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  • billg71
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    Originally posted by JeffCBBQ View Post
    Thanks everyone!!! Please keep suggestions coming. Definitely some interesting choices. I did not know about the Pit Barrel Cooker, very interesting. And I know the BGE guys rave about them. I wonder if maybe I should have a combo of gas for convenience and charcoal for flavor (i.e. when I have a full day to cook).
    You'll have to pry my gasser from my cold, dead hands! For convenience they can't be beat; twist a knob, push a button and 5-10 minutes later you're cooking. I went from a cheap Char-Broil to a Weber Spirit to a Genesis S330, I love it! That'll eat $900 or so off your $2.5K budget off the bat but it'll last practically forever.

    That leaves you $1500 for a charcoal grill/smoker, that would buy you a Summit Charcoal. I have to admit I'm prejudiced, since I got mine I've sold my Performer/SNS and my WSM 18. With the Extender(think Hovergrill) you can easily get 5 racks of ribs on it flat but I'm not sure about using stacked racks. I'll try it and see, I'm sure you could use a rack on top of the extender but not sure a loaded one will fit under. It's not as "set it and forget it" as a pellet smoker but I'm not sure how you'd grill a steak on a pellet smoker.

    The SCG will grill hot, indirect and smoke while being easy to maintain low'n'slow temps. It's basically a steel kamado that doesn't take as long to heat up or cool down as a ceramic cooker. And it comes with all the accessories you need.

    Anyway, that's my $.02 worth. Best of luck with whatever you decide to buy!

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  • bep35
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    If I had $2k to spend I would look at either the Yoder or Mac pellet grills. Both are set it and forget it. Great if you have kids to keep track of while preparing food. I would also add that Green Mountain Grills has a lot of value for the $ if you want to spend less on a pellet grill.
    Last edited by bep35; June 13, 2016, 01:03 PM.

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  • Mosca
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    First, gassers are GREAT. You can make amazing food with a gas grill.

    Second, WOW, what a budget! For that kind of money, you can go in almost any direction! People tend to recommend what they already use, and I'm no exception, but if I were you I'd keep the gasser and go with something smoky, like the PBC (I haven't used one), a Weber Bullet (likewise), or a Weber Kettle (nice unit, I'm still learning mine).

    My reasoning is that even though you have a nice budget, all of those are extremely effective units, and they are also very affordable, and well made. You can stash the rest of the money until you get a better handle on charcoal, then splurge.

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  • fuzzydaddy
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    Welcome to The Pit JeffCBBQ. It's great to have you here and thank you for your support. You've gotten a lot of great recommendations.

    Since this is your first post, please check out our homework assignment post for new members. It contains a few how-tos and please-dos. This will help you learn your way around so you can get the best experience from our forum.

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  • vandy
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    I wish I had 2 grand to spend right now, I would go straight to Costco and plop down the price of the biggest Komado Joe they have and the rest of it on meat to cook. Yippi Ki Yah!!!

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  • fzxdoc
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    I've had a Weber Summit gasser for years and added a Pit Barrel Cooker almost 3 years ago. For me, that's a perfect combination. You've got the convenience of the gasser for short cooks, and a smoker that is as close to set/forget as it charcoal can be and puts out amazing food to boot.

    The pellet grills do not produce as smokey a flavor which may/may not be an advantage, depending on the flavor profile you're looking for.

    Back when I was in the market for a smoker, I read all that Meathead and Max had to say about pellet smokers, then read Max's review of the Pit Barrel Cooker, and my mind was made up. The PBC provides great volume (8 racks of ribs, 2-3 briskets, etc.) and great flavor.

    Kathryn

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  • JeffCBBQ
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    Maybe I should just not out think this and get a Rec-Tech and start cooking.

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  • JeffCBBQ
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    Ha, KBQ looks awesome but I don't have that kinda time lol. Cutting wood, feeding the fire. My my wife would think I'm crazy.

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  • Spinaker
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    Kbq!!!!!

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  • MBMorgan
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    Originally posted by JeffCBBQ View Post
    I wonder if maybe I should have a combo of gas for convenience and charcoal for flavor (i.e. when I have a full day to cook).
    That's exactly what I did last year. Weber Genesis EP-330 on the main/kitchen level and a Pit Barrel Cooker down below for long, smokey cooks.

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  • JeffCBBQ
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    Thanks everyone!!! Please keep suggestions coming. Definitely some interesting choices. I did not know about the Pit Barrel Cooker, very interesting. And I know the BGE guys rave about them. I wonder if maybe I should have a combo of gas for convenience and charcoal for flavor (i.e. when I have a full day to cook).

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  • SoonerBQuer
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    I do however like the Idea of the weber with SnS and the KBQ. If money were no object, i'd be getting a KBQ tomorrow and the SnS the next day. Both however would require a bit more attention than a Kamado would.

  • SoonerBQuer
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    +1. I think the Kamados and the KJ specifically are well balanced to do many things on them and personally the food flavor is much better on them than the pellet cookers. it is slightly more effort to learn and little more time commitment but personally the quality of food comes first.

  • Gator Lau
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    Get a Pit Barrel Cooker and spend the rest of that money on good meat

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  • LA Pork Butt
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    If you want versitality and are concerned about two small children touching a hot grill, I would get a Kamado. While they can get hot on the outside it would be nothing like touching the metal of a gril with equal internal temperatures.

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