Our favorite part of Halloween is by far the food. What else could you expect from the Camp Chef team? But when it comes to adorable whipped cream ghosts or carefully designed chocolate spiderweb, we like to turn to a few of our friends in the food community. Here we've created a roundup for you of the creepiest, cutest, and most importantly, tastiest Halloween bites we could find. Try these recipes on your pellet grill, in your outdoor oven, or with your cast iron dishes. Camp Chef is ready for your Halloween menu.
If youâve checked out any of our stoves, youâve probably seen a BTU figure associated with each one. And if youâre here at this article, you probably looked at it and had no clue what it meant. Let us explain it to you.
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. It is used in North America (not in Europe, despite the name) as a way to measure energy output. A single BTU is equal to the energy released by burning one match. To put things in perspective, your household stove burners are probably around 10,000 BTUsâthatâs like burning 10,000 matches at once.
How Many BTUs Do I Need?
For basic outdoor cooking and groups of only a few people, youâll need a stove that has an output of at least 10,000 BTU per hour. Matching your kitchen stove in power, youâll be able to cook pretty much anything youâd whip up indoors. This is the minimum amount of heat you should have with your camp stove.
But why settle for the minimum? Most of our stoves feature burners with an output of 30,000 BTU/hr each. Thatâs 3 times more than your kitchen burners. Our double burner and triple burner stoves with this kind of cooking power are perfect for families and larger groups because you have the heat and surface area you need to cook a ton of food. Pro tip: these burners are also great for home canning.
We also carry a couple of high-output stoves with burners that can pump out 60,000 BTU/hr. Thatâs a ton of power. In fact, thatâs more than you would ever need for basic outdoor cooking. These stoves are best for specialty situations like home brewing, high capacity boiling, and extreme cold temperatures. You should only use heavy duty pots with a 60,000 BTU burner rather than accessories like our grill boxes, griddles, or pizza ovens. The high heat output can warp and burn out some of these more lightweight materials.
Check out our infographic for a quick look at how many BTUs you need for your outdoor adventures.
You came. You shot. You conquered. Congratulations on a successful hunting trip this year. Whether youâre bringing home some big game, a few waterfowls, or a variety of upland game birds, you should celebrate over the dinner table. We have a few recipe ideas for you to make the most of your harvest. Give these meals a shot and let us know what your favorite harvest recipes are.
This is the perfect recipe for bringing home some big game like elk or whitetail deer. You probably already know how delicious fresh venison is; what you might not know is how much more delicious it is when you pair it with cream cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and garlic. YES. PLEASE. Check out the recipe here.
How to Cook Duck: Duck & Pickled Onion Tacos
Okay, so this recipe might not have the most appetizing title, but it is worth a taste. The duck rub, made from Camp Chef's Mango Chipotle seasoning, is packed with flavor, and the pickled red onions add an incredible tang to the taco. Trust us, you won't regret testing this recipe out for yourself.
-2-4 duck breasts
-1/4 cup Camp Chef Mango Chipotle Rub
-1 T fresh coffee grounds
-1 T tequila
-1 lime (juiced)
-1 T fresh cilantro
-1 red onion, thinly sliced
-1 cup water
-1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
-Queso blanco (optional)
In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together to make a paste. Score the skin on each duck breast every Â½ inch and add to paste. Be sure to completely cover each breast. Let marinade for 30-45 minutes.
Add red onion, water, apple cider vinegar and salt to 10- or 12-inch cast iron skillet. Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes.
Grill duck breasts skin side down over high heat. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until medium rare. Be sure not to overcook.
When done, thinly slice breasts, place on corn tortilla, and top with onions. Add jalapeÃ±os and queso blanco if desired.
Watch the video below for a walkthrough of the recipe:
Pheasant...it tastes like chicken, only better. This recipe will keep your bird tender and tasty. After all, it's hard to go wrong with a classic combination of fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, oregano, and more. Try cooking it on the pellet grill for even more flavor.
-4-6 pheasant breasts
-2 minced garlic cloves
-1 cup fresh herbs (basil, sage, rosemary, oregano, etc.)
-1/2 cup cooked bacon, diced
-1 whole lemon, diced, including skin
Preheat pellet grill to 400Â°.
In a small bowl combine garlic, herbs, bacon and lemon. Rub each pheasant breast with mixture and place in a lightly oiled Square Dutch Oven.
Bake in pellet grill with lid off for 15 to 20 minutes or until breasts are just cooked. Time and temperature will vary depending size of pheasant breast.
Serve with wild rice or potatoes and mix of veggies.
A family hunting trip is one of those ideas that sounds wonderful in theory. But then you find yourself wiping melted marshmallow out of your daughterâs hair and wrestling your son into the tent at bedtime, and you question why you ever planned this trip in the first place. Unless, of course, you have a plan. Following these four rules for family hunting trips will keep your kids happy and your sanity intactâthereâs even a chance youâll build some memories along the way.
Rule #1: Stay Warm
â Bring lots of extra warm clothes. Kids can find a way to get soaking wet in the middle of a desertâbe prepared with a replacement outfit or two.
â Cold hands and cold feet are the formula for a miserable outdoor experience. High quality footwear, gloves, and hand warmers are a must.
â Thereâs nothing better than a campfire at the end of the day. Make sure youâve got all the gear you need to have a warm fireâfirewood, lighter fluid, matches, kindling, etc. Be sure to check on your campsiteâs rules and restrictions to see if you are allowed to have a fire. A propane fire pit is a great option for fire-restricted areas.
â A good nightâs sleep starts with a warm sleeping bag. Youâll want to err on the side of being too warm with your sleeping pads and bags. That means bringing a 0Â° F sleeping bag rather than a 30Â° F bag when itâs 25Â° F outside. Cheap sleeping bags that are only meant for summer sleepovers arenât going to cut it for late season camping when itâs cold outside.
Rule #2: Stay Dry
â The forecast might say itâs supposed to be sunny all weekend; but if this hunting trip is anything like your other family outings, it will inevitably cloud over and start raining or snowing. You canât avoid it, so youâll need to prepare for it. Ponchos are inexpensive, versatile, and usefulâmore than worth the few bucks it costs to buy some for your family.
â You donât want to wait until a storm hits to realize thereâs a leak in your tent. Double or triple check that your tent is waterproof before taking off for the weekend. A high quality tent may be a little more expensive than what you can find on the bargain shelf, but youâll be glad for the investment when your kids are warm and dry during bad weather.
â If youâre tight on space inside the tent, bring a pop-up awning. This is the perfect place to wait out a passing shower without cramming together like sardinesâespecially with antsy kids on your hands.
Rule #3: Have Fun First
If you have smaller children who arenât old enough for their own hunting licenses, you need to make sure to involve them in other parts of the hunting experience. Point out game trails, animal tracks, fresh signs, and different animal noises.Â You can even ask them to help follow a trail and see where it leads. Just remember: if it is fun for them when theyâre young, they will be more interested in coming back to hunt with you in the future.
â Plan activities for the slower hours of the day. Everyone knows hunting is the best early in the morning and late in the evening, so fill those empty afternoons with something else. Bring a BB gun or sling shot for target practice with empty soda cans; take a few fishing rods if there is a pond or river nearby. Even something as simple as a pocket knife and carving stick can create turn into amazing memories.
â Kids have limited energy and limited attention spans. So keep the trip short. Donât plan a 10-day hunt for your whole family if your kids will get bored after three. Additionally, youâll want to keep the hunting hours on the short side too. Itâs okay to wake up a little later and head back to camp a little earlier if it will keep your kids happy.
â Be prepared to eat tag soup. If filling your tag is your priority, then maybe bring your family along on the next trip. Your focus should be creating a positive experience that your children will remember and want to repeat in the future. A hunter whoâs stressed about filling his or her once-in-a-lifetime tag doesnât make for the best company. Be there for the little moments that make incredible memoriesânot just the harvest at the end.
Rule #4: Eat Well
You donât have to sacrifice good food just because you are camping.Â Breakfast cereal and cold cuts arenât going to hit the spot after a long day in nature. Plan quality meals that will fill your bellies and be fun to cook. Your camp stove and other outdoor cooking gear will make or break this part of your trip. Whether you need to grill, bake, boil, fry, smoke, or barbecue something in the outdoors, Camp Chef has what you need to eat well around the campfire. Try these recipes with your whole family.
â Breakfast burritos: Breakfast doesnât get much quicker and easier than this. Tortillas, eggs, sausage, onions, salsa, cheese, hash browns, and a good griddle are all you really need.
â Pancakes, eggs, and bacon are perfect for griddle cooking and a crowd favorite. A hearty breakfast like this before a long day of hunting is just what your family needs.
â Hobo dinners: Build a fire, fill a foil pouch with whatever ingredients you want, and lay near the coals to cook. Try a combination of hamburger, carrots, onions, and potatoes, or add your own unique ingredients. Just make sure to bring some heavy duty gloves and a shovel to get your meal back out of the fire.
â Hotdogs are always great over the fire. You can bring brats for the adults and hotdogs for the kids. As a side, wrap some corn on the cob in foil and throw it in the fire.
â Sâmores: What family camping trip could be complete without sâmores? Check out some of our unique sâmore recipes or stick with the classic.
â Hot chocolate and hot coffee: A warm thermos of hot chocolate or coffee on a cold morning will warm up tiny hands and give you an extra 30 minutes of hunting while you wait for your quarry to appear.
Think itâs starting to get too chilly to cook outside? Well, grab a blanket, a thermos of cider, and think again! With a backyard fire pit and a few crazy sâmore recipes, you can keep the fun going even on cool autumn nights.
Now when you think of a propane fire pit, you probably also picture a puffy, golden marshmallow on a roasting stick in your hand. Sâmores and fireâthey go together like a pellet grill and pork. One without the other feels wrong. But if you had any sort of a childhood, youâve already experienced the classic white mallow, melty chocolate square, and honey graham cracker combo. Tonight, itâs time to change things up.
If youâd rather not venture far from the conventional sâmore recipe, then the Negative Sâmore is the one for you. Itâs a simple reversal of your favorite ingredients: marshmallow, chocolate graham, cookies ânâ cream chocolate square. Yes, please!
Sometimes that chocolate in the middle of your sâmore gets a little lonely. Why not add its favorite partner in crime, peanut butter? There is nothing that could go wrong with that combination. Try swapping your chocolate square for a peanut butter cup, and let us know how it changes your life.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who donât like mint, and those who see mint as the delicious, indulgent experience that it truly is. If you belong in the second camp, we have your new favorite sâmore recipe right here. Cracker, mint patty, marshmallow. Repeat.
Raise your hand if youâre a Nutella fan. Now use that hand to spread some Nutella on your graham cracker, slice a few strawberries, roast a marshmallow, and squash it all together. Itâs like youâve transported your backyard fire pit to Europe for a night.
Admit itâjust the thought of a salted caramel sâmore is making your mouth water. You donât need anything fancy to recreate this masterpiece. Just pick up a jar of caramel topping and some sea salt next time youâre at the store. You can spread it on one cracker and enjoy.
Mind-Blown Rating: "Where have you been all my life?"
Speaking of caramel, you can take it a step further with this recipe. Switch out the sea salt for toasted coconut shavings, and youâre on your way to an incredible eating experience. We take no responsibility for any cravings you might feel after tasting it.
We know what youâre thinkingâcitrus on a sâmore? Trust us, itâs incredible. This is a great way to use extra lemon curd you have around the house. Pro tip: use homemade lemon curd if youâre into that.
Mind-Blown Rating: "My life will never be the same."
You put the lime in the coconut and...youâve got yourself a sâmore. Really though, all this recipe takes is a bit of lime curd, some toasted coconut shavings, and a marshmallow. Youâve never tasted anything like this before from your backyard fire pit.
8 Pellet Grill Recipes You Have to Try on Your SmokePro
You may have heard of pellet grills and wondered what all the hype is about. Itâs just a grill, right? What can you cook on a pellet grill that you canât on a propane grill? Plenty, my friend. In fact, there are a few foods you simply havenât experienced unless youâve cooked them on a SmokePro pellet grill. These pellet grill recipes are here to change your life. Or, at least, your taste buds.
Miracle Frozen Chicken
First on our list of what you can cook on your pellet grill is frozen, store-bought chicken. You know that cheap, rubbery kind you have to excavate from out of the frozen aisle? Yeah, thatâs it. Well, now you can make a delectable dinner of it every week. Just place the frozen chicken directly onto the grates of your pellet grill, turn the temperature dial to Hi Smoke, and let the smoker do its thing for an hour. When you come back, youâll want to season the chicken with steak seasoning and bring it to an internal temperature of 165Â° F (we can help you measure the internal temp). If you plan to finish it off with a sear, you can transfer it to your sear box when it reaches 130Â° F. Either way, you will have turned border-line inedible chicken into a tender, flavorful piece of protein.
Competition BBQ Chicken
If youâre looking to upgrade from frozen chicken, this chicken recipe is the way to go. The total time to make it, start to finish, is only 30-45 minutes. You could be looking at a prize-winning dinner in no time.
Dang Good Burgers
What can you cook on a pellet grill? A dang good burger. I know what youâre thinking: burgers and propane grills go together like cheesy potatoes and Dutch ovens. But the added wood-fired and smoky flavors you get from a pellet grill will give you a burger unlike any other youâve tasted before. There are two approaches to how to cook your burgers on a pellet grill.
Heat First, Smoke Later
First crank the pellet grill to high and let it warm up for 10 minutes. Cook your burgers on that setting for 4 minutes on each side, then finish up on the High Smoke setting to slowly smoke it to your desired temperature. You wonât get the same seared finish that you might on a propane grill, but youâll be too busy enjoying the smoky flavor to notice.
If you need a good sear to fall in love with a burger, you can use the SmokePro sear box for the reverse sear method. You begin with the burgers on medium heat in the pellet grillâabout 275Â° Fâto give the meat two layers of smoky and wood-fired flavor. Youâll also want to switch on your sear box to medium and let it heat up for 5 minutes. Iâve found that medium is hot enough for the kind of sear I like, but the unit can heat up to 900Â° F. Once the burgers start to sweat a bit, I like to move them to the sear box. Leave them for 1 minute, rotate 90Â° for 1 minute, then flip and do the same on the other side. For me, the combination of the seared texture and the wood and smoke flavors is hands down the best way to cook a burger.
Tender Pulled Pork
This is the best pulled pork recipe Iâve ever tasted. I like to bring my meat up to 205Â° F so that it just falls apart with a fork. Thereâs no going wrong with a low-cost, high-volume BBQ meal like this one. And with a pellet grill, it takes almost no effort on your part.
Baconâ¦Need We Say More?
No recipe needed for this one. Just buy bacon, throw some Competition Blend pellets into the hopper, and experience the miracle of pellet grill bacon. Low and slow is good, medium heat is good, high heat is good. Itâs almost impossible to mess up. If youâve ever wondered, âWhat can I cook on a pellet grill?â this should be the first thing you try.
Smoked Pork Ribs
There is no better way to cook ribs than on a pellet grill. Period. Donât believe me? Try this incredible ribs recipe this weekend and taste it for yourself.
Of all the cuts of meat, brisket is among the most intimidating to cook. Thereâs trimming, wrapping, rubbing, and then hoping it doesnât turn out dry and disappointing. Iâm nowhere near a pit master, but Iâve cooked brisket several times now on my SmokePro, each time with great success. Check out this smoked brisket recipe for your next big barbecue, and keep an eye out for more tips and tricks coming soon.
Incredible Apple Pie
So maybe youâre feeling a bit daring, and you want to try something unique. What can you cook on a pellet grill that isnât meat? Give this classic American dessert a shot. You can use our favorite apple pie recipe or your own, then leave it on your pellet grill to bake. Set the grill to 400Â° F just like you would a kitchen oven, and thatâs it. Donât worryâit wonât taste smoky. In fact, I suggest using apple pellets for a sweet, Applewood flavor. Your neighbors might give you weird looks as you put your pie on the grill, but it will be worth it.