Grilled food is happiness. Eating food under the stars while appreciating nature around you is a wonderful way to give some time to friends and family. Camping for a few days is a way to have some fun, food, dance, games and activities. Yes, it feels nice to reconnect with nature every once and a while, but let’s not ignore the hassle one has to face on what to cook before and during camping time! This is a decision you should carefully make after considering a few tips and tricks. Good food will give you a full stomach and bring you kudos from your peers. Here are some camp grilling ideas –
Before heading out towards your camping destination, you should make a checklist of all the absolutely necessary items to take for camping. Since you are going out into the wild, you will need some help in navigation. Take GPS systems, compasses and maps with you. You’ll most likely be out under the sun all day fishing or hiking, so you should wear sunscreen. Depending on the weather, you’ll need to think of what clothes to wear and what clothes you’ll need to take with you if it’s going to be a long trip. You must take battery-powered torch lights and lamps because it would get dark. For safety and treatment of possible injuries you should take a first aid box as well. For setting up a tent you need to take the necessary tools with you. You also need to take lighters or matches for firing up your charcoal grill. Take adequate amounts of water as well.
Some Tips For Cooking While Camping
You really need to consider the kind of cookware you are taking with you for camping. There are three essential cooking utensils that you can take for the ultimate camp grilling experience – a pan, a dutch oven and a smoking grill for those cheesy sandwiches and pork butt recipes you’ve been wanting to make for quite some time.
- Take pans that are lightweight and can be transported easily. Place all cutleries in your backpack, such as spatulas, spoons, forks, knives and tongs. While using pans during cooking, always cover with a lid whenever needed. This would prevent dust or insects from coming in contact with the food and also allow food to cook quicker.
- To keep food warm, aluminium foil is essential. For campfire cooking, often foods like potatoes, marshmallow, fish and various nuts need to be roasted. These foods are covered up with aluminium foil while roasting. Don’t forget to take it with you!
- Camp Grilling on an open fire is recommended for outdoor cooking, but make sure your food is on the grate. Although this would take a longer time to cook, but since the fire is less direct, chances of burning is less. A good idea is to oil the grate on which your food will be grilled.
- The ingredients for each food item that you will make could be measured before you go camping. Keep all measured items in ziplock bags and label them.
- Soups, pasta and stews can be made while camping, but it’s best to prepare and freeze them beforehand. To save time while camping all you have to do is reheat these items.
- A good idea is to take readymade food items such as popcorn, pita bread and instant noodles which don’t take much effort to make or pack! As for snacks, take high energy products such as dried fruits, beef jerky and granola bars.
- Lastly, who wouldn’t want a good old sip on coffee? If you are a tea fan, then you can take tea bags along.
Some Recipes For Your Charcoal Grill
Now that you have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve for grilling, I am offering you two recipes that I always follow when I go for grilling during my camping trips. I know that the beef shish kebabs will be a big hit among the crowd you go with. As an added surprise you can also barbecue sausages during your camping trip with a healthy twist of potatoes and beans.
Beef Shish Kebabs
Ingredients: You’ll need 12 skewers made from bamboo, 1 zucchini cut into pieces, 1 can of drained pineapple chunks, 2 tbsp white sugar, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 bell pepper cut into pieces, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 0.25 cup water, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, ketchup half cup, 1.5 pounds of beef sirloin cut into cubes, 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp steak sauce.
The preparation itself will take approximately 20 minutes. However grilling and final preparation of the food would take around 40 minutes. You can use other vegetables such as steamed potatoes and add onions and mushrooms. Try experimenting with lamb meat or chicken.
Methods: In a bowl keep the pieces of zucchini, pineapple chunks and red bell pepper and drizzle the mixture with olive oil. Now mix it up. You can divide this mixture into separate freezer bags and keep them in the freezer. In another bowl mix ketchup, steak sauce, vinegar, salt, sugar, water and Worcestershire sauce. Add beef cubes into this mixture and and toss them around until every piece is coated with the mixture. Divide this mixture into separate freezer bags and seal them into freezer.
Before heading out to your campsite, take these freezer bags and thaw them for 8 hours in a refrigerator. Ensure that the bamboo skewers are soaked in water for half an hour.
In medium heat, preheat your grill and oil the grate lightly. Place beef alternatingly, with the vegetable pieces and pineapple chunks in between, to make the skewers. Now grill the skewers for somewhat 10 minutes, or as long as you need to get to your desired level of doneness.
Ingredients: You’ll need red potatoes that are quartered, 1 sliced onion, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp butter, 0.75 pounds of green beans which are halved, 1 pound of smoked sausages pieced according to 1 inch size, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp vegetable oil and ⅓ cup of water.
The total time needed to prepare this recipe is around 45 minutes. Keep your grill in preheat at high heat. Take a large piece of aluminium foil and place the beans, potatoes, sausage and onions, then season the mixture with pepper and salt. Lightly sprinkle this preparation with oil and butter.
Seal the entire mixture within the aluminium foil, leaving a small opening. Pour the measured amount of water into that opening and seal it. Place the sealed packet onto the grill. Now allow grilling until the sausage becomes brown and the vegetables look tender.
Final Thoughts on Camp Grilling
Cooking while camping is a great way to engage your friends and family members and also give yourself some time out in nature. It doesn’t have to be grilling, you can cook using dutch ovens. If you want to go full traditional, simply use the campfire to cook delicious food. Maybe you can come up with your own yummy recipes one day!