Thanks guys. Smokers are foreign to me. I'm not sure I want to go there, at least not right now. The reason I don't just continue using my El-Cheapo-Weber-Style-Kettle-Charcoal grill, beside the fact that next time a bird sits on it it will fall apart from years of rusting, is time. I have a one year old, which means time is now a luxury.Needs
None. Let's be honest, I don't NEED anything. I have this 10 year old $150 rusty crap gas grill that a friend gave me a few years back, and 85% of the time it does just fine. I've entertained large crowds with it despite its 58 sq inches cooking surface (ok so I'm exagerating a bit, but the thing is tiny).Hopes
I guess my hopes is to keep getting better at it, keep getting better at it, keep getting better at it. I love food, and I want to make people around me love it to. I married a die-hard vegetarian, who I've since convinced to eat chicken, filet mignon, ham, bacon, pork chops, braised pork butt, sausages, meatballs etc... just because "it smells soooo good in this kitchen" as she says. That's my pride - I guess my hope is that one day she'll enjoy a rare duck breast or leg of lamb? One can dream.Wifely Constraints
Honestly I don't really understand that. If my wife gave me constraints I probably wouldn't be with her. I can do whatever I want, and I don't have to convince her. The only constraint is that she wants her steak well done and with lots of cayenne, and she wants her chicken breast dry, boneless and skinless. But if tonight I tell her "look honey I finally bought that kalamazoo grill", the only thing she'd reply would probably be "Hmmm it's not that pretty - didn't they have it in red or something?" :smoking: Guess I'm lucky that way.Budget
I keep going back and forth on that one. On one hand paying $1,000 for a gas grill seems like way too much money to me, on the other hand I dream of one day building a custom made outdoor kitchen. But somewhere between my old rusty 58 sq inches gas grill and my custom outdoor kitchen lies reality, and that's probably the $1,000 gas grill - or something close.
I grew up in the Alps, in France. To my friends and I, when we were 16, going out meant grabbing a sleeping bag, a guitar, some merguez and some steaks, and going up into the mountains. We knew a few magical places where we had an incredible view of the valley, we would gather wood, put stones in a circle, thread those merguez onto wood sticks, slap those steaks onto one of the flat stones around the fire, and we felt like a million bucks.
Now I would love to recreate that experience - or something close.
I really tend to think that you're right BDL: I need two grills. One for when time is of the essence, one for the real wood fire experience.
So here's what I'm thinking now.1) A gas grill: Broil King Sovereign XLS 90
I saw you recommend that grill a while ago and it seems to have everything I "need" and more, plus right now it's on sale for $715.
2) A wood fire pit
I was originally considering having one built, but I'm not sure how easy/pricy that would be? Another way would be to get something like that, but I'm a bit wary of spending $500 on a made-in-china piece of equipment I've never seen in person.
BDL, you're in L.A., maybe you'd know a place where I can buy a serious wood fire pit? Or maybe I should just have someone build me one. My concern with those is, how do you get the ashes out of the pit? Shovel them out?
Anyway, that's where I'm standing as of now. :thumb:
Thanks so much for sharing ideas and pointers guys.