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RGC1982 | | May 14, 2011 05:24 PM

Yeah, the barbecue bug has once again bitten us. We used to barbecue with an inexpensive, upright electric smoker when we lived in the Northeast, but once we officially became Texans, we didn't see any need to work at it ourselves, especially when there are so many barbecue places nearby. It just didn't seem like it was worth the trouble. It has been many years since we last tried smoking anything ourselves.

So, while at the big box homestore today, we noticed someone walking out with a fully assembled, miniature offset barrel smoker -- complete with separate firebox, stand with shelf, and smokestack. It might have been one of the cutest things we have ever seen! We ran into the store to discover that the last floor model had been sold, and started looking up alternatives online when we returned home. The bug has definitely bitten again.

We are a small family, and we never grill or barbecue for more than a few guests. It doesn't rain much here, so we could go back to electric and have many more opportunities to use it without fear of GFI circuits popping, but we think we want to go with charcoal/wood this time. Biggest question: Upright versus offset. Also, is the Big Green Egg really worth it?

Any recommendations would be welcome as we complete our reseach over the next weeks.

Thanks.

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