Camping is a favourite summer pastime for many of us. Let us help you go beyond roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over an open fire. Up your fireside game by following our how-to guide on cooking directly in the coals and try some great recipes to get you started – Happy camping!
Although movies and television often show people cooking over a blazing fire, this is not the best way. Cooking over a blazing fire often leads to food becoming sooty or burned on the outside before the inside cooks. Allow the fire to burn down and build up coals on the bottom before you start cooking. This can take 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the weather conditions. Throughout cooking, keep 1 or 2 logs burning at all times to keep your heat consistent. It is a good idea to keep burning logs to one side and move the coals to the other.
Many barbecue recipes can be adapted to work in coals. Follow the recipe as directed, keeping in mind to add delicate flavours just before serving. Recipes may take longer so increase cook time by 10 to 15 minutes before checking for doneness.