“The “pit barrel cooker” is versatile, decently cheap ($300) and holds temp pretty good. Not much babysitting involved. You can also build your own for cheap. It’s fun and there are plenty of resources online to guide you. Offset smokers are great, but don’t go for “char-broil” or any cheap offset smoker. They usually suck. On the other spectrum, spending a shit ton isn’t necessary.
Sunterra is great and I believe that’s what these boys are using in this video. For pill/barrel smokers, the weber smokey mountain 18.5” is around the same price and it’s a great smoker. I have the 22.5” and love it. I smoked pork butts in a blizzard in Minnesota 2 weeks ago and it held temp for 12 hours. Only added charcoal twice.
I recommend looking on craigslist, as BBQ guys always seem to be “upgrading.” You can find a Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5” for $250-300 and it’ll last you a decade. I have a Traeger and it’s more of an overpriced outdoor oven that uses wood pellets and gives you a little bit of smoked flavor (buy louisiana grill pellets, traegers pellets are a rip off).
You set the temp and walk away. As a lover of BBQ I’m somewhat ashamed to own a traeger, but it’s a nice option if you’re busy. I can put a brisket on before I go to work, I come home and it’s done. Also great to leave some pork butts going while you’re fishing and come home to sandwiches. No work on my part, but’s not true smoke or true BBQ.” – Juan Ulysses