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12 Smokehouse Plans For Better Flavoring, Cooking and Preserving Food

Once upon a time every home had a DIY smokehouse in the backyard. The homemade smokehouse was used as a meat smoker and food smoker to preserve the food raised on the homestead. People got away from the DIY smoker and began to use smaller, ready-made BBQ grills and smokers because they were more convenient and portable for a upward mobile society.The pendulum is now swinging back and the trend for building a smokehouse is in full swing. A BBQ smokehouse erected in your own back yard allows you to have control over food flavor, additives and preservation method by using either the hot smoker or cold smoker method. A BBQ smokehouse will enhance the flavor of any cut of meat and allow you to use cheaper cuts of meat and make them taste like the most expensive cuts. Making your own sausage and cheese and smoking it will add another dimension of flavor to your homemade recipes that just can’t be bought in any store. Smoking meats and other foods also kills harmful bacteria to increase the shelf life of food. That’s why a homemade smokehouse was an integral part of every landscape prior to the advent of refrigeration, all food was home-preserved by either smoking or canning and both have become a growing trend as a means of having total control over what goes into the food being eaten.

Look over some of these 12 BBQ smoker plans so you can discover how to build a smokehouse in your own backyard and enjoy that smoky-rich flavor in all your favorite cuts of meats and add value to your property with some of the permanent smokehouse design plans.

1: DIY Backyard Smokehouse

Cinder Blocks and Cedar wood make not only an efficient smokehouse, but an attractive one too. This DIY smokehouse design makes smoking fun and enhances the appearance of the backyard.

DIY Backyard Smokehouse

2: Cinder Block and Brick Smokehouse

 Cinder Block with Brick Fire Box smokehouse design will withstand the elements for decades and provide delicious smoked meats and cheese for several generations to come.

Cinder Block and Brick SmokehouseCinder Block and Brick Smokehouse

3: DIY Pallet Smokehouse by Stephhicks

DIY Pallet Smokehouse is simple to make using recycled wood pallets and some aluminum roofing material. Being eco-friendly through recycling old wood pallets is a plus for these smoker plans.

DIY Pallet Smokehouse

4: Miniature Smokehouse

Mini Smokehouse takes up no more room than a mini fridge but packs a big punch with big smokey flavor. This mini smokehouse is ideal for those living in an apartment or condo unit with little outdoor living space.

Mini Smokehouse

5: Cold Smoker

Cold Smoking Conversion plans allows you to take a hot smoker and turn it into a cold smoker. Everyone has their own preference of either hot or cold smoke, this DIY plan lets you have the best of both worlds and alternate between cold and hot smoke as desired.

Cold SmokerCold Smoker

6: Propane Smokehouse

Propane Smoker lets you achieve a smokey flavor on meats and other foods without burning wood. The simple box smoker design uses a turkey deep fryer to create the smoke.

Propane Smokehouse

7: Brick Smoker

Brick Smoker and BBQ Pit is a work of art that provides a place to smoke meat, grill meat and other food, plus it enhances the look of the landscape. This DIY brick smoker will be the place all your family and guests will want to gather around when they come over for a visit.

Brick Smoker and BBQ Pit

8: USDA Smokehouse

USDA Smokehouse plans provide you with a tradition old-school design that combines form and function that has proved to be highly efficient and durable over the past several centuries.

Smokehouse plans

9: Cinder Block Smokehouse

Cinder Block smokehouse design is a large, classic design that can smoke a lot of meat at once. Perfect for those who raise and eat their own livestock or hunt for game animals.

Cinder Block Smokehouse

10: Turkey Burner Smokehouse

Turkey Burner Smokehouse design is another DIY smoker than relies on propane instead of wood to give meat that desired smokey flavor. Just about the size of a normal household refrigerator, this smoker is easy to build and easy to use.

Turkey Burner Smokehouse

11: Whiskey Barrel Smoker

Whiskey Barrel Smoker is an attractive addition to any backyard and it’s easy to build, even for the novice do-it-yourself-er. The whiskey barrel smoker uses charcoal to create the smokey flavor in foods instead of wood.

Whiskey Barrel Smoker

12: Walk-In Smokehouse

Walk-in Smokehouse is a design for the serious meat smoker. This large six foot by six foot wood-sided smoker looks like an garden shed that makes an attractive addition to the landscape. This is a great size smokehouse for those who have large backyards and hunt for wild game or raise livestock. Built to last on a foundation of railroad cross ties and topped with a tin roof.

 Walk-In Smokehouse

6 Responses

  1. Warren
    Warren at |

    I am curious. I’m thinking about designing a smokehouse & have just started doing some research. I had been thinking about placing the vent/s down low & likely adding a supplemental one (or more) higher. My thoughts were that I could control the temperature & amount of smoke more easily with an arrangement like this. Probably leaning more towards a hot smoking method placing the firebox on the external side of one wall. Thus making it easier to tend the fire without having to re-smoke the room numerous times. All of the designs I’ve come across so far, admittedly still earlyish in my research, have placed the vent/s high. Am I totally naive in my thoughts & having my combination serves no useful purpose? Thanks for any input.

  2. John
    John at |

    I am curious. I can find plenty of information on smokehouse’s and recently built the turkey burner smokehouse (no10) however there is no information on how to use the smokehouse when cooking. I have the burner at the bottom, where do I place the pan with sawdust, on the flame or above and if above how far above. Thanks

  3. Steve A
    Steve A at |

    I’m considering building a masonry BBQ or smokehouse so I appreciate your article on the subject. As a bricklayer I have just a small pet peeve; they are concrete blocks, not cinder blocks.

  4. Bruce Cole
    Bruce Cole at |

    Where can I get plans on how to build the Pizza oven and smoke house . I think that that is exactly what I’ve looking for.


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