Turn Your Fireplace Into A Meat-Roasting Fire Pit

It's not the most practical thing in the world, but if you've never eaten meat cooked slowly, roasted over a fire, you're missing out. This video from ChefSteps shows you how you can turn the fireplace you have at home into a roaring fire pit, perfect for roasting meat — or a whole pig.

The guys in this video went for a whole pig because they were making an epic, medieval Game of Thrones feast, but you don't have to go that far if you don't want to. A pork picnic shoulder, whole ham or leg of lamb would work well also. The first thing you'd need is some baking sheets wrapped in tinfoil. Most home fireplaces are painted with dark colours to help absorb heat and control the temperature in the room, and you want something reflective to get that heat on the meat you're trying to cook. Next, you'll want to roast using hardwood, something nice and dense, or anything you might use for grilling or barbecuing,

Then you'll want trays set up to collect the drippings, which you can use later, but also just to keep cleanup simple. You'll also need a spit, of course, to cook over the fire. Using a spit also gives you control over rotating the meat so it cooks evenly, and moving it closer to or farther away from the heat depending on how the cooking is coming. And of course, you'll also need a fire extinguisher — you don't want to light a fire in your house without one nearby, obviously.

From there, it's all about setting the meat on the spit, starting that fire, and cooking to your heart's content. If you want to duplicate their whole roast pig, hit the link below for the recipe and instructions.

Tips & Tricks: How to Turn Your Fireplace Into a Medieval Meat-Roasting Pit [ChefSteps]


Comments

    Yeah, this is bothersome for me. Where does all the hot fatty air go? Given the setup, I'd say that most will get sucked up the chimney and the rest is being released into your room to settle where it likes. The gas that gets sucked up the chimney will stick to the sides of the flue and chimney walls. Good luck cleaning that sucker later on down the track.

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