SUGGESTIONS AND IDEAS
Resources to Consult
- Official Boy Scout Handbook
- Cooking Without Utensils
- Official Boy Scout Field Book (esp.Old Version)
- Troop Program Features 3 (special cooking), Woods Wisdom, and Program Helps
- Outdoor Skills Instruction Cooking (BSA# 33567)
- Boy’s Life
- Scouting Magazine
- Roughing It Easy I,II, & III Dian Thomas
Supplies You’ll Need
- An old pair of gloves is great around the campfire
- Zip Lock bags are great for packing food in and for mixing. They are also necessary to pack wet garbage out in, according to low impact camping practices.
- Remember to always pack out all foil after burning it in the fire as foil does not burn completely…..no matter what your scouts say!
- Always carry a trash bag or two with you
- Always leave the area better than you found it!!!
- Forked sticks and pointed sticks (green) called twixers and rescue sticks are especially helpful to utensiless cooking.
- If squeamish about cooking directly on the coals, use a boards, hot rocks, cabbage leaves, peppers, onions, oranges etc. as “utensils”.
- For a truly utensiless “Caveman” experience, avoid using foil where mentioned in the recipes!
- Always use a keyhole fire and cook on the coals, not in the flames.
- Note: a pocket knife is allowed in utensiless cooking as every good scout always carries his pocket knife (or his scoutmaster’s)
Caveman Cooking Recipes
Spit chicken on a deadwood stick from vent to neck. Tie securely. Turn spit frequently.
Truss wings and legs and run skewers through wings and upper body.. Hang from dingle stick by wire under skewer. When bird is half done, change to other skewer so both top and bottom are roasted. Suspend at side of fire and catch drippings in cup. Turn frequently.
Cut stick for each fish and make point on end. Push stick through fishes mouth and along backbone. Cover end of stick with foil to prevent burning. Push stick into coals until fishes head is partly covered.( Don’t suffocate him) Cook about 30 minutes
Peel bark from “sweet wood” stick about 1 – 2″ thick and about 2 1/2 feet long. Point end. Preheat stick. Roll a long sausage of biscuit dough and twist around heated stick. Bake over coals turning frequently. Biscuits may also be cooked on a hot rock or rock tilted toward fire.
Using biscuit dough, cook directly on coals or cabbage leaf etc. Trim off ashes when done.
Use potato no larger than a man’s fist. Cover completely with coals. Test for doneness after 1/2 hour by poking with thin wood sliver. If pieces of potato come out with sliver, potato is done. (You do not need foil for this recipe.)
Impale steak on forked stick and roast over fire. May also be cooked directly on hot coals. Pork chops cook well on coals due to the extra fat!
Hamburger Cooked directly on hot coals, or hot rock or shovel covered with foil. May also be rolled and cooked on stick.
Sandwich pickles, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes mustard, catsup, special sauce or anything else you want between 2 hamburger patties and cook directly on the coals or in cabbage
Follow instructions (lines) printed on onion and slice onion in half. Carefully remove small onion cups and fill with deviled ham, hamburger, or other filling. Roast over coals upside down. When onion turns transparent on bottom, flip over for a few more minutes. Eat onion cup and all! The large onion halves make great containers to cook eggs or meatloaf in.
Place hamburger (and anything else you can find laying around) in a hollowed out pepper and bake over coals. Stuffing can be any meatball or stuffed pepper recipe you like
Remove stems from large whole mushrooms. Chop up stems and stuff (AKA Horsedoovers) heads with deviled ham. Roll in ground up stems and set on fire to heat for 5 minutes or less. You can also add chopped up peppers or onions for variety. Try replacing the deviled ham labels with cat food labels! It always brings a smile.
Slit center of hot dog. Fill with sliced cheese. Wrap outside with bacon and place on stick. Roast until done. For more fun, wrap the outside of the hot dog with biscuit dough while roasting. Note, you might have more luck cooking the bacon first & then wrap the dog etc.
On green sticks or skewers roast any combination of meats, vegetables, fruits etc. Use your imagination and experiment!
Wrap ground beef around a stick and roast until done. Wrap hamburger with cheese & a thin layer of dough ( Rhodes ). Bake until bread is done. Slide off stick & enjoy! Add onions, peppers, bacon etc. for variety
Take a layer of Rhodes dough and spread two with tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni or whatever. Fold in two and bake on coals or use cabbage leaf etc.
Carefully punch a hole in the end of an egg. Coat the egg with mud and bake in fire until baby barf appears.
Cover potato with layer of mud and bake forever in the coals. Mud washes right off and gives you a great baked potatoe.
Have each camper bring an empty carton of milk, 1‑quart or 1/2 gallon. Place hot dog in bun. Wrap in tin foil. Put in milk carton, and place carton in fire circle or other safe burn spot. Light top of carton. By the time the carton is burnt to ground, THE HOT DOG IS COOKED!!
Author: Stephen R Frisby is a long-time Scouter. He currently serves as the New Scout Leader in troop 427, sponsored by LDS Sunset Heights Second Ward in Orem, Utah.