How To Build An Inexpensive Portable Kitchen

DIY Portable Barbecue

One of the great ways to enjoy the outdoors is through outdoor cooking. Outdoor portable kitchens have so many benefits and advantages but cost, usually, isn’t one of them :(

The cost of a portable kitchen will depend largely on its size, the materials you select, and the appliances you want to be installed. A basic outdoor cooking area with a patio, grill, and countertop will cost you a few thousand dollars. Of course, a luxury design outdoor kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances will cost many times more.

So a full outdoor kitchen not only requires a dedicated space but also demands a hefty bank account. Now, if you don’t have the dedicated space or the bank balance, don’t despair…

This portable kitchen barbecue is a clever solution! You don’t need an expensive and full-size outdoor kitchen. It just has to be functional and practical. This outdoor kitchen meets both criteria.

DIY Portable Barbeque

This is perfect for those of you who are short on backyard space. It’s easy to move around your yard and when not in use, you can easily store it in your garage or shed to keep it protected from outdoor elements.

Could this be your next weekend project?

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  • Concrete Mix
  • Scrap Wood Pieces – for concrete frame
  • Wood Pieces – mock-up shapes/sizes of the barbecue, cutting board, and sink for making holes on concrete
  • Copper Tube
  • Bolts
  • Barbeque
  • Cutting Board
  • Sink
  • Reinforcing Metal Bars – old dog cage
  • Hooks
  • Screws
  • Water Tap
  • Hose
  • Wheel Casters
  • 2×2 Lumber
  • Plywood
  • Water


  • Drill
  • Trowel
  • Tub – for mixing concrete
  • Concrete Float
  • Saw


Steps to build a portable kitchen

First, we need a base for our potable kitchen, it’s optional how you want to build it but I decided to have a cupboard to cover the sink and bucket for wastewater.


I put two wheels on my portable kitchen to be able to move it. But I recommend putting another two wheels on the other side of the portable kitchen because it will get very heavy with the concrete top.


First, I bought the barbecue, cutting board and sink. Then I started building the frame for the concrete with sized holes where they will fit. The hole for the cutting board is made of two layers of wood. One is the same size as the cutting board, and one is a little smaller. I wanted my portable kitchen to be empty underneath the cutting board to save some weight.

The reinforcing bar is made from an old dog cage. The smaller holes the stronger they will be. Make sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the frame which will be the top surface when it’s complete.


Take your time when you add the concrete, make sure you don’t get any air bubbles inside.


Don’t forget to add a bolt on either side to be able to attach it to the wooden frame.


Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos while attaching the sink to the frame but it’s a bit tricky. Be careful not to get any cracks in the concrete. Add as many hooks, and things as you find necessary.


You don’t need a large backyard. You don’t have to spend extra time and effort to prepare space for a full, dedicated kitchen. And you don’t have to feel bad about your wallet. This simpler and easier outdoor kitchen project will allow you to enjoy your outdoors even more with way less concern.

What changes would you make to make this barbecue more suitable for your needs?

Thanks to Molarin for this great project!



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