Fire pits are the number one outdoor design element for 2016, according to a survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects. And now that it's officially fall, it's the perfect time to enjoy fire pit snacks during cooler evenings. Here are a few suggestions.

 

1. Porksicles

Bring a little snap, crackle and pork to your pit by wrapping strips of bacon along the length of a stick and roasting slowly over the flames. Beware: The aroma might attract neighbors.

2. Aloha bites

Add some Hawaiian flavor to your night with skewers of ham and pineapple roasted over the open flames. The fire caramelizes the fruit, while escaping juices soak the meat.

3. Deluxe weenie roast

Hot dogs on a stick are classic, but why stop there? Up the flavor by slicing a sausage, stuffing it with cheese, wrapping it with bacon and then sticking it over the fire. Or, wrap hot dogs in canned biscuit dough and cook up outdoor pigs in blankets.

4. Peppers al fresco

Scrape the seeds out of baby bell peppers, season with salt and pepper, stuff with your favorite cheese, skewer and roast over the flame until the peppers blister.

5. Elvis s'mores

The King himself would swoon for marshmallows and bacon roasted over the fire, smooshed between slices of banana, smeared with peanut butter and bookended by graham crackers.

6. Grasshopper s'mores

Try adding a few York Peppermint Patties among the marshmallows on your stick.

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