Recently I was wasting time on the web and came across a couple of do-it- yourself BBQ sites. It looked fun and easy enough so I decided to give it a try. Westech Performance was throwing away a couple of old fuel drums and it was those High-Octane drums that ended up as my first home made Hillbilly-Q. After running to the steel yard, and hardware store, I'd say the grand total of money spent on the barrel BBQ comes out to less than 200 bucks. That includes metal, grinding wheels, paint, lumber etc.
The grill now stands 3-feet tall. Also you may notice on the bottom of the lid I also welded a piece of flat bar steel. This helps five the lid some stability as well as keeping it weighed down. What is not shown in this picture is the handle which will be wood, and the small attached table which will also be on the front of the grill. I'm still not sure whether to put a set of caster wheels on the legs or not. Also prior to this, I threw in a pile of wood and had a cleansing fire. Most of the paint burned off and the barrel started to glow red in some spots the fire was that big inside. There should be no traces of fuel or contaminants left inside. Then I hit the barrel with a grinder and took off what was left of the paint, painted it black using the 1,200 degree BBQ paint. I still need to add the chimney, another vent hole on the side, some more cross bracing, the handle and table, but for the most part, she's done.
I will post the 100% complete photo (when I finish the last 5%) in the blog section of our web site.
Once the grill was in, it was seasoned with a wire scrub brush and lard. After that it was placed over the flames for a while giving the lard a chance to melt and season the grill. Now go out there and slow cook some ribs!