My first grill/smoker was a Thermos kettle that I picked up at Sears 6 or 7 years ago after reading a recipe for pulled pork in a Cooks Illustrated cookbook. I used it once a year for our annual 4th-of-July picnic.
Last year I joined the Brethren and actually learned something about bbq. I built an ECB, picked up a Cajun Bandit for a new Performer and have been smoking/grilling a couple of times a week since.
Somehow I see the kids more often now.