This is your ultimate guide for having an awesome campfire. We have the goods. From roasting sticks to campfire chairs! Keep reading for campfire tips and yummy recipes.
First things first: The fire! You want a mix of leaves or newspaper, twigs and logs. You want the firewood to be dry because dry wood burns better. Start by putting some dry leaves or newspapers on the bottom, and then stacking some logs on top. Now, there are different ways to stack your logs. I like to do the log cabin way. It might look something like this.
Another great way is the teepee. That looks like this.
I like to fill some of the empty space with twigs and more leaves or newspaper. Now light it up, baby! We have a cordless fire starter that can light that fire up in a minute or less without lighter fluid. Rechargeable and refillable, and you can take it wherever you go.
Now for the fun part: making yummy s'mores, popcorn and hot dogs! I have been making s'mores over the campfire for over 20 years, so I have some tried and true tips for you.
First make sure the fire has been going for a while before you start. It is best to roast the marshmallows over coals, and coals don't form until about 20 minutes or so after the fires has started.
Now, many people like to burn their marshmallow and blow it out several times and then call it good... you do you! I prefer to get it nice and golden brown on the outside and ooey gooey in the middle. To do that, toast your marshmallow out of the direct flame. Hence why waiting until the fire and flames die down a bit and coals have formed is a good way to do it. I turn it almost continuously and hold it about 6-8 inches over the coals. Always be safe, and make sure you have a long enough roasting stick and don't get your body too close to the fire. If you have a great way to roast the marshmallows, share in the comments below!
The classic s'more is made with a graham cracker, marshmallow and milk chocolate. But have you ever tried it with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or Ghirardelli Squares?? Talk about YUM. Get creative with it! We have some recipes down below. Terry from our Y&H team likes to use Windmill cookies instead of graham crackers. Give it a try!
Campfires are a great summer and fall activity. Be safe, make lots of s'mores and popcorn and have fun!
Here are some of Yard & Home employee's favorite campfire recipes!
- 1 graham cracker (broken in half)
- 2 marshmallows
- 1/2 Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar
- 1 Reese's Thin
- Roast marshmallows to your preference (I prefer golden brown)
- Form your s'more! 1 part of the graham cracker on bottom, top it with chocolate, marshmallows and the Reese's thin, and finish it by putting the other half of the graham cracker on top.
Hobo Pie Pizzas
What you will need:
- Pie iron
- Non stick spray
- White bread
- Grated parmesan
- Pizza toppings of your choice
- Spray pie iron with non stick spray
- Sprinkle parmesan cheese inside the iron on the top of the non stick spray
- Place one piece of bread on each side
- Add pizza sauce, cheese, and other toppings
- Fold pie iron and rip off any excess on the side (it will burn if you don't)
- Place on coals, flip once, and cook until golden brown on both sides
Campfire Flavored Popcorn
- Fireside popcorn popper
- Popcorn kernels
- Popcorn seasoning of your choice - I like to use garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne. If you want something more savory, sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar and butter
Simply put some oil and popcorn kernels in the popper, place it over the campfire and wait for it to pop!
Pour it in a bowl and sprinkle the seasoning over it. YUM.
Madison's Banana Boats
She uses this recipe here.
- Take a banana with the peel still on and cut it down the middle until you almost hit the bottom
- Stuff it with your favorite toppings like chocolate chips, coconut, pralines, strawberries and anything else you like
- Wrap the banana in foil and place it right on the campfire or on a grate over the campfire. It usually takes about 10 minutes
- Unwrap the banana and top it with crushed graham crackers or brownie batter for a decadent twist.