I've been roasting my own pigs for five years in a pit I build – every year – in my back driveway. If you decide to do this it will be easier to do this before stacking too many block. Jan 28, 2014 - My original smokehouse plan was to make something big enough to cold smoke two pigs worth of hams and bacon at a time. Roasting Whole Pigs. It takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes to build your pit, depending on how many breaks you take to get another beer. When I decided to start my adventure in barbecue, and wanted to roast a pig, I needed a cooking surface large enough to do so. Now you have a well constructed barbecue pit that looks good, to boot! I prefer a concrete-block pit. Cost about $54. Was possibly considering adobe. You bet I did! I decided to place mine 3 block high or about 22"-24" off the ground. First, sit down and decide how big you actually needed your pit to be. Press J to jump to the feed. I made a pit bbq from dry fitted cinder blocks a couple of years ago. LID: 4 x 8' sheet of 1/4\" plywood, cut down to about 44 x 60\" for the lid. I built this bbq pit in my backyard using cinder blocks and expanded metal. We roast ours cuban style in a cinder block pit but we build the pit once a year and just keep the cinder blocks on the other side of the house the rest. Second, I was going to be cooking with indirect heat and did not need a super hot flame. These blocks will eventually wear out from the heat, I've probably got 1 more go around before I need to replace mine. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Heat hasn’t been an issue because the fires for smoking are relatively small. I doubt filling would help with integrity much, but could for sure see it helping with the thermal mass. Discover (and save!) (Photo ©Bryan Gooding) (Photo ©Bryan Gooding) Thus began an around the clock burning of fir firewood for coals to keep the pit at 200 degrees F. Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday. While my dad relied on the cinder block pit to roast whole pigs, other Cuban-American families in South Florida used another device: La Caja China. 65 Pins • 66 Followers. Roasting Whole Pigs Collection by No-Bullshit BBQ Pitmasters. Only now, if you purchased the patio blocks this is where the first row is laid continuously all the way around. Our slab is composed of mesh with maximizer base leveled out with quick krete. This is a materials list for the pit I built. Measure and cut two supports across the width of your pit and put into place. The third row will be laid the same as the first, including the half blocks. your own Pins on Pinterest This pig weighed about 85 pounds and was much easier to handle and cook compared to the usual 150- to 200-pound pigs we usually get to cook. Is it necessary to continue fill the blocks to increase integrity and productivity for a pit that will have light usage and possibly at higher cooking temperatures? The first layer of blocks and the slab is dug underground to a foot and a half deep. If not for any other reason, to prevent spiders. Our first layer of cinder blocks are filled in with quick krete. Thank you for your help and suggestion! Once the grate is down you are going to need to cut four more supports about 6" larger than the openings at each end. As an adult, I never really had the time (or the space in my backyard) to roast a whole pig with a cinder block pit. No direct fire in the pits so the temp rarely exceeds 300. Granted, we were shooting for a temperature of around 250 degrees for 12-16 hours, probably no temperature higher than 600-700 for around an hour when we were heating our grates to burn gunk off of them prior to cooking. On top of that is one more row of cinder block laid continuously, keeping in mind your corner sashes and a final row of patio block. Most of this material can be purchased at either Home Depot or Lowes. When I decided to start my adventure in barbecue, and wanted to We had planned to cook this pig on November 22nd, but we had heavy rains and cold conditions leading up to that date so we postponed … Works great. 3 … Prepare the Pit . Food for thought. Get the very large needle, pliers, and stainless steel picture wire. After laying the first three rows you are going to be ready to place your grate on top. DIY - Cinder Block Smoker. I've done a couple pig roasts with empty cinder blocks without any issue. Then the 100 pound pig was butterflied and laid out on the rack. The stuffed pig slowly cooks on a cinder block smoker. 1. Many of them have started getting SUPER brittle so I would definitely not recommend making a permanent pig roasting solution out of them. First place the metal roofing sheets on the top in such a way that one will overlap the other. SIDES: 54 concrete blocks 16\" x 8\" x 8\" (actually 15.75 x 7.75 x 7.75\"). While whole hogs are commonly cooked on a rotisserie spit, a half pig must be cooked on a large grill grate. Ask fellow pitmasters! Note that Hite uses sheets of cardboard for his lids as seen in the photo above, but I strongly advise against this. I am building an outdoor pig roaster from 8x8x16 two holed cinder block, standard mortar, and concrete. Apr 5, 2017 - Explore Mike Bondi's board "Pig roast" on Pinterest. 2. Subscribe to Caught Smokin' BBQ and receive updates in your Email. As mentioned earlier you could use 13 gauge priced at $40. However, as you will notice in the previous pictures you need to place your angle iron support in place for the next rows of block and for your grate. This serves a two-fold purpose. I scoured the Internet looking for the perfect solution, but didn't find what I was looking for. Thank you! However, I did have a method for my madness. This will get your hog 32 \" above the embers, plus a course to hold the lid. 1. Here in Folly Beach, South Carolina, our occasion to host a traditional pig roast (and luau!) May 8, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Edward. Pig turned out amazing. Mine has held up for 4 years with no broken bricks. PROS: pig skin gets nice and CRISPY (arguably the best part of the pig), the pig oven is easy to assemble and break down, total cook time is pretty quick. I was considering it after reading a couple articles that referenced fire brick usage. Cooking another pig on Sunday for the Eagles! These are going to be placed above your opening, on top of the grate, at the face and backside of the block below, at each end, looking like two upright "L's" facing each other. Alright, calm down! These will be placed to look like an upside down "L" with the down part fitting between the sides of your cinder block. We decided to make ours a temporary pit out of cinder blocks. At the ready have a grate of nongalvanized, expanded metal. Very simply. So I decided to build my own cinder block barbecue pit. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and tips. Make sure it is square on all sides. Each has its good points, depending on your level of experience, the pig size, the flavor you want to achieve. I, then, sketched out my idea to try to get a materials list. THE PIT. I can see my husband doing this. And then you have no lid. Pig Roasting 101: How to Cook a Whole Pig. Cinder blocks are fine....for about 3 or 4 pig roasts. Cinder-block pit for cooking pig. These will offer the heat resistance needed at a reasonable cost, as well as being very easy to work with. Any other pointers would be much appreciated. It’s easy and cheap, but roasting takes almost a whole day. Second, this will help with your temperature as you can now control air flow. First, your need heat on each end to create a cooking surface with evenly distributed heat. You don't have to place a block at your planned opening. We took it down and rebuilt it in between and some bricks were more fragile, as one might expect, but that's about the only negative we saw. It isn't pretty, but it worked! Surprisingly Easy! A whole hog roast is suitable for a very large gathering, but you can always barbecue a half pig if you don't have as many mouths to feed. Primary Structure ~ For the primary structure, I used “standard” cinder blocks (8″x8″x16″). Now you are ready to start cooking. The pit needs a few basic components; primary structure, support for the pig, airflow / temperature control, and a heat source. We even injected it into the flesh. Mike Woody Jan 25, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Mel Mccormick. When I decided to start my adventure in barbecue, and wanted to roast a pig, I needed a cooking surface large enough to do so. Not only will it be cheaper it will be better insulated. I found that Lowes was less expensive than Home Depot and contained a better selection of materials for this application. I scoured the Internet looking for the perfect solution, but didn't find what I was looking for. Add some charcoal and put your pit to work. 4 layers of cinder blocks and a rack made from re-bar all lashed together. See more ideas about Pig roast, Bbq pit, Roasted hog. I can’t tell you what cooking with unfilled block is like because I’ve never done it. K. The Magic Way to Clean Your BBQ Grill! Cinder blocks are fine....for about 3 or 4 pig roasts. If you purchased the half block corner sashes keep in mind that one will be placed on either side of the block that is in place of your future opening. We show you the step-by-step methods we have used to roast pigs for more than 30 years. Three Guys From Miami: on the web since 1996. Start laying your block and create one continuous row including where your openings will be. I was barbecuing and going to be using the low and slow ideology. EDIT: check out this link. Next, plan where your openings in your pit are going to be to place your coals. We are finally at the good stuff. So in short, you don’t need any cement or mortar at all. Pit held up nicely. But I can tell you that filled block without exposure to direct fire will last a very long time. As an afterthought I decided to put 1/4 yard of crushed limestone in the bottom of my pit. No. I will be finishing with fire brick and fire clay. Having two sheets is beneficial when you want to check on, or tend to, your food without moving a larger sheet and losing too much heat. But your cinder blocks aren't really 16" wide. A sheet that large will cost about $200 but it might be worth it as it won't rust like the other sheets. Now place your grate on top. Celebrate Independence Day (and a successful hog hunt) with a backyard feast. 2 - 8' x 30" corrugated metal roofing sheets. They are filled with sand to aid in heat retention and structural integrity. I invited them to the party to see how our hog would measure up. After planning approximately how large you want your pit, decide how far off the ground you want your cooking surface. I was roasting a pig and needed something a little larger. After some further research, and consulting with a couple people, it was decided a surface of at least 3.5' x 5' would be needed to roast a whole pig. First, and foremost, I didn't want to have to be leaning that far over to tend to my food that was cooking. Discover (and save!) However,  If you plan on keeping you pit around for a while try to find a place that has stainless steel grating. Follow the instructions attached for a very effective, efficient and not bad look… And finally, we come to the traditional above ground enclosed pit. Pull … Thread the wire into the needle, then, using the pliers, push the needle through the pig's back from the inside staying close to the spine. Adjust your list based upon the size you are planning to build. Cinder-block pit. - This was the only material I had to do some searching around for. However, I took a couple things into consideration for myself. Cinder blocks wouldn't be dangerous, but they will fall apart after a few uses. This was more of an aesthetic feature than functional. It will be wood fired. Cinder Block (CMU) Offset Smoker: For a small fraction the price of a heavy steel smoker, you can setup a large capacity cinder block version. None are broken. Some people may say that is too far off the ground, and will only put theirs 16" off the ground. Cost about $10. May 2, 2016 - This Pin was discovered by david chess. Are you use fire bricks for the inner layer towards the heat? If you purchased a larger sheet you can cut it with metal shears or bend it to stand in place. Across the width it will rest on your block about an inch on each side. came when the crew of the Hokulea, an ocean-going voyaging canoe modeled after the Polynesian ships that sailed between Hawaii and Tahiti, visited on their way up the East Coast. Discuss any and everything BBQ. We roast ours cuban style in a cinder block pit but we build the pit once a year and just keep the cinder blocks on the other side of the house the rest. If you have any questions about how to build a BBQ pit please feel free to contact me at CaughtSmokinBBQ@gmail.com. Others feel that it needs to be on a rotisserie over an open fire. Of course you could always have it cut down if you like. Build It: Reassemble the first 5 x 2 layer of cinder blocks.Decide which of the shorter, 2-block ends you want to be the front of the pit and remove those two blocks. See more ideas about Bbq pit, Cinder block, Pig roast. Dec 31, 2013 - How to build a barbecue pit for cooking a whole hog from concrete block (cinder block), including illustrated plans with dimensions and various designs It should look similar to the pictures below. I have been reading about people not continuing back filling their blocks with either sand or concrete. Create a rectangle four bricks long and three bricks wide but leaving the corners clear for a bigger pit. However, it means if you get it TOO hot, it won't cool very well at all, which could be an issue as you dial in your cooking method. The first block laid is simply a guide and will/can be removed. 3 high cinder blocks with expanded metal in-between the second and third level. Many of them have started getting SUPER brittle so I would definitely not recommend making a permanent pig roasting solution out of them. I cook on cinderblock pits that were built in 1992 everyday. Thanks for Watching This is because you purchased a full 8 foot long sheet. A charcoal fire was lit on the ground of the pit and pushed to the sides. You will notice that the grate will expend past the blocks on each end length-wise about 1" to 1 1/2". I’ve cooked 5 pigs on this pit without sand and it is holding up great. Several years ago, my son-in-law, Thomas Larriviere and I built this cinder-block pit in my backyard so that we could host the whole-hog cooking demonstrations for the Texas Barbecue class and Barbecue Summer Camp. There are many ways to roast a pig. I wanted a little more room around the pig for smoke circulation, and didn't want to feel crowded while tending to the pig so decided to make it a little larger. I want to say 3x2 configuration, but can't see out my window to look at it right now. The method to my madness, as stated earlier, was based upon building my pit around my cooking surface. DIY-Cinder Block Smokers Collection by Kathy Riley. He is a master of fire control, and if yours burn, they could ruin the hog. We have received many requests for how to build such a pit so here are some photos and tips for how we built this one. Now there are only two things left to do. #BBQ #grill. Have questions? Did I overcompensate? So how do you build this thing now that you have a bunch of material sitting in your back yard? I would fill with at least sand personally, just for additional thermal mass. Dec 8, 2019 - Cooking Whole Hog on a Cinder Block Pit. Second put your sheet metal into place at your openings. I found a supplier that sold this for $80 per sheet for 9 gauge. Now you are ready to start stacking block again. your own Pins on Pinterest Aren't cinder blocks dangerous when heated? When it is really cold, I put foam insulation sheet against it held up by extra cinder blocks. Aug 22, 2016 - DIY - Cinder Block Smoker. Cinder-block pit with fire and pig. Some think the best way is to do the pacific islander/Hawaiian way of burying the pig in a hole and using hot stones to cook the pig. your own Pins on Pinterest We obtained a smaller pig than our usual ones we have cooked in the past. The ultimate pig and hog roasting site. If it is a larger pit you are going to want openings on each end. Next, lay your second row using full size block and using the sashes at your corners. We marinated it overnight with a Cuban citrus and garlic and hard cider concoction. You’ll need around 40 to 50 cinder blocks in total. Stack about 30 cinder blocks to form a rectangular pit two blocks tall. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I use hardwood coals that I first burn in a grill, then move the burnt down coals into the pit. My final barbecue pit size ended up being about 5' x 8' outside dimensions with a cooking surface that is about 4' x 6'-8". We followed these guys directions and made some adjustments from experience and it hasn't gone wrong yet. Therefore, I came up with my own design that incorporated the overall concepts of a proper barbecue pit, and added some of my own finishing touches, I would like to share with you, and how to build it. By purchasing a singe 4' x 8' piece of expanded metal grating I could have cooking surface that would be large enough for a pig, without having to pay the extra cost to have multiple smaller sheets, or have the larger sheet cut down. I use coals to cook. This dimension is only achieved after placing the mortar between the blocks. Makes maintaining temperature that much easier( think cast iron pan). I own a bbq restaurant. Cooking a whole pig (in this case, a 75- to 125-pounder, butterflied and with hair removed) in a backyard pit puts the neighborhood on notice: You’re taking the party to a new level. Discover (and save!) The cinder block pit is a tried-and-true method of roasting a whole pig. So I decided to build my own cinder block barbecue pit.
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