If you are intimidated by the thought of preparing an entire camping meal over the campfire, these ten dutch oven camping recipes are sure to make you the campfire cooking guru this season!
My husband and I love to watch Kent Rollins. He’s funny, country, conservative, and knows how to cook up some delicious grub right over an open campfire!
Kent makes cooking at the campground look like child’s play.
The great thing about camping is the quality family time spent outside around the fire and since dutch oven cooking over a campfire is not a super-fast process, it’s a great way for the family to enjoy the outdoors while preparing dinner.
If you are dreaming of being known as the campground “cookie” this season, these dutch oven camping recipes for camping will give you a head start.
What Can You Cook In A Dutch Oven Camping?
The answer is, “What can’t you cook in a dutch oven?”
As you can see, Kent loves to cook up some mighty fine cornbread in his dutch oven.
But, there’s so much more you can cook in your dutch oven at the campground.
- Whole Chickens
- Beef Stews
- Dump Cakes
- Sloppy Joes
- Bell Peppers
- Beer batter fish and chips
- and so much more….
If you can dream it, you can probably cook it in your dutch oven at the campground.
What is the Best Dutch Oven For Camping?
We are with Kent on this one and recommend American-made dutch oven brands. The most popular and well-known cast iron company by far is Lodge, but Finex USA is also another company you may want to look at if you want a quality dutch oven made in America.
How Do You Cook With A Dutch Oven On A Campfire?
You may be wondering how you cook with a dutch oven on a campfire.
You can actually put your dutch oven directly on a grill or over your died-down coals from the fire.
How you cook a stew in a dutch oven will be different from how you bake a cake or bread.
With a stew or casserole, you will be able to see from the top how things are going, but with something you bake, it’s hard to see how it’s doing, and you can burn it if you have the oven too close to the coals or too small of a dutch oven.
Kent and Shannon offer some great tips in this video to help you get started.
It takes time and experience to be able to judge temperatures and cooking times.
While some dutch ovens have thermometers on them now, the beauty of dutch oven cooking on a campfire is the art of learning how to know when the food is finished.
Most experienced dutch oven campfire cooks will tell you to apply the hand rule to judge temperature.
If you can hold your hand over the pot for more than 5 seconds, you are probably not at 350 degrees.
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