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  • Shem
    Trial Member
    • Dec 2020
    • 3
    • Savannah, GA

    Southern hospitality

    Greetings Pitmasters!

    I currently live in Savannah, GA & I'm looking to improve my grilling repertoire (usually just grill burgers, steak & the occasional kebab).

    I'm an engineer and came across Meathead's book "the science of great barbeque and grilling" which I have enjoyed this far. It all makes sense! Thank you for explaining it so well!

    I'm also currently looking for a new grill. The bottom literally dropped out of my 7 yr old char grill gasser last month. (Sigh. RIP little grill. You were faithful and dependable all these years). I do like the Weber Genesis II you guys recommend, but I'm not able to drop a grand on a grill right now (got a toddler at home, so a grill is not one of our financial priorities). I can maybe justify spending around $500... Any recommendations for a good gas grill in that range? (Or maybe you can point me to the part of this site that might have that info? I need to explore it some more).

    I did try Meathead's recommendation and went to one of my local big box stores to see if they would sell a floor model at a discount, but they would not.

    Anyway... Thanks in advance for any recommendations. I look forward to gleaning wisdom from you seasoned BBQ vets.

    Cheers,
    Shem
  • jharner
    Club Member
    • Jan 2016
    • 1242
    • Louisiana - North West but a coon ass at heart
    • Cookers

      Camp Chef DLX Pellet Grill
      Weber 22.5 Kettle
      Brickman Box Smoker

      Accessories

      Slow N Sear
      Tube Smoker
      Turkey Cannon
      Rib racks
      Weber chimney starter

      Thermometer's

      Maverick ET 735
      Tru Temp 3619n
      Thermapen mk4
      Thermapop

      Favorite Drink

      Free beer
      Coors Light
      Windsor ( Canadian blended whiskey )

    #2
    Welcome to the pit, enjoy the Wikipedia of BBQ. There are a lot of cookers in that price range. Need to decide what you want to go with Charcoal - Gas - Pellet Grill ect, Goog luck

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    • zero_credit
      Club Member
      • Mar 2020
      • 496
      • Near Chicago, IL
      • Current Pride and Joy:

        Masterbuilt Gravity 560

        Joule

        Old (sold) Loves:

        PBC
        Weber 22" Premium

        Thermometers:

        Inkbird
        Thermoworks POP

        Preferred Charcoal:

        B&B Charlogs/B&B Lump

      #3
      I would start with the Weber gas grills that meet your budget and go from there.

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      • mcook2201
        Club Member
        • Aug 2019
        • 233
        • Mooresville, North Carolina

        #4
        Greetings and welcome from North Carolina..

        Agree with zero_credit on the Weber, hard to go wrong there

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        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 13309
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            SNS
            Pizza insert
            Rotisserie
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            Chefalarm
            Dot
            lots of probes.
            CyberQ

          #5
          Welcome to The Pit.

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          • Panhead John
            Club Member
            • Aug 2020
            • 949
            • Houston, Texas
            • Weber 22” Master Touch Kettle, added a side shelf
              Weber 14” Smokey Mountain Smoker
              SnS For the Kettle
              Set of Grill Grates
              Thermo Pro Remote Dual Probe Thermometer
              Rotisserie For The Kettle
              J. A. Henckels Knives
              Work Sharp E-5 Electric Knife Sharpener
              Char-Broil Instant Read Meat Thermometer

            #6
            https://www.weber.com/US/en/grills/c.../15401001.html
            Welcome to The Pit fellow Southerner! For all around grilling and smoking capabilities, if it doesn’t have to be a gasser, seriously consider this Weber model. The Performer series. With this and an SnS insert, ($100.) you’ll be set for grilling and smoking within your budget. And better tasting food than a gas grill can offer. And there’s lots of folks here with Weber kettles who can offer assistance if needed.
            Last edited by Panhead John; January 24, 2021, 10:40 PM.

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            • Soonerpop
              Club Member
              • Jan 2020
              • 372
              • Plano, Texas
              • Cookshack Smokette 008 (2005)
                Weber 18.5” Kettle
                Weber 22.5” Performer (drop-down shelf)
                SNS Elevated Grate
                Pit Barrel Junior (PBJ)
                Freedom Grill (for tailgating, but don’t do much anymore)
                Sizzle-Q Stainless Griddle
                Weber Rapidfire Chimney Starter

                Thermapen (Red, of course)
                Smoke Alarm (Likewise)

                Kingsford Professional
                Weber Briquettes (longer cooks)

                Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
                Coors Banquet (why bother with light beer?)

              #7
              Welcome from north Texas. I haven’t cooked on gas for years, but it’s hard to beat Weber products.

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              • ofelles
                Club Member
                • Jun 2018
                • 2430
                • Brentwood CA
                • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
                  Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
                  LSG Insulated Cabinet
                  Jumbo Joe
                  VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
                  FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
                  Thermoworks Signal
                  Thermoworks Dot
                  Thermopen Mk4

                #8
                Welcome from the California Delta.

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                • Stuey1515
                  Club Member
                  • Dec 2019
                  • 358
                  • NSW Australia

                  #9
                  Welcome from Oz, you will like it here

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                  • tiewunon
                    Club Member
                    • May 2020
                    • 522
                    • Virginia Beach, Va

                    #10
                    Welcome aboard from Virginia Beach.

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                    • DavidNorcross
                      Club Member
                      • Nov 2017
                      • 2013
                      • Virginia
                      • SNS Kamado
                        Weber Summit S-670
                        Camp Chef FTG 600
                        Camp Chef Escape

                        Old Hickory Knives
                        More Cast Iron than I care to admit

                      #11
                      Welcome from Virginia!

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                      • LA Pork Butt
                        Charter Member
                        • Dec 2014
                        • 5580
                        • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                        #12
                        out Welcome to the Pit from Dallas, Texas! Check the amazingribs.com free site for grill ratings. The Char-Griller got good reviews for a cheap one that won’t last long without some care. I had one ten years ago, and it grilled better than my current CharBroil.

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                        • Oakgrovebacon
                          Club Member
                          • Apr 2016
                          • 1977
                          • South central Illinois

                          #13
                          Welcome to the pit from Southern Illinois!

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                          • Skip
                            Founding Member
                            • Jul 2014
                            • 3592
                            • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                            • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

                            #14
                            Welcome from Minnesota.

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                            • Donw
                              Club Member
                              • Jul 2017
                              • 3387

                              #15
                              Welcome from Maryland

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