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Dutch Oven Recipes – Campground Recipes

April 30th, 2011 by ironcooker

Campground Dutch oven recipes

Campfire cooking

One common question that comes up very often is where Dutch ovens came from.
It is a story that takes up back to campfire cooking before there were even campgrounds.
Some very old stories & great recipes were formed around a big fire pit with a big cast iron
Dutch oven hanging from a three legged tripod.

There are several theories where this old kettle arrived with its name Dutch oven.
Some people say it started out in 1700’s when a man named Abraham Darby traveled from England to Holland to inspect a Dutch casting process.
Others say that early Dutch traders or salesmen gave the name Dutch oven. Cast metal pots have been in use since the seventh century, so there is no real case study where its true identity came from.

A bit of history brings up to some really great tasting recipes that you won’t be able toBlue enamel dutch oven
cook any other way. There just isn’t any other way to get its same great taste with results
that stand out above all others. A great prepared meal from a Dutch oven has a delicious flavor that is unmatched by most any other cookware you will find.

A Dutch oven hanging from a tripod in your campsite with a Dutch oven cobbler will be talked about
for months by everyone that gets a taste of your special campground recipes.

There is just something about campground recipes that make it special. Cooking hotdogs on a stick or
frying steaks on a grill. It is all part of camping that brings that special feeling to us every spring.

We all have our special recipes that we do love to share.
This is going to be a special post because we are leaving this open to all of our readers to have
a chance to post your campground recipes or your experiences you would like to share.

Simply post a comment to this post with a recipe or your camping experience you would like
to share.   We will be posting ours here too! So keep your comments coming to keep this going
all summer long.

This was a great idea sent in from one of our readers.
Send your ideas in because it may just be in our next post!

Now I will end this posting with a special treat. I will start this out by sending a recipe that
we have personally used at our campsite. One we enjoy & would like to share with you to
use at your campsite.


20 Minute Hamburger Skillet Stew

1/4 lb Lean ground beef

1 lg Onion, sliced wafer-thin

4 Carrots, sliced wafer-thin

2 Potatoes, halved, sliced wafer-thin

3 Ribs celery, sliced wafer-thin

1 c boiling water

2 t Beef extract OR bouillon

2 Bay leaves

1/4 t Dried thyme

Salt OR garlic salt

Pepper 1/4 c Dry red wine OR tomato juice


2 T All purpose flour

Use melon baller and shape meat into tiny meatballs. Brown in skillet. Discard

any fat. Stir onion into skillet and cook 1 min. Add boiling water or broth and

extract or bouillon. Add remaining veggies, seasonings. Cover, cook over low

heat, 15 mins until vegs are tender. Combine wine or water and flour in covered

jar. Shake and stir into skillet. Stir while cooking until sauce is thick for 4 minutes.

This is a recipe we have found in a collection of masters Dutch oven recipes.
It is a quick easy campground recipe we enjoy having in our collection of things
to cook over our campfire.  I hope you enjoy this & look forward to posting yours.



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Iron Cooker updates – Newsletter April 25 2011

April 25th, 2011 by ironcooker

Iron Cooker Newsletter April 25 2011


It has been eventful since last I have wrote to you.

First of all we are adding lots of new products, with lots more to be put in soon.

Some of you have been on our mailing list for a long time & know that we give special
offers from time to time.  We have a couple things that we are going to let go at cost
but it is just for those of you that read this newsletter.
There are several ways that you may have received this letter, either by e mail or reading
it on our blog or several other areas it is sent to.

Outdoor CookbookWhat we have this time is an outdoor cookbook that retails for $ 9.99

& our log cabin 10 ounce all purpose spice that sells for $13.99 Total $23.99

We are combining them together to sell them to you newsletter readers for $17.00

This is a one time offer that will not last long.  This is an exclusive sale for our readers.

This is located in our cookbook section labeled newsletter offer. Only you will know what
it is.

Or follow this link.     Special Offerseasoning

Now there are some important questions that you have asked.

1. Yes we do accept money orders & checks if you call in your order, there is
a waiting time until your check clears before we process your order.


2. This is for the Gentleman that sent in the very long e mail informing us
that it is our fault & we are ripping everyone off by charging added freight
charges.   I am very sorry but we have to pay shipping too and it’s just a fact.

Please take it up with the people you voted in office because there is nothing
we can do about the price ups & fed ex charges.  They have to buy fuel &
pay their workers so I doubt that’s going to get anyone very far.

Last of all I want to give a special thank you to everyone that has

stopped by to comment on our blog or sent e mail to us.
Most of you are very kind & it makes all the effort worth wile.


Now for our recipe,  2 actually.
For you that are new here, at the end of each newsletter I send off a recipe for everyone.




Bannock Bread


Servings: 8

3 c Flour

1/2 ts Salt

1 Tb Baking Powder

3 Tb Powdered Milk

2 Tb Butter, melted

1 c Sugar


Mix ingredients thoroughly and add water to make a medium dough, not watery.

Proceed with one of the following baking methods. Baking time will be

approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Test by sticking sliver of wood into dough. If it

is done the sliver will come out clean. If not, the sliver will be sticky.

Frying Pan: Divide and drop the dough into 2 greased fry pans and set near the

fire for about 20 minutes to rise. Slowly fry the loaves for about 10 minutes. Next

prop the pans near the fire, so that is will bake by reflection, until golden brown.

Reflector Oven: Form dough into 2 round loaves. Let sit near the fire for about 20

minutes to rise. Then place in a reflector oven to bake until golden brown.

Dutch Oven: Place dough in a oiled Dutch oven. Cover and let rise near the fire

for about 20 minutes. Place a small amount of coals under, and a moderate of

coals over the Dutch oven. The dough can be baked as one large loaf or as several

small ones.


Add 1 c Raisins to dough.

b. Substitute 1/2 c Brown Sugar for 1/2 cup of the sugar.



Bar –B-Que Spare Ribs

4 – 5 pounds of boneless spareribs

3 – 4 onions, sliced

1 lg bottle (18oz) bar-b-que sauce

Place one layer of spare ribs on the bottom of the dutch oven. Then place a layer

of sliced onions on top of spare ribs. Repeat until all meat and onions have been

used. Pour entire bottle of bar-b-que sauce over the top of the onions and meat.

Put the lid on the dutch oven. Place 12 briquettes on top, and twelve underneath.

Cook for about 1 ½ hours.


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Deer Hunting – Jerky

April 21st, 2011 by ironcooker

History of Jerky

Beef JerkyWhile we would normally be writing a story about deer hunting in this section, we bring you this  story instead. It looks like the  the first day of deer hunting season as I look out my front window over looking several acres of land that had been planted with rye, oats & corn last spring. Early this springit was green again where rye was making its way up again.  Turkeys & deer had made their way acrossto patches of green grass while the sun unthawed everything.

That was yesterday; today it is 3 inches of snow with more coming down as I button down this front door for another storm.  April 19.  Can you believe this global warming we are having.
There are many types of jerky, everything from venison to beef & turkey with all types ofdifferent seasonings for many taste. One of my favorite smoked jerky is made with apple wood.
As many different kinds of jerky, there is just as many different ways to make it.In a dehydrator is a popular style that a lot of people use, while others dry their meat in an oven. There are propane smokers & electric smokers.My favorite is an electric smoker made by Bradley Smokers. These smokers by Bradley take guesswork out of smoking meat, with instructions to use their timer & service questions a phone call away.

Jerky is a food that has probably been around longer than any other.

When first Europeans arrived they saw indigenous peoples making & eating jerky from any kind of meat they hunted that they could not eat immediately.Bison Jerky
Some American Indians added it to dried fruit.   Meat that was used by those early jerky makers had no preservatives.It was real low in fat & carbohydrates also would be close to the top of the list of high protein foods.

So while you’re back looking over that food plot this spring thinking about what you’re going to plant this spring. Take a pack of jerky that you made yourself with you.It is fun going to the meat market & seeing all the stuff there, watching the smokehouse meats coming out of his back room. But there is nothing compared to making your own. Not just your own, but your own great jerky that your friends stop over to try!

Maybe it’s curing your own bacon, smoking a whole turkey or ham. If you’re a hunter you’re in your glory with one of these bad boys in your shed or garage. Making your own jerky history!

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Iron Cooker updates – Newsletter 4 – 17 – 2011

April 18th, 2011 by ironcooker

Iron Cooker Newsletter  4-17-2011

Camping Dutch OvenWe have been talking about camping season in our last few newsletters to
let you know our new products are coming soon.
We have added several new dutch ovens from Camp Chef, a Lodge cast iron oven.
While we are still in the process of adding more fry pans & skillets, we have
added a campfire tripod for hanging your dutch ovens or racks from.
There is new Camp Chef BBQ grills, stoves & we even added propane fired smoke vaults.
Another new product line we have added is Bradley Smokers.
Something all of you fishermen or women & hunters all want to have.
I do know it is definitely on my list !
We have electric & propane smokers, also we will be adding all the accessories to goJim Bean 4 rack digital smoker
along with them.
If there is anything that you know goes with these smokers & you dont see it listed,
just write or give us a call,  chances are good we have it here & just have not loaded it
on our website yet.
If you’re not following us on digg, stubble upon or twitter your missing out on a lot of stuff
that we send in every day
Dont forget to subscribe to our daily newspaper updates on fishing & hunting with
cooking & recipes too.

This week I’m bringing you two great recipes that I think you will like.
2 lb Boston Butt/Pork Roast
2 lb Beef Roast
1 Diced Onion
1 Tbls Chili Powder
2 Tbls Garlic Salt
2 Tbls Pepper
1 Tbls Celery Salt
1 Tbls Paprika
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Bottled BBQ Sauce
1/2 Cup Prepared Mustard
1/2 Cup Ketchup
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup
2 Tbls Hot Sauce
Boil the meat for 2 hours or until tender, reserving liquid. Cool; tear/pull the meat. Return the meat to just enough liquid to
moisten. Combine remaining ingredients and add to meat; simmer for 2 hours, adding more reserved liquid as needed to keep
moist. Serve on a bun with a dollop of Sandwich Slaw atop the pulled pork, if desired (recipe below).
Sandwich Slaw:
2 cups shredded cabbage
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for about an hour. Place a generous portion on each pulled pork sandwich.
Ingredients and supplies
1 large box instant banana pudding
1 small box vanilla wafers
1 c. non-dairy whipped topping, frozen and then thawed (who can keep anything frozen while camping??)
disposable cups (paper is good, but if you can afford the clear plastic ones, the dessert looks “pretty” in those!)
2 gallon size zip lock bag
1 c. measuring cup (for measuring the milk)
In one of the gallon zip lock bags pour about a dozen vanilla wafers (more or less to taste…the wafers are going to be your
“crust”). Seal up zip lock bag tightly and with your hands or some other hard sturdy object, crush the vanilla wafers. Be careful
not to tear holes in the bag.
Pour contents of instant banana pudding in zip lock bag, add milk per directions on pudding box. Seal up zip lock bag tightly
and shake bag until pudding is set up.
When pudding is set up, spoon vanilla wafer crumbs into bottom of paper cups, enough to form a small layer. Spoon a layer of
pudding on top of the wafers, then a layer of non-dairy whipped topping, then a layer of wafers, layer of pudding, layer of
topping. Ta-dum! Banana cream pie! It’s delicious! You can also add banana slices if you’d like. Mmmm, mmm good!

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Campfire Cooking – Ramp Tramp

April 9th, 2011 by ironcooker

Ever been to a ramp Tramp?

ramps for ramp tramp festivalIt’s an old North Carolina tradition as old as its hills.Come on down to North Carolina for an experience you will never forgetCampfire cooking, bluegrass songs with all your friends having a good time around the campfire.
Bring your favorite cornbread recipe to bake in that old cast iron skillet thatyou been saving to show off. There will be fish frying that has been caught from a local stream, a rack of pork ribs smoking on a rack in a smoker, eggs & bacon filling the air with smells every morning with a scent you just can’t resist. And then the ramps, it wouldn’t be a ramp tramp without them!
They are a smelly thing these ramps.It’s an old tradition going out in the hills searching for them, with several committees & organized groups setting up everything from the burlapbags to put them in to a bit of liquid corn to wash them down with. Bluegrass music at Ramp Tramp
There will be bluegrass music from one hilltop to another in these Blue Ridge Mountains so bring your skillet, your big Dutch oven & your picking sack to this ramp tramp to have the time of your life’
A great time at ramp tramp with all of your friends, old & new! A great tasting ramp dinner with good old bluegrass music & a traditionas old as these mountains. Things just don’t get any better than that!

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Iron Cooker Updates – April 7 Newsletter

April 7th, 2011 by ironcooker

Welcome to our newsletter

Iron CookerTo all of our readers that did not hear the latest news from Facebook.
One reason why is because they did not make it public.
Have you noticed that you are only seeing updates in your newsfeed from t……he same people lately?
Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links,
the same circle of people are commenting and everyone else seems to be ignoring you?
Don’t worry, everyone still loves you and nobody has intentionally blocked you.
The problem is that a large chunk of your friend/fan list can’t see anything you post and here’s why:
The “New Facebook” has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from
people who you’ve recently interacted with or interacted the most with
(which would be limited to the couple of weeks just before people started switching to the new profile).
So in other words, for both business and personal pages, unless your friends/fans commented on one of your posts
within those few weeks or vice versa – you are now invisible to them and they are invisible to you!!
HERE’S THE FIX: On the homepage click the “Most Recent” title on the right of the Newsfeed,
then click on the drop down arrow beside it and select “Edit Options”, click on “Show Posts From”
and change the setting to “All Of Your Friends and Pages” (you can also access the “Edit Options”
link at the very bottom of the facebook homepage on the right) Note:
Business pages do not have a newsfeed however page owners should adjust the settings on their personal accounts.
The good news is: now you can now view all of your friends and fans again.
The bad news is: YOU ARE STILL INVISIBLE to a large portion of your list.
You must get the word out to ALL of your friends and fans by inviting them to this event or creating one of your own
so they can read the post and adjust their settings. To invite your friends:
Click on “Attending” at the top and then you will see an option to invite your friends at the top left.
It’s public so everyone who logs onto facebook can view it and even the friends who can’t see your posts WILL see the event invitation.
You can also tweet about it, create a blog post or send out an email to your subscribers in hopes of reaching them all.
Great news,  Our Camping cookware is back in season !
We are loading  new cast iron dutch ovens, skillets & accesories for campers.
Last week we have added Camp Chef product line to our store, with outdoor stoves & BBQ grills.Camp Chef Grill
These are not your local store brand,  they cost more but they are great grills at a deal for our customers,
We are selling quite a few coffee grinders & juicers, Thank all of you for your orders on these this week.
The truck is up to the door & we are unloading some of those nice looking three burner grills as I am
sending this off to you.  You must know Chef iron Cooker has one of his own to show off !
With camping season here now some of you are looking for a new tent,  some want a second one for
your kids to share. What ever the reason it is a good excuse to go looking.  I have been doing just that
for the past few weeks & I have found a great sourse for tents & camping suppplies at a great prices.
Check them out before your next camping adventure.
We are all looking for new recipes & I am doing just that almost every day, i found a great site for this too,
You might want to check out this Camping Recipe – Hopi Indian Fry Bread will looking through their many other great articles.
While we are talking about recipes I will end now with our recipe this week for you.
Camp Dutch Oven Cakes
BLUEBERRY FANTASY CAKE Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In large mixing bowl, beat butter,
vanilla and butter flavor until soft. Gradually mix in 1½ cups sugar until light. Beat in egg yolks 1 at a time.
Alternately mix in flour and buttermilk starting and ending with flour. Stir in coconut. In separate bowl,
beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually mix in the remaining ½ cup sugar &
continue beating until stiff but not dry. Gently fold egg whites into batter one half at a time.
the bottom and sides of a 12” Dutch oven. Pour batter into Dutch oven and spread evenly to sides.
Bake using 8-10 coals on bottom and 14-16 coals on top until lightly golden and top springs back when touched,
about 60 minutes. For best results rotate oven and lid 90 degrees in opposite directions every 15 minutes while baking.
Allow cake to cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert cake onto a cooling rack and finish cooling. Cut cake in half horizontally.
Separate halves. Frosting: In chilled bowl, whip the cream. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla. Chill for 5 minutes.
Set 1 cake layer on a plate cut side up. Spread on blueberry pie filling. Top with second cake layer, cut side down.
Frost top and sides with whip cream frosting. Garnish with fresh blueberries and white chocolate curls. Serves: 12-15.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter flavor
2 cups sugar
5 egg yolks (reserve whites)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup flaked coconut
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 12-ounce can blueberry pie filling
cups cold whipping cream
cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Iron Cooker

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Dutch Oven Recipes – Campground Recipes

Saturday April 30th, 2011 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 94 Comments »

Iron Cooker updates – Newsletter April 25 2011

Monday April 25th, 2011 in Iron Cooker Updates | 5 Comments »

Deer Hunting – Jerky

Thursday April 21st, 2011 in Hunting & Fishing Life | 11 Comments »

Iron Cooker updates – Newsletter 4 – 17 – 2011

Monday April 18th, 2011 in Iron Cooker Updates | 5 Comments »

Campfire Cooking – Ramp Tramp

Saturday April 9th, 2011 in Campfire Cooking | 31 Comments »

Iron Cooker Updates – April 7 Newsletter

Thursday April 7th, 2011 in Iron Cooker Updates | 9 Comments »

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