At our house, Michael’s Charcoal Kettle Grill gets quite the work out. To me, there is no other flavor that matches a dish cooked over charcoal.
This particular grill has a few extra features that are nice, but not necessary. The most helpful feature is a gas coal starter. A small propane bottle feeds a flame that is used to start the coals, then turned off. There is also a temperature gauge and a side table that covers a storage bin for the charcoal.
This grill was rather pricey, costing about $350.00 ten years ago, but a very serviceable model can be had in the $50.00 range. The most important detail is that any grill should have a cover for cooking. A waterproof cover is worth the investment as well, by protecting the grill against the elements and prolonging its life.