DIY Portable BBQ

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DIY Portable BBQ
Turn a kitchen wok into a DIY portable barbecue. (BBQ image by .shock from

Barbecues are the centre point of your backyard come summer time, with outdoor meals and gatherings enjoyed with the smoky flavour of barbecued food. While an built-in barbecue is ideal for the backyard, what about those gatherings down at the beach, or that upcoming camping trip or event at the park? Having a portable barbecue allows you to bring the wonderful tastes and aromas of grilled food anywhere you like. There are plenty of commercially made portable barbecues available, but usually at a hefty price, so why not get creative and utilise some of your old kitchenware to make a DIY portable barbecue?

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Things you need

  • Large wok
  • Metal tea/serving cart
  • Barbecue coals
  • Matches
  • Oven rack
  • Grilling food
  • Barbecue tongs
  • Pine sprigs (optional)

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    Place the large wok on top of the serving cart—these kinds of carts can be found at most home warehouses, thrift stores or kitchen stores. Any kind of heat-resistant stand is OK as a substitute if you can’t find a metal serving cart.

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    Place the barbecue coals in the bottom of the wok, around one-fourth full. Light the coals with the matches and let burn for a while, until smouldering red.

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    Place the oven rack over the top of the wok, as your cooking grill. Place your food items on top of the oven rack, and let grill, turning with the barbecue tongs. For a light smoky flavour, place a couple of green pine sprigs onto the coals, and let the smoke infuse with the cooking food.

Tips and warnings

  • Other kitchen items, such as crock pots, Dutch ovens, wide-mouthed steel pots and deep fry pans can also be turned into makeshift portable barbecues.
  • Do not touch the wok sides when the barbecue is going, as they will be very hot.

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