Fire Pit Cooking:
All about cooking on a barbecue pit
Most any fire pit can be turned into a barbecue pit, allowing you to cook delicious food over either a wood fire or charcoal. All you need is a grill grate, a rotisserie or a tripod. You can cook anything you'd usually cook on a grill on a barbecue fire pit and more! Learn all about the advantages of fire pit cooking.
A fire pit is anything from a simple campfire, to a portable cast iron or copper fire pit, to an elaborate permanent brick or stone barbecue pit. With a few fire pit accessories and some creativity, the grilling guru in you can come out to impress you friends with great grilled dishes.
One advantage to a barbecue pit is that you can burn either wood or charcoal as your fuel for heat. Most standard grills do not have the capability or size to accommodate a wood fire. Fire pits are also great because they are large and several people can stand or sit around the fire pit and enjoy the warmth and great aromas.
All about fire pit cooking:
- Advantages of Fire Pit Cooking - A barbecue pit offers many advantage to other forms of cooking, even over standard grills.
- Types of fire pit cooking - Fire pit cooking is versatile. With a little creativity you can make a slew of different dishes on a firepit.
- Fire Pit Barbecue Cooking - A fire pit barbecue is one of the most common and basic ways to cook on a fire pit with real firewood. Here are the basics and some cooking tips.
- Tips for cooking on a wood grill fire pit - Just like learning any new cooking technique, there are some skills and tricks you should learn to become a real fire pit cooking guru.
- Pros and Cons of Cooking with Wood - Before deciding to tacking wood fire cooking, consider the advantages and disadvantages of using real firewood as your heat source.
- How to Start a Wood Fire - This may seem obvious, but sometimes it can be difficult. Here are some tips and tricks to getting your perfect fire roaring in no time! Also see our pages on proper wood stacking, fatwood fire starters, pine cone fire starters and fire starter logs.
- Cooking Pig or Other Animals in the Ground: the Mumu - Traditional polynesian cuisine uses an interesting technique to cook their whole pig roasts or other whole animals. Rather than roasting in an oven or over a fire pit, they bury the meat underground in a roasting pit which has been heated up with an intense fire! These underground barbecue pits, called a mumu or kalua, are a unique and fun way to slowly roast a whole hog or other large animal.
- Rotisserie Cooking - A rotisserie can greatly expand your repertoire of cooking on a fire pit or grill. Larger roasts slowly rotate over your fire to create succulent and flavorful meats.
- Campfire cooking - You don't need a fancy fire pit to cook great food over an open fire. Whether camping or in your backyard, a campfire-type fire pit can be used to cook up many types of great food.
- Skillet, pot or tin can cooking - Cooking over a fire pit or campfire isn't limited to big cuts of meat you can throw on a grill. Learn some tricks to cooking in a pot or even tin can on your next campfire or in your fire pit or grill.
- Dutch Oven Cooking - One great way to cook soups, stews and aromatic braises over an open fire is with a dutch oven!
One of the best places I know to buy supplies for cooking with fire is SpitJack.com. Besides being one of the best options for fireplace cooking supplies (fireplace grills, rotisseries, cranes, long-handled roasters, etc.), they have a uniquely chosen stock of other great accessories. Their own fire pit rotisseries for pig and lamb roasting are top notch and sturdy. They also have fire pits, firewood storage and splitting supplies and more! Check them out!
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