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How to Make an Underground Oven (Dirt Oven DIY)

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We are now prepared for the coming Zombie Apocalypse. And if the Mayans ever get it right, we’re ready for them, too. We wouldn’t have been back in 2012, but NOW we can be secure in the knowledge that we are going to survive. No, we haven’t stockpiled weapons, but we DO have a really cool underground oven! Yep, we can cook in the dirt. It’s no microwave, but it makes for very tender pork ribs, that’s for sure!
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First we (and by we, I actually mean the men in the family) dug a hole in the ground wide enough to accommodate the grill racks. Ours was 5′ by 1½’ and 2½’ deep. They used bricks to lift the racks off the ground and leave room for the hot coals. Then the sides were built up with cinder blocks so it was completely lined all the way around. I’m more of a visual learner, so here you go:
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The next step before putting the food on the racks and closing up the oven is to build a roaring wood fire in the pit. Let it burn high and hot (continually) for 2 hours and then rake out the coals until there’s no flame and it’s just coals and ashes under the racks. While the fire is burning, it’s time to prepare the meat! Just look at that beautiful rack of pork spare ribs! Make a tasty dry rub and massage it into those babies! Then wrap the racks tightly in at least 3 layers of foil, making sure there is no meat exposed. When the fire is out, place the meat on the racks. Be careful- it is REALLY hot in there!
  • how to make an underground oven dirt oven diy, how to, outdoor living
  • how to make an underground oven dirt oven diy, how to, outdoor living
So now that your fire is burned out and you put your foil-wrapped ribs in on the grates, it’s time to commit. There’s no going back after this point, so be sure everything is ready and in there! (We should have done our corn on the cob and beans in here, too. Next year.) Place a sheet of tin over the oven and then grab a shovel- it’s time to bury it all! Cover the whole thing in 4″ of dirt.
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Now, walk away and enjoy some family time for 2½ hours. Then send down the manly men to go dig up meat from the ground. This is very cool to them and they are happy to do it. Just like they are happy to play with fire. (Don’t tell them, but next year when we roast the corn and put the beans in Dutch ovens to cook, they will actually be taking care of the whole meal.)
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  • Gail
    Gail Pensacola, FL

    Very clever and big!

  • Pam Harsch
    Pam Harsch Fargo, ND

    I really don't want a sand pit in my back yard with a bunch of bricks in it and a piece of tin over the top. The whole thing seems unsafe to me, if you have kids or pets playing in the yard. And not just when its cooking but just having it in the

    • Nicole Burkholder
      Nicole Burkholder Murrieta, CA

      Ours is down on the bottom of the property, tucked away in the corner. It stays covered when it's not in use. The pets have never bothered it, nor have the kids. If you don't have the space and feel it's a safety issue then don't do it!

  • Bill W. Hatcher

    Just make sure the sheet of tin you cover it with is NOT galvanized as that will poison you.

  • Carol Meyette
    Carol Meyette Manville, RI

    awesome,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but i hope there is some kind of surround so people know where it is and no one steps on it barefooted,,,,,,,,especially a child

  • Henry Luna
    Henry Luna Fort Stockton, TX

    This is a small pit that is made with concrete using a metal pipe made into a pot. Works the same way but easier to handle the meat! We take out the pot and dump the meat out after it is cooked! The pit is covered with a square piece of metal that

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