If you’ve decided you like hanging around a firepit with friends, perhaps you’d like to try cooking over one, rather than using your outdoor kitchen? Cooking over a fire pit is a rewarding experience, and requires very little in the way of equipment.
Fire pit cooking equipment
The main pieces of equipment I use cook over a fire pit are as follows:
Extendable roasting forks are a great tool to cook over a fire with. They are available from a wide variety of places, including Lowes. Make sure you get the extendable/foldable kind, so that you can vary the distance you sit from the fire.
Tongs are used to take items in and out of the coals, for food items that are better cooked sitting there for an extended period of time.
Foods you can cook over a fire pit
Hotdogs and veggie dogs are frequently the main protein source in a fire pit meal. It’s easy for everyone to cook their dog to the desired level of done/burnt and the fire adds a nice flavor. To mix things up a bit, try sausages!
Portobello mushrooms are nice to spear and roast. They provide a meaty consistency for the vegetarians and when cooked over a fire, have a delicious charred flavor.
Fresh pineapple is a perfect healthy (ish) dessert! When grilled or roasted, pineapple caralizes, making it absolutely delicious. To cook, cut the pineapple into slices and spear a slice on your fork and roast it.
To cook a potato with a fire pit, cut it in half lengthwise and add desired seasonings. Then wrap it in aluminum foil and toss it among the coals. Forget about it until you remember it again, and then poke it with the fork or squeeze it with the tongs to see if it’s tender. If tender, remove from coals with the tongs.
No list of fire-foods would be complete without the trusty s’more. You probably don’t need any elaboration on this one, but if you do, a s’more is made by roasting a marshmallow to desired level of brown/black then sticking it and a piece of Hershey’s chocolate between graham crackers.