Outdoor cooking is all about the fresh air, having fun, and socializing with your family and friends as you cook. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds. You can’t just throw salmon or steak on your BBQ grill or Pit Boss Griddle and hope it works out.
In this guide, we’ll go over some outdoor cooking methods that will help you in your adventures with the open flame. Always remember that safety first and keep away flammable objects. Without further ado, let’s get started.
The most common outdoor cooking appliances use gas burners. Many camp stoves run off propane and are great for outdoor cooking adventures. While they’re most frequently taken on your camping trips, you can simply use it at home.
Make sure to use cast iron or carbon steel cookware for your gas burner as they can easily take the high heat. Always make sure you’re following the safety precautions.
A charcoal BBQ is great for cooking dinner on the back patio or backyard. While not as easy as using gas, charcoal gives you great flavor. They’re also a great option for camping trips. You can cook directly over charcoal, and it’s a great way to enjoy cooking with your friends and family.
Ensure you’re in a fireproof area and keep the sparks away from flammable objects. Always get high-quality charcoal. Start the charcoal with a chimney or by using firestarters.
You can start cooking vegetables, meat, and even wrapped food like foil-wrapped potatoes. Steaks are also a great charcoal BBQ option. You can give your sweet potatoes a nice smoky flavor as well.
Campfire cooking is the most common and traditional method of outdoor cooking. People have been doing campfire cooking since the beginning of civilization, without any grills or smokeless fire pits. To start a campfire, you would need the right seasoned and dry wood.
Always light the fire near fireproof surfaces, not on soil, under trees, or near your camps. Make sure there are enough stones and bricks nearby. Lay some crumpled paper and dry leaves, and then add bigger branches and logs into the fire.
Don’t start cooking over the flame. Wait for them to simmer or die down. You need the ashes and coals for cooking. Lastly, make sure you stay alert and not let your fire turn into embers.
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