+1 for Komodos
I've got a large Komodo Joe and can smoke a brisket to perfection on it as well as sear steaks at 800 degrees. For me having one device that can do it all is worth the extra price. I can smoke a brisket for 8+ hours on 1/4 bag of lump charcoal, and never have to touch the smoker during the process once the temperature is stable. Komodos also help trap in moisture so the meat you cook is still moist instead of dried out.
I light mine with an electric starter and it's usually up to smoking temps (225) within 15 minutes, and at searing temps (800+ degrees) within 25-30 minutes.
Just to make it really awesome, I built and added a HeaterMeter
to mine. If you are handy with a soldering iron and know a bit about electronics, you can assemble one for around $120, including the cost of the Raspberry Pi and wi-fi adapter. With that thing added on there I can watch & set the smoker temps from anywhere with my mobile phone.
On the subject of steaks.. the best method I've used for cooking them is called the T-Rex method and can be found here
. I would be willing to put a properly cooked T-Rex steak up against the best offered by most steakhouses. Letting the meat rest makes all the difference in the world.