Oil truck transforms into giant mobile grill


When the truck rolls up, everything seems normal enough. It’s a generic oil tanker. But when the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey” begins to play and the side of the tank starts to open, you suddenly realize things are not what they seem. This is no mere tanker truck, it’s a massive meat cooking monster dubbed the “X Grill”.

[Ken Foster], owner and creator of this $40K+ beast, worked with welder [Gary Webb] to custom design and fabricate every component of the vehicle, from hinges to hydraulic systems. They claim not a single part came from a box. The cooking area, complete with speakers and spotlights, has storage cabinets, stainless steel prep counters, a four burner stove, and a 42 inch grill. If that’s not enough, there are three more grills you can set up beside the truck and hook into the system. All the appliances are run off a 65 gallon propane tank that’s mounted to the side of the truck.

Although the “X Grill” is available to rent for private parties, [Ken] says they spend most of their time at community and charitable events. He donates his equipment and cooking services, and the host group supplies the food and gets to keep any profit.

Good work guys!

[via Neatorama]


  1. DainBramage1991 says:

    Now THAT’S a cool hack.

  2. localroger says:

    Awesome! Now I’m hungry for BBQ.

  3. rallen says:

    Sh*t! That looks like it was made for tailgating at any large sporting event of your choice.

  4. Hirudinea says:

    I love the smell of propane in the morning!

  5. Mark Smith says:

    ‘Merica. Fuck yeah!
    I love that this is being used for charity functions! Hacks are awesome, but hacks that give to the community are just that extra bit of awesome.

  6. Lotus says:

    By the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey” you mean “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Strauss?

  7. Charles says:

    This is just a DOPE hack!

  8. It’s not a hack. It’s a business. You even have to subscribe to see the video.

    Cool idea but lets not forget the rules of hackdom. A little bit of amateur bashing, bending and welding rather than polished and professional perfection.

    I still want a burger though.

  9. matt says:

    I saw a show which had a bunch of these, one was a scale model of a jumbo jet, which was significantly bigger than this one, and had other features like a built in smoker.

  10. n0lkk says:

    I hate to complain as it is awesome, but he should have looked for tanker on a twin screw truck. That way he would have had room to roast a couple of whole hogs, yummy.

  11. echodelta says:

    Oil tanker? You forget the deep fryer, fish and fries! And it’s Lent.

  12. strider_mt2k says:

    Well, I’m sure he’ll give it back when he’s finished.

    I’ll be here all weekend folks.
    Try the fish. No, seriously…

  13. Brian says:

    I’m pretty sure that the hydraulic systems where something from a box, nobody would go through the trouble of building the cylinders and pump them selves. And what about the gas burners and gas tanks ?.

  14. liuite says:

    A big oil man serving up a big helping grease, awesome!

  15. Eric says:

    Johnsonville beat this guy a long time ago. http://www.bigtastegrill.com/specs/

  16. mstone says:

    Looks like someone took Doc seriously: http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowbtg062.html

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