Campfire Cooking – How to Prepare Delicious Meals Over a Campfire

Campfire cooking

Campfire cooking is an exciting and delicious way to cook meals over a campfire. Whether you want to make scrambled eggs (our Diner Deluxe Egg Scramble and Tex-Mex Breakfast Tacos), skillet bread, or even a campfire Margherita Pizza, campfire cooking is easy with the right equipment.

The key to successful campfire cooking is a well-formed fire. Start by creating a tinder pile with crumpled up newspaper, dry grass, or thin twigs, then carefully add larger branches and kindling. The tinder will quickly catch and burn, and as the flames spread to the larger pieces of wood, it will begin to smolder and turn into coals. Once the fire is well-established, it’s time to cook.

Most campfire recipes can be cooked directly over the flames and smoldering coals, but you may also need to use a heavy-bottomed pan or a dutch oven to prevent scorching and spillage. To keep a fire burning safely, make sure you have a bucket of water nearby to put out any flames and a layer of sand or dirt to contain the fire if needed. If possible, bring a metal pan with an iron-based bottom and a lid that can be opened and closed over the flames to create a campfire oven. This type of pot makes it possible to bake foods like our Skillet Biscuits and Skillet Bread.

For meals that can be cooked on a stick, choose long and sturdy sticks from a tree or brush, such as willow or hazel. You can also use a repurposed cooking utensil, such as an old wooden spoon or a long-handled fork. If using a repurposed utensil, wrap the end of the stick in foil to protect it from direct contact with the fire.

Foods that can be grilled over the campfire include meat and vegetables. Adding a rub, marinade, or other seasoning to your meat will increase its flavor and tenderness. If you’re grilling beef, consider adding a bourbon peppercorn glaze to your steak or other cut of meat. Vegetables that are delicious grilled include sweet potatoes, zucchini, and squash. Adding a splash of oil or butter to your vegetables will help them stay moist and cook evenly.

Cooking on a stick is a fun activity for kids and adults alike. You can toast any firm fruit, such as pineapples, apples, and bananas (we love our no-fuss Chocolate Banana Boats). Adding an easy yogurt fruit dip will give your toasted fruit a delicious twist.

You can also cook chicken on a stick for a tasty and convenient meal. If you’re planning on making kebabs, it’s a good idea to prep the chicken ahead of time at home and then store it in your cooler for the trip.

Another essential piece of campfire cooking gear is a pair of tongs. A pair of tongs will allow you to move food and serve it without having to touch the hot coals with your hands, which can lead to burns.

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