For the past 3 years, I have been asked non-stop what pieces of equipment I love using and where people get them. Well, today I am finally answering your questions. While it might have taken me a while to pen this response, hopefully you will find all of these 10 Fire Cooking Gear Must Haves essential and beneficial to your cooking experience! Here we go:
1. Fire Cooking Gear 101: Rotisserie
The key to getting good, delicious and juicy food is using a rotisserie. I love mine, and think that you should have one too!
The rotisserie does two things really well: it gets an even cook on your food and self bastes the meat at the same time. Because the idea behind a rotisserie is that you secure your meat to a skewer and let it rotate around the fire, the meat will often get an amazingly even crust while cooking. This is perfect for picanha or turkey legs where it is tough to evenly cook all sides of the meat with just simple grilling.
The other benefit is that it self bastes the meat. While the rotisserie is rotating, the meat is cooking and letting out its juices. Because the meat is rotating back into itself, you end up having the juices stay on the meat without falling off into the fire. This means juicier and tender meat!
You can easily get a great rotisserie on Amazon and attach it to your grill. This is the one that I have been using for a long time!
2. Churrasco Swords
Ahh, the fabled churrasco sword. Like a blend of a kebab skewer and a massive broadsword, this awesome piece of metal is a fun fire cooking gear essential.
The key reason for using a churrasco sword is because it can cook large amounts of meat and it gets an amazing crust just like the rotisserie.
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Churrasco Picanha with Chipotle Garlic Chimichurri over the fire today 🥩 🌿🔥 . For those who do not know, my wife and I bought a house! Which means I was finally able to build myself a firepit in my backyard to cook in more crazy styles. I decided to break in the new pit by cooking @porterroad Picanha on churrasco swords with a Chipotle Garlic Chimichurri. A classic dish to start off a new adventure! . Sliced the picanha into steaks then seasoned with oil, salt and pepper. Skewered them onto some churrasco swords then leaned them over my new fire pit. Cooked for about 45 minutes with me flipping them a couple of times. Cooked at a medium heat so to render the fat a little more. Pulled off and let the steaks rest for 15 minutes. Made the chimi with parsley, oregano, garlic, jalapeños, red wine vinegar, my Chipotle Garlic Rub from @spiceology, salt, pepper and olive oil. Mixed that together and lathered it over some of the Picanha. It was quite the cook 👍 🍻 . . . Ingredients: Steak – @porterroad Picanha, salt, pepper and oil. . Chipotle Garlic Chimichurri – 1/2 cup of chopped parsley, 1/8 cup of chopped oregano, 4 cloves of garlic chopped, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, 1 jalapeño chopped, 1 tbsp of Chipotle Garlic Seasoning from @spiceology, olive oil + salt + pepper to taste . . . Gear: Meat from @porterroad Chipotle Garlic from @spiceology & @overthefirecooking Olive Oil from @cobramestateusa Skewers from NorCal Ovenworks Cutting Board from @monnierwoodcraft Fire pit made from products at @loweshomeimprovement Knife from @jvknives . . . Music: See You Musician: @iksonofficial . . . #overthefirecooking #grilling #churrasco #asado #braai #bushcraft #cooking #firecooking #openfirecooking #livefirecooking #campfire #picanha #forkyeah #bbq #barbecue #barbeque #food #grilled #steak #redmeat #steaks #topsirloin
The idea behind the churrasco swords is that you skewer chunks of meat onto it, secure them using food safe wire and slowly cook it over the coals until it is nice and tender. My only major tip is to safely punch a hole in the meat using a knife so you can easily glide the sword into the meat when you are ready to cook.
Add to you fire cooking gear with some swords here!
3. Kebab Skewers are the best Fire Cooking equipment
One of my staple pieces in fire cooking gear is a good kebab skewer.
Getting a good skewer to have on the grill is essential because you will use them way more than you realize. I use my skewers often (if you haven’t been able to notice) because they get insane flavor onto the meat and make flipping the meat so simple.
Another thing I like to do is avoid using a grill grate when I have skewers. Grill grates can sometimes take the outer crust of the meat off when cooking; therefore, I try to cook with my skewers untouched so to keep all the flavor on the meat!
Here are my favorite skewers to use!
4. A Good Fire Cooking Pit
Breeo makes a variety of fire pits that are all amazing, but the X Series stands above the rest. It is the perfect combination of a fire pit and a grill all at the same time.
With the use of its “smoke-less” design, you end up having less smoke around the pit as it re-combusts underneath the fire to create a cleaner heat. You also have an adjustable grill grate that is perfect for searing steaks on a high heat or gently sauteeing veggies in cast iron.
And if that was not enough, you have the high heat sear pad on the outside of the pit to quickly cook burgers, brats or more steak. Plus when you are all done cooking, just take off the grill post and grate to have a full functioning fire pit to sit around at the end of the night.
But wait, there is more!
And if you are interested in getting out into nature and grilling, then the brand new Breeo Outpost is your pick. This portable grill uses the same integrated design as the X, but is able to stand on its own (literally). It is the most adventurous of Breeo’s grill line.
5. Sauce Pan & Brush
No outdoor fire cooking equipment is complete without a sauce pan and brush!
My Lodge Cast Iron Sauce Pan and brush combo is the best to use for basting my meats over fire. Just simmer your sauce or leftover marinade in the pan for 5-10 minutes and you are ready to baste!
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Honey Adobo Grilled Chicken today! 🍗 🍯 🌶 🔥 . Been cooking so much red meat that I have been craving some grilled chicken. Made this Honey Adobo Grilled Chickem today on the @breeo.co Phoenix. Marinated the chicken overnight in @spiceology adobo seasoning, pressed garlic, chipotle purée, apple cider vinegar and lime juice. Adobo is an amazing spicy, sweet and tangy blend that goes great on chicken. Next, I grilled the chicken till it hit 165F internal while I basted it in a honey butter sauce in my @lodgecastiron sauce pan. Let the chicken rest for 8 minutes then topped with cilantro, sliced and served on this killer cutting board from my friend @pmkwoodworking. This recipe is awesome for family dinner, meal prep or date night! 👍 🍻 . . . Ingredients: Chicken – 3-4 chicken breasts, 3 tbsp of Adobo Rub from @spiceology, 2 tbsp of chipotle purée, 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 6 heads of pressed garlic, 3 juiced limes, avocado oil and garnish with chopped cilantro. Butter – 2 parts butter and 1 part honey. . . . Gear: Spices from @spiceology Grill from @breeo.co Sauce Pan from @lodgecastiron Cutting Board from @pmkwoodworking Knife from @culterknives . . . Music: Lazy Day Musician: music by audionautix.com License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode . . . #overthefirecooking #grill #grilling #forkyeah #foodlover #firecooking #openfirecooking #livefirecooking #cookingoutdoors #forkyeah #firepit #eats #cookingwithfire #outdoorcooking #firepitcooking #campfire #campingfood #barbecue #bbqporn #bbq #chicken #pollo #honeyabodochicken #adobo #honey
I love basting meat too because it keeps the food moist and adds additional flavor. The outside crust of the meat should have moisture on it so it does not dry out, and the basting method helps with that! Plus it reinforces the flavor onto the food so that you get an extra punch of deliciousness.
Get the Lodge Sauce Pan and Brush here!
6. Himalayan Salt Block
Have you ever cooked on a salt block?
If not, then you are totally missing out. This chunk of Himalayan pink salt heats up to high temperatures and retains it well. It lets you cook on it like it’s a cast iron skillet! And the best part is that it adds tons of great flavor since it is a block of salt!
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Chipotle Lime Salt Block Baked Salmon 🐟 🌶 🔥 . After getting some Alaskan Salmon from @salmonandsable, I just had to cook it as soon as possible. Seasoned the salmon with my Chipotle Garlic Rub, chipotle puree, honey, salt, pepper, avocado oil, lime juice and lime zest. Let it marinade in the seasoning for 20 minutes. Baked it in the @stadlermade oven on a preheated salt block for 25 minutes until they were nice and juicy. The salt block really helps to add extra flavor to the fish and keep it non-stick. Topped with some lime and cilantro. This was a fun recipe for sure. Definitely doing more salt block recipes soon 👍 👍 . . . Ingredients: Salmon Marinade – 2 salmon filets from @salmonandsable, 1.5 tbsp of Chipotle Garlic Rub from @overthefirecooking + @spiceology, 2 tbsp of chipotle puree, 2 tbsp of honey, 1 lime (zested & juiced), avocado oil, salt & pepper to taste. . . . Gear: Chipotle Garlic from @spiceology & @overthefirecooking Salmon from @salmonandsable Salt Block from @surlatable Grill from @stadlermade . . . Music: Sleigh ride Musician: Rook1e . . . #overthefirecooking #grill #grilling #forkyeah #foodlover #firecooking #openfirecooking #livefirecooking #cookingoutdoors #forkyeah #feedfeed #thekitchn #food52 #firepit #eats #cookingwithfire #outdoorcooking #firepitcooking #campfire #campingfood #foodblogfeed #foodfeed #barbecue #bbqporn #bbq #salmon #chipotlelimesalmon #recipevideo #fishing
I like to use my salt blocks by slowly heating them up in my oven first before adding them to the fire. Why do I do that? Well since it is a chunk of salt, if it is not heated up properly then it can crack and break. Once the block has heated up to 450F, I then add it to the grill and get to cooking. Once you are done cooking, just scrape it off and let it cool down. Rinse with hot water and store it. You can reuse your salt block for up to 2 years if you treat it well!
Find a great salt block here!
7. Lump Charcoal & Wood
The secret to good tasting food is adding good lump charcoal in your fire cooking gear bag.
Lump charcoal gives off amazing real wood smoke and fire flavor without any of the adhesives or chemicals that other briquettes might. It is a clean fuel that creates insane crusts and flavor on your meat. My favorite lump charcoal has to be Cowboy Charcoal.
It is a very versatile fuel that you can use in your fire pit or on the grill anytime of the year. It can be hot in 15 minutes, and will make some delicious meals when you combine it with their wood chunks or their pit wood. FYI: Chunks and chips go great for smoking along with the pit wood!
Get some Cowboy Charcoal here now!
8. Cast Iron Stand
The infamous Lodge Cast Iron Stand is one of my favorite fire cooking pieces of equipment to use on my pit.
It is simple to set up and lasts a while against the high heat. The idea is to build a fire, then break it down to add the cast iron stand. Next you build the fire around the stand and add the skillet on top. You can easily cook shrimp, scallops and more right in the skillet.
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Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry with @mortonsalt 🍗 🌶 🔥 . Every year after cooking for the #BigGame, I always end up having leftovers, with the most common being chicken thighs from the grill + broccoli, carrots and bell peppers from the veggie platters. Over the last few years, I’ve been finding more and more creative ways to cook what’s left and ultimately #EraseFoodWaste in the process. Food waste generates climate change pollution equivalent to 37 MILLION cars per year, and leftover produce is a main culprit. I teamed up with @MortonSalt to show y’all a fun recipe that utilizes my common leftovers so you can also do your part. This is my Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry cooked over the fire! . We got chopped up leftover chicken, chopped up veggies and a homemade teriyaki sauce using common pantry/fridge staples. Add some Morton Fine Sea Salt towards the end as the crystals dissolve quickly + it balances out the overall flavor. Have other veggies and meats from your spread? Don’t be afraid to get creative. Tell me, how are you going to up-cycle your #leftovers? 👍 🍻 . . . Ingredients: Stir Fry – 2 tsp of @mortonsalt Fine Sea Salt, 1/2 cup of Leftover Chicken Thighs cubed, 1/4 cup of Leftover Broccoli chopped, 1/4 cup of Leftover Carrots chopped, 1/4 cup of Leftover Yellow Bell Pepper, Green Onions for garnish, Sesame Seeds for garnish and White Rice. . Spicy Teriyaki Sauce – 1/2 cup of Soy Sauce,2 tbsp of Chili Paste, 2 tbsp of Honey, 2 tbsp of Brown Sugar, 3 cloves of Garlic pressed, 2 tsp of Ginger Paste and 2 tbsp of flour + water mixed. . . . Music: Solitude Musician: Rook1e . . . #sponsored #mortonsalt #overthefirecooking #chicken #pollo #grilling #grilled #eeeats #asado #churrasco #bbq #barbecue #chickenteriyaki #teriyaki #spicyfood #food #foodvideo #instafood #nomnom #grill #eeeeeats #tasty
Why is it so awesome? Because it allows you to elevate the skillet above the fire to control temperature and keep a hotter fire. With more elevation means more airflow for the wood. You can easily build up the fire for really hot sears on steak or scallops or let it die down so you can slowly simmer food too.
The cast iron is excellent to use with large fire cooking skillets, woks, himalyan salt blocks or any skillet style device. Buy it now!
9. Asado Cross
Another infamous piece of fire cooking equipment is the asado cross!
Cook whole lambs and more on this massive chunk of metal that you easily lean over the fire. It is a crazy centerpiece for most of my fire cooking parties, and also pushes me out of the box when it comes to cooking.
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The wait is finally over!!! With the help of @fanoflamb, my Lamb al Asador recipe is here. This 60lb American Lamb was seasoned with salt and hung on a cross over the fire for 6 hours. Basted this with a speciality brine that you can now find on my blog. Click the link in my bio or visit overthefirecooking.com to see and recreate this awesome cook! Oh and don’t forget #SundayFunday with @fanoflamb! Find more on my blog. Enjoy! 🍖 🔥 . . . Music: Yugen Musician: Jef . . . #sponsored #americanlamb #overthefirecooking #fire #firecooking #livefirecooking #lamb #lambalasador #asador #churrasco #braai #grill #grilling #redmeat #forkyeah #grilled #alasador #asador #guacho #wholelamb #food #foodies #campfire #campfood #campfirecooking
This fire cooking equipment comes out of South America where they cook like this often. Guacho’s (South American Cowboys) would cook large chunks of meat over slow burning fires until they were soft and tender. You can now try to be a backyard gaucho with one of these crosses.
Build a fire in a fire pit and then secure your meat onto the asado cross! Slowly cook it over the coals for multiple hours until it is nice and tender. Grab yourself a cross and try a couple of my recipes using it now.
10. Good Spices
Last but certainly not least, is having great spices for grilling. This is an essential piece of fire cooking gear. As many of you know, I love Spiceology and really love my five personally created spice blends!
There are a ton of great rubs and spices on Spiceology that you can choose from including a couple from Matt Crawford of @sasquatchbbq and Adam McKenzie of @thisjewcanque. I personally love the five that I have created: Chipotle Garlic, Tennessee Smoke, Maple Bourbon, Nashville Hot Chicken and Hatch Chile.
They all make delicious steak, chicken, pork and seafood recipes for those that are adventurous with their flavors. Try them now individually or grab the whole Wolf Pack!
Get Outside, Grab Some Fire Cooking Gear and Cook
Whether you are stuck at home needing some inspiration or just wanting some delicious food, there has never been a better time to get outside and cook over the fire pit.
It is a place where people can reconnect and call back memories of the past. It gives us hope in the present, and ultimately helps instill peace that the future is bright. So grab yourself some good fire cooking equipment and get adventurous.