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QOS 11-08-2011 08:31 PM

Semi - Primitive Camping Trip planned
Three of my trail riding buddies and I are going on a primitive camping trip on December 16-18 in the Brazos Bend Park which is southwest of Houston, TX. There is a camping site that has water for the horses and that is it. No electric in this area and I believe there are some bathrooms but no hook ups etc. No corrals so we are looking at purchasing a portable corral system. You can haul in a generator but must be off by 10:00 PM.

So...we had talked about a crock pot (LOL forgot about no electric) and that was scrapped. Lee Ann said "Denise, you are getting a NEW crockpot!" I said I could get another and she said "No....Doug (her hubby) is going to get us a Dutch Oven to cook in!" So we are discussing recipes for the Dutch Oven and she wants to try a cobber. We are going to make Chili for one night and my Italian Chicken Soup for another. Johnny Cakes and baked potatoes to throw in the fire should round everything out. My darling Uncle Dee taught us to make Johnny Cakes in the fire when I was a kid. :lol: We are so looking forward to our trip - the park is gorgeous. Lee Ann went and scouted it out last weekend so we are raring to go!!

Nokota, I am going to do my best to become a decent Dutch Oven cook - I am a pretty darn good cook on a grill or stove so this is just a new challenge. Hoping it isn't too cold - you never know in southeast Texas in the winter - could be warm...could be freezing!

Nokota 11-08-2011 09:16 PM

Sounds awesome. Good luck wih the cooking!!!

Two tips. When you are cooking somewhere that the food you are going to eat is the only option, use good(kingsford) charcol. I have struggled with heat from our cheap grocery store charcol.

Second tip. If you have a car or ability to bring heavier items, get a galvanized trash can. Take the lid and put upside down on the ground. You can flatten the handle if you want. put your charcol on that, then the D.O. on top of the charcol. Then of course, the charcol on the lid of the D.O. This helps reflect the heat up and isn't lost in the dirt/sand/soil. You could always turn the trashcan upside down and do the same thing using it as a work(cook)bench. Being galvanized, you may want to start a fire in it first to burn off the galvanized coating as it is not healthy for you. If the trash can is not an option, put some aluminum foil on the ground a littl bigger than the DO and again put the charcol on that to help reflect the heat up.

D.O. cooking is fun. Google and there are a bunch of websites. Also you can find books on it with recipes in a lot of stores like Cabela's, Gander Mountain, maybe even the local bookstore.

Don't forget the tongs to pick up and place your charcol pieces under and on top of the D.O.

Let us know how the camping trip works out for you!!!!

QOS 11-08-2011 09:33 PM

thanks Nokota. I am surfing the net right now trying to find recipes and times for cooking. Some of the instructions are as clear as mud!

I am wanting to cook a whole cut up chicken with chopped carrots and celery. I know that at home I cook my soup on medium high for more than 2 hours so that the chicken is tender and falling off the bones. It is pretty darn delicious. We love it and eat it all the time. It is great for when you are cold!!! So...whatcha think Nokota...How long do I cook something like this over coals?

We are so excited about all of this trip. We are having a blast just planning it. It is just another adventure and fun to learn something new.

Joe4d 11-08-2011 09:45 PM

I camp like that all the time, I have a quiet 1800 watt camp generator. works great, I fire it up to run the Mr coffee maker and I cook on a george foreman grill. I'll give you a recipe, paritally cook some red potatoes. Then in ten foil add some frozen steak cubes or kebashi slices ,squash slices, tomatoes, sweet onion and pepper if you like, add some italian dressing then rap in in tinfoil and throw in the fridge the night before. Then put in your cooler they'll keep a few days, then I throw it foil and all still rapped on the foreman grill. You could also cook em like that on rocks next to the fire. Use enough foils so you can unwrap and eat out of the foil..
Oh dont waste money on the portable corrals, get 9 step in fence posts and a roll of electric tape or cord. and a D battery or solar fence charger. You probably have enough ribbon around already. A couple gate handles come in handy. You use one of the step in stakes as a ground rod,
I have also seen people just use picket lines, there is a art to getting them the right height and the lead line correct but that could be an option as well.

Nokota 11-08-2011 09:46 PM

I guess you want to treat it like a crock pot. The longer it is in there, the better. If you get done riding at three, just start cooking then. Let it slow cook and maybe around 6 it will be falling off the bone tender. Just in time for dinner. Hmmmmm I'm getting hungry.

QOS 11-08-2011 09:54 PM

thanks y'all. Nokota, it will be getting dark by 5:15 or so. We will try to be back at the camp by 4:00 so that we can get the horses settled in. I think keeping enough coals hot will be the trick. I was just reading about a "side" fire where you can keep adding the coals that you remove from the DO side that cool off back into the side fire to keep the "reheat". Lee Ann P (our barn manager and the lady I am going to run the Limited Distance ride with) wants to try a cobbler so we will probably take 2 DO's. I might have to give this a "run through" in the back yard before we go! There isn't any stores or fast food restaurants close by and after riding all day who wants a cold sandwich?

Trails 11-08-2011 09:57 PM

Once you try a Dutch Oven you'll be hooked. They're wonderful! I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip!

QOS 11-08-2011 10:12 PM

I think I will be hooked. I love to cook. I got on a kick of grilling about 10 years ago I can grill like a champ. I did it over coals til I switched to gas. I don't grill to often anymore outside but i grill in the house in Le Creuset skillets and make my soups in the dutch oven. They have killer pots and skillets. I am lucky enough to have 4. They weigh a ton and cost a fortune.

This will be a new cooking challenge to learn to do it without burning it or serving something raw and calling for its momma!

Saddlebag 11-08-2011 10:43 PM

What, no cooking over a bonfire? Good heavens, you people are too citified. How about bannock (biscuit dough) wrapped around a freshly cut stick and baked over the fire. Big pot of beans in a big cast iron pot and a cast iron frying pan for pancakes, or bacon. Cooking is only part of it, there's cleanup afterward. Two post and a couple of sticks and you can fix quite a variety.

QOS 11-08-2011 10:53 PM

Ha ha ha....we might just have this puppy over an open fire! We are going to make Johnny Cakes in foil and throw on the coals. Hoping we don't burn down Texas while we are trying to get something to eat!

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