5 Canadian campfire cookout ideas!

Jun 22, 2010 at 2:53 p.m. ET

Canadians need to make the most of summer while it's here. Celebrate the warm weather by grabbing a spot by the bonfire and trying out these fun, unique tastes of the season!


Who Wants 'Some More'?

One of the most popular campfire treats in Canada is S'mores. The decadent combo of graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow appears to have made its debut in a Girl Scout publication back in 1927 - thanks girls! Simple to make, the traditional method is to break graham crackers into two squares, place a like-sized piece of chocolate on one square, roast a marshmallow over the fire on a stick, and then pinch the hot, gooey marshmallow between the graham crackers to make a sandwich. The hot marshmallow melts the chocolate inside, and from there it's all about eating!

Modern-day twists include using a peanut butter cup in place of regular chocolate, adding caramel, or replacing the graham crackers with banana sliced lengthwise and heating them with the marshmallow and chocolate inside tinfoil on the campfire coals - hello Banana Boat!

The Silver Turtle

It sounds like a superhero, but it's actually a super method of cooking food over a campfire! Another scouting tradition, this is essentially a meal encased and cooked in a pouch of aluminum foil (hence the silver). Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray, add cubes of meat, along with potatoes, vegetables of your choice, and seasonings, then fold into a turtle-shaped pouch. Cook your silver turtle in the campfire coals for 35 - 45 minutes, turning once.

This method is also a favourite means of doing up corn-on-the-cob. Try adding the juice of a lime and a pinch or two of chili powder to your campfire corn for a great update.

Stick It!

Canadians love the smoky good taste of a wiener roasted over the fire, but what else can you cook on a stick? How about a mouth-watering buttermilk biscuit filled with melted butter or jam to start the day at camp! Toss a can of ready-to-bake biscuits into the cooler, or whip up some Buttermilk Biscuit batter from scratch. Either way, the method is to place the biscuit dough over the end of the stick (roll it out a bit first; it will appear elongated on the stick), pinch it on so that it won't wind up in the ashes, then heat over the campfire. Once it's golden brown, remove and fill the hole with some butter or jam!

I Think I Can!

Coffee cans have long been used to concoct delicious meals in the campfire. A stew is assembled using hamburger or cubed meat, diced potatoes and vegetables, seasoning, and water. Place bacon, butter, or oil in the bottom of the coffee can to prevent sticking first. The top of the can is sealed tightly with aluminum foil, and then the can is placed in the coals to cook. You'll want to leave it for about one hour; until meat is completely cooked. Feel free to experiment!

As Canadians know, stew must be accompanied by bread, so get busy making camp bread in another coffee can. You can use store-bough dough, or use this easy Bread in a Can recipe!

Shake It Baby!

Popcorn is always a huge hit at any bonfire party. Campfire popcorn can be made with oil and kernels in tinfoil, wrapped tightly and skewered on a long camp fork, or in a coffee can with small holes. With either method, once the popping begins, the key to perfect results is to…shake it, baby!


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