Holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics, loves traveling and learning new languages. Fluent in Spanish, is learning French and Czech at the moment. Enjoys exploring national cuisines every time he visits new countries.
Claims that grilling is the art that he has been learning all his life long and is not planning to stop. Has been grilling for as long as he can remember. Author of numerous online and offline grilling masterclasses runs his own BBQ accessories shop.
Last updated: July 12, 2021
LilGrill is reader-supported. We may earn a commission through products purchased using links on this page. Learn more about our process here
Kamado Grills have become the charcoal grill of the day. Capable of grilling at high heat and smoking slowly, these typically ceramic grills have all the versatility to do it all and do it efficiently while looking great in the process.
Now that there are over a dozen companies selling them, there has been a flood of accessories in recent years. Many of these items are little more than gadgets, but some can make your Kamado Grill easier to use, even more versatile, and offer your backyard kitchen so much more. In this review, we have chosen 8 of the best Kamado Joe accessories that are most essential for your grilling rituals. They are not just well-made. These accessories will make life easier and are of real value.
You can easily prepare chicken, spit roast, or gyros yourself with the ingenious JOEtisserie. The JOEtisserie set has a solid square skewer with a load capacity of up to 22.5 kg and also quickly adjustable forks to perfectly attach the roast to the skewer. The constant turning movement of the skewer ensures that the roast juice that escapes remains on the grilled food and evaporates there. The flavors stay on the meat, and a delicious crust is created.
The Kamado Joe JOEtisserie® is a 240V accessory that is suitable for Big Joe. The product consists of a cast aluminum ring, a motor with a power plug, a stainless-steel skewer, including two forks. It’s great for pampering your guests with great grill specialties from the skewer. You’ll also enjoy the simple and ingenious handling of the JOEtisserie. The set is suitable for the Kamado Big Joe.
Why are we impressed?
This great accessory for your Kamado Joe brings variety to the grill and impress with their precisely fitting workmanship and particularly high-quality and durable materials. The airtight cast aluminum ring is only placed on the boiler and, thanks to its special wedge shape, enables the Kamado lid to be closed so that less heat escapes.
What negatives must you be aware of?
It's not completely airtight when used. There is small air leakage. Also, it won't be compatible with the Kamado Professional S Series. However, it fits the extra-large Big Green Egg.
With the Kamado Joe DoJoe extension set, you can transform your Kamado Joe Classic ceramic grill into a real stone oven. The DoJoe is made of cast aluminum, and thanks to the special, wedge-shaped construction, the lid of the Classic can be closed perfectly while sitting. There is a wide opening on the front so that the pizza (or, of course, tarte flambée or other delicacies) can be conveniently pushed onto the pizza stone in the cooking space and removed again.
The Kamado DoJoe Classic is a good accessory for making the perfect pizza. The high temperatures inside the Kamado Joe are ideal for baking the pizza. Of course, the DoJoe fits the Kamado Joe Classic models I, II, and III.
Why did it make our list?
We liked that it offers a crispy base with a perfectly cooked topping - in combination with the fine smoky taste of the charcoal. With this, you can make a unique pizza that is in no way inferior to the Italian original. Thanks to its wedge shape, you can maintain the temperature of around 400°F to 700°F effortlessly.
What is not ideal about it?
It is not closable, and it wastes the extra charcoals that are leftover. We wish one could push the Kamado to more than 700 degrees with this accessory to have a feeling of a wood-burning oven.
You can expand your Kamado Joe Big Joe with the iKamand into a temperature-controlled precision grill. Thanks to the WLAN connection and app control on your mobile phone, you always have an overview of the temperatures of your grilled food. Depending on the desired temperature, the integrated fan blows the right amount of air into the embers of the grill. In this way, the temperature remains constant at the value you want.
The iKamand is designed for use in classic Kamado grills. With the Kamado Joe iKamand grill control, gone are the days when you had to regularly supervise your grill when doing long jobs – just look at your smartphone. The iKamand is simply integrated into your existing WLAN and connects to the Internet via this. You can do the rest with the app, which is available for Android and iOS. However, the app is not only your control center for monitoring temperatures. It also offers a recipe library with hundreds of recipes that contain step-by-step instructions and, as a special feature, synchronize directly with the iKamand and control the grill appropriately.
Why is it special?
The iKamand gives you full control. We liked that you can connect up to 4 temperature probes to the iKamand controller. There are a core temperature and one grill chamber sensor. So you always have the perfect overview, even with larger grill jobs. We also liked that the components of the iKamand are weatherproof. That is why all metal parts are made of stainless steel. The sockets have cover caps so that no water can penetrate.
What are the flaws?
We think the accessory could be more reliable. Also, the Kamado Joe is limited by the accessory's low-temperature capacity. The low temperature cooks too slowly for some users.
This Kamado Joe accessory is a basket that makes the cleaning of your firebox a breeze after cooking. It’s made of 304 stainless steel, is corrosion-resistant, easy to clean, and durable. You can insert or remove the charcoal basket quickly and easily. For grilling with two temperature zones, the charcoal basket has a charcoal divider so that you can work with direct heat on just one side. The other half then offers indirect heat.
The Kamado Joe charcoal basket fits into the Big Joe charcoal grill and makes handling and grilling on the Big Joe easier. The charcoal container is designed so that it can be connected to the bottom of the flexible Divide & Conquer cooking system. It will work with the KJ Sloroller.
What stands out?
With the Kamado Joe charcoal basket, we liked how it is even easier to clean the combustion chamber after grilling. You can separate the leftover charcoal from your ashes easily, quickly, and cleanly and the next barbecue session can start in no time. It saves time and your charcoal.
What cons did we manage to find?
A handle could be built on the charcoal basket to make it easy to handle when hot.
This classic heat deflector is made from ceramic and comes in a set of two. It’s designed to block heat and create heat zones in your Kamado Joe grill. The two half-moon deflector stones for your Classic Joe provide an indirect grill area and are individually placed and combined in the cooking rack.
The “Divide & Conquer” cooking system from Kamado Joe offers countless possibilities for simultaneous grilling with different temperature zones and different grilling methods, thanks to the semicircular inserts in the cooking rack of your Kamado Joe. It’s suitable for Kamado Big Joe Divide and Conquer with a flexible cooking system.
What are its best features?
We liked how easy it is with this accessory to create an indirect grilling zone for your roasts. Also, you can use a stainless-steel grill plate above the deflector stone to gently cook vegetables or seafood. All inserts from the "Divide & Conquer" cooking system are shared. This means that they can be easily combined and ensure maximum flexibility in your Kamado Joe. You can use it under a pizza stone. It cooks better this way.
What could be improved?
It could be bigger. It's not compatible with the Big Joe Kamado. It is too small for the Big Joe.
The Kamado Joe Big Block XL charcoal is advertised as a product with extremely large pieces of charcoal. It’s a natural lump charcoal product derived from hardwood. These consist of an exclusive mixture of three types of hardwood with a very high density and are extensively charred in traditional outdoor ovens in Argentina. This process, according to Kamado Joe, creates the world’s largest and finest charcoal, which burns longer, cleaner and better.
The charcoals are supposed to last for up to 18 hours. They are derived from hardwoods such as the Guayacan, Mistal, Guayaibi, and the White Quebracho, all from Southern America.
Why are we impressed?
First, we liked that it consists of 100 percent hardwood that can burn cleanly for several hours. If all the charcoal has not been used up after grilling, it can be used a second, up to a third time after it has been extinguished. In the ceramic grill, you can do this simply by closing the air supply.
What negatives must you be aware of?
We think the product is a bit overpriced. Also, contrary to what is advertised, a couple of users found small lumps in the bag and these burned out faster than they should. A few users say 1/3 or up to half of the content contains smaller lumps.
The Kamado Joe grate lifter can be used to move any grill grate. It measures 4.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches and is made of 304 stainless steel. Coming with a one-year warranty, the accessory is supposed to be durable and has a hanging hook for convenience. This accessory proves to be particularly practical when using your Kamado Joe ceramic grill. You can use the handle to lift the grate effortlessly with just one hand to remove it from the grill or to adjust its height.
With the Kamado Joe grate lifter made of stainless steel, you have the grill grate safely under control. Lift the hot grate, adjust it or add coal – there is no problem with the long-lasting grill tongs! The accessory is suitable for Kamado Joe grill grates.
What makes it stand out?
This Kamado Joe grate lifter ensures effortless lifting of the grill grates to be able to add coal if necessary or to swap grates. It's suitable for cooking grids and inserts from Kamado Joe.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
The construction is not too reliable for heavy use. If you would need to use it to grab grill pans, we cannot vouch for its resistance to bending. Asides from this, it is well-made and has a good feel.
This Kamado Joe Fire Starter is designed to help you start a fire easier. It lights effortlessly even when wet, and it burns up to 1300 Fahrenheit. There are no traces of oils or chemicals, and it is odorless and smokeless. The fire starter is safer for use than liquid fluids. The pack includes 24 fire starters.
According to Kamado Joe, this is odorless, chemical-free, and non-toxic. It consists of paraffin wax and diesel and is made for starting a fire in your Kamado Joe charcoal grill.
What makes it stand out?
This fire starter is a foolproof way of starting your grill. It makes starting the grill fire effortless. It can fire grills that are wet, is odorless, and produces no smoke. Also, it is sold for a very low price. It's reliable and quite easy to use.
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
Although we didn't see anything to criticize with this fire starter, we discovered some buyers who reported that they might have gotten an authentic model which had odd off smells and made their barbecues smell bad. Some described the smell as diesel-like, wax, or chemical. However, more than 90 percent of the buyers liked what they got.
Things to Consider
Ever grilled with a Kamado Joe? The BBQ principle behind it inspires. With the right accessories, you can get even more taste out of your ceramic grill. To conjure up super delicious dishes on the plate – and everything from the Kamado Joe – you have to learn to combine the grill with the right accessories. In this guide, we will show you what are the most essential types you need for your Kamado Joe and how to choose each.
What Do You Need for Your Kamado Joe?
If a set of Kamado Joe grill, for example, the Big Joe or the Big Green Egg has just been delivered to you, you need the following types of accessories the rotisserie system, a charcoal basket, a bag of big lump charcoal, wood chunks for flavor, a stainless-steel pad for vegetables and fish, a cast iron grate, a flexible cooking rack system, aluminum side shelves, a grill grate lifter, a heat deflector, a weatherproof cover, and more.
From the types of accessories to the size, weight, material, warranty, and the unique features in each accessory, below are some of the features worth considering.
Types of accessories
Some of the most common and useful types of accessories for Kamado Joe are:
Rotisserie set: With the rotisserie set, you can even use the ceramic grill to prepare a spit roast and many other dishes from the rotisserie that your guests will rave about for a long time.
Charcoal basket: With the charcoal basket, it is even easier to clean the combustion chamber after grilling. You can separate the leftover charcoal from your ashes easily, quickly, and cleanly and the next barbecue session can start in no time.
Charcoal: Charcoal is needed in many Kamado Joe grills. They should be in large blocks, derived from 100% natural woods
Trusted SourceCharcoal Grill | Safety | Tips | Barbecue | HPBA
with no chemicals, odors, or toxic substances.
Wood chunks: For adding smoking flavor, you can find smoked wood made from high-quality wood. They must be natural and gently air-dried. Directly in the embers or with the use of a smoker box, the wood chips give your grilled food a particularly fine smoky note. Kamado Joe offers six different flavors: apple, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and pecan.
Stainless steel pad: Usually in half-round, the steel pad should have a double thickness, laser-cut stainless-steel surface, and be extremely smooth. This can make it ideal for evenly cooking vegetables and tender fish.
Weather protection cover: The specially made protective covers can protect your Kamado Joe from harmful weather influences such as sunlight, rain, and snow, but also scratches and other damage. You can choose models in polyester.
Iron grates: Usually in half-round designs to fit into round grills, they should be made of cast iron. You can easily position half of the grill grate on the Cooking Rack of the Classic Joe on different cooking levels to get the desired cooking temperature for every food to be grilled. Thanks to its excellent heat storage properties and longevity, the Kamado Joe cast iron grate is ideal for meat in one piece.
Aluminum side shelves: You can extend the grill preparation area on your Big Joe ceramic grill with the Kamado Joe aluminum side shelves. The shelves made of powder-coated aluminum are robust and corrosion-resistant and can be easily folded down. There are hooks on the sides for hanging grill utensils. They are suitable for Kamado Joe Big Joe I, II, III, and Pro Joe.
Flexible cooking rack system: This flexible cooking frame can transform your Classic Joe ceramic grill into a multifunctional grill device with which you can grill, cook or bake on several levels and surfaces.
Stable holder: The Kamado Joe accessory holder is used in conjunction with the Kamado “Divide & Conquer” cooking system. Pan, wok, pizza stone, and Co. can be placed safely on the flexible cooking rack.
Pizza stone: As is found in the Dojoe Classic, this accessory is ideal for beginners as well as experienced grill chefs. The shape enables the user to achieve constant temperatures in the range of 200 degrees to 370 degrees for hours of grilling. At the same time, the shape also allows you to watch the pizza or other baked goods being grilled.
Grill Grate Lifter: With the Kamado Joe grate gripper, which is made from stainless steel, you can have the hot grill grate safely under control whether you want to adjust it or add coal.
Heat deflectors: Usually in full round or semicircular, like the Kamado Joe Half Moon Heat Deflectors, heat deflectors extend the revolutionary “Divide & Conquer” cooking system. With the deflectors, different heat zones can be created that either partially or completely block the heat. Thanks to the excellent heat storage of the ceramic plates, you can transform your ceramic grill into an oven in no time.
The accessories selected and reviewed earlier are designed to fit the most popular size of the Kamado Grill, the 18.5-Inch model especially. The accessory should be in standard sizes and should be able to fit popular models such as the Kamada Joe Classic, the Big Green Egg Large, and many similar models. Some accessories are available for different sizes, and not all will fit all Kamado Grills models.
Make sure to check compatibility with your specific model before purchasing it.
The weight and the number of accessories you add to your grill shouldn’t be too excessive, especially if you will need to move them around. Unfortunately, the weights of Kamado Joe accessories are not always specified. But you can check the materials if you want lightweight accessories.
Aluminum is usually lighter. Stainless steel combined lightness with corrosion resistance. Cast iron accessories such as the grids are heavier.
Grill accessories are made from different materials. Even if mainly metal is used, you will also find products made of wood. The latter, however, have to be maintained more elaborately. On the other hand, wood offers elegance and ease of handling. It is a very light material too.
Stainless steel grill accessories such as the Kamado Joe Grate Gripper are the ne plus ultra when it comes to quality. Many products are very robust and durable. On top of that, stainless steel looks good. You can also find grill accessories made of cast iron. As a prime example, we can name grill grates, reversible plates, and more. The special thing about cast iron grill accessories is that they can store heat for a very long time. Other accessories which deal with heat can include components made of ceramics. A typical example is the Kamado Joe Half Moon Heat Deflectors.
Extra features of different accessories
Some of the extra features about each accessory can be:
Heat resistance: Accessories for making pizzas or managing heat, such as the heat deflector plates, need to be built to resist heat. Here, you need to choose heat-resistant materials such as ceramic.
Heat retention: For grill grids and pizza makers, for example, you need an accessory that can resist high temperatures and spread heat so the food can cook evenly.
100% natural and non-toxic materials: For items such as charcoal, fire starters, and wood chips that are going to process the dishes, they must be made from natural woods
and must not contain toxic substances or chemicals that are going to negatively change the taste of the dishes.
Always ensure the accessory includes a warranty. The warranty coverage on Kamado Joe accessories ranges from one to 5 years. The Kamado Joe Deflector Plates, for example, comes with a three-year warranty. This is an assurance from the brand that the product is free from manufacturing defects and will be replaced or repaired should this be the case with the product you buy with registered warranty coverage, provided it’s still within the coverage period.
Installing and removing the rotisserie from Kamado Joe for Kamado Joe Classic I to III is a breeze. Also, the forks can easily be adjusted for great balance.
Rated 9.9, the Kamado Joe Rotisserie System is our Editor’s Choice. The JOEtisserie® is a 240V accessory that is suitable for Big Joe. The product consists of a cast aluminum ring, a motor with a power plug, a stainless-steel skewer, including two forks. We think this is the overall best Kamado Joe accessory to own.
Our Premium Pick is the Kamado Joe DoJoe Pizza Attachment. Also rated 9.9/10, the DoJoe Classic is a good accessory for making the perfect pizza. The high temperatures inside the Kamado Joe are ideal for baking the pizza. It can fit the Kamado Joe Classic models I to III.
For the lovers of everything app-controlled, our option of the Best Digital Accessory is the Kamado Joe iKamand II. Rated 9.7, the iKamand is designed for use in classic Kamado grills. With the Kamado Joe iKamand grill control, gone are the days when you had to regularly supervise your grill when doing long jobs – just look at your smartphone.