- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A restaurant in Birmingham will be featured on the season premiere of the Cooking Channel’s “Man Fire Food.”

Television show host Roger Mooking and his crew visited OvenBird in March to film executive chef and co-owner Chris Hastings to prepare a lamb, rabbit, beef and a vegetable dish in the restaurant’s “fire barrow,” a customized wheelbarrow fire pit, Al.com (http://bit.ly/28UPg2s) reported. The show will air July 5.

“The fire barrow is not only super-cool, but it’s relatively easy,” Hastings said. “It’s a great way to do something very, very different and produce an amazing outcome in terms of flavors and just delicious food.

He said his friend and live-fire enthusiast Turner Inscoe designed and made the fire barrow. It looks similar to a traditional wheelbarrow but the wheels, frame and barrow is completely made out of steel.

Hastings wrapped rabbit, lamb shoulder, beef shoulder, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, onions and herbs in layers of cheesecloth, muslin and burlap, and secured the package with wire. He placed the swaddled sack of meats and vegetables on top of a bed of hot rocks, embers and sand in the fire barrow.

“You cover the entire package of meat and vegetables with another layer of sand and then you build a fire on top of the meat again,” he said. “So effectively — kind of like you hear about in Hawaii, where they bury a pig in the sand — it’s just a traditional way of burying meat in the earth and then covering it with a fire. It’s just a different way of doing that on a much smaller scale.

“You let it cook for about an hour and a half and then you uncover it, knock the sand off the meat and vegetable sack, and then you very carefully cut the wire off and layer by layer, open the burlap, the muslin and the cheesecloth. Then, at that point, you can put that directly on a platter and serve from there.”

The dish does not yet have a name and is not on the menu at OvenBird, but Hastings said the restaurant will serve it for group events and on special occasions.

After the episode airs, Hastings and Inscoe want to market and sell the fire barrow.

“It’s intended for cooking, for building a fire in,” Hasting said. “At your hunting camp or lake or your backyard, you can use it as a fire pit. It’s very efficient in terms of the way it burns. It’s also a very interesting piece of equipment to cook with.”

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