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1976 DJ-5 Smoker/Grill Waxhaw, NC $4500

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features • TAGS: .

Mike shared this DJ-5-transformed-into-a-smoker (in the back) and grille (under the hood).

“Pull up with this at your next party. Built from the shell of an old postal jeep. 18 ga steel welded in the cargo area(back) and sealed and all shelves (2) are on rollers so they pull out. Side back windows have shelf to keep things warm. Under the hood you have a 36″ flat top griddle for cooking. I built a fire box that only uses wood or charcoal. I used only hickory wood. Smoker is mounted on a trailer for easy towing. All lights on jeep except headlights work as they should .”

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1972 DJ-5 BBQ Athens, TX $2200


If you’ve always wanted a DJ-BBQ, this is your chance.

“This is a 1972 Jeep grill costume built look close”

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1952 CJ-3A Smoker/BBQ Stanwood, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1500.

For $1500 you can buy a pretty good smoker and a bbq.

“1952 Willy’s Jeep BBQ/Smoker. This smoker is tow-able and works great. Has built in fold down table in back with storage in cab area. We’ve used it for many years.

$1500 obo or trades (dirt bikes or boat)”

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DJ-5 BBQ Grille Athens, TX $4000

• CATEGORIES: Features, trailer • TAGS: .

Given non-running DJ-5s can be picked up for under $1000, I’ll be curious to see if this sells for the asking price. No description provided.

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Willys BBQ Chicago, IL $2000

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Price dropped to $2000.

(10/13/2017) Nice looking barbecue.

“selling a 1940s willys tow behind bbq grill il, title all led lights built 4yrs ago all steel const, very heavy duty, leaf spring suspension”

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Jeep/Willys Fire Pit/Grill Church Hill, TN $250


UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/03/2016) Does someone produce these or is this a one-off?

“I have a fire pit that resembles a willys jeep . This fire pit is 3/16 steel not a thin lowes or Walmart pit. this will last for years . It is heavy 85 + lbs………size about two foot by two foot..”
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Jeep Smoker/Grill Valentie, SD No price

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

Here’s another jeep-themed barbeque.

“For sale or trade. Electric smoker, propane side burner.”

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1952 CJ-3A BBQ Stanwood, WA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500.

(06/14/2015) This CJ-3A was repurposed into a bbq.

“1952 Willys that has been modified into a BBQ! Works awesome! Smoked Ribs, Brisket and lots of Pork on it! Adjustable firebox. Heat range of 150 to 500 degrees. $1000 obo or Trade…”

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Another Jeep Barbecue Grille

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

I saw this CJ-5 bbq on Facebook. I thought I’d better add it to the BBQ posts.


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The Shed’s Willys Wagon BBQ

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

This one-of-a-kind smoker and BBQ was built from a 1954 Willys Wagon. It was created as a portable bbq kitchen for a restaurant in Mississippi called the The Shed (actually, two restaurants now) founded by the Orrison family. They chose to use a Willys because, “it’s like the oft repeated mantra of cooking great barbecue: You have to drive it ‘low and slow.'” has a long story about The Shed and their experience at a BBQ competition.

Here are a few photos from and from USA Today:

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Willys Aero Ace Barbecue Glendale, AZ **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Features • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **Status Unknown**

How about this unusual barbecue. There’s a grille under the hood and I think one in the dash area, too?

“Here is a one of a kind item this was a 1954 Willys Aero Ace, that was cut into a custom Hot Rod BBQ it has custom wheels, fully powder coated body and frame has dash with Pioneer CD player stereo Has platform for ice chests, and other items for those Rod Run Cookouts can be towed behind most Hot Rat Rods or trucks that have a hitch. serious calls / inquiries only”

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DJ-5 Grille From Flickr

• CATEGORIES: DJ-5 & DJ-6, Features • TAGS: .

How about this cool DJ-5 custom grille. The photographer who posted these pics (and others) was also the builder.




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Flamin’ Willys BBQ

• CATEGORIES: Features, Unusual • TAGS: .

Mark from forwarded a story he posted on his website.  Here’s a short excerpt below.  Drop by his website to read the entire story and see all the pics.

“The wagon was a whole different story. The thing was shot. I parted it out keeping the window trim, regulators, dash, and steering wheel, anything I might need in the future. The title said it was a 49. I couldn’t let it go because along the line I picked up a 47 Willy’s pickup.

The wagon was simply too far gone except that front end. A tree had landed right on the hood. That was the only real issue with the clip. After sitting in my barn with lots of thinking fluid, my friend suggested turning it into a BBQ grill like what they did on that movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”. Remember at the end of the movie, they are grilling in the back of an old car? Anyway, that sealed the deal.”

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CJ-2A BBQ Fort Worth, TX **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Unusual • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was  Make Offer.

Now, this is cool!  Mark spotted this beauty.

“im selling or trading this jeep grill i need a running jeep or a nice four wheeler for trade or if you are intrested shoot me a pic and a offer. it does not have a motor, title, front wheels this is a custom made jeep whillys 1952 and lights work and everything is legal call but (ONLY IF YOU ARE SERIOUS) and make yur offer thanks. by the way if you see it i still have it thanks.”

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Dinner Time at the Rusty Jeep Hickory Pit

• CATEGORIES: Features, Monuments/Statues • TAGS: , .

If you are like me, you love to eat slow, pit cooked meat (pork, beef, bison, chicken, and just about anything else).  Actually, I’m partial to Kalua Pork, named not for the beverage, but rather for the method of cooking:  Kalua Pork translates as “to cook in an underground oven”.  Now, I don’t have an underground over, but I have a heavy crock pot.  All you need is about 5lbs of pork butt or a picnic cut, a table spoon of liquid smoke and a table spoon and a half of salt.  Drop it into your pot (don’t add water).  Turn it on high.  Wait 5 or 6 hours.  Throw in about 1/4 cabbage sliced.  Cook another half hour, and it will be done:  I guarantte you will have some fantastic Kalua Pork.  Easy and nutritious.

But, if you don’t feel like cooking your own pork and you are near Port Aransas, Tx, then drop by the Rusty Jeep Hickory Pit.  And, of course, there’s even a rusty jeep in the parking lot (which no doubt ran until it was parked? lol).  Josh’s sister sent him some pics, seen below, and I found a few additional pics on the net (thanks Josh).

The sign below is attached to the front grille of the jeep.