As any real estate agent will tell you, we humans love a good fireplace. It may no longer serve as our primary heating source—thanks, electricity!—but ever since that first hominid rubbed two sticks together to create a spark, we’ve been hardwired to gather around an open flame and just stare at it until we fall asleep. If you use a home fireplace to cheer your soul on winter evenings, we suggest you assign that handsome hearth a second job: make it a place to spit-roast whole animals for all your feasting needs. Yup, that’s crazy. Until you consider the culinary cred you’ll garner when your friends enter your living room to see some tasty beast crisping on a spit as a fire blazes in the background. Practical? Of course not. Amazing? You bet your ability to stand upright and employ critical thinking. Want the recipe? Head to ChefSteps! Here's a cooking technique that's essential for any Game of Thrones fan.
[MUSIC] We are in lovely West Seattle in my basement finishing up a pig. [MUSIC] Clearly, it makes no practical sense to cook a whole animal. In your basement next to your fireplace. But it's fricking awesome. It's just an amazing way to add some drama to your next medieval feast. [MUSIC] Step 1, most fireplaces that are used, they're all black and sooty. That just absorbs the heat, so you gotta take some trays, wrap them in shiny foil. That way, you're bouncing heat right onto the pig. Step two, you're gonna use hardwood. You're gonna use anything that you would use for barbecuing or grilling. [UNKNOWN], you can even use coal or charcoal, if you want. Real wood works, too. Yeah, real wood. Step three, you wanna have a bunch of trays set up to collect all those yummy drippings. So we're going to put lots of vegetables, pig's going to drip on the trays, not in your living room, problem solved. Step 4, set up your spit. For 50 bucks you can get just a simple one that has two posts. If the pig is getting too golden too fast, then pull it away. And if it looks like it's taking a long, get the pig closer to the heat. There's a step five. If you're gonna light a fire a roast a pig in your house, just get one of these anyways. Okay. [BLANK_AUDIO] Now that you know how to hack a fireplace into an animal roasting machine, find out how to make the rest of the feast at Chefsteps.com Don't touch hot caramel, man. I don't want to do this anymore [LAUGH] It's so **** hot. [INAUDIBLE] I know, okay, I just can't help it. I burned my finger and my leg's all hot.