By: Max Good
A gas grill and charcoal grill/smoker for $400: three cookers rolled into one. Use just one side for cooking a couple steaks or both sides for parties. Although some owners gripe that cook surface on each side is smallish.
The low powered gas grill has three 10,000 BTU stainless steel tube burners and a 9,300 BTU side burner flush mounted on a side shelf. The charcoal side includes an adjustable height charcoal tray and offset firebox. Both sides have porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates and there’s a small warming rack on the gas side.
It’s easy to understand the attraction to these combo cookers. Who doesn’t want to get the most BBQ bang for their buck? Several manufacturers offer these combo designs. Though the concept is cool, ask yourself, why not get two separate grills? Even a large Weber Kettle is under a hundred dollars and you trip over all the low cost gassers every time you walk into Home Depot. With a few add ons like a Smokenator, you can turn a Weber kettle into a much better smoker than this device will ever be.
Smoke Hollow has offered value-priced smokers since 2005. They make several vertical, cabinet-style, gas smokers that are very similar in cost and construction to Brinkmann and Masterbuilt. Some of their larger gas smokers include sausage hangers, jerky racks, and a two-sided combination cooking grid/rib rack. Smoke Hollow also makes one 30″ tall electric smoker, an offset smoker and a gas/charcoal combo grill and smoker that has an offset firebox on the charcoal side.
All cookers are built in China and designed to sell at entry-level price points. They are sold on-line and at various chains like Sam’s Club and Gander Mountain.
Published On: 11/19/2014 Last Modified: 2/24/2021
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