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How to Cook a Campfire Meal

Updated on June 28, 2017

I can't cook

It’s only fair to begin with that statement, because it’s the truth. However I’ve always had a love of the outdoors and I’d rather sleep under the stars than under a roof. Crazy, I know, but it’s me. The other thing I’m particularly fond of is good beer and campfire cooking is done best while drinking a good beer. I don’t understand that, I just accept it. Certainly, the more you drink the better my cooking will taste.

On the subject of beer; the only purpose that Miller and Coors have is for washing your hands, I never drink diluted water. Budweiser I will drink if it is offered to me. (Note to self; it’s I before E except after C or in Budweiser) I’m for the Micro-Breweries, I like to taste and enjoy what I drink and drinking is for fun not for buzz.

Rule 1) Drink Micro-brewery ales. They're the best.

Rule 2) Make sure you are at a campsite that allows open fires

Now for the campfire meal

Before you start have a beer to steady your hands and eyes.

Build your campfire with the logs in a pyramid shape for best results. The first item on the fire is going to be the cooking pot and the pyramid shape will concentrate the heat into the center of the pot. You can use a regular tripod to hold the pot, or, if you want to be authentic, lash three poles together to make your own support. be careful with that though and don't let them catch on fire. If the tripod does collapse you will lose the stew. Should that happen you have two choices; a) start again, b) share your beer. This is why I prefer to balance it on stones as above.
Put plenty of water into the pot and cut up the vegetables. Potatoes and carrots are a must but you can add whatever your taste requires. Peas, tomatoes, corn, you choose. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer the stew. Stir frequently to keep the vegetables from burning at the bottom of the pot.
Drink some more beer.

Time to Barbecue

When the stew is cooked, take the pot off and share it with the grateful family and friends. Don't forget to share it with yourself. 
Settle the fire flat, then put on the grill. Now it's time to barbecue. Put the meat on the grill and cook thoroughly. This can be tricky, the meat tends to slip through the grill and feed the flames from time to time. Just be sure no one is watching. The adventurous may want to add corn-on-the-cob or even long slices of Zucchini. Whatever the taste in barbecue, now is the time to indulge.
Fish out of the flames any meat that fell in and have another beer.

Sweet Apples

What is a meal without desert? This is where the apples come in. While the barbecue is taking place, wrap some apples in foil. make sure to take the stems off first, if they pierce the foil it will blacken the apple. Allow the apples to cook in the fire. When you take them out, eat them with a spoon because inside the skin is a sweet, hot, apple sauce.
Don't forget the beer.

And don’t couse the rook,,,,don’t rouse the rook, don’t the…..Don’t upset the cook.


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    • iantoPF profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Freeman 

      8 years ago from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales

      Thank you Edweirdo; Your Hub gave me the idea for it.

      I read that and inspiration flowed like Foster's :)

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      8 years ago from United States

      Well done, IantoPF!

      One of the best meals I've ever had outdoors was a veggie lasagna prepared in a dutch oven during a camping trip in the Australian outback. This brought back great memories of enjoying lots of beer and the company of fine folks around a campfire in the wilderness...

    • iantoPF profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Freeman 

      8 years ago from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales

      Hello D.A.L. Now there's something I miss, a good pint of Bitter. One thing I've discovered about the USA, you can get anything you want except for a good pint and a decent cup of tea.

      Thank you for stopping by. Best Wishes.......Ianto

    • D.A.L. profile image


      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      iantoPF, sounds good advise to me. Enjoyed this one while having an English bitter. Best wishes my friend.

    • iantoPF profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Freeman 

      8 years ago from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales

      Hi there Scarytaff; many years ago when I lived in Swansea and my kids were a lot younger we'd go backpacking over the Black Mountains. That's where I learned my outdoor cooking skills. Then we'd get back home and the kids would be so happy to get "Real Food" instead of eggs fried in the rain.

    • iantoPF profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Freeman 

      8 years ago from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales

      Hallo Sunforged; Good point about the green twigs for a grill. I wouldn't put beer in the stew though, not unless it was someone else's :D

      That Pineapple upside down cake sounds good too. Maybe I'll try it. Thanks.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      That banana dessert is just too good to be true lol.

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      Derek James 

      8 years ago from South Wales

      Good one, Ianto. Just right in this Welsh rain.

    • sunforged profile image


      8 years ago from

      You had me at "miller and coors is only good for washing your hands"

      I bring my Growler camping.. I was surprised that beer was not integrated into your stew recipe !

      Using some nice green twigs for your camp grill is the easiest method to make sure they dont catch fire..of course you could always just bring some coors to wet the wood.

      best camp dessert Ive made to date - Pineapple upside down cake in a dutch oven - 5 minute prep time - leave it to cook in the coals from your morning fire - should be done by the time you return for lunch!

    • iantoPF profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Freeman 

      8 years ago from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales

      Thank you Princessa; especially for being the first one to comment. There's also one I do where i slice a banana along it's length then put marshmallow and caramel inside it, cover that with foil and throw that into the fire as well. Totally decadent.

      Love the new avatar by the way.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      I love your idea for a dessert, so simple and yet delicious and healthy.


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