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First Look: The New Primo XX-L Charcoal Grill

Ceramic grills are one of the most distinctive types of grills on the market regardless of the manufacturers. Primo Ceramic Grills takes that distinctiveness one step further with its all-black look and unique oval shape. Now, Primo has announced its newest addition to the lineup, the XX-L and I got …

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By Jeremy Pike

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Ceramic grills are one of the most distinctive types of grills on the market regardless of the manufacturers. Primo Ceramic Grills takes that distinctiveness one step further with its all-black look and unique oval shape. Now, Primo has announced its newest addition to the lineup, the XX-L and I got a sneak peek of it at HPBExpo 2024 in Nashville.

Primo XX-L Charcoal Grill Features

Charcoal grills might not be the fanciest grills on the market, but that doesn’t mean the features they have aren’t worth highlighting and celebrating.

Huge Cooking Space

The biggest feature, no pun intended, of the new XX-L grill is its sheer size. The main cooking area is 500 sq inches. That’s one of the largest ceramic grills on the market, period. And that’s just the main cooking grate. You can purchase a secondary elevated rack that would add another 350 sq inches of cooking space as well.

Primo XX-L charcoal grill, lid open

Primo says that even just with the included 500 sq inches, the XX-L can hold 12 racks of ribs or even a suckling pig. If you’re more of a steak kind of griller, you could put up to 16 normal-sized steaks on it once. If you’re a big fan of hosting summer cookouts, the XX-L will give you plenty of room to feed the entire party.

Now that size might concern people when it comes to how much this grill weighs. Due to construction materials, ceramic or Kamado-style grills are notorious for being quite heavy. The XX-L from Primo is no lightweight, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it weighs in at 282 pounds.

While I was at the Expo, I had the opportunity to lift the lid and close it. It wasn’t a chore at all so don’t worry about the weight of the lid.

All-In-One Series Ready

One of the drawbacks of ordering a grill can be the hassle of making sure everything arrives properly and then you need to put it all together. However, you can bypass that with the new XX-L because it’s available as part of Primo’s All-In-One Series.

For those of us unfamiliar with that, Primo offers a service where your grill comes completely assembled with all the accessories you could want to get started grilling. Primo even boasts that any of the grills, the XX-L included, will be “Out of the box and ready to go in 30 minutes or less.”

I don’t know about you, but seeing a new grill arrive is an amazing experience that then gets cut short a bit by the assembly process. Then you figure out that there might be accessories you want that you now have to go back and order.

If you choose to go the All-In-One route with the XX-L, the grill comes fully assembled with a cradle sitting on four locking casters. With a nearly 300-pound grill, that cradle is a game-changer for maneuverability. It also comes with side tables that fold down, an ash tool for cleanup, a grate lifter tool, heat deflectors, deflector plate racks, and a firebox divider.

Versatility

Those last few accessories are part of what makes the XX-L so versatile. Primo says that the XX-L has a temperature range of 151°-850°+F. The heat deflectors (and their racks) help ensure low heat for smoking meat like those 12 racks of ribs.

Primo XX-L charcoal grill heat deflectors

The firebox divider can help create even more versatility by helping you create two distinct cooking zones. That means you could reverse-sear a tomahawk steak (or four) on this grill. Simply use the firebox divider to pile charcoal on one side of the firebox. Then you’ve got an indirect heat side for slowly cooking the steak before you put it over the hot coals for a finishing sear.

Final Thoughts

Ceramic grills are known for their ability to hold steady temperatures which makes them perfect for smoking. However, cooking space tends to be at a premium. So for Primo to drop the XX-L with 500 sq inches of primary cooking space is a big deal. It’s one of the biggest ceramic grills hitting the market.

Primo Ceramic Grills are also made in the USA at a facility in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. In fact, the lid itself is stamped with “Made In USA”. You’ll also notice that there is gasket around the lid and the main body to help trap in smoke and heat as well.

Primo XX-L charcoal grill with "MADE IN USA" stamp and gasket around lid and main body of grill

Eric Campbell did review the XL charcoal grill from Primo for Angry BBQ and loves it. If the XX-L behaves anything like the XL, this will be a fantastic ceramic grill for people looking to have a large amount of cooking space with the ability to grill at high temperatures or smoke at low temperatures that stay consistent throughout the cooking process.

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