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How to Build Your Own Oil Drum Hog Roaster for BBQ
For outdoor entertaining, you can feed a large crowd by cooking on a homemade outdoor roaster. With a recycled 55-gallon drum and a few other materials, you can build an outdoor roaster perfect for a summer party.
One of the highlights of summer entertaining is being able to cook outdoors. If you are planning to roast a large amount of food, or an entire pig, then your regular grill may not cut it. For outdoor entertaining, you can feed a large crowd by cooking on a homemade outdoor roaster. With a recycled 55-gallon drum and a few other materials, you can build an outdoor roaster perfect for a summer party.
Materials You Will Need
Get a 55-gallon oil drum that is free from rust and is structurally sound. It is important to know exactly what the drum contained before you got it. Edible oils such as vegetable or peanut are fine, but if the drum ever contained inedible materials like petroleum, it should not be used to prepare food.
Cut the drum in half lengthwise, and affix hinges to one side so it can open and close.
Cut a hole in the bottom of the drum for drainage (the drippings can be collected in a metal coffee can or metal bucket on the ground beneath the roaster). Drill a small hole to insert a thermometer, and drill two slightly larger holes on the sides of the top piece for ventilation.
Clean and sanitize the interior of the drum with hot soapy water, and rinse it well.
Select a roasting stand for the drum. Steel is best because it has some resistance to heat and is strong enough to support the weight of the drum. A welder or custom barbecue supply company can produce something to suit your needs.
Place the drum on the stand. Open the drum, and insert a rotisserie spit.