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How To Cook on a Fire Pit for a Group

Recently I was tasked with making burgers for 40+ people at a family gathering in Ontario. Luckily, I happened to have a couple of Double Flame fire pits for the task. Even though the grill surface area is relatively small (13 inches), each round of burgers cooked quickly because of the intense heat. I hit them with some Meadow Creak Black Pepper rub and was done in no time!

We followed the burgers with some fresh fish fillets fried on cast iron, and supper was ready!

Cooking for a group with a fire pit is a lot of fun. Keep in mind these couple tips:

1. Build your fire about 15 - 20 minutes before you start cooking. You want even, consistent heat coming from an established fire.
2. Have lots of wood on hand! You don’t want to worry about running out of wood mid-sesh. Use hardwoods whenever possible.
3. Avoid distractions while you are cooking over a hot fire. The temperature is so extreme you want to be watching your food the whole time. If you have sides or other dishes that are cooking at the same time, try to have someone else watch them.
4. Make sure to have a covered baking container ready for any meat coming off the fire, especially if you have to put several rounds of meat on the grill in succession. You don’t want the earlier rounds getting cold before you can plate them for your guests!
5. BE SAFE! Keep kids away, and never swing an overloaded grill too far past the center of gravity. Wear gloves when handling the grill.

Those are a couple tips to keep in mind! Make it your own and figure out what works best for you.

Remember to take some pictures of your feast and send them over to us!

- Jonathan