So youâve just unpacked your Italia Artisan Pizza Oven or Outdoor Oven Accessory, and youâre ready to get cooking. First of all, congratulations on your new purchase. Youâre in for plenty of goodies like backyard pizzas (hereâs a dough recipe), skillet brownies (weâve made those too), plank salmon (yummmm), and more. But before you fire up the oven and toss some food onto the stone, we wanted to share a few pro tips with you. These will help you get the most out of your new outdoor oven, no matter what meal youâre cooking. Ready? Here we go.
Pro Tip #1
Your stoveâs Low and Medium settings will give you all the heat you need for your Outdoor Oven Accessory.
Pro Tip #2
Just like a true brick oven or your home oven, preheating your outdoor oven is essential. Always allow 10 minutes or more for your oven to get to the right temperature.
Pro Tip #3
Temperatures and cooking times will vary depending on outside temperatures, weather conditions, and what type of food youâre cooking. For example, frozen pizza will cook differently than a pizza made from scratch or store-bought dough.
Pro Tip #4
Keep an eye on the internal air temperature by looking at the built-in temperature gauge on the top of the pizza oven. Internal air heat will help melt cheese, soften toppings, and bake the top of your pizza crust. This temperature will react quickly when you change your heat setting or remove the metal oven cover.
Pro Tip #5
The pizza stone temperature will rise more slowly than the internal air temperature, but it will eventually become the hottest part of the oven. This is where most of the cooking happens (and how you get a crispy pizza crust).
Pro Tip #6
Use an infrared or cooking surface thermometer to monitor your pizza stoneâs temperature.
Pro Tip #7
The ideal baking temperature for artisan pizza is 500Â° F to 550Â° F. Other kinds of pizza are best at 400Â° F.
Pro Tip #8
To melt cheese or other toppings as you remove your pizza, lift toward the top of the oven and hold for a few seconds before taking it out.
Pro Tip #9
Cast iron is perfect for baking breads or desserts in an outdoor oven.
Cast iron is the darling of the culinary world. It's versatile, timeless, high quality, and tough as nails. It will last you a lifetime if you give it a little TLC from time to time in the form of cleaning and seasoning. "But," you might be thinking, "I've always heard that cast iron is a pain to maintain." We're here to prove that wrong. Taking care of your cast iron doesn't have to be a chore. With the tips below, it will become a habit in no time.
For Light Cleaning:
If there isn't any baked-on food particles or sticky residue, then follow these instructions for cleaning your cast iron.
1. While cookware is still warm (not hot) rinse with hot water.
2. Use a stiff-bristled brush (without soap) to scrub the inside, removing any remaining food bits.
3. Pat dry with a towel and letÂ sitÂ in an open air rack.
4. If the the finish looks black and shiny, you're all done! If the finish is starting to look marbled, dull, or gray, then you can spritz the surface a few times with ourÂ Cast Iron Conditioner. Dab the conditioner into the cast iron with a paper towel or lint-free cloth.
2. Fill the dish with hot water and add about 2 teaspoons of Cast Iron Cleaner. Rub the cleaner in with a plastic brush or clean rag. If you're dealing with stubborn or burnt food, let the pan sit with the water and cleaner for about 10 minutes, then scrub. You can also try boiling the water to loosen any residue.
3. With a stiff-bristled brush, scrub the remaining food bits away and off the iron. Rinse well and pat dry with a towel.
4. While the dish is still warm, spritz all surfaces a few times with our Cast Iron Conditioner (mentioned above) and dab it around with a clean paper towel or lint-free cloth. Congratulations, you've just cleaned and seasoned your cast iron cookware.
See how easy it is? Check out our walkthrough video if you want to see the methods in action. And if you have any other pro tips for cast iron cookers, let us know in the comments below!
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.
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.