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Old 04-03-2020, 11:08 PM   #1
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Favorite Campfire tripod Dutch Oven Recipe

I tried about a dozen times to cure my Harbor Freight “uncurled” Dutch oven in the oven. Could not get-er-done very well. Was peeping to cook chilling on a tri pod over a camp fire DW asked me to pre cook some bacon for breakfast. Browned the bacon, took it to her in the camper, when I got back out the bacon fat was boiling and smoking. I dumped the fat in the fire, and watched as the pan blacken perfectly. Has been great ever sense.

Love cooking on the tripod over wood.

What is your fave camp fire, tripod, Dutch oven recipe?

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Old 04-03-2020, 11:13 PM   #2
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That's a clever way to 'cure' the pot. Dinner looks appealing. Unfortunately, we've never used a Dutch oven when camping, but you make it look easy.
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Old 04-03-2020, 11:49 PM   #3
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Cowboy Beans

1/2 cup olive oil
2 lb hamburger
Large Onion Chopped
Bulb garlic peeled and crushed
Tbls Salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1 Tsp Smoked paprika
Bag of dried Pinto beans washed and destoned add water per bag for long cooking
28 oz can tomatoes
Bottle Open Pit bbq sauce
12 pack stout dark beer (1 bottle in beans, the rest drink during cooking)
1/4 can of Chipotle peppers more or less to taste (they are hot)

Brown burger, drain
Add olive oil, onions and garlic simmer to clear
Add spices
Add water specified by beans
Simmer 10 minutes
Add remaining ingredients
Simmer for time specified by beans
Add water to prevent drying out
Do not use cover on oven
Will take several hours to cook, taste beans for doneness to determine when done. Raise or lower Dutch oven on tripod chain to maintain slow simmer. Add wood to fire as needed to maintain heat.

Gather several friends, As they might help you with the beer. Play some cornhole or horseshoes and tell stories around the campfire till done. Have a few friends bring a variety of cornbread make it a bake-off and maybe more beer. Serve hot and enjoy.
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:42 AM   #4
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Thanks for sharing the recipe, never cooked using the tripod ,But will definitely try it on my Big green egg.
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Old 04-04-2020, 01:00 PM   #5
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I was a Scout leader for seven years and the scouts cooked so many great dinners. Cobblers, chili, stews, biscuits, chicken, and even a whole cut up turkey spread between 3 or 4 ovens. You can use a dutch oven for just about anything you use the stove for, and of course anything cooked outside is 10 times better than inside.
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Old 04-04-2020, 01:03 PM   #6
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Best Dutch oven cooking is the "old" way - The ov with the lid with a ridge.
The dutch oven goes right on the coals with more hot coals on the top lid (hence the ridge) The :all-around heat does the cooking. Learned that at Philmont about a 100 years ago but it is the way we have always done it. Works a lot better than hanging a pot over a fire. Also pretty much eliminates burning
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Learned that at Philmont about a 100 years ago
Our scouts cooked the same way. Basically an oven with heat all around. I've been to Philmont three times but never got the nerve to put one in my back pack. For those reading this and don't know where or what Philmont is, it's a Boy Scout backpacking ranch in NE New Mexico and includes a mountain with an elevation of 12441 feet. Treks (hikes) are typically for 12 days and are from 56-106 miles. Very rugged and the most beautiful country you can imagine!
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Ii was there in 1954 and can still remember every single day
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Sounds and looks delicious! I’m sure we are all dreaming of camping these days. I have never tried a Dutch oven but it is something I have always wanted to try. Perhaps I should put some of all this newfound leisure time to use. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Sounds and looks delicious! I’m sure we are all dreaming of camping these days. I have never tried a Dutch oven but it is something I have always wanted to try. Perhaps I should put some of all this newfound leisure time to use. Thanks for the inspiration.
I always plan on a full day to cook on an open fire with my Dutch Oven and tripod. A couple of adult beverages makes a relaxing day. You’ll need plenty of wood. Start the fire about an hour before you need it. When it gets down to coals add two logs say north and east of the pot on outside of the pot.
Hang the pot half way from the upper most position, just above the coals is bottom.

Baked Beans today. Stir with wooden spoon frequently.

Two med onions chopped
1/2 lb bacon
Brown bacon and onions close to fire
Add 2 tsp salt and pepper each
1 tsp crushed red pepper
2 lb dry beans
Add beans and 12 cups water still close to coals Bring to boil
Add 1c maple syrup
1 c ketchup
1/4 cup mustard
1 14 oz bottle open pit bbq sauce
Raise pot to mid point to simmer
Keep an eye on it so not boiling or not simmering adjust to maintain heat
( fun fact chain and pot bail wire stay cool enough to touch ) ( pot, lid when on And tripod are very hot Use Silicon long oven mitts )
Simmer uncovered for 4 hours
Each time fire go out on N and W Logs add S and E log just outside pot.
When it’s time to cook meat raise pot to 3/4 hight and put burning log on top of pot. Switch sides of lif about every 10 minutes. If log gos cold throw it back in fire and use a new one.
Add a grill over scraped over coals Add meat, I did A frozen London broil. Blacken both sides till insides gets warm. It took me about 20 minutes. It will be rare inside

Gather family, 6 feet apart, no more than 10 of em and enjoy

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Old 04-04-2020, 09:04 PM   #11
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Don’t add burning log on top without putting lid on pot!
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Old 04-08-2020, 12:01 PM   #12
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Come on, I need some ideas

Help me out here, what should I make in my Dutch Oven

Was thinking about Mac n cheese

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Stew, apple or peach cobbler
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Old 04-28-2020, 09:24 PM   #14
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Sweet and & Hot Sausage Dutch Oven Stuffed Peppers

Enough green & red bell peppers to cover the bottom of your oven. I use a 10.5' Dutch oven, and can fit 8 peppers upright. The recipe is calibrated for that amount.

2 lb sweet Italian sausage
2 lb hot Italian sausage
1 Cup cooked rice, or 1/2 cup minute rice
1 Onion, diced
1 pkg frozen corn, defrosted enough to separate kernels
1 fresh yellow squash cut into 1" chunks
1 large & 1 small can chopped tomatoes, or 3 boxes
2 small cans tomato juice
3 boxes of cornbread mix
Olive oil

Cover the bottom of oven with olive oil
Cut the tops off the peppers, dice the tops to add to the sauce later
Divide the onion and chopped pepper tops in half
Mix half the chopped onion & pepper tops with the two types of sausage separately
Mix the rice into the two types of sausage
Stuff the green peppers with the sweet sausage
Stuff the red peppers with the hot sausage
Set the peppers upright in the Dutch oven
Pour the tomatoes into a large bowl and add the rest of the onions and pepper tops
Add the squash and corn to the sauce
Pour the sauce over the peppers, it should come to about 1.5" of the top
Add the tomato juice
Cover and cook for about 1 1/4 hours
When done, prepare the cornbread mix, lift the lid, and pour evenly over the peppers
Replace the lid and let it cook the amount of time on the cornbread package.

This feeds 8 to 10 adults depending on appetites.

I buy turkey sausage when I can find it. Of course, you can do all sweet or all hot, depending on what your family/friends like. If I can't get a bulk package, or patties, I buy the links, and squeeze the sausage out of them.
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Thanks. I’ll try it!

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Sweet and & Hot Sausage Dutch Oven Stuffed Peppers

Enough green & red bell peppers to cover the bottom of your oven. I use a 10.5' Dutch oven, and can fit 8 peppers upright. The recipe is calibrated for that amount.

2 lb sweet Italian sausage
2 lb hot Italian sausage
1 Cup cooked rice, or 1/2 cup minute rice
1 Onion, diced
1 pkg frozen corn, defrosted enough to separate kernels
1 fresh yellow squash cut into 1" chunks
1 large & 1 small can chopped tomatoes, or 3 boxes
2 small cans tomato juice
3 boxes of cornbread mix
Olive oil

Cover the bottom of oven with olive oil
Cut the tops off the peppers, dice the tops to add to the sauce later
Divide the onion and chopped pepper tops in half
Mix half the chopped onion & pepper tops with the two types of sausage separately
Mix the rice into the two types of sausage
Stuff the green peppers with the sweet sausage
Stuff the red peppers with the hot sausage
Set the peppers upright in the Dutch oven
Pour the tomatoes into a large bowl and add the rest of the onions and pepper tops
Add the squash and corn to the sauce
Pour the sauce over the peppers, it should come to about 1.5" of the top
Add the tomato juice
Cover and cook for about 1 1/4 hours
When done, prepare the cornbread mix, lift the lid, and pour evenly over the peppers
Replace the lid and let it cook the amount of time on the cornbread package.

This feeds 8 to 10 adults depending on appetites.

I buy turkey sausage when I can find it. Of course, you can do all sweet or all hot, depending on what your family/friends like. If I can't get a bulk package, or patties, I buy the links, and squeeze the sausage out of them.
Can’t wait to try it!

Thanks SamTummo
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Dutch oven over propane

I have had disappointing news. Campgrounds in AZ will not allow fires or charcoal at all due to extreme fire danger. I have many meals planned in my dutch oven so am wondering if anyone uses their ovens over grills or stoves? Would I need to diffuse the flame somehow? All my DO are campfire models with legs
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I have had disappointing news. Campgrounds in AZ will not allow fires or charcoal at all due to extreme fire danger. I have many meals planned in my dutch oven so am wondering if anyone uses their ovens over grills or stoves? Would I need to diffuse the flame somehow? All my DO are campfire models with legs


Google “campstove heat diffuser” lots of info. Good luck
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Google “campstove heat diffuser” lots of info. Good luck


I just thought of an idea for you. Flip the top of your DO if you don’t have a rim on the top. Put coals spaced out evenly in the “bowl” of the lid. Light your charcoal in your grill. Follow these instructions..
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[QUOTE=samTummo;2323956]I just thought of an idea for you. Flip the top of your DO if you don’t have a rim on the top. Put coals spaced out evenly in the “bowl” of the lid. Light your charcoal in your grill. Follow these instructions..
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