This is the first forum I have ever joined, so please forgive me in advance.
I am new to smoking. Over the last summer, my buddy smoked meat at his camper every weekend. I would give a hand, and eventually would prepare my own meats, but bring them to the camper for him to smoke. I did not have the ability to own a smoker where I lived, so I relied on him and another friend. I feel I'm a good cook, and love to grill and want to be able to smoke really bad. I'm moving to Colorado in two weeks, and have been looking into smokers. I know I will love it, no question about it. BUT... I don't know what to buy. A few friends that smoke say they would get a Traeger pellet smoker (http://www.traegergrills.com/shop/detail/BBQ075.04#.VRK43PnF8jo). It's expensive, but I know it can do a charcoal grill as well. I thought about a bullet style, but then I feel I'll need three cooking devices on my back porch. A smoker, charcoal grill, and propane so my fiance can cook outside once in a while. She is not as patient as i am when it comes to deliciousness. Also, with a bullet, I am very confident i will not be able to fit everything i'm going to want to put in there. From the experience I had with my friend, it was hard to cook a few rack of ribs, brisket, and a pork butt. It was impossible with two racks. He had a smoker that reminds me of a bullet, except it was more like a box with a door. more rectangle. A squared off bullet if you will.
I'm torn. Unless I am mistaken, the Traeger grill is electric with pellets. I kind of like the idea of tending the charcoal/wood heat source. Is an electric pellet smoker cheating? I care more about flavor than ease of use for the most part. But at the same time, if I have to smoke something for 16 hrs, is it the way to go? Is $900 too much to spend on my first smoker? I like quality in my life, and do not mind buying it, if it's really worth it. I like the look of it, more than a bullet, thats for sure.
Please Help Me Pick My First Smoker!!
Thanks from someone who dreams about smoking his own meat in his own smoker!