Backyards across America are stocked with fire pits.
They make the party more fun. Who wants to be that house where you sit in a circle around a whole lot of nothing?
Not this girl.
If you’ve joined the fire pit fan club, you’re surely the place to be on the block, but have you tried grilling on your fire pit?
Read our article “How to Make a Fire Pit Grill” to learn how to build your own Fire Pit Grill. Then, grab your coals and steaks and get the party started.
The Coals Matter
You’re at the store looking at the variety of coals to choose from. Resist the urge to grab the briquettes. For your pit (and really all barbecuing), I recommend going with lump charcoal. It produces a lot less ash, so it makes cleanup really easy.
I prefer using Black Diamond CharWood It’s packaged in a box, which makes for easy storing; it’s really lightweight; and the ashes can be sprinkled in your garden to help fertilize your plants.
Pile the coals in the center, leaving an outer circumference without coals. This way you can cook your food over high direct heat or lower indirect heat.
They’re 17 inches long, keeping your hand clear of the fire.
They’re flat, so your food won’t spin around when you try to turn it.
They’re very sturdy, so they can hold a heavy load
And they’re pretty stylish
Cleaning a fire pit
Take time to enjoy the killer meal you just prepared. Then, you have two options: let the coals burn out and clean it in the morning. Or, remove the grill grate and keep the party going by adding firewood and roasting up some marshmallows.
If you used lump charcoal, you can sprinkle the cooled ashes in your garden. If you used briquettes, you’ll need to let the coals cool completely and then toss them in the trash.