Many people think that fire pits and bonfires are just great when camping, roasting marshmallows for s’mores and telling ghost stories. However, the fire pit is a very underutilized method of cooking that can produce deliciously fantastic food. Putting a fire pit in your backyard is a great feature to have for entertaining guests as well as enjoying the summer nights with your family.

Your fire pit has the ability to be turned into a very large grill with the simple addition of a grill grate that can be found at your local grill retailer or home improvement store (shape doesn’t matter as long as it can sit securely) or if you can’t find one that will fit, find a local metalworker that should be able to fabricate one for your needs easily.

Once you get your fire pit cooking grate, it’s time to decide on what to cook. Here are some delicious and pretty simple meal and dessert fire pit cooking ideas that will have you and your family’s taste buds craving more.

Spaghetti Arrabiata – this traditional Italian dish with onions, eggplant, kalamata olives and basil is not only healthy but also extremely flavorful. A bit more involved than the rest of the dishes on the list but it definitely is one worth trying!

Chocolate Bananas – first you take a banana, cut the peel and the banana down the length of it and open it up. Next, take chocolate chips (or whatever kind of chips or crushed up candy you’d like, marshmallows are always a good choice as well) and put them in between the halves of banana. Then stick it over the fire until everything is melted. Enjoy!

Monkey Bread – how can buttermilk biscuits, cinnamon sugar, brown sugar and butter create anything less than an amazing dessert?

Campfire Bacon – who doesn’t love bacon? This perhaps is one of the simplest recipes in the books, if you can even call it a recipe. Grab a couple of skewers and some thick-sliced bacon and skewer the bacon accordion style. That’s it!

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Whole Grain Mustard – this flavorful twist on a classic vegetable will be a hit with the whole family or party. With a little bit of prep work, are super simple with only 4 ingredients.

Chicken Over the Coals – just grab a couple half chickens and a few seasonings for this straightforward recipe that will for sure be a favorite.

Campfire Steaks – a recipe from Emeril Lagasse, these grilled steaks are super simple and taste amazing. Topped with a green jalapeno sauce and sautéed onions and peppers to finish it off.

These are just a few starter recipes to get you started on your new campfire grill! If you’re reading this and decide that you need a fire pit in your backyard now or have one that needs upgrading, contact Cricket Pavers for fire pit installation and designs for your backyard. Visit their website www.cricketpavers.com for more information.