How to Win With Make-Ahead Camping Meals

There's something special about sitting around the campfire with your family, cooking dinner over an open flame. But remember when camping food only consisted of hot dogs and marshmallows? Bring your campfire cooking up a notch with these fun and flavorful campfire meals that are easy to accomplish with minimal planning and prep.

Spicy Kabobs

Pack some metal or wooden skewers, and try these fun and simple spicy bratwurst kabobs. Just alternate juicy chunks of bratwurst with sliced veggies like onions, bell peppers and zucchini, and roast over an open fire. Serve with a side of baked beans for a delicious and hearty campfire meal. TIP: Slice up the brats and veggies at home and bring them along in a plastic bag.

Chicken Skewers

One of our favorite campfire dinner recipes is a delicious pineapple, cilantro and jalapeño salsa served atop maple-soy glazed grilled chicken kabobs. Skewer the chicken at home, and pack it in a plastic bag in the cooler to marinate. Serve them hot off the fire with some Bourbon and Brown Sugar baked beans.

Or, try these Roasted Jerk Chicken Skewers. Marinated in balsamic, honey, lime juice and jerk seasonings, these skewers are another favorite campfire meal for my family. Dice and marinate the chicken at home and put it in a big plastic bag in the cooler to soak up the marinade until you're ready to cook it. Then thread it with some juicy pineapple and zucchini. You might want to double the recipe - it's that good!

Bacon-Wrapped Brats

Everything is better with bacon, and brats are no exception! Serve up these bacon wrapped bratwurst on a bun with onions and peppers for a make-ahead campfire meal that’s better than your average hot dog. Don’t forget the toothpicks to hold the bacon in place while you roast your sausages. Maple Cured Bacon Baked Beans and fresh fruit like watermelon go great on the side.

Foil Packet Meals

Meals made in foil packets are healthy, packed with flavor and so easy to cook over a campfire or on a grill. Simply chop up some veggies, like potatoes, zucchini and onions, add your meat, season everything well and wrap it all up tightly in aluminum foil. When you’re ready to cook, just place the whole packet on the grill or over your fire and let the flavors blend together as they steam.

Best of all, you can adapt nearly any recipe to cook in a foil packet! Try these BBQ Chicken Fingers & Beans on your next camping trip. Make-ahead individual portions at home for easy campfire entertaining.

With just a little planning, you can have the best food in the great outdoors. It only takes a few minutes of preparation to pack delicious, easy-to-cook campfire meals that bring a little comfort from home while you’re roughin’ it in the wild. Happy Camping!


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