Slow 'N Sear® Deluxe Kamado
The Most Versatile Kamado on the Market!
With this deluxe edition you get:
- Slow ‘N Sear® Kamado Grill
- Premium stainless steel cradle
- Slow 'N Sear Deluxe
- Drip 'N Griddle™ Pan Deluxe
- 22" EasySpin™ Grill Grate
- Stainless steel Elevated Cooking Grate
- Two (2) premium HDPP (high density polypropylene) side shelves
- Stainless steel upper charcoal grate
- Cast iron lower charcoal grate
- Ceramic deflector plate
- Ash tool
- Height: 48 inches
- Width (with shelves extended): 55 inches
- Depth: 30 inches
- Weight: 231 pounds
*Kamado cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.
I wanted a kamado because of the versatility; they can smoke, then can grill, they excel at roasting, etc. I chose this kamado in particular because I wanted a larger-than-normal (read: > 18") kamado, and I loved using the Slow N Sear. Given the versatility and the price, I couldn't pass it up. I have owned this cooker a little over a year now, as I ordered it September 26, 2020. I'll begin with the negatives. The gasket around my bottom intake vent was applied slightly crooked, so there's a small air gap at one of the corners. I contacted SnS Grills about it, and they sent me some sealant to seal the gap, as well as a new gasket if I wanted to redo it, and some SnS Grills grill gear (gloves, spatula, tongs, fork, probably something I'm forgetting) for the inconvenience. I still haven't redone that gasket, as the bottom vent seems sealed on at the top and I'm afraid I'd mess it up if I took the bottom vent off to reach the gasket. This doesn't seem to have affected temperatures much if any - if anything temperatures behave the opposite way I'd expect. With an air gap, I would expect increased airflow, so temps would be higher than normal... but if anything I have to open my vents higher than I expected to based on videos I've seen of cooks done on this thing, but once I get it dialed in it's pretty damn stable, even in Turbo Slow mode. This one's not really SnS Grills' fault, but I have both a FireBoard Blower fan and a BBQ Guru fan with the kamado adapter, but I haven't been able to attach either adapter to the intake vent on this. The BBQ Guru plate is too big; I even had someone grind it off some but it was still too big. You can cut off enough to make it fit, as Phil N Florence did so, but it would be nice if the vent was more "standard" I guess. I've heard SnS Grills is working on their own controller, so hopefully they'll make an adapter for existing fans that can mount on this cooker without issues. Now for the positives. Basically everything else. Assembling the cradle was easy and didn't take me long. Installing the kamado in the cradle took a couple of extra bodies, but that's normal given the size and weight. The things I cook the most on here are relatively thin (1" - 1.5") cuts of meat, like burgers, chicken *******, chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, steaks, pork **** slices, etc. For these, I cook indirectly using the Slow N Sear setup, usually at dome temps around 400 (though I do cook steak at 225 for a reverse sear), cooked indirectly before searing. For steak, the cold grate technique works amazingly well, but since I've done a low and slow cook, lighting up most of a chimney just for the sear seems wasteful, so lately I've taken to just searing steaks with the Su-V Gun, and it seems to do a good enough job I can't justify the additional charcoal use, since Fogo is expensive. I typically only use the traditional kamado setup with heat deflector when I need the full space, though lately I've taken to grilling burgers directly over a fire built this way. I have the cast iron drip n griddle which I think will do better for burgers, but I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to sand the rough surface down before seasoning it, as I tend to hate rough cast iron. As for smoking, I've done plenty of ribs and Boston Butts, and I did my first ever brisket overnight two nights ago. I've never eaten brisket before so I don't have anything to compare it to, but the result looked and tasted great to me. It seems my review is limited to 5 photos, which is a real bummer, as I have LOADS of pictures of things I've cooked on this.
Hey! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave this detailed review and sharing some photos. We apologize for any inconvenience at the beginning, but it's good to hear that everything worked itself out. Feel free to share as many pictures as you want on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and be sure to tag us so we can see them. Thanks again! We hope you continue to enjoy your kamado. Let us know if you ever have any questions!
This kamado is unbeatable. I've used a number of these smokers before, and could never bring myself to pull the trigger on owning one myself. I'm so thankful I did - it is built so well, comes with everything you could possibly need. The build is sturdy, hinge is solid, and the cradle is one of the better ones out there. As you'd expect from a ceramic kamado, the heat retention is great. But even better is the clean smoke - I expected the SNS to be practical but a bit of a gimmick, and figured I'd end up using this as a normal kamado with my coals at the bottom (which is still an option for when I want the whole grate), but after giving it a try I'll be using the SnS setup 9/10 times. With the water as a heat sink, I was reading a perfect 250 in the offset zone on the border, and about 240 on the far side. Very impressed. My one complaint is the side tables, which are fine when they're up, but the bolt head is a little too small and so they slip out of the brackets when I'm moving them from the down to up position and back. A very small complaint, and still deserving of a 5 star from me. This is the best Kamado on the market right now, between it's large surface area and modular functionality. Good job SnS.
The SNS Kamado performs excellent in dry dessert conditions and it has elevated my cooking to another level. The delivery experience was awesome, prompt no damages to the products and it came with all the goodies and utencils
The SnS Deluxe Kamado definitely holds the heat at low and slow. I've heard no complaints from the peanut gallery, just silence and a nom nom noms.
I've waited a while to write a review on my SNS Kamado so that I could fairly evaluate the grill under many types of cooks. I love the versatility from Kamado mode to sns mode. I am new to Komado type grills so I wasn't experienced on controlling temperature on these types of grills. I found temperature control difficult at first, but with experience I could control the temperature easily between 225 - 250, while maintaining a steady temperature. One thing, don't leave the cover opened too long so the oxygen has a chance to get the coals going. The settings in the manual work good as a starting point. Of course, an advantage of this type of grill is obtaining a high temperatures for cooking things like pizza. The flavor with quality coals is amazing. The accessories are in general good.. The large kick *** basket doesn't fit very stably in the ceramic, but I use it all the time in kamado mode as it makes controlling the coals so much easier. The cover looks like quality and protects the grill well, but the handle on the top disintegrated after a while, although the cover continues to protect the grill well. That is really the only minor complaint I have. Finally, the support I received from SNS Grills was exceptional. From this experience and others, I will continue to support SNS Grills for many of my bbq needs.
Hey there! We really appreciate you taking the time to get to know your kamado and experiment with it before leaving a detailed review. That means a lot to us! As for the cover, we're sorry to hear that the handle is broken. We looked back in your previous orders and can't find when you purchased it. It does have a 1 year warranty, so if you need a replacement, please email us at email@example.com. Thanks again! Grill on.