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Whether you have a Big Green Egg, a bright red Kamado Joe, or one of the less prominent brands, if you’ve invested in a kamado-style grill, you’re already aware of its versatility. These durable ceramic cookers are great for both high-heat grilling and maintaining low temperatures for smoking. And because they’re so versatile, the accessory options are seemingly endless—but only a handful are really worth the investment (and shelf space). Here are our favorite kamado grill accessories on the market.
It’s shockingly easy and (relatively) inexpensive turn your Kamado grill into a rotisserie and make juicy meat or poultry with very little effort. Simply attach the Kamado Joe JoeTisserie and enjoy a cold one while your chicken, duck, roast, or prime rib rotates on the stainless steel spit and bastes itself. The motor is powerful enough to handle up to 40 pounds, the spit has adjustable forks to hold any meat or bird in place, and the wedge-shaped design creates a tight seal so you won’t lose any heat while you cook. While this is manufactured by and for Kamado Joe and fits the brand’s Classic I, II, and III, it’s designed to fit any 18-inch kamado grill, including the large Big Green Egg. Size up if you have the Big Joe I, II, or III or the XL Big Green Egg.
Kamado grill owners might appreciate low and slow cooking, but that doesn't mean we want to rub two sticks together or mess with a flame-throwing charcoal chimney every time we cook. Enter the electric fire starter. While it's not quite as exciting as it looks (it doesn't zap the coals or anything) it does make easy work of lighting your grill. The three loops make contact with more coals for faster lighting—between five and 10 minutes.
This starter delivers 600 watts of fire-starting power while you focus on something else. Just tuck it into your charcoal (it's angled to better fit a kamado's round shape), and in about 15 minutes you'll have a perfect fire. The only drawback is that you need to plug it in, but that’s nothing that a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord can’t fix.
Kamado grills usually come with a daisy wheel and porcelain cap, but sometimes the daisy wheel will either stick or close on its own when you open the lid (meaning you have to continuously adjust it throughout your cook), and long-time users know the ceramic cap is a little too easy to break.
A budget-friendly, low-maintenance upgrade, the stainless steel Smokeware Vented Chimney cap won’t stick or break. This all-weather cap has three tapered vents for easy temperature control (even at super-low temps) and a built-in awning to keep rain and snow out of your grill. It's easy to install, fits securely, and maintains your settings when opening and closing the lid.
Kamado grills are durable cooking vessels built to last, but you still want to protect yours from the elements—especially if you've installed any permanent or semi-permanent accessories. If you don't have a covered grilling area or outdoor storage, a waterproof cover is the next best thing, and this Classic Accessories Ravenna cover checks all the boxes.
Made of black woven polyester, it has a UV-stabilized coating and water-resistant backing to guard against rain, sleet, and snow. An adjustable cord closure at the bottom means it won't get blown off in strong winds, and structured air vents prevent moisture accumulation. Available in large (to fit ceramic grills up to 22 inches in diameter) and extra-large (to fit up to 27 inches) this doesn't offer the sleek, fitted look of some other covers—but a roomier cover is perfect for those late nights when you know you should remove your attachments but ... just want to wait until the morning.
If you're springing for a rotisserie, you might as well go ahead and get a basket for it. Made of durable stainless steel, this basket attaches easily to the JoeTisserie (as well as many other rotisserie brands) and keeps food in constant motion over the flame. But unlike just the spit—which works best with a large cut of meat or a whole bird—you can cook just about anything in the basket.
This versatile attachment can be configured to work as a flat basket for perfect kebabs and fish, but it can also easily transition to a tumbler basket for the best wings you’ll probably ever make, as well as potatoes, fire-roasted chile peppers, and so much more. The OneGrill rotisserie basket is available in a variety of sizes to fit just about any kamado grill.
Best Temperature Controller: BBQ Guru DigiQ DX3 BBQ Temperature Controller and Digital Meat Thermometer
Kamados are a dream for those low-and-slow recipes, but when you’re trying to cook a whole brisket or pork shoulder overnight, there’s nothing worse than falling asleep only to wake up and find that your fire has gone out—or even worse, that the temperature spiked. If you’d rather not have to worry about monitoring and maintaining a fire, the DigiQ DX3 BBQ Temperature Controller and Meat Thermometer is a worthy investment that makes cooking on a kamado grill as easy as using your oven.
Just set it to the desired temp and let the blower (called the Pit Viper Fan) take the wheel. There’s also a built-in meat thermometer that can track the internal temperature of whatever you’re cooking and alert you when it’s ready. And with a universal adapter, this will work with just about any brand and size of the kamado-style grill. While this is a digital device, it doesn’t have Bluetooth capabilities.
For the most part, kamado grills are amazing, but they do have one drawback: Unless you spring for the biggest models, they’re pretty limited when it comes to the cooking surface area. This grill expander somewhat solves that problem by working as a “second story” grill grate. Made of durable stainless steel, the Onlyfire Stainless Steel Grill Expander Cooking Grate sits 3.5 inches above your grill's main grates creating an additional surface for indirect cooking, warming, and more. It's also just a bonus space if you use your kamado for smoking. At 15.6 by 13.2 inches (it's not quite a complete circle, making it easier to access items on bottom) it fits many kamado grills, including the Large Big Green Egg and the Kamado Joe Classic. It can be used on bigger grills, too.
What to Look for in Kamado Grill Accessories
Fit: If you’re buying an accessory that’s not the same brand as your kamado, it’s important to get a good fit. In addition to checking—and double-checking—all the specs to make sure your new accessory will actually work with the make, model, and size of your kamado grill, read the reviews to make sure whatever you’re buying actually fits your grill. Try filtering all the reviews to see if people who own your exact kamado grill have used this accessory. It’s a little extra work when you’re shopping, but it can spare you a lot of hassle later.
Purpose: It might be tempting to load up on seemingly useful grilling accessories, but you don't really need a rib rack to cook ribs or a poultry frame to cook a turkey. Instead of buying a bunch of gadgets that will ultimately end up cluttering your cabinets or collecting dust in the garage, opt for more versatile accessories that can do more than one thing. Because you can absolutely cook a turkey on a rotisserie and make more room for ribs with a grate expander.
Ease of use (and cleaning): For the most part, accessories are meant to make your grilling easier—or at least kick your cooking up a notch. But before you buy, be realistic (with yourself) about how much work you want to do to cook dinner. The rotisserie is a versatile accessory, but will you put off making rotisserie chicken because setting it up on a weeknight sounds like a drag? Then maybe it’s not the right gadget for you. Will other accessories just become more things you have to put away and clean? On the other hand, something like an electric starter might make your prep even easier and doesn’t really require any cleaning.
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Emily Farris is a food and lifestyle writer and recipe developer who has written about grilling for Bon Appetit. She obsesses over kitchen design and is married to a four-seasons griller. She’s also embarrassingly good at buying expensive things online and can see straight through a fake review.