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10 DIY Brick BBQ Grill Plans You Can Make Today!

BBQ Grill

The pandemic changed our lives in profound ways. Instead of dining out, we’re dining in our kitchens and backyards. It’s no wonder that outdoor kitchens are high on our list of design elements to make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. DIYing a brick BBQ grill is the way to go if you’ve been grilling for a while and have learned what feature you want in a BBQ.

The chances are that any commercial model will fall short in one feature or another. Making your grill eliminates these issues to make the experience your way from prep to finish.

divider 4The 10 DIY Brick BBQ Grill Plans

1. Simple Block Design BBQ

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

This design exceeds because of its simplicity. It can be a focal point with this option, with the ability to modify it to suit your needs. Sometimes, the best plans stick to the mission and don’t try to elaborate on them with fancy additions. This one fits the bill. You also have some latitude with the style and color of the bricks you choose.


2. Customizable Grill Space

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

This design gives you the freedom to tweak it to fit your grilling needs with the space utilization that fits your cooking style. After all, that is the point of any DIY project. The beauty of this plan is you can cook every course in one place with some control over the temperature with the grates’ arrangement. It’s not too much more difficult than many projects of this type, either.


3. Just Add Storage

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Advanced

This project is more extensive and, thus, more expensive and complicated. It takes the basic DIY brick grill design and makes it more useful with added storage for wood or other supplies. It exemplifies the essence of DIY since it fits your needs with the tweaks that make your grilling experience better suited to your cooking style.


4. Charcoal Stove and Grill

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Advanced

This plan kicks it up a notch with a middle grill and two ovens flanking the sides. Of course, you can use the latter for other purposes, but it adds to its versatility and makes it more of an outdoor kitchen. We think that if you’re going to go the DIY route, why not make it with a plan to cover all the bases? It’s a bit pricier but will undoubtedly pay for itself in no time.


5. Grill and Prep

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

We love this design because it’s functional and convenient. Our favorite grills have a prep area, whether they’re separate fold-out tables or a part of the product.

We like having everything we need handy since grilling often depends on timing. It also makes clean-up easier with everything within arm’s reach. It’s our dream plan for a DIY grill.


6. Everything With the Kitchen Sink

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string, sink, water hook-up
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Expert

This project isn’t for the faint of heart. However, if you want something to make outdoor cooking as easy as possible, it’s worth a look.

This one adds a sink, which is something that is always welcome to have on hand. You can do more prep at the grill or clean some pots in between cooking steps. This plan may require a building permit and professional involvement, putting it at the expert difficulty level.


7. Making It Pretty

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Advanced

The complexity of this design puts it at an advanced level. It’s certainly pretty if you want to make your DIY grill a focal point for your landscaping. We think you should keep this quality on your radar when considering these projects for your yard. After all, you can build it to fit your theme. Make the most out of it.


8. DIY on Steroids

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

This DIY project has so much going on that makes it worth a look. It adds several elements to grilling since they’ll likely find a useful purpose. This plan made us think, why didn’t we think of that with everything it has, from the smoker to the oven? Limiting yourself to a grill seems too provincial when you consider possibilities like this one.


9. Everything You Need

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Advanced

This one is another advanced project for experienced DIYers. We can’t help but think how satisfying it would feel to complete this one. You have a large prep area, plenty of fuel, and a good-looking BBQ to pull it all together. Adding storage space is brilliant. Putting your wood in brick can help cut down on pests and keep it drier.


10. The Ideal Smoker

Materials: Bricks, concrete, wooden forms, wood, nails, steel rods, mason’s string
Tools: Tape measure, level, shovel, trowel, bucket, hammer, chisel, chalk
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Smoker aficionados will love this design. Commercial smokers aren’t always the most attractive. This grill breaks that misconception with something that looks mean and ready to take it on in high style. We think it’s a natural segue for BBQ enthusiasts. After all, they’re into advanced outdoor cooking. Why not complete the picture with your bespoke outdoor kitchen?

divider 4Final Thoughts

Making a DIY grill gives you the freedom to design it to your specifications. You can make it larger or more complex without adding a lot to your investment.

Working with brick takes some skill. If you’re new to this work, we recommend taking it slow. You might even consider tapping the talents of a friend who knows how to work with these materials. You likely find you’ll get plenty of use out of your grill.


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