Summer is in full swing, and with with it comes float trips, camping, bonfires and amazing meals from the grill. Check out these simple pointers for building a campfire that will give you the perfect grilling conditions so your next campside meal is a crowd pleaser.
Obviously, the most important step in open flame grilling is building the perfect fire. You’ll want to create a long-burning, even fire that won’t char your food or blacken your cookware, so make sure all your firewood turns into coals at the same time.
Here’s the best way to do it:
- Build the fire pit – If your campsite doesn’t come equipped with a fire pit, build one using large rocks. The goal is to make a U-shaped pit that is at least 8′ from bushes or drywood, and doesn’t have tree branches overhead. If it’s windy, make sure the back of the firepit faces the wind.
- Lay the kindling – Fill the fire pit area with crumpled paper, tinder or even some leftover Doritos. Next, spread a couple of layers of thin splits of wood or dead tree branches, alternating direction with each layer. Don’t be tempted to put kindling down “teepee style” or it won’t burn evenly. Light the paper on fire.
- Build the fire and grade the coals – Now you can add the firewood. Try to make sure all your wood is about the same size, and lay it down evenly over the fire bed. Let the flames die down until only the white coals are left. Use a stick to push them around until you have them stacked higher in the back and lower at the front, which gives you the camping equivalent of ‘High,’ ‘Medium’ and ‘Low’ settings.
- Cook your meal – Set your grill grate on some rocks. You can put your food directly on the grill, or use cookware. Sometimes food drippings can cause rogue flames to pop up, but those are easily tamed with a spray bottle or squirt gun.
- Reuse your fire pit – When you’re finished cooking, add wood and build up your flames for your campfire!
But what if grilling isn’t your thing? Maybe the horseback riding adventure you went on lasted longer than you expected or perhaps you finished your float trip late and you just don’t feel like grilling, but you and your crew need a hot, delicious meal. Luckily at Huzzah Valley Resort we understand that. We’ve crafted a few Super Spectacular Specials; good through the end of of the season.
Single Day Special
One day float & delicious BBQ
Get one float trip & one BBQ dinner for as low as $37.00 per person. Our delicious BBQ dinner includes meal choices of hickory smoked pork steak, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwursts, a 12 oz. sirloin steak, or roasted hog. See the single day special details!
The Whoozah Escape
Two nights, one float, dinner & two breakfasts
Get two nights, one float trip, a BBQ dinner & two breakfast buffets. Our delicious BBQ dinner includes meal choices of hickory smoked pork steak, chicken, hamburgers hot dogs, bratwursts, a 12 oz. sirloin steak or roasted hog. Our hearty good old fashion country breakfast include scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and hashbrowns served with juice or milk. See the Whoozah Escape special details.