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Turned my keg into a 'hook & cook' unit

post #1 of 9
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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.
















post #2 of 9

Nice build and good looking chicken, Willie.



post #3 of 9

I never fail to be surprised and impressed at the ingenuity of our Forum members.  Well done, Chef Willie!

post #4 of 9

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

post #5 of 9

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

post #6 of 9

That Rocks!!!  Cool!  Thumbs Up



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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

post #8 of 9
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.
post #9 of 9

Great idea! Yummmy chicken too!

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