Ceramic smoker grills have become all the rage with backyard cookers and serious aficionados. What are they and why are they so popular?
Ceramic smokers and grills come with a variety of features and in different sizes – and they are incredibly versatile. If you do your research you will find one that can meet all you outdoor cooking needs.
Ceramic Grills: Features
Ceramic smokers and grills, also known as kamados, are a throwback to the clay pot ovens and cookers that have been used for centuries, even sharing the egg shape of ancient clay pots. These cookers started to become popular in the United States when servicemen, returning from the Pacific theater in WWII, recognized the functionality, versatility and usability of kamados for American cooking and grilling. Kamados are rich in features including:
- Efficient; hold heat well, requiring less fuel; makes them outstanding efficient smokers
- Consistent, easily controlled fire
- Perfect for low and slow cooking
- Searing temperatures reaching more than 700 degrees; handles these temperatures safely and easily
- Can be used as a conventional brick type oven for baking things like bread and pizza.
Ceramic Grills: Pros and Cons
When shopping for kamados, you will find that there are about ten recognized brands. The differences often involve things like size, shape, weight and quality. There are some pros and cons concerning outdoor cooking using kamados. They include,
- Exceptionally fuel efficient; can do a full 24 hour day of low and slow cooking with less than two pounds of charcoal
- Exceptionally safe; the outside of the unit is usually not even hot to the touch
- Versatile; can be used as a conventional grill, smoker grill or dry stone oven
- Durable; a well maintained kamados can easily last a lifetime
- Kamados tend to be expensive; they usually cost between 500 and 1000 dollars depending and the size and quality of the brand
- Kamados are heavy and lack portability
Ceramic Grills: Is It for You?
If you are at all enthusiastic about outdoor cooking, bbq or smoking meat, ceramic smoker grills are certainly something you should consider. Ask around and you will likely find it unanimous: food cooked on kamados is absolutely fabulous. Combine that with the classic, ancient design, the efficiency, versatility, durability and safety, ceramic grills should be under consideration for your next outdoor cooker.