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Even though the evenings are getting chillier, that doesn't mean it's time to give up on outdoor cooking. There is something almost unexplainably magical about sitting around an outdoor firepit. It's the smell of burning wood, the sizzling of hot dogs and marshmallows, and the crackle of burning embers. Everything comes together to make the ideal autumn evening.

When you're planning your next camping trip, don't forget to include a Walden Backyard's Legacy Series Complete Firepit Insert Set! They make cooking over an open flame easy and fun. 

To get you started on some delicious campfire recipes, here are ideas that will help you cook your way through fall!

Outdoor Firepits - Walden Backyards - Campfire Recipes

Prepping for Campfire Recipes

A firepit insert is a handy tool for cooking food over a campfire. It's small and portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go. However, there are some steps that must be taken when setting up your firepit before cooking food in it. Setting up a firepit insert before cooking is easy!

First, you'll need to gather your supplies:

  • Firepit Insert Set
  • Grill grate or other heat-resistant surface for the insert to sit on, such as a firepit grate
  • Charcoal or wood chunks, depending on your preference
  • Firestarter

Place your grill grate in the center of your firepit and put the charcoal underneath it. Light the charcoal with your fire starter. Wait until all of it has turned white, then put out any remaining flames with water or sand. This will help prevent sparks from getting into your food while cooking.

Campfire Recipe #1: Apple Crisps

Grilling over a campfire is a great way to create a new experience with your favorite foods. As an added bonus, you can experiment with new recipes, such as making apple crisps on the fire grill.

Apple crisps are delicious when they're baked in the oven, but they're even better when you grill them. The hot air from the grill creates a crispy texture that makes these treats irresistible. These crisps would be delicious, with homemade caramel drizzled over the top.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 medium apples (about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

Directions:

Mix the butter and brown sugar together in a small bowl. Stir in the water. Place half of the apple slices in a single layer in a foil packet. Top with half of the butter mixture. Repeat with the second layer of apples and the remaining butter mixture. Fold up both ends of the foil packet to form a tent; seal tightly. Grill them over medium heat for 20 minutes or until apples are tender, turning the packet once halfway through cooking time. Remove the apple crisps from the grill and let them stand for 5 minutes before serving. Open the top of the foil packet carefully to avoid steam burns.

Campfire Recipe #2: Rustic Apple Cider Pork Chops

These Rustic Apple Cider Pork Chops are a great way to bring together the best of autumn. The pork chops are grilled over a campfire, giving them that smoky flavor and aroma that makes you feel like you're camping in the woods. The cider helps tenderize the meat while also adding an amazing flavor. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)

Directions: 

Place the pork chops in a container with a lid or a large resealable plastic bag. Then, combine the remaining ingredients to coat the pork chops thoroughly. Refrigerate the pork chops for at least 6 hours or overnight. When the pork chops are ready to be grilled, remove them from the marinade and set them aside. Grill them until done, about 5 minutes per side.

Now you have two delicious recipes to cook over the firepit this chilly fall season with friends and family. Consider taking look at Walden Backyard's firepit collection and firepit accessories for your next outdoor mealtime!

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