Party King’s SWING ‘N Smoke MVP Grill packages are their most popular models consisting of a 3-burner gas grill mounted on a steel arm attached to your trailer hitch. When ready, the arm swings out and away from your vehicle and a two legged adjustable stand folds down from the bottom for added support and stability. MVP is PK’s largest grill head with 540 square inches of primary cooking surface. Party King offers some great options like their Twin Valve Manifold (pictured below) that hooks up two small propane canisters to double fuel capacity.
The Swing Out Arm comes in a standard size for holding one grill head, or large size for two grills or a grill and cooler combo. Party King’s Swing Out BBQ designs are unique and appealing, but quality and execution need significant improvement.
Furthermore, although we appreciate the array of options PK offers, the catalog is made confusing by their non-intuitive names, with the part names and numbers clearly designed for the warehouse manager and not the consumer. Then there’s the Hitch Cuff, VERSArm LT or HD, Twin Valve Manifold or tank talon, made more confusing because they are often spelled differently on different parts of the site. We recommend you talk to them before you finalize your order. For example, if you buy an arm for your hitch, you may want the locking options so the unit cannot be stolen when you are in the stadium.
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We have hands-on experience testing this product. We have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners and other reliable sources.
92.74 Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
372 square inches
Mid-Size(about 18 burgers)
93 square inches
Party King is out of business.
If you wanna be King you gotta party like a King. Founded in the mid-90s, Party King Grills manufactures two gas grill heads that can be mounted onto their signature Swing Out arm attached to any standard 2″ hitch for travel, or set into a stand for backyard use. Whether tailgating, camping or picnicking, Party King’s modular designs allow you to customize your outdoor experience or select from their most popular packages, which include cooler and umbrella mounts, cargo trays, all-terrain grill caddies and more.
Party King systems look better on paper than in person. Construction and performance are weak. Still, for the relatively modest price points they may be worth consideration, and they do offer some neat accessories.
Published On: 9/15/2013
Last Modified: 1/25/2022
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