Campfire Cooking

Campfire Cooking

Ever since I was a little kid I loved going camping with my family. We would camp on my grandparents 11 acre wooded property; tent, sleeping bags, outhouse, fire…the whole nine yards.  We cooked all our meals over the fire and, as I got older, I preferred food cooked that way.
campfireThankfully I married a guy who also enjoys cooking over the fire and can appreciate the taste and the effort that goes into it.

One of the first things we did when we bought our first home was have late night fires outback.  Then, after gathering stones throughout our yard and with gardening, we used the rocks to put together a fire pit closer to the house; one that we would use on a regular basis for late nights and for cooking throughout the day.  My husband had a grate and had welded together a pretty nice set up inside our fire pit for over the top fire meal prep.  Before we even had the idea for this set up, we had always cooked corn and baked potatoes over the fire, this new grate allowed for more space and even cooking.

cooked corn on the cob

We have very special friends that have to be invited over for the days we cook corn over the fire.  There’s just something about the taste of corn on the cob cooked this way. Sometimes we have late nights by the fire and the corn sits off against the sides, so it’s there for the grabbing whenever anyone gets the urge/craving to eat one.   Corn prep:  Soak corn (in husks), in water until you are ready to place around the fire.  I prefer to use a cooler to soak our corn.  Place the corn on the outer edge of your fire pit.  Once the corn gets heated stand the corn along the edges of your fire pit just to keep them warm.  Make sure to rotate corn throughout the cooking and warming process, just to make sure all cobs are cooking/warming fairly equal.

**If you do not have the opportunity or space for an outdoor fire, and still want corn on the cob… try making cooler corn.  Cooler CornHusk the corn, wash, soap and water wash out a cooler, place corn in the cooler, pour enough boiling water to cover corn, and put the lid on the cooler.  Make sure the corn sits for at least 45 minutes before serving.  coolerCorn will be hot, make sure to have tongs, and may not be safe for kids to handle by themselves.  This is a great way to make corn on the cob for parties, picnics, and large get together’s. (Click on the picture to the right to purchase a multi-use cooler today)**

To cook potatoes over the fire is very easy!  After washing potatoes, you poke a few holes in them, wrap them in foil, and place the potatoes around the perimeter of the center flame.  Preferably in and around hot coals.  Making sure to rotate and moving around the potatoes for optimal cooking.grilling utensils  We use grilling tongs to move food around (click on the picture to purchase your fire cooking utensils.  Can also be used on your every day grill.  –great gift for dad).  You can check for tenderness by using a marshmallow fork, or fork pictured here, by poking it into the potato.  Once they are cooked, you can take them off the coals and set them around the outside of the fire, but still close to the heat, until the rest of the meal is ready.

PeepsI’m going to let you in on a little secret and tell you that Peeps are DELICIOUS over the fire.Roasted peeps You will never roast a marshmallow ever again after trying a roasted peep. Every Easter we save the peeps, or buy extras in the stores around that time, just so we have some to roast over the summer.  So good! The sugar actually caramelizes and hardens over the marshmallow.

Another sweet treat is waffle cones, marshmallow, and chocolate over the fire.  It’s a good idea for little kids because of the fear of not wanting them too close to the fire.  The kids make them up at table; filling the cones with marshmallow and chocolate, wrapping them into foil, and a parent/ grandparent/ aunt/ uncle/ some type of an adult can place the tray of wrapped cones over the fire.  That way, all the kids are able to contribute and there’s no risk of someone losing a marshmallow to the hot coals.

For those of you that do not have the opportunity or the backyard space to have a fire, the waffle cone “S’more” can be done in your oven in your very own kitchen.   Do the previous steps, and instead of places the tray of wrapped cones over a fire, place them in your oven; preheated at 300, for 15-20 minutes or until melted (Some oven temperatures may vary).  They are delicious and fun for all ages.  Not only can you add chocolate and marshmallows, but you can also add caramel squares, sprinkles…and a cherry if the mood suits you.  Enjoy!

Not only are treats delicious over the fire, but so are many other foods. meals cooked over the fire

I especially like pierogies, red onions, and portobello mushroom caps cooked over the fire.

We have cooked an entire days worth of meals over our campfire, including:

eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, grilled cheese, soup, pizza, steaks, pork tenderloins, hamburgers/cheeseburgers, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and so much more…

hot chicken wings over the fireOne of our all-time favorite things that we cooked over the fire was chicken wings.  Oh my…words can’t even describe how delicious they were.  We prepared both barbecue and hot wings.  We use foil pans when we are cooking foods such as this, that we purchase at a local dollar store.  Less mess, easy clean up.  So worth the effort making them this way.

 

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of “hobo pies”?  Mmm…delish! My grandparents had, what was called, hobo pie makers and with these hobo pie makers you can prepare things as you would in a sandwich maker,hobo pie makers but it’s used over a fire.  We have made pizza, grilled cheese, and sweet treats as well. Some of the sweet treats involved my daughter making her yummy sweet dough (you can search online for any sweet dough recipe, or you can purchase crescent roll dough –not sweet, but can use as a dough already made): roll out, put into greased hobo pie maker, add your favorite pie filling, and cook.  What makes it even better, was the delicious glaze my daughter made to drizzle over top. (Click on the picture above to purchase your hobo pie makers for your next campfire treat).

 

If you have cooked any foods over the fire, please comment below and let us know what you have tried.  We are always looking for new and interesting things too cook, so ideas are welcome.  If you have planned or plan on trying any of these campfire cooking tips let us know; we hope to enhance your camping experience…or just giving you a challenge to dazzle your taste buds.

8 Replies to “Campfire Cooking”

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. In the past I’ve tried so many different things and I figured it was about time that I shared my tips/secrets with others. Make sure to check back for future posts on more helpful tips/ideas. Thank you for your comment.

    1. Thanks for your comment. I liked the idea because you can do it either indoors or out. Not everyone has the opportunity to have a campfire either, so being able to make them in an oven still allows for the fun of prepping it, and of course getting to eat it!

  1. This is exactly what I was looking for! This year we’ll be camping for the first time and had no clue what we could bring to eat with a 5-year-old. Thank you so much! Now if we can figure out what kind of grill to buy for our camping weekend, we are all set!

    1. How exciting, camping for the first time!! It’s a fun experience, especially for little ones. A great way to make fun family memories. You can make pretty much anything over a fire or grill. Not sure I can help you with what type of grill to buy, because we only use our campfire when camping. Good luck and have fun on your first trip!! Thank you for your comment.

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