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PK Grill Review: PK 300 A Whole New Level

Our PK Grill Review is here to take you to the next level. We will guide you to the perfection of a smoked brisket or sizzling steak.
We’ve all been there, wondering if the right grill can transform your backyard into a pitmaster’s paradise.

As a seasoned griller, I’ve seen the PK 300 grill in action, and it is a game-changer. Our PK Grill Review is for the griller who knows that the right equipment can elevate your grilling from just good to perfection.

Together, let’s take a deep dive into the PK 300 grill with our PK grill review. We will unbox, learn, and become a pro.

What Makes The PK 300 A Whole New Level?

The PK 300 Grill/Smoker will give you better control to achieve an amazing flavor with your grilling experience. The whole new level is better airflow, which, in turn, gives you better heat management and control. Keep reading for the full PK grill review.

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PK 300 grill

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Product Overview

The PK 300 grill has a durable cast aluminum body and intelligently designed hinged grids.
It has increased portability and versatility with a detachable stand and with a four-vent system.

In addition, you can enjoy even cooking distribution.


Durable aluminum

Rust resistant

Easy to Transport

Heats evenly


Assembly may take time

Possible air leak

Tools not included

PK 300 Grill Specifications

BrandPK Grills
Model NameCharcoal BBQ Grill and Smoker
Power SourceCharcoal
Item Dimensions LxWxH16.21 x 42.75 x 37.35 inches
Fuel TypeCharcoal

The Grilling Experience: PK Grill Review

When it comes to the actual grilling experience, our PK grill review found that the PK 300 stands out from the crowd. Let’s look at what is unique about the PK 300 grilling experience.

Heat Control Mastery

The mastery of grilling is control over the heat, and the PK 300 allows you to change the flames as you wish.

The Flavor Factor

The true test of any grill is the flavor it imparts. The PK 300 will enhance every dish, infusing your food with depth and character.

  • Even Cooking: The grill’s aluminum design ensures consistent heat distribution, eliminates hot spots, and heats up 4x faster.
  • Smoke Infusion: Its ability to infuse smoke into the food takes the flavor to new heights, making every bite a testament to true grilling mastery.

PK Grill Review: Ease of Use

A grill’s design can make or break the cooking experience. The PK 300 Grill & Smoker keeps the user in mind for seamless and enjoyable grilled meals.

User-Friendly Features

From setup to cleanup, the PK 300 is user-friendly. Let’s look at the features that make this grill a joy to use for grillers of all levels.

Easy Assembly

The PK 300 respects your time, offering a straightforward assembly process that gets you grilling without the fuss. The PK website has an excellent video to assemble your grill, and it comes equipped with written instructions upon arrival.

Simple Maintenance

Post-grill cleanup can often be a chore, but not with the PK 300. Just scrub the sides with a damp cloth and scrape the grill with a brush, and you’re ready for your next cooking adventure.

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What’s Good About the Original PK Grill & Smoker

The arrival of the PK 300 Grill & Smoker is like the beginning of a new grilling saga. As we unbox this grill for our PK grill review, we’re not just unpacking a cooking device; we are unlocking a new realm of flavor possibilities.

Design and Build Quality: A Closer Look

Before we delve into the specifics of our PK grill review, let’s appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into the PK 300. This grill isn’t just built; it’s engineered with precision and care.

The Craftsmanship of the PK 300

The PK 300 isn’t just another grill on the market; it’s a testament to thoughtful design and construction that will last. Here’s what sets it apart:

  • Cast Aluminum Body: Increases heat 4X faster than other grill material, and it is rust-resistant.
  • Hinged Grids: The Durahinge design increases stability with better control and will not rust.

Portability and Versatility

A grill’s ability to adapt to different environments is crucial. The PK 300 excels not only in stationary setups but also in its ability to join you in tailgating and adventures.

  • Three Inches Taller: Grill in comfort while you stand with the newly added feature of 3 inches.
  • Four Vents System: The vents create a hot and fast or low and slow cooking ability.

What’s Less Ideal About the Original PK Grill & Smoker

Even the most revered grilling equipment has its imperfections, as we found in our PK grill review. Although the PK 300 grill has many new features, we did find a couple of things that may be a concern.

Assembly Can Be a Challenge

  • Complex Instructions: The assembly of the Original PK Grill & Smoker can be more time-consuming than anticipated, according to a couple of reviews that report a 45-minute assembly time.

Airtight Seal

  • Lid seal: One review says the lid does not seal as tight as advertised, making it hard to keep a flame going.

The Necessity of Proper Tools and Fuel

  • Additional Accessories Required: With experience in this area, I wanted to make sure to include this in our PK grills review. You may need to ensure you have all the necessary tools, such as a cleaning brush and grilling utensils.
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Frequently Asked Questions About the PK Grill Review

When it comes to outdoor cooking, the right grill can make all the difference. We gathered a list of frequent questions to provide you with clear, concise answers that will help you make an informed decision.

How does the PK Grill’s heat retention compare to other grills?

The PK Grill’s cast aluminum construction offers superior heat retention compared to many other grills on the market. This material not only heats up quickly but also maintains a consistent temperature.

Can the PK Grill & Smoker withstand frequent use and exposure to elements?

Yes, the PK Grill & Smoker is built to last with its rust-resistant cast aluminum body. However, using a cover when not in use, especially if stored outside, will help protect it from the elements and extend its lifespan even further.

Is the PK Grill suitable for both beginners and experienced grillers?

Absolutely. The PK Grill & Smoker is user-friendly enough for beginners to learn the ropes of grilling and smoking, while its precise temperature control and durable construction also meet the demands of experienced grillers.

PK Grill Review: The Verdict

After a thorough PK grill review, it’s clear in our PK grill reviews that the PK 300 Grill & Smoker is a formidable contender in the grilling arena. But what’s the final verdict?

Final Thoughts

The PK 300 is an investment in your grilling future, offering quality and durability that stands the test of time, backed by a lifetime warranty that speaks volumes about its build and performance.

Conclusion: Your Next Step to Grilling Greatness

Throughout this PK Grill Review, we’ve explored what makes the PK 300 Grill & Smoker a standout choice. With its superior design, exceptional flavor-enhancing capabilities, and user-friendly features, it’s a grill that deserves a spot for any serious griller and beginner alike. Are you ready to elevate your grilling game? The PK 300 awaits.


22 responses to “PK Grill Review: PK 300 A Whole New Level”

  1. Jenni Elliott Avatar
    Jenni Elliott

    Thanks for this great review of the PK 300 Grill/Smoker. It is amazing that these are still in commission since their beginnings in 1952. It just emphasizes the old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. I would have liked to hear more about its smoking capabilities as I don’t have much experience in this area. I have friends who smoke salmon brilliantly and I would like to do the same. Would I be able to do it with this PK 300 Grill/Smoker?

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      The PK300 Grill is an awesome grill. You can either grill or smoke on it. For smoking purposes open the vent over the salmon and under the charcoal which is on the other side of the grill. One thing you  may want to do to prevent sticking is to oil the grate before you fire up the grill. This will help reduce sticking.


    2. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      You would absolutely be able to smoke salmon on the PK 300 with ease. There is a video on how to smoke with the PK 300 grill. It is very simple to do. Open the vent over the food that is being smoked and the vent on the opposite side. This allows the smoke to go over your food for that great smoky flavor.


  2. Warren Avatar

    PK has come a long way since 1952.  This smoker looks excellent for a large % of those looking for a new grill.  It’s not heavy and burdensome, but can still give a great smoker experience. An ash catcher would be nice, but it’s not a deal breaker.  I just see this as a good more inexpensive option for those who want to get into smoking and not break the bank,or their backs, doing it Well done.


    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      The PK 300 Grill is a great renovation of the original PK Grill. It has new features that make it easier to smoke than before. It has covers over the bottom vents to prevent ash from clogging the vents and prevents the hot ash falling to the ground or deck. The grate now opens on one end to allow you to add  more charcoal while grilling. This is a great feature for those longer cooks. Being lightweight also makes it easier to transport and to clean.


    2. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      Yes the PK has come a long way in the last couple of years. The quality is still as good as it was in 1952. The pride they take in their work is exceptional. They have several new styles available now for you to choose from.


  3. Shalisha Alston Avatar
    Shalisha Alston

    I love the title of your site – thrill for the grill.  And what a great review of the PK 300 grill/smoker. I have recently switched my diet to eating lots of salmon. In the past, my grill would make the salmon skin get stuck on the grill totally ruining it.  I’m loving the portability aspect to the pk 300. I like that it’s lightweight and that it distributes heat evenly.  I may just buy one.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      Smoking Salmon on the grill is a great way to improve your diet. Did you know that you can also grill vegetables on the grill? Salmon and fresh vegetables and fruit are great together. Fresh fish, vegetables and fruit when grilled retain most of their vitamins and minerals making for a healthier diet. The benefits of such grilling will help you with your doctor’s visits since your immune system will be in better shape and have fewer health problems.


  4. Johnny Avatar

    As a Southamerican, barbacue lover, I was looking to upgrade my own grill. I usually grill meat and “chorizos”, that are our favourites. I know this brand has been in the market for a long time already, and if it still being sold that should mean it´s good enough. I do have one doubt, how much meat can I cook in a single barbacue) Cause as it does not have ash catcher I´m not sure I can set up two fires in a row without cleaning the grill. Thanks again for the tips!

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      I know the asado is a very important part of your culture. Since there is no ash catcher, I normally buy a cheap aluminum pan the will fit under the charcoal for an ash catcher. This works well and is a great way to keep your grill in good condition. You will be able to cook your chicken and chorizos with ease and have them be full of flavor.


  5. You definitely got my attention with a promise of a “new level” of flavor! Cool to see new features that add portability, control, and durability on the old classics. It does seem like the few “cons” could be tough to work with — any suggestions for working around these limitations? Can the steel grate be reinforced for heavier meats?

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      The PK 300 grill has the decided advantage of being called the “STEAK KING”. It was given this title by grilling competitors. The competitors have been switching to the PK Grill because of its consistency. That is how you get to that next level of flavor. You can buy an aluminum pan that is designed to be an ash catcher. I have done that for years. There are stainless steel grates that are even heavier duty than the ones with the grill. They have changed the way the bottom vent are attached and should withstand years of grilling as long as you clean your grill on a timely basis.


  6. Bernard Breytenbach Avatar
    Bernard Breytenbach

    The pk 300 grill smoker does look impressive. I like that it is so light to carry and move around. However, do not like the cons you mentioned. Especially the ash tray part and cannot handle certain heavy foods. Do not like to prevented with certain foods to work with on the grill. Nevertheless, it is very light and will consider to buy it for my family. Thank you very much!

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      The PK Grill can handle most cuts of meat. The only reason I mentioned that it may not handle certain cuts is I have seen people put more weight on than was recommended. As far as the absence of an ash catcher, you can buy an aluminum pan that costs just a few cents underneath and this takes care of the ash catcher. It would still be suitable unless you are doing 30 – 40 pounds at a time.


  7. Arizona Rising Avatar
    Arizona Rising

    I love me some grill-n-!  But, I am new at this.  The PK300 Grill looks like what I am looking for.  It seems to address some of the common issues of other similar grills.  Like I said, I am new at this… We have some vegetarian and vegans in our family.  Would the PK300 Grill be the best type of grill – smoker for vegetables as well as meat?  I want to make a wise purchase and I trust your website to steer me in the right direction.  Thanks!

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      The PK300 should be ideal for you and your family. You can grill or smoke on it to your hearts content. You can either go with high heat or with low heat depending on what you prefer to grill. I have found that grilled vegetables and fruit are fantastic grilled. I would suggest putting a cheap aluminum pan in the bottom as an ash catcher. Savor the flavor of grilled food.


  8. Claudia Avatar

    Hello. The PK300 GRILL would be perfect for me

    I like the fact that us porta le a fight to. Arry around. Sound like a really good grill. I just got one question, Is it electric because I’m not very good in starting a fire. One time we were cooking a barbecue and the fire turn off with the wind.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy


      Unfortunately, it is charcoal. Starting a fire in it can be done a couple of ways. One way that I like to use is with what is called a fire chimney, in the bottom of the chimney place several sheets of crumpled newspaper, put the charcoal briquets on top then light the newspaper from the side. A few minutes later the charcoal will be a smoky gray, it is time to put it into the bottom and spread out for your grilling needs. Another way, this one leaves a residue of starter fluid on the charcoal and may alter the taste of your food. Use starter fluid on the charcoal and use a long lighter to light it up, a few minutes later the charcoal is ready for grilling.


  9. Emmanuel Emmato Avatar
    Emmanuel Emmato

    I have one of these it’s one of the best Grill out there, First, it has superior heat conduction, so it can maintain a steady, hot temperature even in the winter. The radial and cylinder vents will let you fine-tune the air intake to reach that perfect temperature.                                                                        

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      Hi Emma,

      I have found that with the heat conduction you can adjust at any time for a better grilling experience. The way they remastered the vent controls is absolutely fantastic. The new ability to have a thermometer in two places makes for a more satisfying cook time since you have readings from both places to verify the temperature you are cooking at.


  10. Clair Avatar

    Being a petite woman of 4ft 9, I appreciate the fact that this grill is so lightweight. Anything that makes life easier is a winner for me. I especially want life to be simple during leisure activities. It is great how portable it is – just pack it and go. 

    I love entertaining outdoors and enjoy eating alfresco, so this grill is perfect. Thanks for a comprehensive and interesting review.

    1. Jerry McCoy Avatar
      Jerry McCoy

      Hi Clair,

      You will find that with the PK 300 Grill/Smoker that being large in spirit and small in stature makes no difference. It is light, easy to use, easy to clean and elevates your grilling endeavors to the next level. I am sure that once you try this grill you will fall in love with it.


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