To me, there is nothing is more euphoric than the smell of bacon frying over a campfire on a cool, crisp Autumn morning. And, watching pancakes being poured onto the griddle completes the perfect, picturesque Norman Rockwell camping scene. But before we can get to the bacon-smelling part, we need some supplies, grilling tools, cookware and other essentials to make your campfire the one everyone wants gather around.
Welcome to The Ultimate Campfire Cooking Gear Guide!
First, let’s stock your kit with these basic supplies that you will replenish often as they get used.
BASIC SUPPLY KIT
These items will be permanent stock in your Campfire Cooking Kit. I’ve linked them all to Amazon so you don’t have to run all over tarnation looking for them.
- Plastic Cutlery – forks, knives and spoons
- Paper Towels
- Big Pack of Paper Napkins
- Earth Friendly Paper Plates
- Vinyl Picnic Table Covers
- Picnic Table Cloth Clamps
- Antibacterial Hand Wet Wipes
- Aluminum Foil
- Aluminum Foil Cooking Pouches
- Aluminum Disposable Pans
- Salt & Pepper
- Camping Multi Spice Pack
- Campfire Starters
- Campfire Lighter
CAMPFIRE GRILLING ESSENTIALS
Let’s get you started on planning your one and done campfire grilling essentials. You buy and really don’t have to rebuy or restock these items. You may already have some of them and others, you may have no use for. But, these are just to give you some ideas on what to put in your own campfire cooking kit.
These heat resistant campfire gloves are comfortable, double-protection five fingers silicone gloves with soft jersey cotton liner inside. Silicone outer is heat and water proof and an inner cotton lining for maximum comfort. Double protect your entire hands from heat compared to normal oven gloves.
This BBQ grilling utensil kit includes 1 tong, 1 fork, 1 knife, 1 grill brush, 1 basting brush, 4 skewers, 8 corn holders, 1 replaceable head of grill brush, and 1 spatula that has 4 functions(with built-in bottle opener and tenderizer blades). This is a complete and professional grill accessories that contains almost everything you need for your campfire grill.
Transform your camp fire or fire pit into a grill and create delicious meals everyone will enjoy. Simply place the large cooking grate on your campfire ring or fire pit and you’re ready to cook. The legs elevate your meats and cookware further from the flames and coals if needed. When the cooking is finished, just pick it up (when cool, of course!) and fold the legs to easily store for your next occasion.
From your campsite to the beach, this portable folding 26-inch fire pit makes it easy to up the fun factor of any planned or impromptu gathering. The unit offers not only the opportunity for a cozy crackling fire and the mesmerizing ambiance of flickering flames, but it also ensures convenient portability and exceptional versatility. As a result, it’s nice features make it the ultimate inexpensive fire pit.
CAMPFIRE CAST IRON COOKWARE
Cast Iron is timeless and lasts forever! They evenly distribute heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. A good cast iron skillet is an excellent source of nutritional iron. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware.
To clean cast iron, wash by hand with mild soap or none at all. Dry promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. To preserve it, rub with a very light layer of vegetable oil, preferably while the cookware is still warm. Store cookware in a dry place.
RV Tip: Cast iron is heavy so as RVers, plan your weight accordingly.
Cook two large sandwiches or treats over a campfire easily using these cast iron extra large square pie irons. These durable units handily hold larger bread slices or tortillas, allowing you to toast or cook a larger meal. This design keeps you safely away from the fire, while the chambers warm quickly and evenly for reliable and delicious cooking. A latch keeps the handles together while cooking, and a hinge at the top makes it simple to open each unit and reach your food. Create wonderful campfire treats for a few people to share using these Cast Iron Extra Large Square Pie Irons.
With a nod to the nostalgia of the past, this 10 x 6.8 x 1 inch, 4 pound waffle iron makes big waffles in the traditional round shape. The two sides of the iron connect using our famous hinge system for secure use and easy cleanup. Certainly, this waffle iron can be used on a the fire pit grate, a 2-burner camp stove or gas stove.
This 5-Quart Seasoned Cast Iron Double Dutch Oven works overtime. Featuring a lid that easily converts to a skillet, the domed cover is also great for roasts and non-knead bread recipes too. It conducts heat evenly and efficiently.
A large cast iron fry pan works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. Fry up a mess of catfish, roast a chicken, or bake an apple crisp. As seen in the previous, cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. For that reason, it retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time.
What could be better than a nice big reversible griddle? The smooth side is great for making grilled cheese sandwiches as well as eggs, pancakes and french toast. The ribbed side is perfect for grilling foods such as steak, fish, chicken and hamburgers. Because of that, the food sits above the grease making your cooking experience much healthier.
OTHER CAMPFIRE COOKING MUST-HAVES
These telescoping campfire roasting forks are made of Non-Toxic premium stainless steel and extend to 45 inches in order to keep children a safe distance from any patio fire pit or the campfire. Even more, sharp tips are protected with rubber, which makes it safer while you are not use it, enjoying the roasting fun with the heat-insulated and anti-skidding rubber handle.
This popcorn popper adds fun and excitement to any night around the campfire. Simply add a small amount of oil and popcorn kernels, hold it over the fire, and you will have a great tasting snack in minutes. Coincidentally, the 3.5 quart capacity means you can make enough for the entire family. Additionally, this popper also works as a great accessory for camp stoves.
How to store all the contents of your campfire cooking kit
How much space you have for your kit will depend on how you’re going to store your campfire cooking kit. If you have a large enough space, a durable yet lightweight storage trunk makes great storage because you can slide it under your travel trailer or fifth wheel to store.
You can do one of two things. First, buy your trunk before your supplies and base your supply list on the size of the trunk. Or, you can buy all of your campfire kit and buy your trunk or tote(s) based on your inventory. Either way, buy something sturdy and will keep moisture and critters out.
Most notably, after each campfire gathering, we recommend you take an inventory and replenish your Campfire Cooking Kit so it’s already to put in the back of your truck, SUV or in your cargo bay of your RV or Camper. Likewise, we suggest keeping your campfire cooking tools clean and dry. Above all, follow manufacturers instructions on care and storage of all items listed.
Finally, don’t forget to read our 10 Campfire Safety Tips.