Top Fire Pit Cooking Accessories
If you wanted to cook with a fire pit, you’re going to have to have the right fire pit cooking accessories. And why wouldn’t you want to cook with a fire pit? Half the fun of harnessing the power of flame is using it to fix delicious food. If you’re wondering which cooking tools you need for your fire pit, pull up a chair and get ready to have the full run-down of top fire pit cooking accessories.
List of Fire Pit Cooking Accessories
We’re going to give you an exhaustive list of fire pit cooking accessories as well as our recommendations in each area. If you’ve been wondering which cooking accessories you should get for your outdoor fire pit, wonder no more.
Fire Pit Grates / Grill Grates
Fire pit grates are one of the easiest ways to get started cooking with a fire pit. They provide a breathable surface over your flame to masterfully cook your food. There aren’t any moving parts, the metal built sturdy and strong, and there aren’t many ways for things to go wrong. We’ve already written an article about the best fire pit grates but here are some quick options if you don’t want to read further:
You should get a fire pit grate at least the diameter of your fire pit. This will prevent much frustration in the long run.
Over Fire Grill
My personal favorite fire pit cooking accessory is the over fire grill (also known as a height adjustable fire pit cooking grate). These over fire grills come in many shapes and sizes and can be broken down into many different categories.
- Swivel Grills
- Cast Iron Grills
- Scout Grills
- Adjustable Grills
So what kind of over fire grill should you get? We recommend spending the extra money and getting an adjustable swivel grill. Not only will these grills work for both gas fire pits and wood burning fire pits, but you’ll thank yourself for being able to move your hot dogs / hamburgers closer to or further away from the flame on a whim. Of the adjustable fire pit grills available, we’ve had the best luck with the aptly named Adjust-A-Grill. The grill surface is ample enough to handle most uses and leaves a nice crosshatch char pattern on your food.
In our experience, this over fire grill is a game changer and one of the fire pit cooking accessories you’ll keep for a lifetime.
Rotisserie spits are one of the oldest fire pit cooking accessories available. Thousands of years ago, cave men put wooly mammoths up on rotisserie spits and fed their tribe with them. We don’t actually know if that last part is true, but we do know that rotisserie spits are a must have if you’re going to be cooking chicken, kebabs, or entire animals on your fire pit.
So what rotisserie spit should you get to add to your fire pit accessory collection? Many folks will try to overcharge for a rotisserie spit. We’ve seen some as high as $200+ on Amazon. And this might be acceptable if you were looking to rotisserie entire hogs, but most people don’t need that kind of power. With all of that said, we recommend:
This spit is a wonderful price for what you get. And what you get is a great rotisserie spit with an electric motor, ensuring your arms don’t get tired and your chickens are evenly cooked.
Cast Iron Griddles
Griddles are great for flapjacks, bacon, and eggs. Having one ensures that you can have breakfast (or brinner!) around your outdoor fire pit. They’re also extraordinarily easy to clean and will last as long as you will. We don’t have to get fancy here, as griddles are basically large slabs of iron. But of the products we’ve reviewed, we found the following to be the best cooking accessory:
Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Ah, the classic cast iron dutch oven. The dutch oven has been used for hundreds of years to cook bread, baked beans, roasts, curry, gumbo — you name it! The oven’s sturdy cast iron construction makes it a natural fit to cooking with an outdoor fire pit. We know what you’re thinking: “Which cast iron dutch oven should I get?”
Although there are many brands of cast iron dutch ovens available, we think the Lodge L8DO3 is the best choice. The coil handle ensures that your hands won’t get burned while the 5 quarts of cooking space will definitely feed everyone on your camping trip or fire pit gathering.
Dutch Oven Accessories
If you’re going to buy a cast iron dutch oven, there are some standard accessories you should consider buying. Cast iron dutch ovens are heavy and can get extraordinarily hot. Because of this, there are many products to help circumvent this problem.
- Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven Lid Lifter
- Lodge Original Finish Dutch Oven Lid Stand
- Hand Held Dutch Oven Guide Magnet
- Camp Chef Dutch Oven Heat Guard Gloves
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven Carry Bag by Camp Chef
- Camp Chef Cast Iron Dutch Oven Stand
We’re sure we’re missing some, so if you have any favorite dutch oven accessories you use for your fire pit, feel free to share in the comments below.
Fire Sticks / Roaster Sticks
Finally, we have the always quintessential fire sticks. What collection of fire pit cooking accessories is complete without something to help you roast marshmallows? There aren’t any frills here, just something you can put marshmallows / hot dogs on and not burn yourself.
Because there are 12 of these bad boys, you and 11 friends are covered at your next gathering. The non-toxic stainless steel will last forever and these aren’t terribly sharp. They’re perfect for children to use.
Are there any common fire pit cooking accessories we missed? If so, we would love to hear about them in the comments.