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What Cooker Do You Use The Most?

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  • Red Man
    Club Member
    • May 2018
    • 1252
    • Western Washington

    I have a kettle, Genesis, and PBC. The 22” kettle definitely gets the most use. I use the gasser a lot in the summer but the stove/oven replace the gasser during the winter.


    • jfmorris
      Club Member
      • Nov 2017
      • 3516
      • Huntsville, Alabama
      • Jim Morris

        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (2021)
        • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
        • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
        • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q & Rotisserie (2007)
        • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
        • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
        • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
        • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
        • Anova
        • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
        • Thermoworks Dot
        • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
        • Thermoworks RT600C
        • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

      I voted for the kettle, as my Performer Deluxe has been my most used cooker over the past 4-5 years. However, in the past year, I believe that I used the outdoor Camp Chef griddle more times per month than I did the kettle. And since the first of this year, I've used my new Kamado probably 4 times, and the Camp Chef griddle about the same number of times. So its pretty split. I used my Weber Genesis once since Christmas, and have not used the Performer at all.

      This year I predict that the Camp Chef flat top and the SNS Kamado will be the top two cookers I use, with the Performer only called into service if using the rotisserie or doing a smoke that needs more space than the SNSK has. And I don't expect to fire up the offset much at all.

      I feel the poll could have used one more category for "Griddle / Flattop". If that had been there, I might have chosen it instead of kettle.
      Last edited by jfmorris; February 25, 2021, 09:27 AM.


      • Jfrosty27
        Club Member
        • Mar 2020
        • 1300
        • Muskego, WI
        • Current cookers:
          Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
          Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
          Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
          Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
          Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
          Onlyfire rotisserie kit for 22" kettle
          Weber Smokey Joe
          SnS Deluxe
          The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
          Blackstone 17" griddle
          Joule Sous Vide circulator

          Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
          Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

        This has been a fun and interesting thread. I voted early on, in fact I think #3 or 4, for my Recteq RT-700 pellet smoker/grill as #1 for me. I held off on commenting because It caused me to really ponder how I use the rest of my cookers. I also have two gassers and two kettles of different sizes, an electric smoker, a small flat top, and two Orion cookers. After reading all the comments, I am starting to think I need to trim the herd. (Only starting mind you) I do use them all albeit some far, far less than others. Or maybe dump them all and start over? That might be fun. Anyway, just another something bbq related to think about to while away my time. I love it.


        • Troutman
          Troutman commented
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          Man I almost forgot about the Orion cookers. Those sure seem to enter with a splash and kind of fizzle out in the end. Do you use yours much ??

        • Jfrosty27
          Jfrosty27 commented
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          Troutman Used them a lot for a few years when I only had a Weber Genesis gasser as the alternative. The last few years not so much. Only one or twice a year now. They work really well but are charcoal hogs and are best suited to cooking a LOT of meat to justify the fuel costs. Also good when short on time. Expl 3 butts done in just 4.5 hrs.

        • Attjack
          Attjack commented
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          My Orion is with my nephew. It got him started with smoking. That definitely makes it worth the $50 I paid for it.
      • kjbarth
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 212
        • North Caldwell, NJ
        • Weber Genesis Silver
          Weber Summit E-670
          Weber Kettle
          Weber Go-Anywhere gas
          Weber Kettle 22
          Weber Master-Touch 22
          Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5
          Camp Chef portable stove

          Maverick ET-733
          2x Thermapen Mk4
          2x SnS
          2x GrillGrates for 22 Weber kettles

          NY Giants season tix.

        22" kettles and WSM.


        • fzxdoc
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 5366
          • My toys:
            Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
            Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks), named Pretty Baby
            Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill, named Hot 'n Fast (used mostly for searing and griddling)
            Weber Kettle Premium 22" named Kettle Kid, eager to horn in with more cooks in the future
            Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range named AfterBurner due to its 30kBTU burners

            Adrenaline BBQ Company Gear:
            SnS, DnG, andLarge Charcoal Basket, for WSCGC
            SnS for 22" Kettle
            Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
            SS Rack for DnG
            Cast Iron Griddle
            Grill Grate for SnS
            Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
            Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
            2 Grill Grate Griddles
            Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

            Fireboard Gear:
            Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
            Additional control unit
            Additional probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
            2 Driver Cables
            Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Thermoworks Gear:
            Thermapen MK5 (pink)
            Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
            Thermoworks MK5 orange
            Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
            Extra Big and Loud Timer
            Timestick Trio
            Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
            Maverick ET 733
            Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

            Grill Pinz
            Vortex (two of them)

            Two Joule Sous Vide devices
            VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer

            Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
            Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

            Charcoal Companion TurboQue
            A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

            BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

            Shun Classic Series:
            8" Chef Knife
            6" Chef's Knife
            Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
            3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

          Well, I had to put down my gasser, since I use it for a searing station, mostly, and to cook a couple of pounds of bacon in sheet pans. Since I sous vide a couple of times a week, the gasser gets used at least that often, maybe more.

          But when I "cook" cook, it's the PBC (Pretty Baby Cooker) that gets the love in the wintertime especially because of the great food and the less-than-5-min no-grate cleanup.

          When I really want to enjoy a TNT cook (read: with a beer or two) or experiment with a new cook, Mr. Fancypants, (the WSGCG with SnS or in kamado mode) gets the nod. But cleaning that grate in the wintertime is a PITAnkle.

          Ditto with the 22" kettle with SnS. Gosh I love Vortexing a quick chicken dinner for the two of us on that!

          Mr. Fancypants and the Kettle Kid are happy to see the days getting longer and warmer. So am I!



          • Troutman
            Troutman commented
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            Awww she's called "Pretty Baby". That's cute Kathryn !!! Us macho men would dub ours "Big Boy" or "Rude Dude" or something like that.
        • Troutman
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 7771
          • 1521




            SOUS VIDE


          By all means continue to comment but I think this is enough of a sampling to get an idea of the current usage of our cookers, at least among our group. Of course time of year, being winter, has a whole lot to do with it. It's easier to go fire up your gasser for a quick steak rather than the stick burner which would take longer to heat up than time to cook !! Perhaps I'll do another one in the summer during the height of barbecue season to compare. Regardless as always YMMV.

          At any rate, we received 86 votes and no real surprise, charcoal kettles (or other variants like the Hasty-Bake or Open Range) are the clear choice for barbecuing. We could talk all day long (and feel free to comment) about why but I attribute it to both convenience and versatility. Especially with attachments like a rotisserie, the SNS or the Vortex, you can just about do anything most other cookers can do from roasting, smoking or grilling. Since most of us prefer certain results using other cookers, or just enjoy using other cookers, the kettle will never be a complete replacement. But Mr. Stephen was on to something almost 70 years ago !! I still say that if they held a gun to my head and made me choose which child I would keep, it would be the Weber 26" kettle

          Of note beyond that, it appears the pellet has slipped a bit and is nearly tied with the kamado. The stick burner is also fading along with the drum cookers but like I said above that may just be a seasonal thing. Low and slow is a kick back in your lawn chair, pull on a nice Cuban and have a cold brew in your hands type of cookers.

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          • Spinaker
            • Nov 2014
            • 10960
            • Land of Tonka
            • John "J R"
              Instagram: JRBowlsby
              Smokin' Hound Que
              Minnesota/ United States of America

              Dexter (Beagle mix)
              Kinnick (American Foxhound)

              Big Green Egg (Large) X3
              Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

              Karubeque C-60
              Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
              Lodge L410 Hibachi
              Pit Barrel Cooker
              Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
              R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

              Weber Spirit Gasser
              FireBoard (Base Package)
              Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
              Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

              Big Green Egg Plate Setter
              Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
              Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

              Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
              Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

              Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
              Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
              Eggspander Kit X2
              Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

              Finex Cat Iron Line
              FireBoard Drive
              Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
              Grill Grates
              Joule Water Circulator
              KBQ Fire Grate

              Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
              Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
              Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
              Large Vortex
              Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
              Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
              Smithey No. 12
              Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
              Stargazer No.10, 12
              Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
              Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
              FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
              Kingsford Blue and White
              Rockwood Lump Charcoal
              Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

              Buck 119 Special
              Cuda 7' Fillet Knife

              Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
              Next Major Purchase
              Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

            Kamado! I use them all the time. For just straight up smoking, I use my KBQ the most.


            • Santamarina
              Club Member
              • Aug 2018
              • 931
              • Wildomar, CA

              Most used: Blackstone 36” griddle (not a poll option).
              Favorite to use: Offset stickburner.


              • TripleB
                Club Member
                • May 2017
                • 900
                • La Crescenta
                • Jambo Backyard Smoker
                  Weber Smokey Mountain (22" & 18.5")
                  Portable Kitchen 360
                  Portable Kitchen Grill
                  Pit Barrel Cooker
                  Weber "Brownie" Circa 1978 22"
                  Weber Gas Grill, Silver A
                  BBQ Guru ATC
                  Favorite Beer: Peroni
                  Favorite Sports Teams: Rams, Dodgers, Kings, UCLA Bruins

                PK360 I use ~85%. I assume that goes under charcoal kettle.




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