Blackstone 3-in-1 Automatic Rotisserie Kabob Smoker Grill

Editor rating

3.5/5 on August 12, 2016

User's rating

47 reviews

PROS

  • Perhaps the most versatile grill on the market
  • Motorized rotisserie makes kebobs a snap
  • Adjustable charcoal tray

CONS

  • Unsatisfactory packaging, damaged/defective parts
  • The sum of its functions is probably better than any individual function

VERDICT

Because this grill is basically the only rotisserie/kebob/smoker/grill combo unit on the market, it’s really hard to compare it to anything.  So the question is if it’s worth the money at about $200, and we think the answer is that it is, but we wouldn’t pay any more than that.  Blackstone has some major packaging issues to work out and we’re not sure that all of the advertised combo functions of this combo grill work as well as we’d like, but it’s not a gimmick item and you can see that they tried to build a good grill with versatility in mind.  Each of its respective functions are fairly no-frills, but getting it all in one package is definitely a unique offering in the market.

Blackstone 3-in-1 Automatic Rotisserie Kabob Smoker Grill Review

Blackstone 3-in-1 Automatic RotisserieIf you’re looking for a more versatile backyard cooking unit, the Blackstone 3-in-1 Automatic Rotisserie may just be your answer. The ability to grill, smoke, and cook kabobs without the hassles that kabobs usually entail brings a unique experience to your backyard. This grill comes with eleven 23-inch heavy duty skewers made just for this grill. The built in motor will automatically rotate your kabobs for you, delivering consistent and evenly cooked results. The modular grill pieces and adjustable coal bed allow you to cook kabobs and grill at the same time.

Key Features

  • Three unique cooking experiences: the traditional barbecue, a motorized and automatic shish kebob/kebab, and a meat and fish smoker.
  • Monitor temperatures inside with the built in thermometer.
  • Adjustable charcoal or mesquite bed option so you can raise and lower the hot coals as needed
  • 11 included 23-inch custom heavy-duty skewers which synchronize with the built-in motor.
  • Cook kabobs and grill at the same time with the 3 section grilling grates.
  • Professional grade black powder coated finish is designed to withstand incredibly high temperatures

Out of the box

The unit came in a very large box that was not all that sturdy, and weighed 135 pounds.  The parts were packed with Styrofoam blocks that disintegrated all over everything, so time had to be taken to clean off the parts.  We also noticed some shipping damage to a couple of the parts.  After asking around, we found we were not alone on that issue.

Setting up The Blackstone 3-in-1 Automatic Rotisserie

Overall, it took 2 hours to assemble.  The instructions were very detailed and the assembly should not have been difficult, but the damage to some of the parts made the process a bit longer, and we had to fix the parts that were damaged before assembling them.  The kebob motor comes pre-assembled, but it was not assembled correctly and was not able to be mounted to the grill as-is.  A call to customer support fixed that and we received a new motor.  The dimensions of the unit at 52” x 28” x 45”, and the cooking area is about 27” x 17”.  You’ll need an outlet on your porch and an extension cord in order to run the electric kebob motor.

Performance

Blackstone 3-in-1 Rotisserie Hybrid CookingIt has “Kebob” in the name and they included a nifty motor, so we spent most of our time working with kebobs to test the performance.  The included skewers are definitely very robust and are a big upgrade from bamboo.  The skewers are wide, so you can put a substantial chunk of food on it and it will hold just fine.  The other side of that coin is that you need a substantial chunk of food in order to stay on the skewer, and smaller pieces will usually be lost.  The racks for the skewers on the pit are a little close together, so if one uses the large chunks, the food actually bumps into adjacent skewers, which causes them to lose grip on the food.  The effect of that is that skewer continues to spin, but the food does not, rendering the motor useless.  However, this is easily addressed by skipping slots in the rack, or learning from experience in knowing how big your food pieces can be before they bump. Otherwise, the motor works great, the rotisserie function is fun to watch, and it definitely cooks your food evenly.  The grill function is fairly basic, and it’s helpful that the charcoal tray is adjustable for customizing how much heat you want. We’re pretty dubious of its ability as a smoker.  There are holes all over the back of the unit, so you can close the vents and chimney cover, but smoke still pours out of the back.  We still got a smoke flavor to our pork loin, but it’s certainly not as good as some of the dedicated smokers we’ve seen.

Second Opinion

Youtuber Todd Toven seems to be a little more impressed by this grill than we were, but it also seems like he didn’t have any packaging-related issues.