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Tips for cooking over fire for Valentine’s Day

Cooking a romantic meal for a loved one on Valentine’s Day can seem like a daunting task, especially if you want to try something new. We’ve put together a few simple tips to point you in the right direction of cooking a date-night classic: steak.

To begin with, you want to ensure you’re using the right type of wood. Oak is the quintessential go-to for any sort of meat smoking and is a great place to start if you are a beginner. Oak gives a medium-strength flavour to food and isn’t too overpowering.

Cherry blocks are also a good option as they provide a sweeter, smoky flavour.

Apple wood chips have a distinct, sweet flavour and are an interesting alternative to Oak.

Ash wood burns fast to produce a light to medium smoke.

Grape vine shoots can take your smoking up a notch by being added to hot coals to create a deep, sweet and smoky flavour to your steaks.

To cook your steaks, you should stack your wood in a teepee shape around your kindling. 

Light your kindling and wait for the wood to burn and break down into embers. This will probably take around 30-45 minutes.

With the burning wood at the back of your fire pit or grill, spread the embers out in an even layer at the front.

Lay a grill grate over the embers and place the meat on it. Remember to cook over embers, not flames, as this burns the meat and creates black marks.

 

All of our favourite products for cooking steak over fire can be found here:  https://harringtonwoodfuel.co.uk/collections/restaurant-grade-charcoal 

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