Dutch Oven Cooking

Pioneer Cooking

Dutch Oven with hot coalsCooking Like a Pioneer

I’ve always enjoyed cooking outside over a campfire. I recently started cooking in a Dutch oven over hot coals for a real pioneer experience. I like the fact that it requires me to be outside, enjoying the day, rather than being stuck in the kitchen looking out my window. I can hear the ducks quacking and the rooster crowing, and even the breeze rustling the grass, as I stir the pot and mess around with a campfire. (For a full article on Campfire Cooking in a Dutch Oven visit my post over at The Prepper Project.)


Dutch Oven and Griddle on the campfire

Last night I made tacos over a campfire and they tasted great. Unfortunately I got busy cooking and didn’t take as many photos as I wanted, so I guess I’ll need to do this again real soon!

Shadow thinks this outdoor cooking thing is the bomb…food, on his level, but just outside the rope limit!

Griddle over the fire

Do you cook in a Dutch oven over a campfire? What is your favorite recipe?



16 Comments on “Pioneer Cooking

  1. This is fantastic! We’re moving to a two acre property soon and will definitely be recreating your setup. I just found this blog and will be spending some time here. Thanks!

  2. Just wondering how long does it take the meat cook?

    Oh and Tuesdays With a Twist goes through Saturday, stop by for this weeks link up.

  3. Ever cook a squash in hot coals? Just mix water with clay soil (my whole yard is made of clay!) and coat the squash with the clay mud. Drag some hot coals out of the fire and lay the squash on top. The heat from the coals will dry the clay and act as a clay oven baking the squash. YUMMY!!
    You can also lay a long rectangular stone over hot coals and use it to bake fish filets.
    Serve with a salad of raspberry leaves and berries, violet leaves and flowers, sweetgrass, plantain and dandelion leaves.
    Some of my other favorite foods are burdock patties and stuffed daylilies.

    1. Hi Theresa,
      Thanks for the tips! I have read about the clay method of cooking, although I never thought about using it to bake squash…sounds yummy! It sounds like you’ve been practicing Native American cooking techniques…that’s awesome! Everything sound wonderful and I want to try it all 🙂

  4. oh campfire cooking ! Yum! Have not done it in ages but a good one is either using a skillet or just foil ( spray foil with PAM or similar spray, though ) potatoes with peppers and onions. That works with a charcoal grill or anything really but it’s the first thing that I thought of seeing this….

    1. Hi Joyce,
      Enjoy your cast iron! I missed the Tuesdays with a Twist this week…so busy! I’ll try to link up soon. Thanks for the invite!

  5. I really, really need to practice and improve my outdoor cooking skills which are next to non-existent! Thank you for the inspiration…we shared this with our readers at homesteadlady.com

  6. I love love your fire pit. We will be building a new one this summer and I think I am definitely going to follow your lead and make it extra big for cooking in. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Natalie! It’s just an assortment of cracked concrete blocks. I’m hoping to do a bit of an overhaul this summer. 🙂 Best wishes!

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