Originally Posted by slammmed
If you are attempting to get smoking without a learning curve you really need to accept that bbq is an ever evolving learning process with so many variables. There are tons of ways to cook and if you want something with as little learning curve get a weber smokey mountain, that is a true set it and forget it kind of ting for smoking. A bge can jump temptatures and totally change the outcome until you learn how to use it and deal with any nuisances that come along with it. If you want a beg jut so you can have one unit for grilling and smoking that's great but don't buy it just because you want a little learning curve.
The learning curve on a BGE for low and slow cooking is far from steep. My buddy has one and I learned how to control the temperatures relatively quickly. The key is to catch the temps on the way up instead of trying to lower them. The versatility of the kamado cookers is amazing, you can do low and slow, regular grilling, high heat searing, even baking bread/pizzas. The limiting factor is capacity unless you get the Big Joe or the XL BGE.
To the OP. Watch the Youtube reviews done by JMSeltzer @ ManCaveMeals. He puts the Chargrill Akorn through numerous cooks to show its versatility and performance. He has done low and slow pork butt and high heat cooking on the Kamado Joes. As well as walk arounds on both of the cookers.