How To Make The Bitty-Q - (A Drink-Can BBQ) #Mikehacks

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Got an itch to grill, but don't have a BBQ handy? Here's an awesome little hack, to satisfy your meaty cravings one bratwurst at a time!

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Step 1: Watch the Video!

WARNING: Cutting aluminum cans will give the metal very sharp edges. Sharp edges cut skin. You may want to use gloves to mitigate any risk. Hot coals also pose a number of risks. Never use around flammable materials or on tabletops sensitive to heat. This project should not be attempted without adult supervision and adequate training. Use of this video content is at your own risk.

Step 2: Introducing the Bitty-Q - (Itty Bitty BBQ)

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At some point this summer, you may find yourself somewhere your grill isn't, with an itch to cook up something tasty. So in this project let's hack an empty drink can, into an itty bitty BBQ, that will help get you the fix you need, and put some sizzle on those links one glorious dog at a time.

Step 3: Split Down The Middle

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I just made a Bitty-Q that grilled the largest garlic and onion bratwurst I could find at the grocery store, so there's a good chance it'll handle your hot dogs as well.

For this project I chose to use a large 23.5 fl oz drink can.

You'll need to cut the can completely in half, which you could do with a pair of scissors, but whatever you use, the goal here is to split the can cleanly in two.

If you make some small angled cuts about half an inch from the edges, you'll be able to bend the aluminum over, forming a small ledge.

I was able to get a nice clean crease with the help of a popsicle stick.

Do the other side the exact same way, then trim down the pointy parts so they're not quite as sharp.

Now let's focus on making an awesome, and removable, cooking grill.

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Fantastic OTG BBQ :)

kayjax5125 days ago

This is so creative, useful, and just downright adorable!

u r very smart

Mielameri27 days ago
This takes two of my favorite things and manages to combine them; small versions of big things, and objects of fantastic DIY functionality. Thanks for a great ible!

"This takes two of my favorite things" hard lemonade and hot dogs...

Plo Koon15 days ago

That's epic, bro.

die potato15 days ago
here's a link to my altoids tin BBQ
die potato15 days ago
You should try an altoids tin like I did :)
bigjeff31316 days ago

mite want to put some pool sand in the bottom of the can it well help to keep the charcol from burning thought

flyangler20 days ago

Though I stuck to the grill pattern pretty well, I ran out of coat hanger because I cut it off at the neck and didn't try to salvage the spiral end or hook. Not a big deal. I thought it would be easier to bend open a 3" U-bolt than a 4" . I had to really lean into it to pull the legs apart. The handle on my grill top is hand hammered from some grounding copper and I drilled a couple of holes to accept the bolts because the hardware store didn't have the strap thingamabobber. I par-boiled the brats in the contents of this can, the only humane way to dispose of stuff that comes in cans this big. ;)

vatoniolo26 days ago

Aluminum cans are lined with BPA which you do not want to ingest. I'd suggest melting it off with a torch but be careful not to melt the aluminum.

No need for a torch. After you add the coals and close the lid it will burn off in a couple of minutes once it is heating up.

I've done a fair amount of burning the linings out of cans, and I can say for certain that they are tough little bastards. One of the problems is that metal is a fantastic conductor of heat, which can keep the lining "safe" for quite some time. I think you're correct that the coals would probably burn the lining off the bottom part, but I doubt they would do much for the top. A torch would also be problematic, as the flame will oxidize the aluminum rapidly. In the picture to page 8 you can see the lining start to yellow. I would definitely say that this off-gassed burnt plastic onto the food. I would also say that the lining is still attached. I really like the way this looks, but I would not want to eat anything cooked in it.

I found this soda called Zevia, apparently there is no BPA lining it. I just hope they have tall enough cans.

orator22 days ago

Cute idea that really works. Hard to believe, however, that you had all these materials available and time to assemble it, but didn't have a grill!!! LOL

Victor8o523 days ago

I hate to be "that guy", but isn't the inner coating of the can dangerous if it burns? Most of those coatings have quite nasty chemicals and the smoke could make them stick to the food.

The upper part seems to be intact after being used but I'm concerned about whether or not the coating of the bottom would burn.

elic24 days ago

Very nice! Good for walking tracks, all you need is a can of beer and a small wire grid. The only trouble is, that you can't drink the beer during eating. - joking!

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BikeHacker24 days ago

You have my vote!

Cool. Voted. ~ :-})=

beljar425 days ago
what about using a one gallon beer "can"? probably can get a few hamburgers on there.
lazyboy39525 days ago

we will still have our grills after the apocalypse, thanks to you grant Thompson.

Wantashi Na25 days ago

Well done very clever and resourceful , do you have a video on how to make a video ? Thanks the fiddler

Wantashi Na25 days ago

Well done very clever and resourceful , do you have a video on how to make a video ? Thanks the fiddler

pmenon126 days ago

Wonderful. Especially your youtube DIY made it interesting. Thanks a ton.

cdistillery26 days ago

I am going to use a Monster Energy can so I can make a Monster Bitty Q. LOL. HEE HEE

123heroson26 days ago
This is awesome thanks

This is really good.

Easy to make, light weight, multi use of the one product etc... and good for a slow meal - 3 or 4 sausages over a few hours...

"Well of course it's fragile!! - It's a split aluminium drink can!!!"

I have some larger but - not so thin, extruded aluminium tube - for a more permanent version.

Actually I really like the idea of a small drum type BBQ.....

I reckon that a steel cylinder of about 16 - 18 cm OD and about 30 cm long - would be about ideal....

Like from large truck exhaust pipe.

Dammit - I have had another good idea.

Must go make.

kas22726 days ago

Awesome idea but, realistically, only as a fun, novelty project. How often does one only need one hotdog at a time? lol

Or your outside and need to eat cooked food.


but imagine, there are 12 personal beer can BBQ like this on the table, and everyone can enjoy using the make their own hot dogs.

love that idea ... and it would certainly be fun getting the 12 cans for the project! lol

Or a family gathered around a single can, toasting marshmallows for their hot chocolate...


Jrown26 days ago

This is totally awesome! Gotta try it!

Kiteman26 days ago

Nice job!

How much dollar.
doodlecraft27 days ago

Awesome! Fun way to do a little smore's campfire too! :)

I think we both got the idea from the picture on the contest #mikehacks which has a extreme similar design to both of ours.
Dang I was going to make this a few months ago ,but I couldn't cut the sides of the can. :(
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