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Sunra
08-27-2011, 09:57 PM
I'm researching for a friend If you had $2000.00 to spend on a grill / smoker what would you buy? I've been lookin at the Lang 48" Patio Model Smoker Cooker (http://langbbqsmokers.com/lang48/lang48_patio.html), Jambopits - Backyard Model (http://www.jambopits.com/directions.html) and Klose (http://www.bbqpits.com/)

Thanks for the advice.....

Milford

DirtyDirty00
08-27-2011, 10:13 PM
Id go for the jambo. I woulda went with that but shipping was quoted at over 1000.

JMSetzler
08-27-2011, 10:16 PM
What kind of cooking experience does your friend have?

Sunra
08-27-2011, 10:21 PM
shipping was quoted at over 1000.

Wow that is damn near the price to the cooker! :shocked:

JMSetzler
08-27-2011, 10:23 PM
After looking at the three, my eye likes the Lang. Granted, I have never cooked on a stick burner...

Sunra
08-27-2011, 10:25 PM
What kind of cooking experience does your friend have?

He knows his way around a smoker but not a competition guy. He's had a Traeger for over 10 yrs. He's looking for another pit

infantry66
08-27-2011, 10:40 PM
for a grill and smoker together it would be hard to beat a tucker cooker , easy to move around by hand can cook steaks or a whole hog or ribs and brisket they start at around 3400

Chopjaw
08-27-2011, 10:54 PM
USD and spend the other 1800 bucks on whatever you want.

gtr
08-27-2011, 11:50 PM
Of those 3, I only have cooked on a Klose, which I absolutely love. The other 2 have very good reputations. Lots of people have Langs and love them, and the Jambo, from what I've heard, is as good as it gets. Boshizzle has a Jambo - maybe he'll chime in. I think he and it are getting along very nicely. These 3 brands are definitely among the highest quality offsets out there.

As mentioned, UDS's are good, but they obviously do not have the capacity of a good sized offset. Most people will tell you that you get better smoke flavor with a stickburner - I've only been using a UDS for a couple months, haven't done any big cuts in it, and haven't done any comparing so I can't speak to that myself. We have parties where about 70 people come - guess which cooker I use for that.

Shipping is high on these offsets - I paid a lot to have mine shipped - but I saw it as a lifetime purchase so in light of that it didn't bother me too much. Once it's sitting in your backyard and you're cooking away you tend to forget about anything else.

There are other brands to check out, but I don't know much about them - Gator, Meadowcreek, Horizon, etc. I will say that getting a high quality offset is the way to go - most people with cheap offsets seem to tend to move on to other cookers, mainly because they require less babysitting. BTW I'm not saying those other brands aren't good - I just don't know anything about them.

Good luck! With those three brands you're looking at, one thing is for sure - you/your friend will be happy with the purchase - it's all quality stuff.

This (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=102374) might be worth a look.

tmehlhorn
08-27-2011, 11:54 PM
Well unless he is cooking for alot of people fairly often, a huge cooker is kind of a waste of money me with that kind of money. I would buy a wsm 22.5. If he does alot of grilling to and not just smoking then pickup a weber performer. And i would also get a smokey joe or wga for traveling. mod the joe and your set. Spend the rest on lots of quality meats to cook in them. Guess it really depends on what he is wanting to do and how many he is cooking for. If he just wants 1 that does everything, go with the performer.

snyper77
08-28-2011, 01:08 AM
Sounds like your friend wants to cook with wood in a real BBQ pit (not a drum or a bullet). After reading through thousands of posts, it seems Lang offers maximum bang for your buck. Yes, the Klose and Jambo pits are "the best money can buy", but at $2000, you're looking for "bang for buck".
Instead of looking at the 48 patio, your friend can get a Lang 48 trailer for less than $2k if he buys it used. It's made of steel and the previous owner can't hurt it....so why not buy "used" and save some money?
This one JUST sold this weekend.......but it'll give you an idea of what you CAN get for under $2k.
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=543049&sid=f6534a8584c5223aaf257ddd7536511f

grill 'em all
08-28-2011, 06:02 AM
when in doubt go klose..they're a lifetime investment..heirloom quality,pass it down to the kids..

bookie
08-28-2011, 07:46 AM
I've been looking at a Peoria Cooker. I believe Quau uses the Meat Monster in competition and they're closer to NY then Texas for shipping/transport

http://www.peoriacookers.com/

Capozzoli
08-28-2011, 07:57 AM
I say buy local.

I could build something for less then $2000. Maybe a large insulated cabinet smoker?

Whats he looking to do with it.

Sunra
08-28-2011, 08:47 AM
I've been looking at a Peoria Cooker. I believe Quau uses the Meat Monster in competition and they're closer to NY then Texas for shipping/transport

http://www.peoriacookers.com/

He actually lives in Florida.

Qing
08-28-2011, 08:54 AM
Hope you're coming through the hurricane ok. You may want to suggest upgrading to a better pellet Popper. Switching to a stick burner from a pellet Popper is a 180 degree shift. Way more involvement and time. It would be easier knowing how many people and in what setting it would be used. Myself, I'm a big fan of the Primo XL. Buy a guru and it's one step away from the pellet grill with the bonus of custom smoking wood rather than pellet flavor. Heck - have him buy the one YOU like. You may wind up owning a really cool stick burner after he sees how much work it is :rolleyes:

gotwood
08-28-2011, 09:12 AM
ceramic cooker

GreenDrake
08-28-2011, 10:06 AM
If it were me, I would go straight up slow cooker and get a Pitmaker, fo sho.

http://www.humblerodeo.com/humble%20rodeo/humble_rodeo/BBQ%20Assests/Prizes/Smoker-1.jpg

caseydog
08-28-2011, 10:22 AM
Well, as for me, I'd buy what I have, and put the extra money in the bank.

CD

Big A
08-28-2011, 11:03 AM
If your friend lives in Florida I would buy the Lang and drive to Nahunta Ga to pick the smoker up myself.It's close to the Florida line.The cost of gas or diesel to drive there would be cheaper than shipping.Just my two cents.

Sunra
08-28-2011, 12:09 PM
I've been looking at a Peoria Cooker. I believe Quau uses the Meat Monster in competition and they're closer to NY then Texas for shipping/transport

http://www.peoriacookers.com/

Wow really nice cookers. He actually lives in Florida.

GreenDrake
08-28-2011, 12:13 PM
How 'bout a Good One http://aceofheartsbbq.com/model30-24p.html

Sunra
08-28-2011, 12:19 PM
Hope you're coming through the hurricane ok. Heck - have him buy the one YOU like. You may wind up owning a really cool stick burner after he sees how much work it is :rolleyes:

No problems where I live still have power and no flooding basement is bone dry. Thank God.

Hahaha hmmm...... maybe I should suggest the one I like LOL

HoDeDo
08-28-2011, 10:22 PM
If he has had a Traeger, and is looking to spend $2K.... He should check out the Yoder YS640. It would be about $1400, in the same vein as he is used to... just the next revolution of that style of cooker. There are several I could suggest above that pricepoint.... but I would think he could stay under $2K shipped.

Oldyote
08-28-2011, 11:14 PM
Not much info on this Lang but it might be worth a call.

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/gms/2521496273.html