Camping Food: 5 Tips for Delicious Outdoor Meals

Camping is a great way to spend time with friends and family while getting back to nature. If hunting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor sports are in your family’s blood, it is a great way to get in touch with the things that mean the most to you. However, there is more to camping than just roughing it. Sure, the great outdoors might seem like a perfect place for simple meals of beans and franks or peanut butter sandwiches but if you want a little class when you go camping, then try these delicious recipes from one of America’s top chefs.

Honoring Camping Traditions

Suppose your family loves going on long weekend trips to state parks and national forests. In that case, this collection of five recipes will help them continue their love affair with outdoor recreation while maintaining their sophisticated palate! Remember, every environment counts as unique, so adjust food preparation accordingly. For example, you might not want to try cooking bacon over a fire in the middle of the Great Smokey Mountains so use your imagination and creativity when preparing each recipe!

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Spears


  • One lb. fresh asparagus spears (washed & dried thoroughly)
  • Four slices thick-cut bacon (sugar-free if possible)
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions: Preheat broiler on high heat. Layout four strips of bacon evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place under broiler for 5 minutes until crispy but pliable. Remove from oven carefully and lay one strip of bacon across the top of an asparagus spear starting at the bottom of the stalk. Use a thin metal spatula, tongs, or your hands to keep the bacon in place while rolling it up until all of the asparagus is wrapped with bacon. Repeat for each spear and then use two forks to carefully transfer into a bowl containing melted coconut oil or olive oil. Roll around until spears are fully covered with oil, and sprinkle some sea salt over the top before eating!

Fried Quail Breasts


  • Two quails (cleaned & gutted)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. hot sauce (if desired)

Directions: Rinse the bird inside and out and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a large zip lock baggie and add buttermilk and hot sauce, if desired. Seal baggie and marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Remove bird from buttermilk mixture and shake off excess liquid before frying in some coconut oil or avocado oil on a stovetop grill (that reaches medium-high heat). Cook each side for about five minutes and then flip onto the opposite side to finish the cooking process. Serve with quail salts like sea salt mixed with some paprika and cayenne pepper.

Food To Cook After Your Hunting Trip

A hunting trip is an excellent way to bond with friends and family. What’s more? Hunting is also a great way to get enough food for the camping trip. However, to ensure you have a successful hunt, it’d be best to go with great equipment. We recommend the best recurve bow or the excalibur twinstrike, a new crossbow that isn’t only super fast but light, which will enable you to speedily shoot down your target.

One of the best ways to make sure you have enough food for each day is to cook all of your meat beforehand and pack it in an ice chest filled with other necessities like water, snacks, desserts, etc. Once you have bagged that trophy buck or elk, then start cooking these recipes over a campfire!

Elk Meat Kabob


  • 1-2 pounds elk meat (cut into one-inch cubes)
  • Three bell peppers (any color), cut into large chunks
  • One medium onion, cut into thick slices
  • 2 cup mushrooms (crimini or button work well)

Directions: Place all ingredients on metal skewers alternating between meat and vegetables until they are used up. Place on grill over medium heat and cook for at least 15 minutes on each side, ensuring all ingredients are fully cooked.

Camping Desserts To Enjoy After Dinner

Cookies for dinner? Yup. Seriously, you can make some tasty desserts while camping without breaking the bank or having to bring an oven along with you. Here are five great recipes that will not only help end your day of outdoor adventure but also keep your kids occupied while their parents get a few hours of relaxation time!

Apple Pie On The Grill


  • 6-8 apples (cut into slices)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or less but don’t sacrifice taste!)
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. butter or coconut oil

Directions: Remove the core from each apple slice by cutting around it with a paring knife. Brush each piece of apple with melted butter, coconut oil, or olive oil, and then sprinkle on some cinnamon and sugar (to taste). Grill for about five minutes on each side and remove from heat when done. Enjoy your fresh-baked pie!

Chocolate Chip Cookie On A Stick


  • 1/2 cup sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Two eggs (beaten until fluffy)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Eight popsicle sticks

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; in a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and sugar until thoroughly combined.

In another small bowl, combine cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and stir until all ingredients are mixed together. Slowly add dry mixture into the large bowl of wet ingredients while stirring slowly. Once there are no clumps in your batter, add in chocolate chips and mix again until they are distributed evenly throughout the dough.

Let stand for about ten minutes to allow the dough to slightly thicken up before scooping onto aluminum foil using two tablespoons per cookie (should make about 16-20 cookies). Press popsicle stick into each one and place on baking sheet approximately three inches apart from another. Cook for 30 minutes in the oven and then remove. Let cool for five minutes and then place into a refrigerator to fully cool (about 15-20 minutes).

Cook on a medium flame while constantly rotating them on the skewer until they are slightly charred but not burnt! Enjoy your s’more any time of day or night!

To wrap it up!

If you’re looking for some new recipes to cook with your family this summer, these five delicious dishes are sure to satisfy you. Whether you want something savory or sweet, there’s a recipe here that will be perfect for your next camping trip!

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