Camping is for enjoying nature – but enjoying nature includes enjoying great food!

Campfires have been used for cooking since the beginning of time. There are a number of creative techniques in most cultures to prepare food outdoors which have been carried and refined through time for recreational use! We’re exploring a few of our favorite methods for cooking over a campfire – and a recipe for each!

Before we begin – we must build a good fire for cooking – build your fire early to give it a chance to build a nice bed of coals.

Roasting on a Stick

The most traditional way of cooking, perhaps the oldest form of cooking known to humanity involves direct heat – roasting food on long skewers that can be held above the flames. This might bring up an image of a hot dog or a marshmallow for s’mores – which are awesome, but skewers can deliver so much more! Non wood stick products are available, including metal.

Favorite Recipe: Garlic & Black Pepper Shrimp Skewers

Salt, pepper, garlic, acid, and a bit of heat are all you need to punch up this easy shrimp skewer recipe.

Chef’s tip – use two skewers through your shrimp, which prevents them from twisting and turning when you rotate them on the grill, and ensures even cooking.

Find the recipe here courtesy of Bon Appetit

Baking in Tin Foil

With a sturdy tinfoil, the options of packets that can be prepared are endless. A packet can contain a single item — seasoned corn on the cob, seasoned sweet onion, or a salmon fillet in a lemon marinade. But the best part of tin foil packets are the flavors of various items that cook together for similar cook times – a full meal in a packet. You can even prepare wrapped burritos with all of the fixings for a quick easy camping meal.

Favorite Recipe: Summer Vegetable & Sausage Tin Foil Packet

This recipe makes use of all your fresh summer vegetables – zucchini, tomatoes, green peppers – and you can add your favorites! All marinated together with great seasonings and your favorite sausage.

Find the recipe here courtesy of Taste of Home

Fireside Pie Iron for Sandwiches

A Small Country favorite is making use of the heavy square cast iron pie irons with long handles and stay cool wooden handles. You can put one of these devices into the coals to cook toasted sandwiches, hot dogs, even breads and desserts.

Favorite Recipe: Breakfast Hobo Pie

This recipe for scrambled egg, cheese and sausage on toast, made in a pie iron over fire and followed by toasting on coals adds a number of top tips for how to avoid burning.

Find the recipe here courtesy of Pocket Change Gourmet

We hope you enjoyed our top three methods for camp fire cooking – and will enjoy their use through the summer! Keep your eyes open in July for upcoming campfire cooking recipe contest where we will be asking all of our facebook fans to share their best campfire recipe – winners will be included in a Small Country Campground Cookbook!