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What Can You Cook Over a Campfire?

What Can You Cook Over a Campfire? | Firepit Cooking | Walden Backyards

The question shouldn’t be what can you cook over a campfire, but what can’t you cook? The truth is that you can cook practically anything your heart - or stomach - desires with the right tools from Walden. Whether you start with the Legacy Firepit Complete Insert or use the Fire Pit BBQ Grate, you will have an easy and fun experience cooking over a live fire. If you can cook on a grill, you can easily make food over a campfire and fire pit!

The Ultimate Walden Fire Pit Insert 

We might be a bit biased, but our consensus is that the best starting place for open-fire cooking is with the Legacy Series Complete Fire Pit Insert Set. This unique closed-system fire pit completes any backyard set-up and is built to last a lifetime. When paired with our 30” Fire Pit BBQ Grilling Grate, you’ll have everything and more to help you entertain and cook a great meal for a hungry crowd. When your night comes to a close, use the Snuffer Lid to safely put out your fire. The included ash basket and ash tray liner will make firepit clean-up a breeze, containing coals and campfire ash for easy disposal, or check out our blog on other uses for firepit ashes- once cool, of course!


Other Cooking Accessories For Campfire Cooking

You may also consider some other fireside accessories to help you create the best campfire around. Start your fire with just one Sure-Fire Fire Starter, made of wax and birch shavings, to get your campfire blaze roaring fast. Then, maximize your control over the fire with the Blow Through Stoker-Poker, which can help you stoke your campfire while cooking in the safest way possible. It also allows you control over fire stoking so you won’t blow ashes all over your cooking meal. By blowing through the one-way air valve on the Stoker-Poker, you can quickly stoke your campfire and keep it at a more even temperature while cooking.


Traditional BBQ Meals and Side Dishes 

You’ll be able to cook practically anything you want over your firepit. That includes traditional BBQ meals, like ribs and bone-in chicken. Go even further into grilling up different types of fish, shrimp, or other shellfish. Or go with this delicious hamburger recipe by famed chef and grillmaster, Bobby Flay. His Perfect Burger Recipe will please every member of your family. Don’t forget the condiments! You can also grill up the best side dishes for your meals. That includes making veggies on skewers, grilled corn on the cob, and even cooking baby potatoes. 

Keep in mind if you’re nervous about cooking raw food over your firepit, it’s easier to start with things like hot dogs or pre-cooked sausages. That way, you can practice your grilling skills with food that is already partially cooked and basically just needs to be heated thoroughly to get those tasty char marks on it. 

Campfire Baking Has Endless Options

Did you know that you can also bake over a fire pit? It’s true! You can throw a cast iron skillet right onto a grate to make baked cornbread and other tasty goodies, like brownies or cake. It’s all about making sure the heat source of the campfire in your firepit is going at the right level. Here’s a recipe for a spicier take on cornbread to make in a cast-iron skillet over your campfire from Food Network star Ina Garten. 

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 extra-large beaten eggs
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) melted unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped scallions
  • 3 tablespoons seeded and diced jalapeno peppers

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then, in a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Then mix the wet ingredients into the dry bowl and stir until just combined. Some lumps are fine. Then stir in the extra sharp cheddar and jalapenos. Pour the batter into your cast iron skillet. Set it on your grate over some hot coals for at least 45 minutes until the top starts to crack, and a toothpick comes out clean. 

Just make sure that any of the bakeware you use is suitable for an open flame. Cast iron, of course, is strong enough, but so are stainless steel cookware and bakeware. Some brands will specifically say that they are made for camping out and cooking. 

Desserts and S’Mores Over Your Campfire

Don’t forget the dessert when you are planning to cook a meal over your campfire! Traditional s’mores are a staple, and one kids will be very excited about helping you create. For dessert, you can get even more creative to grill up stone fruits, like peaches and plums. That makes for a tasty and healthy option for any guests you are entertaining. Serve it with some homemade whipped cream or even vanilla ice cream. 

There’s just something that tastes infinitely better about food that has been cooked over the open flame of a Fire Pit. So get out there, grab your best BBQ recipes, and get cooking! If you have any questions about how to best cook over your firepit with the proper accessories that we offer, send us a message today. We are more than happy to ensure that you have an exceptional experience cooking and gathering around the fire.

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