Today we’re going to talk about some great things you can cook at a campground. If you’re looking for vegan, organic, or vegetarian you have come to the wrong place. You can adapt some of these to suit your tastes, but we’re going for cheap, easy, and with meat.
If you’re still with me, let’s start by going over what you will need for a week at the campsite.
- Firewood. Check the campground’s rules, some don’t allow fires. Also, a lot of places do not allow out of state firewood so leave your sticks and bundles at home. Usually the campgrounds who allow fires will let you use whatever wood is on the ground.
- A propane cookstove.
- A cast iron skillet.
- A Dutch oven with a lid lifter. Do not forget the lid lifter!
- Tripod for the Dutch oven.
- Pie irons.
- Old wire coat hangers, straightened.
- Aluminum foil.
- Seasonings. This is your preference.
- Pack your cooler with frozen meats, enough to last about three days. You don’t want to go too far past three days, especially in hot weather, because your meat could thaw and give you food poisoning. That sucks at home, don’t do it at a campsite.
- Keep your dry goods in Tupperware containers inside a Rubbermaid tote, this will cut down on bugs.
- Graham crackers.
Now, let’s talk easy, cheap recipes!
- A favorite of ours is macaroni and cheese with deer meat, hamburger, or chicken. We buy the off-brand Velveeta Shells and Cheese and boil the mac n cheese in the Dutch oven and cook the meat in the skillet. Pour off any grease before adding it to the mac n cheese.
- Chili. This is so simple, it’s crazy. Get two cans of Hormel chili and put it in the Dutch oven. You can add peppers, extra beans, or whatever you want.
- Crab stuffed flounder. You put butter in your aluminum foil. Carefully cut your fish to make a pocket. Stuff it with crab, season lightly, wrap it in the foil, and place it on the coals. You’ll have to flip it once and check to make sure it’s done before serving. It’ll be flaky when it’s done cooking.
- Bacon wrapped whatever meat you’ve got. I’ve even seen fried bacon wrapped bacon! It’s a Southern thing. lol Seriously, though, anything with bacon is awesome. Put some in your mac n cheese with hamburger and you have bacon cheeseburger mac n cheese. It’s awesome! Especially with some jalapenos.
- Get your pie irons, bread, spaghetti sauce, cheese, and toppings for this one. Put a piece of bread in the pie iron and put sauce, cheese, and toppings on it. Cover it with a second piece of bread and close your pie iron. Cut off excess. Put it on the campfire and leave it long enough to melt the cheese and toast the bread. So a couple of minutes and it should be ready.
- Another pie iron recipe is ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. Scramble some eggs and put them on a piece of bread in the pie iron. Add ham and shredded cheese. Put a piece of bread on top, close it, trim any excess, and put it on the coals. These are awesome for breakfast! Also, kids tend to be more eager to eat meals that they have cooked. I used to think that was false, until I saw my picky son eat biscuit pizza that he cooked.
- If you want to try biscuit pizza use your Dutch oven. Place canned biscuits in the bottom and put the lid on it. Cover in coals as best you can. Let them cook about 15 minutes or so. It shouldn’t take much longer than your oven at home. When they’re done, cut them open and add sauce, cheese, and toppings. They should be hot enough to melt the cheese.
- Cut potatoes open, rub with butter or olive oil, and stuff with your favorite toppings. Wrap in aluminum foil and place on the coals.
- Now for dessert number one! S’mores. Put your marshmallow on the wire hanger and toast it until you’re happy (I set mine on fire). Layer it with half a chocolate bar between two graham crackers.
- Dessert number two is a favorite of mine. You can use the pie iron and two pieces of bread, or don’t cook it. It’s up to you. I call it Campfire Cheesecake. You put a chunk of cream cheese on a graham cracker and put strawberry jelly on top. These are addictive! If you want to do it in the pie iron, put a slice of bread in. Cut up the cream cheese, lay it on the bread, and put some strawberry jelly on top. Add a second slice of bread, close the pie iron, trim the excess. Put in the campfire until the cheese melts some and the bread is toasted.
- Desert number three! Put pineapple rings, sliced bananas, brown sugar, and white sugar in aluminum foil. Wrap it up and place it on the coals just long enough to crystalize the sugar. Our kids love this!
I could keep going, but I think this is a good start. There are recipe books for campfire cooking, but I wanted to tell you about some of our favorite dishes. If you’re worried about veggies, you can put the can on the campfire and cook it with the lid open. Don’t forget to open the lid! You can also make a nice salad.
Also, anything made in the skillet or Dutch oven can be cooked on a camp stove, but we like the campfire better because it’s primitive. lol Try it, it may become your favorite way to cook, too!
What are some of your favorite campfire foods? Which of these recipes are you excited to try on your next camping trip? Let me know in comments!
Thanks for stopping by and happy camping!