Kettlepizza Grows Product Base Through Acquisition Of Smokenator

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KettlePizza, the world’s leading wood-fired pizza oven kit for charcoal style kettle grills and gas grills, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of the Smokenator, a highly popular accessory for transforming a kettle grill into a smoker by controlling the grill’s moisture and temperature levels.

KettlePizza Acquires Smokenator

KettlePizza Acquires Smokenator

We are thrilled to add the Smokenator to a roster of products that now includes the original KettlePizza oven kit for kettle-style charcoal grills, the KettlePizza oven kit for gas grills, and the various Smokenator models.

KettlePizza, the world’s leading wood-fired pizza oven kit for charcoal style kettle grills and gas grills, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of the Smokenator, a highly popular accessory for transforming a kettle grill into a smoker by controlling the grill’s moisture and temperature levels. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

With its patented partition and water pan placement, the Smokenator delivers true indirect cooking on a kettle-style charcoal grill and will hold enough fuel for 6 hours. As such, users are able to easily and confidently smoke beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish and more without the added expense of a dedicated smoker. Created by Don Thompson in 2004 and introduced at retail in 2006, the Smokenator is available in a variety of models designed to fit 18-inch, 22-inch, and 26-inch kettle grills.

Commenting on the acquisition, co-founder and VP of KettlePizza George Peters stated, “We are thrilled to add the Smokenator to a roster of products that now includes the original KettlePizza oven kit for kettle-style charcoal grills, the KettlePizza oven kit for gas grills, and the various Smokenator models. Over the past few years, our companies have worked together on various cross promotional campaigns, allowing us an opportunity to fully immerse ourselves in the Smokenator business model and to eventually make a purchase offer based the synergies and growth opportunities.”

Stephanie Thompson, President of Smokenator continued, “Smokenator has truly been a labor of love for me and my children ever since my husband’s passing in 2009. We take pride in providing a fun, quality product and top notch customer support to backyard cooks worldwide, a tradition that will most certainly be carried on by the KettlePizza team. While it is difficult to say goodbye to the product and its loyal customer base, this acquisition is a necessary step in taking my husband Don’s vision to the next level.”

About KettlePizza™
Founded in 2010 by inventors and entrepreneurs Al Contarino and George Peters, KettlePizza™ is an All-American small business success story. From humble beginnings in Al’s barn to distribution partners across the country and around the world, KettlePizza offers grill aficionados and families that enjoy home cooked meals or entertaining friends an authentic wood-burning pizza oven experience. KettlePizza has multiple patents pending, was named 2013 Retailers Choice Award at the National Hardware Show, and has recently featured in such media outlets as Forbes.com, The Robb Report, CNBC.com, Steve Harvey, Men’s Journal, the Boston Globe, and numerous others. For more information, visit http://www.kettlepizza.com.

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