Camping Recipes

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Campfire Blooming Onions


  • 4 large Vidalia onions
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Peel onions and cut each one into quarters, keeping onions together. Place 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 clove of garlic in the middle of each onion. Double wrap each onion in foil and place on hot coals. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes. Carefully remove from coals and unwrap. Season with salt and pepper, then eat. You can also serve with a Ranch dip or hot sauce.

Campfire Corn on the Cob


  • 1 bag frozen corn on the cob
  • Toni’s Cajun Spices
  • butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Place individual ears of corn, still frozen, on a piece of heavy aluminum foil. Top with Toni’s, salt and pepper, and a pat of butter. Wrap each ear of corn with foil and twist the ends. Foil wrap will look like candy wraps. I then place the individual wraps right on an open fire, but I have placed them on the grill too. Takes about 5 to 10 minutes.

Campfire Potatoes


  • large baking potatoes
  • whole onions, red or yellow dill
  • parsley
  • bacon bits

Slice the potato almost all the way through, but leave enough to hold it together. Slice the onion, and put one slice in between each potato slice. Sprinkle with bacon bits and a little dill. Wrap well with heavy aluminum foil and bury in the coals of the fire. Leave untouched for about 45 minutes, and test for doneness by piercing with a fork – the fork should lift out without lifting the potato. Cooking time depends on size of potatoes and strength of fire. Serve with pat of butter and a few sprigs of parsley.

Campfire Pot Roast


  • 3 pound boneless roast
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced in bitesize pieces
  • 1 cup V-8
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large oven bag

Place roast in bag and surround with all the vegetables. Mix V-8, water, soup mix and flour, then pour over top of roast. Close bag and grill over medium fire for about 1 1/2 hours.

Chicken in a Hole


  • whole chicken, cleaned and gutted
  • chicken spices – your favorite
  • garlic, onion – as you like
  • cabbage leaves (optional)
  • cheesecloth (optional)
  • heavy duty aluminum foil

Wipe the chicken. Push cloves of garlic (we’ve used up to 20 per chicken) between the skin and the flesh of the chicken. Stuff an onion into the cavity of the chicken. (We don’t like stuffing, so we use an onion – but stuffing is quite acceptable.) Sprinkle your favorite chicken spices inside and outside the chicken.

Wrap cabbage leaves around the chicken. This is optional – they help prevent burning of the chicken skin, if we forget about the meal. If you want the chicken skin to remove easily after cooking, cheesecloth wrapped around the chicken will do that. It also will help prevent the burning to a crisp of a forgotten chicken.

Wrap two or three layers of aluminum foil around the chicken and freeze it for later use at the campsite.

At the Campsite

Take out the chicken to thaw. Meanwhile, prepare the cooking hole. Dig a hole about a meter deep and about a half meter square for one chicken. If you are cooking more than one chicken at a time, then make a proportionally bigger hole. Line the walls of the hole with wood. Put hot coals in the bottom of the hole, or make a fire in the bottom of the hole. The wood along the walls should burn down to coals, leaving hot walls and a pile of hot coals at the bottom of the hole. Sprinkle dry sand lightly over the coals at the bottom of the hole.

Put in the chicken(s). Sprinkle dry sand and hot coals around the chicken. These may come from the pile of coals at the bottom of the hole or from a fire built adjacent to the hole. Cover the chicken with a light layer of dry sand. Put hot coals on top of the chicken. Put dry sand on top of these hot coals. Fill in the hole. Put a marker to indicate where the hole is (sometimes it gets lost). Go away for a game drive or other activity for about 3-4 hours. When you come back, find the hole, dig up the chicken, and eat it.

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