Outdoor Cooking Skills

Cooking with the Cubs can be especially fun.  Cooking outdoors can be exciting.  So let’s look at what each den can do with cooking outdoors.

outdoorcooking-1Tiger: Tiger Bites p.76

  • Know the food plate
  • Know good vs not so good food choices
  • Foods we can eat with our fingers
  • Make a good snack

Wolf: Running With the Pack p. 122

  • Balanced Diet
  • Nutritious meals = more fruits and vegetables
  • The food plate

outdoorcooking-2Bear: Bear Picnic Basket p. 154

  • Follow a recipe prepared outdoors
  • Follow a recipe prepared in your kitchen
  • Prepare two nutritious snacks

Webelos: Cast Iron Chef p. 36

  • Prepare an outdoor meal using one of five methods
    • Camp Stove
    • Dutch Oven
    • Box oven
    • Solar oven
    • Open campfire or charcoal

Dutch Ovens:

outdoorcooking-3When working with a Dutch oven, make sure it is well seasoned before using.  Depending upon your dish you are cooking, you may want to use a liner to make clean up easy.

Everyone has a horror story about their first attempt of using a Dutch oven.  Do not give up.  It is a wonderful way to cook outdoors.  There are Dutch oven recipes out there, but you can use any of your favorite recipes.

When using Dutch ovens, you will use coals from your fire or briquettes.  Using briquettes gives you more control.  Did you know that Dutch ovens can even be used inside the home in your oven.  

Box oven:  MacScouter Box Ovens, Bob Pragers’s Box Oven, ScoutingAround.com

outdoorcooking-4Take a printer paper box and completely cover it inside with tin foil, bringing it outside of the box to secure it.  It is important to make sure that no cardboard is showing on the inside.  The tiniest hole can cause the box to combust and there goes dinner!

Build a rack inside the box using empty soda cans.  Put hot coals in a pie tin on the bottom of the box and the food, in it’s container on the rack.  Control the baking temperature of the oven by the number of charcoal briquettes used. Each briquette supplies 40 degrees of heat (a 360 degree temperature will take 9 briquettes.)  Remember that the briquettes need oxygen to burn so a little ventilation is necessary.  Also don’t use the self-starting charcoals unless you want your food to smell like lighter fluid.

Wonderful Note: To keep the boys from peeking into the box, make a window out of a Reynold’s Cooking Bag (for turkeys or roasts).  Simply cut a square in the top of the box.  On the outside, using duct tape, secure the cooking bag over the hole.  Make sure that all sides are securely taped.


Pizza Box Reflector Oven

Take a pizza box and cut a door on the lid about 1.5” from the edge, cutting only three sides, leaving the spine edge in tack.  Line the bottom of the flap with tinfoil.

Line bottom of the box with tinfoil.  Place black construction paper on top.

Tape clear plastic wrap to the lid on the inside of the box.  Be sure that it is sealed completely so no heat will escape.

Place food inside the box and position the box in direct light.  Angle the flap so that it will direct the light down onto your food.  You may have to prop the flap with a stick to keep it open.

Check the oven about every 10 minutes to make sure it is still getting the sun’s reflection to the food.

Recipes to make with your Cubs

Trail Mix

Trail mix is an easy recipe for young boys to make.  Here are some items that you can use in making your own trail mix.

Box Cereal Nuts Raisins Craisins

Coconut M&Ms Pretzels Dried Fruit

Sunflower Seeds Chocolate Chips

Easy Cobbler

1 cake mix

1 12 oz can of soda (any flavor)

2 cans of pie filling

Pour pie filling in bottom of Dutch oven.  Mix cake mix and soda then pour over pie filling.  Bake with 20 coals on top and 10 on bottom until cake is done.  

Camp Biscuits

16 frozen round rolls, such as Rhodes Parmesan cheese

1 cube butter melted Sesame seeds

Place rolls in greased oven at room temperature until thawed.  Let rise to double in size.  Baste with melted butter.  Sprinkle lightly with parmesan cheese and sesame seeds.  Cook with 8 coals on bottom and 10-12 on top, approximately 15 minutes.

Chuck Wagon Breakfast

2 lbs. ground seasoned sausage or bacon 1 2lb. package cubed hash browns

¼ med. Onion, diced 18 eggs

1 garlic clove, chopped ½ cup milk

1 lb. cooked ham, cubed Seasonings to taste

With 12 coals on top and 12 on bottom, add sausage or quarter sliced bacon.  When meat is cooked, drain all grease.  Add onion and garlic and sauté for 4 minutes.  Add ham & hash browns, cover and cook until hash browns are done, stirring occasionally.  In separate bowl, whip eggs and milk.  Add egg mixture to oven, stirring into meat.  Add seasonings.  Cover and cook until eggs are done, stirring occasionally.

Irish Stew

2 lbs. lean hamburger 1 ½ T. Worcestershire sauce

1 large onion, sliced 1 T. Chili powder

½ cup bell pepper, diced 2 C. Kidney beans

2 cups shredded cabbage ½ T. Garlic powder

2 cups water ½ T. pepper

1 24 oz. can stewed tomatoes 1 T. season salt

With 12 coals on top and 12 on bottom, add hamburger.  Crumble while cooking until done.  Drain grease.  Add onion and bell pepper.  Sauté for 3-4 minutes.  Add all other ingredients and cook until cabbage is tender.



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