DIY: Charcoal BBQ Grill for less than $4.00

I recently visited Home Depot and they had a clearance on a two piece adjustable cooking grate in their BBQ section.  Originally these were just under $10.  The grates were on sale for about $2.50.   One section is about 6 inches by 10 inches.  The other is about 6 inches by 12 ½ inches.  I bought two sets.  I wanted 2 of the short sections so that I could fit them inside the foil trays I found.  This would allow fairly flat storage when not in use.  The two grates overlap each other to form the larger cooking surface.

I also found a multi-pack of foil drip pans in the same section of Home Depot.  These worked out to be about $1 each.  These foil pans are 12X8X2   .  I am sure you could find cheaper ones, and of a size to also use the longer section of the cooking grates.

So with tax each portable BBQ grill is under $4 including tax.

One layer of hot charcoal briquettes will do 2 to 4 hamburgers or 2 good sized steaks.  It’s a perfect size for two people.  I tested this out last night with 2 steaks.  I forgot how much better a grilled steak tastes done over charcoal.