One of my favorite memories as a child included waking up to the smell of bacon and eggs frying over the campfire. When my family camped, my dad was always the master chef of the campsite and wielded his collection of cast iron campfire cookware and campfire coffee pot with pride.
Open fire cooking innovation has come a long way since then, and we’ve found some of the best camping cookware for you to bring on your next adventure.
Texsport Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill
Gone are the days of precariously balancing pots and pans on the firewood. Texsport’s Heavy Duty Over Fire Camp Grill gives you a sturdy surface for all your campfire cooking needs. Made of heavy-duty welded steel, it comes in three different sizes and folds up for quick and easy storage. If you’re looking to grill food directly on the grates, reviewers have noted it’s best used after burning the grill for a few mins before using to remove the paint on the top – and later, the bits of grease left over from prior cookouts.
Lodge LCC3 Cast Iron Combo Cooker, Pre-Seasoned, 3.2-Quart
The gold standard of campfire cooking is the cast iron skillet, the non-stick pan before the invention of non-stick. Cast iron is like fine wine, it only gets better as it ages. And what’s better than a skillet? TWO cast iron skillets. This Lodge set includes a 3.2-Qt. Dutch oven and 10.25-inch shallow skillet. Using both pre-seasoned skillets combined makes a skillet and lid, or separate skillets… the campfire meal choices are endless!
Lodge L12DCO3 Deep Camp Dutch Oven
Cast iron skillets are great – but what about if you want to make your world-famous campfire chili or Cajun gumbo? Lodge has you covered with their pre-seasoned cast iron camp Dutch oven. It comes in 5, 8 or 10-quart volume and has a convenient loop handle for easy carrying. It also features three legs at the bottom so it can rest firmly evenly on any surface, including open fire cooking above coals.
Arcadia Outdoors Cookware Mess Kit for Camping
Super compact and cleverly designed, this 11-piece camping cookware set from Arcadia Outdoors has everything you need. It includes a pot, frying pan, lid, two bowls, a spork and a spoon, a bamboo-handle spoon, a fire starter, a loofah to clean it all with and a mesh bag to carry it all. It’s light, easy to carry and comes with a lifetime guarantee – Arcadia Outdoors certainly stands behind this product as the go-to camp cookware for all your adventures.
Granite Ware 6006-1 3-Quart Coffee Boiler
Wake up and smell the coffee! But how do you make good coffee when you’re 400 miles away from the nearest coffee shop? Granite Ware has you covered with their 3-quart coffee boiler – enough to make four cups of coffee. This campfire coffee pot is made with nonporous porcelain enamel and contains no PFOA, PTFE or other harmful chemicals. As a few reviewers have noted, the lid does tend to fall off, but for less than $20, it’s hard to beat.
And if you've ever wondered how to brew coffee the cowboy way, check out this video from Cowboy Kent Rollins. All it takes is your coffee pot, water, and fire. Enjoy!
The Perfect CampfireGrill Heavy-Duty Log Tweezers
When I’ve gone camping, one of the most difficult tasks is rearranging the fire for meals. Each type of food requires a different wood/heat setup, and trying to maneuver the logs with a spare stick takes the skill of Paul Bunyan. But, The Perfect CampfireGrill has the solution to this eyebrow-singed problem. Their heavy-duty log tweezers are a far cry from the tiny ones you use for splinters. These 31-inch, steel tweezers grab and arrange burning logs with ease, and is not only for use in the rustic wilderness but works great in your home fireplace as well.