If you still have some of those old beer kegs from your college days, then you must really have a penchant for nostalgia. “Those things will come in handy someday.” Oh, I know, and I’ve got the PERFECT project.

Apart from smelling like decades-old beer, those things are heavy, take up a lot of space, and, as maker/creator The Q shows us, are the perfect size for a portable, backyard barbecue grill.

All you need to turn your keg into a meat grill is a good electric saw, some hinges, a drill, a few metal poles, and a little bit of creativity. Let’s take a look.

1. Cut Your Party Keg in Half

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Start by cutting the beer keg in half. You’ll reconnect these two pieces later using a couple of hinges but first, you’ll need to

2. Drill Holes for Hinge, Legs and Handle

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Drill six holes for each hinge (three on each side of the cut line) to connect the hinges. Pro tip: Use the hinge as a template. On the bottom half, drill four larger holes to install metal tubing for the grill’s legs. Locate holes at one end, just off-center to add a chain that holds the lid open. On the top half, in the center just above the cut line, drill two additional holes for a grill handle. On the bottom half, add two more holes in the front and two in the back to hold the grill. Drill one final hole up top which will be used to install a thermometer. These Titanium Step drill bits come in handy for the range of holes you’ll need.

3. Prime and Paint the Exterior

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Whether you’re going for a Coca-Cola motif or something else, mask off any part you don’t want to paint. Use a base layer of Rust-Oleum primer spray paint, then follow with the color of your choice. The red looks nice, doesn’t it?

beer keg bbq

4. Attach the Hardware

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Once the paint has dried, remove the tape and stencil to begin assembling the grill. If you don’t have steel tubing, all-thread rod comes in handy for the legs. Attach the lid with the hinges, then chain on the end and the handle up front.

beer keg bbq
beer keg bbq

5. Cook Your Meats

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As advertised, this is an actual working grill. You can cook or burn various foods, depending on your grill skills and boast how you made your own grill from that old vintage beer keg that’s been laying in your garage. Here’s the quick play-by-play of the build:

To check out more of The Q’s DIY builds, his YouTube channel is definitely the place to be.

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Carlos wrestles gators, and by gators, we mean words. He also loves good design, good books, and good coffee.