Campfire Dinner Ideas For Labour Day

Are you getting ready to enjoy the great outdoors this Labour Day weekend? Summer is in full force. Therefore, we are all spending as much time outside as possible. And, what better way to enjoy the weather than by heading out to a campground. Spend the day having fun in the sun, and end the night around a campfire. What a fantastic way to end the day! However, with camping comes planning. The preparation can sometimes seem endless. Need some help? We are here with tons of campfire dinner ideas. Read on for all you need to know. Your camping trip is about to get much more delicious.

Firstly, let’s start with a few tools you may need or want to buy. Besides planning the menu, you will need a few essentials. Thankfully, you probably already have them at home. We have compiled a few basic tools required for these campfire dinner ideas.

Basic Tools for Campfire Cooking

First and foremost, make sure you have a sharp knife and cutting board. Both will be essential to prepare all the ingredients for your campfire dinner ideas. A sharp knife to cut, chop, etc. And, a wooden cutting board for a sturdy, clean surface to work on. We don’t leave home without ours!

Next, you probably know this household staple – Aluminum foil. This tool will be your best friend. Foil is used to create meals throughout the day. Campfire cooking wouldn’t be the same without it. Not to mention, it eliminates a mountain of dishes. Just wrap, cook and throw away. At the same time, make sure you purchase heavy-duty foil. You want the good stuff!

Another important tool you may forget at home is a pair of oven mitts. They are often overlooked and left at home. Consequently, when you are working with fire, things heat up quickly. Pun intended. So, make sure you pack your oven mitts to handle all things that come off the heat. Additionally, pack some tongs to help out. Tongs are an essential tool. Use them to lift foil packets in and out of the coals.

Last, but not least, we have two items that aren’t necessary but will make your life easier. The first is cast iron cooking vessels. Unfortunately, you cannot use your non-stick pots and pans in the fire. Cast iron distributes heat evenly, making it the perfect material for cooking on the fire. Remember, they are heavy. So, only bring what you need. Similarly, if you can get your hands on some metal skewers, bring them! Use long skewers for roasting meat, veggies and even making dessert. They are small, simple, and easy to clean. Therefore, they are a great addition to your campfire tool box.

Campfire Dinner Ideas for Chicken

The Hilltop Acres Family obviously has a sweet spot for chicken. And, why wouldn’t we? Chicken is a star on the campfire. It has something for everyone – Light meat, dark meat, drumsticks, wings. What else could you ask for? The whole family will have fun preparing these meals. But before we get into the recipes, we have a few tips and tricks for you:

  1. Use bottled marinades flavoured with hickory, mesquite, or applewood. It will add to the smokiness of your meat. Not to mention, camping may not be the time for extravagant homemade marinades. Keep it simple!
  2. Save pickle juice to tenderize the chicken. Yes, it sounds weird, but it works.
  3. Cook your chicken on metal skewers. Using this tool will cook meat quick, and even. However, don’t thread chicken too tightly. Allow the heat to circulate for the best result.
  4. Cook more than you need. When cooking chicken, make enough for dinner and lunch the next day. Be sure to chill leftovers properly, and use in a salad or sandwiches. (Or, whatever you fancy.) Check out this delicious campfire nachos recipe.
  5. Does your BBQ sauce contain sugar? Most do. Therefore, it is crucial to only brush with sauce near the end. Sugary sauces are sure to burn under high heat.
  6. Bring a variety of cuts of chicken. Visit us at the store, or check out our website for all the products we offer. Aside from that, we can advise on the best choice for your meal specifically.

Chicken Recipes

Are you looking to try something a little different? You’re in luck! These Southwestern Chicken Packets will make sure to excite your tastebuds. Just get out that aluminum foil, and you’re ready to cook. It’s as easy as that. Moreover, you can alter the recipe. Obviously, add or remove items to meet your desires. It is your meal! For another option, we love these Grilled Pineapple Chicken Foil Packets, as well.

Remember, do not cook any foil pack over an open flame. Instead, cook directly on hot coals. Additionally, be sure to rotate halfway through. This ensures even cooking throughout.

So, we ranted and raved about metal skewers. Don’t worry, we have a few recipes for you. Fresh off The Grid has so many delicious campfire dinner ideas for your next camping trip. We have taken the time to pick out a few of our favorites for you:

These amazing Honey Mustard Skewers only have three ingredients in the marinade. Though, you’d never know. They are packed full of flavor the whole family can enjoy. Not to mention, you can serve them with anything! For example, this Campfire Grilled Mexican Street Corn.

If you listened to us, and have leftover chicken available, we have a recipe for you. Sweet & Spicy Cashew Chicken Salad is the perfect meal for packing up and heading to the beach. They also make the perfect snack for a day of hiking the trails. Use them as you wish.

While this blog may have been about campfire dinner ideas, we have everything you need to make your camping meals a success. We aren’t just a poultry farm. Hilltop Acres prides itself on the freshest products available. From eggs to deli meats, to local maple syrup – we have it all.


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