seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

In search of Barbeque Device...

My old grill, bought a few years ago, is giving up the ghost (several metal parts are literally falling apart). With that in mind, I'm looking for a step up in barbeque and grilling.

Specifically, I'm looking for:
  • A grill/smoker (that is, it functions as both a regular grilling device AND as a smoker so I can make things like brisket, real slow-smoked ribs, etc.)
  • Not TOO expensive (I know the top end ones -- in reasonable sizes -- can surpass $800 )
  • Easy to use, with the latter meaning
    • Doesn't take long to get cooking
    • Doesn't require me to stand there re-filling it in the middle of the night when I'm smoking something for 14 hours
  • Good-sized -- if I'm going to be smokin' stuff, I want lots of it left over.
The "easy to use" part seems to imply to me that I want a gas or electric-based smoker, especially since I can't imagine something using wood or charcoal running nicely at a stable temperature that I don't have to tweak for 8 hours on no additional fuel or poking. I did a search for such things and thought I'd found one, the Smokey Mountain from Weber, but despite it showing up on several gas grill pages it appears to be solely a wood/charcoal affair.

Anyone have suggestions? I'm not ENTIRELY opposed to wood -- it's actually obviously the best way to do good barbeque -- but I don't have the time to tend a fire, nor is wood cheap or easy to get around here. I can get good wood CHIPS for smoking, etc., but real wood for good barbeque would, I'm pretty sure, cost me a lot more even than the gas I'd be using.

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