Kamado Joe KJ15041021 Big Joe III 24-inch Charcoal Grill Review

Kamado Big Joe III is the largest Kamado Joe charcoal grill with 24-inch grid diameter and cooking surface of 864 square inches when using 3-Tier Divide & Conquer cooking system.

Kamado Joe Big Joe III

At this price point you would expect Kamado Joe Big Joe III to be an amazing grill and it truly is. The first thing we should probably discuss is how it cooks and the answer to that is exceptionally well.

Steaks cooked on this grill are something else. It’s hard to put it into words but they taste magnificent. A grill like this really does make a difference so the chances are the steaks you cook on it will be the best you have ever had.

Heat retention is excellent allowing you to sear steaks really well and keep them rare and juicy on inside. On top of that you just can’t beat the flavor of charcoal resulting in superb flavor.

Kamado Joe Big Joe III can cook and smoke in temperatures from 225°F to 750°F. It holds temperature exceptionally well even in colder temperatures and is very efficient. It doesn’t use much charcoal and horizontal temperature distribution is near perfect with no hotspots whatsoever ensuring even cook.


Kamado Joe Big Joe III excels at smoking too. It comes with SlōRoller Hyperbolic Smoke Chamber. It’s designed with Harvard science and increases smoke circulation by up to 20 times. It does apparently work – as unbelievably good Kamado Joe Big Joe III is at cooking meat it’s just as good or even better at smoking it.

The maximum temperature you can smoke at with SlōRoller Hyperbolic Smoke Chamber is 500°F.

Air Flow

Airflow can be adjusted by sliding the bottom damper and by adjusting Kontrol tower top vent. The Kontrol tower top vent is rain resistant and can be kicked to the side for full airflow. Controlling and adjusting temperature is very easy.


Kamado Joe Big Joe III comes with 3-tier divide & conquer cooking system. Its 3-level half-rack design allows you to cook different foods at the same time at different temperatures making this grill quite versatile.

Heat Deflectors

Kamado Joe Big Joe III charcoal grill comes with two half-moon deflectors allowing you to cook with different styles at the same time (when using 1 deflector) or create indirect heat setup when using both deflectors.


Kamado Joe Big Joe III is equipped with lid mounted thermometer, removable ash-tray and foldable aluminum side shelves with hooks for tools. On the bottom part of the grill you will find storage shelf that’s designed to hold accessories but can be used for other items too. On it there are also spot to clip temperature probes.

Kamado Joe Big Joe III is also equipped with air lift hinge that makes opening the lid effortless despite it being heavy. You can literally lift it up with a single finger.

The lid provides a true air-tight seal when closed that prevents smoke from escaping and reduces heat release.


Kamado Joe Big Joe III charcoal grill is shipped on a large pallet and since it weighs around 500 pounds you might have a hard time moving it. Be prepared!


Kamado Joe Big Joe III is an outstanding charcoal grill and smoker. It’s expensive but not without a reason explaining its huge popularity. It really is that good!

Kamado Joe KJ15041021 Big Joe III 24-inch Charcoal Grill Specifications:

  • Temperature range: 225°F – 750°F (500°F Max. when using SlōRoller)
  • Cooking surface diameter: 24 inches
  • Cooking space (with 3 Tier Divide & Conquer): 864 square inches
  • Grill dimensions with card & shelves (W x D x H): 58.4’’ x 35.8’’ x 53.7’’ (inches)
  • Grill weight: 487 pounds / 220 kilograms

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