Here’s an idea I got from Alton Brown on Good Eats that I sketched up in my Maker’s Notebook. It’s for throwing a self-serve shish kabob party using a temporary fire pit made from bricks, sand, and charcoal. You make the width of the pit so that your skewers fit over it and the handles rest on the bricks. You then have a table with skewers and all of the components and let people fix and cook their own.

For dessert, you can serve grilled fruit skewers over pound cake. In case you can’t read my recipe for the dessert glaze, it’s:

1 vanilla bean (stripped)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 – cup juice of lime
Pinch of salt

Heat until sugar melts. Let cool and transfer to squeeze bottle.