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Shokunin Kamado Grill , Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

We simply threw out the rule-book in order to increase versatility. The unique rectangular shape makes it easier to cook with multi-zone fires. And, an adjustable system of fire grates enables you to build the fire at three different levels.

The much anticipated new kamado grill from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, the leader in high-performance outdoor grills and cooking equipment, is now available for order. Developed on the principles of kamado-style cooking, which date back more than 3,000 years, the Shokunin (show-koo-neen) sets a new standard for design and performance among Kamado grills.

“We knew we wanted to take key design principles of the traditional kamado-style cooker and really amplify them to take performance to new levels. For example, the Shokunin is more efficient than a traditional ceramic kamado thanks to two inches of insulation beneath its stainless steel exterior. And the expanded depth of the cooking chamber allows fires to be built further from the food, creating more gentle heat. This is a real advantage to barbecue enthusiasts,” said Russ Faulk, chief designer and head of product for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet.

“Beyond that, we simply threw out the rule-book in order to increase versatility. The unique rectangular shape makes it easier to cook with multi-zone fires. And, an adjustable system of fire grates enables you to build the fire at three different levels. We are excited to see how the growing community of kamado enthusiasts responds to the Shokunin.”

The Shokunin features an adjustable fire grate system that allows for fires to be built in three different positions depending on the cooking style. Place the grate in the lowest position for a gentle heat, ideal for smoking “low-and-slow” barbeque, roast to perfection with the fire in the middle position, and utilize the top position for intense searing of steaks or burgers. Or, build fires at multiple levels at the same time and take advantage of the unique shape of the Shokunin for easier multi-zone cooking. As for fuel options, both charcoal and wood can be used independently or in combination.

“This is hands down the best Kamado I have ever had the pleasure of cooking on. From the stunning looks to the surprising versatility and exacting heat control, this grill does not disappoint!”

  • Charlie McKenna, Chef, restauranteur and Three-time World BBQ Champion

Inspired by high-end furniture, the design of the Shokunin is sleek and sophisticated in comparison to the more conventional, brightly colored ceramic style kamado grills. It is also the only kamado grill in the industry with a rectangular grilling area (432 square inches) that maximizes the available grilling surface and makes cooking with an offset fire much easier. Both its shape and stainless steel exterior also complements other outdoor kitchen elements for a more streamlined aesthetic.

The Shokunin is made from two layers of 304 grade stainless steel rather than the standard clay or ceramic materials. Replete with two inches of insulation, the Shokunin is a marvel of efficiency. You can expect five hours of cooking time per pound of charcoal when cooking at barbecue temperatures. That’s 40 hours of cooking on just 8 pounds of charcoal; much more efficient than a traditional ceramic kamado grill. Heavy insulation also ensures the grill’s exterior remains cool to the touch even when interior temperatures reach 600°F.

“One of my favorite aspects of the Shokunin is the cross-ventilation air control. We strategically placed two opposing inlets by the fire and paired them with two opposing exhaust vents on the lid. Use all four air shutters to help draw heat and smoke from an indirect fire across your food for added depth of flavor. Details like this really transform your grilling experience.”

“We specifically chose ipe wood for the frame and handle for two reasons,” explained Faulk. “It is a beautiful wood from South America, and it is extremely durable—almost twice as dense as most woods and up to five times harder. It’s also naturally resistant to rot, weather and insects. We’re offering a natural or oiled finish, and all of the ipe wood used is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.”

The Shokunin incorporates the same thoughtful engineering, quality materials and high standard of craftsmanship that the market has come to expect from Kalamazoo. It is priced at $5,995 (international prices may vary) and can be ordered on kalamazoogourmet.com and through Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet dealer showrooms, with delivery starting November 19, 2019.

To learn more or request high resolution images of the Kalamazoo Shokunin Kamado Grill, contact Julie McCrary, 717.278.0515, jmccrary@whitegood.com.

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