Fire pit cooking
The beer’s on ice, your guests are mingling and the coals are red hot, so it’s time to cook.
But how do you cook on a fire pit?
Here are five simple methods:
Grilling is a common way of cooking on a fire pit and probably the simplest.
You already know the method and timings, and everyone can have a go of the grill!
As mentioned, some fire pits come with a grill, but if yours doesn’t, we’ve got plenty to choose from here.
Alternatively, lay out the raw ingredients and let your guests cook their own food in a grill basket – it frees you up to host and adds a bit of theatre.
Skewering – the quintessential cooking method for happy campers – is a great way to cook on the fire pit.
It’s quick, easy, and keeps the conversation flowing.
Sausages are a given but try experimenting with other chunks of meat and veg to create tasty fire pit kebabs!
One thing to remember – always ensure the skewer you’re using is metal.
Pot cooking requires the most equipment but will expand your fire pit menu to epic proportions!
One-pot recipes like curries and stews are sure-fire winners, letting you serve pre-made piping hot favourites. Just cook them in your home oven, transfer to a pot, and hang over the fire pit flames with a tripod – easy!
Another great advantage of pot cooking is the even heat distribution, which is perfect for making and serving mulled wine.
To fry, put a pan or pot on the fire pit grill and cook as normal.
For faster-cooking dishes and those that need boiling, rake the coals and wood to one side and pop your pot into the empty space.
A cooking method spanning millennia, spit roasting strips cooking back to its core – fire and meat.
While it takes time, that first bit of tender smoked meat is one to savour, but one word of warning – you might ditch your oven!
Most fire pits won’t handle a hog roast, but you’ll get brilliant results by starting with small game birds and working your way up to bigger birds like turkey.
Just remember to turn the spit regularly, follow standard cooking times, and you’re good to roast!
Now you’re a fire pit cooking maestro, let us know how you got on in the comments below!
Also, don’t fret if your fish don’t fry or sausages don’t sizzle – fire pit cooking is one of those easy to learn, tricky to master skills.
Fortunately, with a long hot summer ahead, you’ve got plenty of time to hone your skills and find your ideal fire cooking method!
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