As the leading manufacturer of cheap smokers, Oklahoma Joe has built a reputation for offering innovative smokers at reasonable prices. They even recently came up with a new line of smokers that are lighter, simpler, and much more stylish. But does that mean Oklahoma Joe is better than Pit boss?
Well, as much as we know, Pit boss has been around since 2007, which is pretty new compared to Oklahoma Joe, which has been around since 1996. However, both brands have similar features which makes it rather hard to determine the better brand between the two.
Oklahoma Joe vs Pit boss: Overview
Dansons Pit Boss Grills is a company that specializes in manufacturing grills that use wood pellets instead of charcoal or propane. These pellets are made from sawmill waste and are a renewable source of energy that burns very cleanly.
Their brand identity reflects the design and performance of their grills by being “big, hot and heavy”. The company strongly believes in giving their consumers great products that are both fun to use and make them want to barbecue even more often.
Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, on the other hand, began when Joe Davidson (the founder of Oklahoma Joe) built 12 smokers from the ground up, a passion that began in college where he used his skills to pay his tuition bills.
He had made a deal with an Oklahoma City high school football coach who kept asking for BBQ sandwiches for his team – so he brought along some food and sold them at half price. Not only did he sell all twelve, but he ended up selling an additional 108. And that’s how the so-called legacy was born.
In the next section, we’ll be reviewing the Oklahoma Joe’s Rider 900 Review vs Pit Boss’ 700 FB.
Oklahoma Joe’s Rider 900 Pellet Grill
One of the major highlights of Oklahoma Joe’s grill is that it has large cooking space relative to its footprint. And although this unit isn’t actually meant for backyard chefs, it still offers great convenience by providing plenty of room to cook. You can use either direct or indirect heat depending on what you’re cooking.
Another neat feature of this stationary barbecue oven is the Pit Control System patented by Oklahoma Joe’s; this feature alone ensures an even distribution of temperature throughout each section within the grill. There are also the Timer Mode and Temp-Probe Mode features on its digital control system that gives you the freedom to leave your food unattended without having any concerns about it drying out; this grill will let you know when your meal is ready.
Pit Boss 700 FB Pellet Grill
The Pit Boss 700FB is designed to help home cooks create restaurant-quality meals. The marketing focus of this product is on delivering value to customers. The trademarked Flame Broiler Lever gives users precise control over cooking temperature, so they can cook with either direct or indirect heat. These digital controls are designed to make the experience practically fool-proof, so users can “set it and forget it.”
However, the marketing literature can be a little misleading in that it can be hard to tell which features are optional add-ons and not included in the displayed price. For instance, even though the owners’ manual includes a side shelf in the assembly instructions, it has to be bought separately which adds to the cost.
Oklahoma Joe 900 vs Pit Boss 700 FB: Feature Comparison
Coming down to the key specifics, the Pit Boss 700 FB features a 21-pound hopper capacity that employs a standard hopper design. Oklahoma Joe’s 900, on the other hand, features a quick drawer of 20-pound capacity and is designed to facilitate easy removal, storage, and swapping of pellet flavors.
As the name implies, Oklahoma Joe’s Rider 900 offers over 900 square inches of cooking space divided between 328 square inches on the rack and 578 square inches on the lower grate.
The cooking surface offered by the Pit Boss 700 FB is just as the name suggests: 700 square inches of cooking surface, divided between 516 square inches on the lower grate and 227 square inches on the upper grate.
Temperature Range and Control
Another feature worth mentioning is temperature range and control in both options. Pit Boss, on the one hand, has a pellet cooking temperature that ranges from 180-500 Degrees F with open flame searing up to 100 Degrees F.
You will also get a trademarked adjustable Flame Broiler Level for those direct and indirect heating cooking sessions. Not forgetting the dial-in digital control board with LED readout and an automatic cool-down cycle that runs after the unit has been turned off.
As for the Oklahoma Joe’s Rider 900, temperature ranges from 200-600 Degrees F. It also features digital controls, a Pit Control System, a dual sensor, and proprietary algorithms that constantly monitor temperature and keep it within a recognized variance of +/-10 Degrees F.
Construction, Durability, and Material
Oklahoma Joe’s Rider 900’s heavy gauge steel construction has been designed to offer long-lasting durability. You’ll also get the Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates, front and side shelves as well as dual smokers. The assembled weight of the unit is 185 pounds.
Pit Boss, on the other hand, comes with reinforced solid legs with two metal wheels, a high-temperature powder coat finish with a wire bottom rack and porcelain-coated steel cooking grates. Plus, all of the surfaces are finished with rust-resistant coatings.
Oklahoma Joe’s Rider 900 is majorly marketed toward the average homeowner, and based on reviews, it delivers on every aspect. It boasts the extra cooking features of Timer Mode and Temp Probe mode which include an electronic meat probe to add to the precision of your cooking.
Pit Boss 700FB, meanwhile is marketed toward the average homeowner. Similar to the Oklahoma Joe’s Rider 900, the 700BF is designed to deliver on all its promises, and the user manual details the temperature ranges for various cooking ranges. That means you’ll get along with just about any type of food best suited for your methods and ranges. Otherwise, the cooking temperature is largely influenced by environmental factors and might vary more than one would expect.
The Bottom Line
To this end, it’s easy to say that both options stand out greatly in terms of performance and features. There’s no clear-cut winner here, given that both companies offer great products that are worth the price. While the 700 BF has a slightly larger hopper, the Rider 900, on the other hand, offers significantly more cooking space and may be better suited for those planning to feed bigger crowds.