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The Right Grilling Gear

- Photo Jennifer Davick / Styling Sissy Lamerton, Caroline Murphey / Food Styling Marian Cooper Cairns, Angela Sellers
Photo Jennifer Davick / Styling Sissy Lamerton, Caroline Murphey / Food Styling Marian Cooper Cairns, Angela Sellers

No great barbecue cook should be without these tools and gadgets.

Don't let anyone fool you―great barbecue can be cooked on just about any type of barbecue pit. With a wide range of prices, sizes, and features to choose from, you'll be able to find the perfect pit for you.

One of the most recognizable smokers is the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker. This smoker is great for those who occasionally slow cook. It costs less than $200 and takes up very little space.

If you do lots of slow smoking, consider a large heavy-duty smoking pit. These pits have several advantages over smaller ones: They keep their temperature for longer periods of time, which means less fire maintenance; they hold more meat; and with proper care, they will last practically forever.

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The barrel-type smoker with an offset firebox has long been a favorite of Texans. The Tejas Smoker Model 2040 is made of heavy-plate steel and has a 20- x 40-inch smoking barrel. A large drain valve makes cleanup easy. The lid opens up on top of the firebox, exposing a grate right above the fire for grilling.

If you like the convenience of a gas grill for your steaks and you like to cook things low and slow, try the All-in-One Grill from Pitts and Spitts.The smoker sports stainless steel construction, a heavy-duty firebox, and an attached gas grill.

One of the easiest-to-use smokers is the GenuSwine Backyard Rotisserie. It has four rotating cooking shelves. Meats will baste themselves as drippings fall from the rotating shelves. Because the cooking shelves rotate, there are no hot spots.

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