The Pit Boss Kamado is one of the most widely available kamado style grills in the United States. There are two models of kamado offered by Pit Boss, and they come in 22” and 24” varieties.
As a competitor to other ceramic charcoal grill like the Kamado Joe and Big Green Egg, the Pit Boss kamado grill has all of the main features that you come to expect in a ceramic kamado grill.
With all ceramic grills, there are a plethora of accessories that can be included at the time of purchase. Certain brands include all of the extras, and others sell them separately.
Here is an overview of each type of Pit Boss Ceramic Kamado. The K22 ceramic charcoal grill is their 22” model, and the K24 is their 24” model. If you’re not familiar, in the world of ceramic grills, width matters.
Pit Boss Kamado 22" Ceramic Charcoal Grill
Pit Boss K24 Ceramic Charcoal Grill
573" sq. cooking interior
662" sq. cooking interior
ceramic inner lining
ceramic inner lining
300" sq. main cooking
330" sq. main cooking
2 level cooking grate
2 level cooking grate
bamboo side shelves
bamboo side shelves
2 locking casters
2 locking casters
Lava stone $53.99
Lava stone $59.99
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What Is a Pit Boss Kamado Grill?
Kamado grills are known for their ability to hold a consistent temperature for an extended period of time. The exterior of the grill is made up of a glossy coating that makes cleanup easy, but the real magic is located just under the lid.
The grill is shaped like an egg, and the heart inside the grill is a ceramic egg shaped insert that lines both the lid, sides and bottom of the interior of the grill.
This ceramic body insert allows the kamado grill to hold heat unlike any other charcoal grill.
The kamado grill lets air in with a small damper vent on the bottom front of the grill, and is the primary way that heat is controlled within the unit.
There is also a top damper vent that controls how much heat and smoke can escape the grill. This top setting is rather sensitive, and even small changes to the opening can change the temperature of the grill by 20 degrees or more.
Are Pit Boss and Louisiana Grills Kamados the Same?
Pit Boss Kamados and Louisiana Grills Kamado models are manufactured by the same parent company Dansons, Inc. The Pit Boss PBK24C1 model has been available for purchase in our local Costco for a few years now, but we noticed this year that the model looks the exact same but has a different brand name on the outside.
What we can get here at our local Costco is the Louisiana Grills LGK24C1 model, which is visually identical to the former Pit Boss model we saw for many years. In an email from Dansons, Inc, a representative explained:
“…there is a PBK24C1 and a LGK24C1 that are exclusive to Costco and they come with the black composite side shelves and handle.”
If you order a K24 through the PitBoss website, you’re going to get Bamboo side shelves while the Costco variant has the composite side shelves. The Costco grills are blue in color on the outside, and direct through the Pit Boss or Louisiana Grills website there are multiple colors available.
What are the benefits of a Pit Boss Kamado Grill?
The Pit Boss kamado grills are made of ceramic materials unlike some of the common competitors like the Akorn jr. by Char-Griller. Another difference on the Pit Boss grill that you’ll notice is stainless steel cooking grates.
Both the main grate and the top grate are made of stainless steel so food won’t stick. The Akorn jr. uses cast iron grates which makes for a different kind of grilling experience.
This egg grill by Pit Boss is out to show that not all charcoal grill are made the same. There is a distinct difference between a classic Weber grill and a kamado style grill. The way they hold heat is dramatically different.
The Weber kettle grill dome is made of a thinner metal that allows heat to escape more quickly while the kamado grill uses the internal ceramic and dampers to hold the heat in.
What is the difference between a kamado grill and a gas grill?
A kamado grill can be a gas grill, but most of the time they are designed for charcoal. Gas grills use tanks of propane for their fuel, and the kamado uses natural lump charcoal.
You’ll find a distinct taste difference when you’re cooking with lump charcoal instead of propane.
Natural lump charcoal is really wood, and you can taste the flavor that it imparts to your food. Propane is a heat source that has no taste or flavor, and serves strictly as fuel.
There are kits that allow you to convert your kamado to propane or natural gas, and additional flavor can be achieved by adding chunks of wood to provide smoke.
Pit Boss Kamado Buying Guide
The Pit Boss K24 edges out the Ceramic 22” as the better value in our opinion. The slightly larger cooking surface for just a few dollars more is what tips the scales in favor of the K24.
When you purchase the K24, you get 662 square inches of cooking area to work with. With more than 330 sq. in. of cooking space on the main stainless steel grate, you have enough room for a full packer brisket wrapped in butcher paper or a pair of pork butts.
The cooking grid can also be set up for indirect cooking with the optional heat deflector plate. The fire bowl holds the charcoal on the bottom of the grill, and the heat diverter is set up between the fire and the cook grate.
For all of the benefits of a kamado style grill there is one massive downside. The cooking space is quite a bit less than other models of charcoal grill. The dual layer cooking surface of the K24 is a necessity if you’re looking to cook in any quantity.
The Pit Boss website claims that you can fit 38 burgers on this grill when utilizing both layers of cooking surface. Unless you’re cooking sliders, I wouldn’t count on this grill handling 38 adult sized burgers worth of cooking space. The drippings alone coming off that much cow at one time are guaranteed to spike the temperature inside the grill since this is setup for direct grilling over lump charcoal. Attempting 38 burgers is only recommended if you need the extra smoke coming off your pit to send smoke signals to an adjacent neighborhood.
There are plenty of competitors to the Pit Boss Kamado on the market, and Vision Grills, Broil King, Oklahoma Joe offset smokers are looking to garner your attention while you’re browsing the aisles at a big box store near you.
Remember that the benefits of a kamado style grill is that they retain heat for a long, long time. In comparison to their offset smoker brothers, they use very little fuel for a cook. A couple of handfuls of lump charcoal may be all you need to cook dinner, and temperature control is a breeze.
One of the ways that a kamado grill uses very little charcoal is that you can reuse the charcoal that’s left for the next cook. Just close the intake and output dampers and you’ll have charcoal left to use the next time you want to put some smoke in the air.
If you’re thinking that the Pit Boss Kamado is one of the types of portable grill, allow us to challenge that idea. The K22 model weighs a hefty 260 pounds, so if you’re looking at this grill to take to a tailgate, you better bring plenty of strong friends. You can grill mini food all you want, but that won’t change the fact that this is one beefy type of bbq smokers.
The bamboo side shelves fold down on the K24 model to allow the grill cover to fit over the unit. As far as bbq pits go, the kamado style has one of the smaller footprints available.
Should You Buy A Pit Boss Kamado?
If you’re looking for a ceramic kamado for your grill arsenal, the Pit Boss is a solid entry in the ceramic egg space. The grill is available at most major big box retailers, and it’s known to go on sale at the end of the season for a significant discount.
If you are in the market for a ceramic kamado and don’t have the budget for some of the more expensive brands, this is a great unit to learn if kamado style cooking is right for you.
About Pit Boss Kamado Grills
Pit Boss kamado grills are manufactured by Danson’s, which is also the parent group to Louisiana Grills pellet grills and smokers.
We here at The Barbecue Lab have had experience working with Danson’s customer support. We found them to be very responsive and helpful with the issue we were having with another of their grills not featured in this article. The issue was taken care of with expediency and care and that level of customer service is worth noting.