Beast Mode: All-American grills, smokers and more for backyard cooking

Last month we shared some of the latest in outdoor kitchen design—countertops and flooring, cabinets and islands. Now, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest made-in-America grills and appliances that will instantly up your backyard cooking game. 


Beachy outdoor kitchen with Kalamazoo Hybrid Grill, ventilation and cabinets and refrigeration. The focal point of this compact but powerful outdoor kitchen is Kalamazoo’s 51-inch-wide Hybrid Fire Grill. The brand’s largest grill, the Hybrid Fire Grill offers the ability to cook with gas, charcoal, wood or a combination of the three, putting any backyard cooking style well within reach, whether it’s “low and slow” barbecue or intense, searing heat in excess of 1,000 degrees. The cooking zone also includes a double cooktop and ventilation hood, with refrigerators bookending the space. Handcrafted in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


Inspired by the “live fire” cooking traditions of Spain and Argentina, Grillworks’ 42-inch Asador Grill is the hands-down ultimate in wood-fire grills. Grillworks’ signature crankwheel-controlled system adjusts the surface height, while the Floating Fire Brick™ rear heat shields provide maximum durability and heat handling. Hand-welded of stainless steel, the grill features a heavy-duty rotisserie and is equipped with commercial castors or rubber turf tires for ease of movement outdoors. In a word? MAJOR. Made in Michigan.


It’s not delivery, it’s a homemade pizza cooked to perfection in your new 30-inch Napoli Outdoor Oven™ from Lynx. With a specially-formulated concrete refractory interior dome and 400-square-inch cooking surface, this is one very versatile oven. It preheats quickly to 700 degrees, and the cooking surface pulls out for easy access to food—from cookies and casseroles to bruschetta, flatbreads and, of course, pizza. Shown here atop the Lynx mobile kitchen cart, the Napoli Outdoor Oven can also be used as a freestanding countertop appliance or as a built-in outdoor kitchen oven. Made in Southern California.

PK Grills‘ Original charcoal grill and BBQ smoker boasts an impressive 310-square-inch cooking space that will accommodate even a Thanksgiving turkey. The Original PK’s unique shape is ideal for both direct and indirect heating, known as two-zone cooking, while the 4-Point Venting System provides exceptional air flow inside the grill capsule. Keeping consistent heat on a charcoal grill has never been easier. Crafted of thick cast aluminum, the grill is easily removed from its cart. The PK stands for “portable kitchen,” making it great for backyard cooking, camping, tailgating and more. Made in Arkansas.


Now it’s a party! Create a customized Perlick outdoor beverage center that will accommodate the tastes of every guest. The design shown here features Perlick Signature Series appliances, including a 24-inch Signature Series freezer, 15-inch refrigerator drawers, a 24-inch beer dispenser, and a pair of 24-inch dual-zone refrigerators/wine reserves. Made in Milwaukee.

The Evo Professional Wheeled Cart grill is a unique way to feed a crowd at your next get-together. The solid cook surface is 30 inches in diameter, constructed from black steel and oil-seasoned to provide a heavy-duty cooktop. Easy control of the inner and outer burners ensures 650 square inches of edge-to-edge cooking space. By cooking foods directly on the cook surface, you can sear, sauté, grill, toast and stir fry. Indirectly, you can use pots or pans to boil, braise, poach or steam. The heavy-duty stainless steel lid lets you roast, steam, warm, or smoke foods and also features an adjustable vent that exhausts steam and vapors while cooking. Made in Minnesota.


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