I think all has been covered here except your comment about backyard events. It would be very difficult to pull off ribs, chicken, and pulled pork in an akorn alone. That being said, I have an akorn and would highly recommend it for home use. It can do almost everything.
Anthony - Pork City Grillers KCBS team
CharGriller Smokin Pro, King Kooker Cast Propane Smoker, Smokey Joe Silver, Blue Mosaic Kamado, Traeger 075(Somehow I now have 2 of these), Weber Performer, BW Fatboy, Char Griller Akorn
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