Weber Kettle Original 22
Weber is synonymous with charcoal cooking. This is the grill that launched the company, the biggest grill maker in the world. While Weber offers many varieties of this grill, this version is simple and relatively inexpensive, making it the perfect choice for the charcoal grill beginner. The efficiency of the design of this grill makes it easy to use and control and because of its superior temperature control, this grill makes a very good smoker as well. A little practice and you just might find that this is the only backyard cooker you need.
PK Grill & Smoker
If this charcoal grill looks primitive, it is because it hasn't changed since it was first introduced in the 1950's. The reason for this is because it is practically perfect in design. The cast aluminum body holds heat, making this a very efficient charcoal grill. The airflow control allows it to grill hot and fast as well as low and slow, so this grill is also a good smoker. While relatively small in size, this incredibly durable grill (there are models in use today that are over 60 years old) can fill the needs of most any backyard cook.
Also consider the larger and more functional PK360 Charcoal Grill
Big Green Egg – Large
There is a reason that this is the best selling Kamado grill in the world. Big Green Egg has become the standard by which all other Kamado grills are measured. At around $850USD and with an 18-inch diameter cooking surface, this is the Kamado to beat. Certainly it is a basic unit, but with a huge line of accessories to back it up and excellent attention to quality, this is the first grill to look at when shopping for this style of charcoal grill.
Also see the Best Kamado Grills
Old Smokey #22
Another of the venerable charcoal grills, the Old Smokey is simple, easy to use and small enough to fit most anywhere while large enough to meet the needs of most families. This company has existed for decades and while not as well known as other brands, has always managed to put quality above everything else. This charcoal grill is also a great portable unit. It is lightweight and can be taken anywhere. It is also very durable provided that it is cared for.