How To Cook With Lava

Fact: Turning raw meat into a gloriously charred meal over red hot charcoal is one of the finer points of life.
Fact: Cooking said meat over a freaking stream of molten lava lets you connect with your prehistoric ancestry and is undeniably awesome.

That second grade science project wherein you made a sweet volcano with flowing lava was pretty cool and all, but the crew over at design firm Bompas & Parr is pretty skilled when it comes to making their own actual lava, and pouring it into various shapes for installations. They've done it over a hundred times, and they evidently became bored, so they decided to use the extreme heat to cook some meat. Naturally, we took a look and put together a six-step guide for "How To Cook With Lava."

Step 1: Melt a bunch of rocks in a cauldron. And while 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit isn't exactly easy, that's what you need if you want to make liquid hot magma.

Step 2: Dress properly. A few singed hairs while you fire up your Weber is one thing, a charred leg/arm and the explanation to the ER doc is another. 

Step 3: Make sure the lava has somewhere to flow, and line it with ice. The ice helps form an outer layer of solid rock, keeping your lava stream going where you want it, rather than hitting the ground and causing potentially lethal lava splashes.

Step 4: Put your meat on a grill over where the lava goes, then start pouring.

Step 5: Flip your food quickly. Remember, this is cooking at 2,100 degrees, which is over four times as much heat as you normally use when you're grilling.

Step 6: Eat up. Does it have that great smoky flavor you get from charcoal? Probably not, but you're eating meat cooked basically over a man-made volcano. And that's cooler.

Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's crazy, but probably not quite crazy enough to try this in his backyard.