ten best models are combination-type smokers.

5. Cooking Area

Cooking area on a grill

If you plan on holding larger gatherings and cooking for everyone, it’s best to pay particular attention to the cooking area.

The main thing to remember is that you need enough cooking area for all the food you want to cook and that it’s properly spaced.

If not appropriately spaced, your food might not cook as efficiently.

We recommend the average person cooking for a family or occasionally a medium-sized gathering look at around 500 square inches or more.

We recommend 800 square inches or more of smoking space for people who regularly cook large amounts of meat.

6. Durability

The material your smoker is made of will play a vital role in its durability. However, this is not the only factor.

Some of the other points to consider when it comes to durability will include:

  • The quality of grill grates (our favorite is porcelain-coated cast iron)
  • Thickness of materials
  • Paint quality
  • Adequate ventilation

If you expect your grill to last for more than a few years, you should look at the manufacturer's reputation and look for quality producers.

The average smoker should last around 5 to 10 years if properly maintained.

7. Quality of Grates

Your smoker’s grill grates, along with the firebox, are going to be the areas that take the most abuse.

For this reason, you must choose a smoker with high-quality cooking grates. Two of the best materials to look for are stainless steel and cast iron.

“Steel has been found more user friendly, corrosion-resistant, easy to clean, and non-reactive.”
- Ranju Bala, Panjab University 

Both steel and cast iron do a good job retaining heat and are resistant to corrosion and rust if appropriately maintained.

Cast iron retains heat for longer periods making it a potentially good cooking surface if you plan to do a lot of grilling and want nice sear marks on your food.

8. Dimensions and Weight

An additional cooking area for grill

Just as different fuel types will affect how portable your smoker is, so will the dimensions and weight of your BBQ grill.

This will also impact where you can put your smoker and how much you can cook.

Traditional stainless steel offset smokers are going to be the best choice if you are looking for light and portable grilling options.

Next will be gas grills, with the caveat being that you will need to bring a propane tank with you.

Electric grills and pellet smokers will usually weigh more and, when it comes to pellet grills and smokers, generally are larger and heavier due to the hopper.

9. Ease of Use

How easy it is to use your smoker will greatly depend on your experience level and which variety of smokers you choose.

Charcoal grilling, for example, is generally considered more challenging to maintain temperatures for beginner users.

If this is your first smoker and you don’t have as much experience with cooking, we recommend sticking to a gas and electric hybrid model.

Or, a pallet hopper can be another good combo option. These types of grills are easier to set temperatures with for newer users.

10. Warranty

Writing signature on a contract

Smokers are made to take a beating. But, that doesn’t always mean that parts won’t break down or that you may purchase a unit that has a defect. It’s essential that you pay close attention to the warranty and what is included.

Different manufacturers have different guidelines. Some of them offer no warranties, some offer complete warranties, and others have different warranty periods for different parts.

The best smoker grill combo will have at least a two-year warranty that equally covers all parts of the smoker.

11. Pricing

When it comes to the world of combo smokers, the sky's the limit in terms of features and pricing.

The best thing you can do is first consider your budget and then look at what you will need from your smoker. Take into account how much space you will need and what fuel you want.

Generally, pellet smokers will cost more and electric smokers next, and the cheaper types will usually be charcoal and then propane models.

You also want to think about any other features you may wish to, such as infrared roasters, extra shelving space, and grill covers.

12. Storage Space

Storage space can be handy if you plan on cooking large amounts of meat or store extra charcoal or wood.

Many traditional charcoal smokers will include a rack below the cooking chamber so that you can keep wood and extra briquettes.

If you plan on cooking a lot, consider a model with side and front storage options.

A warming rack can also be handy for keeping food warm, so a side burner can be good to have, which can also double as a shelf.

13. Portability

Portability will be important if you plan on taking your smoker to tailgates, camping, or if you know you will be moving it around the backyard often.

The best options for portability are going to be lightweight charcoal smokers. Gas models require you to have a propane tank or natural gas hookups, and electric types require a power outlet.

14. Additional Features

Using a phone for bluetooth access on a grill

Once you have all of the above basics covered, you want to start thinking about the extra features you can get.

There are a wide variety of extras that comes with grill smoker combos, but some of the best options are:

  • Grill cover
  • Extra shelving
  • Warming rack
  • Infrared roasters
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Meat probes
  • Digital thermometers
  • Sausage hooks
  • Jerky racks
  • Sear box
  • Smoker box
  • Grilling tool hooks

Take into consideration your budget and look at what extra features you would like and the different models that match your needs.

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FAQs

Are Smokers Better Than Grills?

Smokers are better than grills for cooking meats at lower temperatures for longer periods. This is especially important when making briskets, ribs, or turkeys.

These meats take longer to cook through, and grilling them can cook the outside while leaving the inside uncooked.

What Is the Difference Between a Bbq and a Smoker?

The primary difference between a BBQ and a smoker is how the meat is cooked.

With a smoker, the primary cooking method is using smoke. On the other hand, BBQ uses a direct flame to cook the meat. Both BBQ and smoking are done with low temperatures over long periods.

Can You Use a Smoker to Grill?

You can use a smoker to grill as long as you can get the temperatures up within the grilling range.

There are some types of smokers where the temperatures are not capable of going beyond a certain threshold, and you should avoid these if you also want to grill with your smoker [3].

Do You Need a Smoker if You Have a Grill?

If you plan to cook meat slowly for long periods, it can be helpful to have a smoker, even if you already have a grill.

Many grills are made for high-temperature cooking and may not be good for smoking, and this is why grill combos can be the best option.

Can You Turn a Gas Grill Into a Smoker?

Yes, you can turn a gas grill into a smoker as long as you can maintain the proper temperature range for smoking meats. The ideal temperature range is between 225 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit [4].

Can I Use a Simple Grill as a Smoker?

Yes, you can use a simple grill as a smoker if you can maintain lower temperatures using smoke as the primary cooking method.

The main issue with a simple grill is that the cooking source is often directly underneath the meat, making it more difficult to smoke. This is where combo grills and smokers come in.

What Are the Different Cooking Grate Options?

There are two primary types of cooking grates - stainless steel and cast iron. You can also find various kinds of coated steel, usually chrome-coated or porcelain-coated, to help with protection and heat retention.

Cast iron is generally considered better due to its heat retention capabilities.

Best Smoker Grill Combos - Our Winner

All of the grill and smoker combo barbecues we tested here today are worthy competitors; however, the title for the best smoker and grill combo has to go to Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker purely for its large cooking area, wide temperature range, and impressive pellet hopper size.

We liked how straightforward the temperature controls were, making it easy for beginner grillers, and we were impressed with the wide variety of cooking it could do, such as roasting, baking, and BBQing.

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Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker

Our #1 Recommendation

  • 450 square inches of cooking area
  • Holds 20lbs of wood pellets
  • Can cook for over 20 hours
  • Easy temperature control settings
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