This week’s review is on the Portable Kitchen Charcoal Grill and Smoker from Portable Kitchen, Inc.
The Portable Kitchen Charcoal Grill and Smoker also known as the PK Grill, is an American Made retro-style cast aluminum grill that is capable of high temperature grilling and low and slow smoking.
The heavy-duty cast aluminum construction of the PK Grill reflects heat from all surfaces of the grill and as a result it helps to cook the food more evenly. Also the main section of the PK Grill can easily be detached from the cart for thorough cleaning, tailgating and camping.
The PK Grill took around 15 minutes tops to assemble. To date this is one of the fastest grill setup times of any of the grills I’ve had to assemble thus far. I was one happy camper about that too. 🙂
The PK Grill has hard heavy-duty rubber wheels for easy movement around a deck, patio, or lawn.
The PK Grill has 4 adjustable vents, 2 top and 2 bottom, built into the aluminum casting which help to provide precise temperature control.
The PK Grill has 301 square inches of cooking surface and a lightweight hinged nickel plated steel cooking grate for easy refueling. This grill also has aluminum side and bottom trays for holding utensils and food.
The dimensions of the PK Grill are 35 1/2 L x 20 1/4 W x 33 1/2 H and it weighs 40 pounds.
I decided to grill 3 different types of meat for my review on the PK Grill and smoked a pork butt for the low and slow cook. Below are pictures from all 4 cooks.
First up are some oregano cold smoked burgers that I had cold smoked during my Smok’n Spice Smoke Cones review.
The first thing I did on the PK Grill was open all 4 vents. I then lifted the lid and swung open the hinged cooking grate and placed around 30 Kingsford charcoal briquettes on the charcoal grate.
I then lit the charcoal with my BernzOmatic JT850 Self-Igniting Outdoor Torch and once the coals were hot and white I swung the hinged cooking grate back down and placed on the burgers.
The PK Grill did a fantastic job of cooking the burgers and I was surprised to see very little flare-up as well during the cook. Once the burgers were finished cooking I brought them into the house for my family and I to eat and they were very delicious.
Next up are some Mediterranean Blend cold smoked boneless skinless chicken breasts. I repeated the same start-up steps as mentioned above for this cook.
Again, the PK Grill did a fantastic job. The chicken was perfectly cooked and very tasty.
The final meat I decided on grilling on the PK Grill was some sage cold smoked boneless pork chops. Again I repeated the same start-up steps as mentioned in the burger cook.
The pork chops were very delicious and I had another great cook on the PK Grill.
For the low and slow cook I decided on a 5lb pork butt.
The first thing I did was rub the entire pork butt with some Killer Hogs The BBQ Rub and then wrapped it in plastic wrap and placed it in the fridge overnight.
The next day I opened the PK Grill and all 4 vents and placed 1 half of a Weber charcoal holder in the grill. I then placed in the charcoal holder around 20 pieces of Kingsford charcoal briquettes, a cherry Mojobrick and 1 Weber lighter cube. I also placed a drip pan in the grill directly under the meat.
I then lit the lighter cube and let the grill get up to around 240 degrees.
Once it reached that temperature I placed on the pork butt and adjusted the vents so the top left vent above the meat was all the way open and the one below the meat fully closed. Then I closed the vent above the charcoal and the bottom vent under the charcoal I adjusted to 1/3 of the way open. The grill then settled in at around 250 degrees.
Below is a picture of the pork butt around 2 1/2 hours into the cook. I also added about 10 pieces of charcoal at that time.
I added around the same amount of charcoal to the grill about every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. I also spritzed the butt with apple juice a few times when I added more charcoal.
At about halfway through the cook I rotated the pork butt 180 degrees.
I also want to point out that I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the vents after the initial adjustments were made at the beginning of the cook. The PK Grill stayed locked in at 250 degrees for the full cook. (It was sunny and 65 degrees with no wind during this cook.)
After close to 10 hours of cook time and the butt having reached over 195 degrees internal temperature, it was time to wrap the butt in foil and let it rest for about an hour in a cooler before I pulled it.
I was very impressed with how good the pulled pork tasted. My family really enjoyed it as well. It was some good eats for sure!
I will have to say I am extremely impressed with how well the PK Grill worked! My family and I really enjoyed everything that was cooked on this grill as well.
I also like that the PK Grill is easy to use and has a very sturdy and rugged feel to it.
The only thing I could see that some people might not like about this grill is the 301 square inches of cooking surface. This may be too small of a grill for those that tend to cook for larger groups of people. I did find that the PK Grill had more than enough cooking space for my family and I! (PK Grill does sell an additional grate called the “Cook More Grid”, which attaches to the hinged grate to give you nearly double the cooking area in your PK Grill.)
Last but not least is the fact that the PK Grill is constructed of cast aluminum, so it won’t rust and it’s the type of grill that can be handed down for generations.
If you’re in the market for a new grill/smoker, I highly recommend looking into buying the PK Grill! Plus, like I mentioned above, the PK grill would be a great investment that you can hand down to your family for many years to come.
You can find a great deal on the PK Grill here.
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