BBQs and Kangaroos

November 30, 2009 · 20 comments

So, you’re feeling a little girly, nothing to do, and have a pile of bricks laying about; want to man up? How about building a brick barbeque in Australia and eating a kangaroo cooked off it?

Building the BBQ

Firstly, you’ll need some bricks of some sort. You may so happen to have some laying around, or know a friendly builder, or see a neighbour that is just not getting on with their DIY; go get them.

Look what we have here!

Look what we have here!

Next you’ll need to find a place to build it. We’re not putting together a temporary camp fire here, so find a bit of flat ground (or make some), and place the first layer of bricks down solidly.

Lay the foundations

Lay the foundations

You’ll need to plan how you are going to do this depending on brick shape and how many of them you have, you may have to BBQ sitting down if need be. Layering the bricks on top of each other in the same formation as the previous layer is one quick way to make it unstable and fall on you, so some overlap is required to get a bit of stability, wouldn’t want someone knocking it over now would we?

Space inbetween is ok as long as the structure is strong

Space inbetween is ok as long as the structure is strong

Next build up the BBQ as much as you can with the bricks you have, to make it permanent you’d cement each layer too and wait for it to set a bit, but for now, and the immediate need to be manly it’ll be fine without. Keep going until you get to the layer where you will be placing the coal or wood on for creating the fire.

Should look something like this eventually

Should look something like this eventually

If you have a tray (recommended for ease of cleaning) then you’ll have to take the size of it into consideration too. At this point you’ll want to stop building up the base and build the surround area where the grill will be mounted with the food cooked on.

I suggest 1-2 layers of brick above this otherwise the food will be too far away from the heat to cook effectively.

Next simply mount the grill on and build at least 1 more layer around it to deflect the heat back onto the food.

The finished product!

The finished product!

There is your BBQ done! Pose in front of it without your shirt on with beer and the most masculine friend you can find for extra man points.

Job well done

Job well done

Cooking Kangaroo

Now pop to your local supermarket, or hunt down a wild kangaroo (animal cruelty is not endorsed by AdventureRob.com) for an appropriate sized piece ready for cooking. You’ll need wood or coal for your BBQ, fire-starting fluid or cubes is recommended to get it going too. Put it all together and start the fire. Cave men started fires several thousand years ago, so I’m not going to explain the many ways of doing it here, but if you don’t know: Click Here.

Now, once the flames have settled and the heat is consistent, put your kangaroo on the grill and occasionally turn until it is ready to eat how you like it. Serve with beer for even more man points.

One last thing to mention. Also a disclaimer, that this can be dangerous; so be careful with what you’re doing and I take no responsibility for you piling bricks and and setting fire to the top of it. It may be best to take out some travel insurance in Australia while you’re there cooking the wildlife and other activities!

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Abbie November 30, 2009 at 2:39 AM

That is an awesome BBQ… and it seems strange to me to “hunt” wild kangaroo. I guess the meat has to come from somewhere, but I never thought about going out and hunting them lol.

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AdventureRob November 30, 2009 at 5:53 AM

Thanks :-) Only took an hour to put together too!

I have no idea how to hunt a Kangaroo by the way, road kill is much easier to catch I imagine.
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neha November 30, 2009 at 7:31 AM

what a fascinating idea. did you have any trouble grilling the meat?
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Alex November 30, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Fantastic article brother, had the first real bit of fun in Australia doing this with you!
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AdventureRob November 30, 2009 at 2:18 PM

One the fire’s going, it’s quick, easy and healthy grilling meat on it :-)

Yeah dude! n_n nothing like random projects to make a dull day fun!
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Candice November 30, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Hahahaha “extra man points.”
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Vi @ Travel Tips December 3, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Wheare are pictures of kangaroo? :)
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AdventureRob December 3, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I knew someone would bring that up eventually ;-) Did not take pictures of kangaroo unfortunately, might retro add one later.
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Temper March 13, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Even though there are many ready made BBQ grills, they certainly can’t match the fun and thrill in building your own grill. Thanks for the informative article. Cheers

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Kerner March 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Now that is what you call a home made BBQ! I love it! instead of those fancy machines make your own! I bet it turned out well too! great stuff guys! cheers
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AdventureRob March 22, 2010 at 6:05 AM

BBQs are supposed to be basic! Its surprising that most of them in Australia are actually gas or electric. Can’t beat the coal burnt taste in my opinion!
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Joseph March 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

One of my relatives had a fancy new BBQ stove, honestly it didnt taste that great! i really like it all outside burnt on coal. it just has that BBQ taste, get what i mean? these fancy machines are of no use seriously! cant beat the old fashion BBQ!
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AdventureRob April 1, 2010 at 2:02 AM

Yes! BBQs are supposed to be coal powered giving the charred taste and texture to food. Modern gas powered or electric ones, are simply an heated plate, may as well use a stove.
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Alan May 13, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Agreed! if not why would you call it a barbecue! True it may not be the healthiest thing to eat, but hey its not like your gonna have a BBQ everyday right? i love the whole charred meat with BBQ sauce. You cant enjoy that with an electric machine!

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Andrew June 3, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Looks fab! bring on the steaks!

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Jack September 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Just about to build my own, even though I’m slightly late for the British summer! One downside though, Kangaroo isn’t as readily available over here… guess I’ll have to stick to a nice piece of steak!

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AdventureRob September 2, 2010 at 5:18 PM

A bit of cow steak (I had kangaroo steak) would go just fine I reckon!

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Mark November 29, 2010 at 7:54 AM

Australians and their BBQ go hand in hand. Oh and add the Fosters, and you have a typical Aussie Sunday arvo in the backyard. She will be right mate!

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BBQs January 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM

heat them up in the grill and then spray with Easy-off oven cleaner. Let cool and then use the wire brush or or some wadded up aluminum foil.

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