How to Build a Rock BBQ Pit

A barbecue pit is a great addition to any outdoor living space, and can be a focal point during spring or summer get-togethers and barbecues.

Almost anyone can build a rock barbecue pit.
A rock barbecue pit can double as a fire and cooking pit, giving you a little dose of the camping experience in your own backyard. Building a rock barbecue pit is a task that almost anyone can complete. The barbecue pit should be built at least 10 feet away from the house or other buildings to prevent any potential accidents. .

Pick a spot for your fire pit, at least 10 feet away from the house and any other combustible materials.

Excavate the ground with a shovel, making a hole for the rock barbecue pit at least 6 inches deep. It is important to have the barbecue pit partially underground, as it provides added safety.

Spread gravel on the bottom of the barbecue pit. Gravel is a non-flammable material.

Place landscaping rocks (or fire bricks) around the barbecue pit. Once you've placed rocks around the entire pit, add another set of rocks. A higher wall provides even more safety.

Place a large grill rack on top of the barbecue pit. The grill rack should be at least 2 inches larger than the circumference of the barbecue pit, so it rests comfortably on top of the rocks.

Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Landscaping or large fire rocks
  • Gravel
  • Large circular grill rack


  • You can use either charcoal or hardwood in a barbecue pit.

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Teresa Starr has been a professional writer since 1998, with novels to her name and credits as a screenwriter. Her novels include "The Questions Within" and "A Forgotten Tomorrow" which are both distributed internationally by Ransom Publishing, U.K. Starr studied English and creative writing at Frederick Community College.