How to Cook Over a Live Fire
There are few things like the flavor of a live-fire cooked steak or surf and turf on a grill over hot coals. Here are 5 tips from the Breeo and Pro Team members to help you nail that first try cooking on your smokeless fire pit!
Pro Team member, Christie Vanover, says the first thing to figure out before you start live-fire cooking is to check your wood. She recommends hardwoods like hickory, apple, pecan or cherry. You’ll want to avoid pines and cedars, she says, because “before you know it, your food will taste more like air freshener” (girlscangrill.com). Check out her post on wood for more info!
2. Building Your Fire
Christie also recommends building a teepee of wood in the middle of your fire pit and, once it’s lit and burning, break it down and spread around the fire pit to make a bed of coals. Then you can attach your Outpost grill, toss the meat right on to it and use cast iron skillets for cooking the side dishes (girlscangrill.com). For more info on Christie’s methods, check out her page. To learn how to start a fire, watch our video.
3. Measuring the Temperature
Chef Nate Flaim recommends using your hands to feel the heat of the fire and visualize cooking your ingredients in those temperatures. You may need to add more wood and make it hotter, or you might need to be patient and wait for it to burn down to coals. Another helpful technique is sprinkling some water on the Sear Plate™ or on the surface you’re using to get a gauge on the temps you’re working with.
Once you’ve set up your fire and measured the temperature you’ll be working with, double check that you have everything you need before you start cooking. You’ll probably have to keep a close eye on your food to make sure it doesn’t burn after it hits the grill. Make sure you have your food seasoned and prepped in advance and your grill tongs, spatula, and meat thermometer are at the ready. You’ll also want to remember to keep a serving dish or pan on standby for when the food is done.
5. Start with the Basics
For your first time cooking on a Breeo smokeless fire pit, we recommend going back to the basics and starting with ingredients you’re already familiar with cooking. Burgers, sausages and vegetables like brussel sprouts or asparagus are some good starter meals when you experiment with over the fire cooking for the first time.
And there you have it! With these tips, you’ll be ready to start cooking over the fire in no time, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a true firemaster.