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Cook Up Your Best Meal Ever In An Open Pit BBQ

By Ashley King

If you’re in search of a true barbeque experience, you might want to try using an open pit BBQ. Cooking in a BBQ pit increases the absorption of heat and smoke into the meat, and the taste is unbelievable. This method of cooking outside is ideal for more sizable cuts of meat such as a roast. Depending on the size of your pit, you could even cook up half a cow or a pig.

There are two main choices in open BBQ pits, modern and traditional. The traditional open pit is inground and requires digging a hole. You then set in your wood or charcoal and light it. You can set up a rotisserie so your food turns over the flames as it cooks. You can also arrange a grill on top of the flames. Another good choice is to wrap the food in foil and place it in among the smoldering coals after the fire has died down.

The modern open pit BBQ is built above the ground. It’s commonly constructed from concrete, stone or brick. There’s a firebox in which charcoal or wood can be set aflame. You’ll want to attach a grill to the pit. Just ensure that it’s far enough away from the flame so your meat won’t become burnt.

With an open pit BBQ there are two methods of cooking your food. You can use either indirect or direct heat. When you cook with direct heat, the wood or coals in the firebox are still actively burning, and you place the meat on a grill above the flames. In order to prevent flare ups from scorching the food, many people pile the coals at one end of the pit and place the food at the other. This technique cooks your food quite quickly and is ideal for tender cuts of meat.

You can also use indirect heat to prepare your meat, which is sometimes known as pit cooking. Indirect heat will cook your food at a low temperature over an extended length of time. You begin by getting a roaring fire going and allowing it to burn for a period of time. The aim is to build up a lot of heat in the walls of the pit.

Once the fire burns out or you extinguish it, you place the meat on a grill which is positioned within the confines of the pit. You then cover up the pit. The meat will cook entirely from the heat stored in the pit. This is a much slower means of cooking, and is most appropriate for tougher cuts of meat. Many people regard it as the best BBQ you can eat.

If you’re new to barbecue cooking, it can be hard to know what kind of grill to get, the accessories you need, and how to cook the food. Click here to find some great BBQ tips, and learn helpful information about everything from BBQ wood chips to choosing sauces and rubs.

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