For all those grill masters out there, here are some basics to compare when comparing how to cook your next meal outside:
Charcoal Grill: Believed by many to offer the best BBQ flavor, can be inconsistent on the heat level, it is not speedy to get ready - so have some appetizers ready, takes constant attention but is reasonably priced. ($50-$200+) Will have to purchase charcoal and lighter fluid.
Gas Grill: Doesn't get as hot as charcoal, so it doesn't get that charbroiled flavor, constant temp, heats up fast and is ready to go at the last minute, as easy as flipping a switch, can be costly depending on features desired. ($300 - $5K) Requires a propane tank and refills as needed.
Smoker: Excellent flavor and delivers tender meat, consistent temp control, these are intended to cook slowly - that's why you use them - so it's not for the impatient! Takes a little setup time but can feed an army. Reasonably priced. ($300 - 1k)
Pizza Oven: For those wanting the old fashioned rustic flavors and have a big budget. Great savory wood fired oven flavor, preheating can take time and you need to keep an eye on your food. Pricey $3K-$6K
Start small and build your style and expertise before launching into a full blown outdoor kitchen! Many people see grilling out as a summer activity while others enjoy using them year round. Find some favorite meat rubs and keep them on hand. And don't limit your grills to meat - vegetables are awesome on the grill!