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Kamado Joe Jr. 13.5" Charcoal Grill (Blaze Red) EXPIRED

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Walmart has Kamado Joe Jr. 13.5" Charcoal Grill (Blaze Red) on sale for $299. Shipping is free.

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Features:
  • Premium 13.5 inch Ceramic Grill with Cast Iron Stand
  • Thick-walled, heat-resistant shell that locks in smoke and moisture at any temperature
  • Cast-iron air vent for temperature control
  • 304 Stainless Steel Cooking Grate
  • Built-In Temp Gauge
  • Ceramic Heat Deflector
  • Grill Gripper
  • Ash Tool

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$299.99 + tax. Free shipping Price reflected on product page.

The unique kamado cooking experience is portable with Kamado Joes innovative Joe Jr. Perfect for tailgates, picnics, pool parties, camping, and more, Joe Jr. weighs only 68 pounds and boasts a 148.5 square inch cooking surface - ample space for a full beer-can chicken with vegetables. The thick-walled ceramic body locks in heat, moisture, and flavor, and the heat deflector plate allows cooks to experiment with indirect heat for more flexible cooking.
Premium Ceramic Grill with Cast Iron Stand
The thick-walled, heat-resistant shell that locks in smoke and moisture at any temperature
Cast-iron air vent for temperature control
304 Stainless Steel Cooking Grate
Built-In Temp Gauge
Ceramic Heat Deflector
Grill Gripper
Ash Tool
Overall: 19.75" wide x 27" high x 20.75" deep. cooking surface 13.5" diameter
Weight: 68 lbs.
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duckeggs asked this question on 06-21-2021 at 10:02 AM
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Because huge ceramic grills that don't crack easily under heavy heat loads are expensive to make and ship.

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I have a large BGE, this KJ Jr. and a Blackstone 22" for all my outdoor cooking needs. I typically use the Jr. for true grilling with limited low/slow smoking. It is a little small to do much of the smoking you'd do. I can fit 3 strip steaks or 2-3 ribeyes that I finish off at 600-650 with little effort. I do meatloaf in a lodge cast iron bread pan on the Jr. and that is about all I do on the Jr. I save smoking (butts, ribs, brisket, etc.) for the BGE. I do burgers, bacon, pancakes, veggies, etc. on the Blackstone.

I am only cooking for 3 people on a typical weekday so this KJ Jr. is perfect for our grilling needs. When the power went out for 3 days during the ice storm this year, we ate pretty good with KJ cooking almost all our meals. Pork chops, scalloped potatoes, meatloaf, steaks, chicken breasts were all great.
The Kamado Joe Jr is made of ceramic. The chargriller you linked is rock wool sandwiched between sheet metal.

Is the KJ Jr worth double the price? Depends. I've got a Chargriller Akorn that has served me well for 6 years. The ceramic one will hold temperature much better, and it wont rust eventually rust out like a metal one. I'd love to have a ceramic kamado, but I'm not losing anything important with my metal Akorn
If the purpose is just to grill and smoke and you don't care about anything else, then both are great and will get the job done. The difference comes from the quality. K.Jr uses ceramic while Akorn uses metal. I prefer ceramic because if maintained properly, they simply last longer. Metal can rust and paint can strip easily. The warranty on K.Jr is lifetime so if it cracks for any reason other than you dropping it, you can get it replaced for free. I've used their warranty many times. It's awesome and quick but albeit, it may take some time if the part is out of stock. Some say the Akorn retains heat as well as ceramic grills but speaking with other people on the Kamado forums, it doesn't seem to be true. Again, Akorn is great. $150 is a solid deal. But for $150 more, I probably would get the K.Jr if you can afford to chuck it up. The parts are higher quality, the seal is better, the warranty is easier to use, and it just looks nicer. The primary reason to get one of these kamado grills is if you want the versatility of smoking as well. If all you want is a grill, I'd just get a weber kettle, honestly.

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Would this be good as a smoker?

I missed out on the Pit Boss Target deal earlier today =(
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Would this be good as a smoker?

I missed out on the Pit Boss Target deal earlier today =(
It's a little small for a smoker. You'll never fit a full packer brisket on there and you'd have to cut ribs in half or get one of those vertical rigs. Smoke flavor will be superior to any pellet grill.
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Missed out on the deal previously but finally bit the bullet. Thanks OP and repped!
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I have three kamado grills. They are awesome. best purchase I've made. only problem is i find every excuse to use it and go through huge bags of charcoal every summer
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is it good for 3 people?

also they have the classic I for 649

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kamado...gn_id=9383
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I have a large BGE, this KJ Jr. and a Blackstone 22" for all my outdoor cooking needs. I typically use the Jr. for true grilling with limited low/slow smoking. It is a little small to do much of the smoking you'd do. I can fit 3 strip steaks or 2-3 ribeyes that I finish off at 600-650 with little effort. I do meatloaf in a lodge cast iron bread pan on the Jr. and that is about all I do on the Jr. I save smoking (butts, ribs, brisket, etc.) for the BGE. I do burgers, bacon, pancakes, veggies, etc. on the Blackstone.

I am only cooking for 3 people on a typical weekday so this KJ Jr. is perfect for our grilling needs. When the power went out for 3 days during the ice storm this year, we ate pretty good with KJ cooking almost all our meals. Pork chops, scalloped potatoes, meatloaf, steaks, chicken breasts were all great.
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Curious if the KJ Jr. is worth double the price of this unit. What are the added features/functionality?

https://www.amazon.com/Char-Grill...B00IJ74RBO
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Curious if the KJ Jr. is worth double the price of this unit. What are the added features/functionality?

https://www.amazon.com/Char-Grill...B00IJ74RBO
The Kamado Joe Jr is made of ceramic. The chargriller you linked is rock wool sandwiched between sheet metal.

Is the KJ Jr worth double the price? Depends. I've got a Chargriller Akorn that has served me well for 6 years. The ceramic one will hold temperature much better, and it wont rust eventually rust out like a metal one. I'd love to have a ceramic kamado, but I'm not losing anything important with my metal Akorn
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Curious if the KJ Jr. is worth double the price of this unit. What are the added features/functionality?

https://www.amazon.com/Char-Grill...B00IJ74RBO
If the purpose is just to grill and smoke and you don't care about anything else, then both are great and will get the job done. The difference comes from the quality. K.Jr uses ceramic while Akorn uses metal. I prefer ceramic because if maintained properly, they simply last longer. Metal can rust and paint can strip easily. The warranty on K.Jr is lifetime so if it cracks for any reason other than you dropping it, you can get it replaced for free. I've used their warranty many times. It's awesome and quick but albeit, it may take some time if the part is out of stock. Some say the Akorn retains heat as well as ceramic grills but speaking with other people on the Kamado forums, it doesn't seem to be true. Again, Akorn is great. $150 is a solid deal. But for $150 more, I probably would get the K.Jr if you can afford to chuck it up. The parts are higher quality, the seal is better, the warranty is easier to use, and it just looks nicer. The primary reason to get one of these kamado grills is if you want the versatility of smoking as well. If all you want is a grill, I'd just get a weber kettle, honestly.
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Would this be good as a smoker?

I missed out on the Pit Boss Target deal earlier today =(
The Pit Boss wouldn't do regular sized brisket and ribs well because it's too small. I passed on both.
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Is this the ridiculously small one that fits like 2.5 chicken breasts? If so, it may be fine for 1-2 people & if you don't want leftovers, but 13.5" may be hilariously small when you see it in person
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Is this the ridiculously small one that fits like 2.5 chicken breasts? If so, it may be fine for 1-2 people & if you don't want leftovers, but 13.5" may be hilariously small when you see it in person
You can do a chicken on a beercan as far as height (its close to bumping the thermometer stem in the lid) but can easily do a spatchcock chicken.
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I've been cooking for a family of 4 of tbis and love it. I want the bigger one but can't justify the cost when this works so well. But no not much fits.. at a time Wink
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