Glen BUILDS A BEER KEG BBQ Vertical Rotisserie

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

welcome friends welcome to the studio
today we’re out front and I’ve got two full-size beer kegs and what I want to
do today is turn one of them into a charcoal burning vertical rotisserie for
making tacos al pastor and I’ve got a second one in case I completely screw up
and I need and I need a spare but the second one is also here because I’m just
gonna be doing like a rapid prototyping type deal with this I’m gonna make
mistakes I’m gonna try things and then I’ve got this one that I can come back
to later and do it properly if I don’t quite get it right with this
one which you know as a prototype I probably won’t now first off let’s talk
about the kegs I bought these kegs I went to a keg
broker and I bought them at one point they belong to the Miller Brewing
Company and they have reached the end of their useful life as beer kegs so I
picked both of these up and I made sure that when I bought them they had removed
the valve and the stem so there’s no pressure inside of these and if you’re
gonna go out and start cutting into beer keg make sure the pressure is released
otherwise you’re gonna get really wet I’m even gonna try to do a little bit of
welding and I’m not a welder I’m not a metal worker at all so I’m sure I’m
gonna make a lot of mistakes and people are gonna leave their comments about how
I can do it better but it doesn’t really matter to me because I’m doing it so
let’s get started now the first thing I want to do is cut this open I want to
make two doors at the front that are gonna act this kind of flaps to reflect
heat back on to the meat as it cooks so I’m gonna mark out these doors I’m going
to drill holes for the hinges and then I’m going to cut the flap out okay got the doors cut out quite thick
heavy stainless steel in this keg because it was pressure rated to 60 psi
so it is good solid construction now the the cut edges are really really sharp so
I’m going to switch over to this flapper wheel and just clean them up and make
them nice and smooth now I’ve got the whole cutout at the
front I’m not gonna put the doors on just yet
because I need to have this space open while I figure out the next steps now
the idea a whole bunch of the ideas that I’ve had so far initially was to put two
steel rods coming out so that this could be out here the spit could be out here
and I can adjust it back and forth towards the fire what I’ve learned is
you wanted as close to the fire as possible
so I’m going to drill a hole in the top and the spit will be in one spot all the
time okay so now I need to build something
down here that this can slide into while it spins time to start welding my
apologies to professional welders everywhere
let’s see if I can do this without sticking the electrode to what I’m
trying to weld my welding rod is officially licensed by NASCAR so it must
be good now it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve worked on this project I’m
doing this in my spare time and one of the things that I’ve stumbled over and
had a bit of trouble with is fabricating the fire box inside the keg what’s
actually going to hold the charcoal and I started out trying to weld something I
was gonna use expanded steel and some my welding skills they suck I mean really
they do it’s not what I do for a living is not even what I do for a hobby I did
it once upon a time thirty years ago when I worked in the bush and I’d have
to weld something back together in order to get back to town I could do it in a
pinch and I was struggled what am I gonna do how am I gonna make this work
and then I came across these they are stainless steel firebox pieces that fit
inside a Weber Kettle and it occurred to me there’s sort of half round they’re
both the right size if I got three or maybe four of them and bolt them inside
the keg I could fill those with charcoal and they might be the right distance
away from the spit so I’m gonna get to work with drilling holes in the back of
these drilling holes through the back of the keg bolting it all together it’s
gonna get me there quicker too because the fabrication is going to be fairly
easy so let’s get going on that okay now I just need to figure out how
many of these I should put inside whether it’s three or four and I need to
leave enough space so that I can get charcoal in here but I want them packed
close enough that I can actually get enough fire looks like three so I’ll go
ahead and mark those spots and start drilling okay so the firebox is in I’ve
got these three charcoal holders bolted into the back of the keg now it’s not
exactly what I had envisioned long term I don’t think this is the solution but
short term just to test out my idea I think this is gonna work
fine the next thing we have to do is figure out the spit so it wasn’t sure if
I was gonna use an electric rotisserie motor but I think this is the way to go
just for ease of cooking so I can walk away and don’t have to be worried about
turning the rotisserie all the time by hand so it’s got this bracket I just
need to figure out a way to screw this bracket into the top of the keg and then
cut the spit to be the right size and length let’s get to work okay so we’ve got fire in the keg still
trying to figure this out eventually I’ll be able to do this in my sleep but
right now still trying to figure it out fire started really easily I’ve got lump
charcoal in there I’m sort of up in the air whether I’m gonna feed this with
lump charcoal or maybe briquettes got a lot of heat coming out of here and
I think it’s gonna work now I’ve already identified a bunch of problems I’m sure
as you’ve been watching this you’ve said that’s not gonna work and I’ve already
got those things in my brain I’ve got the second keg so once I get through a
couple of kooks and I figure out what works and what doesn’t work and what I
want to change once I figure that stuff out I will tackle that second keg and I
will make it better but I got to tell you the heat off the front here is
phenomenal and these doors are just going to sort of trap the heat a little
bit around the Trump o or whatever we decide to make on a spit the options are
endless okay so I’m gonna let this burn off for a couple of hours there’s a bit
of a coating on the inside of the keg that I want to get rid of completely
before I start cooking food in it so come on back in the next couple of weeks
because we’re gonna do tacos I’ll pass store based on our research in Mexico
City check out that series to get an idea of
what we’re gonna do probably also do a bunch of different schwöre Mo’s euros
and a Halifax Donaire thanks for stopping by
see you again soon you you


Glen & Friends Cooking

Oct 10, 2019, 4:49 pm Reply

Thanks for watching Everyone! Stay tuned for the recipes we're going to cook – In the meantime here's a peak at our Mexico City research:

Last name First name

Oct 10, 2019, 5:24 pm Reply

Cheap flights to Canada anyone? Sit down meal at chez Glen.
Table for 2. 8pm. window seat.

Joe M8

Oct 10, 2019, 5:36 pm Reply

Donair when. Edit- Commented before the end, look forward to it, huge in the uk as well thought we call it donner usually.

Douglas Campbell

Oct 10, 2019, 5:37 pm Reply

The only thing I see a possible problem with is the electric drive.
Over the unit the heat may shorten it's life. If it becomes a problem you could either add a heat shielding material or shift it and use a chain drive.

James Malik

Oct 10, 2019, 5:40 pm Reply

Can’t wait! Great work!!!!

Michael Asoian

Oct 10, 2019, 5:44 pm Reply

Now, I think I need to build one of these.

Michael letteri

Oct 10, 2019, 5:45 pm Reply

Glenn taking shots at commentators every video


Oct 10, 2019, 5:56 pm Reply

Manly man level 8, gets the job done

David Wynne

Oct 10, 2019, 5:59 pm Reply

Perhaps key hole slots on the baskets to hold them and take them out easily so you don’t have to unbolt them to clean it out

Mr D

Oct 10, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

You may want to consider some thermal insulation between the steel top and the rotisserie motor and electrical cord because I imagine the top of the keg would get extremely hot. But other than that, great video. Look forward to seeing the final product.

Stanley Robin

Oct 10, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

Hey Glen, I just wanted to say what you're doing on this channel is all really cool. Keep it up and thanks for sharing, it's inspiring me to want to try more things in my life too!

James Ellsworth

Oct 10, 2019, 6:14 pm Reply

GUESSING IS GREAT FUN: I imagine you will want to make the coal baskets more shallow to provide more room for product to rotate. Car guys use a product called Dynamat to insulate areas from heat, noise and vibration: a wrap of that around the solid part of the keg (and its top) might make the most of the heat produced and it might be especially useful in extending the season for your Canadian Cooker. PLUS: the electric motor might benefit from Dynamat heat shielding. (or from whatever more flexible insulating mat might be available.) I'd like to encourage you to continue with wood lump charcoal so as to avoid any combustion products from briquette binders coating the food product. I eagerly await developments!


Oct 10, 2019, 6:23 pm Reply

What a fantastic idea. I think I found my winter project for this year.

Ken Sundstrom

Oct 10, 2019, 6:28 pm Reply

Looks great, can't wait to see what you make first. How big is a keg versus a 55 gallon oil drum? Here in the states people turn oil drums into smokers and grills.

Dagenham Dave

Oct 10, 2019, 6:36 pm Reply

Great first attempt . My first try would be what we call in the UK doner meat. Love your channel by the way

Mike Benne

Oct 10, 2019, 6:53 pm Reply

Great video. I appreciate that you shared your building of the rotisserie with us aside from your amazing skills as a chef and videographer.

Doug Hendrickson

Oct 10, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

The one thing that might make your life a ton easier is to mount the fire baskets to a center pillar instead of to the back wall. That way they can rotate out for filling and cleaning, and then rotate back for cooking.

Amkeuki Ankh

Oct 10, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

Very interesting, we have lots of wind here so it's a neat trick for wind proofing, also I hope we see you brew something, and is there a good beer without hops that is not a root beer? I'm trying with wormwood and stuff


Oct 10, 2019, 7:03 pm Reply

"Halifax donair" sounded interesting, found Matty's video. The way he talks about the sauce makes me want to make it.

Best Indian Food Blog

Oct 10, 2019, 7:05 pm Reply

Just amazing, interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Flaming Olives Matter Too

Oct 10, 2019, 7:16 pm Reply

well that will be a very very cool cooker, stay classy

Funko Nevs

Oct 10, 2019, 7:17 pm Reply

I’m getting some serious “This Old House” vibes in this one. Can’t wait to see what you do with this set up!

Little Forest

Oct 10, 2019, 7:20 pm Reply

Maybe you already thought about it and tested it, but I am wondering, whether the heat on top of the keg, might get to large for the electric motor (and cable)? Simple solution for that would be just to mount the motor and stick upside down, so it is underneath the keg.

Aw, and I am still struggling with buying a T-shirt…being lactose intolerant, everyone will think I am crazy when they see me wear that 😀

Bob Riemersma

Oct 10, 2019, 7:27 pm Reply

"Pastor Shawarma Gyro" had me wondering at the colorful services his congregation must enjoy before the chicken roast begins.


Oct 10, 2019, 7:41 pm Reply

I know you're Canadian but stop apologizing for your work on this project. That rig looks perfect Its even better because you made it by yourself and can fine tune it as you go. Great job!

Keith Crain

Oct 10, 2019, 7:53 pm Reply

Helz yeah! Nice change of pace!

John Stafford II

Oct 10, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

A quick google search of charcoal schwarma grills led me to a great horizontal rotisserie version you might want to get some inspiration for building final version

Software, Technology & Engineering

Oct 10, 2019, 8:19 pm Reply

0:45 If they held Miller beer, then they never had a useful life.

Nad Kudo

Oct 10, 2019, 8:20 pm Reply

looks pretty interesting… I'm guessing you're gonna need some insulation tho?

David Panseri

Oct 10, 2019, 8:36 pm Reply

Thumbs up for the "look I unplugged it before I changed wheels so please be quiet" shot!


Oct 10, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

make sure the bottom rim isn't sealed. I know some people use these to make beer brewing pots, and the bottom rim is rolled and sealed so pressure builds when heated and it's probably in danger of blowing the rim out.



Oct 10, 2019, 8:40 pm Reply

Looks good to me! I've worked in the oil well pipe fields here in Houston, believe me when I say that cooker is made far better than anything I've seen from these fields. Oh yeah, a good hot fire is always the assumptive model when it comes to cleaning the crap off of it, or in it. I do see the need for a thermometer though, but I'm sure you've thought of that.


Oct 10, 2019, 8:49 pm Reply

Miller? Very disappointing….you should have gone for Molson!

Gonçalo Alegria

Oct 10, 2019, 8:51 pm Reply

love the tshirt.

julemanden uden gaver

Oct 10, 2019, 8:57 pm Reply

The only worry i have is the place of the roteseeerie motor


Oct 10, 2019, 9:12 pm Reply

Some pipes going out the back connected to an adjustable air blower of some sort to regulate the heat maybe?


Oct 10, 2019, 9:15 pm Reply

Looking farward for all the recipes you can make with that; as a suggestion I would make sure that the electric motor doesen't get too much heat since it seems mostly built out of plastic, an alternative (althought less handy) could be mounting it on the underside or drive the shaft with a chain and move the motor more on the side

Keith Rhodes

Oct 10, 2019, 9:16 pm Reply

you need to mig wield aluminum

Oct 10, 2019, 9:18 pm Reply

Quick question are the bolts that hold the hinges and doors galvanized? If so i think that is a health hazard.
Anyways i very much enjoy the content on your channel.
Greetings from Germany.

Kissan Mistry

Oct 10, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

anyone every tell you that you look like Matt Devlin (toronto raptors commentator)


Oct 10, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

New episode of G&F? 😀

Phi Collins

Oct 10, 2019, 9:43 pm Reply

Give it a go glen 👍🏻🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧


Oct 10, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

A gas version of this would be slick. Maybe a small charcoal box at the bottom for a bit of smoke from the drippings?

Liam R

Oct 10, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

When you do the donair, make sure you fry the slices after shaving them to get them extra crispy on the edges. And the pita gets dipped in water and steamed on the grill to make it soft. Source: fat guy from NS.

Annie Bentley

Oct 10, 2019, 10:36 pm Reply

OH man if you are gonna make your own tacos al pastor, I'd be soooo happy!

Jeffrey House

Oct 10, 2019, 10:38 pm Reply

This was great I cannot wait


Oct 10, 2019, 10:40 pm Reply

I would suggest offsetting the electric motor and maybe using a bicycle chain to drive the rotisserie to prevent the heat from the fire damaging the electric motor and power cord depending on how hot it gets at the top of the keg.

2 Time Garza

Oct 10, 2019, 10:53 pm Reply

Cant wait to see you make tacos al pastor since I'm mexican.

Born to Build

Oct 10, 2019, 10:53 pm Reply

Great video! Totally off topic here…do you remember the Portuguese cornbread they served at the Boulevard Cafe? I think it is callled "brio." I would love to know how to make that. A lot of the recipes and videos I see have cornmeal in them but the one at the Boulevard was more a creamy colour, not yellow. It was the best bread! I would go there just for that bread and the friendly atmosphere.


Oct 10, 2019, 11:01 pm Reply

really cool idea. might try some insulation or heat deflector to protect the plastic parts and motor on top. and/or make a chimney


Oct 10, 2019, 11:37 pm Reply

Haha! You always amaze me with your varied talents – not just another pretty face in the kitchen!😁 Your project builds over the years really add or supersize a new dimension to the show and MORE, to the whole concept of making it your own!!😎👍👍 thank you so much!!!🙏🙏🍻💣💥

Darrell S

Oct 10, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply

Barry Lewis: I bought this vertical rotisserie for £10 from eBay.

Glen: hold my homebrew.

JP Sureau

Oct 10, 2019, 11:46 pm Reply

Wear gloves when you grind and sleeves when you weld. Safety glasses always. Also, grind away from you and not towards you. Great project though and looking forward to the finish project. Would be a great project for my apprentices.

Big Bertha

Oct 10, 2019, 11:51 pm Reply

Well done! Impressed with your creativity. In an apocalyptic storm, you are someone we need to know.


Oct 10, 2019, 12:14 am Reply


Bruce Wayne

Oct 10, 2019, 12:17 am Reply

Looks good to me Glenn can't wait to see the videos where you cook with this would definitely love to see more content like this where you do some light engineering and make cooking Hardware that would be great.


Oct 10, 2019, 12:22 am Reply

The fire boxes should probably be removable for ease of filling and cleaning. Maybe something that they can clip snugly down on?


Oct 10, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

I would use an abrasive cutoff wheel , “Zipcut”, not a diamond wheel for cutting stainless. Face shield , leather gloves and long sleeves for personal protection as well.
As mentioned before, cut away from oneself in case something went wrong you would be less likely to get hurt.
When drill stainless it’s best to use just water as a lubricant and not drill to fast. Slow and steady pressure will ensure that the bit doesn’t get hot enough to lose its cutting edge.

Grill Top Experience

Oct 10, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

I've been excited about this video for a while and now I get to be excited for a while longer. Let's get cooking!

Aviel The Alien From Planet Mexico

Oct 10, 2019, 1:36 am Reply

Great efforts mate!
Looks like a winner!
Can't wait to see the conclusion!

Matthew Kodatt

Oct 10, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

Hell yeah man!


Oct 10, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

I'd say that's pretty ingenious


Oct 10, 2019, 2:56 am Reply

I’m told that stainless is tricky to weld.


Oct 10, 2019, 3:04 am Reply

Bloody great job, I'm a welder fabricator, and for what you have accomplished is awesome, your not going to get hate from me, nice work Glenn 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🦘🦘🦘🦘

Randy mack

Oct 10, 2019, 3:15 am Reply

If need help, or advice, let me know, I do metalwork, welding as side work, been a hobbiest over 40 years.

William Rosado Martínez

Oct 10, 2019, 5:14 am Reply

I can't wait for the Taco episode!


Oct 10, 2019, 6:47 am Reply

You should use a fiberglass cable sleeve to protect the power cord for the rotisserie motor


Oct 10, 2019, 7:49 am Reply

The only issue I see is the motor getting cooked by the heat of the whole keg itself. It would be wiser and probably easier to use if it's placed at the bottom (integrated in a base)


Oct 10, 2019, 8:35 am Reply

Hell (pun intended) yeah!!!

Will Hughes

Oct 10, 2019, 11:08 am Reply

There might be a bunch of nitpicking, but honestly for a prototype, it's pretty amazing. My only worry was the motor/electrical cable up top which you seem to have solved with a light stand or something like that.

Reymundo Garcia

Oct 10, 2019, 12:06 pm Reply

Cooking follow up please-did it work?-looks great


Oct 10, 2019, 1:05 pm Reply

Maybe make some access doors on the other side so it will be easier to add fuel to your coal trays

Scott Paulding

Oct 10, 2019, 1:20 pm Reply

Could you put a big door in the back that the fireboxes are attached to, swing it out and refill them?

Patrick Webb

Oct 10, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply

Can wait to see where this is headed.

Mihai Ossian

Oct 10, 2019, 2:52 pm Reply

Can we have some chicken beer to cheer up that keg a bit?


Oct 10, 2019, 3:41 pm Reply

You got a great idea and had the skills to put that thing together and make it work – nothing can be better!

Lord Marcus

Oct 10, 2019, 5:41 pm Reply

Get you some gyros in that thing.


Oct 10, 2019, 10:22 pm Reply

Hey Glen You should make one that uses gas.

Michael Rodriguez

Oct 10, 2019, 12:46 am Reply

You're the man


Oct 10, 2019, 2:51 am Reply

Can you be anymore pretentious?

Rob Graff

Oct 10, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

Greetings from the bush (Alaska). Genius idea using the "slow N sear" style baskets. Keep up the good work.

Sean Buckman

Oct 10, 2019, 4:17 am Reply

Gonna start using pressurated, if you don't mind.

Peter Camilleri

Oct 10, 2019, 4:48 am Reply

My big concern is keeping the spit motor from melting. It seems really close to the fire.

Brad McMahon

Oct 10, 2019, 5:08 am Reply

Looks great. I agree with the other comments – some sort of heat shield for the motor. Obvioulsy you will be taking temperature readings – if it is as hot as you said it is, perhaps you only need two charcoal trays in there.

Walker Rodriguez

Oct 10, 2019, 5:40 am Reply

Might need a heat shield on that electric motor… or operate it off a chain or belt


Oct 10, 2019, 5:08 pm Reply

Glen are you trying to fatten up poor Julie?

sloppy toppy

Oct 10, 2019, 5:45 pm Reply

I haven't even watched 19 secs and I know I need this


Oct 10, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply

I think a conical heat shield would be beneficial below the motor to direct heat away from it.


Oct 10, 2019, 10:44 pm Reply

you could make the charcoal baskets removable. this will aid the filling/emtying process attach the trays to the back of the keg with flat tab hooks cut from the keg itself, with matching slits on the trays

hidden treasures

Oct 10, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

My YouTube format changed so I can no longer like your videos bummer YouTube changed layout I hate it

David Dczn

Oct 10, 2019, 11:29 am Reply

How are you going to feed it more charcoal? Seems tight


Oct 10, 2019, 6:18 pm Reply

you look like ethan

Alex Flockhart

Oct 10, 2019, 6:36 pm Reply

How does the aluminum stand up to heat over time? I mean it melts at about 660 Celsius which is pretty low.

Bork Bork Foxxo

Oct 10, 2019, 9:33 pm Reply

I vote we get bush stories with Glen

Dylan Kelly

Oct 10, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

Due to my years of working around welders, I instinctively averted my eyes as soon as you started welding. Then I realized that I’m just watching a YouTube video…

Wylde Bill

Nov 11, 2019, 12:52 am Reply

The best part of the project is draining the keg


Nov 11, 2019, 1:01 am Reply

I need more Glenn in the bush story time videos!!!

Living In Sql

Nov 11, 2019, 12:36 pm Reply

Wow so you gone for it, I thought you were joking when you said about making one of these, love you how you chased it and came with a outstanding result.

Tim Shawn

Dec 12, 2019, 2:03 pm Reply

Where did you buy your chicken pressure you use another videos


Dec 12, 2019, 6:46 pm Reply

Man, you're just full of ideas. I love your videos.

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