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May 4, 2010 12:19 PM

New to Charcoal BBQ HEEELLLPPP!

Been grilling with gas my whole life (I'm only 26 so forgive me for my sins). I've reading a fellow chowhound's blog and reading a lot about Adam Perry Lang and really want to start grill and smoking with charcoal. Can somone please help with the purchase of a good beginners charcoal grill where I can start learning to grill and smoke on. As I said before I'm 26 and not trying to break the bank. Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.

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  1. This might be a good resource for you to start:

    1. I'm glad to see you've seen the light and are abandoning gas. What do you need to know? I'll share with you any information I can.

      Who's blog are you reading? APL is one of the geniuses of barbecue cooking. I really love his books.

      How much do you have to spend? Do you have a place to grill?

      droip me a note at

      1. On the cheap? Weber kettle or smokey mountain. A little trickier to smoke on the kettle, but if taken care of, you'll have it for years

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        1. re: BiscuitBoy

          I like the Big Green Egg. It's a little ugly - but works like a damn.

        2. Unlike gas grilling, you really can get a quality grill/smoker for very little money. This is the setup I use:

          I paid less than $100 for it nearly ten years ago, and it's starting to look a little rough (but I use it a lot). The biggest difference between a cheap smoker/grill and a more expensive one is that the expensive ones use thicker metal and hold the heat better, so you can smoke in all kinds of weather, and you don't need to tend the fire as much. That said, I love tending fire, so a cheap unit does the job just fine. I've cooked about half of APL's book, and all of it done on the unit shown above, or a tiny hibachi that we take camping. Really, charcoal grilling doesn't have to cost much at all.

          1. I consider my Weber Performer grill one of the best 'investments' I have ever made. It is smartly made and works perfectly.


            I bought it because of a Cooks Illustrated review. A charcoal grill with gas ignition is just genius!

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            1. re: Becca Porter

              The reviews at Amazon for this grill are amazingly good.