Food - Drink
Grilling Steak In Your Fireplace Is Easier Than You Might Think
By RYAN CASHMAN
Fireplaces brighten and warm up a room like nothing else, but back in the day, a hearth in one's home was a vital tool for cooking food. If you own a wood-burning fireplace that you like to light up in the winter, when it's often too cold to grill outside, you should know that you can cook steak over coals from the comfort of your living room.
The same principles of grilling over a campfire apply to grilling in your fireplace. You need good firewood, fireproof gloves, a fireplace tool set, a metal cooktop such as a grill grate or baking sheet, some bricks to set your cook sheet on, long-handled tongs, a cast iron pan, and a nearby fire extinguisher, just in case.
Open the damper to allow the smoke and heat to rise through the flue, which should be cleaned at least once a year. Removing any remaining ash from previous fires, then get the fire going and heat up the coals before setting up your cooking space. Cooking over indirect heat is the best method to prevent the steak from burning.
Once the coals are heated, use two bricks or an inverted rack from a turkey roaster as a ballast for your grill grate, place it in your fireplace, and rake some coals underneath using a long-handled shovel. Place the meat on the side of the grill farthest away from the heat source and cook to your preferred doneness.