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Too much of a good thing can be wonderful! by Mae West
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Camping Recipes, Pictures and Stories

Me and my boys truly enjoy camping... We go for at least 2 nights once a month from the beginning of spring till late in the fall! I love planning all the meals ahead and trying to figure out what to eat when, and what keeps longer in a cooler.
We camp weekdays when there aren't many people camping, weekends are too crowded, and it seems when all the weirdos come out!
This past week was great, the one thing that i didn't enjoy much was the lightning and thunderstorm on our first night. Me and the boy had already gone to bed when about half hour later the storm began, kept hearing the husband moving around fast, i could hear his breathing hard in between the heavy rain drops and thunder... He finally got everything under our tarp and came into the tent, which at this point was moving so much with the heavy winds, i truly think if we weren't in there it would have been gone. I held his hand really tight and hugged the boy so hard... and prayed... i kept praying and squeezing the husband's hand and holding the boy... and for about 2 hours i never let go... and then it was gone... the rain was still there, i could feel the rain drops in my head as our summer tent wasn't holding up really well... about 2 hours later started again...i screamed really loud that i really didn't want to go thru another 2 hours of pure hell, and then it stopped... my prayers were finally answered... and after that we had nothing than great days and nights with a light rain the next night... but nothing like the night before...
Our trip was 3 nights, 4 days... so 3 suppers, 4 lunches...
When at home we eat heavy lunches and a snack at night, but camping requires delicious food cooked over coals that have been burning for a couple of hours. After a full day of hiking, fly fishing and swimming hole adventures, our bodies are ready for food, even if that means late night meals!
I picked grilled chicken, grilled marinated beef ribs and grilled rib-eyes for our suppers, corn on the cob, potato, grilled red onion and grilled tomato for our sides... everything turned out amazing...
Roasting Marshmallows 

Chicken and Apple sausage with grilled red onions, tomato and mustard on a whole wheat wrap

Grilled Rib-Eye, Grilled Red Onion, Grilled Tomato

Caviar and cracker

Beef Ribs

Red Onion

Corn on the cob

Carolina Treat Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken:
1 whole chicken
1 bottle of carolina treat bbq sauce
salt and pepper
large ziplock bag

At home, 1 day before trip:
Cut the chicken into 2 legs, 2 thighs,2 breasts(cut into 4 pieces), 2 wings. Wash all pieces well and pat dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle salt and pepper all over the pieces.
Place the chicken pieces in a ziplock bag. Pour the sauce over them, making sure all the chicken pieces are well coated with the sauce.
Place the bag in the freezer.
The reason i freeze all the meat is because it will sit in a cooler a few days, so the colder the better.

At the campsite:
Remove the bag of chicken from cooler 2-3 hours before cooking it
Start your fire with sticks and small pieces of pine wood, once it's going add a few small pieces of oak wood, and then bigger pieces... Let those burn down to coals. That's the time to put your food in the grill.
Since the chicken is floating in sauce, and i don't want to burn the chicken once that sauce hits the coals, i set a large piece of heavy duty foil on top of grill and place the chicken pieces on top of it.

 Keep turning the chicken or it will get stuck to foil, and add the leftover sauce in the bag little by little. Cook that way for about 30 minutes. Remove foil and place chicken directly on the grill for color. Cook about 10 minutes per side. Serve with grilled corn on the cob.

Grilled Beef Ribs:
1 large rack of beef cut into rib sections
1 small finally chopped onion
1 teaspoons of oil
1 tablespoon of mollasses
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of ketchup
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoons of pepper
2 tablespoons of rice vinegar
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 large ziplock bag

At home:
At least 1 day ahead.
In a large saucepan heat oil. Add chopped onions and cook till golden. Add the next 8 ingredients and whisk over moderate heat until thickened, about 20 minutes. Let sauce cool to room temperature.
Place beef ribs in ziplock bag and pour sauce over it. Refrigerate for 2 hours and then freeze it.
At the campsite:
Start your fire the same way as with the grilled chicken recipe, but this time place your ribs and sauce in a large sheet of foil wrapped securely so the steam will stay inside of it, place it NEAR the fire for about 2 1/2 hours.

It should be fully cooked when taken off the foil. At this point place them on the grill over direct heat for color. Cook for about 5 minutes per side. Serve them with potatoes and corn on the cob.

Corn on the cob, Potato, Red Onion

Place the veggie on a piece of heavy duty foil with butter, salt and pepper. Close it tightly and place it near the coals. Potato will take about 1 hour 20 minutes. Corn will take 45 minutes. Onion will take about 45 minutes.

Start your fire. About 1 hour before cooking the steaks take them off the cooler. Grill them for 6 minutes per side over hot coals for medium rare , 8 minutes per side for medium, 10 minutes per side for medium well. Baked potato and grilled tomato are great camping steak sides.

Chicken Apple Sausage Wrap:
Thinly slice i large red onion
In a frying pan on a camping stove heat up a splash of olive oil and a piece of butter, add onions, a pinch of salt, pepper and sugar. Cook on low for 30 minutes.

If you have a fire going, grill the pre-cooked sausages for a couple of minutes per side, if not use a camping stove and heat them in a hot frying pan for a couple of minutes per side.

Lay out a whole wheat wrap and spread mustard all over it. Place sausage, onions and chopped tomatoes on it and roll it up. Enjoy!!!