My favorite camping tips are all about the food and gear to make it with.
This is truly campfire cooking equipment you cant live without!
Yes, it is a bold statement but, this gear is so awesome, you really will wonder how you ever cooked your campfire recipes without these ingenious cooking tools.
Awesome Campfire Cooking Equipment
IN A HURRY? Click on the links below to quickly jump down to equipment for your campfire cooking kit:
- Over-Fire Grills And Campfire Cooking Gear
- Campfire Griddles, Dutch Ovens And Pan Equipment
- Campfire Dutch Oven Accessories Equipment
- Campfire Cooking Equipment On Sticks
- Cowboy Campfire Cooking Equipment
- Campfire Cast Iron Cookware Clean-Up Equipment
Over-Fire Grills And Campfire Cooking Gear
Campfire rings are relatively common when boondocking but we usually have to bring our own campfire grill grates and stands.
If you are camping in campgrounds that have campfire grill grates over the campfire pit, you are golden.
If not, you need to fend for yourself. Using a campfire grate like this Heavy Duty Camp Grillgives you a cooking surface that allows for direct cooking of food or you can place a pan or Dutch oven on it to cook in that type of campfire cooking equipment.
This hasfolding legs for stability and pack-ability too.
On a side note, just for the record
I am not a pyromaniac in spite of what my friends and family members say about me
I just like cooking our camping food over a healthy campfire!
One of the cool things about camping is the slower pace and unplugging from hectic modern society!
So, it is the perfect time to doslow-roasting if you like that sort of cooking.
ThisCamping Rotisserie Grill And Spit is a multi-purpose type of campfire grill grate that allows you to do many things at once.
The campfire rotisserie is a really unique feature that cooks above the food you have on the campfire cooking grate.
This grate can be cooked on directly or can hold your cast iron campfire cookware pans and skillets.
The side arms can be used to hang your coffee campfire kettle and cooking tools, accessories and utensils like campfire tongs.
Thiscampfire cook set makes you feel like you are in the best gourmet kitchen while camping in the great outdoors!
If you dont want to cook with your Dutch oven directly in the campfire, you dont have to!
ThisCamp Chef Dutch Oven Standgets your campfire ovens off the ground and is large enough to hold one 14 Dutch oven or several smaller ovens.
Its another piece ofcampfire cooking equipment thatcan do double duty too
like keeping your bag of charcoal off the ground so it remains dry in the event of rain or dew.
You want your FOOD to cook over the campfire not your hands!
These CampfireGrill Heavy-Duty Log Tweezers are great for keeping your hands and arms far enough away from the campfire to avoid getting burned.
You could use a regular campfire poker to adjust your campfire by a poking action
but, I recommend tweezers because the grabbing action gives you the control you need to adjust your logs and coals for the perfect cooking environment!
There are campfire starting experts and then there are the rest of us!
If you cant ever get your campfire going on the first attempt, you may want one of these BBQ Dragon Fire Lighter gadgets!
The battery-powered bellows allow you to start a campfire or charcoal briquettes without lighter fluid and stacks of old newspapers!
Youll be char-broiling in no time!
This fits in to the category of campfire tools for people who didnt earn the campfire scout badge as a kid! LOL
Did you ever think of making your own campfire cooking equipment?
If your family likes camping hacks and enjoys doing easy DIY projects consider making your own dryer lint fire starters!
Youll even find tips on how to make your campfire starters cute enough to give as inexpensive gifts!
Another way to protect yourself from the heat of cooking over a campfire or with Dutch ovens is to wear Extra Long Suede Grill Gloves.
This pair is 18-inches long to protect your entire arm up to 475 degrees F.
The thing you want to watch for in a grill glove is the material it needs to besoft and pliable so you can actually grab and hold your cooking utensils firmly.
Open fire pit cooking grill masters will love a pair of these!
Transportation and storage of equipment seems to be a bit of a challenge for most campers.
This Stainless Steel 3-in-1 Folding Grill BBQ Tool is a great solution to reduce space requirements without sacrificing needed equipment.
It has a grilling spatula, grilling fork and knife all in one piece of equipment!
Getting 3 camping cooking utensils in one tool is what we call Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
These tools make outstanding camping gifts for people who enjoy grilling but have minimal storage space for their kitchen gear.
Every campfire cook needs AT LEAST one set of these 16-Inch Locking Tongs.
Not only do they give you distance from the hot coals to avoid burning your hands, they also grip really well so you dont have to worry about one of your scrumptious t-bone steaks accidentally falling in the fire!
Whenever you are cooking your food directly over a campfire, you want to make sure you are using the right wood.
Cooking over oak or mesquite will give your food a magnificent flavor cooking over pine, on the other hand, will make your food taste like you marinated it in Pine-Sol YUK!
The other thing you want to do is clean campfire grillswith a Stainless Steel Wire Grill Brush that allows you to remove old food and grease from the grates.
Some people can do the touch test to accurately determine if their meat is cooked to the desired temperature, others need a little help!
Using an Instant Read Meat Thermometer takes the guesswork out of the question, Is it done yet?
It is fast, instant and easy to read the digital display!
No more overcooked steaks allowed! LOL
You cant cook over your campfire until you get it started LOL.
If you need a little help, these are some really cool camping fire starters that will have you cooking over beautiful campfire coals in a flash!
Your campfire cooking equipment gear would not be complete without utensils for grilling.
We love having our camping gear packed in carrying cases like thisGrill Set.
It allows for safe transportation of sharp items and keeps everything organized.
This kit has aspatula, tongs, basting brush, corn holders, skewers, cleaning brush with replacement head.
PLUS,adigital temperature fork thatdisplays actual and desired temperatures, has analarm alerting you when food is done and has an integrated LED light for checking food at night!
When you are cooking after the sun goes down, the LED light on this digital fork may not be sufficient for all of the tasks you need to do to complete the meal so make sure you have campsite lights set in strategic locations!
One of our favorite campfire cooking grill recipes for summertime camping trips is sweet corn that is grilled over the campfire.
We actually do this recipe over a charcoal grill at home too.
If you always boil your sweet corn, I encourage you to try grilling it because the char adds a nice texture and flavor you just cant get from boiling.
Check out our How To Grill Sweet Corn Over The Campfire (or charcoal grill if you must) post to see how easy it is!
If you are boondocking in an area without campfire rings, you can build your own by digging a shallow pit and stacking rocks around the outside to keep flames and sparks within the ring.
Alternatively, you can use a Portable Campfire Ring that is easy to set up because it is hinged and compactly folds to fit in itscarrying case for handy transportation and storage!
Did you know campfires dont have to sit on the ground?
Try an elevated version with this innovative Steel Mesh Campfire Stand!
This lightweight and portable campfire stand holds your firewood in a woven stainless steel net that is suspended by legs that fold for transportation and storage!
When you are ready to pack up and head for home you just roll the net, collapse the stand and drop it into the carrying bag!
Who knew you could carry campfire pits with you everywhere?!?
This is a great way to cook food using a campfire tripod as well as cooking food on sticks (yes, that is coming up later in this post!)
Backpackers and car campers who dont want to carry lots of bulky cook gear but want to be able to cook over an open fire will love this Mini Folding Wood Burning Campfire Stove.
It easily snaps together without needing special equipment and when it is dismantled it fits into the carry bag measuring only 10x7x1.5 inches.
It is so convenient to be able to cook a meal using twigs, leaves, pinecones, wood or solidified alcohol!
Never been boondocking before but want to try it?
It is especially helpful to go dispersed camping on busy holiday weekends when campgrounds are full and hang out the No Vacancy signs!
Campfire Griddles, Dutch Ovens And Pan Equipment
We like using gear that is multi-purpose.
Cast iron cooking equipment is great for durability and it is made for campfire cooking but lighter weight nested campfire pots are nice to have too.
It might take you some time to determine all of the items that fit your style of cooking but when you complete your campfire cooking set, youll be cooking like a world-class camp chef in your very own campfire kitchen!
Enjoy the process of building your collection!
With the right campfire cooking equipment, you can keep cooking over your campfire all day long!
ThisHeavy Duty Reversible Cast Iron Grill And Griddlewill allow you to cook pancakes and eggs on the griddle side in the morning and with a quick flip, you can grill your steaks on the grill side at night!
Cast iron Dutch ovens are the cornerstone of campfire cooking equipment.
We have several ovens in multiple sizes and like using our6 Qt/12 In Camp Dutch Ovenfor camping meals that are smaller and they also work well when stack cooking.
Most of my Dutch oven camping recipes use a 12-inch oven but they are versatile enough to use other sizes too.
I dont know about your family but our family LOOKS for excuses to make cornbread when we are camping!
You can make it in a regular camp Dutch oven or use this super cool Lodge Cast Iron Cornbread Wedge Pan!
Dont forget to try a batch of scones in this little piece of awesome campfire cooking equipment too!
Youll have to reduce the cooking time if you are going from a single pan recipe to individual servings.
Just like you do when you use cake batter to make cupcakes.
We love campfire cooking equipment that does double duty!
ThisLodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Combo Cooker Setis not only a Dutch oven, cast iron pot but also includes ashallow skillet that doubles as lid too!
Anytime campfire cooking equipment can be nested to reduce the space required for packing and storage, it is a good thing.
ThisColeman 5-Piece Aluminum Mess Kitincludes a cup, frying pan, pot with lid and deep-dish plate.
Sometimes bigger is better when it comes to campfire cooking equipment.
ThisBig Daddy Skilletis perfect when you need to cook over a campfire and are feeding large crowds of hungry campers.
The only drawback to this huge campfire pan that measures 20.5-inches in diameter is that it can take up a large portion of yourcampfire grill grate depending on how big your grate surface is.
Hanging a campfire kettle on a tripod or setting it on a campfire grill grate is an efficient way to quickly heat up water for tea, coffee, freeze dried/dehydrated meals and cooking.
Campfire Dutch Oven Accessories Equipment
The right accessories are great because they tend to make clean-up, transportation and storage easier.
They also help to prolong the life of your campfire cooking equipment.
We love using our cast iron Dutch ovens for campfire cooking.
We serve directly from the oven to the plate and clean-up is a breeze.
But, if you want next-to-no clean-up, theseDisposable 12 In/6 Qt Dutch Oven Linersmake awesomecampfire cooking equipment!
They are also fabulous when making cakes that you want to lift out of the oven when they are done.
These liners come in different sizes to fit different camp Dutch ovens so make sure you get the right size for your campfire cooking equipment.
It is really hard to put a 12-inch liner in a 10-inch camp Dutch oven!
Campfire Dutch oven cooks are proud of their equipment (and the culinary creations that come out of them!)
Transporting Dutch ovens is easy when you use a Camp Dutch Oven Tote Bag!
These bags have a padded bottom, heavy duty zipper and sturdy straps.
They are AWESOME!
Make sure you get the right size to fit your oven, they come to fit 8, 10, 12 and 14-inch oven sizes.
Most campfire cooking equipment will last a lifetime if you take care of it so we like to use carrying cases like thisCamp Chef Griddle Carry Bagto transport and store our cast iron cookware.
This one has a zipper andweather-resistant liner and comes in various sizes too.
This is a piece ofcampfire cooking equipment that reminds me of the old west!
Cooking with a Campfire Tripodtakes a little getting used to because the Dutch oven will swing and sway a bit when you stir your food and in the wind.
The benefit to using it is the ability to raise and lower the oven by adjusting the length of the chain to increase or decrease the heat for cooking.
If you are interested in grilling your food directly over your fire, a Campfire Tripod Grill is the way to go because it allows you to easily raise and lower the grill grate to adjust the cooking temperature.
It has galvanized steel legs that collapse for convenient transportation and storage.
The 17-inch diameter grill grate is large enough to grill meat for a typical family of 4-6 people.
When you are not using this campfire tripod as a grill it works great as a lantern hanger too!
ThisCast Iron Dutch Oven Lid Lifteris NOT the most compact piece of campfire cooking equipment but its ease of use and functionality overcomes that drawback.
The design of this particular handle allows for easy grip and complete control when moving the lid as well as the oven.
Once you remove the lid during cooking, you need somewhere to put it while you are stirring your food in theDutch oven and you dont want to put it on the ground because you might pick up dirt that will fall into the food when you replace the lid to continue cooking.
Using aCamp Dutch Oven Lid Standis a piece of campfire cooking equipmentthat will prevent that problem.
There is absolutely no reason to scorch food when cooking in a camp Dutch oven.
You just need to get the food off of the bottom of the pan so there is no direct contact with the oven.
This is especially important when cooking pies and large pieces of meat that are not in a simmering sauce.
You just set a Cast Iron Meat Rack/Trivet in the bottom of your oven and place the food on top of it.
Its like magic!
You have to admit, some pieces of campfire cooking equipment are just for fun like thisTriangle Dinner Bell.
Sure, you could yell Dinner Is Ready or you could just ring the bell!
P.S. This is one of those campfire accessories that also works like a manual alarm clock to get tired campers out of bed for early morning fishing.
Some Dutch oven cooks will use any brand of gear while others are loyal to Lodge Dutch oven accessories so we have a Lodge-only posts for you!
Campfire Cooking Equipment On Sticks
Lets be honest, playing with your food while cooking on sticks is half the fun of camping!
ThisFishing Pole Campfire Roasteris probably the most unique piece of campfire cooking equipment we have found!
You Jig it to flip the marshmallows!
Some campfire cooking equipment is for safety, others for fun these are both!
TheseTelescoping Marshmallow Roasting Sticksallow you to stay further away from the heat of the campfire compared to shorter sticks.
When we are roasting smores, I like to put a variety of ingredients on a campfire table near the firepit so everyone can get creative and build their own sweet treat.
If you need a little inspiration, check out our smores camping variations and, if you try my favorite smore #2 let me know what you think!
Who remembers making popcorn before the microwave arrived in homes across America?
It was almost a tradition to doJiffy Popon the stove and now many people want less-processed food and prefer to pop plain popcorn.
You can do that directly over your campfire with the rightcampfire cooking equipment, like thisOutdoor Popcorn Popper.
This Cast Iron Chuckwagon Waffle Ironallows you to enjoy a freshly cooked, slightly crispy and hot waffle at your campsite without needing the electricity for an electric waffle iron.
Just pour your batter in this iron and cook over your campfire.
No plugs required with this cool campfire cooking equipment!
Whether you are car camping or have a big basement in a Class A motorhome, it can be a challenge to store your pie irons.
This Pie Iron Storage Bag can store 3 or 4 pie irons and with the handles it makes them easy to carry!
Now, lets go make some campfire pies!
Im thinking apple with a little cinnamon and sugar glaze sounds perfect right now! YUM!
Dont we all remember using this campfire cooking equipment to make little round pizzas over the campfire?
Nothing can replace aRound Pie Ironfor making camping memories and toasted bread pizzas.
Lets keep up the tradition!
Tired of holding your pie iron in the air while it cools down after cooking with it over the campfire?
Guess what You dont have to do that anymore!!!
This Pie Iron Kickstand holds two hot pie irons safely while they cool and you enjoy your pie iron culinary creation by the flickering campfire light!
When you are done, just fold it for storage till your next campfire cooking experience!
If you prefer the squared version, thisSquare Pie Ironallows you to use an entire slice of bread without having to cut off the crust.
How about that: campfire cooking equipment that gives you curly hair!
Or is that an old wives tale?
Round and square pie irons are really common but this fun little Heart Shaped Pie Iron will take your pie iron campfire cooking to a whole new level!
Kids love these fun shaped pies and they are also great to use for special occasions like Valentines Day, birthday and anniversary celebration camping trips!
For many families, hot dogs are part of every camp trip.
They get added flavor when cooked in a bed of onions and with the perfect campfire cooking equipment, you can make that happen!
ThisDog n Brat Cookermake it easy to cook the pair together.
What camper do you know that would not just love this Campfire Basket Grill Broiler?!?!
There is 89 inches of cooking space and you just put the food inside the basket, hold it over the campfire and flip to cook the other side.
The basket closes securely so you dont have food falling into the fire.
In addition to grilling veggies and meat for dinner, you can also use this basket as a campfire toaster for your English muffins and bread for breakfast!
This particular piece of campfire cooking gear has one main purpose: toasting bread!
The unique feature of this Campfire Toaster is that it has 3 specific depth adjustments for different types of bread:
Texas toast, sliced artisan loaves and regular sandwich bread!
Cowboy Campfire Cooking Equipment
Culinary cowboys are some of the best outdoor cooks on the planet!
Typically they cook using wrought iron campfire cooking equipment.
Traditionally they would carry their gear in a chuckwagon which was a horse-drawn wagon modified with a box for holding their cowboy campfire cooking equipment and essentials like flour, sugar, beans and coffee.
All eliminating the need for a horse!
If you want to continue with your cowboy campfire cooking experience make sure you brew a nice strong pot of coffee!
Check out our What Is Cowboy Coffee And How To Make It post to see how the real cowboys make their cup of joe and why you should NOT make it that way!
Then try our Improved Method To Make Cowboy Coffee!
Campfire Cast Iron Cookware Clean-Up Equipment
Youve heard it before, never use soap when cleaning your cast iron. Just use water, elbow grease and oil blends that are specifically made for cast iron camping cookware.
We all know we should never use soap to clean our cast iron campfire cooking equipment, so, when you have food stuck in your cast iron cookware, just add some warm water and scrub until it releases.
ThisStainless Steel Chainmail Cast Iron Cleanercomes with a hook for hanging and is dishwasher safe too.
These Lodge SCRAPERPK Durable Pan Scrapers are sooooooo popular for cleaning cast iron campfire cookware!
There is no way I would go as far as saying these things make clean-up fun but they do make it a lot easier!
There are 4 different shaped corners for cleaning any shaped pan. You are going to LOVE these!
Keeping your cast iron campfire cooking equipment in top shape is important for maximum life.
ThisCamp Chef Cast Iron Cleaneris ablend of all-natural oils and cleaning agents which break down sugars and other food particles.
It is safe for all seasoned and enamel pieces.
You have heard me say it before if you take care of your cast iron campfire cooking tools they will last for generations!
Get our cast iron dutch oven care tips to maintain your campfire cooking equipment like a pro!
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