Hobo Dinner Recipe for Camping

August 19, 2014 in Cooking, Main Dish by Sharla

Hobo Dinner Recipe for Camping

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Ok, I admit, this Hobo dinner with cabbage burnt and wrapped around it might not look like much, but trust me, when you’ve been camping in the sun, with your kids, in the dirt, with no running water and no toilet paper, this picture is actually heaven.  Seriously, haven’t you ever noticed that everything tastes better when you’re camping?  I have been making hobo dinners for years and I think I have finally created the perfect hobo dinner.  It’s so perfect I’m surprised it hasn’t ripped a hole in the space-time continuum (a little Doctor Who reference for ya).  This recipe comes from years (literally) of trial and error.  And I must give credit to onesweetappetite.com for the finishing touch on this recipe!  Buckle your seat belts, you’re about to be blown away.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (the hight the fat content, the better)

1/2 pound bacon cut in half

1 yellow squash

4-6 potatoes, cubed

3 carrots, sliced

1/4 onion, diced

4-8 cabbage leafs

1 can cream of mushroom soup OR BBQ sauce

salt and pepper to taste

heavy duty aluminum foil

charcoal briquettes

The Method:

First things first, you gotta have the right kind of heat to cook on a camp fire.  That does not mean big, devil-licking flames.  The best way to cook on a camp fire is when the flames go down and what you have left is burning embers at the bottom of the pit.  I cheat (don’t judge me).  The fastest and easiest way to get those perfect coals is with charcoal.  I do have wood in the fire on one side, for fun, then the charcoal on the other, for cooking.  Let those briquettes burn until the outsides are gray with ash and the insides are hot with flame (like when we all become senior citizens).

While your coals are burning, prepare the dinners.  One piece of foil per dinner (or two pieces if you’re using regular foil).  Put a large cabbage leaf in the center.  Layer 2-4 half pieces of bacon on the bottom, then 1/4 of the ground beef in a patty.  Some of you out there may not be into using a high fat ground beef (85% lean or less), but you NEED the grease and liquid this beef emits to have a good camp fire dinner!  Next, put on a little diced onion, then a healthy spoonful of cream of mushroom soup OR BBQ sauce (depending on your taste), then 1-1 and 1/2 cubed potatoes, then a handful of sliced carrot, and last the sliced yellow squash (also known as summer squash).  Salt and pepper to taste, and last a small dollop of soup or BBQ sauce right on top.  If your cabbage leaf is too small to fold up around that beautiful mound, cover with another leaf and fold the sides of the foil up tight.  Place in the fire with the meat side down and cook….well, until it’s done.  It’s hard to say but I average between 20-45 minutes depending on the size of the dinner.  

Turn regularly from side to side to cook evenly, and check the meat after the first 20 minutes and then every 5-10 minutes after that.  I promise, the cabbage leaf will protect your meal from burning, even if the meat gets more done than you like.  :)  When you’re done pull those puppies out of the fire and enjoy!

The Theory:

The bacon adds flavor and grease along with the high fat beef.  I have used stew meat before, but it tends to over cook, and never has enough fat, and is hard to eat.  You can choose between the cream of mushroom soup or BBQ sauce depending on which you like better.  My kids prefer the soup, but my hubby (who likes a bolder flavor) chooses BBQ sauce.  DO NOT turn the dinners upside down in the fire, which is why I layer the hardest to cook ingredients closets to the bottom because they will receive the most heat.  You put those delicate yellow squashes at the bottom and they’ll be ruined, I promise.

Here is the Pinterest Critique I did of using cabbage in this recipe!

Here is the original link for the cabbage idea that took us over the moon!

Hobo Dinner for Camping
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef (the hight the fat content, the better)
  2. 1/2 pound bacon cut in half
  3. 1 yellow squash
  4. 4-6 potatoes, cubed
  5. 3 carrots, sliced
  6. 1/4 onion, diced
  7. 4-8 cabbage leafs
  8. 1 can cream of mushroom soup OR BBQ sauce
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. heavy duty aluminum foil
  11. charcoal briquettes
Instructions
  1. First things first, you gotta have the right kind of heat to cook on a camp fire. That does not mean big, devil-licking flames. The best way to cook on a camp fire is when the flames go down and what you have left is burning embers at the bottom of the pit. I cheat (don't judge me). The fastest and easiest way to get those perfect coals is with charcoal. I do have wood in the fire on one side, for fun, then the charcoal on the other, for cooking. Let those briquettes burn until the outsides are gray with ash and the insides are hot with flame (like when we all become senior citizens).
  2. While your coals are burning, prepare the dinners. One piece of foil per dinner (or two pieces if you're using regular foil). Put a large cabbage leaf in the center. Layer 2-4 half pieces of bacon on the bottom, then 1/4 of the ground beef in a patty. Some of you out there may not be into using a high fat ground beef (85% lean or less), but you NEED the grease and liquid this beef emits to have a good camp fire dinner! Next, put on a little diced onion, then a healthy spoonful of cream of mushroom soup OR BBQ sauce (depending on your taste), then 1-1 and 1/2 cubed potatoes, then a handful of sliced carrot, and last the sliced yellow squash (also known as summer squash). Salt and pepper to taste, and last a small dollop of soup or BBQ sauce right on top. If your cabbage leaf is too small to fold up around that beautiful mound, cover with another leaf and fold the sides of the foil up tight. Place in the fire with the meat side down and cook….well, until it's done. It's hard to say but I average between 20-45 minutes depending on the size of the dinner.
  3. Turn regularly from side to side to cook evenly, and check the meat after the first 20 minutes and then every 5-10 minutes after that. I promise, the cabbage leaf will protect your meal from burning, even if the meat gets more done than you like. :) When you're done pull those puppies out of the fire and enjoy!
Notes
  1. The bacon adds flavor and grease along with the high fat beef. I have used stew meat before, but it tends to over cook, and never has enough fat, and is hard to eat. You can choose between the cream of mushroom soup or BBQ sauce depending on which you like better. My kids prefer the soup, but my hubby (who likes a bolder flavor) chooses BBQ sauce. DO NOT turn the dinners upside down in the fire, which is why I layer the hardest to cook ingredients closets to the bottom because they will receive the most heat. You put those delicate yellow squashes at the bottom and they'll be ruined, I promise.
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<3, Sharla