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Old 07-21-2014, 06:52 AM   #1
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Lunch/Dinner Ideas

The standard lunch and dinner fare while camping is becoming monotonous and we are looking for new ideas.

So I am asking the Jayco forum members, what lunch and dinner staples must you have while camping? What delicious dishes have you made? Bonus points if it needs to be cooked over fire.

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Old 07-21-2014, 07:12 AM   #2
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We grill almost everything over the fire. Our staples include chicken wings, kabobs, venison seared with veggies (my favorite), jambalaya, fish fry (we bring along a turkey fryer for this. Fire heat too uncontrollable), chili, bacon over fire is awesome because the grease falls off into fire, bbq chicken, a whole spatchcocked chicken, chicken fajitas, fish tacos(yum). For some reason I cant think of anything else we do off the top of my head.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:54 AM   #3
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I might be in the same boat. Dogs and cold cuts are getting a bit old... While extremely yummy, Ball Park beef franks are WAY below my Weber's pay grade!
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:57 AM   #4
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When camping, we always grill over fire. We normally marinade our meats at home the night before hitting the road, so when we get to camp, we simply start the fire and throw on the meat. We've grilled chicken, ribs, beef ribs, flank steaks, briskets, bone-in pork country ribs, to name a few...
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I'll throw in an idea for something to go on the side of some of that scrumptious meat ya'll are talking about:

Cut up your favorite vegetables; mine are yellow squash, green zucchini, carrots, red onions, mushrooms...

Put these all in a foil packet, add a little olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Seal up the foil packet and put it on the fire or the grill until the veggies are tender enough for your liking.

It's a modification on an old Boy Scour recipe we used to use.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:48 PM   #6
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Anything I will make at home is fair game at camp, sometimes made a little simpler or with a little pre work done at home.

Lunches usually are our problem area. We often do very simple lunches like cheese and crackers, chips with fresh guacamole, and/or fruit. What we like about cheese and crackers is the portability. We go out for a long hike, bike ride, or out sightseeing it is easy to transport. Guacamole is made fresh and eaten immediately. Lunches are always simple and typically light.
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[QUOTE=Jagiven;218060]Anything I will make at home is fair game at camp, sometimes made a little simpler or with a little pre work done at home.QUOTE]

That's me, as well. When I make spaghetti sauce, chili, stew, or soups, I make a HUGE batch. I enjoy it for a couple of meals, then freeze the rest in serving size, "disposable" plastic bowls w/lids. They're easy to defrost & heat in the microwave. I'll typically cook pasta up fresh, and maybe add some prepackaged salad. I do a lot of camping during the late fall hunting seasons. It's nice to be able to prepare a hot meal without having to stand out in the cold to do it!
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That was us about 10 years ago. Got pretty boring after a while and we tended to go out a lot because of it.

We now cook everything over the fire with a tripod. We do a lot of what others said about variety. Making your own foil meals is something we do a lot. We've done pizza, fish on wood cooking planks, pork tenderloin split down the middle with a spice rub, and lots of other stuff. Prep-work at home too, making chili in advance, getting fajita mix put together, that kind of thing. Often breakfast is still scrambled eggs and sausage or bacon, but chop up the sausage and wrap it all up in a tortilla.

My wife bought a few cookbooks geared to cooking on campfires and even when we don't use the recipes directly we get some good ideas.
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I'll throw in an idea for something to go on the side of some of that scrumptious meat ya'll are talking about:

Cut up your favorite vegetables; mine are yellow squash, green zucchini, carrots, red onions, mushrooms...

Put these all in a foil packet, add a little olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Seal up the foil packet and put it on the fire or the grill until the veggies are tender enough for your liking.

It's a modification on an old Boy Scour recipe we used to use.
We call it a "hobo dinner". Except I have gotten lazy over the years and now we use the disposable foil pans/pie tins. Mine consists of some beef stew meat (or cubed steak), a can of mixed vegetable's (drained, minus the green beans, yuck), a partial can of sliced new potatos (drained), and a partial can of sweet corn (and use a bit of the corn juice to keep the rest from burning). Put a foil top over it, cook it over a good hot fire until the meat is done and vegetables are done. Top it off with a bit of orignal A1, and salt and pepper....

If were camping with a group, we normally will do a taco bar, and soup bar while camping...
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Although we normally have our main dish selected for supper, lately we've been hitting local farmer markets for our sides. At least we think we're eating fresher foods and supporting the community were visiting.
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