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

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

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

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

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.

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    27 Discussions

    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


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    11 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Quote your source. Know your facts.

    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.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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


    5 years ago on Introduction

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