Campfire Recipes to Optimize Your Next Trip Out

Nature enthusiasts often cherish the time they get to spend around a campfire. While you don’t have to be a world-class chef to make delicious campfire recipes, a bit of preparation, the right equipment and little bit of innovation can go a long way.  That could include using recipes and a cooking style that you already know and are familiar with making at home. Many meals are easily transferable to the outdoors, while others may require a few adaptations.

A pair of foil-packet meals cooks on a grill grate over a campfire. Foil packet meals are simple campfire recipes that are as easy as throwing all the ingredients into a piece of foil, folding the foil into a rectangular shape and cooking over a campfire.

Paige Lackey, a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member serving with the DNR, is putting her campfire cooking skills and recipes to the test as part of Project Rustic, a statewide RV tour of Michigan’s rustic campgrounds. While living in and working from an RV provided by General RV, Paige put together a basic meal plan and some of her favorite campfire recipes that anyone can enjoy.

A selfie of Paige, the explorer behind Project Rustic, as she walks along a Michigan beach.

Paige’s favorite campfire recipes and daily meal plan

The last thing you want to do while camping is spend time inside your camper, slaving over a hot stove. You’re camping to enjoy the outdoors and mealtime should not take up hours of your day! Many of my favorite go-to meals while camping are one-pot meals that can be made over a fire. One-pot meals are easy to prep, cook and clean-up and honestly, what’s better than cooking over a fire?

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Campfire Cooking 101: Simple Hacks All RVers Should Know

Campfire Cooking 101: Simple Hacks All RVers Should Know

Enjoying a great meal around a campfire with friends is one of the best parts about camping. But the last thing you want to do while camping is spend hours cooking inside your RV. Instead, read our campfire cooking hacks and learn how to make tasty meals in the great outdoors.

S’mores and hot dogs probably come to mind when you think of campfire food, but don’t limit yourself! You can cook just about anything over a campfire with the right tools.  Start by reading our camp cooking tips, and then click here for easy and delicious recipes that will have everyone coming back for second helpings!

Two people in a hammock watch a fire with food cooking at a campsite.

Tips for cooking outdoors or in your RV

Plan your campfire meals

Meal planning takes a little work up front but it’s well worth the effort.  The more prep work you do at home, the less chaotic your camping trip will be.  After all, no one wants to tear down camp for an unexpected run to the store when you realize you’re out of a key ingredient. Plus, you’ll save money and waste less food by creating a meal plan.

Choose easy recipes over complicated or labor-intensive meals

While a hot meal prepared over a campfire is a cherished camping pastime, no one wants to spend their entire trip in the kitchen. Choose simple recipes that can be cooked in one pot or grilled together, and select foods that require less effort to prep.

Prep as much as possible at home

Whether on a weekend getaway, or a week-long excursion, the less chopping and mixing that needs to happen on site the better off you’ll be. Less food prep onsite also means less gear being hauled out, as well as fewer opportunities for cross contamination or foodborne illness.  Stews and soups are easy to prep beforehand and then cook onsite, for example. Just be sure to keep prepared food chilled until it is cooked.

Only pack what you need

A common household product that comes highly recommended for campfire cooking is aluminum foil. You can use aluminum foil over your grate grill for less greasy grilling, minimize dirty dishes, or make endless (and easy) tinfoil packet meals. Need some spice in your life, but you don’t want to bring the whole spice rack? Use a lighter or pinch, fold and tape the end of a drinking straw, and fill with your desired spice. Seal the other end of the straw, label it, and snip it open when you’re ready to get cooking. It’s a simple and easy cooking hack that will save you time, space and money!

Practice food safety

Maintain food safety by keeping harmful bacteria at bay. If your RV does not have a working refrigerator, pack a cooler with both ice and bags of cold water for any meat, dairy or other items that must remain below 41 degrees F. The bags of water help keep the temperature cooler for longer.  If you’re uncertain about the doneness of food, an instant read thermometer can help ensure that foods are cooked through to between 145–165 degrees F, as suggested by the FDA.

Keep things clean

Due to COVID-19, access to park facilities may be limited, so ensure that you plenty of clean, potable water and soap for washing anything that touches raw foods, as well as hand sanitizer to help kill any harmful pathogens. Keep an eye on your fresh water tank levels or bring bottled water for longer trips and boondocking.

Store food properly

Be wary of outdoor critters, both big and small. It’s best to keep food stored away inside your RV. If food has to be stored outdoors, make sure you pack it in tightly sealed containers. If you’re camping in areas where bears are present, follow these additional tips from the National Park Service about storing food and bears.

Practice campfire safety

Choose a campfire site at least ten feet away from bushes or anything flammable, including tents or RVs.  A general rule is to have three times the height of the fire in clear overhead space.  Always keep a bucket of water or sand nearby to extinguish the campfire. Once the flames die down, stir the ashes and pour more water or sand to cover the ashes completely. Always obey any campfire bans and pay attention to the weather in areas where wild fires are common.

Bring the right equipment

Cast iron is a necessity if you are cooking over a campfire. It will never get ruined, and if you season it well the flavor of cooking on cast iron is amazing. You can cook anything on it and cleanup is a breeze.  Grabbing food from the campfire grill grate or from the coals with your bare hands is a bad idea. You’ll only make that mistake once, and then you’ll get yourself a good pair of grilling tongs.  The item most highly recommended by campfire cooking experts is an oven mitt, since the last thing you want on a camping trip is a bad burn.

Make sure you have these items packed for your next camping trip:

  • Cast iron pan
  • Tongs
  • Oven mitt
  • Aluminum foil
  • Campfire forks
  • Grill grate

Helpful products for cooking while camping

For many, some of the best camping memories are made while enjoying a meal together.  General RV has a huge selection of equipment and accessories to simplify your camp cooking experience – whether you’re feeding one or a crowd.  Some of our favorite products from General RV’s Parts Department include:

Camco Sink Kit

It’s a universal truth that those who eat must also do dishes. Having a consolidated set for washing and drying dishes is a must. It helps you feel organized and makes dish washing efficient!

A Camco Galley Sink Kit in the original packaging. The sink kit includes a mini dishpan, mini dish drainer with tray and sink mat.

Progressive Microwavable rice and pasta cooker

Rice and pasta are simple and filling which makes them great for chow time after a day of exploring. The Prep Solutions Microwave Rice and Pasta Cooker is designed specifically for cooking and reheating your favorite starchy dishes in the microwave. It features an easy-locking lid that secures tightly and prevents spills and messes while preparing your food.

A plastic rice and pasta cooker set includes a gray plastic pot with clear lid, a white straining basket, gray nesting measuring cups and spoons, a gray pasta measuring tool, and a white rice serving spoon.

Rome Extension Fork

Perfect for cooking brats, hotdogs and marshmallows over a roaring fire. The fork extends a good length so you’re not burning your hands by reaching too close to the flames.

Pudgy Pie Revolution cookbook

This cook book is filled with 81 unique pie iron camping recipes that will inspire campers and backyard cooks to bring their campfire cuisine to the next level.

The colorful cover of the Pudgie Revolution Pie Iron cook book includes photos of various recipes and a cast iron pie iron that can make them all.

Rome Double Pie Iron

It’s no secret that we love a good pie iron recipe, and this is the big daddy of pie irons. Perfect for cooking two pies at the same time over the fire. Get your creative juices flowing to make delicious sandwiches, pizzas, mountain pies and more!

A cast iron double-sized pie iron is large enough to make two pie irons at the same time. This cooking tool is double the width of the original pie iron and features a long handle with wooden grips so you can hold your pie iron over the fire securely.

Stromberg Carlson Stake & Grill cooking rack

Some fire pits at campgrounds have a built-in rack, but they don’t reach far enough over the fire or they’re not positioned correctly once the fire is burning. This adjustable cooking rack solves that problem.

A grill rack filled with food - including burgers and hotdogs - cooks over a campfire.

Nesting bowls

These nesting bowls are great multi-taskers and can be used for preparing ingredients, serving meals, and storing leftovers. The space-saving design allows individual pieces to be stacked neatly together, making it a great addition to any camper or small kitchen.

Omelet maker

As much as we love breakfast over the campfire, sometimes the weather isn’t ideal for building a fire. That’s where microwave cookers become lifesavers. This Omelet Maker makes the perfect omelet, filled with all your favorite ingredients, quickly and easily! The pan does the flipping for you; simply flip the pan and your omelet is folded!

Campfire cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating

Anyone can cook a great meal over a campfire. All it takes is a little know-how, the right tools, and a recipe. General RV is here to help. Stop by the Parts Department at your local General RV Supercenter before your next adventure and start enjoying mouth-watering meals wherever you go.

Della Terra travel trailers offer great value, more features

A Della Terra travel trailer is parked with it's awning extended. Clouds are scattered across the blue sky and a row of trees are behind the camper.

Designed with comfort and convenience in mind, EAST TO WEST’S Della Terra is a travel trailer built for every adventure. Meaning “of the Earth” in Italian, Della Terra travel trailers make it easy to reconnect with nature. And camping in any season is serene with this travel trailer thanks to the enclosed holding tanks plus the heated and enclosed underbelly.

Explore your favorite mountain range or hike the trails of a state park while still enjoying home-like comforts at the end of the day. Whether it’s for a week-long journey or a quick weekend getaway, packing is a breeze with abundant storage options throughout the Della Terra. Designer interiors and premium amenities provide a home-away-from-home feel, while the lightweight design makes hauling safe and simple. From countless features to reliable quality construction, Della Terra travel trailers promise to make your camping experience enjoyable for the whole family.

Feel right at home with the Della Terra’s interior amenities

The interior of the 2022 Della Terra is bright and modern with design finishes that will make you feel right at home.

General RV carries three models of feature-packed Della Terra travel trailers. Each has its own unique features to help any family feel right at home. The Della Terra is a family-friendly RV that adds a touch of class to every part of your camping experience. The modern farmhouse interior décor incorporates an attractive blend of dark and light tones that give the living space an inviting appearance.

The kitchen and dining area include a 10 cubic foot double-door refrigerator. There are seamless designer countertops for all your prep-work and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen also includes a high-rise faucet and an under-mount farmhouse sink. The three-burner range with glass cover and oven provides endless options for cooking. And you’ll enjoy spectacular views from an extra-large dinette picture window that lets in plenty of natural light. 

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Complete guide to RV camping with your dog & easy tips for having more fun

What’s better than RV camping in the great outdoors? RV camping with your dog!

Dogs are wonderful companions at home and on the road so it’s no surprise that many RVers include their pups in their camping plans. And you can, too! Our complete guide to camping with your dog includes tips for preparing, a packing list of essentials, and RV camping hacks. You’ll learn what to do before you go and how to plan for camping with your dog. Plus, we included fun activity ideas that you and your dog can do together.

A woman carries her dog, a Yorkshire Terrier, in her arms as they stand outside an RV. She is wearing sunglasses and a plaid blue shirt. The dog is light brown and looking directly at the camera.
Plan a road trip with your pup!

Want to go camping with your dog? First, schedule a vet appointment.

Keeping your dog healthy and safe is one of our biggest responsibilities as dog owners. Read our tips before you go camping with your dog to ensure they’re ready for your big adventure.

  • Schedule an appointment with your vet. They can assess your dog’s overall health and determine if there are any health conditions that might make camping uncomfortable for your dog (like arthritis or an unseen injury).
  • Make sure your dog is up to date on his or her vaccinations. This is especially important if you’re leaving for an extended period of time.
  • Refill any medications your dog may need. Don’t forget to pick up monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas, and ticks, too!
  • Check your dog’s microchip. Microchips can migrate over time so ask your vet scan the microchip to ensure it still works and is easy to locate. Then, double-check the contact information registered on the chip is up to date.
  • Make sure your dog’s ID tags have current contact information. Additionally, consider printing two phone numbers on the ID tag in case you are out of service range or unable to answer. Choose a trusted friend or family member to be your pet’s backup contact.
  • Lastly, look over your dog’s collar, leashes, harnesses, and tie outs for wear. Replace any worn gear if necessary.
A happy dog sits on a colorful towel in the grass beside a picnic bench at a campground. The dog is wearing a green harness attached to a red harness.
Willow loves being in the outdoors!

6 essential tips for camping with your dog: Follow these to have more fun adventures!

Set your dog up for success! Make sure he’s comfortable before you go camping with your dog. If you have an adventure pup, like Willow (pictured above), you know your dog will have fun being outside and camping. But not all dogs are comfortable outdoors. Try these tips to make sure your dog has fun on your camping adventures.

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