A BBQ pit smoker is one of the most traditional ways of smoking meat. It has gone a bit off-trend in recent times, owing to the availability of grilling and smoking machines. However, it is still loved by thousands of people.
If you are one of the people who like to smoke meat traditionally and enjoy an authentic taste, then you ought to have a BBQ pit smoker in your home. In this article, we are going to discuss how to build a BBQ pit smoker.
Once you are done building a pit smoker, we are sure you will never look for a BBQ grill or smoker because the food smoked in a pit smoker is just awesomely delicious. The final taste is unmatched and far superior to other smokers.
Let’s get down to business!
How to Build a BBQ Pit Smoker?
Before you begin the process, make sure you have all the supplies ready and go through all the steps beforehand.
- Cinder Block: The number of cinder blocks will depend on the size of the smoker. We suggest you go with 8″ x8″ x16″ cinder blocks.
- Metal Mesh: It will act as a smoker grill for your setup. Measure the total surface of your smoker and buy one accordingly.
- Red Bricks: You will need red brocks to form the base of the firebox. It will aid the smoke and heat to read the smoker pit.
- Steel Bars: You will need steel bars to keep over the cinder blocks. These bars will act as a support system for steel mesh. 4-5 bars will provide strong support to the mesh.
- Hard Board Sheet: A hardboard sheet to keep on top of the grilling area. You will need it to be the same size as the grill.
- Thermometer: A food-grade thermometer for measuring the temperature. You will need a drill machine to attach it to the hardboard sheet. You will also need a food-grade thermometer to measure the final temperature of the meat being smoked.
- Metal Sheet: You will need a metal sheet to place over the firebox. It will come on the top of the side of the smoker with 2 cinder blocks.
Step 1: The first step is place selection. Before you begin building the smoker, select an appropriate place. The selected place must not have wires overhead, tree branches, or any other thing which can catch fire. You must make sure that the smoker is located at least 15 feet away from buildings, windows, or doors. Before you start the process, make sure you check the local laws in your area. If you are careful at the beginning, you will not face any issues later on and won’t have to make any changes or undergo demolition.
Step 2: Set up the first layer. An ideal setup will be three in the horizontal direction and 4 blocks in the vertical direction. One block in the center of the horizontal row will be laid in the opposite direction. It means that the block’s openings will be on the outer side, and the flat side will come on top. It will help in keeping the fire going.
Step 3: Once you are done with the first layer, you will need to lay the second layer. The center brick in this layer will have holes facing inside.
Step 4: Now, you will have to set up the firebox. To make a firebox, you will need 4 blocks. The best way is to leave one block width and then place the firebox bricks. Out of the 3 firebox bricks, two will be placed vertically, and 2 will be laid horizontally. The horizontal blocks will be placed in such a way that the holes in the blocks will be in the opposite direction. This arrangement will help the smoke and heat to escape from the firebox and enter the smoking pit.
Step 5: The next step is to fill the firebox area with red bricks. Make sure you buy high-quality bricks which can tolerate the heat of the wood or coals. A single layer will serve the purpose perfectly. Laying the red bricks isn’t necessary, but it keeps the ground under safe and elevates the firebox’s coals or woods.
Step 6: Now, place the steel bars on top of the second layer and then place the mesh grills on the top. It is totally up to you to go with one mesh screen or two. We suggest you go with one screen as it will be easy to manage and clean water.
Step 7: Once the grill is arranged. It is now time to place the third layer of blocks. Arrange the third layers of blocks so that they face upwards. The holes will be towards the sky. While laying the third layer, don’t place blocks on the side towards the grill. It is the side where you have made the firebox.
Step 8: On top of this layer, you will make a smokestack. You will need 3 red bricks for making a smoker stack. Place the bricks so that the holes face down, and they come in the center of the smoker. Once the bricks have been settled, place one cinder block on each side of the bricks. Now you will have to place three cinder blocks on top of the red bricks. Make sure that the holes are arranged in such a way that you can see till the bottom. It will draw the heat up and give a perfect smoky finish to your meat.
Step 9: Attach the thermometer to the hardboard sheet. It is best to attach the thermometer in the middle of the sheet. It must come over exactly where the meat is being smoked. Now place the sheet on top of the grill.
Step 10: Now grab the metal sheet and place it over the firebox. This is the last step, and your BBQ pit smoker is now ready.
Step 11: Burn up some coals and set up the smoker. Let the things get heated and wait for the right temperature. Once the thermometer gives the right reading, place some meat on the grill and let it smoke. You may need to make some changes in the structure of your smoker.