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

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!

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.

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Fantastic OTG BBQ :)

kayjax511 year ago

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

oreoosmar2 months ago

Awesome my dad has a big grill and I'm only ten so . I can make thus mini BBQ:)

Joel29 made it!3 months 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!

PatrickD84 months ago


PatrickD85 months ago

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

Tlaci18 made it!6 months ago
Thanks for this awesome idea, works great! :-D
tephenboy9 months ago
Awesome ????
What about this process for a 55 gallon drum or a big keg made of stainless steel?
Army boy11 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 boy10 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.
jacktores6911 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....

squidcraft1 year ago


u r very smart

Mielameri1 year 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 Koon1 year ago

That's epic, bro.

die potato1 year ago
here's a link to my altoids tin BBQ
die potato1 year ago
You should try an altoids tin like I did :)
bigjeff3131 year ago

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

flyangler1 year 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. ;)

vatoniolo1 year 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.

orator1 year 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

Victor8o51 year 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.

elic1 year 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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BikeHacker1 year ago

You have my vote!

Cool. Voted. ~ :-})=

beljar41 year ago
what about using a one gallon beer "can"? probably can get a few hamburgers on there.
lazyboy3951 year ago

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

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

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

pmenon11 year ago

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

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

123heroson1 year ago
This is awesome thanks
kas2271 year ago

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

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