With the weather warming up and the holidays coming, it's time to break out of your fire pit. Consider keeping your fire pit maintained during the winter for those chilly nights you want to spend outdoors cooking or hanging out. Here's another one of our favorite, classic recipes. Follow these easy steps to ensure proper cooking practices, safety measures, and preparation methods.

Holiday Fire Pit Recipe: Grilled Holiday Ham

This grilled holiday ham is the perfect centerpiece of your Christmas dinner. It is sweet and savory, with a bit of citrus zest and a touch of brown sugar. This recipe uses a combination of honey and brown sugar for the glaze, keeping it light for grilling. Serve it with mashed potatoes, carrots, and roasted garlic for a delicious meal on Christmas Day!

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Holiday Ham Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bone-in ham
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 20 oz. crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups white wine
  • zest and juice of one orange
  • Pineapple slices

In a mixing dish, combine everything except the ham and pineapple pieces. Prepare your fire pit insert set to grill by aiming for an internal temperature of 200-225 degrees F. Stick the pineapple slices to the ham with toothpicks. After that, set the ham on the grill. While it's grilling, glaze it every 30 minutes. Remove it from the grill after 3 hours.

Chestnuts Roasted on An Open Fire Pit

The holidays are here, which means cozy fires, sipping eggnog, and enjoying some delicious aromas during the cool evenings. One of those smells is creamy browned roasted chestnuts. Roasting chestnuts over open fire pits give you a yummy snack just begging your attention.

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Roasted Chestnuts Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. fresh-shelled chestnuts 
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Preheat your fire pit. Prep the chestnuts by making shallow cuts with a sharp paring knife along the flat side of the shell. Distribute the chestnuts in a cast iron pan, scored side up, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Leave the pan over the fire pit for 5–7 minutes or until the nuts begin to release a faint nutty aroma.

Toss the nuts around the pan and keep them over the fire pit for another 5–7 minutes. To serve, take the pan off the heat and transfer the chestnuts to a serving dish. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste and serve hot.

Grilled Baby Potatoes on the Fire Pit

Grilled Baby Potatoes are a fun, easy side dish you can whip up in minutes. They're packed with flavor and crunchy texture and make a great addition to any holiday meal served around the fire pit.

Grilled Potatoes Ingredients:

  • 1½ lbs. baby potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Prepare the fire pit for use. Cut baby potatoes into bite-sized pieces, then combine with olive oil, rosemary, and a touch of sea salt and pepper in a mixing dish.

Place potatoes on a sheet of foil and top the potatoes with butter and fresh rosemary. Wrap it up by folding the foil's edges and folding them shut. Grill the potatoes for 40 minutes. After that, take them off the grill and serve!

Celebrate New Year's Dinner Around the Fire Pit

Hosting friends and family around a fire pit can be so much fun. Imagine spending the holidays around an outdoor fire pit, sipping drinks, and chatting with friends while surrounded by a warm glow and scent of wood smoke. Whether it's a casual picnic or a full holiday feast, these amazing recipes for cooking on the grill will make your family meal even more memorable.

 

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