Wondering about how to cook over a fire without a grill? If yes, this post is for you, so keep reading.
Forget the grill! There is no need to break out your barbecue for this recipe. All that you need is some charcoal and a campfire and some time to spare. Campfires are fantastic because they can be used in many different ways: cooking, heating water for hot cocoa or coffee, and providing warmth on cold nights.
You might not think of it right away, but fire can be very useful when camping. It’s also great if you’re at home too. Let’s learn about how to cook over a campfire without a grill.
How to Cook Over a Fire Without a Grill?
A grilled steak or chicken breast with the spices of some peppers, onions, and zucchini is a tough argument against any other meal. However, the problem is that you don’t have a grill. You can certainly prepare food without one.
Here we’ll go through some of the cooking methods that appear and taste like it has been grilled.
1- Oven Broiling
Oven broiling is one of the simplest methods to cook food over a fire. It takes only minutes for your steaks, hamburgers, or hotdogs on skewers to be ready and tasty without turning them into charcoal.
To do this, you need some aluminum foil and some wooden sticks (or metal skewers) that can hold the food over the fire.
If you’re using wooden sticks, soak them in water for about an hour before placing your meat on them, so they don’t burn and break off while cooking. Place the skewers or sticks onto a grill rack (if you have one) or lay them across some rocks around the edge of the flame to keep them away from the flames.
2- Cast Iron Skillet
Grilled food makes great sandwiches and what better way to make them than on a grill? Cast iron skillets are perfect for this.
You can heat your skillet over the fire until it’s really hot before adding some oil or butter, just like you would if cooking inside at home with any other pan. Add your favorite spices or rubs to your meats before placing them into the skillet. Just remember not to put too much of these seasonings onto the meat because it will be hard to wash off later if you’re camping out in an area without running water nearby.
3- Crock Pot
If you’re a fan of crockpot cooking at home, then this is the way to go when camping. You can cook practically any food in your crockpot over an open fire as long as it fits inside and there’s enough space around it so that it doesn’t burn.
4- Smoking Seasonings for Flavor
Seasonings such as paprika, ground cumin, and chili powder can all help you give your meal a grilled and smoky taste. Sprinkle these seasonings over chicken, beef, or fish before grilling for some hours or use in a marinade to let the flavors seep into the meat.
Chipotle peppers, cumin, onion powder, hickory-smoked sea salt, garlic powder, smoky paprika, and chili powder combined with cocoa powder are just a few of the flavorful spice combinations that will provide you a grilled taste.
5- Liquid Smoke
Another method to cook grilled food without using the barbecue is to use liquid smoke. It may be found either online or in a specialty culinary shop. To improve the taste of smoke, the liquid is manufactured from condensed smoke and filtered and concentrated.
How to Cook Food Over a Campfire Without a Grill?
When barbecuing over an open fire without a grill, you must follow these guidelines:
- Make sure you’re building a fire in a secure and safe location.
- Make the most of your kitchen’s facilities by utilizing the proper technique and equipment for your meal.
- Plastic cannot be used in this manner of cooking since it melts.
Now that you know how to cook food over a campfire without a grill, you can cook over a fire while camping.