A Do-It-Yourself Portable Smoker For Camping, Beach Trips, And More

With just two foil roasting pans, some metal skewers, aluminum foil, and a small cooling rack, I was able to build a Portable DIY Smoker and test it. Did it work? Have a look and check out the Tri Tip I cooked on my little creation 🙂

This sort of project would allow you to smoke cuts of meat, including chicken, beef, and sausage, if you are at the beach or on a camping trip, without the bother of bringing along a larger grill or smoker.

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19 Comments

  1. Marriott Rangely on September 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    WOW!!! Just found this. We are planning our beach vacation. I will give’r a try at home and then take it to the beach. Have you tried this configuration with other meats? Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ron Zufelt on September 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Nice out of the box thinking. Looked good.

  3. Preston Buffington on September 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    That was an awesome experiment and fun to watch.

  4. Amsterdamnster Kush on September 16, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I’d put another aluminum pan underneath the holes where the meat is to catch the drippings of fat and make gravy 😉

  5. Scott Collier on September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Great fun! I’ve fashioned a few impromptu grills over the years, but never a disposable smoker.
    The principals were all there, just adjusting the fuel and sizing is all that would be needed.
    I might just try this over the weekend.
    Thanks Ry.

  6. Zak on September 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    A few binder clips would hold the top on even better.

  7. Chris McDowell on September 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. I would’ve never thought to do it. Nice one, Ry!

  8. Walter Holland on September 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Excellent. Very well done, sir.

  9. Matthew Kirkham on September 16, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Hey Ry,
    Love the channel….When are you going to do another slow cook brisket?

  10. Chuck Riley on September 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Good concept. No reason the same technique wouldn’t work on a Weber mini portable charcoal grill.

  11. Mark Hunt on September 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Ry MacGyver!! That was fun to watch!

  12. William Logan on September 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Good idea Ry. Thanks for sharing.

  13. MrSDH on September 16, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Very creative make shift smoker indeed

  14. Jonathan Taylor on September 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Totally Genius! It reminds me of when I started seriously fishing as a hobby. I went out and bought the best of the best equipment, I mean just went all out! Well on a fishing trip, I was out there and I mean I just wasn’t catching ANYTHING! Well I looked across the pond and I saw a little guy (maybe 10 or 11), fishing with like a $5 Zebco and some worms or grasshoppers he caught there in the grass. And this kid was catching ALL morning! It was impressive. It was also very humbling, and from that moment on I realized (and this goes with almost anything), it’s not about what you got, it’s how you use it! That little "makeshift" smoker is pure genius!

  15. Jacklyn n dad on September 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    WOW…. Awesome Rye you really went outside the box wonderful . From Trinidad

  16. Amsterdamnster Kush on September 16, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Smoke leaking is a good thing. Promotes draw/flow of air 🙂

  17. Adam Coe on September 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Saw this last night so I had to run out to the dollar store and give it a whirl myself. More or less followed your method, the only changes were that I bought a 6 pack of binder clips from said dollar store to help keep the lid tight, which actually help quite a bit, and I also just bought a cheapo cookie cooling rack rather than use skewers. In my case I had to cut the rack to size, but it was VERY easy and didn’t require anything elaborate…just a pair of tin snips and then a bit of wire to hold it back together after it was cut. You could honestly have just bent the rack back and forth on the side of a picnic table if you had to, and re-attached it with paper clips. The whole thing took maybe 20 mins. Anyway started it up with 10 or 11 briquettes and had the same problem, way too much heat, so I backed it off to about 8-9 and got it down to a relatively useable 285. Still on the hot side but not a huge deal. Let them burn about as far as they’d go, and I did add a couple of briquettes near the end as the temp was beginning to taper off. Total cook time was nearly an hour on the dot for a ~1.25 lb chunk of sirloin. Gonna bring this camping later in the summer for sure! Might try sort of a "snake method" approach, only light maybe 5 briquettes to start but arrange them in a row rather than just light the whole thing at once.

    Anyway great project, super easy to make, and easy to operate! Fun stuff.

  18. Lu La on September 16, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Love it! Thank you!

  19. Amsterdamnster Kush on September 16, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    You’ve out-done yourself! Great idea. Got the notification while at work. Couldn’t wait to get home and watch..

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