Some days you just want to grill and some days you want the flavor of grilling and then there are those days where nothing but smoked meats will satisfy you. Instead of having three different units or grills, you can have it all in one grilling system.
Triple combo grills or those that have both gas and charcoal, as well as a side fire box for grilling, you get the best of all worlds. These types of grills give you the convenience of gas, the flavor of charcoal and the ultimate meal experience of smoked foods, in one package. So, not only do you save space but you save time as well.
Getting The Right Combination
Believe it or not, there are only a few manufacturers who produce combination grills smokers. In fact, the most common are those made by Smoke Hollow and Char-Broil has a model but for most manufacturers, they either have discontinued them or have models on the books for the future. The reason for this state of affairs has to do with the grilling consumer. There used to be a debate among grillers as to which was better, gas or charcoal. In order to help reduce the debate, manufacturer’s started making combination grills that had both.
As grillers started moving to grills with offset smoke boxed for smoking, a few manufacturers jumped on the trend. As with any consumer trend, it doesn’t always go as expected and many opted for switching to a smoke box style while sticking to the standard gas and charcoal combination. However, there are still people who prefer to have gas, charcoal and the ability to smoke meat in all one package. Of course, you can smoke with a standard combination grill but it does get a little more complicated. Thus, This list has four grilling systems and one standard so you can get what choose the one you are more comfortable with.
Five Great Grilling Systems or Combination Grills
Best Charcoal Gas Combo Grill
While this grill does not have a dedicated firebox, you can still use it to smoke meats. By using the charcoal side, you can treat this as a fire box and use a mixture of charcoal and wood to produce the smoke and flavor. By itself, this grill combination – Char-Griller 5050 Series Grill offers over 40K BTU of heat with a side burner for warming or searing and the lower deck offers plenty of room for storage.
The charcoal side has an adjustable heat rack and both lids have a built in temperature gauge for monitoring your temps. Overall, a solid grill that offers the best of both worlds and those that have this grill love the convenience of both gas and charcoal.
Best Gas/Charcoal/Smoker Grill
This grill – Smoke Hollow 3500 Series Grill has both gas and charcoal with a side mounted fire box for smoking. The gas side has three burners each producing 10K BTU and there is a side burner for searing that also produces 10K BTU. The charcoal side has an adjustable heat rack with a front mounted door so you can check the fire without losing heat by opening the lid.
The grates are cast iron, so you get excellent heat distribution and great looking sear marks. With over 800 square inches of cooking space and mounted on casters for mobility, this grill works for any backyard. People who have this model love the fact they can grill, smoke and more with ease.
Top Rated Charcoal/Gas/Smoker Combo
This simple and elegant design also has a solid construction, so you can grill with gas or charcoal or use the side mounted fire box for offset smoking. This grill – Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe’s Series Grill has over 1000 square inches of cooking space and there are warming racks as well as main racks that offer great heat distribution.
The gas side has three burners producing over 12K BTU each and the side burner also produces 12K BTU and it is designed to easily handle a charcoal chimney starter. The lower cart has plenty of room including a dedicated space for holding your tank. People who use this model love how well this grill works and how even it heats.
Best 4-in-1 LP Gas Charcoal Smoker
This four in one series grill features both gas and charcoal, as well as an offset firebox but it also has one more element to make it great and that is the side-mounted infrared burner. This way, you can make different kinds of foods with ease and at the same time. This grill – Smoke Hollow 4-in-1 Series Grill has a solid heavy duty construction and the charcoal side features a front mounted fire door and adjustable rack.
The gas side has three main burners while the firebox had a deep interior to handle larger pieces of wood. The lower cart has space for the tank and a dual shelf for better storage of both equipment and food stocks. People who have this model love how roomy this grill is and how well made this model is.
Best Gas Charcoal Smoker Grill Combo
While similar in concept to the four in one series, this model – Smoke Hollow 8500 Series Grill doesn’t have an infrared burner but has a grate covered fire box that can be used for smoking and more. It has a solid, heavy duty construction and the gas side has three main burners while the charcoal side features a front mounted fire door and easy to crank adjustable heat rack.
There has a side burner for searing and the lower cart has plenty of room for storage. People who have purchased and use this model love the wide open space for grilling and the overall versatility of this model.
For longevity, be sure to use a quality grill cover to protect your grill from the elements.