5 Backyard Fire Pit Grilling Ideas

Cooking over an open fire pit flame

Fall is almost here, and it's time to celebrate. What better way than with a fire pit barbecue in your backyard with friends and family?

The same outdoor fire pit that kept you warm during winter can be transformed into a true fire grill with a Walden Legacy Series Fire Pit Grilling Grate. We, at Walden Backyards, have gathered together 5 of our favorite recipes to help you enjoy fire pit cooking with your family and friends.

1. S'mores Dip


  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of mini-marshmallows


  1. In a cast iron skillet, pour in a cup chocolate chips, and then top with a cup of mini-marshmallows.
  2. Place the cast iron skillet on top of your fire pit grilling gate for 5-10 minutes, or until marshmallows are completely melted.
  3. Let cool for another 5-10 minutes.
  4. Enjoy with graham crackers.

2. Fire Pit Pigs in a Blanket

  • 1 pack of your favorite hot dogs
  • 1 package of pre-made croissant dough
  1. Slide each hot dog onto its own skewer. 
  2. Wrap each skewered hot dog with a pre-sliced piece of croissant dough.
  3. Then, you can either place them on the fire pit grate, or as a family activity, have each person hold their own hot dog above the fire until the crust is golden and flaky.
  4. Serve with ketchup and mustard.

3. Lemon Pepper Shish Kabob


  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups cubed chicken breast
  • 3 bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound of cremini mushrooms, stemmed and halved
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large resealable bag. Let that sit in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours.
  2. Slide chicken, peppers, mushrooms, and onions onto skewers until all ingredients are skewered.
  3. Place skewers on the fire pit grate, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
  4. Remove from grill and serve as it.

4. Bacon-Wrapped Scallops


  • 20 jumbo scallops
  • 20 strips of bacon


  1. Wrap each scallop with a strip of bacon.
  2. Slide each bacon-wrapped scallop onto skewers.
  3. Cook on the fire pit for 5-10 minutes until bacon is crispy.

5. Fire Pit Steaks


  • 4 New York Strip Steaks
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Brush both sides of steaks with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Place steaks on the fire pit grate. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Flip steaks over and cook for another 5 minutes (for medium-rare), 7 minutes (for medium), or 10 minutes (for medium-well).
  4. Remove from heat and serve.

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