Cooking Ideas for Your Fire Pit

With the amazing weather we’ve been having this summer, it’s no surprise that we are rushing outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and make the most out of the summer heat wave. At the top of the list for many of us is the opportunity to have friends round in the garden for a get together, some drinks and some good food.

If you have a fire pit then no doubt you’ll be using it to keep your guests warm as the sun goes down in the summer evenings, however, many fire pits have more to offer than simply providing warmth for your garden. If you want to add a bit of class to your dining experience and impress your guests this summer, you can also use your fire pit to whip up some quick dishes which are not only easy to make but taste amazing.

Here are just a few of our favourite, fire pit cooking ideas which are both simple and will transform a simple barbeque into a delicious dining experience.

Kebabs

If there is one thing that is easy to cook and will be a crowd pleaser when it comes to outdoor cooking, then it’s a Kebab. Here a couple of quick and simple recipes which you can try on your firepit and impress friends and family.

 

Lamb Koftas

A staple in the Eastern Mediterranean, these kebabs are far tastier and healthier than your usual late night takeaway.

Serves between 4-5 people.

Ingredients:

  • 500g Lamb Mince
  • Olive Oil
  • 1tsp (teaspoons) of Ground Cumin
  • 2tsp of Ground Coriander
  • 1tbsp (tablespoon) of Chopped Mint
  • 2 Crushed Garlic Cloves
  • A Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients, minus the oil, in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Form the mixture into separate sausage shapes (how many is up to you), making sure they are very compact. Then thread them lengthways with metal skewers or wooden skewers soaked which have been soaked in water.
  3. Place the grill of your fire pit above the coals when they are white hot and then place the kebabs on the grill, brushing each with the olive oil.
  4. Cook for around 15 minutes, turning the kebabs every 5 minutes and brushing with more oil if needed.
  5. After 15 minutes, check a kebab by cutting it in half. If it is not pink then it is ready to go! Serve with mint yoghurt and inside toasted pitta breads.

 

Island Kebabs

If you want to make your barbeque a bit more exciting, then these sticky Island Kebabs are a brilliant way to enhance pork or chicken in your outdoor cooking.

Serves between 4-5 people.

Ingredients:

  • 600g Diced Chicken Breast or Diced Pork
  • Rapeseed Oil
  • A Pineapple cut up into 1” pieces
  • 1tbsp of Chopped Fresh Ginger
  • 1tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 2tbsp of Brown Sugar
  • 100g Tomato Ketchup
  • 2 Crushed Garlic Cloves
  • A Pinch of Salt and Pepper
  • 3 Mixed Peppers cut into 1” pieces
  • 2 Red Onions cut into 1” pieces

Method:

  1. Place the meat you are using, the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and tomato ketchup in a bowl and mix together with a pinch of salt and pepper until thoroughly coated. Cover the bowl in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for at least an hour (overnight is preferable).
  2. After the meat has marinated, get some metal skewers or wooden ones that have been soaked in water beforehand, and thread a pieces of red onion on each one followed by a piece of pepper, pineapple and then a chunk of the marinated meat. Repeat this process on each skewer until you can’t fit any more on the skewers.
  3. Place fire pit grill above the coals when they are white hot and then place the kebabs on the grill, brushing each with the rapeseed oil and any remaining marinade.
  4. Grill for at least 15 minutes, turning the kebabs and brushing with oil and the marinade every 5 minutes. If you are using pork then the meat may only take 10 minutes so in this case turn and coat every 3 minutes instead.
  5. Check the thickest piece of meat on the kebabs after the cooking time and if it is not pink inside then it is ready!

 

 

 

 

Sides

It’s always great to have something on the side with your meal and there are plenty of side dishes you can make on a fire pit to have with your main event or, if you want, you can combine them together to make a scrumptious vegetarian main.

 

Baked Corn

A simple side which can be left to cook on the fire pit while you prepare other things, these deliciously sweet cobs of corn can be served with any savoury main. Just remember to get something to hold the ends with!

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 Pieces of Corn on the Cob
  • Butter
  • Chopped Chilli (optional)

Method:

  1. Place each cob in a parcel of foil with a piece of butter on top and add the chopped chilli if you like it spicy.
  2. Seal the foil parcels and place on the grill for 30 mins or until tender. If you want to char them up a bit you can place them on the grill after 20 mins outside the foil, turning them over every now and then until ready.
  3. When ready, take the cobs out of their foil and serve them up.

BBQ Sweet Potatoes

Easy to make and with little preparation needed, these baked sweet potatoes can be served alongside a meat dish or with the Proper Baked Beans recipe below as a main.

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 Medium Sized Sweet Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Rub each sweet potato in some oil and salt then wrap each one in two layers of foil.
  2. Seal the foil parcels and place the sweet potatoes on the grill for 30 mins, turning half way.
  3. When finished, serve as a side or with the baked beans.

 

Proper baked beans

Whilst it is easier to just get a can of baked beans and heat them up, these home cooked baked beans taste way better and are a staple you can come back to time and again. This dish is great with sausage and baked potatoes.

Serves 5 people as a main, between 7-8 people as a side

Ingredients:

  • 240g Drained Borlotti Beans from a Can
  • 240g Drained Haricot Beans from a Can
  • 2tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Chopped Onions
  • 200g Barbeque Sauce
  • 500g Passata
  • 3 Crushed Garlic Cloves
  • 30g Muscovado Sugar
  • 2 Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

Method:

  1. Get a large oven proof dish, place it on the grill and add 2 tbsps of oil.
  2. Cook the onion and garlic till soft and then add the sugar, stirring until caramelised.
  3. Chuck in the sprigs of rosemary, around 200g BBQ sauce, the passata and beans.
  4. Then, cover the pan in several layers of foil and place in the coals for around 8-10 minutes.
  5. When piping hot, place on a heat proof surface and serve.

Sweet Things

When it comes to cooking on your firepit, you don’t have to restrict yourself to savoury dishes. If you’re still a bit peckish after your mains or simply fancy a treat for yourself and your guests, here are a couple of moreish sweet recipes you can try on your firepit.

 

Grilled Nutty Bananas

Incredibly quick to knock up and extremely tasty, these yummy bananas are best served straight from the fire pit with a generous dollop of ice cream.

Serves 4 People

Ingredients:

  • 4 Ripe Bananas in their skins
  • A Handful of Chopped Hazelnuts
  • Chocolate Spread

Method:

  1. Get your bananas and place them on the grill with the skin on, turning them for about 6 minutes until charred.
  2. Cut the bananas open, remove the skin and slice each banana in half length ways.
  3. Fill each banana with chocolate spread and hazelnuts before serving with ice cream on top.

 

 

 

Baked Apples

A brilliant way to use up spare cooking apples or making use of an early windfall, these baked apples can be pre-prepared and then left to cook on the fire pit while you enjoy your main course.

Serves 4 People

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cooking Apples
  • 75g Raisins
  • 75g Chopped Dried Dates
  • 50g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 30g Chopped Nuts
  • Butter

Method:

  1. Core the cooking apples and make a slight cut around the centre of each apple so they look like cricket balls.
  2. In a bowl mix the raisins, chopped nuts, cinnamon, sugar and chopped dates.
  3. Stuff each apple with the mixture and top with a knob of butter.
  4. Wrap each apple in foil and place on the grill for 35 mins until soft. Then, when ready serve with a big dollop of vanilla ice-cream while still warm, or if it’s a bit chilly, some warm custard.

 

As you can see, there are loads of ways you can use your fire pit to produce a top-notch meal for your family or an outdoor get together with your friends. We hope you’ve been inspired to give outdoor cooking a go and make the most out of your fire pit this summer So get out there, get cooking and put some smiles on peoples’ faces!

If you want to find out more about Glowing Embers’ range of fire pits, you can click the link below:

https://www.glowing-embers.co.uk/outdoor-heaters/firepits?zenid=ig5ugegdcsuud3s4hp5p4p06l1

 

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