The Propane Grill: The ubiquitous propane grill is, far and away, America's favorite. Why? Convenience, plain and simple. Push a button, FIRE! It doesn't get any better than that. These grills have come a long way in the last ten years. Hotter burners allow for better searing, "flavor plates" or bars can be seasoned to add more flavor, and the addition of external burners to cook your eggs on is a nice touch. Still, it's propane. Propane isn't wood or charcoal. It's next to impossible to smoke anything or to slow cook anything in there. Sure, you can use indirect heat to cook something slower than you ordinarily would, but I dare you to try to cook a whole turkey in one of these.
If you're serious about getting the "last grill you'll ever need for the rest of your life," you'll need to budget around $1500 for one. For that you can get:
- A Stainless Steel Weber Genesis propane grill AND a Webber charcoal kettle (and have plenty of money left over to buy the meat for your first party)
- A large "Big Green Egg" and a cart to set it in (they're heavy) so you can cook one chicken or a pork shoulder
- 8 Bullet smokers
- A welded steel 800lb monster with the capacity to cook from one hot dog to 8 pork shoulders and 4 chickens simultaneously.
If you're ready to "up your game" and jump to a full sized offset smoker, I recommend Yoder Smokers.