Our team decided 2 years ago that we wanted to enter a contest, so we entered the backyard comp (and before we really new what comps were all about - didn't even know about this place). Well, we won it and nearly with a clean sweep (3 meat - 1st, 1st, 2nd & overall). That was awesome but also made us realize we needed to go against the pros....and have ever since. You have to start somewhere, so really either one is gonna help you learn a lot....and they are always a ton of fun!
Grill Billies - KCBS CBJ
3 - GMG Daniel Boone, Chargiller Akorn
Red Thermapen, Maverick ET-732