Hot Rock Méchoui

in a Pit Oven with Moorland Rushes

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6–8

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

Spirit & Spice

By Ghillie Basan

Published 2019

  • About

Cooking in a pit oven is a traditional custom in many parts of the world, particularly for communal gatherings and ceremonial feasting when a whole beast might be cooked slowly on a spit in the pit, or on top of hot rocks, such as hāngi, the Maori method in New Zealand. An extreme version is the Bedouin tradition of mansaf, which can involve several large beasts cooked at once to cater for large ceremonies. One mansaf was reputed to feature a camel stuffed with several sheep, which were stu