Alfresco Cooking Over An Open Fire

The magic of fire will inspire you to think outside the pit.

When I had my outdoor kitchen built, my blacksmith installed a big fireplace with a trammel or swinging black hanging iron arm with notches in it so I could hang a black pot over the fire with ease and adjust the temperature by moving the pot to a different notch. This return to “no-tech” cooking has given me a new appreciation for cooking over open fires.

The secret of success is the vessel or the vehicle to bake it without incinerating it. There is a multitude of ways to cook over an open fire but the three that seem to be the easiest are cooking in a vessel like a black iron pot or a clay pot, a grill right over the flames and cooking right in the ashes, with the food wrapped in foil packets.

Techniques of perfection are easy to master.