How to make a simple brick bbq

Updated February 21, 2017

A brick barbecue is easy to build and will allow you to roast meat and vegetables over an open flame in your backyard. In the summer, it can become the centrepiece of your backyard where you entertain both family and friends. Rather than spend a lot of money on a gas grill, you can build a simple barbecue using bricks and a few other materials. You can enjoy your grill after just one day of work.

Decide where you will build the barbecue. Remember the grill will be permanent once you build it, so take great care when considering its placement.

Lay out the first layer of bricks as a guide to help you picture the size of the grill. Use the metal cooking tray as a guide for size.

Mix the mortar using 5 parts sand and 1 part cement. Add water but just enough so the mixture is still stiff.

Remove the first layer of bricks and put down a layer of mortar. Replace the bricks in the mortar, using a level to make sure the bricks are level.

Repeat this process, adding more layers of bricks. Check with level once you have done five layers to make sure all layers are even.

Turn some bricks inward once you reach layer seven on the inner wall to act as support for the grill. Use the grill as a guide to make sure it fits snugly.

Add more supports with three courses of bricks to hold the cooking grill.

Add a professional finish to the outside of the grill by "jointing." Drag a concave jointing tool along the mortar gently to smooth it out.

Allow mortar a few hours to dry before using the grill.

Things You'll Need

  • Barbecue grill
  • Sand and cement for mortar
  • Bricks
  • Level
  • Concave jointer
  • Safety goggles
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David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.