Build a Cinder Block Pit Smoker For $250

Cinder Block Pit Smoker
A cinder block pit smoker for cooking whole hogs for only $250.

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…

Cinder Block 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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