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  • CeramicChef
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    JeffCBBQ - First, welcome to The Pit and welcome to The Obsession! We're glad you're here.

    As for a cooker in the $1,200 - $2,000 range, I would urge you to consider to consider the Kamado Joe Big Joe. That is a kamado and kamados are the single most versatile cooker on a patio. Kamados are convection ovens. You can use them for smoking, braising, grilling, baking, etc. Anything you can cook in your kitchen you can easily do on a kamado. It combines all the different types of cookers found on patios and combines them into a single unit.

    I recommend the Kamado Joe because right now, I think it has the best combination of quality, accessories, performance, and customer service. Many kamado manufacturers sell their accessories ala carte. For the most part, the KJ is ready to go out of the box with its Divide and Conquer cooking system.

    You might also think about a Weber Summit Charcoal Grill. It's a very fine cooker and it has just recently been introduced to the market. It doesn't have all the accessories that you'll find for kamados at this point, but those will come in time. I've cooked on one and it is a very solid unit.

    Finally, think about a Weber Kettle and getting a Slow and Sear. That is a powerful combination and is very affordable. Kettles have been around for a very long time and are a powerhouse in the backyard arena, especially now that the Slow and Sear is available.

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  • Jerod Broussard
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    Myself with a $2,500 ceiling, I would get a Rec Tec pellet grill with the package that has all the pellets and stuff, and a 26-inch Weber kettle with a Slow and Sear.

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  • Beefchop
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    You have so many options with that budget! For maximum flexibility I'd go with a ceramic or a Meadow Creek PR36 as my one and only cooker. Perhaps even a Good One Open Range. I live in the south where we get nice weather most of the year so I don't need an insulated cooker, but you may want to check out an insulated cooker like a Backwoods or ceramic kamado simply for their fuel efficiency and consistency. With that budget you could afford a Weber kettle and Weber Smokey Mountain. Personally, I'd buy an expensive offset and a Weber 22" kettle with that budget, but those choices reflect my oddball preferences! Might push your ceiling to $2,500, but you can do pretty much anything on your kettle and reserve your offset for low and slow. Your final choice will hinge on a lot of factors: cooking experience, location, preference for fuel, favorite things to cook, time you have to spend, etc.

    Have you checked out the AR review database yet? Lots of good equipment reviews and articles on selecting a cooker. There's also a Top Ten list Meathead publishes that gives you a selection of the best value smokers that span pellet, charcoal, insulated, offset, etc.

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  • JeffCBBQ
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    First Grill/Smoker Purchase

    Hello All,
    I am a fairly decent cook, particularly Italian...even my wife agrees. I have grilled my whole life (mostly on gas), but am still just an amateur. Fortunately amazingribs.com and Meathead have been schooling me on BBQ, and I hope to become much more skilled, particularly at smoking (which I have never done). I am ready to make a real purchase and commit to back yard cooking. I live in Northern California, so I can grill almost 12 months of the year and it rarely gets too cold. I have two small kids so I can get busy/distracted from the grill. With all that said, I'm leaning towards a pellet grill/smoker, realizing there are always tradeoffs. But I like the idea of having a single device for both cooking and smoking that I can set and forget. If you started with a blank sheet of paper and had nothing but a budget of say 1200-2000, what would you do? Love to get some advice. Regards, Jeff

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