If you are a big camper or just like cooking over fire, you must have wondered about the best cast iron dutch ovens for campfire cooking. Dutch oven recipes are an easy way to cook up hearty meals for hungry campers. There are a number of ways to cook up camping recipes and so many tools and accessories to choose from. So let’s dive in while I share the best cookware and accessories for the camper in your life!
If you are new to cast iron Dutch oven cooking, then let me be clear. I am not talking about cooking in those fancy and expensive enameled Dutch ovens over here. This shopping guide is about cast iron Dutch ovens that are safe to use in a campfire, which will crack and ruin your those other fancy pots.
Dutch ovens make terrific cooking vessels because you can cook most anything in it. From stews to soups even baking cakes and breads, the food possibilities are limitless. So you can see why they are so popular to cook with while camping and might want to learn how to cook in Dutch oven.
How to choose a Dutch oven
When shopping for a Dutch Oven you want to choose one with little legs on it. These legs are to lift the oven above the coals and keep the air flowing between the coals and the pot. Placing a Dutch oven without little legs directly on hot coals will create uneven hot spots that can burn your food.
The lid of your Dutch Oven should also have a little rim around it to keep the hot coals and ash on the lid and not let it fall into your pot when you are peeking inside. The lid should also fit flat on top of the pot, keeping the heat trapped inside for even cooking and baking.The size of your Dutch Oven will vary on need and use. Is it just for you and your family of four? Are you cooking for a crew? How many meals are you preparing?
I like to use the 10-inch Dutch Oven for desserts. The 12-inch and 14-inch sizes are great for one pot meals for 5-12 people.
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Lodge 5-Quart 10-inch Cast Iron Dutch Oven
This size of Dutch oven is good for baking desserts or preparing a meal for 4-5 people.
Camp Chef 6-Quart 10-inch Cast Iron Dutch Oven
This Dutch oven is slightly deeper than the previous Dutch oven which works well when you need more room for a tall cake or lasagna.
Lodge 8-Quart 12-inch Cast Iron Dutch Oven
This size of Dutch oven is great for one pot meals for 5-12 people. This baby will feed a crowd!
Lodge 10-Quart 14-inch Cast Iron Camp Dutch Oven
Again, the larger sized Dutch ovens are great for feeding large groups of people.
Camp Chef 12-Quart 14-inch Dutch Oven
Again, another large sized Dutch, deeper than the previous model to feed 12-18 people.
Dutch Oven Accessories
Camp Chef Dutch Oven Carry Bag
A campfire chef is only as good as their tools and keeping your tools in tip top condition is imperative. Store your Dutch ovens in these bags and they will stay clean and are easier to transport.
Never put hot coals or cast iron cookware directly on the ground or concrete. You can keep all the hot coals and cook in your Dutch oven using one of these durable and reusable oil drip pans.
Camp Chef Dutch Oven Stand
These Dutch oven stands are a great way to get your Dutch oven off the ground. This model holds one 14" Dutch oven.
Camp Table with Legs
Don't feel like hunching over while you cook in a Dutch oven? This camp table has 38-inch legs making cooking easier on the back! Plus it can fit two 14-inch Dutch ovens with plenty of room to spare.
Camp Chef Swivel Grill
When you need to cook multiple items using multiple techniques in one small campfire, then this swivel grill is for you. It includes a griddle, grill, charcoal box, steel stake and carry bag.
Kingsford Charcoal Briquettes
Charcoal briquettes make Dutch oven cooking and baking easier because the coals are uniform in size. Most Dutch oven cooking temperature guides are based on the use of these kinds of briquettes.
Using a chimney starter helps you light up charcoal quickly and evenly. Fill it up with briquettes, add scraps of paper or other kindling underneath the chimney and light it up. When briquettes have stopped smoking and are bright red, they are ready for your Dutch oven.
Dutch Oven Lid Lifter
A heavy duty lid lifter keeps you safe from burning when it is time to remove the hot Dutch oven lid. It also keeps it stable and keeps it from wobbling or spilling coal ash into your food.
Extreme Heat Resistant Grill/BBQ Gloves
Sometimes you have to grab hot things and these extreme heat resistant gloves will keep you safe from getting burned.
Weatherproof Matches and Match Kit
Stores and protects matches and keeps them dry. Perfect for all of the unpredictable changes in weather you experience while camping. This match kit has a strike pad for reliable match ignition.
This USB lighter offers you a long handle with bendable top so you can light up briquettes or your campfire with ease. No flame, No butane. The wind and splash proof design will protect the electric pulse from being blown out by strong wind or wet weather.
Leather Heat Resistant Apron
Durable, long lasting and comfortable this leather apron will keep you from getting burned - especially if you are spending long hours working with hot fire.
Dutch Oven Disposable Liners
These liners are made from strong enough aluminum to never rip or break while stirring or lifting out your food. Many people prefer cooking with these liners which makes cleanup much faster and easier.
16-inch Stainless Tongs
Sturdy long handled cooking tongs not only keep you from burning while cooking, but they also serve another purpose in Dutch oven cooking. You use these tongs to handle the hot coals to position them underneath and on the lid of the Dutch oven.
Dutch Oven Cookbooks
The Camp & Cabin Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Prepare Wherever You Go
Yes, I wrote a cookbook! It's all about cooking outdoors and includes multiple ways to cook your meals - including plenty of Dutch oven recipes! Enjoy!
The Camp Dutch Oven Cookbook: Easy 5-Ingredient Recipes to Eat Well in the Great Outdoors
Featuring more than 80 delicious, 5-ingredient recipes, this compact, easy-to-carry Dutch oven cookbook is the ideal companion for cooks looking to add a lot of flavor to their camping trips.