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Best option for central Texas style brisket

nic3456

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Just moved from TX to OH and looking for a pellet grill. I'm too lazy for a standard smoker. Let me start by saying that I don't expect to get Black's/Franklin's quality brisket off my pellet smoker :)

First time owner trying to figure out which grill to get and really want to be able to get some good smoke flavor.
Unfortunately my budget is $600-$700 - looking at Rec Tec mini, GMG D Boone, and Camp Chef DLX (open to others)

Are the grills going to be much different or is it all in the pellets/amazing tube,etc?

Thanks for any tips
 
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If you want great brisket - you NEED to be burning real wood.  That's not to say you cant get a great flavor from a pellet cooker - but it will always be lacking.  Have you seen Aaron Franklin's videos on how to trim and cook a brisket?   

EDIT:  After re-reading your original post - Go with a Pit Boss:

http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/pit-boss-820-wood-pellet-grill-and-smoker#repChildCatid=1595135

If you don't have an Academy near you - I think they ship their smokers via truck service.
 
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gr0uch0

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If you want great brisket - you NEED to be burning real wood.  That's not to say you cant get a great flavor from a pellet cooker - but it will always be lacking.  Have you seen Aaron Franklin's videos on how to trim and cook a brisket?   

For a great stick burning offset smoker, look up the Old Country smokers at Academy Sports.  The Wrangler is a beast with great welds, thick steel, and a great cooking surface - all for $300 - it's an awesome offset smoker for not a ton of money.

http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/old-country-bbq-pits-wrangler-ii-charcoal-smoker#repChildCatid=4099167

If you don't have an Academy near you - I think they ship their smokers via truck service.
Wrangler's no longer carried at Academy:  Wrangler II is, but it's a mere shell of its former self:  original Wrangler was considerably bigger & badder than the Pecos, which is well beyond the W-II.  As of about 2 months ago, it's no longer available.
 
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Wrangler's no longer carried at Academy:  Wrangler II is, but it's a mere shell of its former self:  original Wrangler was considerably bigger & badder than the Pecos, which is well beyond the W-II.  As of about 2 months ago, it's no longer available.
Bummer - That was one of the best smokers OC made.  The thick steel was almost unseen on smokers at that price range.
 

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