Turned my keg into a 'hook & cook' unit

Discussion in 'Other Builds' started by chef willie, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've had this keg in the garage for years. First plan was to use it as a giant cooker for large batches of bar-b-que sauce. Decided against that, so there it sat. Saw some vids on you tube for 'pit barrel cookers' and decided on that route. That's a one inch nipple being used as air intake, I have since removed the riser and valve. I have 2 bricks in the bottom to raise the Weber charcoal holders up and have drilled a 1/2 inch hole on each side running a 3/8" rod through. Scored some shish-kabob skewers at Wal-Mart for 5 bucks for the hooks to start with. Did a burn-out one day and chicken halves the next day as a trial run. As with any new toy there is a learning curve. Half chickens hang to low so had to sling them across with an extra hook in each.  Will use quarters or just thighs in the future. And I used way to much charcoal so will cut that back by half next time. Much like a 'hobo' stove this vertical design puts out some heat even with the lid cocked to one side. But, the chicken was fall apart tender as evidenced by the one mangled bird I struggled with to get unhooked. All in all a fun semi-build I had doing & I'm looking forward to a rib run on it.

  2. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice build and good looking chicken, Willie.

  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I never fail to be surprised and impressed at the ingenuity of our Forum members.  Well done, Chef Willie!
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013
  4. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice mini! The chicken looks like is was a short......very short learning curve. Looks perfect.
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Willie, evening.....  Nice smoker, nice doo on the yard bird...  I'd eat it......   Dave
  6. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That Rocks!!!  Cool!  [​IMG]

  7. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks everybody.....a few tweaks and I think I'll have it dialed in. This thing will definitely take a beating and last longer than me. Nice to finally get some use out of it. Will definitely be doing some ribs pretty quick and will be hanging a tri-tip in there shortly for more testing.......Willie
  8. looks cool willie! my sarge uses a pit barrel..everything from chickens, turkeys, ribs, even pork butts & briskets get hung in there(idk how he gets them to stay together)...he keeps trying to get me to finish my build...but in due time. lol. thanks for sharing.
  9. Great idea! Yummmy chicken too!

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