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Here's How To Turn a Wine Barrel Into a Meat Smoker

By: Grant Marek

From the same guys (us, it's us) who brought you the Pallet Pool and Drinko Plinko and Skeeball Put-O-Rama, the Wine Barrel Meat Smoker is a wine barrel that genetically engineers miniature dinosaurs.


DoubleJKJK, it only smokes meat. OR DOES IT?!? (It does.)

Here's how to take your next BBQ to 11:

1. Get a barrel
You could spend $200 on a new one or you could 100% not do that 'cause that's super dumb and instead hit up a nearby winery and ask them if you could take a used one off their hands for $0.

Double bonus points if the barrel has the staves already screwed into the metal bands. If it doesn't you'll need to drill self-tapping screws through the bands into the staves. This takes a long time and is no fun, so make an effort to pick up the double bonus points.

2. Cut the lid off the top of the barrel
Use a jigsaw and cut it about a half foot below the first band.

Triple bonus points if you play "Gettin' Jiggy With It" while you do this.

3. Add air intakes
Drill a trio of 3/4in holes between the second and third rings from the bottom and then insert 3/4in NPT nipple fittings and end caps -- these will be your air intakes. You'll add or remove their end caps to adjust the temperature during smoking.

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4. Enjoy an ice cold adult beverage
You totally earned it with all the sawing and drilling.

5. Drill ANOTHER hole
This time large enough to fit temperature gauge in the side of the lid -- make sure it's a snug fit.

6. Add a handle
Damn you're good at this.

7. Add six holes to the lid
Fill them with six corks. You'll use these as a way to adjust the temperature -- corked holes = hotter, open holes = not hotter.

8. Seal all of the holes (except the cork holes on top)

9. OK, now get it ready for shmokin'
Lay fire bricks at the bottom of the barrel, then add a water pan and lower grate -- make sure none of your bricks block your air intakes. Your charcoal will go on top of the lower grate, and your smoking chips in a box or foil will go on top of the charcoal.

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10. Add some L brackets and your top grate
We actually used the grate from our Webber grill for this and it fit perfectly [A-OK emoji]. This is where your meat will go.

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11. In the words of Dr. Dre: "Smoke meat every day."
That's what he said, right?

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