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 :)

kayjax5111 months ago

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

Joel29 made it!8 days ago

Nice idea!

My 10 years old son found your video on youtube and asked me to help him build his own BBQ. I (drinked and) cutted the can and folded the grill. He did all the rest. We made minor changes like using plain bolts as legs (helps to keep the can round) and used a thumbscrew as handle.

Thanks for the great idea! We had lots of fun building this and everybody likes it!

PS: We found a Heineken mini keg for the next one!

PatrickD81 month ago


PatrickD82 months ago

The link to the templatre is no longer available , can you re upload it please

Tlaci18 made it!3 months ago
Thanks for this awesome idea, works great! :-D
tephenboy5 months ago
Awesome ????
What about this process for a 55 gallon drum or a big keg made of stainless steel?
Army boy8 months ago
Does someone knows if BPA lining in it makes it dangerous for our health, yesterday i tried this with a pepsi can as soon as hot charcoal touched it black smoke came out of it so can someone tell me if it is safe for my health?
MiniDIY Army boy7 months ago
You would have to drink 900 cans a day for if to be dangerous but in case you are still worried just burn it off with a lighter or leave it light for a while, but don't breath the fumes.
jacktores698 months ago

its a good idea and kinda cool, its another way to ahve fun and cook the dogd so its all good everyone.

im just saying, use a stick over a open fire to cook your dogs is way easier....

squidcraft10 months ago


thundercookie10 months ago

u r very smart

Mielameri11 months 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 Koon10 months ago

That's epic, bro.

die potato10 months ago
here's a link to my altoids tin BBQ
die potato10 months ago
You should try an altoids tin like I did :)
bigjeff31310 months ago

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

flyangler11 months 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. ;)

vatoniolo11 months 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.

orator11 months 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

Victor8o511 months 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.

elic11 months 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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BikeHacker11 months ago

You have my vote!

snoopindaweb11 months ago

Cool. Voted. ~ :-})=

beljar411 months ago
what about using a one gallon beer "can"? probably can get a few hamburgers on there.
lazyboy39511 months ago

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

Wantashi Na11 months ago

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

Wantashi Na11 months ago

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

pmenon111 months ago

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

cdistillery11 months ago

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

123heroson11 months ago
This is awesome thanks
kas22711 months 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.


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