How to Build a Brick BBQ Pit Without Mortar


An enjoyable way to spend time with loved ones and friends is to have a barbeque with sizzling burgers. But let’s be honest: a handful of patties aren’t quite as stunning as a whole pig roasted in the oven or a mountain of luscious, melt-in-your-mouth brisket. To construct and use your own barbeque pit, you do not need to have any prior experience as a pitmaster. There is also no need for the use of complicated structures. Build a simple BBQ pit using just cinder blocks or fireproof bricks, which can be stacked and arranged in an orderly fashion without the need of cement. You only need to slide in a grill, and you’ll be all set to cook a big hog.

Do the Groundwork

Before you can go on to the more enjoyable parts of the process (cooking and eating), there are a few basic steps you need to do to make sure your pit is secure and safe. To have enough space to roast a whole pig, you will need an outside area that is around 5 by 6 feet in size. The general guideline is to leave around one foot of space around whatever it is that you are cooking in each direction. Before smoothing the area using a shovel and rake, make sure any pebbles, loose dirt, twigs, and weeds are removed from the area. You want to get a surface that is completely smooth and level, devoid of anything that may catch fire. In the event that you need to check, use a spirit level.

Brick by Brick

In all, you will want anywhere between forty and fifty cinder blocks. Build a rectangle that is four bricks in length and three bricks broad, leaving the corners open so that you may accommodate a larger pit. Rotate the outermost bricks on the longer sides so that the hollow bits face outwards to improve the flow of air through the structure. Repeat the layer of bricks throughout the length of the structure, but this time turn each brick so that the hollow side is facing upward. Set two additional bricks lengthwise on each side of the structure, leaving a space in the centre.

Start the Fire

Constructing and lighting a fire is best done right now if you plan on starting the cooking process right away. When the coals have reached the point where they are blazing, spread them out so that they are heaped taller on each side. Place a grate that is just marginally larger than the hole in between the bricks. Because galvanised metal may give out hazardous gases, it is critical to go for a metal that has not been galvanised. Add one more layer of bricks on top of it, replicating the pattern of the one below it but this time positioning the hollow sides of the bricks so that they face upward. If you are ready, now is the time to add the entire pig or another kind of meat to the pot.

Pack it Up

The adaptability of this layout is one of its most attractive features. It is quite content to take up residence in a garden or backyard for as long as is required. The straightforward, non-permanent construction can also be readily disassembled and reconstructed in a hurry for the next time you have a gathering of hungry visitors in your yard. Because of this, it is perfect for large camping get-togethers, music festivals, or outdoor weddings; all you have to do is pack it up, carry it with you everywhere you go, and double the amount of people you wow with your ability to create a BBQ.