When I am not grilling, smoking or writing about outdoor cooking and everything related I am reading about it. And sometimes you run into something that is worth sharing here. PK grills are one of these things.
I ran into it PK grills by accident and to honest had never heard of them and this intrigued me. Enough reason to do some research and see if they are worth an in
What was supposed to be a short research ended up taking more than two hours and I am happy that I did this and will write a review in the near future since I was so impressed.
History of PK grills
The pk grills were manufactured in Tyler, Texas in the 1950’s and 60’s. In the year 1960 the company was moved to Little Rock, Arkansas after being sold. Unfortunately they went out of business in the 1970’s.
Like with many quality items the PK grills became a collector’s item in the 1980s and 90’s. An there was on one collector who was so crazy about these grills that he bought the rights and started to build them again in Arkansas.
Reason I am talking about a trip down memory lane is that these grills were and still are made of thick aluminum and I have not seen any other brand that is still using this unless you take about the old timer vintage campers.
How are PK grills made
As you can see they are made by hand of real thick cast aluminum and how they are build give you a lot of options. From direct grilling to indirect grilling and even low and slow.
This all thanks to the ways you can control the airflow by adjusting the 2 air inlets at the bottom and the two air outlets at the bottom you can adjust the PK grills to all types of grilling and smoking.
Features of the PK grills
As you can see there are a lot of pro’s to mention about these grills. The Aluminum is very thick and that will hold the heat very well. The second advantage of the aluminum is that it will never rust. I have seen a picture of a guy who still cooks on his original PK grill from the ’60s.
What about the price?
After looking at all the pros and cons it was time to have a look at the price of these grill and to be honest again I was pleasantly surprised. You can have a look below to see some of the prices.
PK grill versus Weber
I am a big fan of the Weber grills and many grills are compared to Weber’s when it comes to comparing quality, performance
Weber is an American brand and I have reviewed many models here, but parts are also made abroad and as far as I can check the PK grills are made in America all the way. For some people that can be a decisive factor.
I like the fact that the PK has more options to control the air flow with four vents compared to Weber that comes with 2 air vents. Air vents are very important to regulate the temperature in your grill.
In my review I will have a good look at how many square inches the PK is compared to the Weber and how this affect how much you can cook on it.
My opinion about PK grills
Like I mentioned above I was surprised by the quality and performance of the PK grills. The prices were also lower than I expected. I am planning on doing a whole PK grill review after doing more research to make sure I leave nothing out. sign up for my newsletter to stay informed!
I had a good look at the PK grill website and know I can find a lot of information there and also on their nice YouTube channel.
I found a comment of someone who mentioned he sold his Kamado cooker and bought a PK for that money. I Am not sure if I would do that. I love Kamado cookers as you can read here, but it shows how great these grills are.