Kamado Joe also says that this grill uses less fuel than a conventional grill because of its ceramic construction. While the funnel is smaller than what Pit Boss, Traeger, Weber and others offer, Pellet Joe can hold 10 pounds of pellets when full – or what the company says is enough for 14 hours of use at fumigation temperatures smoke. If that’s true, then it’s more effective than some of the WiFi-enabled tablets I’ve tested. Kamado Joe also says that this grill has a stirrer inside the hopper that “significantly” reduces pelleting – a common cause of disappointment for owners of these stoves.
Inside, Pellet Joe has an 18-inch cooking surface, which is the same size as the Kamado Joe Classic III. It’s much smaller than most ball grills, but almost every ceramic option will. Due to the shape, there is not much room for multi-tier mesh installation. You can purchase the shelf accessories supplied to you some stackability, but in general these egg-shaped grills won’t let you cook a party in one go. The goal is to be more efficient than the quantity. The Pellet Joe also comes with trademark KJ design touches like the Air Lift hinge, stainless steel latch, aluminum side shelf, smoke tower and more. Additionally, Pellet Joe will work with other Kamado Joe accessories built for the company’s range of Classic Pottery cookers.
Most importantly, Pellet Joe’s WiFi connectivity will allow you to control and monitor your barbecue remotely. Thanks to an app created in partnership with culinary technology company Desora, you can use two food probes and one ambient or pit temperature probe to track your progress. Kamado Joe has partnered with Desora before: this duo created the iKamand module that brings connectivity and remote control to KJ charcoal grill ceramic ovens. Desora also developed the idea for the SloRoller parabolic insert during an engineering class at Harvard. This accessory maximizes the distribution of smoke and heat inside the grill for optimal cooking.
Pellet Joe is currently available from independent retailers like All Things Bar Grill, Atlanta Grill Company and Premier Grilling for $ 1,999. That looks like a high investment compared to some pellet grills – and it is. However, the traditional charcoal ceramic options are also expensive. In fact, the Pellet Joe is only $ 300 more expensive than the Kamado Joe Classic III ($ 1,699), and it actually has some tech inside. Expected to have more by early 2021.