I have always wanted to try barbecuing food in a block pit smoker. Since my last yard task entailed re-stacking all the concrete block in my brick pile, I decided to seize the opportunity, and re-stacked the blocks in the shape of a smoker. I was not disappointed!
Buying a smoker is a big no no for most people as it can be very expensive. Getting a $10,000 cooker is obviously not a wise thing to do if you are not going to use it very frequently! Enter the $250 BBQ pit smoker…
But you can DIY a barbecue pit for $250 or even less, depending on your material source and the size that you want to build. This particular project makes use of steel plates, which a lot of us would probably have to buy.
If you already have a steel drum that’s safe to use for this purpose, then you can erase the steel plate off of your to-buy list!
Another nice thing about this kind of cooker is that it is portable. Since they are simply cinder blocks dry-stacked together, you can transport it using your pickup or trailer and cook barbecue with it anywhere you want. Of course, you can make it a permanent cooker in your backyard, too.
With this DIY cinder block BBQ smoker, you can cook brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausages and ribs enough for the whole neighbourhood! 😉
Oh — we forgot to tell you it just takes around an hour to make it! Excited for your next project?
You’ll need these materials:
- 48 Cinder Blocks
- 2pcs 4 x 4′ 16 gauge Steel Plate
- 1 2 x 4′ gauge Steel Plate
- 4′ x 80″ Expanded Metal
- Working Gloves
- Mortar (optional)
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Thanks to Joe Davidson for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here…
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