The smoky taste that can be achieved by grilling meat over a charcoal grill is hard to duplicate by any other method of cooking. Various food connoisseurs, over the ages, have certified this. By ‘grilling’ we mean cooking food using a large amount of direct heat that can exceed 500 degrees.
The technique of grilling originated thousands of years back, and it has gained rapid popularity since then. People are now obsessed with charcoal grills to cook mouth-watering foods in the backyards, surrounded by friends and families under the bright sun.
A store-bought charcoal grill can cost anything between 30 USD to 3000 USD. You don’t really need to pay that kind of money to enjoy a hearty meal with your family, as you can make a cheap charcoal grill all by yourself. We have some of the best ideas that you can put to use to get your homemade charcoal grill ready in no time.
Homemade Grill Designs
Here are 5 of the easiest charcoal grill designs that can be made at home using household items.
1. Built-in Circular Pit
- A backyard
- A shovel
- Grill Grate
Select a suitable spot to build the circular pit. Mark a perfect circle if you have OCD and if you don’t mind a little bit of imperfection, just mark a circle on the ground to start building. Put bricks in a circular pattern and glue them together using cement. In no time, you will build a little structure that looks like a miniature well. Throw in some coal, place a grill grate on the top and, voila! You have your very own homemade grill ready.
2. Personal Melamine Grilling Pieces
- Medium size Melamine bowls
- Grill Grates
Fill half of each melamine bowl with coal, set it ablaze, toss on some mini grill grates on them, and place them on the table. Your guest would be more than happy to sip on their cocktails while they enjoy grilling food on their personal grill. If you settle for this idea, you would have a day with fine wine, good food, and a memorable conversation.
3. Disposable Charcoal Grill
- Aluminum Lasagna Pans
- Grill Grate
This homemade charcoal grill design is best if you are out for a picnic. You don’t have to carry extra weight if you plan to make this charcoal grill. To make this cost-efficient charcoal grill, you have to run to the supermarket and buy a lasagna pan that has depth, toss in some charcoals or briquettes into it, put a grate on it and you are you have a charcoal grill made in no time!
However, keep in mind that this type of grill, made of aluminum foil, is best for grilling sausages or meat portions of lighter weight. Make it, grill on it, and dispose of it.
4. Terra Cotta Pot Charcoal Grill
- A terra cotta Pot
- Grill Grate
Get a terra cotta pot in whichever size you want. Toss in some coals or briquettes into it and add a grate on top of it. This is one of the best homemade grills that you can have. It is cost effective and the best part of this charcoal grill is that you can convert it into a barbecue simply by placing an earthen lid on top of it.
5. Homemade Granite Charcoal Grill
- Leftover granite slabs that are a ¾ inch to 1 inch thick
- Epoxy glue
- Mason bricks
- Tool kit
- A heat resistant table to place it
You can make this professional-looking charcoal grill design buy first cutting the granite slabs in appropriate shapes and angles. Use epoxy glue as adhesive to stick the granite slabs together so that it forms either a square or a rectangle. Create a layer of mason bricks inside the granite grill, glue the bricks to each other by using colored cement for a neat look. The layer of brick is made so that you get a heat resistant outside.
You can place this grill on a heat resistant movable table and you have one of the best looking and most efficient charcoal grills ready to deck your backyard up.
On charcoal grills, we can make some of the most delicious meals, but it is important to keep a few words of caution in mind.
- Do not place a charcoal grill anywhere near tree branches, hays or other ignitable things
- Keep grills out of the reach of children
- Loading the grill with excessive coals can create a smoke hazard
- Use mitts while handling a charcoal grill
- Keep fire extinguishers handy
These were some of the easiest and most cost-efficient ideas of homemade charcoal grill designs. You can use any of these grills for a perfect barbecue. Do you have any other grill designs? Let us know in the comments!