Many of us enjoy loading up the car and heading to our favorite campground and setting up camp for the weekend. The only problem that many of us encounter is trying to prepare food on an open campfire. We end up dragging the barbeque grill, charcoal and lighter fluid with us taking up much needed space in our vehicle, just to avoid cooking on the campfire. Here are some basic tips and tricks for cooking on a campfire that can let you keep the barbeque grill at home.
Okay, let’s talk about the easiest and most basic way to cook on the campfire. Grab a stick and stab that innocent looking hot dog minding it’s own business in the cooler or knock those uppity marshmallows down a few pegs by skewering them on a stick and massacre them over the open flames. This culinary technique is so easy even a kid can do it. So, do not be afraid to use the stick method to cook foods such as these.
If you still like the concept of using a grill, many campgrounds have adjustable grills that are mounted to the fire pit. These grills can be adjusted up and down over the open flames for cooking a variety of foods. Steaks that are cooked over a wood fire this way for instance have a wonderful flavor. Just simply place the grill higher up for a rare steak and lower for a well-done steak. To make them taste even better, try burning mesquite wood chips in the fire to give them a gourmet flare and impress your friends.
When cooking over an open flame, foil can become foods best friend. Veggies, fish and smaller pieces of meat drizzled with oil or dabbed with butter can be wrapped up in foil packets and put directly into the coals of the fire. One favorite recipe that works great cooked in coals is by taking a whole head of cabbage and coring it out on the bottom. After this is done, stuff where the core was with garlic and butter and then wrap in foil. Place the cabbage on the coals for about an hour and enjoy this tasty side dish with those delectable steaks.
Cooking over an open flame does not have to be scary. There are many types of camping cookware that is especially designed just for this task that can be found at the local mega stores. So leave that barbeque grill at home and cook with flare on an open flame.