When Aaron and Stacy Franklin opened up a small barbecue trailer in Austin, Texas in 2009, they had no idea what they had gotten themselves into. Since then, Franklin Barbecue has grown to legendary, bucket list status, and become the most sought after smoked meat in the land.
As a self-proclaimed tinkerer—known to obsess over the precise details of heat efficiency and cooking functionality — Aaron has found multiple ways to share his passion and knowledge of the smoked arts beyond his famed restaurant, including books, online tutorials, sauces, spices, and backyard pits (like the one pictured). And now, for the first time ever, a partnership and custom grill! Aaron discovered the Original PK grill way back in the day, and fell in love with its design and performance. Over the years, Aaron’s constant engagement with Original PK led to a friendship with the folks behind the brand. Thus, a hot-rodded PK was born, resulting in this Special Edition PK+Franklin Grill. Let the magic begin.
We call it the New Original because at the heart of its upgraded retro architecture, our grill embodies the spirit and pure cooking simplicity of the very first cast aluminum PK Grill to come out of its mold in 1952. Still built to cook. Still built to last. As always, 100% Original.
BUILT TO COOK
A capable grill and smoker
Excels at low/slow AND hot/fast cooks
Proprietary shape ideal for 2-zone cooking
Cast aluminum = even heat
Hinged cooking grid for easy coal management
BUILT TO LAST
Rustproof aluminum capsule
Lugged cart construction
Durabilium™ lid handle
Cast-in Durahinge™ won't rust or break
Real rubber wheel with aluminum rim
Radial top vents and bottom vents with easy access control levers
Improved Dura-hinge™ for more precise open and close
Improved cast aluminum capsule with precise lid seal
Interior ash control system contains ash and pre-heats air entering the capsule for a more efficient burn
Large, ergonomic Durabilium™ lid handle
Custom cast-aluminum wheels with rubber tires
More shelf space. You get two big, roomy cast aluminum shelves for all your meat, prep, mise en place or or just a place to set your cocktail. The best part, they lock the capsule in place when deployed and then fold down when not in use*
Side shelf has built-in tow handle
Belly bar to hang towels and tools*
Speed rack to keep sheet pans and ingredients handy*
*An AF exclusive
Note: The sheet pans pictured are not included with the grill. BYO pans. Grab yours here.