Build A Beer Keg BBQ Vertical Rotisserie For al Pastor & Shawarma || Glen & Friends Cooking


welcome friends welcome to the studio
today we’re out front and I’ve got two full-size beer kegs and what I want to
do today is turn one of them into a charcoal burning vertical rotisserie for
making tacos al pastor and I’ve got a second one in case I completely screw up
and I need and I need a spare but the second one is also here because I’m just
gonna be doing like a rapid prototyping type deal with this I’m gonna make
mistakes I’m gonna try things and then I’ve got this one that I can come back
to later and do it properly if I don’t quite get it right with this
one which you know as a prototype I probably won’t now first off let’s talk
about the kegs I bought these kegs I went to a keg
broker and I bought them at one point they belong to the Miller Brewing
Company and they have reached the end of their useful life as beer kegs so I
picked both of these up and I made sure that when I bought them they had removed
the valve and the stem so there’s no pressure inside of these and if you’re
gonna go out and start cutting into beer keg make sure the pressure is released
otherwise you’re gonna get really wet I’m even gonna try to do a little bit of
welding and I’m not a welder I’m not a metal worker at all so I’m sure I’m
gonna make a lot of mistakes and people are gonna leave their comments about how
I can do it better but it doesn’t really matter to me because I’m doing it so
let’s get started now the first thing I want to do is cut this open I want to
make two doors at the front that are gonna act this kind of flaps to reflect
heat back on to the meat as it cooks so I’m gonna mark out these doors I’m going
to drill holes for the hinges and then I’m going to cut the flap out okay got the doors cut out quite thick
heavy stainless steel in this keg because it was pressure rated to 60 psi
so it is good solid construction now the the cut edges are really really sharp so
I’m going to switch over to this flapper wheel and just clean them up and make
them nice and smooth now I’ve got the whole cutout at the
front I’m not gonna put the doors on just yet
because I need to have this space open while I figure out the next steps now
the idea a whole bunch of the ideas that I’ve had so far initially was to put two
steel rods coming out so that this could be out here the spit could be out here
and I can adjust it back and forth towards the fire what I’ve learned is
you wanted as close to the fire as possible
so I’m going to drill a hole in the top and the spit will be in one spot all the
time okay so now I need to build something
down here that this can slide into while it spins time to start welding my
apologies to professional welders everywhere
let’s see if I can do this without sticking the electrode to what I’m
trying to weld my welding rod is officially licensed by NASCAR so it must
be good now it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve worked on this project I’m
doing this in my spare time and one of the things that I’ve stumbled over and
had a bit of trouble with is fabricating the fire box inside the keg what’s
actually going to hold the charcoal and I started out trying to weld something I
was gonna use expanded steel and some my welding skills they suck I mean really
they do it’s not what I do for a living is not even what I do for a hobby I did
it once upon a time thirty years ago when I worked in the bush and I’d have
to weld something back together in order to get back to town I could do it in a
pinch and I was struggled what am I gonna do how am I gonna make this work
and then I came across these they are stainless steel firebox pieces that fit
inside a Weber Kettle and it occurred to me there’s sort of half round they’re
both the right size if I got three or maybe four of them and bolt them inside
the keg I could fill those with charcoal and they might be the right distance
away from the spit so I’m gonna get to work with drilling holes in the back of
these drilling holes through the back of the keg bolting it all together it’s
gonna get me there quicker too because the fabrication is going to be fairly
easy so let’s get going on that okay now I just need to figure out how
many of these I should put inside whether it’s three or four and I need to
leave enough space so that I can get charcoal in here but I want them packed
close enough that I can actually get enough fire looks like three so I’ll go
ahead and mark those spots and start drilling okay so the firebox is in I’ve
got these three charcoal holders bolted into the back of the keg now it’s not
exactly what I had envisioned long term I don’t think this is the solution but
short term just to test out my idea I think this is gonna work
fine the next thing we have to do is figure out the spit so it wasn’t sure if
I was gonna use an electric rotisserie motor but I think this is the way to go
just for ease of cooking so I can walk away and don’t have to be worried about
turning the rotisserie all the time by hand so it’s got this bracket I just
need to figure out a way to screw this bracket into the top of the keg and then
cut the spit to be the right size and length let’s get to work okay so we’ve got fire in the keg still
trying to figure this out eventually I’ll be able to do this in my sleep but
right now still trying to figure it out fire started really easily I’ve got lump
charcoal in there I’m sort of up in the air whether I’m gonna feed this with
lump charcoal or maybe briquettes got a lot of heat coming out of here and
I think it’s gonna work now I’ve already identified a bunch of problems I’m sure
as you’ve been watching this you’ve said that’s not gonna work and I’ve already
got those things in my brain I’ve got the second keg so once I get through a
couple of kooks and I figure out what works and what doesn’t work and what I
want to change once I figure that stuff out I will tackle that second keg and I
will make it better but I got to tell you the heat off the front here is
phenomenal and these doors are just going to sort of trap the heat a little
bit around the Trump o or whatever we decide to make on a spit the options are
endless okay so I’m gonna let this burn off for a couple of hours there’s a bit
of a coating on the inside of the keg that I want to get rid of completely
before I start cooking food in it so come on back in the next couple of weeks
because we’re gonna do tacos I’ll pass store based on our research in Mexico
City check out that series to get an idea of
what we’re gonna do probably also do a bunch of different schwöre Mo’s euros
and a Halifax Donaire thanks for stopping by
see you again soon you you

100 thoughts on “Build A Beer Keg BBQ Vertical Rotisserie For al Pastor & Shawarma || Glen & Friends Cooking

  1. Thanks for watching Everyone! Stay tuned for the recipes we're going to cook – In the meantime here's a peak at our Mexico City research: https://youtu.be/wm2XBCM-Bb0

  2. I think this was a really awesome departure from your normal videos. As a mediocre amateur maker, it's interesting to see how you tackled the problem. I'd love to see more projects like this!

  3. I know you may already be ahead in the build/series, but one thing which jumps out at me from seeing the charcoal/fire in there is: vents, top and bottom. Give the fire/coals the opportunity to breathe other than the front. Maybe a few 3/4" holes in the sidewall below the bottom basket and a few more in the lid above the top basket.

  4. I'm wondering if you may want to consider grabbing the Vent cover off of a weber lid, and fabing something for the bottom so you can a) give a vent for smoke, and b) control air flow in the back half of the box? Also a Catch pan to funnel drippings out so you don't have to worry about flare ups.

  5. Yay! Glen you are spoiling us with all this content recently, make sure you keep some stuff for a backlog.

    Also, if you can, small turkey (or just a turkey breast) or a chicken roasted in it would be a nice video sometime between the 17th and the 23rd of November (American Thanksgiving is November 28th this year, as a proof of concept of cooking a bird on it might inspire someone that watches and has the skill/resources to try and make their own roasted bird (or at least make a standard spit to roast it on over a fire pit in the backyard).

  6. Donair when. Edit- Commented before the end, look forward to it, huge in the uk as well thought we call it donner usually.

  7. The only thing I see a possible problem with is the electric drive.
    Over the unit the heat may shorten it's life. If it becomes a problem you could either add a heat shielding material or shift it and use a chain drive.

  8. Perhaps key hole slots on the baskets to hold them and take them out easily so you donโ€™t have to unbolt them to clean it out

  9. You may want to consider some thermal insulation between the steel top and the rotisserie motor and electrical cord because I imagine the top of the keg would get extremely hot. But other than that, great video. Look forward to seeing the final product.

  10. Hey Glen, I just wanted to say what you're doing on this channel is all really cool. Keep it up and thanks for sharing, it's inspiring me to want to try more things in my life too!

  11. GUESSING IS GREAT FUN: I imagine you will want to make the coal baskets more shallow to provide more room for product to rotate. Car guys use a product called Dynamat to insulate areas from heat, noise and vibration: a wrap of that around the solid part of the keg (and its top) might make the most of the heat produced and it might be especially useful in extending the season for your Canadian Cooker. PLUS: the electric motor might benefit from Dynamat heat shielding. (or from whatever more flexible insulating mat might be available.) I'd like to encourage you to continue with wood lump charcoal so as to avoid any combustion products from briquette binders coating the food product. I eagerly await developments!

  12. Looks great, can't wait to see what you make first. How big is a keg versus a 55 gallon oil drum? Here in the states people turn oil drums into smokers and grills.

  13. Great video. I appreciate that you shared your building of the rotisserie with us aside from your amazing skills as a chef and videographer.

  14. The one thing that might make your life a ton easier is to mount the fire baskets to a center pillar instead of to the back wall. That way they can rotate out for filling and cleaning, and then rotate back for cooking.

  15. Very interesting, we have lots of wind here so it's a neat trick for wind proofing, also I hope we see you brew something, and is there a good beer without hops that is not a root beer? I'm trying with wormwood and stuff

  16. Iโ€™m getting some serious โ€œThis Old Houseโ€ vibes in this one. Canโ€™t wait to see what you do with this set up!

  17. Maybe you already thought about it and tested it, but I am wondering, whether the heat on top of the keg, might get to large for the electric motor (and cable)? Simple solution for that would be just to mount the motor and stick upside down, so it is underneath the keg.

    Aw, and I am still struggling with buying a T-shirt…being lactose intolerant, everyone will think I am crazy when they see me wear that ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. "Pastor Shawarma Gyro" had me wondering at the colorful services his congregation must enjoy before the chicken roast begins.

  19. I know you're Canadian but stop apologizing for your work on this project. That rig looks perfect Its even better because you made it by yourself and can fine tune it as you go. Great job!

  20. A quick google search of charcoal schwarma grills led me to a great horizontal rotisserie version you might want to get some inspiration for building final version

  21. make sure the bottom rim isn't sealed. I know some people use these to make beer brewing pots, and the bottom rim is rolled and sealed so pressure builds when heated and it's probably in danger of blowing the rim out.

    See: https://www.beersyndicate.com/app/Tutorial/Details/19

  22. Looks good to me! I've worked in the oil well pipe fields here in Houston, believe me when I say that cooker is made far better than anything I've seen from these fields. Oh yeah, a good hot fire is always the assumptive model when it comes to cleaning the crap off of it, or in it. I do see the need for a thermometer though, but I'm sure you've thought of that.

  23. Looking farward for all the recipes you can make with that; as a suggestion I would make sure that the electric motor doesen't get too much heat since it seems mostly built out of plastic, an alternative (althought less handy) could be mounting it on the underside or drive the shaft with a chain and move the motor more on the side

  24. Quick question are the bolts that hold the hinges and doors galvanized? If so i think that is a health hazard.
    Anyways i very much enjoy the content on your channel.
    Greetings from Germany.

  25. Give it a go glen ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

  26. A gas version of this would be slick. Maybe a small charcoal box at the bottom for a bit of smoke from the drippings?

  27. When you do the donair, make sure you fry the slices after shaving them to get them extra crispy on the edges. And the pita gets dipped in water and steamed on the grill to make it soft. Source: fat guy from NS.

  28. I would suggest offsetting the electric motor and maybe using a bicycle chain to drive the rotisserie to prevent the heat from the fire damaging the electric motor and power cord depending on how hot it gets at the top of the keg.

  29. Great video! Totally off topic here…do you remember the Portuguese cornbread they served at the Boulevard Cafe? I think it is callled "brio." I would love to know how to make that. A lot of the recipes and videos I see have cornmeal in them but the one at the Boulevard was more a creamy colour, not yellow. It was the best bread! I would go there just for that bread and the friendly atmosphere.

  30. really cool idea. might try some insulation or heat deflector to protect the plastic parts and motor on top. and/or make a chimney

  31. Haha! You always amaze me with your varied talents – not just another pretty face in the kitchen!๐Ÿ˜ Your project builds over the years really add or supersize a new dimension to the show and MORE, to the whole concept of making it your own!!๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ thank you so much!!!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ

  32. Wear gloves when you grind and sleeves when you weld. Safety glasses always. Also, grind away from you and not towards you. Great project though and looking forward to the finish project. Would be a great project for my apprentices.

  33. Looks good to me Glenn can't wait to see the videos where you cook with this would definitely love to see more content like this where you do some light engineering and make cooking Hardware that would be great.

  34. The fire boxes should probably be removable for ease of filling and cleaning. Maybe something that they can clip snugly down on?

  35. I would use an abrasive cutoff wheel , โ€œZipcutโ€, not a diamond wheel for cutting stainless. Face shield , leather gloves and long sleeves for personal protection as well.
    As mentioned before, cut away from oneself in case something went wrong you would be less likely to get hurt.
    When drill stainless itโ€™s best to use just water as a lubricant and not drill to fast. Slow and steady pressure will ensure that the bit doesnโ€™t get hot enough to lose its cutting edge.

  36. I've been excited about this video for a while and now I get to be excited for a while longer. Let's get cooking!

  37. Bloody great job, I'm a welder fabricator, and for what you have accomplished is awesome, your not going to get hate from me, nice work Glenn ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿฆ˜

  38. The only issue I see is the motor getting cooked by the heat of the whole keg itself. It would be wiser and probably easier to use if it's placed at the bottom (integrated in a base)

  39. There might be a bunch of nitpicking, but honestly for a prototype, it's pretty amazing. My only worry was the motor/electrical cable up top which you seem to have solved with a light stand or something like that.

  40. Wow! What an ambitious project. I have heard that donair is very popular in Halifax, which is so interesting. Here in the states it's spelled doner, not sure it's pronounced the same or not. Can't wait to see followup videos on this project.

  41. Looks great. I agree with the other comments – some sort of heat shield for the motor. Obvioulsy you will be taking temperature readings – if it is as hot as you said it is, perhaps you only need two charcoal trays in there.

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