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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:
  • how to make an underground oven dirt oven diy, how to, outdoor living
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.
  • how to make an underground oven dirt oven diy, how to, outdoor living
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.)
  • how to make an underground oven dirt oven diy, how to, outdoor living
For more details, photos and an update, please visit my blog post link below!

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  • Lillian G
    Lillian G Canada

    the people in the interior of BC (canada) have used this cooking method for centuries ... especially when cooking for a feast, funerals or large groups.

  • Sheff11210
    Sheff11210 Richmond, VA

    I have been saying I want one in the back yard. We will soon create it in time for fall! I just love this idea!

  • Debbie Nottingham
    Debbie Nottingham Seattle, WA

    This is a Christmas family tradition (roasting a pig) that started way before I was even born, always at my grandparents. Always fun getting together with family far and near. True us women enjoyed watching the men enjoy cooking a whole meal (not to

  • Nicole Burkholder
    Nicole Burkholder Murrieta, CA

    We usually use it for holidays as well. Many hands make light work! :)

  • MM

    My dad has done this and other people as well. It doesn't have to be elaborate. Just dig a hole, leaving the top sod layer as a lid, put briquettes in, put your wrapped meat in, put the sod lid on and cook the Entire day. I last had beef and it was

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