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5-Tips to Open Fire Cooking

5-Tips to Open Fire Cooking

Men, veterans and brave women- if you are looking for a new cooking routine, open fire cooking is the perfect choice! It's not just about s'mores anymore. You can do so much more with open fire cooking to create flavors that would be otherwise impossible via other methods.

When cooking with an open fire, you can experiment with new flavors by using different types of wood. Getting interactive and social by cooking with friends around the open fire will take the experience to a whole new level. Always practice safety when cooking with an open fire. 

Here are 5-Tips to Open Fire Cooking to help you maximize your experience. 

Tip #1 - Make sure and use the right type of wood. 

  • Open fires are a great way to cook, but they require special attention while using them. Fresh green wood will not burn well and creates excessive smoke so if that's what you have access too don't waste time with it! Use seasoned hardwood instead.
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Tip #2 - Don't Be Impatient

When the flames die down and there's no longer any burning wood logs to burn off excess moisture from fatty meats like pork belly (or chicken wings), that means we're ready!
  • A decent sized hot coal bed should already exist in order make sure everything gets cooked evenly throughout its surface area; this usually takes 30-45 minutes depending on weather conditions. 
  • - A decent fire is generally made up of hot coals and only a few burning wood logs

- Flames are NOT an indication that the fire is ready to be cooked with
 -30 to 45 minutes might be necessary to burn down to the appropriate conditions, depending on the fire and weather conditions.
-To get the best result from your fire, allow it to burn slowly. This will give you hot coals without any direct flame and makes for an easier way of cooking. The size of the fire also matters; beginners often try building large fires when they should really be learning about small ones which burn slowly and steadily over time.

Open fire cooking can be a romantic experience for date night or a fun way to add some flare and fun to family night. 

Be sure to allow plenty of time to have a good fire going before you start cooking. Don't rush the fun.

If you're running low on wood and can't seem to get the fire burning right, try starting with some smaller pieces first. The best way is by using kindling as your starter fire for 30 minutes before adding more larger logs when needed!

The best way to start your fire is with an old lighter or matches - only use natural materials. Once the tinder is lit place kindling in form of thin sticks no thicker than pencils and watch them ignite as soon as it gets warm enough! As more fuel catches on flame larger branches should be added into teepee shapes over top If you are cooking something large, start with a small fire and build up as you go. If you start with too large of a fire you will just burn the meat. If you are cooking with a grate, remember to rotate the food to ensure even cooking. 

Tip #3 - Do not cook directly over an open flame

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When we were children, our parents taught us to roast a hot dog or marshmallow over an open flame as if it was the most natural thing in this world. The truth is, cooking your meat this way will just result in a burnt meal. The key is to create 2 sides to your fire pit; one side with fire and one side where you move the hot coals. Use the flames for roasting and boiling, while using the hot coals for grilling your meat.
Tip #4 - DO Try Cooking Directly on the Coals:
Some foods can be cooked directly on top of the coals. Wrap your veggies in aluminum foil and throw them directly on the coals, or throw a piece of meat or some potatoes in a cast-iron skillet. Make sure your coals are hot enough to cook on. 

Tip #5 - Be sure not to overcook the food:

Grilling is the king of all cooking methods. Nothing makes a man feel more like a dude. And open-fire cooking takes the dudeness to the next level. Here is something to keep in mind to make sure you do not cook your food for too long.

  • The carryover cooking of the food can last for up to 20 minutes. The trick is to remove the food right before you think it is done, and allow it to finish cooking during the resting period.

The key to open fire cooking, as with anything, is practice. The more you do it, the better you will become. So light the fire, get cooking, and have fun.

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