5½ ft x 7½ ft piece of tin
(Flue and draft regulator optional)
55 cinder blocks
8 (3 ft lengths of steel rebar)
2 (3½ ft x 6 ft sections of road mesh)
6 ft x 9 ft section of chicken wire
2 (6 ft lengths of steel rebar)
3 (3½ ft steel angles)
Metal twist tie
12 cinder blocks
3 ft x 4 ft road mesh
STEP BY STEP
- If putting the pit in the ground, dig a hole 5 ½ ft x 7 ½ ft and 2 ft deep. Lay out your bottom layer of cinder blocks: Four on one end, five on each side, and three on the other end.
- Apply about an inch of mortar onto the blocks, and lay down second layer of blocks in the mirror image of the first layer.
- Pound steel rebars into each corner and side for stability, leaving 6 inches exposed for final layer.
- Apply another inch of mortar onto the blocks and lay down third layer of blocks in same pattern as the first layer.
- Place four cinder blocks into pit as holders for the steel rebars on the rack.
- Allow one month to dry and set before using.
- Place the two sections of 6 ft steel rebar on the ground approximately 3 ft apart.
- Place three pieces of steel angle across rebar, one piece about 3 inches from each end, and the third piece right in the center.
- Tie the angle to the rebar with metal twist tie.
- Tie a 3 ½ ft by 6 ft section of road mesh to the rebar rack.
- Lay down a 6 ft by 9 ft section of chicken wire on the rack and place your pig on it.
- Apply any injections, rubs, etc. at this point.
- Roll chicken wire around pig.
- Place another 3 ½ ft by 6 ft piece of road mesh on top of your chicken wire-wrapped pig.
- Using metal twist tie, secure top piece of road mesh to the rack.
- Lay out cinder blocks in yard. Two in back, and one on each side.
- Apply an inch of mortar and lay second layer of cinder blocks.
- Place 4 ft by 3 ft piece of road mesh on top of firebox.
- Let mortar dry for one month.
- When ready to BBQ, build fire on top of road mesh, allowing coals to drop below.
- Shovel coals into pit as needed. (Important: Remove pig from pit before shoveling!)
- Use jigsaw to cut hole for chimney.
- Install flue and regulator as instructed.
ALTERNATIVE LID #1
- Cut hole in tin.
- Use separate piece of tin to cover hole, opening incrementally as needed to cool pit.
ALTERNATIVE LID #2
- Do not cut hole in lid. Instead, slide lid partially off pit top—in very small increments—as needed to release heat.