DIY Backyard Brick Barbecue

Backyard barbecue is a great feature to add to your garden or backyard. It’s so relaxing to gather with your friends and family in the backyard, enjoy a piece of bbq beef or grab a glass of beer and enjoy the time. Instead of spending extra money buying a new barbecue grill in local stores, why not try building your own barbecue grill? And we have found a great DIY project for you.

This brick barbecue looks cool! It’s inexpensive, easy to build, convenient to use, long-lasting and requires very low maintenance. You can choose your desired shape and size for the barbecue to suit your need and available space. This brick barbecue is a simple, practical and permanent DIY BBQ that is perfect for your outdoor entertaining. You can get more details on this DIY project here.

Also check out this video tutorial…


01. 4′ Level     02. Hoe     03. Cold chisel     04. Tape measure     05. Trowel     06. Square     07. Wheelbarrow     08. Stiff Brush     09. Float     10. Straightedge


01. Gravel     02. Metal Barbecue Grates     03. Mortar     04. Bricks     05. Cement

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Step 01.

AD-DIY-Backyard-Brick-Barbeqcue-01Pour the Concrete Slab

Using metal grill grates as a guide, determine the size and placement of the brick barbecue. If you desire a barbecue with walls thicker than one course of bricks, account for that now. Mark off the area and clear away all grass and debris from the site. Excavate the area to a depth of 8”. Use tamper to level and compact the ground. Add pea gravel to a height of 3” then compact and level with tamper.

Mix fast-drying cement according to manufacturer’s directions. Pour on top of gravel until the hole is filled to ground level. Smooth and level the cement pad using a trowel. Allow cement to cure for 24-48 hours.

Step 02.

AD-DIY-Backyard-Brick-Barbeqcue-02Dry-Fit the Bricks

Dry-fit the first course of bricks before setting them in mortar. Lay the bricks end to end around the perimeter of the concrete slab, leaving a half-inch gap between each brick to account for the mortar. Make sure the bricks are perfectly square at the corners. Mark the outline of the bricks to use as a guide while laying the bricks.

Pro Tip

Lay out the bricks and hose them down with water 30 minutes before laying them. This will prevent them from soaking up excess moisture from your mortar.

Step 03.

AD-DIY-Backyard-Brick-Barbeqcue-03Lay the First Course

Prepare premixed mortar according to manufacturer’s directions. Trowel a generous layer of mortar along the marked lines where the bricks will sit. Lay the first brick by pressing it gently into the mortar. Apply a layer of mortar to one end of the next brick before butting it against the first and pressing it into the mortar. Remove excess mortar as you work. Continue working in this fashion until the first course has been laid around the entire base of the barbecue. Check to make sure the course is square, plumb and level, adjusting a brick by tapping with trowel handle.

Step 04.

AD-DIY-Backyard-Brick-Barbeqcue-04Lay the Next Two Courses

This and the remaining brick courses will be built only on the outside and rear walls, leaving the front open for access to charcoal, ash and grill grates. Apply mortar to the top of the previous course. Lay the first brick by pressing it gently into the mortar, making sure to stagger the joints. Bricks may need to be cut with a cold chisel or wet saw for a proper fit. Continue laying bricks until this and the following course are completed.

Step 05.

AD-DIY-Backyard-Brick-Barbeqcue-05Lay the Final Courses

Starting with the fourth course, and continuing with every other course, turn some of the bricks so they jut out into the barbecue. These will serve as the grill grate support ledges. Having a few at different heights allows extra cooking space as well as various heat intensities. Continue laying bricks in this fashion until desired height is reached. Make sure the top and final course is laid with solid bricks.

Step 06.


AD-DIY-Backyard-Brick-Barbeqcue-06-1Finish the Barbecue

After the final course is set and before the mortar has dried, “strike” the joints with a jointer to create the familiar concave depression in the mortar. Once the cement is almost cured, use a stiff brush to scrape off remaining bits of mortar.

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