Build Your Own Brick BBQ Grill at Home

For the Grillmaster

A brick barbecue may be easier to build than most people may think. For the serious grill chef, a brick barbeque is great for outdoor parties with family and friends. A brick barbecue is a permanent fixture so be sure to think of convenience before starting this project.

First, choose the location for the barbecue, remember that it can't be moved once it is finished. The grill will need to be convenient for frequent trips back and forth to the kitchen. Do not place grill near any flammable materials or under any low lying tree branches

Four by four feet is a good size to consider when deciding how large to build the barbecue grill. In the chosen location, dig the dimensions of the grill-to-be a depth of at least six inches. Place four six inch wide boards along the edges of your hole, cut to the desired lengths after the area is excavated. 

Build a conventional brick BBQ...
Build a conventional brick BBQ...

Getting Started

Ready-mix concrete or mix on site concrete can be used. Regular mortar mix will require the use of rebar for stability, and ready-mix is fiber reinforced. Pour the cement into your mold and completely fill the hole. Concrete needs to be molded while it is setting. Mold it with a slight slope from front to back, towards the pit opening. This will improve rainwater run off while also keeping the drain area rinsed clean. The foundation needs at least forty eight hours of drying time before proceeding.

A step that can be done while the foundation is drying is to purchase the grills and fire/drip pan. These can be purchased from a local hardware or home store these will be needed as guides for laying the brick for the barbecue. Before laying the brick for the grill, make sure to allow for five or six inches between the grill and the firebox that will be placed underneath.

Grill Options

This is also the time to decide if the grill will have shelves, and, if so, how many. Two or three shelves to hold cooking utensils and condiments could come in handy and should be decided before the brick is laid. The height of the grill is a very important factor to consider. Will several people be using it, or just one main person in the household. If it will be used by the Grillmaster of the home, then it should be built at a comfortable working height for the master. Proper height makes it more comfortable for the user so they don't have to bend or reach while cooking.

The day before the brick will be laid, wet them down thoroughly with a garden hose so that the brick can retain the water moisture. Dry bricks will absorb water from the nearest source, and will pull the needed water out of mortar mix, causing failure of the cement to set up properly. Wetting the bricks the day before use, will retain any needed moisture, yet they will be dry to the touch.

Do a Dry Run

Do a dry run with the bricks. Place them as if you are laying them, just without the mortar. After determining the proper layout take a pencil and mark a template around your stacked bricks. Mix quickrete or mortar according to package directions to get started. Use about 1/2 inch of mortar between the bricks. Use a level to keep brickwork in proper alignment in all directions.

For the novice mason is sometimes easier to follow the template markings, and laying the corners first. Continue following the markings on the outline until the bricks for the base of the grill are in place and straight . Check the base row to make sure it is level, bricks can be tapped into place by using the butt of a trowel. When the grill is 4-5 courses high, place rebar at the appropriate height to support the weight of the grill grids and firebox. Once the grill has time to dry out it will be ready for use.

Grilling Recipes

Sweet & Spicy Glazed Pork Chops


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
salt and pepper to taste
6 boneless pork chops


Preheat grill to high heat. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, apple juice, oil, soy sauce, ginger, salt , and pepper. Heat until sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Pour sauce over pork chops, and let marinate for 30 minutes. Grill about 10-12 minutes or until done.

Peppercorn NY Strip Steak


4 1-inch thick NY Strip Steaks
1/4 cup black peppercorns (cracked not ground)
2 tablespoons Lime Pepper seasoning
salt to taste


Place pepper corns a coffee grinder or food processor, crush leaving course. Place crushed pepper one side of the steaks and press in firmly, sprinkle with Lime Pepper seasoning and salt, do this on both sides. Place in refrigerator for 3 hours, uncovered.

Heat grill and brush vegetable or olive oil. Place steaks over hottest part of grill for 2-3 minutes, turn the steaks over for another 2-3 minutes. Place steaks on a cooler part of grill and continue to cook until done to suit taste.


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