There’s something about cooking outdoors that excites your senses. From the savory smell of grill to the sound of the sizzle to the sight of juicy goodness, you just can’t beat this culinary experience. With the ever-growing popularity of outdoor cooking, we’re seeing more products that are designed to make it even easier to prepare any meal outside of your home’s kitchen.
From tailgating to back yard barbecues to camping retreats, you have many ways to experience the fun and flavor of the outdoor cooking revolution. With so many options for outdoor cooking equipment, you can cook just about anything outside that you can make in your kitchen. And popular chefs like Guy Fieri keep cooking up new recipes that are ideal for al fresco preparation, so your menu’s creativity is unlimited!
Grill to perfection
Outdoor cooking is usually centered around the grill, and you have so many options here-charcoal, propane, or open fire. Everyone seems to have their personal preference.
Charcoal serves up a unique taste, but to get it, you have to carry the bag of charcoal with you, fire it up, and wait till the coals are ready. After you’re finished, you have to wait (again) for the ashes to cool and safely dispose of them. Still, many grilling purists insist that the inconvenience is far outweighed by the unmatched flavor that charcoal grilling delivers.
Propane is easy. Hook up the tank, light the burner, and you’re ready to start cooking in minutes. You still get the flavor of outdoor cooking, but without the hassle of charcoal. And tanks are available as small as a one-pound tank, making the propane grilling option and very portable solution.
Finally, there is the open fire. There’s nothing as close to traditional outdoor cooking as preparing your food over a campfire. Stake a rotisserie in the ground or a grilling rack over the fire and you can cook almost anywhere.
Your Outdoor Bakery
Even baking is now possible outside. Camp Chef, one of the leaders in outdoor cooking solutions, has developed a variety of outdoor ovens. Their propane-fueled portable outdoor oven is about the size of a toaster oven and accommodates up to a 9″ x 13″ pan. Imagine baking chocolate chip cookies or even macaroni and cheese on your next cookout. With handy tools like a cooking iron, you fill the round or square cast iron end with your favorite bread and sandwich filling, or even a piece of pie. The long aluminum handle lets you hold it over the fire and create a hot, tasty snack. That’s roughing it easy!
For more serious outdoor chefs, the Camp Chef Camp Oven looks and cooks like the oven in your kitchen, but it’s designed to handle the rigors of outdoor use with a powder-coated finish and extra insulation. With as little as a one-pound propane tank, you can fuel this sizable oven, which includes two racks and a thermometer. The covered grill top makes it convenient to sizzle up something special while you’ve got the rest of your meal baking in the oven.
Cast Iron Cookery
Inside or out, there’s nothing a durable, efficient, and versatile as cast iron. From griddles to pans, the cast iron is an ideal material because it heats evenly. If you’re baking pies, bread, pizza, cookies, muffins, and more, opt for cast iron and you’ll instantly notice the difference in everything you cook with them. Camp Chef has developed a complete line of cast iron skillets, griddles, pots, and pans-including pie, muffin, bread, and pizza pans. Imagine preparing dutch oven peach cobbler or three-alarm Texas chili, grilled ratatouille, lemon garlic chicken, and even grilled ginger chicken without any need for your indoor kitchen appliances! All of this cookware can go from kitchen to campsite so you’ll get plenty of use.
Fire in the Hole
The childhood images of sitting around the campfire are all grown up with today’s fire pits. Using propane and lava rocks, you can get the same crackling fire without the hassle of gathering wood and kindling and then tending to the fire. Fire pits offer a gathering place where you can toast marshmallows, pop popcorn, or just enjoy the warm glow on a starry night. Fire pits come in a broad array of designs, from simple to sophisticated. Forged of steel or crafted of stone, a fire pit adds a decorative accent to your outdoor living space. You can top it off with a decorative cover or turn your fire pit into a piece of furniture by adding a table top when it’s not in use.
The outdoor cooking revolution has freed you from the kitchen. Get outside and enjoy it!