Can you smell it? Are you getting hungry yet? Cooking with a camp grill over an open fire makes anyone turn into a fantastic chef.
The smells, the tastes, the finger-licking, and the requests for seconds are so rewarding!
Anyone can master outdoor cooking with the right tools, so we’ll start with the basic camp grill used over the campfire rings or outdoor fire pit.
Bring a basic stainless steel camp grill with you. The weight practically nothing and take up no space. This is what you need to cook over an open fire, and they are readily available at most outdoor stores.
Most campsites offer campfire rings, and they usually have a narrow metal grate over them, but I wouldn’t use it. They may not be very clean, and they won’t hold a lot of food.
Once your fire is built up, and the most significant flames have simmered down, you can place your meal right on the grill.
Watch for hot spots where the flames may burn higher or hotter and stay by the grill. Don’t walk away from cooking yet!
Follow this advice for campfire cooking:
always make sure your grill is clean before using it.
Marinate your meat or tofu (I have vegetarian friends, and the rest of my family are meatatarians) ahead of time in ziplock bags and freeze. Then you can place it directly on the grill.
Grilling veggies is super easy! Place your choice of vegetables in foil with some seasoning (salt and pepper work great) and maybe some olive oil or butter, close up the foil and pinch the ends tight. Place directly on the camp grill and turn often. Grilling potatoes is smooth too. You can grill them whole the same way as your other veggies, but I recommend slicing them and prepping them with seasoning and some butter for faster cooking.
With some foil-wrapped potatoes, vegetables, and grilled meat or tofu, you’ve got a fantastic, flame-broiled dinner.
You’ve also got no pots or pans to wash, clean up is a breeze, and you’re off to enjoy the rest of your evening with your family before it’s time to make smores!
You need a camp grill to cook over an open fire, but if there is a fire ban while you’re camping or you prefer to use camping cookstoves, then bring along an excellent two-burner camp stove.
This should have sides that are collapsible for wind protection and heat control on both burners. We have personally used the Coleman brands and loved them, but there are lots out there to choose from.
We bring along portable stove “legs” in case there is nowhere else to put the camp stove.
One other addition we have to our camping cooking supplies list is a hibachi. When we’ve camped during fire bans, we place it right on top of the fire pit grate, and then we still get a bit of camp grill cooking flavor in addition to our camp stove cooking.
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