cabinover wrote:We've gone the other direction in a Weber charcoal grill. For me ya just can't beat the taste of charcoal, chunk wood variety, not that instant light crap. Bought my father in law a Big Green Egg for Christmas past. Can't wait to try the food cooked in that baby.
The BGE cookers aren't cheap but the savings in charcoal make up the difference. Then again a good LP grill isn't inexpensive either last time I looked.
I was always under the impression that it took too long to get charcoal ready. Bought one of those charcoal furnace thingies and touch it off with a paper towel and some cooking oil. By the time the hamburg patties are formed and half a drink is gone, the charcoal is ready. When done cooking close off the vents top and bottom and still have charcoal for the next time.
BINGO! I have a Weber Performer with the gas ignition. It uses the fat 1 lb. disposable bottles. The older version used 5 lb. refilable bottles. I like the looks of the older version, but it had a stainless steel work surface/charcoal bin cover that scratched up quickly and looked bad then.
I only use natural lump charcoal and most of the time just leave the charcoal baskets in the grill as it makes for quicker lighting and less consumption when grilling smaller amounts. It really does heat up almost as fast as gas.
I also have a "BBQ Baffle" which used to be available on bbqbaffle.com, but I see they aren't around anymore. It was inexpensive and worked fabulously to turn your kettle into a smoker. I've made outstanding ribs, brisket, and butt on my grill. It's not as "set and forget" as a dedicated smoker, but works well.
I'll never own a gas grill.....but if I did, it would be a Weber. Best bang for the buck. There are some spectacular grills out there, but $$$$$$$.