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Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking

There are countless ways to enjoy a meal cooked around the campfire. You can use a stick to make simple foods like hot dogs, brats, marshmallows, shish kebab, or even bannock bread. You can use a frying pan, Dutch oven, or grill grate for the convenience of cooking at home. You can even cook a few foods right on the coals of your campfire. For easy-to-make, easy-to-clean, low maintenance campfire cooking, though, nothing beats aluminum foil. It’s easy to mix up a delicious recipe right inside a tinfoil packet, then sit back a let the campfire do its work. Even if you’re deep in the wilderness and have to pack out your waste with you, the used foil is much lighter to carry away than traditional cookware. Try these mouthwatering campfire favorites on your next outing:

Hobo Dinner
Ingredients:
1/4 lb. ground beef
1 potato, diced
1 carrot, chopped
1/4 onion, diced
Ketchup or barbecue sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Start with a 12” square of aluminum foil. Separate the ground beef into bits and place it evenly on the foil. Add the potato, carrot, and onion. Season with salt and pepper and add ketchup or barbecue sauce to taste. Fold the foil into a flat package, making sure to seal it well along the seams. Using fire tongs, place the packet directly on the campfire coals. Cook for 10 minutes, flip, and cook for 10 more minutes. Remove and enjoy.

Dessert Burritos
Ingredients:
Flour tortillas
Canned pie filling (cherry, apple, blueberry, etc.)
Chocolate chips
Marshmallows

Directions:
Tear off a 12” square of aluminum foil for each person, and place a tortilla on it. Spoon a little pie filling into each one and sprinkle with chocolate chips and/or marshmallows. Be careful not to overdo it or the filling will squirt out the sides while cooking. Roll up the tortilla, folding the bottom edge in.

Wrap foil around the tortilla and place it on the ash near the edge of the fire, but not directly on the coals. Cook the packets for about five minutes, then turn them around and cook the other side. Using fire tongs, remove and enjoy.

Have a favorite campfire recipe? Share it below!

3 comments

1 TLM { 06.28.13 at 1:16 pm }

Pre-measure dry ingredients like pancake mix into a large zip close bag before the trip. When you want to make pancakes (or biscuits) just add the liquid right to the baggie and mix. (No dirty bowl, measuring cup or spoon to wash.) Cut a hole in the corner of the baggie to pour out the pancake batter (or squeeze out a biscuit.) Saves the camp cook time!

2 Izak Gregory { 06.28.13 at 11:46 am }

Burn a fire for 3 or 4 hours, move coals and ash, dig a hole and put a chicken, ribs, roast whatever wrapped in aluminum foil then in a cloth or paper sacks to keep dirt out.. put it in hole and cover with dirt. move coals and ash back on top of dirt and burn fire again for 3 or so hours. Remove ash and coals dig package out and remove paper sack or cloth (which ever you use) and unwrap it being careful to not get dirt on foil. unwrap foil and enjoy the food. Also can add/put whole potatoes, carrots, onions in original package with meat for a tasty meal. Cooks just like an over. Be sure to season chicken or roast to taste before wrapping it and placing in hole. Enjoy

3 Phillip Hoge { 06.09.10 at 10:39 am }

Take 8 ounces of pre – mixes bisquit mix [Jiffy or Bisquik]. Mix in conainer with 1/3 cup water. drop dollaps into a small greased skillet or cooking kit pan. Place lid on the pan and put it on the hot coals. Move some coals on top of the container. Wait for 4 to 6 minutes, take the bisquits off the coals and enjoy with butter or jam.

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