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Whiskey Ryan

Great for the backyard chef


Pros: Do it all grill, great for biginners

Cons: almost too short hose for propane tank

I'm a charcoal guy who wanted to get into smoking. Even though I cook on charcoal I wanted to have a propane grill for small quick cooks like hot dogs. So when I bought a house that had room for a big grill it didn't make sense to spend money on a propane grill, while still always using my Weber, and then spend more money on a big smoker. Plus that's a lot of equipment in the back yard.   This Oklahoma Joe gave me everything I wanted and with great quality too. I can still cook over charcoal, use the propane to cook hot dogs quickly after work, and use the smoker to learn how to smoke.  I highly recommend this to someone who wants a do everything grill. If we're talking about...
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Good starter system and good value


Pros: Good material and quality construction

Cons: Smoker not really set up to smoke without major upgrading

I like the unit. The metal is thick enough to withstand heavy use and hold its heat. The workmanship and the fit of the various doors is good and all parts are made of quality material.   The gas grill section will cook up a burger or whatever quickly and with minimum fuss. Care must be taken not the let the gas grill get away from you when cooking, it gets very hot quickly. It caught me by surprise when I was seasoning the gas grill section and very quickly hit 450 degrees with the lid closed.   The outside burner looks like it will be handy for sauces and such. The flat pan warmer mounted above the fire box is a nice touch for keeping items warm while you are cooking.  ...
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Decent small capacity smoker, great gas grill


Pros: Heavy Duty, can grill on gas or charcoal, and smoke.

Cons: Minor mods needed to better control smoking temps.

I had been looking to get a smoker and was researching a few different models.  My hand was forced when my grill quit working, so I ended up getting this rather quickly as a result.  My rationale was that this thing could do it all when needed.  I'm a beginner smoker and didn't have plans to smoke that often, once a month or less, and not plans to feed an army off of my smoker.  This thing is built solid and weighs around 200 lbs.  I don't know the exact gauge of steel used, but it isn't thin like it's lesson cousin the charbroiler.     Gas Grill:  Heats up extremely quick.  Gets to over 400 F in a minute or so.  I normally cook...
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Great Low Budget Smoker


Pros: Heavey duty construction, very sturdy.

Cons: Not too pleased with the allignment of the lids and some of the welds. Smoking area is smaller than I wanted.

This is my first smoker, I am transitioning from Charcoal grills. My Fiance prefers propane, that is the only reason we got this model instead of the OJ Longhorn. I have already smoked pork shoulder and 2 racks of ribs, they were excel ant. I did experience some heat issues from side to side. One feature I did not expect, I can use the side burner to start my charcoal chimney.

Good entry for those who still grill, but want to get started smoking.


Pros: Grill and Smoker, Price

Cons: Some leaking, small cooking area

Still needed a grill, wanted to get started on smoking.  Picked this up at Lowe's for a good price.  Delivered it, seasoned it, and got right to it.  As with other OK Joe's, there are some issues (as I have read).  You probably want to seal it up a little better around the firebox, drop the stack in the smoking chamber, and add a tuning plate.  The first smoke, I used foil and baking sheets to lightly tune the smoke.  My first pork shoulder came out great (although a little heavy on the rub).  Second one came out perfect.  Did a flat, came out a little overdone (my fault).  Overall, I am very pleased with the purchase. Temperature control seems...
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