The Kettle BBQ Alternative You Have Been Looking For
Aaron Franklin + PK Grills, could a BBQ really get any better?
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- PK Grills Aaron Franklin Edition has signature Franklin edition (Launch stock, first in Europe)
- Teal or Graphite lid to choose from
- Based on the (New) original PK300
- Front shelf with utensil holder
- Twin side shelf
- 4 radial vents for extremely accurate cooking temperatures, and 2-zone cooking
- Injected cast aluminium shell that will last a lifetime (20-year warranty)
- Dual hinge system with no moving parts
- High-quality lightweight cart
- Rubber tyres on aluminium wheels
- Internal ash management system
- 300 Square inches of cooking space
- Hinged cooking grate
- Optional Tru-Tel thermometer
- Food tray storage (trays not included)
- International shipping on request, we will not charge UK tax for exports
PK Grills have been around for a long time, around 50 years to be exact. Their design team are constantly innovating and developing their BBQs, the new Aaron Franklin edition is no different.
PK Grills Aaron Franklin Edition has been redesigned from the ground up, using injection aluminium casting much like the flagship PK 360. Hence, this makes for a tighter seal, meaning when you close the lid it will snuff out flare-ups, and lower the temperature as the vents are doing all the work.
Aluminium being a very conductive metal is a bonus when it comes to the PK grill capsule. This allows heat to conduct around the capsule, allowing for very even heat distribution across your grilling surface. So,food will not need to be rotated during cooking.
Having a total of 4 vents on your cooker allows for very accurate airflow manipulation in and out of the BBQ. So, this means you can offset your coal to one side, and direct the heat flow in and out of the cooker over the food.
Furthermore, this low and slow cooking style is excellent for large cuts of meat like whole chickens or turkeys, briskets, beef and pork ribs. You can choose from various classic heat management styles, but we like the minion method.
If it's steakhouse searing you want, the PKAF has you covered, these can get extremely hot with all the vents open!
used twice so far since purchased, first impressions tell me that it's going to get a lot of use and the kamado joe less so ? need to still work out managing the temperature and could do to get it hotter, probably better using small pieces of charcoal and more than just the large chimney starter. overall very pleased with it, the belly bar and tray shelves are a nice touch
what a stunning grill, watched a couple of youtube videos before putting it together, certainly helped! the cast aluminium pieces are very well build and the entire unit seems solid and stable now fully built. Extra AF pieces like the belly bar are worthwhile and dual side tables are a godsend
For starters.... There isn't enough room between the grill grate and the coal grate for Big-K lump charcoal (probably any other lump charcoal) so the grill grate is sitting on top of the charcoal.
The grill grate is fairly thin metal and worry about longevity.
The lid often binds when trying to open it. Very annoying.
Says you can add a temp probe but not sure where exactly. There is a hole on the left side but that would put the probe right over the coals and wouldn't be very accurate.
Other notes. It is fairly small for the price. I should have paid closer attention when buying. If looking at a PK I would opt for the larger one. My partner even commented, "looks like a toy".
The instructions for assembly need work. A few times it stated the wrong screws to use. Also, they included some lock washers but if you use them the screw doesn't have enough purpose on the threads and will most likely strip them.