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Build Your Own Grill and Throw an Epic Backyard BBQ Party

 April 27, 2017
Andy in Lifestyle
Time to fire up the grill and invite your friends and family over for a backyard BBQ. But before you do, why not party in style with a brand new grill area and a perfectly planned party?

It's that time of year again! Time to break out the BBQ and throw a party. But there’s only one problem. The time you waited all winter for, the time to take off the cover and reveal your most prized possession….is a bust. It’s worse than you remember. You can’t invite people over for a backyard BBQ with a grill that looks like that. Don’t hang your head in shame for too long. We can help you fix this. 


Beginner Tips for Building a Backyard BBQ

Beginner Tips for Building a Backyard BBQ


When first starting out, you want to make sure you have a few certain things in mind. When you first start thinking about building a backyard BBQ make sure you have these elements in your plan. 

  • Placement

Finding the perfect spot for your BBQ is essential. You don’t want to have to tear it down or never use it because you picked a bad spot. Look for a place that is not a fire hazard and that allows the smoke to clear out without bothering guests or entering your home.

  • Appearance

You can set your BBQ apart by making sure it will always look its best. Finding the best brick, masonry, and color will help it blend in seamlessly with your yard and your home. 

  • Multi-purpose

The best kind of BBQ is one that you can use for more than just a single occasion. If you design your BBQ with kitchen storage and seating, you can use it for many types of events. 

  • Weatherproof

No matter where you live or where you will place your grill, you want to make sure the materials you choose will withstand any type of weather that gets thrown at it. 

  • Maintenance

Sooner or later your BBQ will get dirty or need repairs. Build it with these two things in mind. You do not want to have to damage or tear down your structure when you have to make repairs or clean the grill.


Steps to Building Your Backyard BBQ

There are lots of ways to build your own BBQ, but David from ManMade DIY has presented his way of creating a BBQ at a fraction of the cost. If you like how he turned this:

Backyard BBQ Before

Image: ManMade DIY

into this:

Backyard BBQ After

Image: ManMade DIY

—then check out his steps below. 

  • Build a Frame

David used 4x6 posts secured with 2x4 cross members to give the concrete some sturdy support. He bought the wood from a typical lumber yard, so to give it some character he scarred it with a chainsaw, torched it, and then stained it. 

Backyard BBQ Frame

Image: ManMade DIY

  • Back the frame

After the frame is complete, David backed the frame with water and mold-resistant concrete board. He then used flat brick that could be easily cut and construction adhesive to secure the brick to the concrete board.

 Backyard BBQ Brick

Backyard BBQ Glue

Image: ManMade DIY

  • Make the concrete mold

David used melamine sheets to create a mold with a cutout for a sink. He then added mesh and rebar, leaving about an inch around the edge. This way the concrete can be poured upside-down to create a smooth surface.

Backyard BBQ Concrete Mold

Image: ManMade DIY

  • Pouring the top

David bought standard, high-strength concrete, colored it, and then poured it into the mold. He then inserted the metal frame, tapped it in, and poured the rest of the concrete. He leveled it and then used a sander and rubber mallet for about 30 minutes to vibrate the concrete and bring all the bubbles to the surface.

Backyard BBQ Pouring Concrete

Backyard BBQ Concrete Frame

Backyard BBQ Concrete Pour 2

Backyard BBQ Concrete Level

Backyard BBQ Concrete Smooth

Image: ManMade DIY

  • Put on the finishing touches

After 48 hours, he flipped the concrete and glued it in place. He sanded it a bit to make sure it was smooth. He then stained the wood one final time and put on a clear protective layer. After installing the storage door, the sink, and the grill, he was done. His backyard BBQ was complete!

Backyard BBQ Finishing Touches

Image: ManMade DIY

The Backyard BBQ Party

Now that the BBQ is complete, Kristen Wiig says it best in Bridesmaids with:

Backyard BBQ Party Kristen Wiig

Image: Giphy

So make sure you have everything you need for the perfect backyard BBQ. Start with a little planning and you will end up with loads of fun and a BBQ that all your friends will be talking about until next summer. 

The Planning Stage

  • Choose a party theme (if you want one): Hawaiian, Beach, Southern, etc.
  • Make a guest list
  • Send out invitations
  • Create a shopping list or potluck list
  • Test your grill
  • Order rentals if you need tents, chairs, or tables
  • Organize some games


The Day Before the BBQ

  • Go shopping
  • Start preparing some of the food
  • Start decorating


The Day of the BBQ

  • Finish decorating
  • Set up tables and chairs
  • Put out drinks and some of the appetizers
  • Start up the grill
  • Have fun!

And for a little extra help, here is a handy checklist to make sure you have everything you need. 

Backyard BBQ Checklist

Image: STOCK YARDS

So, that’s it. You're all ready to throw your epic, next-level backyard BBQ. And FYI, we like our burgers medium rare. When can we expect our invitation?