There are only a few combination grills and smokers that are worth your time and money, but this is one of my favorites for its class. At any serious cookout, you’re going to see more than a couple of these grills.
Don’t be intimidated by all of the marketing or fanfare, just follow this honest and easy PK360 grill & smoker review for the essential low down on what matters and what doesn’t.
PK Grill Review
The award-winning charcoal PK Grill PK360 Grill & Smoker looks like a device you might see at a dentist or optometrist office out of the 1980s, but all we care about is how well our meat tastes afterward. All of the leading grills and smokers look a little different than the average barbeque device, actually. It comes in black with blonde wood, or silver and black coloring.
Who makes it?
It is made by the company PK Grills, which markets a few different grills, and all of their accessories such as covers, charcoal baskets, and extra wire grill grates. The company offers an astounding 10-year warranty on their product, showing their steely confidence in this unit and how much you’ll love it.
Grill’s dimensions and weight
The dimensions of the model are 1.9 ft wide by 4.5 feet long with the side workstations on, and 3.6 feet tall. The cooking surface is 2.9 ft from the ground. The distance between the internal charcoal grate and the grill rack is 4.5 inches.
The cooking surface itself is about 1.9 ft wide by 1.3 ft long and 0.7 ft tall and offers plenty of room for large pieces of meat. The capsule has 5374 cubic inches of space. It weighs 66.9 pounds.
PK360 grill features
The company is serious about the cooking temperatures of their cooking devices because they know that perfect control over temperature is what separates the intermediates from the cooking pros.
4 vents for temperature control
It has 2 zone cooking which means that you can grill directly or indirectly. The unit has 4 vents to prepare food at cooking extremes: hot and fast (grilling) versus low and slow (barbecue).
It has special air intake cylinders so you can adjust the airflow without ever opening the grill, giving you even more control, and making the device suitable for indirect cooking as well.
Heat-spreading cast aluminum construction
The unique capsule design is made out of thick, heat-spreading cast aluminum construction so that the entire pod will have an even, steady temperature. It conducts heat more efficiently.
Steady cooking temperature
It has a handy dandy thermometer in the front that’s super accurate, within a single degree. The unit provides an airtight seal that maximizes temperature control to achieve a steady temperature at any point between 180-750F.
An easy cleanup
During the cleanup phase after the grilling’s done, they’ve made things a little easier by enabling you to just sweep the ash into the special holes, where they go through a passageway and out the other side of the grill. Above that is a hook to hang a bucket or pail to catch the waste without soiling your yard.
Durability and portability
It’s made for durability, the body is cast aluminum, the grates are heavy-duty stainless steel, and the outside workspace black Durabilium ™ shelves are made from high-end, engineered glass-fiber reinforced polyester material. They are removable and stowable on integrated side hooks.
It won’t rust and is portable since it detaches from the stand easily. The unit comes with a best in class thermometer from Tel-tru, which is accurate to +/- 1%. What more could you ask for in a grill that will easily last through the decades?
My experience with the PK360 Grill
Here is my experience with the PK360. It is truly amazing grill that enables you to smoke. After a few cookouts I was able to cook just fine and my guests were satisfied. Take a look what this grill is all about.
Unboxing the grill
My unit arrived in a box that was all beat up. I could tell that it definitely fell off the package sorting facility belt at one point and it looked like someone kicked it. I was skeptical of what the inside of the package would look like, but I decided to open it first before I called the company to request a replacement.
To my surprise, everything looked just fine. The packaging was superior and well thought out, and everything was completely unphased, unbent, and looked just as shiny and new as I expected. The instructions were easy to follow and I didn’t have to flip ahead to figure out what it was trying to say.
Starting up the grill
I put the grates in place and loaded it with charcoal. I like how you can open or close the end of the grate. I used that so that I could scoot my coals around how I like when they were hot and smoldering already without needing to take the cooking grate off.
Getting the grilling items
While I liked the idea of having control over my cooking, I quickly realized that for my steak, it was overkill. I also understood that if I was going to cook like a pro, I’d have to do some reading and video watching to figure out all of the ins and outs.
Challenge accepted! I headed out to the local butcher shop to stock up on some different things I could cook, and a meat thermometer to test the inside of my meat.
How many food items can you fit on the grill?
I was able to fit 3 skillets or 3 cast iron pans on the grill with the lid open, but with the lid closed, only 2. It fit a whole rack of ribs, or two of the smaller racks if they’re not as wide. It can fit as big of a turkey as you can find, even a 40 lb turkey shouldn’t be a problem.
It fit 6 porterhouse steaks, about 15 pork chops, 2 long salmon fish, and at least 6 big chicken thighs with legs. You can fit about 8 decent sized kabobs, but more than that if the things skewered on it are smaller.
Cooking experience with the PK360
As far as open-top grilling goes, everything is as you would expect it to be. A grill is a grill and there’s just not much improvement space beyond your own skillset. But where this grill really shines is top-down cooking.
I cooked way more than I could eat that first day that I got my model and my refrigerator could barely fit it all. Everything that I cooked – the fish, pork, chicken, beef, and vegetables – everything was tender, juicy, and with just the perfect amount of smokiness.
I got a little better at controlling and managing it after each new meat cut, so there’s definitely a bit of learning curve, but there are plenty of videos online to help.
What is a PK grill?
When I hear of a PK grill I get the picture. I see a silver grill capsule that is a grill and a smoker. Their cooking devices are made of high-quality aluminum material that won’t rust. The cooking machine works on charcoal and has four vents to control the temperature inside perfectly.
It allows cooking slow and low (barbecuing) or fast and hot (grilling). The company thought of portability as they made wheels to transport the unit wherever you want to cook tasty dishes.
How hot can a PK grill get?
This charcoal grill and smoker can get very hot. When you preheat the cooking surface it can reach even 800 degrees F.
Are PK grills made in the USA?
Their original models are made in Arkansas, USA. The company’s ceramic promo models are made in Georgia, USA.
Is the PK 360 worth it?
The PK360 grill is worth it if you want to prepare tasty grilled dishes and if you’re looking to step up your game with some serious smoking. It’s got all of the control that you need, and it’s built to last.
The device is designed for competitions and built for novices. With instructions and cooking a few times, you will be able to serve tasty meals for your loved ones.