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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.
Big Green Egg
For those of you who want the ultimate, most versatile outdoor cooker on the market, and for which nothing other than hardwood charcoal cooking will do, the best product on the market in my opinion is the Big Green Egg. As a new Egg owner, I've quickly become a convert.
Hand made out of heavy, durable glazed Mexican Ceramic, the Big Green Egg is a "vessel" similar to an Indian tandoor oven.
Capable of withstanding extreme heat in excess of 700 degrees for firing home-baked pizzas or doing outdoor wok cooking, or sustaining very low temperatures of 200 to 250 for BBQ smoking, the Egg is an extremely efficient cooking system. Because of its insulated 100 percent ceramic design, it only consumes a fraction of the hardwood charcoal fuel that other BBQ smokers and grills use.
As a Big Green Egg owner, you may find yourself slow cooking ribs for 6 hours, only to realize that you have several hours more of cooking you can do, and then having to increase the airflow to grill up some steaks and burgers afterwards!
Unlike the other products on this list, the Big Green Egg is not available for purchase on the internet. You'll need to hit the company's website and search for a local distributor to buy it from.