If all you’re doing is roasting marshmallows over the campfire – you need to up your game.
With the right campfire cooking equipment, you can make just about anything.
Whether you want to put together a full on meal, or just whip up some quick snacks, it can all be done over the fire – as long as you come prepared.
In this article, we’ll go over all the different campfire cooking gear you can take on your next camping trip to cook up a storm.
Ready to get started?
Campfire Roasting Sticks
Let’s start with the basics – campfire roasting sticks.
You’d be amazed at all the things you can make with these tools.
From roasted marshmallows, to waffles, and even popcorn – there’s a roasting stick for every occasion.
Classic roasting forks are a must on any real camping trip.
But you can do a lot more with them than just roast marshmallows…
Dice up some meat and veggies and use them to make shish kabobs.
Stick a hot dog on the end and wrap some crescent roll dough around it for campfire pigs in a blanket.
You can even use them to roast Starburst candies.
That’s right, Starburst.
If you haven’t tried these gooey little pieces of candy heaven yet, do it!
Campfire Popcorn Popper
What if I told you there’s a tool that lets you make quick and easy popcorn on the campfire?
With a campfire popcorn popper, you’re just a few shakes away from freshly popped popcorn to munch on while you relax by the fire.
All you have to do is throw in your corn and a bit of oil, close it up and shake it over the campfire until all the kernels have popped.
Add your favorite seasonings and give it another good shake, and enjoy!
Campfire Waffle Iron
But the fun doesn’t stop at popcorn.
How about waffles?
If you love them as much as I do, a campfire waffle iron will be your new best friend.
Chocolate chip waffles, blueberry waffles, or just plain waffles with a pad of butter and some maple syrup. Sounds like the perfect camping breakfast, if you ask me.
But, again, these babies can be used to make a bunch of other tasty snacks, too.
Grilled cheese sandwiches, tater tot hash browns, cinnamon rolls and brownies are just a few of the awesome treats you can whip up in a waffle iron.
These are another one that I highly recommend to any camper.
They’re great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, a snack, a meal, you name it. They’re pretty much a universal camp cooking tool.
You can use them to make sandwiches, quesadillas, and even calzones.
For calzones, just line the pie iron with pizza dough, fill it with pizza sauce and all your favorite toppings, squeeze it shut and roast it over the fire.
And presto, you’ve got a delicious campfire calzone in no time at all!
Corn Grilling Basket
Who doesn’t love roast corn?
Slather some butter on there and a pinch of salt – drool!
Or, better yet… Elote!
OK, so I might get a little bit too excited about corn. But I don’t care, I love the stuff.
If you get half as excited about corn as I do, you’ll probably want to get a corn grilling basket. They make roasting corn over the campfire a piece of cake.
Mmmm… corn cake!
Pots & Pans
If you want to do some serious cooking over the campfire, you’re going to need to equip yourself with some pots and pans.
Cast iron cookware is generally best when it comes to campfire cooking. It can withstand temperatures up to 1500°F, and it distributes heat evenly.
Stainless steel and aluminum can also work, but you have to be extra cautious and build the campfire a certain way. Otherwise, the temperatures could get so hot they melt your campfire cookware.
Cast iron dutch ovens are perfect for camping trips because they’re great for one pot dinners.
After all, the last thing you want when you’re camping is to be left with a towering pile of dirty dishes after dinner.
They’re versatile, too. You can make all kinds of things in a dutch oven – even pizza! Just press some pizza dough down onto the base of the dutch oven, spread some pizza sauce onto it and throw on any toppings you like.
When making pizza, it’s a good idea to line the dutch oven with a sheet of baking paper to prevent the dough from sticking.
Cast Iron Skillet
If you can’t live without bacon, eggs, and pancakes in the morning, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a cast iron skillet.
These are perfect for frying up all your favorite breakfast foods, but they’re great for lunch and dinner, too. From veggies and meat, to quesadillas, to sauces – there’s a lot you can do with a skillet.
They can also come in handy if you’ve got a sweet tooth and you feel like making a skillet cake, pie or giant cookie for dessert.
Cast Iron Baking Pan
Big on baking?
Get yourself a cast iron baking pan.
With one of these, whipping up anything from a pizza to a batch of cinnamon rolls is a breeze.
They’re usually quite large, which can make them a bit difficult to pack. But, if you’re camping with a large group, a nice, big baking pan will surely come in handy when it’s time to cook for everyone.
And, of course, if you’re a fan of the kettle, you’ll be thrilled to learn that you can use one on the campfire just like you would at home.
Camping kettles are available in a range of materials. While there are a few that may be able to handle the heat of a campfire, I’d always recommend sticking to cast iron to be on the safe side.
I don’t know about you, but all I need to start my day off right is a nice, hot cup of coffee in the morning.
If the same goes for you, you should definitely think about getting a camping percolator.
Imagine waking up in the middle of the forest and brewing a fresh cup of joe over the fire.
Can you say bliss?
And let’s not forget about campfire cooking accessories.
Honestly, these are just as important as the cookware itself. The right accessories can make all the difference in your campfire cooking experience.
Let’s take a look at what’s out there.
A good, cast iron campfire grill grate is elementary.
Not only does a cooking grate give you a nice, flat surface for your pots, pans, and other camping cookware – it can also serve as a grill that you can throw meat and veggies onto directly.
Campfire BBQ, anyone?
Or, you can kick things up a notch and go for a swivel grill.
What’s great about these is that they’re adjustable, so they can easily fit over any campfire regardless of its shape or size.
You can have more than one grate attached to the pole, as well. That means you can have several things on the go at once, which is great when you’re cooking for a large group of people.
If you’re not using any pans or skillets, and all your campfire cooking is going to take place in a pot or dutch oven, then you can get away with not having a grate. Instead, pick up a tripod that you can place over your fire.
Cooking up a feast in a pot hanging over a campfire always makes me feel like a witch brewing a magic potion in a cauldron.
I mean, what better way to make cooking dinner more fun than by throwing a little fantasy into the mix?
Cowboy Cooking Stand
If you want to go all out, you can get a cowboy camping cooking stand.
A cowboy cooking stand is basically a long bar with legs that sits over the campfire. You can hang multiple hooks off of it, where you can attach multiple pots at a time, and even a hanging grate.
This allows you to have a bunch of things cooking at the same time, making it a perfect setup for family camping trips.
If you’re a meat lover, you’ll probably love the idea of having a campfire rotisserie.
Whether you want to roast chicken, pork, lamb, or any other kind of meat – just stick it on the spit and let it rotate its way to crispy roasted perfection.
Put a cooking grate underneath with a pan to collect the juices. It probably isn’t good for your arteries, but there are few things in life better than a piece of bread dipped in the drippings from roast meat.
Alternatively, you can add a bit of flour and water to them to make a delicious gravy to go with your roast dinner.
Of course, you’re going to need some utensils.
A wooden spoon, a spatula and a sharp knife are the basics.
On top of that, it’s a great idea to pack some tongs as well. These will definitely come in handy when you want to flip your food over the hot coals in the fire pit without getting your hands too close.
Dutch Oven Lid Stand
Now, as you know, when you’re outdoor cooking in the wild you haven’t got your nice, clean countertops beside you. So, when you need to take your lid off your pot to give it a stir, you haven’t got anywhere to put it except for the dirty ground.
That is, unless you have a lid stand.
Of course, you can also use it as a utensil holder, so it’s a really useful tool that can help you keep your camp kitchen organized while you cook.
And finally, whatever you do, don’t forget to pack some heat resistant gloves!
It won’t come as a shock that everything that you put over the campfire is going to get really, really hot. So you definitely won’t be able to take your dutch oven off the fire with your bare hands, unless you want to end up with 3rd degree burns.
So, make sure to equip yourself with some gloves, so you can take things off the fire without injuring yourself in the process.
Campfire cooking goes so much further than just s’mores and hot dogs.
If you’ve got the right campfire cooking tools, you can cook up a serious feast.
So, pick up a few of these awesome pieces of outdoor cooking equipment and unleash your inner chef. Your camping buddies will love you for it.
For tips on building a great campfire, check out our step by step guide.