Smoking and grilling are two of my favorite ways to cook food; they both produce flavorful cooks, yet each has its 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 combo grill.
The 11 Best Smoke Grill Combos
1 - Traeger Pro 575
The Traeger Pro 575 is a serious piece of grilling equipment. It is a great grilling option for those who want to be able to do it all, from smoking and roasting to searing and baking.
The Pro 575 comes with a digital controller that allows you to set and maintain a consistent temperature and a meat probe so that you can monitor the internal temperature of your food without having to lift the lid of the grill.
The Pro 575 also has a turbo temperature mode, so your grill heats faster on startup and regains temperature more quickly after the lid is opened.
I appreciate the versatility that this grill offers. The 18 lb hopper and 575 sq. in. cooking space mean I can easily cook for either a large group or a small gathering.
And the WiFi technology allows me to control the temperature and monitor the meat probe from my phone without hovering over the grill.
- Digital controller with meat probe
- WiFi technology
- Turbo temperature mode
- Large grilling space
- Grill only operates on 2.4GHz
2 - Z GRILLS 450B Pellet Grill and Smoker
Z Grills is the second best on our list, with their Z GRILLS 450-B pellet grill and smoker. One of the reasons we liked this smoker and grill combo is the ample 450 square inches of cooking surface.
The 450B comes with Z Grills’ new PID Controller, which helps the grill maintain a steady temperature within the 5 degrees of target.
This provides even smoking temperature, which is especially important during low and slow cooking sessions.
The pellet hopper has a window, so you can check the pellet levels without opening the lid. I also liked how easy it is to clean out the pellets thanks to the hopper clean-out system — a small door on the back makes it easy to empty the hopper and switch out the pellets.
Finally, the 450B pellet grill is our second-best smoker grill combo choice because of its smoking performance. It does a great job of smoking meat over the long haul, and the smoked meats are delicious.
- Easy-to-read LCD temperature display
- Caster wheels make it easy to move the grill
- Smokes for over 20 hours
- No smart connectivity
3 - Camp Chef Woodwind 36
This smoker grill combo from Camp Chef has a color LCD, functional wheels, and a huge amount of cooking space.
This is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-controlled grill, so you can maintain the temperature from anywhere you are. It has four meat probes and a PID controller that keeps the temperature stable.
Camp Chef Woodwind 36 comes with a Smoke Control setting (1 to 10), so you can choose the smoke flavor intensity. The sidekick burner attachment reaches a temperature of 650 degrees, which is more than enough to sear food.
I didn’t like how there was no prep station or side table, so I didn’t have any place to hang tools.
- Large cooking area
- Easy to clean
- The side burner reaches searing temperatures
- No place to hang tools
4 - Z GRILLS 550-B Pellet Grill and Smoker
Z Grills 550-B wood pellet grill and smoker features a 550-square-inch cooking surface, with the ability to hold up to 10 lbs of wood chips in the hopper. This gives you around 10 hours of total cooking time.
We found this grill smoker combo 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.
- 10 hours of cooking per hopper fill
- Automated electrical pellet feed system
- Rustproof cover
- Less portable than some models
5 - Royal Gourmet 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 grill and smoker combo 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.
This charcoal grill smoker combo has a large firebox with plenty of room for wood and charcoal.
The BBQ grill and smoker have 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.
- 800 square inches of cooking area
- Easy to assemble
- 5 lb (2.26 kg) charcoal capacity
- Plastic wheels
6 - 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 21 lbs 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.
- 1200-square inch smoking basket
- Stainless steel construction smoker box
- Convenient side-mounted carrying handles
- Smaller cooking grate space
7 - Dyna-Glo Signature Series Heavy-Duty Vertical Offset Smoker & Grill
Dyna-Glo Signature Series Vertical Grill Smoker stands 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 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 the ash pan that makes the firebox easy to clean.
- 1,382-square-inch cooking surface
- Five cooking racks and sausage hooks
- Removable ash pan for cleaning
- Cover sold separately
8 - Realcook Charcoal BBQ Smoker Grill Combo
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 smoker grill 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 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.
- More portable than some grills
- Large cooking space
- 2-door design
- No viewing window
9 - Char-Griller 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 grill 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 smoker grill combo 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 grill smoker combo. This Char-Griller model has an easy dump ash pan to help make cleaning more accessible and convenient.
- Easy clean ash pan
- Powder-coated steel construction
- Shelving on the bottom, side, and front
- Heavier construction
10 - 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 grill combo also has shelves on each side and one under-shelf for holding the extra charcoal and the propane tank.
- Stainless steel temperature control panel
- 557 square inch cooking space
- Adjustable charcoal pan
- Cover sold separately
11 - 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 electric smoker.
This gas smoker and grill combo is ideal for slow cooking as well as hot and fast grilling.
The Pit Boss grill smoker combo model comes with multiple storage racks along with hooks for hanging grilling utensils, which we are fans of.
- 4-in-1 grill smoker combos
- The grill grate is porcelain-coated cast iron
- Durable stainless steel design
- Some assembly required
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 and grill combos.
1. Construction Materials
If you’re planning on using your smoker grill combos 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 a pellet grill.
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 .
Regardless of the material your smoker grill combos are 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
If you plan on doing long cooking sessions for briskets or ribs or even turkeys with your grill, it’s best to have smoker grill combos 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 wood pellets.
4. Temperature Range
When regulating the temperature for smoking, lower temperatures for more extended periods are best .
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
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. It applies whether it's a pellet grill or other combo grill models.
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.
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 Grill 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
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.
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 and grill combo will have at least a two-year warranty that equally covers all parts of the smoker.
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 grills and 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, 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 storing extra charcoal or wood.
Many traditional charcoal smokers will include a rack below the separate cooking chambers 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.
Portability will be important if you plan on taking your grill smoker combo to tailgates or camping. It's also the best choice if you know you will be moving it around the backyard often.
The best option for portability is going to be a lightweight charcoal smoker grill combo. Gas models require you to have a propane tank or natural gas hookups, and electric types require a power outlet.
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14. Additional Features
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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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 .
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-smoker 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 .
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 grill smoker combos 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 smoker combos we tested here today are worthy competitors. However, the title for the best smoker and grill combo must be Traeger Pro 575.
This is the best grill smoker combo because of its large cooking area, turbo temperature mode, and impressive WiFi technology.
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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Traeger Pro 575
Our #1 Recommendation
- Digital controller with meat probe
- WiFi technology
- Turbo temperature mode
- Large grilling space
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A smoker-grill combination gives me the best of both worlds because it offers direct heat and numerous cooking surfaces for all of your outdoor cooking requirements.