Traditional Cooking with Cast Iron and Fire

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My father does a lot of smoking. He has an electronic and wood fire smoker. I do a lot in the dutch ovens and skillet bread in the cast iron pans. A good non enameled cast iron dutch oven is a nice investment.

Looking forward to some of the smoker pics. I know that's some good food

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This is from just before Christmas. Front shoulder from a small deer I got in November.
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I do most all of my smoking on a weber kettle grill. Pretty easy to keep it at a low temp. I am going to either buy or build a real smoker this year though.

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@Miller6386 wow that is what I am talking about. I bet that was a good Christmas meal right there. Nice wild game with a little bacon around it to help moisten it a little bit and over some nice coals. Great looking meal man

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Here's one I use when camping or around the house. It makes 4 servings so you can change things if you want more or less.
1 pound of your favorite ground meat
4 carrots chopped.
1 onion chopped .
4 of your favorite small potatoes chopped
8 slices of bacon
4 pieces of aluminum foil
Ball up 1/4 pound of meat and place on the center of a sheet of foil, shiny side down. Place 1 carrot,1 potato,1/4 onion and 2 slices of bacon around it then wrap it up tightly.
Repeat for other servings.
If cooking on fire, place near flames but not directly over for an indirect heat. Flip 1/4 turn every ~10 minutes.
Let rest away from heat about 5 minutes.
Unwrap and enjoy.
I prefer ground chicken but the rest of the family prefers ground beef in this recipe. We've tried ground turkey but its flavor gets lost totally in this recipe .
My middle daughter got this recipe from a book about cooking when camping when she was about 10 years old so we've been using it over a decade.
For charcoal cook directly over the coals for same times. For gas, use the same method and times as open fire.

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^^^ That was a staple in my Boy Scout days Mountainbikermark. Cooked in a hot bed of wood coals. Delicious!

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^^^ That was a staple in my Boy Scout days Mountainbikermark. Cooked in a hot bed of wood coals. Delicious!

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In a hot bed of coals we've often put an orange, cored out and refilled with brownie or cake batter, as a nice easy dessert.

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Here's one I use when camping or around the house. It makes 4 servings so you can change things if you want more or less.
1 pound of your favorite ground meat
4 carrots chopped.
1 onion chopped .
4 of your favorite small potatoes chopped
8 slices of bacon
4 pieces of aluminum foil
Ball up 1/4 pound of meat and place on the center of a sheet of foil, shiny side down. Place 1 carrot,1 potato,1/4 onion and 2 slices of bacon around it then wrap it up tightly.
Repeat for other servings.
If cooking on fire, place near flames but not directly over for an indirect heat. Flip 1/4 turn every ~10 minutes.
Let rest away from heat about 5 minutes.
Unwrap and enjoy.
I prefer ground chicken but the rest of the family prefers ground beef in this recipe. We've tried ground turkey but its flavor gets lost totally in this recipe .
My middle daughter got this recipe from a book about cooking when camping when she was about 10 years old so we've been using it over a decade.
For charcoal cook directly over the coals for same times. For gas, use the same method and times as open fire.

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We make these quite often. We call them Hobo pies

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@mountainbikemark that reminds me of camping with my father up near Boone, NC in the Appalachian Mountains. A long lost recipe my dad had thanks for sharing :) I'll write it down and send it to him. I remember having one of those little camping spice wheels and he put salt, pepper, and paprika in there for a bit of color and flavor enhancer.

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Slow Cooked Dutch Oven London Broil W/ Mixed Veggies

1 2-3lb London Broil (or favorite stew cut)
4 Carrots
3 Spring Onions
4 Celery Stalks
1 Fresh Garlic Clove
3 White or Yellow Potatoes
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Dried Rosemary (1 Teaspoon Fresh)
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Tablespoon Carribean Jerk Seasoning
3 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 Cup Brown Sugar

• Rinse off Beef and place into greased Dutch Oven
• Sprinkle on Salt and Pepper
• Press Brown Sugar into Beef
• Coarsely cut Carrots, Celery, Spring Onions, and Garlic Clove
• Cut Potatoes into bite size pieces
• Place all Veggies around the Beef
• Sprinkle Carribean Jerk seasoning over the whole dish
• Sprinkle Rosemary on the Veggies
• Pour Olive Oil around edges of the dutch oven
• Douse the dish with Worcestershire Sauce
• Place lid on Dutch Oven

- Preheat Oven to 400°f
- Place the prepared dish in preheated oven for 1hr 30min
- Remove Dutch Oven
- Remove Beef and place on large cutting board
- Pull Beef apart or slice into thin strips
- Place Beef back into Dutch Oven and stir everything together
- Plate and Enjoy


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Cast Iron Skillet Bread

1 1/4 Cup Yellow or Blue Cornmeal
1 Cup Unbleached Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Salt
1 Large Egg
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Stick Margarine

• Oil Cast Iron Skillet liberally
• Place Skillet in oven
• Preheat Oven to 400°f
• Remove skillet from oven
• Pour in Cornbread Mix
• Place Skillet back in oven
• Bake at 400°f for 25min
• Remove from oven
• Let cool for 10min
• Turn pan over and let the skillet bread fall onto cutting board
• Slice into desired shape and number
• Plate and Enjoy

**A box of Jiffy Cornbread Mix can be substituted, just follow directions on the box and bake as directed**

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Haha I do that to myself a lot of times. That was dinner last night. Always trying to experiment with different meals every other night

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Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Tenderloin

1 Whole Pork Tenderloin
3-4 White/Yellow Potatoes
4 Carrots
2 Celery Stalks
1/2-1 Sweet Onion
1/4 Cup Unpacked Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoon Rosemary
1 Teaspoon Thyme
1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup Apple Juice
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

• Preheat Oven to 400°f
• Place 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil in Dutch Oven
• Place Pork Tenderloin in Dutch Oven
• Pour Worcestershire and Apple Juice around Tenderloin
• Sprinkle Black Pepper, Rosemary, Thyme, and Garlic Salt over Tenderloin
• Press Brown Sugar into the Tenderloin
• Dice Potatoes, Celery, Carrots, into bite size pieces and place around the Tenderloin
• Finely Chop Sweet Onion and place around the Tenderloin
• Bake for 60min or 1 hour
• Remove Pork Tenderloin and Pull Apart
• Place Pulled Meat back in the Dutch Oven
• Stir all ingredients together
• Plate and Enjoy :)

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