How to Make easy BBQ Grill handles

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Recently I purchased a new BBQ. I don't have a grill lifter and I want to add handles to the grills to make it easier to add more charcoal or pieces of wood for smoking.

Obviously I would need to have some oven mitts grill mitts to lift a hot grill. With clumsy mitts though I wouldn't be able to grab the grill - I need a handle (preferably two)

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Step 1: What you'll need

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Per grill we need to assemble these parts:
2 U-Bolts with cross plate
8 smaller washers
4 larger washers - make sure they're wider then the gap between the grill bars
4 additional nuts for U-bolts

Step 2: Assemble the handles

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Put the ubolts and washers and nuts together...

I found it best to assemble these across the grill instead of parallel to the grill bars. Mounting the handles across the bars prevents any possibility of them falling through the grill itself.

Step 3: Attache to the grill

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As simple as it sounds really...

Screw two nuts up the u-bolt to the same height and then add the cross piece.

Then position across the grill and add the large washers.

Then add the smaller washers,

Finally add the bottom bolts. Tighten everything well.

Step 4: Step 4: Finished! Apply meat or favorite BBQ food liberally

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That's it - we're done. The grill now has nice easy to grab handles for lifting.

Added April 14:  I also did the bottom grill to make for easier cleanup - I just hadn't posted the pic before.

robertoguerra8 months ago

This is a very great and straightforward procedure. The important part here is that it's very easy to do and helpful for your BBQ grilling. You may also want to check our US made pig roasters here in

eblair410 months ago
How did you close the lid without moving the "handles" in?
SpringRobin (author)  eblair410 months ago

On this grill, the lid is a half dome. There was enough clearance.

caitlinsdad11 months ago

There is some controversy over the topic but do try to use stainless steel quality parts instead of any kind of galvanized hardware. Heating zinc at high temperatures is no good for you.

lime3D caitlinsdad11 months ago

I agree that stainless steel would be best, however, the zinc plated parts would need to heat up to over 600 degrees before it would be of any health concern.

zygomatic lime3D11 months ago

Natural/lump charcoal grill can easily reach temperatures of over 1000° F.

lime3D zygomatic11 months ago

IF the charcoal in the grill pictured in this instructable reached 1000 degrees (which it couldn't), there wouldn't be anything left of the meat to even talk about. Try to keep it in perspective.

zygomatic lime3D11 months ago

Sure it could. I've measured my lump coal fire with my Fluke 62 and it goes off the scale (932° F maximum). Some sources claim lump charcoal can get up to 1400° F. It wouldn't vaporize the meat, but great for a quick sear.

lime3D zygomatic11 months ago

If you honestly believe that the grill in THIS instructable is capable of reaching those temps, then I suppose there isn't any point in further discussion. You win. Happy?

zygomatic lime3D11 months ago

It has nothing to do with the grill. The fuel will burn as hot as the fuel burns.

lime3D zygomatic11 months ago

Like I said, you win.

chuckyd lime3D11 months ago

Zinc/galvanizing should NEVER come in contact with food. The food itself can cause a negative reaction with the zinc. At any temperature.

lime3D chuckyd11 months ago

Quote your source. Know your facts.

SpringRobin (author)  lime3D11 months ago

600 degrees Farenheit or Celcius?

lime3D SpringRobin11 months ago


thebeatonpath11 months ago

It never ceases to amaze me at the brilliant ideas I see on here! Just last night I was watching my hubby grill on our Green Egg that has the round grill and lifter and worried he would eventually get a nasty burn. Then I find this today. Already shared it with him.

ckeefe111 months ago

Great idea.

PS: I would do the bottom grill too. Help to avoid dirty hands for clean up.

SpringRobin (author)  ckeefe111 months ago

Thanks ckeefe. I added the pic of the bottom grill completed. I had done it but simply not posted the pic.

burnerjack0111 months ago

One of those "Gee, why didn't I think of that!" things. Genius!

jcduplessis11 months ago

Brilliant! So simple but perfectly effective! Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Monomann11 months ago
Awesome idea!
rolltidehank11 months ago
Great, or grate, idea!
SpringRobin (author)  rolltidehank11 months ago

Thank you - glad you liked it.

MrRedBeard11 months ago

What an awesome idea!

SpringRobin (author)  MrRedBeard11 months ago

Thank you Sir

Michael C11 months ago

Great Idea. This is so simple it's brilliant.

SpringRobin (author)  Michael C11 months ago

Thank you Michael - much appreciated.