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Roasting on a camp fire

Posted by Clement Boateng on June 7 2017.

Love camping and great campsite gourmet food. One of the great things about camping is that you can tailor it to your camping preference. You can make it as luxurious or special as you want. One factor that makes camping so enjoyable is the cooking. Sitting around the camp fire preparing your feast with your friends can be quite therapeutic and rewarding at the same time.

You will be amazed and surprised at what you can roast on a campfire in the woods and how easy it can be to do so. Our featured blog comes from our resident camp instructor and specialist who happens to be quite the campsite chef too. Giving us the tricks of the trade on how to get the most out of your camping experience. Whilst also providing gourmet style dinner in the woods.

Roasting on a campfire – Polestars

“I often tell woodland survival groups and glamping groups I am working with that I can cook them a roast on a camp fire, they are often surprised that it’s possible to roast meat on a camp fire!!! Effectively what I am describing is the difference between barbequing and roasting.  

The thing that makes a barbeque work is the fat from the meat that drips into the fire burns and increases the heat and also increased the Smokey flavours. In order to roast on an open fire you need to ensure that the meat is not actually over the fire but to the side so that all the fat from the meat falls on the floor and most importantly does not catch fire.

This means on an open fire that only one side of the meat is actually being cooked at any time, and so compared with roasting in an oven the meat will take very much longer to cook, I once took all day to roast a whole leg of pork.

Pot roasts, or Dutch ovens can be used to increase the heat that your meat is subjected to. This is particularly useful when trying to make crackling on pork. A Dutch oven is a pot with a lid with a lip so that you can put coals on the top of the oven without spilling ash on your food. This can also be used to create great roast potatoes Esp. if you use goose or duck fat.

Roasting on an open fire can get some great smokey flavours into your meat, but I never rely on this alone, a good meat rub can help create the perfect roast.” 

campfire roast

For more useful camp tips and advice check out our other instructor check out our Polestars camping section for more advice on how to get the most out of your camping experience.

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