The Mecca Arts and Crafts Series: Making your own BBQ at home

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Picture this: the sun is shining, the sky is blue, you have a cold drink in your hand and the smell of BBQ is in the air. The best part? The BBQ that’s cooking all your delicious sausages and burgers has been hand-crafted by you in preparation for a summer of outdoor entertaining. Don’t worry, you’re not dreaming (except maybe the bit about the sun shining, a light drizzle may be more likely), but building your own BBQ is much easier (and cheaper) than you think! That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to DIY a BBQ so you can bask in the glory of your creation the next time you’re cooking up a storm in your garden.

What can I make?

There’s plenty of options depending on what you need. Whether you’re cooking for a big-ish crowd, want something that isn’t too permanent or even something that you can take away with you (now that UK staycations and camping will be making a big return) then we have something for you! These options are also reasonably cheap to make as they can be created using items you may have lying around the house or from items you can buy from your nearest shop.

Using a plant pot: A step-by-step guide

If you’ve got some spare terracotta plant pots lying around (or if not they’re pretty cheap to buy) then this is a fabulous option!

  1. Place the terracotta pot (or pots) on a non-flammable surface
  2. Line the bottom of the pot with tin foil or dry sand
  3. Pour charcoal inside up to about 2 inches from the top
  4. Light the charcoal
  5. Whilst the coal is heating up (it will take about 10 minutes) cut some black steel mesh into a circle that’s slightly bigger than the pot and rest on top
  6. Get cooking!

Using an aluminium tray: A step-by-step guide

A great option for camping outdoors, small gatherings – or you could buy a couple and place them altogether for batch grilling!

  1. Buy a disposable aluminium foil lasagne tray or something similar which has enough depth to place coals underneath
  2. Either buy cheap cooling racks or use the ones you have in your oven and place them on top of the tray with lit coal underneath
  3. Make sure it’s on a fireproof surface when it’s in use, such as a pile of bricks or the concrete floor
  4. It’s one of the easiest to dispose of and clean up once you’re done, especially if it all turns to ash!

Using a toolbox: A step-by-step guide

Got an old metal toolbox that no longer has a use? Well, now it does. This one is a little trickier and requires more DIY techniques, but it does create the perfect (and stylish) little grill in the garden.

  1. Before any cooking, make sure to coat the toolbox with heat resistant paint and check the temperature specs of the paint as BBQ charcoal can get a little hotter
  2. Drill two ventilation holes in either side of the toolbox
  3. Place the coals in the bottom the toolbox (you probably know this bit by now)
  4. Place metal grates or cooling racks on top – you can size them to fit if you want to or you can just rest them on top
  5. Grill your BBQ favourites!

So, there you have it! If you decide to give any of these a go then please let us know how it went in the comments section of this blog or by giving us a comment on our social media channels! We love hearing about all your Arts and Crafts creations and, if making a grill isn’t really your thing, then keep an eye out as we’ll be giving you even more DIY inspiration over the next few weeks.

Disclaimer: Please only light BBQs in permitted and safe areas. Ensuring that you keep a distance from any flammable materials, ensuring that no damage can be done to property or surrounding areas.

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