Campfire Cooking Tips

You can’t have enough camping tips when it comes to campfire cooking!

With these simple campfire cooking tips, your friends and family will think you secretly went to campfire culinary school when they were not looking!

Campfire Cooking Tips by CampingForFoodies is an image of a campfire grate holding a foil packet and toasting bread sitting inside a campfire ring with a small campfire burning off to the side. Shiny tongs are reaching over the toasting bread to flip each piece so it is perfectly crispy and brown.

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Best Campfire Cooking Techniques

Start Your Fire Early

Start your campfire early so it has time to burn down.

I like using camping fire starters to get it going.

We have step-by-step instructions on how to start a campfire too!

Camp cooking tip - Start your campfire early so it has time to burn down - Cook over coals rather than large pieces of wood - Camping For Foodies .com

Don’t Cook Over Flames

You want to cook over hot coals rather than large pieces of burning wood.

Camping Cooking Tips Make Sure Your Campfire Has A Bed Of Hot Coals - Camping For Foodies .com

Cooking Vessel Placement In The Campfire

When you are cooking directly in your campfire ring, you want a “cooking area” and a separate “next-up area” for burning more wood for an ongoing supply of coals.

Split your campfire ring …

On one side place the coals under the grill grate or tripod for cooking …

On the other side have the wood to keep the campfire burning to “steal” coals from.

That way you can maintain ample heat throughout the cooking process like we did when we made our Muffin Tin Campfire Eggs.

Campfire Cooking Tips: Cook Over Hot Coals, Not Burning Wood - Camping For Foodies .com

Campfire Cooking Setup In Windy Conditions

Block wind to avoid heat loss when cooking with campfire Dutch ovens in breezy conditions.

Here we were cooking our Lemon Blueberry Topped Campfire Dutch Baby Recipe with coals on the ground and used pieces of our firewood to block the wind.

Dutch Oven Camp Cooking Tips - Block wind to avoid heat loss when cooking with campfire Dutch ovens in breezy conditions - Camping For Foodies .com

When we were making our Dutch Oven Beef Stroganoff Camping Recipe, we continued to cook in our camping fire pit but we used stacked firewood to block the wind as much as possible that day. WOW!

You can see how we did it … and HEAR how windy it was … in our video for this quick and easy campfire comfort food recipe! LOL

This Dutch Oven Beef Stroganoff Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies is ready for serving as it sits in a camp Dutch oven inside a campfire ring on a sunny camp day. The golden colored pasta is mixed with the creamy sauce and meat, all covered with bright green fresh parsley.

Brown Meat For Maximum Flavor

The entire surface area of meat must make contact with the Dutch oven to evenly brown it.

If your Dutch oven is not large enough to handle all of the meat at once,  just brown it in smaller batches like we did when we cooked our AMAZINGLY delicious Dutch Oven Pork Chops!

Dutch Oven Camp Cooking Tip - The entire surface area of meat must make contact with the Dutch oven to evenly brown it, so just brown the meat in smaller batches - Camping For Foodies .com

Open Campfire Cooking Heat Control

In a Dutch oven, meat can be browned quickly over a hot campfire which is what we did when we made our award-winning Campfire Dutch Oven Chili Recipe!

For baking at precise temperatures, take your gear out of the firepit and use campfire coals or charcoal briquettes on the ground as the heat source for better temperature control.

Camp Cooking Tip: In a Dutch oven, meat can be browned quickly over a hot campfire but for baking at precise temperatures, switch to charcoal briquettes as the heat source – Camping For Foodies .com

Fall Off The Bone Tender Dutch Oven Campfire Cooking

Slow cooking in a liquid produces tender meat.

This is easily accomplished with deep Dutch ovens using charcoal briquettes or campfire coals as a heat source like we did with our Dutch Oven Ribs Camping Recipe.

Camp Cooking Tip For These Super Tender Camping Dutch Oven BBQ Ribs That Can Be Cooked With Charcoal Briquettes Or Over A Campfire

Campfire Cooking Hacks

Makeshift Lids For Cooking Gear

If you are using cooking equipment that does not have a lid but needs to be covered to keep in the heat, just use some foil or a cookie sheet to do the job.

Campfire Cooking Tips: Trap Heat For Even Cooking - Camping For Foodies .com

Cook Campfire Corn Right In The Husks!

You don’t need to boil corn on the cob on your camping trips.

You also don’t need to wrap it in foil to cook it.

Just leave the corn in the husks and place the ears directly over the hot coals of your campfire to make truly yummy Campfire Corn On The Cob!

How to grill sweet corn over the campfire – Camping For Foodies .com

No Cleanup Campfire Cooking

If you use foil packets to cook directly over a campfire, you’ll avoid big clean-up jobs!

That’s what we did when we made our Campfire Hobo Stew dinner.

Campfire Tin Foil Cooking Makes Clean-Up A Breeze - Camping For Foodies .com

Camp Fire Cooking Safety

Protect Your Hands And Arms From Heat

Use heat-resistant gloves when handling hot cast iron skillets and Dutch ovens like we did when we made our Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe.

You actually want to protect your hands and arms from the heat of the campfire too.

Camp Cooking Tip For Campfire Dutch Oven Gumbo Recipe Use Heat-Resistant Gloves - Camping For Foodies .com

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Keep Your Distance From The Flames

Using a lid lifter, like we did when we made this Hot Italian Sausage Soup Campfire Recipe, allows you to stay a safe distance from the hot campfire when removing the lid from your Dutch oven.

Camp cooking tip - Using a lid lifter allows you to stay a safe distance from the hot campfire when removing the lid from your Dutch oven - Camping For Foodies .com

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Maintain Your Equipment’s Stability Over The Fire

Keep your Dutch oven stable when cooking over a campfire.

Use a grill grate or tripod for stability and point the handle away from the fire.

Camp cooking tip - Keep your Dutch oven stable when cooking over a campfire - Use a grill grate or tripod for stability and point the handle away from the fire - Camping For Foodies .com

Best Wood For Campfire Cooking

We cook with all sorts of wood but that is not ideal … sometimes you just gotta use what you have, you know?

How to build a campfire for cooking.

In a perfect world, we would only use hardwood because it provides a nice long-lasting heat and bed of coals.

Many hardwoods also provide a great flavor to meat and veggies you grill directly over it.

Examples of hardwood:

  • Mesquite
  • Hickory
  • Oak
  • Maple
  • Walnut

Examples of softwood:

  • Pine
  • Juniper
  • Spruce
  • Cedar

Campfire Cooking Equipment

I always say that any task is much easier if you have the right gear.

You are going to wonder how you ever survived without this awesome campfire cooking equipment!

Awesome Campfire Cooking Equipment You Really Need CampingForFoodies

Campfire Cooking Recipes

We love making entire meals over our fires.

Try some of these easy campfire recipes on your next trip.

Easy Campfire Food Ideas To Make On Your Next Trip by CampingForFoodies with closeup image of campfire chili with cheddar cheese, onions, sour cream and peppers sprinkled on top along with campfire dutch oven pizza with cheese, green onions and black olives in a camp dutch oven

If you are thinking you want to avoid after-dinner cleanup, no judging … I promise, you will love these campfire meals in foil.

Tin Foil Stew Is Just The Beginning Of These Awesome Campfire Meals In Foil by CampingForFoodies

Many of our Dutch oven camping recipes can be made over a campfire but can transition to a camp stove if you happen to be camping during a time of fire restrictions!

Amazingly Delicious And Easy Dutch Oven Camping Recipes by CampingForFoodies

Campfire Baking

When you are preparing baked goods on your camping trip, the temperature inside your camp Dutch oven is much more critical.

You can use campfire coals but they are not as uniform when it comes to size, burn time and heat production as charcoal briquettes.

Whichever coals you decide to use, our Dutch oven temperature chart will help you determine how many coals you need to bake that cake!

Dutch Oven Temperature Chart - How Much Charcoal - Camping For Foodies com

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