What’s Trending: Fire Pit BBQs Overview

What’s Trending Fire Pit BBQs Overview

Fire Pit BBQs Overview

You have probably already used your outdoor fireplace ​for roasting marshmallows and delicious s'mores, but did you know that you can also use it to prepare a feast for your friends? In fact, almost any meal that can be made on a regular grill can be cooked on your fire ​bowl.

Fire Pit BBQs Overview

Since most fire pits are larger than bbq grills, it is extremely easy to cook enough food to feed several hearty appetites. With the addition of a lid, you can even use it as a smoker. In fact, one of the hottest trends right now in grilling is using your garden fire pit to barbeque. Stay up with the crowd who always wants to know what's trending with this fire pit barbecue overview.

What You Need to Follow This Tutorial

Backyard Fire Pit - You can grill over a variety of fire pits, like square fire pit or gas fire pit, but I prefer the round fire basket with its grilling grate. Its ash tray makes cleaning up after cooking a snap, and its steel frame covered with high-temperature paints makes it withstand cooking with a variety of types of logs.

Wood - I prefer to cook over maple wood because it provides a subtly sweet flavor to the meat. You can also choose a fruit wood like apple or cherry if you want a stronger sweetness to your meat or a different hardwood like oak or mesquite if you want a more intense smokey flavor to the meat.

Meat - My favorite meat to barbecue on a fire pit is chicken. You can, however, choose between many different types of meat including pork ribs, duck or sausage. While I love to do meat, you can also barbecue a variety of vegetables like corn, asparagus, green beans or bell peppers.

Aluminum foil - You will need it to wrap up the ribs. Choose a heavy-duty variety.

Oil - Rubbing the meat with oil helps the seasonings stick better.

Dry rub - While I will tell you how to make your own dry rub below, you may want to buy a premade one at the store. The purpose of a dry rub is to lock in the meat's juices, help form a crust and increase the meat's flavor.

Barbecue sauce - While there are many different types of barbecue sauce, my favorite is my own which I will also tell you how to make below. You need to use barbecue sauce as it helps to break down tough fibers, acts as a natural preservative and adds flavor.

Apple Juice - You will need apple juice for basting the chicken. Make sure to use 100 percent apple juice.

Pastry brush - Use a pastry brush for basting the chicken.

Barbecue sauce - I prefer to make my own, but you can always use one from the grocery store.

Step-by-step Directions

Trim the Chicken

I always trim my chicken pieces before I cook them. Examine each piece to make sure that there are no little slivers of skin or meat that might cook too quickly and burn. Remove these with scissors or a sharp knife.

Make Dry Rub

While you can use many different types of dry rub on the chicken, my favorite is a simple combination of things that you may already have on hand.

I simply combine 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 2 teaspoons black pepper, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Stir the mixture together in a small bowl.

Oil the Chicken

Pour some oil into a bowl and apply it all over the chicken. The amount that you need will depend on the amount of chicken that you are going to be cooking.

Prepare The Chicken Apply the dry rub

Apply the Dry Rub

The next step is to apply the dry rub to the chicken. Use your hands to apply the dry rub on top of the oil. Pat the dry rub on as you go. Make sure to evenly cover all areas.


Let the chicken sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours. It is better to let it sit overnight, but you may not be able to wait that long if friends show up and you need to feed a crowd.

Prepare Fire Pit

Your next step is to prepare your fire pit. While there are propane and electric fire pits, I prefer to use a wood-burning one. Start by choosing the tinder that you want to use. You may use dry pine needles, pieces of torn up newspaper or pieces of dry grass.

Place slightly larger pieces in a teepee formation above the tender making sure that there is plenty of room for air to get through. Light the tender on fire and wait for the kindling to start burning well. Then, lay on your bigger pieces of dry wood. Go slow so that you do not smother the burning kindling.

If the kindling starts to go out, then make sure to add more to your fire. Wait until you have a hotbed of ashes before moving on.

Prepare Grate for Cooking

Wash the grate. Then, use a paper towel to oil it. You should oil each section so that your chicken will not stick while you are cooking it. Once you have hot ashes, then place the grate on top of the fire pit.

Place the Chicken on the Grate

Now, you are ready to add the chicken to the fire pit. Place the largest pieces nearest the fire, and surround them with your smaller pieces. Never place the chicken directly over the fire. It will take about two hours to cook. Turn the pieces one-quarter turn every 15 minutes.

Baste the Chicken

Pour the apple juice into a container. Use a pastry brush to baste the chicken as you turn it. The amount of apple juice that you use will depend on the amount of chicken that you have, but figure on about one-fourth cup for eight pieces.

Make Barbecue Sauce

You can easily make your own barbecue sauce right on top of your fire pit. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil to a skillet. Let the oil get hot, then add 1/4 cup finely diced onion and one teaspoon garlic powder. Cook the onions until they become soft stirring frequently.

Stir in 5 tablespoons ketchup, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce and a dash of salt and pepper. Let the mixture cook for about five minutes.

Baste with Barbecue Sauce

The next step is to baste the chicken with barbecue sauce. Use a clean pastry brush to apply the barbecue sauce to the meat while turning it so all sides are covered.

Cook The Chicken Serve and Enjoy

Measure Temperature

You will need to continue to add wood and cook the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Be careful when measuring the temperature that you do not get the thermometer up against a bone as it will give false readings.

Serve and Enjoy

You have now barbecued chicken right on your fire pit. Yell at everyone to come enjoy your wonderful creation.


I hope you have enjoyed learning the latest trend of barbecuing on your outdoor fire pit. It's a great outdoor cooking activity to do on a summer night on your backyard patio, or as part of your camping trip. If you have tried making chicken or another food on your bbq &  fire pit, then please share your experiences. We would love to hear about your experiences. Please share this article with your friends so that they can invite you over to their next barbecue on their fire pit.

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