So, my gas grill is on its last legs. Actually, it's probably been on its last legs for two years. It needs to go. I also have a MasterBuilt XL40 which I bought cheap to "get my toes in the water" for smoking. I like it, but it's a bit high maintenance and I'd much rather be cooking on wood or charcoal. Add to that the fact that I have a bit of "found money" by winning an NCAA tourney pool, and I'm in the market for a new grill, and smoker.
The goal is to have one single item which fulfills the entire outdoor cooking needs for my family. Grilling, smoking, it has to cover it all. And capacity matters. I want to be able to toss a full packer brisket on there, or at least 3 slabs of ribs.
I'm thinking either a Kamado or a pellet grill. Frankly, I'd like to keep the budget in the $1K range or lower, although I know that might not be easy.
Vision Grills available at Home Depot for $699. Probably also need to buy their lava stone. Not sure what else accessories I need.
Primo Large Oval - better for capacity, but more expensive and I think I'd need to spend additional money on their indirect cooking plates. Also, I don't have a table for it and I don't want to spend tons of cash for a table. I can set it on paver stones, but I'd much prefer to look nicer than that. The grill is ~$1000 retail, but I'm not sure how much more I need to spend for the minimally necessary accessories.
Rec Tec is my top choice. Unfortunately, with the cost of the grill, the shipping, and a cover, I'm already nearing $1300... That's more than I want.
Traeger Texas Pro - Nominally $1K, but there is a Costco road show for Traeger this week, and I understand they sell these cheaper at those events.
The fact that my wife can operate a pellet grill but probably will never even attempt to touch the kamado is a point in favor of the pellet grill, and the fact that they truly are easy "set and forget" grills helps quite a bit too. I also happen to already have an Amaz-n Tube 18", so the concerns that a pellet grill don't provide enough smoke don't bother me, as I can add smoke as needed.
The fact that everyone I talk to who has ever used a kamado absolutely loves the damn things is a great point in favor of the kamado. They are more work, but they're also less likely to break due to electrical or motor failures. And the knowledge that I can get them screaming hot for searing is nice. The last thing I want is a pellet grill which is great for smoking but won't make a steak how I'd like it. (That last point also suggests that with a pellet grill, I might end up having to buy accessories like "grill grates" to sear, which adds cost there). I think the ideal kamado would be the Kamado Joe BigJoe model, which has capacity and accessories, but that's $1500 everywhere I look.
Thoughts? I'm honestly completely torn on this decision!