Backyard brick barbecue grills and pits were a common find in the early 50’s. In recent years they have come back in style and pit plans vary from the elaborate brick constructions of the old days to simple holes dug into the ground with sheet metal to fire barrels. Here are some simple DIY instructions to get you started on the perfect backyard BBQ.
- Measure a rectangular plot, typically 40″x56″, and dig the pit at least 8″ below ground and level the area.
- Fill the pit floor with a layer of gravel 2″ deep. Mix water and dry mortar and spread a 2″ thick circular layer around the edge of the pit.
- Smooth the surface with a trowel while still wet. Lay a single row of cinder blocks on the perimeter, making sure to level each one as you go.
- While allowing the mortar to dry fill the hole with dirt. Place fresh mortar on top of the cinder blocks and smooth.
- Spread a little mortar on brick and lay them along the outer edge of the cinder blocks horizontally.
- Making sure to keep the wall of the pit even, tap them into place towards the perimeter and scrape off any excess mortar.
- Using the same method, build the inner wall.
- Change the pattern of your bricks and add a second layer.
- Before building the final layer of bricks, insert metal braces for the grill into the mortar.
- Let everything dry over night. Once dry place the grill on top of the braces.
If building your own pit isn’t your style, there are per-fabricated ones available for purchase. They have the necessary facilities to regulate temperature, smoke and water can be used for moist heat. Some come with heat-treated glass so that smoking meats can be viewed during the cooking process. Cleaning is made simple with these glass doors as well as sliding drip pans. These grills are made to be long lasting and durable. Many even come with a 110-V slow-driven gearbox for rotisserie and slow roasting convection. Several models have recessed front doors that keep a person serving food from having smoke roll into their face.
The advantage to using a rotisserie barbecue pit smoker is that the need to turn meat constantly is no longer required, freeing you to take care of other things. Another feature is rotating shelves, allowing for different meats to be cooked at the same time. An added bonus of a 3-inch thermometer to monitor temperature in the cooking chamber allows for perfection.
Whether you decide to tackle a DIY backyard barbecue pit or purchase a read-made unity with all facilities, your future gatherings are sure to be the hit of the neighborhood.