The Bottom Line
- Lasts for decades
- Excellent temperature control
- Cast aluminum vents won't break
- Small cooking space
- 301 inches of primary cooking space (additional grate sold separately
- Complete aluminum construction with a cast aluminum cooking body and lid
- Hinged lightweight nickel plated steel cooking grate
- Four adjustable vents, two top and two bottom, built into the aluminum casting
- Grill body lifts out of cart for cleaning
- One small side table and one large cart mounted shelf
- Made in the United States by Portable Kitchen (all parts made in the USA)
Guide Review - Portable Kitchen Cast Aluminum Grill
So what gives these grills the kind of loyal following that would entice someone to resurrect the company after all this time? Durability is certainly a major factor. The complete cast aluminum construction of the body and lid, including the very clever vents, means no rust and a lifespan easily in the decades. But there is much more here to like. The vents, two in the bottom and two in the top, do more than allow for excellent temperature control, they allow for control of how air flows through the grill. This adds a layer of versatility that makes this a great charcoal grill for high temperature cooking, even indirectly, or low and slow smoking.
Yes, it does look like a throw back to the 50's, that's because it is. Also, it isn't a big grill. At 300 square inches you are a little limited if you intend to grill for large groups. And at around $300USD it isn't the least expensive charcoal grill on the market. A 22 1/2-inch Weber kettle will run around a third the price and has a larger cooking space, but the Portable Kitchen holds heat better, has better airflow control, and will outlast the Weber. This grill is an investment in the future, one you might just pass on to your kids.