The words, “Oklahoma Joe”, still manage to conjure an image of heavy offset cookers that smoked meat like nobody’s business and won competitions throughout the land. For many years Oklahoma Joe languished in the shadow of parent company, Char-Broil, however the brand is experiencing a rennaisance of sorts.
Char-Broil has several low cost offset smokers. We don’t recommend cooking on them or any cheap offsets because they’re hard to use and don’t produce the best results. Click here to learn why. However, Oklahoma Joe’s offsets offer a step up from the junker, tin can brands. For a little more money you get heavier construction, better wheels, handles and shelves, everything is a bit more sturdy. The chimney vents out of the side instead of the top for better air flow and a warming rack is built onto the firebox for sauces and sides. Oklahoma Joe’s also makes a smaller version called the Highland.
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Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn Smoker/Grill
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Grill, Smoker, Combination Grill and Smoker
751 square inches
Large(about 37 burgers)
309 square inches
In the late 1980s Oklahoma Joe began producing award winning, traditional, 1/4″ offset smokers. The company was purchased by Char-Broil in 1998 and went through a series of twists and turns for decades. For many years the name “Oklahoma Joe” appeared on super cheap Char-Broil smokers. Recently Oklahoma Joe has recaptured a degree of their past prestige. Although they no longer make heavy, competition grade pits, they seem to be making the marriage with Char-Broil work by offering decent quality for a little more than the cheap big box junk, at prices well below the professional brands.
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