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If you’re looking for a way to add meal options to your camping menu, there’s nothing more versatile than cooking with a campfire Dutch oven. For camping, it is best to have a Dutch oven with both the pot and lid made of cast iron. Cast iron is best for cooking because it can handle very high temperatures without damage and conducts heat evenly throughout the cooking surface.  A Dutch oven can be used as a pot over the fire or an oven when covered in hot coals, making cooking with it very popular. Dutch ovens can also be used in an oven at home or on top of a gas heater if other fuel is hard to come by, which makes these cooking devices possible all year round, in any environment.

Dutch Oven Campfire supplies - Traditional camp cooking in a pot over hot coals of a fire pit.

Campfire Dutch Oven Cooking Materials

If you haven’t used your Dutch oven at the campground, here are a few tools to help give the best experience when trying campfire Dutch oven recipes:

  • Campfire Tripod – A tripod or over-hanger can be used for cooking or keeping your dish warm above the heat.
  • Campfire Grate – A campfire grate can double as both an object to position your Dutch oven above the heat or become a cooking surface itself for other pots and pans.
  • Long Metal Tongs – Long-handled tongs are a little awkward to use but are needed to move food and position coals around hot campfires.
  • Gloves – Heat resistant gloves add another layer of protection when handling hot food and materials over the campfire.
  • Dutch Oven Lid Lifter – Lids can be both hot and heavy, so having a lid lifter is necessary. Some lid lifters can also be used to adjust food while cooking.
  • Chimney Charcoal Starter – Charcoal starters are designed to preheat briquettes quickly, which can trim down your preparation time.
  • Cooking Thermometer – A little bit of a luxury, but necessary if you want your meals cooked to perfection every time.
  • Liners & Oils – Having liners or cooking oils to separate the food from the inside surface of the pot will make it easier to remove food for serving and to clean the oven afterward.
  • Pot Holders – If you don’t have a tripod or a grate, a simple pot holder can help you safely raise your warm Dutch oven off the ground without overcooking your dish in the hot coals.

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Dutch Oven Bread

Total Cook Time: 45 mins

Servings: 1

Bake soft, flaky, fluffy bread with this campfire Dutch oven recipe. Requiring only a few ingredients and just 30 minutes of bake time, you’ll have your lovely loaf ready to slice and serve with your favorite spread.

Camp Dutch Oven Pot Roast

Total Cook Time: 4 hr. 10 mins

Servings: 10 people

This campfire Dutch oven recipe brings home-cooked comfort from the warmth of your campfire to your campsite. Nothing is better than the taste of tender beef laying in a bed of fresh vegetables and savory spices, all steamed and baked slowly over charcoals. This Dutch oven recipe delivers maximum taste with minimum amount of ingredients.

Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

Total Cook Time: 1 hr. 10 mins

Servings: 6 – 8

This simple oven recipe only requires eight ingredients. In 12 easy steps, you can bake up a soft and sweet peach pastry with warm, flaky crust that is sure to top any meal or evening under the stars. Bring a taste of grandma’s cooking to your campfire with this winner for dinner!

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Campfire Lasagna (Vegetarian)

Total Cook Time: 45 mins

Servings: 6

No meat? No problem! This vegetarian lasagna is sure to be a favorite for all pasta lovers. You can break up the boring routine of canned beans and dry trail mix with this fresh and steamy gourmet camp oven recipe.

Dutch Oven Campfire Nachos (Vegetarian)

Total Cook Time: 20 mins

Servings: 4

Hungry? Why wait? Grab your Dutch oven for this quick and hearty recipe! Crispy chips and smooth refried beans, topped with fresh chopped veggies and stringy melted cheese; this is a recipe that can please any hungry camper. Vegetarian campers can enjoy this meal as well since no meat is included.

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The Dublin Coddle (Bratwurst Casserole)

Total Cook Time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Servings: 4

The Dublin Coddle is an easy camp oven recipe to make. Taste robust potatoes, glazed onions, crunchy bacon, and succulent sausage all boiled in zesty chicken broth and beer. Enjoy an Irish classic from the comfort of your campsite. As a bonus, this recipe works in your oven at home too!

Campfire Steamed Clams

Total Cook Time: 28 mins

Servings: 2

Perfect for coastal camping, these light buttery clams are steamed in a white wine sauce. Add in a little garlic and pepper flakes for both a kick of heat and spice, and you have a meal that is both flavorful and fragrant. Don’t discard the broth, as it doubles as both a sauce for the clams and as a dip for the bread. Get acquainted with your environment and a taste of the ocean with this campfire Dutch oven recipe!

Dutch Oven Pork Chops and Potatoes 

Total Cook Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Servings: 4

Enjoy succulent porkchops covered in breadcrumbs, cooked along with hearty cubed potatoes bathed in creamy mushroom soup to blend it all together. Only requiring eight ingredients and an hour of cook time, this meal will quickly crush your hunger and keep your tank full while on the go!

When it comes to campfire cooking, there is nothing wrong with going Dutch! Now that you have some exciting new Dutch oven recipes to cook on your next camping trip, are you ready for your journey? Let us here at Juniata Valley help you with the details from parts and accessories, to new and used RVs, motorhomes, travel trailers and more! Give us a call, fill out a contact form, or stop by our lot check out inventory and have your questions answered by one of our professionals.


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