Campfire Thanksgiving

Campfire Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again. If your family is anything like ours, as the last leaves fall out of the trees and the crisp autumn air rolls in, there’s only one thing on our minds… TURKEY DAY! And nothing commemorates the first Thanksgiving better than sharing a meal with family and friends outdoors. If you are feeling adventurous this year, trying cooking your Thanksgiving meal over a campfire this year. Believe it or not, you can plan to cook your turkey outdoors and your side dishes too! Check out these 5 dishes that will leave your guests more thankful than ever! 

Smoked Turkey Breast: 

The turkey breast, lovingly rubbed with a mix of butter, lemon zest, thyme, salt, and pepper, undergoes a unique transformation over the applewood fire. Slow-cooked in an impromptu smoker, the meat absorbs the fragrant applewood aroma, creating a delicious centerpiece bursting with flavor. Its tender texture and smokiness elevate the dining experience, making it a highlight of your campfire feast. 


1 boneless turkey breast 

4 cups applewood chips (soaked in water overnight) 

5 tablespoons butter 

2 teaspoons lemon zest 

4 tablespoons fresh thyme 

Salt and pepper to taste 


Rub turkey breast with butter, lemon zest, thyme, salt, and pepper. 

Create a foil pan and place it on the fire with soaked applewood chips for smoke. 

Smoke the turkey breast over indirect heat for approximately 2 hours until cooked through. 


Dutch Oven Stuffing with Sausage and Sage: 

This comforting stuffing, prepared in a cast-iron Dutch oven, combines the richness of sweet sausage, the earthy aroma of sage, and a medley of spices. Slow-cooked over the campfire, the stuffing reaches a perfect harmony of textures—a crispy golden crust enveloping moist and aromatic layers. It exudes the essence of traditional Thanksgiving comfort, enticing all with its savory aroma and delectable taste. 


1/2 pound sweet sausage 

2 onions 

2 garlic cloves 

1 cup diced celery 

1/3 cup chopped fresh sage 

14 ounces dried bread stuffing 

1 1/2 cups chicken stock 

12 tablespoons butter 

Salt and pepper to taste 


Sauté sausage, onions, garlic, celery, sage, thyme, and butter in a Dutch oven. 

Add dried bread stuffing and chicken stock; mix well. 

Cover and cook near hot coals for 45-60 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. 


Smashed Sweet Potatoes: 

Boiled sweet potatoes, mashed to creamy perfection and blended with heavy cream, butter, salt, and pepper, create a velvety side dish. Its decadent texture and slightly sweet flavor add a touch of indulgence to the meal. Cooked over the campfire, these mashed sweet potatoes embody a cozy warmth that beautifully complements the rustic setting. 


5-6 small sweet potatoes 

1/2 cup heavy cream or half & half 

8 tablespoons butter 

Salt and pepper to taste  


Boil sweet potatoes until soft; drain. 

Mash potatoes and add cream, butter, salt, and pepper; whip together. 

Cover and keep warm for serving. 


Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Orange: 

Elevate ordinary cranberry sauce by infusing it with the zing of freshly grated ginger and the vibrant zest of oranges. The resulting sauce is a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and citrusy notes that add a refreshing twist to the meal. Its vibrant hues and bold flavors provide a tantalizing contrast to the hearty offerings. 


1 can cranberry sauce 

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 

2 teaspoons orange zest 

1/4 cup fresh orange juice 


Mix cranberry sauce, grated ginger, orange zest, and orange juice; blend well. 

Serve chilled or at room temperature. 


Green Bean and Pea Casserole with Bacon: 

This dish is prepared in a cast-iron skillet and harmonizes crisp green beans and sweet peas with savory bacon crumbles. The interplay of smoky flavors from the bacon and the natural sweetness of the vegetables creates a symphony of taste and texture. Cooked over the campfire, this dish captures the essence of wholesome, hearty comfort food. 


1/2 pound bacon 

1 medium onion 

8 ounces mushrooms 

1 pound frozen cut green beans 

1 pound frozen sweet peas 

3/4 cup half & half 

Salt and pepper to taste 


Fry bacon until cooked; dice into crumbles. 

Sauté onion, mushrooms, green beans, and peas in bacon grease. 

Add half & half; cook until thickened. 


Gathered around a crackling campfire, savoring the aroma of seasoned wood and the warmth of the flames, these campfire-inspired Thanksgiving dishes evoke a sense of togetherness and gratitude. Embrace the history of this American holiday by gathering with friends and family out of doors. Celebrate the joy of nature, good food, and cherished company this Thanksgiving, creating unforgettable memories amidst the beauty of the wilderness. 

And if you’re looking for a convenient way to gather everyone around a roaring fire this season, look no further than our Portable Fire Pit. This transportable steel pit can fold flat for easy storage on the go. It’s your must-have Thanksgiving camp cooking companion. Get yours today! 

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