Homemade Brick BBQ

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Homemade Brick BBQ
Charcoal can be used to heat a brick BBQ. (bbq image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

A homemade brick barbecue can add decor to the backyard while helping to create some great tasting foods. Brick barbecues are used for grilling steak, chicken, sausage, seafood, vegetables and more during warmer months of the year. Making an outdoor brick barbecue requires many tools; however, the process of putting a barbecue together from scratch is quite simple. Making a brick barbecue takes about two days due to the materials that need to dry, but once the barbecue is ready, only the heating element needs to be added for the grilling to begin.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Cement mix
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Water
  • Cement rake
  • Mortar mix
  • Trowel
  • Bricks
  • Cooking grate
  • Heating element, wood or charcoal

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    Create the Concrete Base

  1. 1

    Determine a location for the homemade barbecue on the property. Set the barbecue near the house or outdoor seating area, where supplies are readily available.

  2. 2

    Use the measuring tape to measure a 4-foot by 3-foot section where the barbecue will be positioned. Dig out the grass, gravel or dirt from the area until you reach a depth of 9 inches.

  3. 3

    Pour the cement mix into a wheelbarrow and add water. Mix the components together to create cement with a smooth consistency.

  4. 4

    Pour the cement into the 4-foot by 3-foot section. Create a smooth base by raking the top of the cement. Allow the cement to harden overnight.

    Make the Brick Barbecue

  1. 1

    Pour the mortar mix into the wheelbarrow. Churn the mix slowly while adding water to create mortar, which will be used to hold the bricks together.

  2. 2

    Place a single row of bricks around the edge of the concrete base. Leave the front face of the barbecue open so that the heating element can be inserted into the barbecue.

  3. 3

    Dip the trowel, which is the metal tool that spreads the mortar around onto the bricks, into the freshly created mortar. Apply a generous amount of mortar under the first layer of bricks. The entire bottom surface area of the bricks should be covered in mortar. Set the bricks back in place.

  4. 4

    Apply mortar to the top of the first layer of bricks using the trowel. Place a second row of bricks on top of the first layer. Proceed with the same process until the barbecue is about 4 feet high. Use the trowel to wipe dripping mortar away from the sides of the bricks every three layers in a process called pointing. Use anywhere from 60 to 100 bricks depending on the size of the bricks purchased. Allow the mortar to harden overnight.

  5. 5

    Place the cooking grate over the top layer of bricks. Do not incorporate the cooking grate into the grill. This will make cleaning the grate easier and allow other types of grates to be used depending on the type of food being cooked over the fire. Add the heating element on top of the concrete base toward the centre portion of the grill. Use wood or charcoal as a heating source.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean the tools with running water after using the cement and mortar.
  • Wear protective clothing while making a homemade brick barbecue. Use safety glasses and gloves while handling the materials.

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