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Weber 1351001 One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill, 22-Inch, Black
When it comes to charcoal grilling, nothing beats the classic Weber. The original and iconic Kettle, which has been in production since 1951, is made out of heavy gauge porcelain enamelled steel, and is the ultimate in simplicity. The Gold model has a One-Touch cleaning and venting system that allows you to empty the ash in seconds without getting your hands dirty.
Weber Genesis Gas and LP Grills
If Gas grills are more your speed, Weber is still your best choice. There are much more expensive grills on the market than the Genesis series, but you're not going to find one as well built and higher performing for the money.
The gas version of the Genesis was the first grill I ever bought, and after 10 years of enduring the rain and the cold of New Jersey, the only reason why I stopped using it was that I moved to Florida, where I immediately bought a Liquid Propane version of the same model.
The current model's electric ignition three-burner Genesis has a total surface cooking area of 637 square inches and a burner input of over 38,000 BTU per hour.
The Genesis comes in a variety of models for Liquid Propane (LP) and for natural gas, in different configurations, which also include side burners for boiling water, and cooking chilis and BBQ sauces.
Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18-1/2-Inch Charcoal Smoker, Black
If you talk to any serious amateur or even professional pitmaster, the Weber Smokey Mountain is one of the best affordable and durable charcoal smokers money can buy. I agree with that sentiment, because like the other smokers and grills on this list, I actually have owned one.
I nominated the WSM Bullet as my dead finger tech of 2009. Once you start using this smoker, you'll never have to eat sub-standard BBQ smoked chicken, sausages, ribs, or pulled pork ever again.