Portable Kitchen Grill aka PK Grill Review

Portable Kitchen Grill aka PK Grill Review

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Max Good

PK Classic Charcoal Grill

The Portable Kitchen Grill is an elegant throwback resurrected from 1952. This rustproof, cast aluminum charcoal grill has a flat bottom making it easy to push the coals to one side for smoking and indirect cooking. There are adjustable dampers in the lid and under the fire. The 306 square inch cookinggrate is hinged for adding coals, and the oven can be lifted off the cart for cleaning, camping, or tailgating. It has a bottom shelf and side shelf.

The thick cast aluminum cook box has two sliding dampers on top and two on the bottom. Many people cook direct and indirect simultaneously with the PK. This versatility may be attributed to the rectangular shape, thick aluminum construction that retains and radiates heat, the tight fitting hinged lid and the twin dampers in both the top and bottom. Today most grills are made with thin coated steel or stainless steel, but when Portable kitchen began in the 50s, aluminum grills were common. PK will not rust; even the cart is aluminum with stainless steel fasteners. There are very few moving parts and no electronics, so many of these old grills are still in service today.

In fact, a lot of PK owners inherited their grills, or bought them used for $20 at a garage sale. We even found one guy who discovered a PK buried under a tangle of over grown brush at the home of an elderly relative. He cut it out, cleaned it up, bought new grates and started grilling! Most PK Grillers love their cookers with a cultish fervor.

We find ourselves using our PK more than our Weber Kettle lately primarily because it is so easy to set up in two or even three zones. Just push the coals to one side. This makes it both a BBQ grill and a smoker. The optional “Littlemore” grate that sits above the rear half adds significant cooking space. Our only nitpicking complaint is that ash and embers sometimes drop through the bottom vents, but we simply put a disposable aluminum pan underneath and problem solved. The folks at PK Grills put together an exclusive offer for AmazingRibs.com Readers that bundles the Grill, Littlemore Grate, PK Cover and Free Shipping for $399! Click here for The AmazingRibs.com PK Bundle.

The standard nickel plated steel grate rots out and will need replacement periodically. PK now offers a stainless steel grate upgrade and it may be ordered separately. Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Here’s PK Grills in the news on Good Morning Arkansas.

PK Grills is doing a Gift-With-Purchase Holiday Special this year!

Shiny rectangular grill with a thermometer pictured in the lower right.

Every purchase of an Original PKAR Plus or PKTX Plus model grill will get a free stainless steel Tel-tru thermometer (gift package value $84). PK also offers an exclusive AmazingRibs.com bundle. Click below to take advantage of theses special offers!

Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 4/9/2021

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