Alumnus creates grill loved by home cooks and the pros | Mercer Made

Stebin Horne sits next to Kudu Grill

From tailgaters to a James Beard semifinalist, home cooks and restaurant chefs around the country are using the KUDU Open Fire Grill.

The KUDU grill is the brainchild of Mercer University School of Law alumnus Stebin Horne. While visiting South Africa, Horne fell in love with the country’s cultural traditions, including the braais, in which family and friends gathered around an open flame to cook and eat.

A fellowship from the Mercer Innovation Center helped Horne, who graduated from the law school in 2000, make his dream of bringing this experience back home a reality.

Today, the KUDU grill is a versatile cooking system that allows cooks to grill, bake, sear, saute, smoke, steam and fry — all over an open fire — while friends and family enjoy the food in an unhurried way.

It has been featured in Bon Appetit, Garden & Gun and Esquire, in which the author called it “the grill that changed my life.”

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