Purchasing a Kamado Joe or a similar smoker is only the first step. After the initial purchase, it's hard to know what kind of accessories you need and which ones you can skip. These are the top Kamado Joe accessories we feel are must-haves!
When we moved into our home last year we decided to make the investment in a Kamado Joe. I had sticker shock at first, but we’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth in just a short time of owning it! We’ve used it to smoke whole chickens and pulled pork plus grill steak, burgers, chicken thighs and breasts, and fish...everything has tasted amazing on the Kamado!
In this guide, we are providing Amazon links for your convenience but I also suggest checking Facebook Marketplace and/or Craigslist to see if you can find a quality pre-owned Kamado Joe, Big Green Egg or other similar Kamado style grill/smoker.
Our local Costco also carries the Kamado Joe and a few accessories during certain times of the year, but they sell out quickly and many accessories are not available for a very long period of time.
I was able to find our Kamado Joe on Facebook Marketplace soon after we moved into our home last year. We bought it from an older couple who barely even used it and they wanted to get rid of it before they moved. We paid $800 and it came with the Kamado Joe, blow lighter, cookbook AND an awesome custom built table!
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Before we can go into the accessories, you have to have the actual Kamado Joe (or similar kamado style grill)! 😉 If you can't find it used, you can actually order the Kamado Joe Classic on Amazon!
Must-Have Kamado Joe Accessories
- Scott is in love with this book. He will seriously read it in the bed at night. There are recipes included, but it goes way beyond by describing the science behind cooking methods, busting myths (like how marinating is often useless) and provides awesome recipes for rubs, spice blends and full recipes for different types of meat….mmmmm!
- This book does an excellent job of providing a very straightforward description of each cooking method on the smoker - indirect and direct grilling, searing, smoking, roasting, baking, and more. It also provides some excellent recipes for each method presented in the book.
- Okay, okay this is another one of Scott's purchases that I almost had a heart attack over. I thought for sure, we wouldn't use this often enough to justify the cost, but, boy, was I wrong!?! I think we've used it at least three weekends each month. Plus, the more food prep that Scott does the less that I have to do. 😉
- This is by far the quickest and easiest way to get your grill started. One of the only complaints that we have about the kamado is that it does take a while to get up to cooking temperature, but this drastically cuts down that time...money well spent!
- When using the kamado, you often have to handle the thermometer and move the grilling grates around to get to the charcoal, add wood for smoking, move the temperature probes around or handle the meat once it’s on the grill...these gloves have handled temperatures as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit without any problem.
- Lane's is a local company to us here in Georgia and we LOVE their seasonings.
- Use code heshe for 10% off your order! You can order online here.
- Our favorites:
- Smoking chickens: QNami and Sweet Heat
- Grilled chicken breast or thighs: Signature, Garlic2, SPF 53
- Grilled burgers: Brisket, SPF 53, Signature
- Steaks: Ancho Espresso (delicious and unique!), Signature, Brisket
- This is a must-have! If you’re doing indirect cooking or slow-cooking/smoking, you’ll need this to use one probe to monitor the pit temperature and the other probe to monitor the temperature of the meat to ensure you’re completely dialed-in with your recipe and hit your desired doneness for the meat you’re cooking.
- You'll also need a grill cover to protect your grill from the elements. Our grill stays underneath our covered patio but we still use a grill cover. The size will just depend on the size Kamado Joe you have and whether or not you use a stand or table. We have the Classic Accessories brand cover and it is perfect for our set up. They have a lot of size options to choose from and we have been very pleased with the quality. You can't beat the price!
You'll also need big block charcoal, which we purchase when they have it at Costco but can often be found at hardware stores. There are different grates and even a pizza stone that can be used on the Kamado. We haven't tried any yet but we will update this post when we do.
Did we miss anything? Is there an accessory that you feel is a must-have for your smoker?
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