For the purist griller, nothing beats charcoal. Fortunately, charcoal grills come in a wide range of styles, so there is something for everyone. You can spend less than $40USD on a charcoal grill (thought I don't recommend it) or several thousand dollars. There are even charcoal grills that can cost over ten thousand, but I don't address those here. This list reflects the versatility and easy of use that charcoal grills can offer. Certainly charcoal isn't as convenient as gas, but nothing can produce the authentic flavor that a real fire does. Some of these grills are straight up, direct fire cookers, while others can grill and smoke. Choose wisely and you can buy a charcoal grill that will outlast any gas grill and provide hundreds of great cookout experiences.
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