Please help me choose
Hi, I'm new to the forum and to BBQing in general. I have no experience with low and slow cooking and I've only grilled on the Char Broil Red infrared grill I bought last summer. The food never seems to come out real good and I've had a lot of problems with the electric starter.
I've wanted a BGE for a few years, but recently went to the local dealer and the price for a large BGE with the stand and side tables was $1109. I'm not comfortable spending that kind of money for a grill, so I began looking at a few other things. I've read a lot of really good reviews on the Kamado Joe and it is marked down locally to $699...it comes with a stand, side tables, and an ash tool and it seems to be about the same size as the large BGE. I'm pretty set on ceramic especially if the $699 is as good of a price as it seems. However, my other option is the steel Char Griller Kamado for $299 at Lowes. The Kamado Joe seems like it is built better, but the Char Griller gets pretty solid reviews especially for it's price tag.
If anyone has any additional suggestions, input, or opinions they would be appreciated. Thanks and I hope to learn a lot about BBQing.