With their oval shape and ceramic exterior, Kamado grills look like ceremonial burial urns. But the charcoal cookers, which are based on Chinese earthenware ovens, are worshipped by a different set these day: backyard barbecuers. There’s a good reason for this. The cookers are excellent at maintaining consistent temperatures for long periods of time, require very little fiddling to get started, and can both smoke and sear well.
If you’re looking to invest in an egg-shaped cooker, today Home Depot’s having a nice deal on a highly reviewed model: the Vision Grills Kamado Pro Ceramic Charcoal Grill. Maintaining 4.6 stars out of more than 1,000 reviews, the ceramic cooker has 604 square inches of cooking space spread over two levels of grates (enough to fit more than 20 hamburger patties), ample ventilation, a spring loaded top that’s easier to lift, and additional insulation that keeps the exterior from getting palm-blisteringly hot. Hell, some reviewers claim it’s better than the much beloved Big Green Egg.
“This is an awesome grill that’s also fun to use,” wrote one reviwer. “If you like smoking ribs or smoking a brisket this is the way to go. I recently used it to grill burgers and dogs and again it was fun to use. Build quality is great and no air leaks as I have read in some reviews.” Said another: “The grill holds temperatures perfectly with the use of the top vent and two bottom dial vents. I was extremely impressed by how accurately it maintains temperatures. [It] gets far hotter than my gas grill which allows steaks to be seared to perfection.”
If this sounds like something you might want sitting in your backyard, Home Depot is selling it for $599 today, which is $100 off.