Smoking meat is easy and the results are (usually) tasty if you're patient. I smoked a small turkey for thanksgiving to some good reviews. Patience, wood, and beer are all that it really requires to impress your guests! I started MacGyver style with just a gas grill, a coffee can (no joke) and wood chips from gander mountain and moved on from there (including joining the KCBS). The rewards far outweigh the costs!