Our beach rules don't allow for open fires. The official rule states, "Fires must be contained in a metal container". This rule is okay with me, I just didn't want to purchase a smaller BBQ grill or pack one down to the beach- so this was my solution.
This is easy to pack in, if your trip to the beach requires some hiking, and leaves no mess behind!
The pan can be slightly folded to fit into a backpack!
Step 1: Materials
Disposable foil roasting pan
Cheap uncoated cookie racks (from the dollar store, or old ones from the kitchen if you don't mind re-purposing them)
Self lighting charcoal (I like match light with fluid on it already)
a lighter or matches
Things to BBQ in a cooler (we made kabobs) What ever you are willing to carry!
Plastic bags for trash and one to wrap up your racks when you are done to keep everything else clean.
Step 2: Set Up and Clean Up
Insert pan. We also placed some rocks around the pan. This made it look more like a fire pit and created a visual barrier so the kids knew where the "grill" was.
Add charcoal and light. This is tricky in the wind.
Top with the wire cooling racks.
When you are done extinguish the coals --or just stay long enough that they burn out and make sure they are cool and completely out. Remove your grill set up. Fill in the hole. Pack out your trash. Leave no evidence that you were ever there!
After trying this over the weekend I found that the disposable roasting tray really held up to the heat. Since we just did beef, shrimp, and pineapple kabobs we didn't require too much charcoal. Plus we didn't need plates or forks and knives to eat. Just some napkins.
Other things we took with us...
a separate small cooler with drinks, chips, sunscreen, sand toys, towels, Lysol wipes, baby wipes, and some cooking utensils.
The more hands you have the more you can pack in.
Each beach has different rules, know them. But if you get yourself in some trouble play "innocent tourist" :)
But most importantly PACK OUT YOUR TRASH!
Next time will be even cheaper because all I need is another disposable roasting pan. We will also bring some foil to cover the meat while it is cooking.