Date: June 21, 2016 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Matthew Martin |
As the CEO of PK Grills, this Arkansan is passionate about carrying on the company’s tradition of quality as well as introducing new product lines to the name
For those who don’t know, tell us a bit about the history of PK Grills. Deemed a “Portable Kitchen,” the cast aluminum grill and smoker was first made in Texas in the 1950s. Production moved to Little Rock in the 1960s and continued through the mid 70s. Our company reincarnated this classic grill design and began making them again in small quantities about 15 years ago. Today, we are on a mission to make these beloved grills available to a much wider audience.
What sets these grills apart from others? We make products that cook better and last longer than our competitors. The World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia was won using a PK Grill in 2015. Five months later in Fort Worth at the SCA Steak World Championship, 8 of the top 10 finishers—including the winner—cooked on a PK. We think that speaks volumes.
Tell us a bit about the different models available. The Classic PK Grill (based on the 1950’s design) and the PK Grill Grate is the combination that these champion chefs use. As for new items, we are excited to begin revealing the lineup over the summer. Patents are pending, and the elves are completing their work.
Why do you think Arkansas is a natural fit to be home to PK Grills? Arkansas is simple, beautiful, and should not be underestimated—that’s us.
How do you use your PK Grill? I like to take my PK to the beach. Grilling fresh fish, shrimp, and some veggies on a PK as the sun goes down on the Gulf is hard to beat. I think our grill pairs nicely with sun and beer.
PK Grills, Little Rock, (866) 354-7575, pkgrills.com