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Cook Over Your Fire Pit With These 23 Recipes

updated Aug 23, 2023
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You heard it here first: This is the summer that fire pit cooking becomes a thing. If you don’t have a fire pit, we suggest you get one — and then get cooking. It’s the easiest and most fun way to escape without leaving your home.

As a rule, anything you can cook on the grill you can also cook on a fire pit — as along as you’ve got a grill grate or a grill basket. More often than not I find my own fire pit gets lit late in the evening without any forethought, meaning anything I’m going to cook on it needs to be tasty, easy, and short on ingredients. Here are the 23 recipes I lean on for easy entertaining meals from the fire pit.

Fire Pit Dishes

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Elote (Mexican Street Corn)
Don't let the season pass without making elote (a.k.a. Mexican street corn), a glorious mess of crema, mayonnaise, and cotija cheese.
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Grilled Meatball Kebabs

Here’s a dinner you can make with three ingredients (or four ingredients, if you count the smoky hint from the grill). Use your favorite purchased meatballs, your favorite barbecue sauce, and a few sweet bell peppers to make this meal in 15 minutes.

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Grilled Nacho Platters

I love making my grilled nachos on Lodge’s rectangular cast iron serving griddles, but it’s just as easy to make a grill-friendly “plate” from heavy-duty foil. Just tear off a large piece and crimp the edges to create a rim that keeps everything in place as the cheese melts.

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Grilled Smoked Sausage Skewers with Three Zesty Sauces

Smoked sausages are perfect for any backyard barbecue, whether you are grilling at home or packing it up to cook on the road. Unlike fresh sausage (such as bratwurst or Italian), smoked sausage has already been cooked, making it ideal for both low-maintenance entertaining and quick weeknight meals.

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Roast Shishito Peppers
Roasted shishito and padron peppers are an easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer. Savory, salty, and occasionally spicy, it's hard to stop at just one!
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Grilled Peppadews with Smoked Mozzarella

Peppadews are ideal for impromptu entertaining. With a shelf life of 24 months (yes, two years!), they can hang in your refrigerator, always ready at a moment’s notice.

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Grilled Pizza
Thanks to the extra-high heat of the grill, this method makes some of the best pizza you'll ever eat!
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Beer- and Maple-Marinated Bratwurst

This recipe plays up the malty, roasted notes in dark beers, with a glug of maple syrup and a few spoonfuls of sweet stone-ground mustard. It’s a simple way to bring a little extra oomph to your grilled brats this summer.

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Campfire Banana Boat Chocolate Caramel S'mores

These banana s’mores — a riff on classic s’mores that taste just like banoffee pie. They are the best way to end a camping picnic. Bonus? They are a incredibly easy to assemble and cook right at the camp site.

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Nutella Skillet S'mores
A fast and fancy take on s'mores with nutty, creamy nutella.
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Blueberry Skillet Cobbler with Whole-Wheat Biscuits

In this blueberries are cooked with both lemon and orange zest, and lightly spiced with nutmeg before being topped with fluffy whole-wheat biscuits.

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