Campfire Cooking Grills – Good Days Great Meals

Take a look at this post-cooking over an open fire which gives a great insight into a number of good quality stoves check them out here now, Sudden weather changes or fire bans can put a damper on campfire cooking grills.

If the weather does turn wet be prepared and have another option available and ready to go check out this simple but excellent grill.

Preparation and cooking over a campfire can be very easy, very tasty and very healthy. You can adjust and cook almost any recipe by fire, just by preparation and a little imagination.

You don’t have to be a chef, and if your not one who has your own recipes, loads of recipes can be found online so go ahead and be adventurous, and try out your skills on any one of a number of campfire cooking grills.

             

PREPARATION IS KEY

A swing-away campfire cooking stand is a great choice. Just remember, however, if your outdoor camping, and If this is your only way to cook, you can go hungry if the weather turns for the worst.

High wind and rain or snow can make life very difficult if that is our only means of cooking up a meal, particularly if you are not an accomplished bushman or woman.

campfire burning inside a ring of rocks

When camping for any period of time and we can never be sure of weather forecasts, it would be prudent to always carry a gas-fuelled outdoor cooking appliance.

If you are in the market to purchase a good gas-powered camping stove, check out our best camping stove.

POWER! FIRE

A campfire is a popular feature and traditional part of any camping experience, it is good for light, warmth, and cooking. Cooking over a fire is very different from cooking on an open gas-fuelled camping plate or any other outdoor portable grill.

Cooking over an open fire is not for a person who is in a hurry to eat, as it takes time to get a fire started and to stay burning for a time to allow for coals to form from the burning wood, to fuel and heat our grill.

While some people want to use flames others prefer heat from coals for cooking. We have shown in the highlighted links here on this page some of the best campfire cooking equipment available. Here is the number two from the video the Texsport 151161campfire cooking grill.

If you are going to use an open fire you will have to keep a close eye on your food from start to finish, even a small fire can create a lot of heat, which will make your food cook much faster, and if you don’t carefully monitor your cooking it may result in a burnt and unsatisfactory meal.

While the heating of an outdoor portable bar-b-que can be easily adjusted by turning the knobs on the unit or adjusting the gas flow at the regulator.

You will work a little harder to adjust the heat with an open fire and will have to spread the coals a little to lower the heat in the fire or build the fire up to increase the heat.

However, this is not so easy, and you will not get quick results. The best way is to move food away from the heat to a cooler area on the grill instead of upsetting the fire itself.

Time of cooking is another area that is going to change, and the cooking temperature can be difficult to adjust.

Depending on how hot the coals or how big the flames will determine the cooking time of many dishes but do not forget to regularly check your dish.

Cooking food over fire requires a more hands-on experience than recipes cooked in the oven at home, but the great taste of the outdoors is well worth the effort that it sometimes takes.

Something I like is the Weber Grill, I have just highlighted it below, it is a fantastic Grill, I own one and have used them on many occasions so I wanted to show it on this page. I have also done an in-depth review of the Weber 22 inch Charcoal Grill here,

THE CHOICE OF GRILL

The range and designs are numerous and their application is only limited by people’s needs and imagination. Like all things that have a number of manufacturers, when researching these grills and it can be hard to get the right one the first time.

There are a lot of imported units available as well as a large selection of professionally built units from private suppliers. One of the better ones is the swing away campfire grill.

Depending on your personal requirements and how much money you wish to spend it is better to research the products before committing to the unit of your choice.

The best way to do this is online, it’s very convenient, much better than too much legwork. There is a wonderful variety of designs all have unique features to excite the purchaser’s imagination some are very simple in design like a plate alone with legs screw in or fold down, what’s your choice?

Some have flame slots for a real flame-grilled flavor some have other features like a warming plate above the cooking plate or maybe hooks and arms to hold different utensils and pots.

Even boil water while you cook, I have highlighted a couple in particular on this page which I like and I think would be a very good choice of grill, also its compact, and easy to store, two very important issues when camping.

CLEANING UP

Cooking with fire will also create an issue of dirty and sometimes unsightly pots and pans and you may not like this, however, if you can use older pots that you no longer need in the kitchen at home this is good.

Cleaning the inside is the only requirement as soot and fire will badly stain the outside don’t bother cleaning the outside of the pot as a blackened pot will always create a better taste.

I Believe “The blacker the pot the better the brew”

kettle over open campfire

There will also be the fire smoke smell, Some people do not like it, however, I think the wood smoke smell of an open fire is quite pleasant.

FINISHING UP

Also, if you plan to build a fire to cook up on a Dutch Oven or just relax if it’s for a large gathering of friends or just you and a friend have a plan of safety, Campfire skills are a favorable and indispensable tradition from times long ago.

Check out the outdoor cooking section here on Wikipedia it is very interesting. In the evening, most campers have a small open fire even if they do not plan to use it for cooking.

It’s always an enjoyable experience to tell stories while melting marshmallows around a fire or just to sit and stare at the mesmerizing thing that it can be, however, fires can create serious problems, and you should take heed of a couple of points.

You should never leave the fire unattended and be aware of your surroundings and the wind and other hazards in the vicinity before creating a fire.

When you have finished with the fire let it completely burn out or pull it apart to slow down the power, then maybe douse with water before leaving the site, never bury a hot fire with sand it can remain extremely hot for a period of time and be a hazard for someone walking on it.

If you have any more questions about Campfire Cooking Grills, I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the comments section below.

Remember, leave it cleaner than you found it, only footprints not rubbish

Shane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Campfire Cooking Grills – Good Days Great Meals”

  1. What a comprehensive list! As an avid camper myself I like to search for tips and tricks to expand my knowledge, and I must say I had no idea about the phrase: “the blacker the pot the better the brew”. This is an interesting concept and something I’m going to try on my next camping trip. Guys, Shane knows what he’s talking about which is hard to say about other camping sites out there. Nice job!

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    • Hi Brandon, thank you for your kind comment, your right, there are so many little tricks available when using different Campfire Cooking Grills.

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  2. I love camping and cooking over the open fire. We do a lot of camping in the summer and building a campfire is one of the highlights of our day. Not only campfires at night, but cooking is great too. We do all kinds of cooking and love to try out different camping recipes.

    I agree with you, cooking over a campfire takes preparation and patience. You have to plan for it and get ready with some great coals. So, if you have little patience or little kids, this can be kind of tricky.

    Thanks for sharing this post, I can’t wait to go camping soon!

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