Camping Recipes, Techniques & Advice

Camping Recipes – Staff Favorites!

July 30, 2009

We talk about our trips all the time here at Duluth Pack Store and Factory, and what we ate is always high on the list! After I was bragging about my
super easy dinner on my recent kayaking trip, I thought why not compile a list of all our staff favorite camping recipes! Some for backpacking, canoeing, or car camping.  WARNING, this blog entry will make you hungry!

Molly - I suppose I could start with the picture above. Mine really isn’t a “recipe”.  I just head to the Asian (Indian) section of the grocery store or your local Co-op. They have ready made Indian Curries in foil pouches, also seasoned rice in a foil pouch, and now, near the tuna, they have chicken breasts in foil pouches. I just put all three pouches in boiling lake water and 5 minutes later, dinner! Gourmet and super easy and the only clean up is a plate and spoon.

Jeff the Cutter (canvas)
– Omelettes in a Bag

2-3 Raw Eggs / Choice of Meat / Raw Veggies / Cheese / Salt & Pepper

Mix all ingredients and pour into a pint-sized ziploc bag. Boil in pot for 10-15 minutes. Slide out and enjoy! Everyone can mix their own ingredients!  (you can also make and freeze in bags before your trip)

Tom, President – French Fries

1)Cut potatoes into French fries (thinner is better). The larger the potatoes you start with the easier/better.

2)Pour oil into cast iron pan. Heat over a wood fire/liquid gas or propane flame until the oil is hot enough.  You will know when the oil is hot enough if a wooden match in the oil flames up. Simply throw a wooden match into the oil as it is getting hot and wait for it to flame up.  Presto, your oil is hot enough.

3)Put a bunch of the thinly cut up potatoes into the hot oil.  Make sure all of the potatoes are covered by oil.

When the fries are floating and turning golden brown scoop them out put them on a plate with a bunch of paper towels sprinkle salt and seasoning salt on the fries shake on the plate and eat until you are stuffed.

Laura, Receiving Duluth Pack Store

Camping Smores (for 4 people)

4 bananas / 2  Hersheys chocolate bars

I pkg. mini marshmallows / Aluminum foil / Camp Fire

Cut a slit in each banana length-wise (do not peel them!). Break up the chocolate bar into the individual squares.  Alternately place a square of chocolate and a marshmallow down the length of the banana.  Fill each one up as much as you like. Cut a square of foil for each banana.  Roll up each banana into the foil.  Place each one in to the fire (near the edge -enough so that you can retrieve them later).  Let cook as long as you like-the longer, the gooier the inside gets (about 10-30 minutes). Once you’ve taken them off the fire, unwrap the foil and eat the banana/smore mixture right out of the banana. Kids love these! (PS – Laura, I have done these with Caramello bars, Mmmmmm carmel!)

Susi (husband Rocky), Human Resources
– Best Fish Batter!

After years of fishing and taste-testing the winner hands down is the combination of 1/2 Shore Lunch and 1/2 Fryin’ Magic. Coat fresh caught fish, fry and eat!

 Erik, Associate Store Manager – Campfire Breakfast

A stick / 1 egg / 1 piece of bacon

1 brown paper bag (lunch size) / Salt and Pepper to taste


Open the paper bag and place the piece of bacon inside on the bottom. Crack the egg into the bag over the bacon. Fold the bag a couple times and take the stick and poke it through towards the top.  Now the fun part.  Hold the bag over the fire, finding that perfect level where the bag won’t blacken, but close enough that the egg will cook.  The grease from the bacon prevents the bag from burning and allows the egg to cook and not stick to the bag. When the egg is opaque and the bacon looks cooked, simply tear open the bag, add salt and pepper to taste and dig in.  When done, just throw your plate in the fire!

Linda, Seamstress – Hobo Stew

A Square of Foil / Hamburger Patty / slices of onions, carrots, potato’s

Place Hamburger patty in the middle of the foil, top patty with a slice of onion, slices of carrots and potato’s (or whatever veggies are your favorite) top with a tablespoon of butter.

Pull sides of foil up to form a pouch, set in coals and cook until done (approx. 1 hour), enjoy!

Jessica, Customer Service – Breakfast Sausage Balls

1/4 cup butter / 1 lb. bulk sausage / 1 egg / 6 oz. grated cheddar cheese / 3 cups “Bisquick” mix

Coat bottom of dutch oven (or layer of foil) with butter. Mix all ingredients with hands, pull off small pieces and roll into 1″ balls. Place layer of balls in dutch oven or foil and cook for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!

Sue O., Seamstress – Banana Pancakes

1 banana mashed / 4 slices dry bread / 1 egg / dash cinnamon / butter

Mix all ingredients together. Heat butter in skillet or griddle. Break bread into small pieces, mix all ingredients together. Makes 4″ – 5″ sized cakes, cook on both sides. Top with syrup, fresh fruit, or peanut butter.

Bonus tip from Sue – Freeze drinking water in 1/2 gallon jugs. Use it for ice in your cooler. As it melts you can use it for drinking water and the contents of your cooler doesn’t get soggy!

Betsy, Distribution Coordinator
– Sloppy Joe’s



(This will serve up to 4 people)

1lb ground hamburger /½ medium onion / 1 cup ketchup / 1 tbsp mustard / 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce / 1 tsp garlic powder OR 1 garlic clove / Salt and Pepper

 1. Brown the hamburger. When it’s almost brown add the onion and crushed garlic clove or garlic powder.

2. When the onion and garlic is cooked, add the ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.  (You may want to add more or less of an ingredient to suit your taste. With this specific recipe it should have a more of a tangy taste to it)

3. Add salt and pepper to your likeness and then simmer uncovered for at least 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

These taste great on your favorite buns, bread, or even on top of chips for an appetizer! Also good frozen and reheated on the trail.

Becky, Customer Service - Smudgie Pies

These are great when you are car camping.  My friend Sara and her family introduced them to me as a teenager. They are fun to make, but daylight is recommended for better toasting (I prefer mine without the charred edges). You may toast them over the coals or warm them over an open flame.  You can make different flavors like: pizza, peanut butter and jelly, or use pie filling for dessert.  I like using the squeeze bottle for pizza sauce because of the easy clean up.

 Non-stick spray / Bread / Pizza Sauce / Shredded Cheese / Pepperoni

 Cathy, Sewer – Cathy’s Backpacker Pasta

1 pkg. baked tofu / small box rotini / 4-6 sun dried tomato’s / 1 each small onion, zucchini, yellow squash

In the AM start soaking the tomatos and cut into smaller pieces (in a water bottle). In a large pot bring soaking water and tomato’s to a boil, add rotini, add water sparingly as it will not be drained. Add veggies. Do not drain. When pasta is nearly done add the tofu (cut into bite sized pieces) and cook until pasta is tender and ingredients are hot.

Mike, Marketing  – Bannock Bread

4 cups flour / 1 tsp. salt / 4 tsp. baking powder / 4 tbls. oil(if frying) / 1 1/2 cups water

Mix all ingredients, add water, knead for 10 minutes. Wrap on stick and cook over campfire until done. If frying, add oil to skillet, pat dough into small pancakes, fry on each side until golden brown. Eat with dinner or add raisins, cinnamon and sugar for a dessert bread. A true Northwoods tradition!

Lisa, Seamstress
- Ceviche

3/4 lb. salmon / 1 1/2 Tbls. salt / 6 Tbls. lemon or lime juice / 4 ripe chopped tomato’s / 4 scallions chopped

Wash salmon, dry and rub with salt. Sprinkle lemon/lime juice on both sides. Cover and place in refrigerator (or cooler) for 12-24 hours. The lemon/lime juice “cooks” the salmon. Debone and add tomato’s and scallions.

*Lisa also submitted a bonus recipe using 1 lb. Bass or Trout instead cut into 1/2″ pieces. Use 1 cup lime juice 1/2 tsp chili juice and 1 tsp canned chilies minced. (you can also add chopped celery, red onions, red pepper, olives) Follow same directions as above and serve with crackers or chips!

** We would love to hear from you and your recipes! Just click the canoe and camping comment button below, when the page refreshes scroll aaaaaallllll the way to the bottom of the page to leave your comment! Thanks for reading!


  • Nicki P December 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Yum! I can’t wait to try some of these on my next camping trip!

  • Camp February 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Great recipes, will try to make our staff cook something from this list! Thankes

  • Michele September 8, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Great way to use foil to do all your cooking while camping!

    this site has a great recipe contest that you all should post your best recipes too just like i did

    • BradP September 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Great recipe, Michelle. Perfect for the canoe trail. • Brad

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